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Flying Treats: Can Dogs and Cats Snack Safely on Cicadas? – The New York Times

Posted: June 19, 2021 at 1:48 am

Dogs eat lots of stuff they will paw open a pantry and eat five pounds of dog food before owners catch them, Dr. Hohenhaus said. One dog puked up a shark toy. So if you have a dog who goes to the country for the weekend and eats horse poop, hell have diarrhea on Monday morning.

As for those pets who have hoovered up cicadas and landed in the vet E.R., she said, cause and effect are not necessarily obvious. I dont know if the cicada shells made the dog sick or it was the Kleenexes and trash the dog ate out of the bathroom basket.

Cicadas can, however, incite some cats and especially dogs to binge. (Think potato chips: Can you eat just one?)

Because cicadas are so easy to catch, some animals are going to town eating them, said Dr. Klippen, who sees perhaps a handful of dogs a week for this reason. The risks are not from the bugs, she said, but from dehydration related to vomiting and diarrhea, or from having absorbed pesticide sprayed on the cicadas.

For dogs who cant quit cicadas, consider a basket muzzle, Dr. Klippen said. Its beneficial and doesnt prevent dogs from panting and drinking.

Also try walking your dog at dawn and dusk, Dr. Wismer advised, when cicadas are least active. Since cicadas are found in and around mature trees, avoid routes that include them.

The heebie-jeebies over pets and cicadas springs mostly from the alignment of several factors. Theres the once-in-nearly-two-decades emergence of the bugs. And the heightened attachment and overprotectiveness that owners developed toward their pets in the past year during lockdown. Moreover, veterinarians said, peoples concerns are being revved by the internet and, er, the news media.

But basically, its something for us to talk about other than the coronavirus, Dr. Klippen said.

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Side Effects of Hand Sanitizer, Risks, and How to Use It Safely – Healthline

Posted: June 19, 2021 at 1:48 am

Hand sanitizer has become more popular than ever, in large part due to its effectiveness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Portable hand sanitizer products kill germs on your hands and other surfaces on contact, helping to slow the spread of transmissible diseases like COVID-19.

Hand sanitizer has proven itself useful in killing germs, but using it can have side effects. Overuse of hand sanitizer can lead to dry, cracked skin as well as redness or discoloration, and flaking. It can also pose a risk if its ingested or gets into your eyes.

Lets cover everything you need to know about using hand sanitizer safely.

The side effects of your hand sanitizer will come down to the formulas youre using. Hand sanitizer typically contains a high amount of alcohol (between 60 and 95 percent) meant to kill germs on your hands. Even if the alcohol content is low, your hand sanitizer may also contain other antiseptic ingredients that have been known to cause side effects.

Alcohol is an effective antiseptic, meaning that its proven to kill bacteria and viruses on organic surfaces. But alcohol is also known to have a drying effect on your skin.

When youre applying hand sanitizer to your hands multiple times each day, the product is taking moisture out of your skin. This can result in skin thats dry, flaky, and sensitive to the touch. In addition to being uncomfortable, the American Academy of Dermatology Association says that having dry skin can actually increase your chances of picking up germs.

You may notice that after hand sanitizer dries on your hands, itchy and red or discolored eczema patches tend to appear. Thats because if you have eczema, the chemicals can actually make your symptoms worse. Whether you use a foam, liquid, or a gel-based hand sanitizer, you may see increased eczema symptoms after use.

Hand sanitizer sometimes contains an ingredient called triclosan. According to the FDA, Triclosan is intended to kill bacteria, and has been used in products from toothpaste to body wash. The FDA also says some studies have indicated that high exposure to triclosan may disrupt natural hormone cycles and even impact fertility. More research is needed to fully understand triclosans impact on people, but the ingredient has already been banned from several types of products.

The FDA says that triclosan is intended to kill bacteria, but overuse of this ingredient in consumer products may be contributing to the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A 2015 research review of how triclosan is contributing to antibiotic resistance concluded that more research is necessary to determine how this chemical is actually impacting human health.

There are risks for using hand sanitizer, especially if you use it in ways other than instructed on the package instructions. These risks can typically be avoided by sticking to external use of hand sanitizer and avoiding contact with your eyes.

The high amounts of alcohol and other ingredients make hand sanitizer unsafe for human consumption. Texas Medical Center says that anyone who swallows a significant quantity of hand sanitizer can get sick with symptoms that resemble alcohol poisoning.

Hand sanitizer is meant for external use only. If you or someone you know has ingested it, call the Poison Control Hotline at 800-222-1222.

Its easy enough to apply hand sanitizer and accidentally touch your eye shortly afterward. But the high levels of alcohol in hand sanitizer can actually cause chemical burns on the outer layer of your eye. Typically, damage caused by hand sanitizer to your eyes will completely heal, but you may experience the following symptoms while it heals:

Theres a reason that doctors recommend washing your hands with soap and water over using hand sanitizer. Its because its very simple to accidentally overdo it with hand sanitizer and cause dry skin and other side effects.

In fact, if you use hand sanitizer so much that your hands get dried out, it may be easier for your hands to pick up germs from other surfaces.

Additionally, your skin may start to crack or bleed. Skin thats dried out and cracked may also be more susceptible to bacteria.

Read ingredient labels before you buy hand sanitizer and limit how much you use it to the product labels recommendations. For best results:

When used properly, hand sanitizer does have benefits, including:

To use hand sanitizer correctly, you should only use it when your hands are free from visible dirt. Use only a dime-sized amount (or less) and rub your hands together until the hand sanitizer has completely absorbed. For best results (and healthy skin), apply a moisturizer as soon as possible after the hand sanitizer has dried. This will help prevent some of the less than desirable side effects.

When hand sanitizer is used correctly, side effects and risks are minimal. When you overuse the product, it can cause dry hands and cracked skin. Some ingredients in hand sanitizer, such as triclosan, may cause health complications if you are exposed to them in large amounts. Always read ingredient labels before you buy and only use hand sanitizer according to the guidance on the product label.

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Ballyclare dad speaks out on cost of feeding kids a nutritious diet – Belfast Live

Posted: June 19, 2021 at 1:48 am

A Ballyclare dad has told how he and his wife had to turn to foodbanks and family help to provide their kids with a healthy diet on a tight budget after a job loss.

It comes as new research from safe food and the Food Standards Agency in NI has revealed how a healthy food basket could cost some families as much as 46% of their weekly income.

Craig, a dad-of-two, has spoken out to highlight this for a Consumer Council film on the issue called 'Hand to Mouth: Accessing healthy, affordable food on a low income' which aims to help highlight the issues facing some low-income families across Northern Ireland.

Craig said: "When my partner lost her job, it was a bit daunting, and I felt I had no back up. The whole thing was a complete disaster. We had to cut down and make changes.

"Some days I had to rely on family members and brought my children to their house for dinner. Last year was so tough especially with the cold weather and having to buy oil just after Christmas. But I got help from a food bank, they actually delivered food to my home."

The cost of eating a healthy balanced diet for a family of four living on benefits with two adults and two children in primary and secondary school is 162 per week (46% of their household income) while a healthy food basket for a single parent living on minimum wage with two children in pre-primary and primary school would cost 105 per week (25% their household income).

For a pensioner living on their own it would cost 61 per week to eat a healthy balanced diet (32% of their household income).

Research highlights the challenges facing low-income families in eating a healthy, balanced diet while meeting other essential household expenses and shows how low-income families in Northern Ireland now need to spend up to almost half (46%) of their weekly income to afford a healthy food basket that meets basic nutritional needs.

It also found that households dependent on benefits spent up to 14% more of their income on food than households where one adult was in employment.

Typically, households on a low-income tend to eat less well and this can contribute to higher levels of excess weight and its health complications like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. The research also found that food costs were highest for a low-income household with an older child of post primary school age, costing approximately one third more than a similar household with younger children.

Introducing the report, Joana Da Silva, Chief Specialist in Nutrition, safe food said: "Managing on a tight budget means that families with children, single parents and pensioners have to make stark choices in how they spend their money. Food spending is the flexible element of the household budget and people often fill up on cheap food thats nutritionally poor when prioritising other bills that need to be paid."

FSA Northern Ireland Dietary Health policy lead, Fionnuala Close continued: "While many families across Northern Ireland can enjoy a healthy diet, other households on a low-income struggle to make a limited budget go further and tend to eat less well, which can lead to health inequalities. The 2020 Food Basket research builds on an evidence base that is helping to shape Northern Irelands policies to address food need amongst the most vulnerable in our society."

Data from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency showed that from 2019-2020 almost 1 in 6 (17%) of the Northern Ireland population were in relative poverty with 13% in absolute poverty.

Food poverty is an issue that encompasses both the lack of access to a nutritionally adequate diet and the impact this has on health as well as the ability to participate socially through food.

Philippa McKeown-Brown, Head of Food Policy at The Consumer Council added: "The Consumer Council was keen to produce a short film Hand to Mouth to accompany the Minimum Essential Food Basket research, which explores the difficulties people can face accessing a healthy, affordable and enjoyable diet on a limited budget.

"In the film we hear from parents affected by a loss of income due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and the added strain of feeding their kids around the clock whilst schools were shut. With the summer school holidays just around the corner, there will be a lot of families again worried about making the food go further."

The report What is the cost of a healthy food basket in Northern Ireland in 2020 i s available to download from:

The Consumer Council film Hand to Mouth: Accessing healthy, affordable food on a low income is available to view from:

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Health and Wellness: Getting and staying fit when you’re over 50 –

Posted: June 19, 2021 at 1:48 am

Carrie Jose| Portsmouth Herald

The importance of being healthy and fit has taken center stage these last 18 months, but especially for the over 50 crowd. Most people aged 50-plus who want to get and stay fit struggle, because what might work for someone in their 20s or 30s just doesnt make sense for them in their 50s. As you age, both your needs andyour priorities change.

Once you hit age 50, people start to suffer from things like arthritis, degenerative and aging joints, and more back and knee pain. And if you arent suffering from them yet, youre worried about when you will. First, let me just tell you that it is 100% possible to get and stay fit after 50. Many folks who are 50 and over arethe healthiest theyve ever been in their lives. So whats their secret?

Here are fivehabits those over 50 stick to sothey can get and stay fit.

Get enough sleep

The myth that you dont need as much sleep as you get older is false. Most research indicates that even when youre over 50, you should still be aiming for seven to ninehours of sleep per night. When you dont get enough sleep, it catches up to you. You lack energy, making you less motivated to exercise and more likely to eat sugary, unhealthy foods. Lack of sleep lowers your immune system, affects your memory and ability to focus, impacts your balance, and increases your chance of high blood pressure. In general, lack of sleep is going to significantly impact your ability to eat well and exercise, two essential ingredients for getting and staying fit after age 50.

Keep Nutrition Simple

If youre over age 50, youve likely seen every cleanse, crash diet, health shake, weight loss pill, or gimmick known to man.There literally isnt a trick left in the book you havent seen. At age 50-plusyou also typically arent in the mood to be a nutritional extremist either. Its a good idea to just keep things simple. Focus on eating nutritious whole foods (things that are unprocessed) and drink plenty of water. Start your day with an 8-ounceglass of water and then aim to drink at least threemore bottles after that. When youre planning meals, make your plate up with half vegetables, one quarter protein, and one quarter whole grains. Adding a little bit of healthy fat consisting of plant oils is a good idea too. Good nutritional habits give you the energy and stamina you need to get and stay fit.

Lift Weights

I cant tell you how often I get asked is it safe to be lifting heavy weights at my age? People worry that lifting heavy weights could be bad for their spine or knees once they reach 50. Lifting weights is not only good for you, but perfectly safe when done correctly. But its important that your workout is customized and takes into account any injuries or ailments you may have. Arthritis in your joints, bulgingdiscs, and even meniscus tears are all normal things that occur as you age, but you want to make sure your strength training routine reflects this. As a physical therapist, the two biggest things I look at when Im examining someones strength routine are form and loading strategies. Good and proper form is critical to protect your joints and back. Loading refers to how much weight you lift and how often (reps). This changes as you age because the integrity of your soft tissue (muscles and ligaments) is different. Loading strategies also need to be adapted if youre injured or in pain. A good strength coach and physical therapist, especially when working together, can make sure that you have a strength training routine that is not only safe but perfect for your age and ability.

Strengthen your Core

After age 50 things like balance and reaction times start to become more compromised, and the likelihood of back pain increases. Maintaining good core strength helps with all of this and becomes more important than ever at age 50. The biggest problem I see with people trying to strengthen their core is that they just dont know how to do it properly. They may be doing all the right things, but with all the wrong muscles. If youre new to core strengthening, or perhaps youve been doing it awhile but your core strength still isnt where you want it to be, consider trying Pilates. Its long been known as the staple of core strengthening because it requires you to perform very controlled and precise movements while focusing on your breath. Having proper control over your breath, body, and movement are the cardinal signs of a truly functioning and strong core.

Address Pain

This may seem obvious but I cant tell you how many people either ignore, or work around their pain. When you ignore your pain you risk developing other problems due to your body compensating. These compensation strategies may last you for a short time but eventually catch up to you. When youre over 50, recovering from injury is harder and takes longer. So although preventing injury is your best strategy, dont just ignore pain if youre experiencing it. When you work around pain, its impossible to get the most you can out of your workouts and this delays your ability to get and stay fit. If youre always having to modify exercise or compensate for pain, not only is this frustrating, but you delay getting to the root cause of your problem. Simply put, if youre experiencing musculoskeletal pain, get it addressed.

Dr. Carrie Jose, Physical Therapist and Pilates expert, owns CJ Physical Therapy & Pilates in Portsmouth and writes for Seacoast Media Group. To get in touch, or register for our Getting Fit After 50 Masterclass, email her atinfo@cjphysicaltherapy.comor visit our website.

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Botox and COVID Vaccine: Is It Safe to Get Both? – Healthline

Posted: June 19, 2021 at 1:48 am

If you have or are considering Botox or dermal fillers, you may have some extra questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. These questions are most likely the result of a side effect reported specifically from the Moderna vaccine.

During the phase 3 trial for the Moderna vaccine, 15,184 trial participants were given the vaccine. Out of those participants, three subjects who had had dermal fillers experienced mild facial swelling within 2 days of their vaccine dose.

Two of the subjects experienced swelling in the general area of their face, while one experienced lip swelling. None of the subjects with dermal fillers who were given the placebo experienced this side effect. The swelling went away completely with treatment at home for all three participants.

Before we go further, remember that Botox and dermal fillers are not the same things. Botox is an injectable muscle relaxer, while dermal fillers are synthetic materials meant to add volume and structure to your face. The people in the Moderna vaccine trial had dermal fillers.

Based on what we know so far, doctors still strongly recommend everyone who can get the COVID-19 vaccine should do so. A history of getting Botox and dermal fillers is not considered a reason to opt out. The protection offered from the vaccine is still believed to far outweigh the slight risk of swelling for people with dermal fillers.

The American Academy of Plastic Surgeons says that people with dermal fillers should not be discouraged from getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Thats because these side effects are considered rare. Even in the cases where these side effects were reported, they resolved quickly and didnt have long-term health complications.

With that being said, the Moderna trial cases are not the only examples of swelling associated with dermal fillers and the COVID-19 vaccine.

A study published in February 2021 mentions isolated, rare cases of swelling that seemed to have occurred in connection to the Moderna vaccine as well as the Pfizer vaccine. The study theorizes that this is the result of how the unique spike proteins in COVID-19 behave within your body.

These case studies let us know that these side effects are possible, but not at all likely. All of the cases of swelling were connected to dermal fillers that contained hyaluronic acid, and each of them resolved on their own, just like the Moderna trial participants.

Finally, keep in mind that contracting the coronavirus itself has been connected to facial swelling in people with dermal fillers in at least one case. You may choose to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine because of its connection to swelling side effects, but that would mean that you are more vulnerable to contracting the virus, which can carry the same rare side effect.

There is no official guideline that recommends avoiding fillers or Botox after your COVID-19 vaccine.

That doesnt mean that we wont find out more about this in the future. There may be clearer guidelines to come from plastic surgeons and dermatologists about when you should get fillers or Botox after the COVID-19 vaccine.

For now, you can play it safe and wait until the vaccine has taken full effect until you get your next round of dermal fillers or Botox. It takes about 2 weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines in order for the vaccine to take its full effect.

This is not the first time that a link between dermal fillers, exposure to a virus, and symptoms of temporary facial swelling have been linked.

During the Moderna trial, the same participant with dermal fillers who experienced swelling in the lip area reported that they had experienced a similar reaction after getting the flu shot. In the past, people receiving other types of vaccines were seen to have an increased risk of swelling side effects from dermal fillers. This has to do with how these vaccines activate your immune system.

A 2019 paper noted increasing evidence that showed people who recently had the flu had a higher risk of delayed side effects, including swelling, from dermal fillers that contain hyaluronic acid. Its possible that vaccines and recent virus exposure can cause your immune system to see the fillers as a pathogen, triggering an attack response on the filler material from your T cells.

Finally, its important to remember that temporary facial swelling is not an uncommon reaction for people that have had any type of fillers.

There have been some reports of people with dermal fillers experiencing facial swelling as a side effect of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. So far, reports of this side effect are extremely rare, and they are not long term. As of now, doctors and medical experts emphasize that the low risk of temporary swelling is far outweighed by the benefits of protection from COVID-19 vaccines.

Before you get your COVID-19 vaccine, speak to a medical professional about any concerns or questions that you have. Your primary physician should be able to evaluate your health history and give you the most up-to-date information on how the COVID-19 vaccines may affect you.

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5 critical water safety skills, other ways you can save lives at the pool – ABC15 Arizona

Posted: June 19, 2021 at 1:48 am

Taking a dip in the cool water is one of the few ways to beat the summer heat, but are you doing it safely? Everyone can play an important role in saving lives around water.

The Red Cross says 85% of Americans say they can swim, but a survey found that just over half of self-described swimmers are actually able to complete five critical water safety skills that could keep you alive.

Those five skills include getting in water deeper than your head, being able to tread water or float for one minute, and then getting to an exit safely.

Drownings by the numbers

In the first six months of 2021, there have been at least two dozen drowning or near-drowning incidents in the Phoenix area.

Of those incidents, 19 of them have involved children and several have been deadly.

Five adults have also lost their lives in the water so far this year. According to the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, more adults drown every year than children in our state.

Phoenix Fire Department says drowning incidents occur more often in the West Valley where backyard pools are more prevalent, and there are more renters, visitors, and multi-generational households.

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Expanding Nutrition Initiatives in Lead-Up to UN Food Systems Summit Food Tank – Food Tank

Posted: June 19, 2021 at 1:48 am

In the lead-up to the 2021U.N. Food Systems Summit,Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is continuing to expand its efforts to address malnutrition in Ethiopia.

Leading up to the United Nations Food Systems Summit, the pressure is on to ensure safe nutritious food is promoted. This presents an opportunity to put nutrition higher on the global agenda, which will help people thrive and ultimately save lives,Ton Haverkort,GAIN Country Director of Ethiopia, tells Food Tank.

The Food Systems Summit plans to launch new actions to help achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and develop more sustainable and equitable food systems.

GAIN, which was launched in 2002, works to end malnutrition through the transformation of the food system in countries like Ethiopia, helping target the first objective of the summit.

An estimated 8 million people in Ethiopiarequire food assistance, with 3.9 million women and children nutritionally vulnerable. The country has made significant gains to reduce malnutrition, but Ethiopia is still facing food insecurity.

Ethiopian children consume one of the least diverse diets in sub-Saharan Africa and, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), about 28 percent of all child mortality in the country is associated with undernutrition, Haverkorttells Food Tank.

Over the last year, in response to COVID-19, GAIN created initiatives to protect the countrys nutritional standing. As part of one initiative, GAINconvenedtheStanding Together for Nutrition (STfN)collaboration to bring together 60 experts to assess COVID-19s impact on nutrition. Recently, the consortium published research ondouble-duty interventions, programs, and policies that prevent or reduce the risk of nutritional deficiencies after COVID-19. In December, their research onCOVID-19s potential impacts on maternal and infant undernutritionalso helped guide new policies.

Additionally, GAIN Ethiopia is leading a project studying the consequences of COVID-19 on food supply, safety, and pricing at two open markets. They plan to provide recommendations and help facilitate solutions once the study is complete.

GAINs other ongoing projects focus on initiatives to boost the nutritional quality of certain commonly used food products like salt, wheat, and oil, reduce post-harvest food loss, and increase sustainable food production and market accessibility.

Through collaborations with businesses, food suppliers, and the Ethiopian government, GAIN has created programs to help address these concerns and improve the nutritional status of peoples diets.

GAIN recognized that one of Ethiopias major problems was micronutrient deficiency in infants and pregnant women, particularly in iodine. Around 50 percent of women and children lacked adequate levels of iodine.

Through the the Large Scale Food Fortification (LSFF) Program, GAIN helped develop the fortification standards for salt iodization, wheat flour, and edible oil and create policies to mandate fortification to combat these deficiencies. They offer support to the government and private sector to understand and enforce the standards of fortification. GAIN also develops opportunities for small-scale millers to fortify wheat flour through the building of laboratories and recommendations for sustainable suppliers.

GAIN has seen fortification coverage increase. For salt iodization, adequately iodized salt from markets and households reached more than 88 percent in 2018, up from 26 percent in 2015.

To prevent the loss and waste of nutritious foods, GAIN also facilitated the creation of the Ethiopia Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (E-PLAN). Through an Ethiopian business engagement platform, local businesses are matched with industry experts to analyze their supply chains, packaging, crating, and processing. Together, they find ways to reduce food loss and waste.

Haverfort says the program has been particularly successful with tomatoes. GAIN distributed 19,000 reusable plastic crates to unions and trader associations. The crates eliminated overloading and increased aeration and stackability. Because they are much easier to handle as well, postharvest loss was reduced at all levels of the supply chain.

We work with food suppliers to increase their capacity to produce and sell nutritious foods for children, Haverkort explains. We also promote sustainable market development with local processors and smallholder farmers in the dairy value chain, to enhance the nutritional value of high-quality milk-based products to fight malnutrition.

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Geneva Palais briefing note on the situation of children in Tigray – UNICEF

Posted: June 19, 2021 at 1:48 am

GENEVA, 15 June 2021 - "I would like to start by reading three paragraphs from a statement just out from UNICEFs executive director:

At least 33,000 children in inaccessible parts of Tigray, Ethiopia, are severely malnourished and face imminent death without immediate help.

In the last month alone, we have seen a four-fold increase in weekly admissions of children for treatment of severe acute malnutrition.

Making matters worse, the malnutrition crisis in the region has coincided with extensive damage to essential systems and services on which children depend for their survival. Mobile health and nutrition teams have been attacked and harassed. Health facilities have been looted or damaged and essential vaccination capacity has ground to a halt. Many health workers have not returned to work. Destruction of water infrastructure has caused an extreme scarcity of safe drinking water.

"That is all attributable to UNICEFs executive director.

"To quickly add to this briefing: This is a man-made catastrophe. And incredulously, things can deteriorate further for children, as food insecurity is expected to worsen over the coming months. We risk many more deaths if crops cannot be planted.

"It is of course imperative that parties to the conflict ensure that humanitarian actors, including UNICEF, have unimpeded and safe access on the ground to stave off widespread famine and to reach those in need.

"Mobile health and nutrition teams who have had their lives threatened as they do their frontline work - require access to the 21 hard-to-reach districts to serve children, and we must be able to safely carry out the upcoming measles, polio, vitamin A and nutrition campaign across all areas of the Tigray region.

"And of course the regions children and their families need an immediate cessation of hostilities so that they can safely obtain lifesaving services and begin to rebuild their lives.

"Beyond the politics, funding for an adequate response remains inadequate. Overall, UNICEF requires US$47m to reach 1.3m children up to September there is a US$13m shortfall, which of course equates to childrens lives. The largest gaps are in the water and child protection response."


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Parents unhappy with streamlined meal options in Stirling schools and nurseries – Daily Record

Posted: June 19, 2021 at 1:48 am

Lack of school meal choice appears to be leaving a sour taste in the mouths of some parents.

Trossachs and Teith Tory councillor Martin Earl told a recent meeting of Stirling Councils children and young people committee that he had received a number of complaints about the restricted options being served to youngsters in primary schools and nurseries.

While a restricted menu was introduced last year because of many children being unable to access canteens and dining halls safely during the Covid pandemic, there has been some easing of the coronavirus restrictions.

Burgers and rolls appear to be among the mainstays of the current menu being regularly being served up to youngsters in schools and nurseries.

However the menu which should have been introduced by now also features dishes such as macaroni cheese, spaghetti bolognese, roast chicken and chicken korma among a host of other choices.

Restrictions have also made preparation more challenging for facilities team preparing the meals.

However, officials told the meeting that until all establishments were able to operate as normally as possible, the streamlined menu would remain until at least the end of term.

They said they hoped the more extensive menu could be introduced in August at the start of the new term and that normal service could resume for all schools and nurseries at that time.

Councillor Earl said: I have received a growing number of concerns from parents about the current menu thats available, which is limited.

Theres a roll and link sausage, pizza, beefburgers, fillet of fish, vegetarian burger roll or a panini and thats repeated over a three- week cycle.

I understand there has been a restricted menu because meals are still being served in classrooms and there is limited availability for facilities management through canteens but I have had some contact with several other local authorities including Moray, Borders, East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire, who are all doing a full menu in canteens and have been for a while.

Early years and early intervention service manager Judy Edwards said: The menu was reduced because it wasnt possible for children to eat in the dining room in all schools because of space restrictions.

As restrictions have eased schools have been able to have children safely back into dining rooms but this has been happening gradually with a view to normal service resuming in August.

Some children are still eating in classrooms in schools as safe practice.

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Interim head of education Bryony Monaghan added: This is to do with our current risk assessment around Covid. It is very specific by school and by local authority.

There have been discussions in recent weeks and months. This is a gradual process in the context of specific schools and we can move gradually towards changing it. We are not able to make a wholesale change at this stage but are having to look at the whole context of where we still have positive cases in certain areas and where the whole context in the school wouldnt allow us to move in that direction with confidence.

Councillor Earl said: It would seem you are saying we still have to go with the restricted menu until such times as everybody can get to their normal capacity.

He added: A lot of parents are saying they are not happy with the menu and I can understand it given how restricted it has to be at the moment.

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The personalized nutrition market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 16% during 2021 – GlobeNewswire

Posted: June 19, 2021 at 1:48 am

New York, June 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- announces the release of the report "Personalized Nutrition Market - Global Outlook and Forecast 2021-2026" -

Increasing disposable income in the developing regions and fast integration of digital healthcare technologies are gaining traction. The major countries create demand for personalized nutrition products, such as the US, China, and Japan. In recent years, increasing consumer awareness towards health and a better understanding of health and fitness are significant factors driving the demand in the personalized nutrition market across several regions. Did you know, Segterra one of the players in the market, is offering the InsideTracker platform? The company provides personalized nutrition and fitness plans based on blood testing, DNA, and lifestyle habits. The high acceptance of technologies is helping in food consumption and healthcare plans and support in shaping the food and healthcare industry. Amazon Fresh has collaborated with Habit to deliver customized health plans to consumers. Personalized Nutrition Innovation Summit is a forum for CEO and founders of innovative personalized nutrition and startups to meet potential partners and investors.

The following factors are likely to contribute to the growth of the personalized nutrition market during the forecast period: Rising Technology Innovation and Advancements Increasing Trend of Personalization Shaping Food & Healthcare Industry Introduction of Digitalization in Healthcare Industry Growth Opportunities Through Collaborations and Strategic Partnership

The study considers the present scenario of the personalized nutrition market and its market dynamics for the period 2020?2026. It covers a detailed overview of several market growth enablers, restraints, and trends. The report offers both the demand and supply aspect of the market. It profiles and examines leading companies and other prominent ones operating in the market.

PERSONALIZED NUTRITION MARKET SEGMENTATION The personalized nutrition market research report includes a detailed segmentation by product, form, application, end-user, geography. Dietary supplements and nutraceuticals products have high potential in the Asia Pacific region. This segment accounts for over 52% of the APAC market share due to the increasing health awareness and personalized health diet plans. The usage frequency of nutraceuticals in developed countries is nearly 50% to 70% and is majorly used by females. The acceptance of functional food and beverage products have high potential in the European region. Personalized sports nutrition is designed to modify food recommendations to improve direct and indirect factors that influence athletic performance. In China, the process for dietary supplement requires strict testing compared to the US, processes pharmaceutical approval.

The discovery of compounds such as vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, and other pigments has led to the advent of dietary supplements. It is growing at a CAGR of around 14% in the market. The aqueous coating solution is used to coat the tablets as it makes the tablet safe, protective, and easy to swallow, and the usage of this solution is booming in the supplements segment. Athletes, weightlifters, older adults, and people with chronic disease could require more general protein intake recommendations, pushing the growth of the powder-based supplement across the globe.

Consuming a nutritious diet is essential to maintain a healthy weight and attain the necessary nutrients for healthy body function. People are shifting toward personalized health advice as an individual can get dietary advice tailored explicitly according to the genotype to prevent and treat chronic diseases. Maintaining a healthy weight and eating is crucial for a sportsperson. Personalized nutrition plays a significant role in the sports nutrition market. DNAfit, one of the prominent players, is offering sports nutrition based on DNA.

The companies are collecting health information or nutritional status through tests or devices. They interpret the collected data and offer recommendations for ingredients according to consumers diet requirements. Nowadays, direct-to-consumer genetic testing kits are provided to customers through players websites, advertisements, or the internet. The personalized recommendation is increasing in the hospital patient consumption of protein and calories and improving clinical nutrition outcomes. The healthcare tends, such as short length of stay in acute care facilities, shifted the bulk of nutrition education and nutrition therapy to the ambulatory setting to boost the global market demand.

Segmentation by Product o Dietary Supplements & Nutraceuticals o Functional Foods & Beverages o Sports Nutrigenomics o Digitized DNA

Segmentation by Form o Tablets o Capsules o Powders o Liquids o Others

Segmentation by Application o Standard Supplement o Diseased Based o Sports Nutrition

Segmentation by End-User o Direct-to-consumers o Wellness & Fitness Centers o Hospitals & Clinics o Institutions o Others

INSIGHTS BY GEOGRAPHY The increase in lifestyle disorders is driving the growth of the personalized nutrition market in North America. The US players in this industry use molecular and cellular techniques to provide chemicals, food, and services to meet individual requirements. Personalized nutrition is expected to maintain steady growth during the period and after the epidemic recovers in North America. The change is driven by the increasing pharmaceutical sales and rising development of healthcare products. North America witnessed growth for personalized supplements since the pandemic due to the increase in usage of health products to boost the immune system.

Segmentation by Geography o North America US Canada o Europe Germany France UK Italy Spain Norway Sweden Finland Denmark Belgium Switzerland Russia o APAC China India Japan South Korea Australia Malaysia Singapore Indonesia o Middle East & Africa South Africa Turkey Saudi Arabia UAE Israel o Latin America Brazil Mexico Colombia

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE BASF SE, Herbalife Nutrition, DSM, Nutrigenomix, and Amway are some of the major vendors in the market. Personalized nutrition companies are adopting innovative technologies to retain a strong position in the global healthcare industry. Players are manufacturing personalized nutrition with advanced product specifications. Players are creating a unique value proposition to sustain in the highly competitive environment. Amway, an entrepreneur, leading in the health and wellness organization. Amway operates its business with a multilevel model and direct selling strategy, enabling its consumer to become the companys brand ambassadors.

Key Vendors Amway Herbalife Nutrition Nutrigenomix BASF SE DSM

Other Prominent Vendors Atlas Biomed DNAlysis Persona Bactolac Pharmaceutical Balchem Wellness Coaches DayTwo BiogeniQ Mindbodygreen Helix & Gene Metagenics Baze GX Sciences Viome Zipongo Care/of DNAfit Vitagene InstaFit Segterra Nutrino Nourish3D Rootine Supp Nutrition

KEY QUESTIONS ANSWERED: 1. How big is the personalized nutrition industry? 2. What factors are enabling the growth of the personalized nutrition industry? 3. Which regions are likely to generate the most revenues for the personalized nutrition market? 4. What are the different segments of the personalized nutrition market? 5. Who are the key players in the personalized nutrition market?Read the full report:

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