China is poorly prepared to tackle the impact of climate change that presents a serious threat to the country, thanks to a lack of planning and public awareness, the government said on Monday. The world's most populous country already faces challenges from weather extremes, with 2,000 people dying on average each year since the 1990s in natural disasters that are set to get worse, China's powerful economic planning agency said. "Our country is a developing nation with a large population, complex climate conditions and a weak environment (situation)," the National Development and Reform Commission said in a report. "Climate change is already a serious threat to food, water, ecological and energy security, and to people's lives and property," it added.
I woke up yesterday morning and for some reason I felt an urge to sit on the side of my bed and immediately began to meditate and pray. I usually go into the living room, relax with a cup of my homemade tea or some coffee, and ease into my day with my meditation and prayer practice. But yesterday I felt I had to begin immediately after waking up. I sat and at first I just listened. I focused on my breath and listened to the inner whisper that told me today someone unexpected would need me to be there
(Reuters) - Scottish singer Susan Boyle says she has a form of autism known as Asperger's syndrome, a diagnosis she says came as a relief after years of believing she had brain damage. Boyle, 52, told the Observer newspaper in an interview published Saturday she had sought help from a Scottish specialist a year ago believing her childhood diagnosis of brain damage was incorrect. "I was told I had brain damage.
By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the world's biggest maker of generic drugs, estimates its pipeline of so-called new therapeutic entities (NTEs) could generate revenue of $1 billion to $1.5 billion by 2018. This figure could jump to $3 billion in 2020, Elisabeth Kogan, Teva's senior vice president of generic research and development, told reporters on Sunday. The NTE program, launched a year ago, is a major element in Teva's strategy for growth and the company has 15 such products in its pipeline. One such product, called Adasuve, which it licensed from Alexza Pharmaceuticals, has been approved and is expected to be launched in the United States in about a month, Teva officials said.
Chinese authorities have banned shark fin and bird's nest soup from official receptions and told lower level officials they cannot stay in suites on business trips in the latest step in a crackdown on extravagance and waste. The official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday that cigarettes and expensive alcoholic drinks were also banned from official receptions, citing a document issued by the Communist Party's Central Committee and the State Council. "Shark fins, bird nests and products of rare wild animals are popular materials in luxury dinners in China," Xinhua cited the document as saying. "Officials on business tours should arrange their own meals according to relevant expenditure standards." Chinese President Xi Jinping has sought to address growing public anger at the illegal or unethical behavior of party officials, especially those with flamboyant lifestyles, often seen as a sign they are corrupt.
It's not just an excuse: Nutritious eats really are more expensive than food that won't do a body good. According to a new study, healthful food is $1.50 more expensive per day, or about $550 per year. But that certainly doesn't mean you can give up on fruits and veggies, nor does it mean that lean meats and whole grains have to break the bank. Here are eight of our favorite superfoods -- all of which cost less than a buck per serving. Now that's delicious! Cost per serving calculated by The Huffington Post using data from the Bureau of
Just one-third of teen girls in the U.S. have received all three doses of the vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV), according to new research. The study, presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, also showed that most people for whom the HPV vaccine is relevant (meaning someone between ages 9 and 27, or someone who has an immediate family member in that age range) are unaware of its effectiveness. ...
While there are some general rules of thumb when it comes to healthy eating -- fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains -- there's still some wiggle room for personal interpretation of what makes up a nutritious diet. For some, a Paleo plan might work. Others might opt to go vegan. And some of us even make room for the occasional slice of pizza or cheeseburger. (Cheers to that!) To get a better sense of what you really think of as healthy food, we asked our Facebook fans to tell us how they would describe nutritious picks in just one word.
By Steve Holland and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, battered by weeks of turmoil over the malfunctioning HealthCare.Gov website, turned to a fresh item on his agenda on Saturday as he pressured Republicans in Congress to extend benefits for jobless Americans. It was a sign Obama may be slowly turning the corner from one of the worst crises of his five years in office, emerging bruised and weakened from the troubled rollout of his signature healthcare law, even as big challenges remain. "For decades, Congress has voted to offer relief to job-seekers - including when the unemployment rate was lower than it is today," Obama said in his weekly address. Attending memorial services in South Africa next week for anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela and then launching into holiday season will also allow for a change of subject from the healthcare controversy.