Science & Health

Science & Health
7:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Louisiana Obesity Problem Has More Roots Than Local Rich Food

Adult obesity rates in Louisiana over time, and compared to the rest of the country.
Credit Trust for America's Health

Local fitness expert and study author discuss reasons Louisiana rates first in the nation for obesity.

A national study shows Louisiana is the most obese state in the country. Findings show the cause is more complicated than simply blaming the rich cooking.

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National Security
8:10 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Leaked NSA Audit Shows It Violated Privacy Rules

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 2:56 pm

The Washington Post  has released more of the information it received from the fugitive National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden.

The Post reports that an internal audit, the NSA found it had violated privacy rules thousands of times.

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Green Minute
3:32 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

A New Restaurant Group = Green Cuisine

Christal White from the Green Project delivers The Green Minute.

New Orleans is a city that has long been known for its amazing cuisine, but not exactly for being the most green. Our recipe for success is delicious, but lacks some very important: environmentally responsible ingredients. Well, leave it to LifeCity to tweak the recipe.

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Science & Health
6:38 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

The Q-Tip: Hero Or Menace?

Notice the warning. (Carey Goldberg/WBUR)

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:45 pm

The Q-tip is a source of pleasure for many people — there’s just something about cleaning out your ears that feels so good.

Even though Q-tips look like they are designed to fit inside your ear, it turns out that is not the way to use them.

But, as Carey Goldberg, host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog puts it, “how can something that feels so good be so wrong?”

Goldberg talked to medical experts who said misusing Q-tips can, “cause all kinds of problems: from punctured ear drums to impacted ear wax.”

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Science & Health
7:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Tulane Researchers Using BP Grant To Develop Less-Toxic Dispersant

A C-130 Hercules from the Air Force Reserve Command's 910th Airlift Wing drops an oil-dispersing chemical into the Gulf of Mexico May 5, 2010, as part of the Deepwater Horizon response effort.
Technical Sergeant Adrian Cadiz US Air Force

Tulane chemistry professor Scott Grayson reviews the grant objectives.

Researchers at Tulane University are working on designing a less toxic oil dispersant than the Corexit used on the BP spill in 2010. The goal is using ingredients now approved for human consumption.

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Green Minute
3:56 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Why Hybrid Cars Are Winning the Eco-Friendly Fight

hybrid engines+small batteries=winning combination

The Green project's Christal White delivers this week's Green Minute.

Shopping for a car can be a real headache, especially for the eco-conscious consumer. Is electric really best? How about a hybrid? What if I just buy a used gasoline-powered car? The answer is…it depends. On a lot.

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Health
4:14 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Political Fight Jeopardizes Medicaid In Mississippi

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, opposes Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 6:11 pm

Medicaid and controversy seem inseparable in many states lately. For the most part, the wrangling is about a new wrinkle in Medicaid — the expansion of the health program for the poor and disabled under Obamacare.

Mississippi, though, is raising the stakes. Democrats and Republicans in the state are in a fight, and the outcome could threaten the very existence of the entire Medicaid program there.

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Green Minute
12:55 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Buying In Bulk? There's An App For That

Buying in bulk saves you money, but not always time... It's hard to tear yourself away from those bins!
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The Green Project's Christal White talks purchasing food in bulk on this week's Green Minute.

With the cost of makin’ groceries steadily increasing every day, maybe it’s time for us to revisit buying in bulk.

I’m not suggesting that we all run out to the big box warehouse store for 20 dozen eggs and some snow tires, but rather hit up your local farmer’s markets, food co-ops and grocery stores for beans, rice, pastas, olive oil, maple syrup, honey, flours, soaps, nuts, granolas and even tofu. To find the best local selection, there’s a free app simply called Bulk.  

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Green Minute
2:44 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Styrofoam: Everyone's Enemy

The view from a Styrofoam landfill... it's not pretty.

People who say that nothing lasts forever are dead wrong when it comes to Styrofoam.

Styrofoam (or polystyrene, as the men in white coats call it) is a petroleum based product that will likely outlast us all — and that’s not a good thing. Environmentally it's non-recyclable, and refuses to break down, even when exposed to light. Combine that with the fact that Styrofoam is lightweight and floats, and you’ve got massive quantities accumulating along coasts and waterways around the world, which makes it a health hazard for marine life.

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Green Minute
5:41 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Junk Food Is Bad For You, And Junk Mail Is Bad For The Environment

Junk mail: more harmful than you think

Christal White delivers the Green Minute.

Got too much junk in your trunk? Don't think pants size, think all that unsolicited bulk mail that clogs your box each day. And if you think a little junk can’t hurt, we seriously have a badonkadunk of a problem. Here’s junk mail by the numbers:

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