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UN experts denounce the US supreme court's decision on restrictive abortion law
Human rights experts from United Nations denounced the US supreme court's decision to abolish Roe v. Wade, which protected women's right to opt for abortion. It also called on Joe Biden to take necessary measures to reduce its consequences. Experts describe the court's decision as a severe rollback of human rights, which jeopardises women's health and lives.
US President nominates Arati Prabhakar as new White House science adviser
Joe Biden, US President, nominated Arati Prabhakar as his top science adviser who will head the Office of Science and Technology. Her portfolio will include issues ranging from physical sciences to climate change. Also, she will play an essential role in Cancer Moonshot 2.0. She would be the first immigrant and woman of colour to hold such as role if approved by the Senate.
Caffeine could increase consumer spending
Consumption of a caffeinated beverage before shopping increased the impulsivity of shopping in terms of higher spending and more products purchased, as per a study. This effect was more significant for high hedonic products than low hedonic products. These findings suggest people who are trying to control their spending should avoid coffee consumption before shopping.
What are the best foods for minerals and vitamins?
Adopting a broad healthy diet is the best approach to ensure the body gets a variety of minerals and vitamins. Best foods for mineral sources include dairy, green leafy vegetables, seafood, fruits, salt, nuts, tea, grains, etc. Also, the best food for vitamin sources includes meat, poultry, fish, soymilk, watermelon, mushroom, potatoes, tofu, citrus fruits, mangoes.
Female leadership attributed to less COVID-19 mortality
Countries with female leaders reported 40% fewer COVID-19-associated deaths than countries governed by men, as per the University of Queensland research. Female leaders act quickly, decisively and promptly and are more reluctant to take risks toward the loss of life, which play a vital role in the COVID-19 pandemic prevention and positive outcomes.
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Can ultraviolet nail salon lamps cause skin cancer?
Nail salons use special lamps to set gel manicures and dry polishes. These lamps emit ultraviolet rays, which cause skin cancer and premature skin ageing. However, the risk of developing skin cancers from manicures can be minor, as per researchers. To be on the safe side, customers are recommended to wear protective gloves or apply sunscreen to decrease the risk of skin cancer.
Air pollution shortens people's lives by more than two years: Study
Chronic air pollution reduces the average life expectancy of people by over 2 years per person. The University of Chicago's Energy Policy Institute stated that if the levels of global PM2.5 are decreased to 5 micrograms/cubic meter, as recommended by WHO, then the average life expectancy of people would be increased by an average of 2.2 years.
Canada proposes written health warnings to be printed on individual cigarettes
Canada is the first country in the world to propose warnings written on individual cigarettes. Carolyn Bennett, Mental Health and Addictions Minister, stated that adding warnings on individual cigarettes will help to ensure the vital message reaches people who often access one cigarette at a time in social situations sidestepping the information printed on packages.
Study finds global warming is reducing sleep around the world
An average citizen lost 44 hours of sleep per year, resulting in 11 nights of fewer than 7 hours of sleep, which is considered adequate. Sleep loss is 25% higher among women than men and twice as high for older people. Higher nighttime temperatures may have a more impact on women as they have high subcutaneous fat levels than men, slowing down the cooling process.
Five Indian schools shortlist for World's Best School Prizes
Five top Indian schools were shortlisted in the world's top 10 schools across various categories for the $250,000 rewards, as per a report. SDMC School Lajpat Nagar III in Delhi and SVKM's CNM in Mumbai were shortlisted in the top 10 World's Best Schools for Innovation. Samaritan Mission School in Howrah was shortlisted for Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity.