Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Good Nutrition Advice for Pregnant Women Needed

If you don't know this already, the consumption of fish is limited by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to no more than 12 ounces a week. Why? They say that fish is contaminated by mercury, a toxic metal substance that can cause developmental problems in an unborn child and can also, of course, make the mother, or anyone else who gets too much of it in his or her system, terribly sick.

Yet, strangely, the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, which is made up of health-care groups like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Public Health Association, has recommended more fish for pregnant women. Their reason? Omega-3 fatty acids which are abundant in fish. This substance, for one, is recommended for good heart health. But is it the only reason? Reports from the New York Times say that the Healthy Mother's Group received a grant of $60,000 from the National Fisheries Institute.

With such issues about fish consumption, the question now is: Is more fish for pregnant women really better or not? Such inconsistencies in statements can be confusing to people who don't know the difference between omega-3 and the Omega Man. But organizations like the Nutrition Advisors' Network by BitWine, give a perfect solution for those seeking reliable nutrition advice. All one has to do is go to the site choose one of the registered dieticians available and talk to that person in real time over the Internet through Skype. You only pay as you go and you don't have to bother leaving your house to go to an expert's office. Those interested may learn more here.

The picture on the left shows pregnant actress Marcia Cross of Desperate Housewives. How much fish does she eat? Where does she get expert nutrition advice? For more on the Healthy Mother's Group issue, jump to i-Mash. For entertainment news, go to Hots Up.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hobbit Remains Determined to Be Related to Humans

In 2003, the remains of a small hominid, Homo floresiensis, was discovered in Indonesia in the Liang Bua cave on the island of Flores. The remains are only about a meter in height and were likened to be hobbit-like, in reference to author J.R.R. Tolkien's diminutive race of characters in the Lord of the Rings series. The remains do not really have similarities to dwarf or midget physical structures.

Archaeological evidence indicates that the Indonesian hobbit lived between 95,000 and 13,000 years ago. Arguments abounded concerning the find which includes tools said to have been used by the little hominid. Some said its brain was too small to have allowed tool-creation and use. Others said the hominid was simply a different type of modern humans, as other inhabitants of the island are also small. But recent studies of the wrist bones of the hominid reveal that it's related to modern humans, but not modern. The picture on the left compares a Homo floresiensis skull with a modern/typical sized one.

Jump to i-Mash for a video of the latest examination of the bones.

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