Zintro Blog http://blog.zintro.com Business News written by Industry Experts Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:17:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 CDC Study Finds Abdominal Obesity Increasing in Americans: Part 2 http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/30/cdc-study-finds-abdominal-obesity-increasing-americans-part-2/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/30/cdc-study-finds-abdominal-obesity-increasing-americans-part-2/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:14:39 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22291 In Part 1 of this two-part series, Zintro experts responded to the study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that... Read More

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US-CDC-LogoIn Part 1 of this two-part series, Zintro experts responded to the study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found an increase in obesity among Americans. Here are several more responses to the study.

Dr. Roy Vartabedian is a corporate wellness strategy expert increasing longevity, productivity, and retention of senior-level executives. In addition to being President of Designs for Wellness, he is a New York Times best-selling author and has worked in the field of health promotion and disease prevention for over 30 years. “The only way we will turn the tide on obesity in the U.S. in to design/engineer communities and work environments that foster a culture of health and wellness,” says Dr. Vartabian. “That includes healthy food choices readily available at a reasonable cost, incorporating walking and other physical activities into communities and working environments, and rewarding life-balance rather than material success at any price. Obesity is not simply caused by an imbalance of calories in and calories out. If it was, we would have solved the problem by now. It is caused by design–a lifestyle designed by convenience, taste, excess, and a toxic environment.

“The reason it is so difficult to achieve and maintain an ideal weight in America is because to do so, the individual needs to constantly swim upstream, against the current of the culture and environment. The key to success for the majority is to change the direction of the stream by design to make the healthiest choices the easiest and most convenient choices. That takes a conscious and sustained effort by those with the power to do so.”

Nutritionist Sherry Granader  is a writer, author of two cookbooks, and national speaker in the field of nutrition, health and wellness. She explains, “Highly processed foods cause inflammation and it is this inflammation that causes neurological damage in the brain. The British Journal Of Nutrition (February 2013) reported that diets high in saturated fats and processed carbohydrates cause dysfunction in metabolism. The hormones leptin and ghrelin that regulate appetite cannot function properly. Leptin suppresses appetite while ghrelin increases it when the body needs fuel.

“Change eating habits at every meal. Replace a highly processed food with fresh vegetables or salad. Choose good quality protein sources and work with your body, not against it. Healthy eating habits can heal the damage done to the brain that wreaked havoc with fullness and hunger cues. Permanent weight loss does take time, specifically for the brain to heal its messaging system, but results can be noticed rather quickly.”

According to Richard Lasker, a 25-year consultant to Growing, Fertilizer, Seed and Distribution Industries, “Comparisons have been made in the past between diets of different regions of world versus USA, in particular the Mediterranean diet and the typical USA diet. The emphasis has been on items in the diets, items like red wine and olive oils. However this does not fully explain the obesity differences between the USA and other regions of the world.

“Our research shows that the USDA nutritional composition labels of USA grown foods and USA plant varieties are not at all similar to European, or for that matter Asian, grown varieties. Particular attention must be paid to the USDA food labeling information mandated in the USA. The information on those labels is computer generated from USDA laboratory research testing done 50 years ago. To be clear: no new laboratory testing is done on a yearly basis for nutritional content of our foods. The data on USDA labels is completely false. Many fruits & vegetables contain little or NO nutrients and create a ‘hidden hunger’ in those consuming them; because the fruits & vegetables are so nutrition-less the consumer is constantly hungry, the body requires nutrition and the only source we have is our foods.

“This can be compared to the fruits & vegetables of the Mediterranean regions whose fruits & vegetables are older varieties, much higher in nutrition and grown with better fertilizer growing programs. European consumers demand taste in their produce and care little about the appearance of it. Our varieties, grown in USA & Mexico, are shipped for extreme long distances and must be picture-perfect on the shelf. This has influenced the breeding of USA varieties to look good and ship long distances, but impacts nutritional values. This is one reason for the difference in obesity values in the USA versus the rest of the world. There are a number of other factors influencing obesity in the USA as well, equally important.”

As a dietitian, Lorie Hagan has worked for 13 years in a variety of fields. She has a health coaching certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition of New York and teaches weight loss classes based on the book The Full Plate Diet. She references the following quote: “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

“This quote is by an unknown author but is so true,” explains Hagan. “So many Americans are finding themselves at a point that losing weight is a necessity. Insurance companies are cutting back on the meds they are willing to cover and disease prevention is being pushed more and more to help save financial resources. The obesity epidemic began in the mid 1980’s when we started putting more emphasizes on low-fat and adding sugar to everything.

“The average American consumes 150+ pounds of sugar every year compared to the 1800s when we consumed about 10 pounds per year. Cutting back on sugar is a struggle for everyone, but it can be done with a conscious effort. Eating foods higher in protein along with more root vegetables helps to keep the cravings under control. Also, waiting 15 minutes after a meal before eating sweets can help. Our digestive tract issues are a contributing factor as well. Foods that are not digested properly do not nourish us properly and leave us hungry for more nutrients. Improving gut flora with good probiotics and fermented foods helps our bodies to be more satisfied.

“Notice I don’t suggest counting calories or depriving ourselves of naturally filling foods like fat, (however the quality of fat is important). We have made dieting so much more difficult than it has to be. Eating whole natural foods makes weight loss much less painful. Being strong is possible. If you need encouragement there is a health coach or dietitian that is right sound the corner willing to give you a hand.”

Dr. Jana Boggs is an independent researcher and consultant on the cutting edge of technology used to produce the very best quality, nutritionally-dense foods and feeds utilizing sustainable, environmentally-friendly methods. She stresses the importance of nutrients. “Foods that are not grown well, heavily processed or refined may contain a lot of calories, but lack the nutrients our bodies need. Consuming these foods results in improper nutrition. This can cause ‘hidden hunger’ which drives one to eat more food in an attempt to satisfy the underlying nutrient needs. As long-time gardening authority, Steve Solomon, says, “Health = Nutrition/Calories”. Perhaps a corollary would be “Overweight = Calories/Nutrition”.

“Not getting the nutrients one needs results in poorly functioning metabolic processes, such as hormonal imbalances. The symptoms of insulin resistance and glucose intolerance can be corrected through dietary means. With swings in blood glucose, one may feel tired and hungry—certainly not feel like doing something physically active. This lack of exercise, besides the immediate effect of not burning as many calories, results in poor muscle tone and a change in body composition to a proportionally greater percentage of fat. This further slows metabolism, because even at rest, muscle burns more calories than fat tissue.”

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CDC Study Finds Abdominal Obesity Increasing in Americans: Part 1 http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/29/cdc-study-finds-abdominal-obesity-increasing-americans-part-1/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/29/cdc-study-finds-abdominal-obesity-increasing-americans-part-1/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:41:44 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22211 According to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last week, the average waist size in the U.S.... Read More

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US-CDC-LogoAccording to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last week, the average waist size in the U.S. is a circumference of 38.8 inches. That is a 1-inch increase over the past 12 years. In addition, almost two out of three women in the U.S. had abdominal obesity by the end of the study.

Although the root cause of the increase in abdominal obesity is unknown, researchers acknowledged that poor sleep, medications and chemicals likely play a role. Lead researcher Earl S. Ford, a medical officer at the CDC, said, “We have some signs that things may be stabilizing. We have to just watch it for a couple more cycles to know where we stand and if we have turned the corner on obesity. It’s a little early in the game yet.”

This post is first in a two-part series presenting opinions by Zintro experts.

Patricia M. Iorio, MS, RD, LDN, is President of Health Span Solutions. The company develops and implements training programs and nutrition and wellness messages to optimize health, marketed to specific audiences. Patricia says, “The rate of increases in the obesity rates seem to be slowing, although the obesity epidemic is far from over. Obesity, as measured by BMI, body mass index, is derived from a formula based on height and weight. BMI does not take into account additional weight due to increased muscle mass, such as with athletes. It also does not account for those normal weight individuals with a large waist circumference, which is not healthy.

“A large waist circumference can mean a large amount of visceral fat, which increases cardiovascular disease risk or simply too much fat on the waist. The hormone, cortisol, enlarges fat cells and is generally responsible for the increase in visceral fat. Cortisol is believed to be increased by certain medications, inadequate sleep, not enough exercise, and of course, eating too much and the wrong food.

“Reducing body fat and overall weight requires a commitment to daily moderate intensity exercise, getting adequate sleep and consuming less calories than the body needs. Focusing on vegetables, fruits, good fats, high quality protein and whole grains will lead to overall better health and weight changes, including reductions in waist circumference! While this is not always easy to accomplish, professionals, such as Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists can develop individualized meal plans that will work!”

Namita Panagaria has a doctorate in Foods and Nutrition and eight years of experience in clinical nutritional counseling. “Obesity, I believe is a growing epidemic all over the world not only the USA. Even developing countries like India have been reported to have a huge prevalence of this epidemic. It is not finding its roots in children and adolescents as well.

“Poor eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, the excessive consumption of refined and sugary foods and lack of physical activity are the major contributory factors for this growing epidemic. The treatment of this disorder lies in effective nutrition education right from the beginning, initiating from the schools. This not only requires educating the children but the parents and the teachers as well. For combating adult obesity, the adults have to be educated, counseled and explained properly about the ill effects of obesity in the long run.

“For this purpose, in addition to these efforts, efforts also have to be made in the direction of the foods that are available in school and college canteens and restaurants. Is it necessary that low-calorie food has to be bad in taste? I really don’t think so. The restaurants can keep a separate menu for healthy foods and similarly the canteens. I think that it has to be a multi-dimensional approach covering all the aspects of food and science behind it.”

Debra Zwiefelhofer, RDN, LD, a medical marketing professional with extensive knowledge of the nutrition and healthcare industry, agrees. “As a registered dietitian, I work with many individuals who struggle with weight and body size and a whole host of related issues. We lose sight of the fact that the body is very complex – when one system is affected the others adjust and not necessarily in a positive way. The very process of aging (which starts earlier than most think and no one can escape) includes an accumulation of central fat mass along with a host of body system alterations.

Genetics, environment and lifestyle choices all matter too so ‘the sum of the whole tends to be greater than any one action’. Everyone is unique and each individual reacts differently to different triggers. While it is all a fascinating mystery to study and find singular answers much of it comes back around to eating a well- balanced whole foods diet (other food and drink in moderation), maintaining a healthy weight, regular activity, adequate rest and just plain taking care of stress and self.”

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Governor Brown Takes on Climate Change in California http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/26/governor-richardson-takes-climate-change-california/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/26/governor-richardson-takes-climate-change-california/#respond Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:38:37 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22190 California Governor Jerry Brown has pledged to lead in the fight against climate change. His goal is to put 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the roads of his state over... Read More

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MCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown has pledged to lead in the fight against climate change. His goal is to put 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the roads of his state over the next 10 years. Governor Brown has already signed 11 global warming bills that include:

  • Giving rebates for the purchase of cleaner automobiles to low-income residents
  • Adding 15,000 permits for clean-air vehicles in car-pool lanes
  • Requiring California to come up with a plan to fight methane and other short-lived pollutants
  • Asking cities and counties speed up the permit process for the installation of residential solar panels

John Zolotas is a chemical engineer for Fossil Fuels & Thermal Treatment of Waste at Aachen University, and a consultant for green business opportunities. He has been active in the renewable energy sector for the last decade. John explains, “If electric vehicles consume electric power NOT produced by renewables, then Governor Jerry Brown has ‘dug a hole in the water.’ I would start with inner city fleets, such as taxi cabs, buses, and UPS trucks, and gradually work my way to small city company cars and rentals.

“As far as the subject of ‘how to produce electric power within the city limits,’ I would endorse BIPV (building integrated photovoltaics) and vertical wind generators at parking lots and building roof tops. And one final comment: Saving energy is the greatest renewable source from a philosophical point of view.”

Steve Shepard of SBT Designs in Woodland Park, Colorado says, “Governor Brown is taking aggressive and assertive measures to address the threat of global warming in his state. Some of the measures are admirable and ambitious, but one can’t help but wonder what additional and new financial and personal burdens these mandates place on small business, homeowners and individuals.

“Americans have a bad habit of not doing anything until crisis or necessity forces them to but when government forces action it often has a nefarious tone behind it. Hopefully California bureaucrats develop or have the wisdom to make allowances when economics or personal situations prevent compliance with state laws that are new and foreign to many citizens.”

Rick Van Schoik, who has spent the last 30 years teaching, researching and doing sustainability policy work mostly trans-border, suggests, “A North American GHG emissions offset program based on the joint auction of ERC credits by California and Quebec could serve as a continental model until we get a world agreement.”

After spending more than 30 years in the Solar Power industry—with the core belief that ‘Solar Power should be a vital part of the mainstream energy solution’—Ronald Kenedi agrees with the other Zintro experts that Governor Richardson’s plan is addressing the issue. He says, “The increased use of clean solar electric power is one way to combat climate change.”

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Fracking Study Blames Faulty Wells for Water Contamination http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/24/fracking-study-blames-faulty-wells-water-contamination/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/24/fracking-study-blames-faulty-wells-water-contamination/#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:18:34 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22169 According to a recent study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a Texas community can expect to see water contamination conditions worsen because of nearby gas production. The... Read More

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OAccording to a recent study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a Texas community can expect to see water contamination conditions worsen because of nearby gas production. The study, by researchers at five universities, found faulty fracking wells are to blame for the contamination present in Texas and Pennsylvania testing sites. Fracking involves pumping high-pressure water and chemicals deep into the ground in order to break shale rock and, ultimately, release oil and natural gas.

Researchers did not find evidence that the actual process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was responsible for the tainted water. Instead, construction problems with natural gas wells such as poor casings and failed cement jobs were to blame. Regardless, the results differ from statements made by driller Range Resources Corp. and state regulators that claim gas drilling is not responsible for the presence of explosive methane in the homeowners’ water wells.

Rob Jackson, a Stanford University and Duke University environmental and earth sciences professor involved in the study, released a written statement that said, “People’s water has been harmed by drilling. In Texas, we even saw two homes go from clean to contaminated after our sampling began.”

Zintro expert Michael Jones, HPE is an environmental consultant with over 25 years of experience in the business and academic degrees in biology, ecology and health physics. His primary area of expertise is ecological risk assessment of chemical contamination at hazardous waste sites. Michael is also certified as a Senior Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America. He shares his opinion:

Certainly, the potential for chemical contamination of nearby drinking water wells has always been a possibility. The somewhat unknown nature of connectivity in groundwater formations, coupled with the high-pressure inherent feature of the fracturing process of shale, would lead one to believe that potential cross-contamination cannot be ruled out.

As more rigorous scientific studies are performed on existing well fields that are adjacent to residential areas, it is likely that correlations, and perhaps even causality, will be demonstrated between hydraulic fracturing activity and contamination of drinking water wells or ill effects on human health.
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New Heart Monitor the Size of a Paperclip http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/23/new-heart-monitor-size-paperclip/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/23/new-heart-monitor-size-paperclip/#respond Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:15:28 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22159 There is currently a drive within the medical devices industry to develop consumer-friendly heart devices for the aging population. These image-conscious boomers are not interested in wearing electric wires and... Read More

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RevealThere is currently a drive within the medical devices industry to develop consumer-friendly heart devices for the aging population. These image-conscious boomers are not interested in wearing electric wires and halters. The Reveal Linq is a $5,000 device made by Medtronic Inc. that records heart abnormalities when inserted under the skin of a person’s chest. And it’s the size of a paperclip.

The Medtronic monitor was approved in both the U.S. and Europe in February after a decade long miniaturization initiative. The company is currently working on the final human trials for a pacemaker small enough to be threaded into the heart via an artery. According to Medtronic, the pacemaker has the battery power to last ten years.

Manas Kanungo leads innovative strategic marketing and business initiatives as a management consultant. He says, “Remote, wireless, minimally invasive/implantable sensors are a step in the right direction to monitor patients at all stages of the care cycle … detecting early symptoms, diagnosis, therapeutic monitoring, post-surgery, etc. However, their true benefits would probably be realized when they become affordable, accessible, easy and fool-proof to be used by, a layperson, and do not need specialists to implement or manage their applications.

“Similar innovations are now being launched in the area of glucose monitoring, where one may not have to prick one’s fingers frequently on a daily basis, using a minimally invasive 14-day patch that monitors interstitial fluid, with an on-demand proximity sensor that gives instant glucose readings, trend, and 8-history. XPrize has a challenge out for the “Tricorder” – the holy grail of diagnostic tools. The race is on.”

Marco A. Oropeza, an expert in medical and surgical sales and consultation, explains, “The device is very nice, but the cases where you need to monitor a patient continuously for 24 hours a day and 365 days a year are quite few. Also, the need for a heart data collection device implanted under the skin is under debate. I would say that in the USA could be more accepted because of the insurance structure, but in my country—and a lot more—where the access to a Holter is not easy, I don´t see the real justification. The use of a Holter for a few days for diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmia is more than enough. I understand that many people does not like to wear a device with wires for a few days, but I think it is okay.”
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Success Story: Sokol Bojaj http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/22/success-story-sokol-bojaj/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/22/success-story-sokol-bojaj/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:50:28 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22149 Sokol Bojaj is a senior executive with over 20 years of Financial and Operational experience in both distressed and high growth companies. His experience includes working capital initiative, corporate solvency,... Read More

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Corporate SolvencySokol Bojaj is a senior executive with over 20 years of Financial and Operational experience in both distressed and high growth companies. His experience includes working capital initiative, corporate solvency, budget and operating initiatives, debtor business plans and creditor impairment. In addition Sokol has extensive knowledge of the valuation of public and private enterprises for mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcy, divestitures, and liquidation and determining damage estimates associated with litigation. He shares his experience working with clients on the Zintro platform:

With my extensive background in Legal/Litigation research, unique industry contacts, and proprietary database models, I was able to assist a client in a very specifically-focused research need/topic that they had been struggling with for quite some time. I worked closely with their research personnel in gaining an in-depth understanding, at a very granular level, of their research topic, the intended audience, and how the research was to be used.

Based on all this, I was able to not only to provide the requested information but introduce derivative data/statistics that the client was unaware of. The client remarked that they received much greater value than they ever expected from the engagement, and would not hesitate to utilize my experience (and Zintro) for their future research needs.

With Zintro’s resources, I was able to penetrate a far deeper market of clients than through my own marketing capabilities. As a direct result, my consulting practice has greatly expanded, and now includes clients from as far as India. The Zintro portal is robust, intuitive, and easy to navigate and utilize. It provides all of the functionality that is necessary to identify, engage with, and provide the deliverable for the client.

The Zintro staff is always available to assist participants in every aspect of the Zintro experience. Please let me know if you’d like me to add more. Thank you again for all your assistance. I sincerely look forward to working with Zintro, and its clients, in the future.

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Inquiry Round Up- Tyre Industry http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/19/inquiry-round-tyre-industry/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/19/inquiry-round-tyre-industry/#respond Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:01:43 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22137 Tyre Recycling I need assistance in terms of securing scrap Tyre from dealers, transportation firms, governmental departments, fleet management firms and fitting services. I want experts to close these disposal... Read More

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TyreTyre Recycling

I need assistance in terms of securing scrap Tyre from dealers, transportation firms, governmental departments, fleet management firms and fitting services. I want experts to close these disposal contracts for my recycling plant…..more.

Tyre Industry

We are looking out for Tyre Consultant for locations Mozambique / Tanzania / Botswana / Ghana / Philippines
they should have proper communication skills with exp……more.

Styrene Manufacturing

I want to start styrene manufacturing plant(using ethylene and benzene )that can handle 250 to 500kg/hr of feed. I want to know estimation cost for the plant.
how much quantity of raw material will require and how much quantity of styrene will produce……more.

South Korea Tyre Regulations 

Looking for an expert in tyre regulation in south korea…….more.

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Study Questions Benefit of Some Dementia Drugs http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/18/study-questions-benefit-dementia-drugs/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/18/study-questions-benefit-dementia-drugs/#respond Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:31:55 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22121 A study published by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found more than half of patients with advanced dementia are given drugs of questionable benefit on a regular basis. In addition,... Read More

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PET_Alzheimer (1)A study published by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found more than half of patients with advanced dementia are given drugs of questionable benefit on a regular basis. In addition, the monthly cost of the medicines is about $272. Researchers reviewed the treatment of 5,406 nursing home residents, based on a set of standards devised by a medical panel.

There is no cure for advanced dementia. Patients typically die within two years of diagnosis. According to the study, that means any medication that fails to provide a certain level of comfort of “questionable benefit.” The pills comprised about 35 percent of the patients’ prescription expenses.

Zintro expert John D. Shulansky, CDP of EldersChoice of Connecticut, LLC responds:

The administration of drugs for patients with dementia is problematic for a number of reasons. There is a scarcity of board certified geriatric physicians and neuro-psych practitioners, especially in nursing homes. Unfortunately, most states do not require nursing home physicians or other clinical staff to have any specialized training or experience with geriatric or other patients with chronic illnesses. This leads to inappropriate drug treatments and in particular, the administration of drugs that are contraindicated for geriatric and dementia patients.

Further, drugs often are used to address behaviors that might otherwise be managed with other therapeutic interventions, especially in nursing home and other restrictive residential settings.. Some medications can be extremely effective in controlling dementia related behaviors, but none will cure or reverse the effects of most dementia-causing diseases. The overuse and inappropriate use of medications for dementia patients is reflects the high relative cost of these medications, as well as the lack of adequate federal and state reimbursement for nursing home stays.
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US CDC: Children Eat Too Much Salt http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/17/us-cdc-concerned-sodium-childrens-diets/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/17/us-cdc-concerned-sodium-childrens-diets/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:55:27 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22098 A report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that just 10 foods account for almost half the sodium children consume. Dietary guidelines recommend that children ages... Read More

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US-CDC-LogoA report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that just 10 foods account for almost half the sodium children consume. Dietary guidelines recommend that children ages 6 to 18 consume less than 2,000 mg or salt per day. However, foods such as pizza, chicken nuggets and bologna are being blamed for the fact that U.S. children have an average salt intake of 3,300 milligrams.

Debra Zwiefelhofer is a Registered Dietician Nutritionist. She warns, “By now we should have learned that singling out any one nutrient as the culprit for ill-health is a slippery slope to go down. Saturated fat was evil, followed by cholesterol, wheat, sugar, etc. Now sodium is vilified. Science continues to find out that any one nutrient is not evil in and of itself – including sodium. However, the popular press has a way of taking several data points and making them sensational news. Studies have shown that the blanket link to sodium and hypertension is precarious at best.

“What is important is teaching children (and for any of us) that all foods are good in moderation. As a collective society, we should be more concerned about the nation’s prevalence of obesity which we know contributes to many, many issues that really do undermine health and wellness. Lack of food variety, portion control and insufficient exercise/activity is a much bigger antagonist of health problems than any single food or nutrient – including sodium.”

Shrinivas Muthangi is a management consultant with over 36 years of experience working with big brands in India. He is an expert on research process development, analysis and strategic organization planning. Muthangi shares his views based on a business standpoint, explaining, “This high salt intake by the youngsters in the U.S. is highly depicted in all most all the surveys and medical reports. Still we see again and again that U.S. youngsters’ dietary habits are spoiling their future health.”

“I wish to express that instead of carrying surveys, offering seminars, writing reports and announcements, the U.S. should direct the manufacturers and marketers to use permissible ingredients and keep strict watch on the recipes for sale. The U.S. government has lots of useful and mandatory restrictions on importing food products from other countries.

“It is much better and effective to drive ingredient values restriction in these foods for children for that matter for any one. In the present day of busy independent lives one looks to fill the tummy without thinking of future health issues. So it’s better to restrict such avoidable hazards from the start.”
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“Strategy and Preparation of an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Application” Presented by Susanne T. Smith http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/16/strategy-preparation-investigational-device-exemption-ide-application-presented-susanne-t-smith/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/16/strategy-preparation-investigational-device-exemption-ide-application-presented-susanne-t-smith/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:37:04 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22093 Medical Device Insights & Innovation Webinar Series – Session 2 Presented by Susanne T. Smith  Presenter’s Note: “An investigational device exemption (IDE) approval by the Agency allows an industry Sponsor... Read More

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Medical Device Insights & Innovation Webinar Series – Session 2

Presented by Susanne T. Smith 

Presenter’s Note:
“An investigational device exemption (IDE) approval by the Agency allows an industry Sponsor to evaluate an investigational device’s safety and effectiveness for the purpose of data collection to support a new indication and device labeling. The intent of the clinical research is to support a Premarket Approval Application (PMA), while less Premarket Notifications entail clinical safety data to support a 510K submission. ‘Investigational use’ also comprises a clinical evaluation of certain device modifications or new intended uses of legally marketed devices. The following presentation will address those relevant IDE sections from an industry perspective to achieve a regulatory review with the goal of an “approved IDE” to commence a Feasibility Study or Pivotal Multicenter Clinical Trial.”

About Susanne T. Smith:
Susanne has over 30 years of medical device industry experience from small start-ups to publicly traded companies. She worked at Collagen Corp., and collaborated on a successful Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) pivotal trial with subsequent Premarket Approval Application (PMA) for a dental implant, Alveoform Biograft™. She was the Director of Clinical & Regulatory Affairs for Target Therapeutics and received IDE approval for the Guglielmi Detachable Coil (GDC) for endovascular embolization to treat inoperable aneurysms, directed clinical research for endovascular coils to treat cranial malformations, and gained Premarket Notifications (510Ks) for peripheral catheters

 View other webinars in the series:

Session 1 – “The Global Orthopaedic Market” Presented by Galvin Mould

Session 2 – “Strategy and Preparation of an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Application” Presented by Susanne T. Smith

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Inquiry Roundup- Laboratory Management Industry http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/12/inquiry-roundup-laboratory-management-industry/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/12/inquiry-roundup-laboratory-management-industry/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:19:27 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22081 Laboratory Animal Facility We need a Specific Pathogen Free laboratory mouse holding facility. It will be operated and built for accreditation . We have a proposed location on an existing... Read More

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The Laboratory Manager is accountable for the accuracy and reliability of all laboratory services provided by the departments under his/her supervision; directs the training, developmental and supervision of departmental personnel; plans and schedules the activities of the departments; assumes responsibility for the proper application of laboratory policies and procedures; and operates the departments on a cost-effective basis. The incumbent actively supports and complies with all company and departmental policies and procedures.Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities would include Overall responsibility for department operations to include but not limited to quality, cost, and people…more

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ABC Deals with Poor Economic Growth http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/11/abc-deals-poor-economic-growth/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/11/abc-deals-poor-economic-growth/#respond Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:45:22 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22075 Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. has set aside additional money to cover future bad loans, amid the country’s economic  slowdown. The lender has more retail customers than the entire population... Read More

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Agricultural_Bank_of_ChinaAgricultural Bank of China Ltd. has set aside additional money to cover future bad loans, amid the country’s economic  slowdown. The lender has more retail customers than the entire population of the Euro Zone, according to Wn.com. A recent Hong King exchange filing shows the bank increased provisions to 15.6 billion yuan ($2.5 billion), a boost of 56 percent from where it was one year ago.

Mao Zedong set up Agricultural Bank of China in 1951. The government-controlled lender is dealing with the quick rise in bad loans in the countryside. Projections for economic growth in China are low—at the weakest pace since 1990.

Jack Worthington is Managing Partner of Arundel & Co, a private equity investing banking boutique focused on facilitating private equity investment on a global basis. He explains, “The property industry—construction, sales, white goods, etc.—represents about 15-30% of China’s GDP. So with residential property prices and homeowner equity in a tailspin, it’s not unexpected that China’s banks are in trouble. One key issue to watch is how this plays out politically as the economic downturn unfolds, since the countryside seems to be experiencing a more significant downturn, and a growing countryside / coastal divide in China can fuel social instability.”

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Climate Change and Global Warming Part 2 http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/09/22062/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/09/22062/#respond Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:12:51 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22062 Yesterday’s post focused on a leaked draft of a United Nations Report obtained by Bloomberg.com The document claims that humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet if... Read More

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climate-change_300Yesterday’s post focused on a leaked draft of a United Nations Report obtained by Bloomberg.com The document claims that humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet if nothing is done to limit fossil fuel emissions. Today’s post includes additional responses by Zintro experts who weigh in on the issue.

Chris Soebroto owns a company that provides sustainability advice. He says, “The ‘leaked’ report says nothing new, really. Unfortunately, the world still is largely incapable of addressing the issues. Compare that with the relative speed with which domestic and international political issues are dealt with. That is probably because they pose immediate threats and because we know how to deal with them- sort of.

Climate change issues seem overwhelming. The disasters happen far into the future (or so we ‘hope’) and there’s little we can do to prevent them (we may reason). Unless the overwhelmingly big and complicated issues can be broken down into pieces that we all can relate to at a personal level, and that make politicians worry about their re-election if they don’t tackle them, the age of homo sapiens may be over before we know it.”

Victor de la Torre is a Political Scientist with 20 years of work experience in the international cooperation sector appraising, designing, and executing interventions in institutions and NSAs in executive positions. He explains, “The effort displayed so far by the most polluting countries to reduce our CO2 emissions is insufficient because our politicians have made believe that the main solutions will come from scientific innovations to improve efficiency in fuel utilisation and power generation. This is a superficial understanding of the root cause of the problem that will be resolved in the short term by regulating energy costs according to the purpose, for what purpose, we consume our energy.

“Is it fair that a big department store lights up a large building facade just to attract more consumers, does it improve in any tangible way the quality of our lives or it is just a selfish action to make more money? Is it justified to allow super-sized retailers to open massive outlets that wipe out the smaller players, the ones “near your house,” and force you to drive 30 km or more to be able to purchase a pair of sport shoes or a bicycle? Is it intelligent to allow the production of cheap and low quality products that are condemned to break after a few uses and that cannot be repaired? The irresponsible consumption of energy is the root cause of the climate change in today’s times.

“True change will only be reached through fundamental changes in the way our societies regulate the production and consumption of goods, reduce transport needs and encourage a mode of life that is simpler. This approach collides categorically with the basic rule that our economies encourage people to buy and do things that they don’t really need that’s why our leaders and production sector are not able to lead us towards successfully combating climate change. It is here to stay and hurt us beyond our imagination.”

Finally,  Environmental Communicator and Climate Change expert Yoseph Berhane Gebremenhin shares his thoughts, “ I fully agree with the IPCC statement that without additional mitigation activities global warming will lead to very high risk of severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts. In my opinion we need to work more on mitigation actions to reverse the impending impact.”
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Climate Change and Global Warming Part 1 http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/08/climate-change-global-warming-part-1/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/08/climate-change-global-warming-part-1/#respond Mon, 08 Sep 2014 21:50:13 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22050 A leaked draft of a United Nations report  obtained by Bloomberg.com claims humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless something is done quickly to limit fossil... Read More

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climate-change_300A leaked draft of a United Nations report  obtained by Bloomberg.com claims humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless something is done quickly to limit fossil fuel emissions. According to the document, global warming is affecting “all continents and across the oceans” and if there is further pollution it will increase the likelihood of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”

“Without additional mitigation, and even with adaptation, warming by the end of the 21st century will lead to high to very high risk of severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts globally,” the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said. This is a two-part look at how Zintro experts respond to this issue.

Jürg Gassmann has worked since 1986 on contracts for the development, financing and construction of power generation projects in a variety of technologies in Asia, Europe and the Americas. He says, “Climate change is a reality. Much discussion is focused on large-scale weather events, but changes in everyday weather patterns are both real and pernicious: Rainfall concentration – even if averages are barely changed – is leading to more localised flooding and landslides; warmer winters are failing to kill off insect pests; unseasonable temperatures are impacting the yield and even viability of crops; ski resorts in lower altitudes are no longer viable.

“Climate change does not mean slightly higher temperatures without overall change in weather patterns. It means dramatically more erratic weather. Our infrastructure was built to deal with the weather of the last 500 years; upgrading it to ever more unseasonable weather will cost billions. Our agriculture is also adapted to our historical climate; whether it can adapt, is an open question.”

Zintro expert Les Blevins also shares his thoughts:

I’m the developer of the global repowering and climate protection technology I call the Advanced Alternative Energy (AAEC) Sequential Grates ™ global repowering technology.  I’ve invented and developed it to enable humanity to begin fixing the word’s ills by powering advanced 21st century societies by the extraction of greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere, instead of powering societies on emissions of greenhouse gasses into the Earth’s atmosphere.

This has been a long term project, and one that is still in the pre-commercial stage, due in large part to the wide spread and mistaken perception among people that powering societies by extraction of greenhouse gasses from the Earth’s atmosphere isn’t really feasible, and that it is inevitable that we humans keep on emitting more greenhouse gasses each year for the foreseeable future just as we have over the past one hundred years. That perception is wrong, and therefore there is the chance that we can reduce and then eliminate human generated greenhouse emissions.

Also I founded Global 21st Century Society, an umbrella organization. Its first undertaking is to grow “PLANET DOCTORS” around the world who will help get information to the people about what is possible and then empower the people (mostly young and/or professional people) to take their case to the officials who make public policy and law.

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Do you want to show relevant Inquires and Experts directly on your website? – September 2014 Zintro Newsletter http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/07/want-show-relevant-inquires-experts-directly-website-september-2014-zintro-newsletter/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/07/want-show-relevant-inquires-experts-directly-website-september-2014-zintro-newsletter/#respond Sun, 07 Sep 2014 16:19:29 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22029 Displaying Zintro Projects, Phone Consults and Jobs has never been easier. Engage your site visitors with the Inquiry and Expert iframe for external websites. Give your visitors direct access to our community of over 100,000... Read More

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Displaying Zintro Projects, Phone Consults and Jobs has never been easier. Engage your site visitors with the Inquiry and Expert iframe for external websites.

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The Future of EV Vehicles in China- Part 2 http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/05/future-ev-vehicles-china-part-2/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/05/future-ev-vehicles-china-part-2/#respond Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21:54:46 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22008 Last week, we posted the first of two blogs about electric-vehicles in China. Bloomberg recently reported that the government in China may give as much as 100 billion yuan ($16 billion)... Read More

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Mitsubishi_Electric_CarLast week, we posted the first of two blogs about electric-vehicles in China. Bloomberg recently reported that the government in China may give as much as 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) in funding to build EV charging facilities in order to spur demand for clean cars. This week, John Kua, Ph.D., an EV consultant specializing in EV systems and components technologies with 18 years of experience in EVs, shares his views. In the past 6 years, Dr. Kua has been consulting in the Asia-Pacific region:

Ever since 2010, when China announced its intention (as part of its 12th Five-Year Plan to conserve energy, leapfrog automotive technology and reduce pollution) to introduce 1 million new energy vehicles, (mainly EVs and plug-in hybrids), into the local market by 2015, the initial euphoria has somewhat petered out. This is due to over-expectation, poorer-than-expected market take-up, in part due to poor consumer perception of EVs – followed by the apparent vacillation within the government on which strategy to adopt going forward.

To be fair, there are other external factors that China has been observing closely that affects her EV adoption plans – the aftermath of the Japan earthquake of 2011, which derailed Tepco’s plan (Tepco is owner of the damaged reactors) for EV charging network in Japan, Obama policy of massive funding for green energy companies (failed companies like Solyndra, EnerDel, A123, Fisker Karma, Ecotality, etc.) , and EU’s massive debt burden.

China’s recent purported intention to provide 100 billion yuan funding for public EV charging infrastructure is the latest attempt to revive the initiative – but will it spur the actual adoption of EVs this time round?

With benefit of hindsight from past five years of EVs experience in China, (the common complaints of poor consumer perception, limited electric range, lack of charging points and long charging time), China’s intention to fund the fledgling EV market would certainly alleviate consumer’s “range anxiety” and reduce the developmental cost for manufacturers. An added boost can come in the form of recent government subsidies for these clean energy vehicles (60,000 yuan~ $9800 for pure EVs, and 35,000 yuan for plugin-hybrids). However, having worked in this area in both China and U.S., I think China should learn from the recent U.S.’s policy in funding green energy industries (about 50 such companies now troubled or bankrupt). The crucial lesson is that such initial funding and subsidies should never be a blank endorsement, but are meant only to “jumpstart” the industry, such as by critically identifying and selecting crucial EV technologies to fund, which will in turn act as the catalyst for private innovation, experimentation and market exploration, to a point where sufficient sales volume is realized and market dynamics takes over. It is here that these subsidies should be reduced gradually and withdrawn.

Also, missing from this discussion of the need for charging stations, I believe, is a crucial ingredient – the charging standards – a national standard that defines the type of connector used, the pins configuration, safety, and communications protocols between the EVs and the charging station. On this, to her credit, China has established an initial draft in 2011 based on 220V AC standard (Level 2 charging) – the GB/T 20234.2-201, as well as a proposal for high voltage (DC> 400V charging). However, industry experts are still skeptical about its details, or lack there-off, especially with regards to safety aspects, compared with current standards from U.S. Japan and the EU. A case in point: Telsa’s recent launch of their model S in China. The lack of compatible charging stations has prompted a local businessman, Zong Yi, to purchase 20 charging stations from Tesla (at his own expense) and distributed them across 16 cities between Beijing and his home in Guangzhou. Another related piece of good news is Tesla’s recent joint venture with China Unicom (China’s second largest mobile phone company) to introduce up to 400 charging points in 120 cities all over China – with Tesla obviously providing the charging technology and Unicom the electric grid infrastructure and land.

All this is well and good, but at the national level, with current rate of progress with China’s standards, these charging stations can now only be used for Tesla EVs only. Thus China will have to play catch up game to align their standards to be at least compatible with current U.S. (e.g. J1772 connector) Japan (Yazaki CHAdeMO JEVS) or EU (Mennekes connector) standards. This crucial point seem to have been marginized in the past five years of excitement to promote local EV innovation in China during the government’s engagement with industry players and the scientific community, as evident from the various charging connector types used by local EV manufacturers all over China.

Finally, I believe the success of China’s EV initiative with charging stations this time round depends on China’s ability to synchronize her fledgling EV standards with new EVs and charging stations, in addition to engaging key stakeholders in industry, academia and community. The other key issues for EV adoption, such as lithium battery reliability and high initial cost, should be alleviated as market penetration gradually materializes and economies of scales take over.

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The Effects of Fracking on Newborn Babies http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/03/effects-fracking-newborn-babies/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/03/effects-fracking-newborn-babies/#respond Wed, 03 Sep 2014 21:55:54 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21963 A recent study by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health, and published in Environmental Health Perspectives, examined the effects fracking on babies born near wells. Fracking, or hydraulic... Read More

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Fracking_Site_in_Warren_Center,_PA_07A recent study by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health, and published in Environmental Health Perspectives, examined the effects fracking on babies born near wells. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of blasting chemicals, sand and water deep underground to extract fuel from rock. Although government officials and industry advocates caution that further study is needed before drawing conclusions, preliminary data showed that babies born in the vicinity of oil and gas wells may be at risk for potential health issues.

Lisa McKenzie, the lead researcher for the fracking study, stated, “It’s not really well understood how the environment interacts with genetics to produce these birth defects. We really need to do more study to see what the association is, if any, with natural gas development.”

Zintro expert Nirmalendu Bandyopadhyay is an independent engineering consultant. He says, “Fracking and underground blasting to produce hydrocarbon, contaminates the ground water which may develop bridge to the surface water in rivers, lakes and natural water bodies through cracks and fissures in the soil. Use of the contaminated water with dissolved gases may lead to deformation in a baby in the fetus. Besides, there is release of dissolved toxic gas in the air from the contaminated surface water bodies. Mothers residing near well sites have to inhale the toxic gases which get into their blood stream and may lead to deformation of the unborn child due to lack of adequate oxygen in the mothers’ blood as a result of toxicity.”

Dr. Pam Carlisle is the Executive Director and researcher for Chemical-Free-Life.org. She discusses the issue below:

The hydraulic fracking process involves the use of fracturing fluid products—water combined with a cocktail of toxic chemicals—to extract gas and oil from shale rock deep beneath the earth’s surface. A number of toxic chemicals commonly used in the fracking process have been linked in scientific research to chronic toxicity, teratogenicity, developmental neurotoxicity and carcinogenicity. The potential for public health problems due to exposure to these toxic chemicals is not just hypothetical; studies have detected toxic chemicals present in the ground water and drinking water wells in areas where fuel extraction via hydraulic fracking has occurred. Investigations of water contamination in fracking areas have uncovered more than 1,000 cases across seven states where toxic chemicals have leached into surface and ground water. Further, a House of Representatives report on the chemicals used in the fracking process revealed that U.S. hydraulic fracking companies inject more than 10 million gallons of fluid that contain hundreds of chemicals considered to be either possible human carcinogens or known human carcinogens.

Two recent studies examining the potential health hazards associated with proximity to residential fracking (one study suggests a link with proximity to fracking wells in Colorado and an increased risk for congenital heart defects in newborns, and the other suggests a link with fracking proximity in Pennsylvania and low birth weight and low Apgar scores of newborns) are among the latest additions to a growing body of scientific literature linking toxic chemicals commonly used in the fracking process with serious adverse health repercussions.

While the full lists of chemicals used in fracking products are considered proprietary and therefore are unknown, some of the most commonly used chemicals that we do know about include: Methanol (vapors can trigger headaches, fatigue and eye damage and high doses can be fatal); Ethylene Glycol (toxic to humans; derivatives and metabolites are teratogenic; ingestion can lead to poisoning and adverse effects of the central nervous system, metabolic acidosis, and kidney damage/failure); BTEX compounds (short-term exposure to these compounds can trigger headaches, dizziness, difficulty breathing, weakness, nausea and vomiting), additionally, long-term exposure and perinatal/neonatal exposure can be serious: Benzene (a known carcinogen), Toluene (among the chemicals linked with developmental neurotoxicity and neurodevelopmental disabilities including loss of IQ points, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia and autism among other types of cognitive damage, and central nervous system damage in adults), and Ethylbenzene and Xylene (both of which have also been shown to have harmful effects on the central nervous system); Naphthalene (inhalation can cause respiratory problems, nausea, and vomiting; additionally, Naphthalene is among the toxic chemicals that has been detected in human umbilical cord blood; this common PCB contaminant can lead to kidney and liver damage); Lead (among the chemicals linked with developmental neurotoxicity and neurodevelopmental disabilities including loss of IQ points, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia and autism and other cognitive damage in children; also linked with high blood pressure and nerve disorders in adults); Diesel Fuel (contains toxic compounds such as BTEX and can cause skin disorders; long-term exposure can lead to severe skin damage and cancer); and then there are Sulfuric Acid, Crystalline Silica, and Formaldehyde (all are potentially harmful if inhaled and can lead to lung damage; all are carcinogenic).

Weighing the potential health risks of fracking brings to mind what Henry David Thoreau once said, “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

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Corn Output Up in the U.S. http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/02/corn-output-u-s/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/02/corn-output-u-s/#respond Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:40:26 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21904 The thousands of field inspections that took place last week during the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour found corn output in the U.S. will be 0.4 percent over the government’s... Read More

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Madipally_cornThe thousands of field inspections that took place last week during the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour found corn output in the U.S. will be 0.4 percent over the government’s estimate. Many months of rain and mild weather created ideal growing conditions for the world’s top producer. According to Bloomberg.com, “Cheaper grain is bolstering profit for buyers including Tyson Foods Inc. and Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM), encouraging some cattle producers in the Great Plains to expand herds, and eroding income for farmers who say increased output will make up for some of the slump.”

Agricultural adviser Wessel Oosthuizen has 15 years of experience farming maze, beans, and potatoes. He says, “I think the demand will be stimulated by the lower price of Corn and Beans. But farmers will start to think seriously about the profitability of planting corn and beans. So I think they will start to plant less, especially on the more marginal fields. When the demand gets stronger and new season plantings are smaller, the price will recover. But for this season there will be a bear market.”

Pravinchandra Chaturlal Patel, Ph.D., is a soil science research scientist with over 38 years of experience in natural resources management. He specializes in increased crops production, quality and profit through nutrient and irrigation water managament. Dr. Chatur says, “The U.S. corn crop records during 2014 stem mainly from favorable climatic conditions. Corn crops require cool temperatures during the pollination period, for perfect grain filling. Luckily, in the Midwest of the U.S., the rains were received at the perfect time during the season. Moreover, the temperature remains cool, so it is the best weather for pollination and the production of big ears.

“In my native place (Gujarat, India), the farmers are also growing hybrid corn in the winter season, and they are obtaining higher corn yield as compared to rainy or summer seasons. The high yield is due to low temperature in the winter season which favors pollination. It has been scientifically proven that pollination requires cooler temperature.

“The biggest drivers for bumper crop yield are hybrid corn seeds, weather conditions and crop nutrition. The farmers are following best agriculture crop practices, and they have mechanized farming so that they carry out the timely operations of land preparation, sowing, fertilization, inter-culturing, weeding, irrigation, plant protection measure and harvesting, etc. This prevents the loss of any yield due to delaying the farm operation. The farmers also apply plant nutrients in the soil on a test basis, so balanced plant nutrition is created better plant growth—and it produces a higher crop yield. Hybrid corns yield potential, standability, maturity and other agronomic characteristics that affect profitable crop production. Hybrids have a deep root system which extracts more nutrients from the deeper soil layer to produce higher dry matter production and, therefore, higher grain yield.

“The farmers are following conventional tillage, reduced tillage and conservation tillage to store residue coverage on the soil. It is well documented that there is a benefit effect of conservation tillage in agriculture. They are following best management practices to reduce soil erosion, otherwise nutrients are lost in wind or water erosion. In addition, the farmers are including legume crop (soybean, lucerne) in the cropping system to sustain soil fertility. The legumes add nitrogen to the soil which helps improve soil fertility. The farmers are also following timely best management practice to control insect-pest e.g. integrated pest management, and they are adopting a proper drainage system to leach down excess salt from the field. Finally, corn crop should be sown in the winter season temperature (15-25 •C) to take the best advantageous of weather conditions for successful pollination for high yield potentiality.”

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Inquiry Roundup – Poultry Industry http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/29/inquiry-roundup-poultry-indsutry/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/29/inquiry-roundup-poultry-indsutry/#respond Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:04:57 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21892 Poultry Feed Formulation I’m co-owner and co-founder of a US based ***** selling a patented and FDA compliant nutritional supplement in the US, Canada, Australia, North Korea and Chez Republic.... Read More

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chickens-_621260aPoultry Feed Formulation

I’m co-owner and co-founder of a US based ***** selling a patented and FDA compliant nutritional supplement in the US, Canada, Australia, North Korea and Chez Republic. Since 2011, tens of millions of tablets have been sold in these countries for human consumption and the public response is amazing. In 2012, studies began on the use of our product in the Poultry Industry and the results are the same. The benefits observed repeatedly in the studies Increased weight, protein and decreased fat and feed consumption. View Inquiry

 Poultry Regulation

Looking for a poultry regulation expert to answer what several factors for fecal contamination in poultry slaughter operations.
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Meat And Poultry Processing Equipment

We are looking at setting up a small poultry processing plant where we can marinade and cook about 100,000 lbs of 4 oz chicken breasts each month. We own a large freezer warehouse but we need the marinade and oven equipment. View Inquiry

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I am looking for advice on how to open my poultry farm but I do not have any knowledge on how to start and what are the equipments needed. View Inquiry

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The Future for EV Vehicles in China http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/28/future-ev-vehicles-china/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/28/future-ev-vehicles-china/#respond Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:15:09 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21885 Bloomberg reports that the government in China may give as much as 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) in funding to build electric-vehicle charging facilities with the hope of spurring demand... Read More

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Mitsubishi_Electric_CarBloomberg reports that the government in China may give as much as 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) in funding to build electric-vehicle charging facilities with the hope of spurring demand for clean cars, according to two sources who asked not to be named. Carmakers coping with consumer concerns over the reliability and cost of electric cars would benefit greatly from increased state funding. In addition, it would build on tax breaks to fight pollution and cultivate the EV industry in China, which is the world’s biggest carbon emitter.

This is the first of two blog posts that will share thoughts about the news from Zintro experts. First up is Rhino Guerrero, an electrical engineer from the Philippines:

Electric cars are already on the roads of China. In fact, China has been manufacturing e-cars already. Just surf the internet for China-made e-cars and you will find nice-looking e-cars of various forms and sizes.

However, the Chinese public is not so keen on e-cars for obvious reasons. One, it takes a much longer time to charge an e-car’s battery than to refill a gasoline tank. Typically, Chinese-made e-cars charge up in a little less than six hours. Two, there is not much charging stations in the country. Three, when these e-cars start to breakdown, where can the e-car owners turn to for repair and how much would it cost?

The Chinese government’s plan to fund for the construction of e-vehicle charging facilities is a wise move. However, it would be much better if these charging facilities were made into BATTERY EXCHANGE facilities, where e-car owners can just drive in to have their batteries replaced with fully-charged ones. This, of course, requires that e-cars be designed such that the batteries can be easily pulled out and plugged in, which should not be a difficult thing to do.

Lastly, it is important that there would be enough technicians to fix these high-tech cars. Conventional automotive mechanics are no longer fit to handle this job. What is needed are electro-mechanics, who can handle the electronics and mechanical systems of the car.

I remember a few years back, everybody in our place was so excited in converting their gasoline-powered cars to LPG. It didn’t take long before excitement was replaced with dismay and regret when their LPG-powered cars started to breakdown, which they blamed on LPG. They are absolutely right in putting the blame on LPG, because the wrong conversion kits (obsolete) were installed by the wrong (untrained) people. Furthermore, there were no experts technicians to handle the repair and maintenance of the LPG converted cars at that time. Now they are converting their cars back to gasoline and swear never to think about LPG again.

Yes, electric vehicles are the way to go, not just for China but for everyone else. However, this has to be a calculated move so as not to jeopardize the economy and the people in the internal combustion engine industry and petroleum industry.

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