The Daily Dose: Keeping healthy during Diwali

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With the Indian holiday of Diwali drawing near, people in India are in a celebratory mood. Except for when it comes to air pollution. In that case, they’re not exactly thrilled since they’ll be spending lots of time outdoors. A Times of India article suggests ways of combating the polluted air. It’s mostly food-based treatments so not totally scientific. However, it does illustrate the degree to which pollution is a daily concern amount Indians.

The root causes of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease has been a mystery for some time. Now, a team of scientists in China think they have an idea what might be causing it. Bacteria in people’s gut. According to the authors of the study, “Analyzing the patient’s fecal samples, the team found he had several strains of the bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae in his gut that produced high levels of alcohol. K. pneumoniae is a common type of commensal gut bacteria, but the strains isolated from the patient’s gut can generate about 4-6 times more alcohol than strains found in healthy people.”

Environmentalists have long known that ammonia emissions from rice fields represents a significant problem. In order to get a better address it, Chinese researchers conducted a two-year study of rice field emissions then explored ways of alleviating it. Their study revealed that “the combination of deep flooding and slow-release urea can reduce ammonia emission from rice fields.”


Health experts in Vietnam have warned of the risks that accompany the eating of dogs. Maybe they should just stop. It doesn’t taste any good anyways. Trust us on this one.

Thailand is the third-largest exporters of chicken in the world (who knew?) so the its important that anything that threatens to disrupt the industry is a central concern there. That’s why the government and agricultural industry are freaking out over the creeping threat of Fall Armyworm. The pests prey on corn crops and therefore could impact the local feed industry. They aren’t taking any chances and have started preparing for a hard fight. One of the means of combating Fall Armyworm is with chemical pesticides. For example, Amparar®, Corteva Agriscience’s foliar spray, contains the active ingredient Spinetoram and has been recommended for use in corn in Thailand to help protect corn crops against fall armyworm. It controls the insects in two ways – through ingestion and contact by the pest, providing a quick knock-down for lasting control.

Unfortunately, it comes at a time when the government is increasingly banning the use of chemicals in agriculture. Them’s the breaks.

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