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Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990–2017

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation – A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 – Suboptimal diet is an important preventable risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs); however, its impact on the burden of NCDs has not been systematically evaluated. This study aimed to evaluate the consumption of major foods and nutrients across 195 countries and to quantify the impact of their suboptimal intake on NCD mortality and morbidity…”

GBD 2017 Diet Collaborators. Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. The Lancet. 2 April 2019. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)30041-8.

Categories: Law and Legal

Lawyers and Twitter: Six Ways To Make People Like You

Kevin O’Keefe: “I use Twitter more to give shout outs to the good stuff being done by others than to broadcast about LexBlog and our doings. I’ve always had a hard time believing I did something that qualified for bragging. Maybe that’s my Irish Catholic roots and my being an entrepreneur my whole life — nothing’s ever good enough and there’s no reason not to feel guilty. Selfishly though, it just always felt good to make others feel good about what they’re doing. Lawyers, the organizations supporting access to legal services and the innovators bringing us the future of the law also need an attagirl or attaboy now and again. Turns out that sharing the good of others, rather than talking about my company and our products, is the most effective method of business development I have ever used. Dale Carnegie, in one of the best-selling books of all time, ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ laid out six business principles for making people like you – an essential he believe needed for business development. Each of Carnegie’s points apply to how you as a lawyer can use Twitter to make people like you…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Chronicles Of A Venezuelan Exodus: More Families Flee The Crisis On Foot Every Day

An All Things Considered team recently traveled along a common Colombian route taken by Venezuelans fleeing crisis in their country and discovered dramatic stories of an expanding exodus.

(Image credit: Ryan Kellman/NPR)

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A ‘million word gap’ for children who aren’t read to at home

EurekAlert: “Young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, a new study found. This “million word gap” could be one key in explaining differences in vocabulary and reading development, said Jessica Logan, lead author of the study and assistant professor of educational studies at The Ohio State University. Even kids who are read only one book a day will hear about 290,000 more words by age 5 than those who don’t regularly read books with a parent or caregiver. “Kids who hear more vocabulary words are going to be better prepared to see those words in print when they enter school,” said Logan, a member of Ohio State’s Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy. “They are likely to pick up reading skills more quickly and easily.” The study appears online in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and will be published in a future print edition.”

Categories: Law and Legal

Chefs and seed breeders collaborate to create flavorful new foods

The Splendid Table: “The unfortunate reality about seeds is that most are not bred and selected for flavor. Rather, they are chosen specifically for the yield, uniformity and shelf stability of their fruit or vegetable. Chef Dan Barber wants to change that. The chef-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns wants to help create seeds that bring forth new foods with unexpected and unique flavors. Which is why he – along with seedsman Matthew Goldfarb and seed breeder Michael Mazourek – cofounded of a new seed company called Row 7. They work directly with professional chefs, who give guidance on what flavors to breed for in their vegetables. Barber explained to Francis Lam that this type of partnership could change how and what we all eat. See the Cook + Grow section of Row 7’s website for more information on growing and cooking with their unique produce…” [This work can been seen as a metaphor for how the legal sector has multiple, complex dependencies upon commercial products and services that in large measure determine the “flavor” of our research.]

Categories: Law and Legal

Direct-To-Consumer Medicine: Quick And Discreet, But What's Lost?

If you happily order your contact lenses online, why not get drugs for migraines or erectile dysfunction that way, too? Be careful, a medical student warns. Your "simple" self-diagnosis may be wrong.

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Center on Civil Justice at NYU School of Law Launches Dispute Financing Library

Litigation Finance Journal: “The Center on Civil Justice at NYU School of Law has launched a comprehensive digital library of documents relating the third-party litigation funding industry. The third-party litigation funding industry is young and growing quickly in size and importance.  Its supporters maintain the industry, when run properly, provides needed resources to improve the delivery of civil and commercial justice.  The industry has also attracted significant detractors.  There is a need for careful, comprehensive, independent analysis of and reporting about the industry. A threshold need is to establish a neutral, quality repository for the collection of information and data about the industry.  The Library includes information supplied by both supporters and critics, and it is freely available to the public.  From statutes and case law to journal articles and bar reports, from best practices to news stories, the Library contains the documents needed for industry insiders to conduct their business and for industry outsiders to learn as much as possible.

“The Center on Civil Justice is dedicated to making information and data on our civil justice system more readily available.  We have collected dispersed information on this new and growing industry, and we are proud to have made that information freely available to the public,” said Center on Civil Justice Director Peter Zimroth. The Library is available online at”

Categories: Law and Legal inches closer to explaining enigma of Gen Z’s vocabulary

cnet: “ added more than 300 new words and phrases on Wednesday, including a few tech-related entries like “textlationship” (when people text a lot but don’t really interact in person) and “keyboard warrior” (someone who shares opinionated content online in an aggressive or abusive way, typically without revealing who they are)…”

Categories: Law and Legal

After Brexit, EU Will Allow U.K. Citizens To Visit Without A Visa

The European Union Parliament's visa exemption plan will put the U.K. in the same category as more than 60 other countries — including the U.S.

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China Plans To Make Scratch From Noodles

Lessons in noodle-making is one of the ways that China hopes to eliminate rural poverty by 2020.

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How Github Is Helping Overworked Chinese Programmers

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 08:00
Chinese developers publish a license aimed at disrupting "996," a 12-hour, six-day work schedule common among startups around the world.
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Audi's New Electric Car Factory Goes Green

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 08:00
Electric vehicles consume more energy than gasoline-powered rides during manufacturing. Audi’s new E-tron plant tries to change that.
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This Tiny Guillotine Decapitates Mosquitoes to Fight Malaria

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 07:00
To produce a malaria vaccine, technicians have to decapitate and dissect individual mosquitoes. Now they've got help: the mass mosquito guillotine.
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This Montana County Wants to Crimp Bitcoin to Save the Earth

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 07:00
Missoula County, Montana, commissioners are expected to approve a resolution that would require bitcoin mines to offset their energy use with renewables.
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Australia Criminalizes Failure To Remove Violent Content From Internet Platforms

The bill that passed on Thursday is intended to hold companies responsible for videos and audio such as the livestream of two mosque shootings in New Zealand.

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Pope Names New D.C. Archbishop

Archbishop Wilton Gregory accepted the offer from Pope Francis to become the leader of an archdiocese in turmoil over abuse allegations.

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Filing Your Taxes? Watch Out for Phishing Scams

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 06:00
Online scammers love to target taxpayers, and their schemes range from posing as the IRS to pushing malware and fake tech support.
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Preliminary Crash Report Says Ethiopian Airlines Crew Complied With Procedures

The report finds that the Ethiopian Airlines crew executed all procedures from Boeing but could not control the jet. Officials could not yet say if there were structural issues with the aircraft.

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FAA Is Not Alone In Allowing Industry To Self-Regulate

A number of government agencies work closely with the industries they are charged with regulating.

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