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Double Blue: Blue Economy and Blue Growth
Jul21

Double Blue: Blue Economy and Blue Growth

By Roberta Attanasio The ocean is one of the most valuable natural resources of our planet. We need to preserve and maintain its health, resilience and productivity for the prosperity of present and future generations — in other words, we need to achieve the sustainable development of the “Seven Seas”.  A few months ago, José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United...

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Food-Borne Parasites: The “Top Ten” List
Jul01

Food-Borne Parasites: The “Top Ten” List

By Roberta Attanasio Food-born parasites affect the health of millions of people all around the world, causing huge social costs. However, we don’t know much about these parasites – where they come from, how they live in the human body, and how they make us sick. Today (July 1, 2014), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released, along with the World Health Organization (WHO), a report...

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Emotional Contagion and Social Networks
Jun15

Emotional Contagion and Social Networks

By Roberta Attanasio More than two decades ago, Gerald Schoenewolf described emotional contagion as a process in which a person or group influences the behavior of another person or group through the conscious or unconscious induction of emotional states and behavioral attitudes. However, “The science of emotional contagion goes back to 400 B.C., when Hippocrates, the founder of medicine, observed that some women seemed to...

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From Old to Young: Rejuvenating Effects of Fasting on the Immune System
Jun07

From Old to Young: Rejuvenating Effects of Fasting on the Immune System

By Roberta Attanasio The beneficial effects of prolonged fasting — fasting that lasts 48–120 hours — have been known for several years. One of these effects is the enhancement of the cellular resistance to toxins in both experimental animals and humans. Now, results from a new study (Prolonged Fasting Reduces IGF-1/PKA to Promote Hematopoietic-Stem-Cell-Based Regeneration and Reverse Immunosuppression) published in the...

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School Aged Children and Bullying: Influence on the Adulthood Inflammatory Response
Jun04

School Aged Children and Bullying: Influence on the Adulthood Inflammatory Response

By Roberta Attanasio Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone. According to stopbullying.com, a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats,...

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