How Low consumption of vitamin K by adolescents is associated with unhealthy enlargement of the heart’s major pumping chamber

 Scientists have found another reason for children to eat their green leafy vegetables. Credit: Phil Jones, Senior Photographer, Augusta University A study of 766 otherwise healthy adolescents showed that those who consumed the least vitamin K1 found in spinach, cabbage, iceberg lettuce and olive oil were at 3.3 times greater risk for an unhealthy enlargement of the major pumping chamber of their heart, according to the study published in The Journal of Nutrition. Vitamin K1, or phylloquinone, is the predominant form of vitamin K in the U.S. diet. “Those who…

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Study reveals that “Eating nuts can reduce weight gain”

Five-year study examined diet, weight of 373,000 Europeans across 10 countries                                    Assorted nuts (stock image).  Credit: © bit24 / Fotolia A study recently published in the online version of the European Journal of Nutrition has found that people who include nuts in their diet are more likely to reduce weight gain and lower the risk of overweight and obesity. The findings came to light after researchers at Loma Linda University School of Public Health and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) evaluated diet and lifestyle data from…

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Why take too much sugar? Even ‘Healthy People’ are at risk of developing Heart Disease

There are newfound cardiovascular risks associated with a high sugar diet, even in otherwise healthy people. Credit: © WavebreakmediaMicro / Fotolia  Story Source: Materials provided by University of Surrey. Healthy people who consume high levels of sugar are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. A ground-breaking study from the University of Surrey found that a subject group of otherwise healthy men had increased levels of fat in their blood and fat stored in their livers after they had consumed a high sugar diet. The study, which has been…

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Layers Mash Feed Formula

Feed formulas are usually given based on the needs of your birds so before a feed formula is recommended, it must meet the needs of your birds. It is also very important that you consult an expert for proper guidance. However, an example of a Layers Mash feed formula is given below: Raw Materials Quantity Required Maize 500kg Soya 130kg GNC 100kg Wheat Offals 195kg Bone Meal 20kg Oyster Shell 80kg Methionine 1kg Lysine 1kg Salt 3kg Vitamin 3kg N/B: Seasons can also affect/alter the formulation therefore always carry an…

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Growers Mash Feed Formula

Feed formulas are usually given based on the needs of your birds so before a feed formula is recommended, it must meet the needs of your birds. It is also very important that you consult an expert for proper guidance. However, an example of a Growers Mash feed formula is given below: Raw Materials Quantity Required Maize 400kg Soya 90kg GNC 80kg Wheat Offals 362kg Bone Meal 20kg Oyster Shell 40kg Methionine 1kg Lysine 1kg Salt 3kg Vitamin 3kg N/B: Seasons can also affect/alter the formulation therefore always carry an…

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Chicks Mash Feed Formula

Feed formulas are usually given based on the needs of your birds so before a feed formula is recommended, it must meet the needs of your birds. It is also very important that you consult an expert for proper guidance. However, an example of a Chicks Mash feed formula is given below: Raw Materials Quantity Required Maize 500kg Soya 100kg GNC 100kg Wheat Offals 245kg Bone Meal 10kg Oyster Shell 10kg Methionine 1kg Lysine 1kg Salt 2.5kg Vitamin 3kg N/B: Seasons can also affect/alter the formulation therefore always carry an…

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Already Bagged Feeds Vs Feed Formulation: Which is Cheaper? Find out

Most of the time, feeds prepared by oneself are usually costlier because it is likely to be richer. However, how rich your feed will be is usually determined by the quality of your feed formulation and the faithfulness of your feed-mill as some feed-mills are known for quality. There are many feed-mills around. The most important thing you should look for in a feed-mill is their reliability, faithfulness and efficiency. However, it is better you consult an expert or an already existing farmer around you to put you through. See…

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How to source for Feeds for your Birds

There are basically three ways of sourcing for feeds for your birds which include: Already bagged feeds (Finished Feeds) which can be purchased from feed mills or you can take a good feed formula to a feed mill for the feed to be prepared for you. Also concentrates can be purchased from good sources to which you can add other recommended ingredients and then serve your birds. With regards to which of the three feed sources is recommended for your birds. Well it depends on many factors which include the…

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To breed or not to breed? Migratory female butterflies face a monsoonal dilemma

                This is an image of a Euploea sylvester. Credit: Dr. Krushnamegh Kunte, NCBS-TIFR   What do CPUs, stockbrokers, and butterflies have in common? They are good at investing their resources in the right place at the right time so as to maximize their returns! Trade-offs are a way of life for butterflies and other small insects that must budget their energy between numerous morphological features and activities during their short lifespans. Time, food, and space are always at a premium, and optimizing resource use is particularly important for…

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Brain study reveals how insects make beeline for home

Researchers have shed light on the complex navigation system that insects use to make their way home in a straight line following long, complex journeys. Credit: © duskojovic / Fotolia Story Source: Materials provided by University of Edinburgh. Scientists have discovered how the wiring of bees’ brains helps them plot the most direct route back to their hive. Researchers have shed light on the complex navigation system that insects use to make their way home in a straight line following long, complex journeys. They have revealed how a network of…

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An algorithm that explains how ants create and repair trail networks

Ants of the species C. goniodontus, painted so that researchers can track their movement through the network of vegetation that connects their nests and food sources. Credit: Deborah Gordon Story Source: Materials provided by Stanford University. Imagine you’re a member of the Cephalotes goniodontus species, an arboreal ant with a Darth Vader-like head that has inspired humans to call you “turtle ants.” You’re moving along a branch of the tangled tree canopy in Jalisco, Mexico, following a scent trail left by other ants from your colony, but you hit an…

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Scientists and farmers work together to wipe out African Love-Grass

Highly invasive African lovegrass is threatening pastures and native grasslands Australia-wide. Credit: QUT Marketing & Communication Story Source: Materials provided by Queensland University of Technology. A partnership between QUT, the NSW Government and farmers could lead to the eventual eradication of the highly invasive African lovegrass threatening pastures and native grasslands Australia-wide. What they discovered is that local knowledge is the key to a successful management approach. The results of a research project by Associate Professor Jennifer Firn from QUT’s School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences, Emma Ladouceur from…

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