What You Should Know About The Drastic Decline Of Wild Bees
This study highlighted that this decline occurs in agriculturally intensive areas, rather than natural areas. These areas are also the most important areas for U.S. agricultural production, comprising 39 percent of the U.S. cropland. Surprisingly, the study suggests some of the crops most dependent on pollinators — including pumpkins, watermelons, pears, peaches, plums, apples and blueberries — have the strongest pollination mismatch, with a simultaneous drop in wild bee supply and increase in pollination demand.  How many wild bees are there now in the U.S.? And how about domesticated bees? There are more...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 23, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Perfect Pumpkin Pie: One Woman's Quest For Custard, Crust — And Glory
Great pumpkin pie is elusive. You could end up with a soggy crust or a grainy filling. For months, reporter Maanvi Singh has been on a journey to learn the art and science of the ideal pie. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maanvi Singh Source Type: news

I've Stuck to My Plant-Based Diet for Seven Years By Doing These Seven Things
For seven years I've eaten primarily plants. Now, sticking to ANY healthy habit for seven years is a major accomplishment (heck, sticking to any healthy habit for seven days, or even seven HOURS can be a major accomplishment!), but sticking to a healthy habit that's centered around food is not always a piece of dairy-free, gluten-free cake. Because of temptations! And inconveniences! And dang ice cream cravings. But it's true, I've eaten almost exclusively fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds without meat or dairy for over half a half-decade and I haven't become a "health nut hermit," a total social outcast, a pain-in-the-butt ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Pumpkin Seeds: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information
Learn all about pumpkin seeds, including their nutritional information, potential health benefits and simple ways to incorporate more of them in your diet. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

Medical News Today: America's Health Rankings 2015: which state is the healthiest?
The results from America's annual health check are in. Is it a clean bill of health, or will we all need to lay off the pumpkin pie this season? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Along With Annoying People (Over the Holidays and Beyond)
The most dreadful time of the year is finally upon you, when you get together with those people you judge the most in the world, so that you could mentally bitch about all their obnoxious quirks while chewing your turkey to death. You don't mean to judge, of course. You're a good person. More than a good person, actually. Normally you are generous, kind, self-aware, open-minded, and capable of taking the high road whenever the situation calls for it. But with this handful of particularly difficult ones...Sheesh! Whenever you see these people, storms gather and emotions fly. The torrid hateful energy they trigger in you s...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Don't Blame the Bird for Your Post-Thanksgiving Feast Snooze
Have you ever heard the turkey is responsible for that sleepy feeling some of us have after our Thanksgiving meal? Some say tryptophan, a substance that naturally occurs in turkey, is the culprit. It's true turkey contains tryptophan. It is also accurate to say tryptophan can lead to sleepiness. That's due to its involvement in producing brain chemicals, like serotonin, that affect sleep. However, the idea that tryptophan in the holiday bird makes us sleepy is pure myth. With some savvy science we can debunk the Great Turkey-Tryptophan Myth and learn why many of us crash for a post-feast snooze. Tryptophan is an essen...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 26, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Bright orange monkey born at Sydney's Taronga zoo is a rare François’ langur
Male infant called Nangua, Mandarin for pumpkin, is fourth langur to be born at the zoo, the only one in the region to breed the endangered speciesSydney’s Taronga zoo has announced the birth of a bright orange François’ langur, one of the world’s rarest monkeys.The male infant, named Nangua – the Mandarin word for pumpkin – was discovered in his mother Meili’s arms by keepers on 7 November. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 26, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Michael Safi and agencies Tags: Primatology Zoos Sydney Endangered species Animals Australia news Conservation Environment Wildlife World news Source Type: news

Raley's Family of Fine Stores Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Cashew and Almond in Raley's Frozen Sweet Pumpkin Ravioli
WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - Raley's Family of Fine Stores removed Raley's Frozen Sweet Pumpkin Ravioli 10 oz.from our Raley's, Bel Air and Nob Hill stores on November 17, 2015. According to the manufacturer, the product may contain an undeclared cashew and almond allergen. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - November 25, 2015 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

The Holiday Warriors
This Thursday morning, I'll wake up at 5:30 a.m. to the sound of my alarm and take a bleary-eyed trip into the bathroom. I'll brush my teeth and wash my face and get ready to go to work at the hospital the same way I've done every shift for the past three and a half years. What makes this day so different, however, is that while you'll be prepping the oven for your afternoon roast, my hospital colleagues and I will be giving thanks within the walls of a surgical intensive care unit. We exist in a world where we cannot help but feel thankful, for we are not the ones confined to the bed or strapped to a ventilator or teth...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Pumpkin: Health Benefits, Uses and Risks
Find out about the potential health benefits of pumpkin including supporting heart health, eye health, promoting fertility and giving immunity a boost. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

Talk About It Over Turkey: The Power of Your Family History
Discussions of genetic screening prior to or during pregnancy tend to be focused on DNA testing and less on family history. Understandably, medical providers may be more comfortable ordering a standard DNA test than interpreting three generations of family folklore. Tests such as those used to identify healthy "carrier-carrier" couples, who have a 25% chance to have a child with a recessive condition, or those used to screen for sporadic chromosomal conditions in a baby, are valuable screening tools. However, they cover a limited number of disorders and in many cases will not address significant concerns posed by family...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 24, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Loss of mastodons aided domestication of pumpkins, squash
If Pleistocene megafauna -- mastodons, mammoths, giant sloths and others -- had not become extinct, humans might not be eating pumpkin pie and squash for the holidays, according to an international team of anthropologists. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 24, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

5 Tips for a Happy and Healthy Plant-Based Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is such a great holiday. We take time to be with our loved ones and be thankful for our relationships, our health, and our opportunities. It's a time to celebrate the harvest and all of the wonderful flavors and colors and textures of autumnal foods - and the best part? All of the best fall foods are plant-based! And there are plenty of ways to celebrate and incorporate them into the holiday season. With Thanksgiving approaching, I wanted to give some of my best holiday tips so that you can feel joyous about the holiday and celebrate what Thanksgiving means to you while still doing what feels good for your bo...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Well: Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Roasted Pumpkin Wedges With Chili Pesto
The thick wedges of pumpkin, once out of the oven, are velvety rich, and the pesto has all the flavors we associate with fall. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - November 23, 2015 Category: Nutrition Authors: TARA PARKER-POPE Tags: Eat Well Pumpkins Thanksgiving Day Vegetarianism Food Cooking and Cookbooks Recipes Featured Vegetarian Thanksgiving Source Type: news