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  How to find out whether a company supports multiculturalism

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 | In Knowledge | Tags: ,

How to find out whether a company supports multiculturalism
~ How to find out whether a company supports multiculturalism ~

Look at the composition of the executive team
Research information from the corporate website. An executive team which is heterogeneous may indicate a company culture that is supportive of diversity.

Find out about diversity initiatives
These may include internal mentoring programmes or affinity groups. They also may show up as sponsoring or other linkages with diverse community organizations or professional groups. Look for diversity initiatives that are more than “meet, greet and eat” and are actually connected to the business.

Talk to your connections
Use Linkeln, Google+ and Facebook to locate staff who may be willing to share details of the company culture, promotion practices and workforce diversity. This can be a great way to obtain information, but caution is advised as to not make decisions based on the views of one employee.
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  Walnuts boost sperm quality

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 | In Knowledge | Tags: ,

Walnuts boost sperm quality
~ Walnuts boost sperm quality ~

For men hoping to become fathers, a new study suggests adding walnuts to their diet. According to research published recently, eating a large handful of walnuts every day could boost the quality of sperm.

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in California enrolled 117 healthy men between the ages of 21 and 35 into the study, taking sperm samples both at the beginning and end of the study. Half of the men were assigned to eat 2.5 ounces (a little more than half a cup) of walnuts a day, along with their usual diet.

At the end of the 12-week study, the walnut eaters showed improved sperm quality, while there was no change in the control group. Additionally, men in the walnut-eating group whose sperm were the worst swimmers at the beginning of the study saw the biggest improvement in their sperm quality at the end of the experiment.
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  Sleep training not harmful

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 | In Knowledge | Tags: , ,

Sleep training not harmful
~ Sleep training not harmful ~

Parent feeling conflicted about how to get their babies to sleep may find some peace of mind in a new Australian study. Researchers found that letting tots cry it out do not harm them emotionally or damage their relationship with their parents. In a study published online in Pediatrics, scientists followed up previous work that found babies and their parents benefited when children were taught to calm themselves through various behavioral techniques.

In the follow-up study, the scientists tracked 225 babies to see if sleep training had any long-lasting effects, damaging or otherwise. In the original study, the researchers found that two popular techniques – controlled comforting and camping out – worked well in helping babies who struggled with sleep while also reducing depression in mums.
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  Trans fats shrinking the brain

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 | In Knowledge | Tags: ,

Trans fats shrinking the brain
~ Trans fats shrinking the brain ~

If you want to maintain your mental health in old age and ward off cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s, avoid the frozen pizza and eat the vegetables.

In a study that published in the online issue of Neurology, which looked at the dietary role of ageing gracefully, researchers at Oregon Health and Science University found that people who consumed diets high in trans fats were most likely to have brain shrinkage and scored lower on thinking and memory tests, compared to people who followed a healthy diet, low in trans fats and high in vitamins.

Trans fats are found primarily in frozen, packaged, fast foods, backed goods and margarine spreads. Conversely, people who followed diets that were high in a range of vitamin like C, D, E and B or omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to have brain shrinkage and scored higher on mental thinking tests.

Scientists also scanned the brains of 42 participants to measure brain volume and found that those who had vitamin levels had larger brains, while those with high trans fats were prone to shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s.
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