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New Findings Suggest Community Gardening Boosts More Than Nutrition
According to a team of researchers at the University of Utah, people who take on community gardening have a lower body mass index (BMI) as well as offer a variety of social benefits to the residents...more



Breastfeeding Linked to Lower Obesity Risk among Children in Japan
In a study conducted by Michiyo Yamakawa, M.H.Sc., of the Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama City, Japan and his fellow researchers,...more

Older Grandfathers Prone to Having Grandkids with Autism
New research finds that grandfathers who have children at older ages are prone to having grandchildren with autism rather than those who are younger grandfathers. The research, recently published...more

Reversing the Obesity Epidemic: Stricter Economic Regulation
In a study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, a stricter and tighter economic regulation is needed to slow and reverse the growing obesity epidemic. The study was...more

Minority Children with Autism Less Likely to Receive Specialty Services
A study that will be published in the July issue of Pediatrics shows that African-American or Hispanic children diagnosed with autism were less likely than Caucasian children to have received...more

Is BMI Sufficient to Evaluate Child Obesity Interventions?
A new study shows that an intervention can have advantageous effects on health outcomes. Typically, a change in BMI (body mass index) is often the measure used to examine whether an intervention...more

People More Disturbed by Animal Rather than Human Suffering, But Not Children
A paper on "Are People More Disturbed by Animal or Human Suffering? Assessing the Influence of Victim's Species and Age on Empathy" shows people have more empathy for battered dogs and puppies...more

Comprehensive Job Training Benefits Youth with Autism
According to a study conducted by a team of researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, an in-depth job training benefits youth with autism. The study presents that intensive internship...more

NIH Math Model Predicts Effects of Diet and Physical Activity on Childhood Weight
National Institutes of Health researchers have established the accuracy of a mathematical model that predicts how weight and body fat respond to changes in diet and physical activity in...more

Community-Based Weight Loss Intervention Produces Greater Weight Loss than Self-Help Approach
An Article in Press in The American Journal of Medicine documents that overweight and obese adults who have participated in a community-based weight loss intervention, specifically Weight Watchers,...more






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Sustainable Principles for an Innovating Nigeria


Sustainable Principles for an Innovating Nigeria

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) released the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles, an agreement signed by 34 banks, including the original eight of the nation’s leading banks, that covered nine key areas: environmental and social risk management, environmental and social footprint, human rights, women’s economic empowerment, financial inclusion, environmental and social governance, capacity building, collaborative partnerships and reporting.




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