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American Roots: Columbus Day Renamed to Honor First Peoples

American Roots Columbus Day Renamed to Honor First Peoples

Many people feel that Christopher Columbus is partly responsible for the genocide of Native Americans, and bestowing him a day of celebration adds insult to injury. In a progressive move, the Anadarko City Council, in Oklahoma, unanimously voted to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day—observed this year on October 9. City employees get the holiday off, and other municipalities in Oklahoma have followed suit.

Fare Price: Save on Holiday Plane Tickets

Fare Price Save on Holiday Plane Tickets

The easiest way to save money on airfare is by being flexible, because flying on certain days at certain times can be more affordable. Shopping among airports and carriers can also yield dividends, perhaps leaving from one airport and returning to another or combining airlines based on the lowest available rates for legs of the trip.

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Vitamin D plus Calcium Lowers Cancer Risk

Vitamin D plus Calcium Lowers Cancer Risk

Researchers from the Creighton University School of Nursing, in Omaha, Nebraska, studied 2,303 healthy postmenopausal women to determine whether a link between vitamin D and cancer existed.

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Walking Reduces Symptoms of Dementia

Walking Reduces Symptoms of Dementia

A study from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, examined the impact of regular walking on people with vascular cognitive impairment, the second-most common form of dementia. The ailment occurs when blood vessels become damaged by cardiovascular disease, impeding good blood circulation and making the brain work harder.

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Banning Trans Fats Lowers Heart Attacks

Banning Trans Fats Lowers Heart Attacks

Eleven counties in New York instituted restrictions on trans fatty acids in restaurants in 2007. Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine used data from the New York State Department of Health statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System and U.S. Census population estimates to determine the impact of these restrictions on the health of the community; they compared the 11 counties that had the restrictions to 25 counties without them. The scientists concluded that hospital heart attack admissions were significantly lower for the 11 counties with the restrictions.

Wildlife Wipeout: Wind Turbines Kill Winged Creatures

Wildlife Wipeout Wind Turbines Kill Winged Creatures

Wind turbines make cleaner energy, but are dangerous to birds and bats. According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, approximately 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed annually by wind turbines, which are providing increased wind power capacity nationwide.

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Women Live Longer When Surrounded by Greenery

Women Live Longer When Surrounded by Greenery

Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, followed 108,630 U.S. women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study between 2000 and 2008, comparing their mortality rates with the amount of vegetation around their homes.

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Eco Sneakers: Biodegradable Reeboks Help Solve Waste Problem

Eco Sneakers: Biodegradable Reeboks Help Solve Waste Problem

Reebok is introducing a completely compostable sneaker designed to neither harm the environment when created nor potentially clog a landfill when discarded. The shoe’s upper section is made of sustainable organic cotton, while the sole is derived from industrially grown corn, harvested when it’s older and tougher. Even the eyelets are stitched, using no metal or plastic.

Creating Community: 15 Ways to Craft a Circle of Caring

Creating Community 15 Ways to Craft a Circle of Caring

by Linda Buzzell

In facing up to today’s often degrading environmental, economic, political, social and hyper-individualistic cultural conditions, we instinctively know that survival requires coming together to effect constructive change. Here are proven approaches to community building that work.

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Migrating Trees: Forests Shift West with Climate Change

Migrating Trees: Forests Shift West with Climate Change

The consequences of climate change are impacting plant species in unanticipated, but logical ways; for instance, conifers and other needle trees are moving northward because they are more sensitive to temperature than flowering, deciduous trees.

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