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Tag: 夜上海论坛XB Overweight teens may have increased risk for colorectal cancer

first_imgTeenagers who are significantly overweight appear to have twice the risk of developing colorectal cancer in middle-age compared with teens of normal weight, according to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers.Elizabeth Kantor, lead author and research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology, and colleagues tracked the health of about 240,000 Swedish men over a period of years; 885 of the men developed bowel cancer. The results showed that obese teens who had a BMI of over 30 had a 2.38 fold higher risk of developing bowel cancer. The authors speculated that high levels of systemic inflammation in overweight teens may contribute to the increased risk.The study was published May 25, 2015 in the BMJ’s journal Gut. Other Harvard Chan School authors included Lisa Signorello, adjunct associate professor of epidemiology, Edward Giovannucci, professor of nutrition and epidemiology, and Katja Fall, visiting scientist in the Department of Epidemiology.Previous studies looked mostly at weight and colorectal cancer in adults. This is the first large-scale investigation looking at the link between excess weight in teens and colorectal cancer risk in adulthood. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Tag: 夜上海论坛XB Business opportunities from climate change

first_imgThanks to greenhouse gases, the Earth’s climate is changing. One of the main sources of these gases is business. However, business is also the main source of new products, services, and business models that may save us from wholesale climate calamity. But what are businesses doing to address climate change? What can — and should — they do?“The untold story is that climate change offers opportunities as well as risks, and business is already changing,” said Michael Toffel, John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management at Harvard Business School (HBS) and faculty chair of the School’s Business & Environment Initiative. “Climate change is such a broad issue, and it’s affecting business in a wide variety of ways. And businesses are developing technologies, products, and new operating models in response.”HBS is collaborating with WBUR and Boston University Questrom School of Business to run a five-part series called “Stepping Up: Business in the Era of Climate Change.” The series will launch on March 5 in WBUR’s CitySpace. Each event will focus on business in a particular sector, including real estate, food, transportation, and energy. Speakers include local and national leaders such as Bryan Koop, executive vice president of Boston Properties; Kevin Butt, sustainability director of Toyota North America; and David Perry, CEO of Indigo Agriculture. Small companies that cater to new consumer preferences like Clover Food Lab, and environmental groups like Union of Concerned Scientists, are also on the program.According to Toffel, growing awareness of climate change offers a unique opportunity for HBS to embark on new projects and increase its impact. Faculty are addressing climate change in their teaching and research. The first year MBA curriculum includes case discussions and assignments designed to foster climate change awareness in every student. This spring all MBA students will be taught the case, “Climate Change: Paris, and the road ahead.” Faculty have also written more than 20 teaching cases about how businesses are tackling climate change.In partnership with HBS alumni clubs, the School’s Business & Environment Initiative has been organizing faculty-moderated alumni events to explore how business leaders in regions around the U.S. are confronting climate change. Each event addresses the specific climate-related challenge facing that region. In addition to the WBUR event series, the School will launch a podcast called “Climate Rising” this spring.  “Not all of the news about climate change is doom and gloom.  Working with faculty from these two schools has allowed us to showcase how this problem is sparking new products and services, from lab-grown meat to offshore wind,” said WBUR’s Barbara Moran, senior producing editor of Earthwhile, a new  team dedicated to reporting on environmental issues. “CitySpace is an ideal venue to reach a broad audience.”  Tickets are available at wbur.org. The full program can be found here. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Tag: 夜上海论坛XB Archbishop examines relationship between Catholic Church and Irish society

first_imgSpeaking to a large crowd in the Mendoza College of Business’s Jordan Auditorium on Thursday, Archbishop Charles J. Brown reflected on his mission in serving as the apostolic nuncio to Ireland and the intersection between modern Ireland and the Catholic Church. Titled, “The Catholic Church in Ireland and Pope Francis: Legacy and Transformation,” the lecture was part of the annual Keeley Vatican Lecture series sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.Brown, a 1981 Notre Dame graduate, addressed the cultural and spiritual challenges in the Vatican’s relationship with Ireland and his job as the Holy See’s official diplomat to Ireland.“The apostolic nuncio has two roles: to be the pope’s representative to the local Catholic community and to be the pope’s representative to the sovereign government,” he said.Brown said when he arrived in Ireland and assumed his official position in January 2012, he made it his mission to be involved in Ireland’s Catholic community, accepting as many invitations as possible to visit local churches, schools and other important community institutions.“I made it my priority to be open and accessible so that I could learn about the needs of the Church in Ireland,” he said.Brown said the Church’s historical role in Ireland is “daunting in its complexity.”He noted the dichotomy among Christendom, the cultural and social dominance of Christian values and Christianity itself, which he defined as faith in the person of Jesus Christ and his Church. He referenced a famous homily by Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam, which bemoaned the death of Christendom in modern-day secular Ireland.Brown said the collapse of Christendom, however, is distinct from the state of Christianity in 20th-century Ireland. From the 1930s to the 1960s, he said Mass attendance was high, large numbers of men and women entered religious life and “a Catholic ethos dominated Ireland.”“Ireland’s traditionally rural and agrarian culture with a conservative outlook and widespread opposition to British dominance were both major factors in this,” Brown said.Brown said by the the 1970s, Irish society became more secular. Causes of this transformation included immigration of American-born Irish back to Ireland and the introduction of their more secular lifestyles, as well as the advent of increased electrical usage, which brought the secular values of the media industry to the entire nation.Brown said that the emergence of abuses among the clergy, particularly pedophilia, damaged the Church’s cultural influence.“No matter what the issue is, when a Catholic voice is raised, the inevitable response is that they’re trying to bring back the era of clerical dominance,” he said.Brown said Pope Francis’s messages of freedom and humility in Christ has a broad appeal. He said he has hope for the future of the Church, particularly in Ireland.“There is a palpable desire in the Irish people for meaning beyond the merely material and the physical,” he saidTags: Charles J. Brown, Ireland, Irish Catholic, Irish Catholic Church, Keeley Vatican lecture, The Catholic Church in Ireland and Pope Francis: Legacy and Transformation, Vaticanlast_img read more

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