Flavonoid-rich foods and drinks may prevent erectile dysfunction

first_imgMen who consume just three or four weekly portions of foods and drinks containing flavonoids—which include berries, citrus fruits, and red wine—may reduce their risk of erectile dysfunction, according to a new study from researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of East Anglia. They also found that men who were physically active in addition to consuming high amounts of flavonoids had the lowest risk of erectile dysfunction.The study was published online January 13, 2016 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.Making lifestyle choices to improve their erectile function may have the added benefit of improving men’s heart health, said senior author Eric Rimm, professor in the departments of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Chan. “Erectile dysfunction is often an early barometer of poor vascular function and offers a critical opportunity to intervene and prevent cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and even death,” he told The Telegraph in a January 13, 2016 article. “Men with erectile dysfunction are likely to be highly motivated to make healthier lifestyle choices, such as exercising more and eating the right foods—which would greatly benefit their long-term cardiovascular health as well.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Florida utility Tampa Electric to add 600MW of solar in next three years

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Florida Politics:Tampa Electric Company (TECO) announced Wednesday it would invest about $800 million to add another 600 megawatts of solar power in the next three years.When complete, the solar expansion will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 500,000 tons every year, which is roughly equal to removing 100,000 cars from the road.With this expansion, TECO will have a total of more than 1,250 megawatts of solar power — enough to power more than 200,000 homes — with about 14% of the utility’s energy fueled by the sun, the highest percentage of solar power of any utility in the state.The solar expansion will also prove less expensive to customers than if TECO kept its fleet as it is today. This expansion will significantly change the company’s generation mix, as the utility continues to reduce its use of coal. In the past 20 years, Tampa Electric has reduced its use of coal by 92% and has cut its carbon footprint in half.TECO’s investment in solar power has also saved more than 1.4 billion gallons of water — significantly helping an area of the state that has critical concerns over water use.More: Cleaner and greener: TECO announces major solar expansion Florida utility Tampa Electric to add 600MW of solar in next three yearslast_img read more

Daily Dirt: Road Kill, Fittest City, and National Park Record

first_imgRoadkill CompostCar-struck animal carcasses may soon become compost in the Commonwealth. According to the Associated Press, Virginia is testing a new program to turn roadkill into plant food. The effort includes a special system that accelerates the decomposition process while also reducing odors. It can also apparently break down animals in as little as six weeks. Currently the Virginia Department of Transportation buries roadkill or disposes it at landfills at an estimated cost of $4 million a year. D.C Named the Fittest City in the U.S.The nation’s capital is the fittest city in the United States, according to a recent set of rankings released by the American College of Sports Medicine. The D.C. metro area came out on top in the organization’s annual American Fitness Index, which was developed as a data-driven study to measure the health and fitness of the country’s 50 most populous metropolitan areas. In addition to having a large number of residents who frequently exercise, the District also scored high for numbers of parks, recreation centers, and farmers’ markets per capita, as well as relatively low death rates for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Record Year for National ParksLast year saw record attendance in America’s national parks. A report that came out earlier this year tallying 2014 numbers reported a record 294 million park visitors. According to a piece in National Parks Traveler that’s a jump of more than 20 million visitors from the previous year. In the South the Blue Ridge Parkway saw a big uptick, hosting 13.9 million people in 2014, approximately a million more than the previous year. Great Smoky Mountains National Park was up 744,276 for a total 10 million park guests.last_img read more

Kindra P. Schuler

first_imgKindra P. Schuler, age 56 of Batesville, died Thursday, December 15, 2016. Born March 28, 1960 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Connie (Nee: Parmer) and George Schuler II. She was a commercial photographer, a member of the Batesville Lions Club and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for neglected or abused children.According to her family, Kindra was a kind, gentle soul who went out of her way to help others. She also had a soft spot for animals and routinely brought home those found abandoned, nursed them back to health and then found them a permanent home. She currently had three cats she adored. Her faith was very important to her, as was time with family. She truly enjoyed family events and get-togethers, usually trying to scare up a corn hole contest with any and all challengers. Her nephews affectionately referred to her as Grandma Nin. Apparently she was also an electronics junkie. Kindra embraced modern technology, especially computers and was more than happy to help friends and neighbors set-up or repair them. Along with a passion for movies, she was also an avid reader and Colts fan.She is survived by her mother Connie of Batesville; sisters Vanessa Zins and Jennifer Walker, both of Batesville; brothers Scot Schuler of Dallas, Texas, Jeff Schuler of Woodbury, Tennessee, Patrick Schuler of Greensburg, Indiana, Mike Herring of Southhaven, Mississippi and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her father, she is also preceded in death by her brother George Schuler III.Visitation is Tuesday, December 20th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services follow at 7 p.m. with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M., officiating. A prayer service will be conducted by the Batesville Lions Club at 4 p.m. Kindra will be cremated following services. Memorials may be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.last_img read more