As consumers search out a "BPA-free" label as a measure of a product's safety, science continues to indicate that such labels are not an indication that the product is risk-free. In the span of a week, three studies pointed out potential health hazards in various plastics. And without more precautionary testing and laws to safeguard against unknown toxins, experts say it's impossible for a consumer to buy a plastic product that is verifiably safe. "As someone who works on this every single day, it's still hard for me to navigate the marketplace," said Lindsay Dahl, deputy director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. In one recent study, researchers were surprised to find that one of the main alternatives to BPA seems to be equally damaging -- despite its reputation is a "safe alternative." As an endocrine disruptor, BPA mimics the hormone estrogen, potentially causing a variety of health concerns. One of the unique qualities of BPA is that it only takes a small amount to produce … [Read more...] about Are BPA-Free Plastics Just As Bad?
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' members (in white T-shirts) exchanging talks with US servicemen, including US General Herbert Carlisle, during a tour to Hoa Lo prison (Source: Hanoikids) … [Read more...] about Hanoikids English club shows Hanoi through free tours
Dining Out Worth the wait: Customers wait to enjoy their dinner. Soul food: The facade of Seoul House in HCM City. — VNS Photos Thanh Vu Korean restaurant Address: 31 Ngo Duc Ke Street, District 1, HCM City Tel: (08) 8 294 297 Hours: 7am - 10pm Comment: Free kimchi, ice water, rice, napkins. (13-11-2005) College kids sate cravings for Korean food Vietnamese youth are sampling the cuisine of "kimchi country" at one of HCM City's better Korean restaurants, Seoul House. Anh Thu reports. Last year, if you had walked into a Korean restaurant in Viet Nam, you would have spotted, yes, you guessed it, mostly Koreans. Today, these restaurants are full of Vietnamese of a certain age. Most are university students enamored of anything Korean - hairstyles, clothing, music and dance that have been popularized through Korean movies and TV series shown on local TV. Scenes on television and film of Korean actors cooking their native dishes have whetted the appetite of … [Read more...] about College kids sate cravings for Korean food
"Family meal times at my house have become quite "cold" as my children no longer want to sit with us," complains Nguyen Thanh Van, who lives in the Ciputra residential area in Ha Noi. She says this situation originated a few months ago when her two sons, 6-year-old Min and 4-year-old Bi, began fighting over their father's iPad when they returned home from school. "They loved it so much," Van says. Her husband finally decided to buy a second iPad so that each boy has one to play with. "My husband loves high-tech 'toys' and always keeps up with the newest technology. He buys new laptops regularly, and he taught the kids how to play games and listen to music on the iPad. So now the kids are also addicted to computer technology. "When friends visit us he even boasts and tells them that the kids are very good with computers." And of course the kids are happy to receive praise from their dad. Now during meals each boy sits at one corner of the table with a bowl of food and an iPad. Today, … [Read more...] about Save your kids from virtual destruction
Pupils attend a 'school' in Ho Chi Minh City not only for free learning, but also for free meals. Not only are they unpaid, the 'teachers' of this school in Binh Tan District also have to pay for food for their students. The school has been operational for six years thanks to the good will, effort, and limited income of a philanthropic family. Surprisingly, the family is poor, has no valuable assets, and has to live in a rented house which also accommodates the school's classrooms. It is located at 1B, 5-11-12 Street in Binh Tri Dong Ward. Six years ago, Mr. Doan Minh Hung and his wife and son started their charitable wish by adopting eight orphans and giving them daily lessons, as they had never attended school before. All of the means of support for the family of 12 come from the thin income Hung makes through selling music and film discs, and the home grocery store run by his wife. "But I just feel happy see the children grow up and be more and more obedient. More … [Read more...] about Teachers without salary, free lunch for students