The productivity puzzle has occupied business minds since the financial crisis. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto shutter_m The productivity puzzle has bedevilled the country for a decade – but new research suggests firms are still be refusing to face up to the problem. Manufacturing could be at the heart of a new productivity spike, believe employers' organisations. Picture: Ian Burt. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the productivity of British businesses has been thrust under the microscope. Before the crash which rocked the western world, growth in the rate at which countries produced goods and services was almost taken for granted. But the stagnation everyone expected to run its course is continuing – and with the average British worker now taking five days to produce the same amount that a French or German counterpart could do in four, some feel recent figures, which showed a 0.5% decline in productivity in the first quarter of 2018, should serve as a … [Read more...] about How do we solve the region’s productivity puzzle?
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 by: Zoey Sky Tags: athletic performance, beetroot, beets, Beta vulgaris, blood pressure, Chenopodiaceae, cognitive function, endurance, food science, heart health, natural remedy, nutrition, sports performance, vegetables (Natural News) Several studies have determined the “mechanisms of action” of beets, and findings show that the plant can boost body systems and impact blood pressure, heart health, and cognitive function. Beets (Beta vulgaris, Chenopodiaceae) are currently being used as a sports performance supplement ingredient. Study findings have also determined that beetroot, or the taproot of the beet plant, can enhance athletic performance and endurance. Beetroot has various health-promoting compounds such as betaines, quercetin, and resveratrol. But research concerning the potential sports performance benefits of beets has often focused on nitrates. Nitrates in beets are turned into nitrite, while some are turned into … [Read more...] about Perform better mentally AND physically with beets
Sunday, April 01, 2018 by: David Williams Tags: crops, farming, fertilizer, Fertilizers, food production, food science, SALUS, soil management, vegetable production (Natural News) Nowadays, the use of conventional types of fertilizers is a common practice, as it is seen by most people as necessary to achieve success in growing food crops. However, a study published in Agronomy Journal shows that it is possible to avoid using them altogether. The researchers wanted to find out whether or not it was possible to achieve sustainable vegetable production through the use of organic amendments only. In a study titled “Can Organic Amendments Support Sustainable Vegetable Production?” they looked into a possible alternative to the use of conventional fertilizers in growing crops. The researchers had some core ideas in mind. The first one states that accounting for the Nitrogen (N) release from organic amendments could lead to improving N use efficiency, … [Read more...] about Soil management through crop rotation and organic amendments found to support sustainable vegetable production, eliminate need for conventional fertilizers
Fighting the trade in falsified medical products: building a consensus on the role for the private sector Author : Laurien Rook and Danny EdwardsLaurien Rook is a Researcher at the Access to Medicine Foundation. Danny Edwards is a Research Programme Manager at the Access to Medicine Foundation Every day patients across the world receive falsified medicines or other falsified medical products. This is a serious and ongoing risk to global health, which results in treatment failure, impairment, and death. These falsified products (referred to in the following as falsified medicines) are deliberately and fraudulently mislabelled in order to imitate the genuine article, and can contain either little or no active ingredients or toxins. Falsification affects both patented and generic products, and occurs across the globe. Recent examples include the identification of falsified emergency contraceptives in Uganda, of falsified diazepam in Central Africa, and … [Read more...] about Fighting the trade in falsified medical products: building a consensus on the role for the private sector
Recovery is an essential part of any training plan. Using the same muscles over and over without giving them time to rest can lead to overuse injuries, and being sidelined—even if it’s only for a few days—is never fun. Not only that, but making sure you recover properly also ensures that your body can handle more workouts without the risk of overtraining (think: insomnia, fatigue, or dips in performance). Advertisement - Continue Reading Below There are two forms of recovery: active and passive. Active recovery involves, well, being active, or low intensity movement like walking between intervals. Passive recovery, on the other hand, involves no activity at all—just letting your body rest. To find out which recovery method works best for runners, we looked at recent research and tapped top experts. Here's what we found out.The Case for Active RecoveryAccording to a recent study from the American Council on Exercise and Western State Colorado University, active … [Read more...] about Is Active Recovery or Passive Recovery Better for Performance?