Sydney, Nov 5 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Eating fish such as salmon, trout and sardines can significantly reduce asthma symptoms in children, an international study led by researchers at Australia's La Trobe University showed.
Lead researcher Maria Papamichael said the results, released on Monday, are in line with a growing body of evidence which points to a healthy diet being a potential therapy for childhood asthma.
"We already know that a diet high in fat, sugar and salt can influence the development and progression of asthma in children and now we have evidence that it's also possible to manage asthma symptoms through healthy eating," Papamichael said.
Of the 64 children with mild asthma who participated in the trial, half were told to follow a traditional mediterranean diet, high in plant based foods and oily fish, while the others followed their normal diets.
Those who followed the mediterranean diet saw significant reduction in their bronchial inflammation.
"Fatty fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties," Papamichael explained.
According to Professor Bircan Erbas, from La Trobe's School of Psychology and Public Health, "asthma is the most common respiratory disease in young people and one of the leading reasons for hospitalizations and trips to emergency for children."
"It is imperative that we identify new therapies that we can use alongside conventional asthma medications," Erbas said.
Beijing, Nov 5 (Xinhua/UNB) -- China's first artificial intelligence (AI) theme park opened to public in early November, after 10 months renovation of a municipal park in northern Beijing.
Driverless shuttle buses, smart lamp posts that can record exercise data, and intelligent speakers that can respond to human instructions have been installed in Haidian Park, which covers about 34 hectares near the 4th Ring Road.
The district government of Haidian and Internet company Baidu signed an agreement in January to jointly explore "smart city" building. Haidian Park, which received about 1.2 million tourists last year, was chosen to run the pilot program.
A total of 10 government departments and companies participated in the renovation of the park over the past 10 months, said Che Jianguo from the district's park administration office.
In recent years, Chinese high-tech companies have set foot in the AI industry, while the central government also stressed in October that it would boost the development of the country's new generation of artificial intelligence.
Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) – Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) will hold a discussion following a cultural event titled ‘Aj JibonKhuje Pabi’ to observe the 9th death anniversary of prominent singer Bhupen Hazarika at Jatiya Natyashala Auditorium on Monday.
BSA Director General Liaqat Ali Lucky will preside over the discussion while notable singer Shudakshina Sharma will be present as the special guest.
Liaqat Ali Lucky, Shudakshina Sharma, Dr Sangeeta Kakoti, among others, will perform at the cultural programme.
Dhaka Sangskritik Dal will perform a chorus song while group dance to be performed by BSA dance troupe.
Dhaka, Nov 3 (UNB) - The five-day long interactive exhibition titled 'Healthy Ocean, Healthy People' enthralled hundreds of visitors on the 3rd consecutive day at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Saturday.
The exhibition is demonstrating life-size animal models, games, captivating photographs and fascinating facts in attractive displays on almost 12 species of Dolphins and Whales and 70 species of Sharks and Shapla fish.
It is also showing various researches on the fish, including their numbers, location, condition, structure and how to protect them.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) organised the first-of-its-kind interactive exhibition aiming to exhibit marine wildlife in the Bay of Bengal and Bangladesh's efforts to conserve wildlife.
Based on WCS discoveries, the Bangladesh government declared an area of 1,738 km of priority marine habitat in the Swatch-of-no-Ground (SoNG) surrounding coastal waters as the country's first Marine Protected Area (MPA). The WCS proposes that the government declare two more MPAs -- St. Martin's Island MPA and Nijhum Island MPA -- aiming to support sustainable fisheries and protect threatened ocean giants.
"Almost 3.5 thousand people visited the exhibition in the first two days. We’re expecting six-seven thousand people at the end of the programme," said WCS programme assistant Nadim Parvez.
While visiting the exhibition, Nur E Jannat Sushmita said, "It is a very good initiative. This type of programme should be organised more in our country. I have learnt many new things from the exhibition. I think Nadi Bachao Andolan and Wildlife Conservation Society should work jointly as both of them are working on the same field."
Organisers said visitors can explore the amazing diversity of dolphins, whales, sharks and other aquatic creatures in Bangladesh's marine waters as well as why the survival of these threatened oceanic lives in the Bay of Bengal is critical for the continued growth and well-being of our nation.
The exhibition will be open for all from 11 am to 8 pm every day until November 5.
Wellington, Nov 2 (AP/UNB) — In an attempt to protect the coral reefs that divers so admire they have dubbed them the underwater Serengeti, the Pacific nation of Palau will soon ban many types of sunscreen.
President Tommy Remengesau Jr. last week signed legislation that bans "reef-toxic" sunscreen from 2020. Banned sunscreens will be confiscated from tourists who carry them into the country, and merchants selling the banned products will be fined up to $1,000.
Remengesau said in a statement that the penalties find the right balance between "educating tourists and scaring them away."
The law defines reef-toxic sunscreen as containing any one of 10 chemicals, including oxybenzone, and states that other chemicals may also be banned.
The legislation also requires tour operators to start providing customers with reusable cups, straws and food containers.
Remengesau said a big impetus for the ban was a 2017 report which found that sunscreen products were widespread in Palau's famed Jellyfish Lake, which was closed for more than a year due to declining jellyfish numbers before being recently reopened.
The president noted legislative findings that "plastic waste, chemical pollution, resource overconsumption, and climate change all continue to threaten the health of our pristine paradise."
Palau's ban comes after Hawaii in July banned the sale of sunscreen containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate from 2021 in an attempt to protect its reefs. In Hawaii, however, tourists will still be able to bring the banned sunscreen with them into the state or buy it there if they have a doctor's prescription.
Scientists have found that some chemicals in sunscreen can be toxic to coral reefs, which are a vital part of the ocean ecosystem as well as a popular draw for tourists. But some critics say there aren't enough independent scientific studies on the issue while others worry that people will suffer from too much sun exposure if they stop using the products.
Some manufacturers, meanwhile, have already started selling "reef-friendly" sunscreen.
Palau, located east of the Philippines and north of Indonesia, is home to 21,000 people and has an economy that relies on tourism and fishing. It has a compact of free association with the U.S.