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Is silicone cookware safe?

Is silicone cookware safe?Dear EarthTalk: Are there any health hazards associated with the use of the new silicone bake ware and cooking utensils? I have found information associated with the hazards/benefits of Teflon and other cookware but nothing on the use of silicone. -- Jean McCarthy, Sebastian, FL
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Electric cars, hybrids and... coal power?

Electric cars, hybrids and... coal power?Dear EarthTalk: Isn’t the interest in electric cars and plug-in hybrids going to spur increased reliance on coal as a power source? And is that really any better than gasoline/oil in terms of environmental impact? -- Graham Rankin, via e-mail
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TOPS suggests spring activities for healthier living

It’s been a long and stormy winter and snow has found its way to almost all of the 50 states. But, finally, spring is on its way. Daylight lasts longer, temperatures are getting warmer, and there’s more energy in the air. The start of a new season is a great time to renew weight-loss and fitness resolutions. TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, shares the following tips for springing into a healthier, active, better-for-you lifestyle.
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Poll reveals sleep differences among ethnic groups

The 2010 Sleep in America poll recently released by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) reveals significant differences in the sleep habits and attitudes of Asians, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics and Whites. It is the first poll to examine sleep among these four ethnic groups.
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HIV/AIDS disparities in Blacks preventable

(NNPA) - Although the number of HIV infections is growing at an alarming rate throughout the Black community, African American women are the group most disproportionately affected. While representing only 12 percent of the U.S. female population, they account for 61 percent of all new HIV infections among women.
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Sabathani gears up for largest food drive of the year

It’s that time of year, and Sabathani is once again asking the community to help fill the stomachs of hungry children and adults who rely on its food shelf every day.  Sabathani hopes to be a recipient of people responding to Minnesota FoodShare’s March Campaign, an annual effort focusing on the problems of hunger in communities across the state. Sabathani encourages individuals, schools, churches, businesses and civic groups to “be a superhero in the fight against hunger,” this year’s campaign giving slogan.
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How much electricity will plug-in hybrids use?

 How much electricity will plug-in hybrids use?Dear EarthTalk: When the plug-in Prius is released, how much electricity will it use? Will my electric bill double if my Prius is plugged in each night? Or will the increase be minimal? Also, will all this recharging put a strain on the existing electricity grid? -- G.C. Marx, Colorado Springs, CO
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