Human wellbeing

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  • Access to safe drinking water and sanitation is a basic necessity. However, such access is highly variable around the world and in particular in Africa, Asia and South America. Much progress still remains to be made in infrastructure improvements and poverty reduction. A recent World Bank report, for example, noted that more than 100 million people in the Latin American region alone lack access to potable water and adequate sanitation systems. Compounding the issue of water availability is contamination of water supplies and the lack of wastewater treatment facilities.

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  • Due to the increase in world population (more than seven billion inhabitants) the global food industry has the largest number of demanding and knowledgeable consumers. This population requires food products that fulfill the high quality standards established by the food industry organizations. Food shortages threaten human health, and also the disastrous extreme climatic events make food shortages even worse. This collection of articles is a timely contribution to issues relating to the food industry.

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  • The MA, which focused on ecosystem change and the impacts of such change on human well-being, included a set of sub-global assessments at multiple spatial scales, in addition to the global assessment. This was one of the innovations of the MA compared to other international assessments, which usually focus on global or regional scales alone. The global and sub-global assessments analyzed ecosystem services and human wellbeing from different perspectives and with different stakeholders involved.

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  • Mobile and wireless communications applications have clear impact on improving the humanity wellbeing. From cell phones to wireless internet to home and office devices, most of the applications are converted from wired into wireless communication. Smart and advanced wireless communication environments represent the future technology and evolutionary development step in home, hospitals, industrial, and vehicular and transportation systems.

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  • The narrative behind Simplified Ecosystem Capital Accounts (SECA): Ecosystems can be described as capital which delivers a bundle of services to people, some of which are appropriated and incorporated into products, accumulated and/or consumed. Other services are public goods of common benefit to the economy and human wellbeing. Altogether, these ecosystem services depend on ecosystem capital regeneration which is in turn influenced by ecosystem services consumption.

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  • Adverse health outcomes of insufficient water are direct in terms of human water requirements for survival, and indirect in terms of lack of access to drinkable water and water suitable for sanitation and hygiene. Poor quality water (as unsafe water), inadequate sanitation, and insufficient hygiene are the major risk factors for diarrheal disease, which is the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease.

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  • Treatment is justified if it has significantly improved their wellbeing and function. A combination of medication with psychological techniques is likely to be most beneficial, especially for resistant cases. Sleep disorders NORMAL SLEEP Humans spend about a third of the time asleep but why we sleep is not yet fully understood. Sleep is a state of inactivity accompanied by loss of awareness and a markedly reduced responsiveness to environmental stimuli.

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  • One of the most important things in life is having a place where we really feel at home. It makes no difference whether it we own it or rent it or whether it is an apartment or a house: what matters is the sense of security and wellbeing we feel within its walls. The right lighting concept plays a crucial role here. Science defines light as the band of electromagnetic radiation that is perceptible by the human eye. The designer sees it as a tool offering innumerable possibilities for crafting living space to suit personal needs and preferences....

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  • A rights-based approach to access is based on the framework of international values and standards, set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (see www.unhchr.ch/udhr/index.htm) and other international human rights conventions. These are primarily concerned with promoting the wellbeing and free choice of all individuals, especially people made vulnerable through poverty, stigma, marginalisation or violence.

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  • Measures of quality of life assess a range of social, economic, and environmental factors. New Zealand sits in third place in the OECD in the United Nations Human Development Index (UNHDI). This index focuses on life expectancy, education, and income. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s quality of life index also gave a relatively high ranking to New Zealand, putting us in 14th place in the OECD in 2005. This index is based on a range of factors: material wellbeing; health; family life; community life; climate and geography; job security; political freedom; and gender equality.

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  • For thousands of years, humans have used a variety of sources with which to cure their ills, cast out devils, promote their wellbeing, relieve their misery, and control their fertility. Until the beginning of the twentieth century, the agents used were all of natural origin, including many derived from plants as well as elements such as antimony, sulfur, mercury, and arsenic. The sixteenth-century alchemist and physician Paracelsus used mercury and arsenic in his treatment of syphilis, worms, and other diseases that were common at that time; his cure rates, however, remain unknown.

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  • The objective of this standard is to develop an Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Spa Standard with a certification process which will increase the quality of human resources, services and facilities in the ASEAN spa industry, with a unified spa industry agreement across ASEAN members states.

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