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World Toilet Day, Amy Battling Hyperemesis Gravidarum, No Child's Play

Sanitation is linked to public health, and good health is linked to economic growth. In this week's "Did you know" column, we present findings of a groundbreaking discovery that is capable of addressing the twin challenges faced by the developing world; the illness, which American comedian and actress Amy Schumer is battling, and the dangerous toys of the year.

World Toilet Day

Every year, November 19 is observed as World Toilet Day. This year's theme focuses on nature-based sanitation solutions that apply the power of ecosystems to help treat human waste before it returns to the environment.

About 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation, and 892 million people still practice open defecation, according to the UN.

Against this backdrop, researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have made a groundbreaking discovery that is capable of addressing the twin challenges facing the developing world - sanitation and growing energy needs.

According to the researchers, heating raw solid human waste in a designated "pressure cooker" by a process using hydrothermal carbonization, can convert excreta into hydrochar - a safe, reusable biomass fuel resembling charcoal.

The pilot study is published in the Journal of Cleaner Production.

It's all in the name...

American comedian and actress Amy Schumer is battling hyperemesis gravidarum.

Hyperemesis gravidarum - Is it all Greek and Latin to you? After all, this word has only Greek and Latin roots.

Hyper in Greek means excessive, emesis means vomiting, and gravid in Latin means a pregnant woman.

Hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition affecting 0.3-1.0% of pregnant women, is characterized by excessive nausea, vomiting, severe weight loss, ketosis, electrolyte imbalances and dehydration. In other words, this rare disorder is an extreme form of morning sickness, and often lasts throughout entire pregnancy.

Award for the worst toys goes to...

The toy industry is growing by leaps and bounds every year, and global sales are expected to reach $139 billion by 2025 from $91.54 billion recorded in 2016, according to Coherent Market Insights, a market research firm. But are all the toys safe? The answer is a big "No", as thousands of toy-related injuries are reported

World Against Toys Causing Harm, also known as WATCH, a non-profit organization, has named the "10 Worst Toys of 2018", based on their potential safety hazards.

The nominees are as follows:

1. Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lites by CJ Products Inc., which costs $19.99.
2. Nerf Vortex VTX Vigilon blaster, manufactured by Hasbro, priced at $34.99.
3. Marvel Black Panther Black Panther Slash Claw, by Hasbro, which costs $9.99
4. Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Blaze Blade, by Bandai America Inc., priced at $29.99.
5. Cabbage Patch Kids Dance Time Doll, manufactured by Wicked Cool Toys LLC, and priced at $14.99.
6. Zoo Jamz Xylophone, by Vtech Electronics North America, L.L.C., which costs $14.96.
7. Nici Wonderland Doll: Miniclara the Ballerina, by NICI, priced at $24.99.
8. Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket, manufactured by D & L Co., costing $19.99.
9. Cutting Fruits, by Kid O Toys, priced at $39.99.
10. Chien A Promener Pull Along Dog, by Janod, costing $14.99.

Did you gift any of these toys to your kids?

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