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Mussels with White Wine



Lemon Aioli

1 large egg yolk

1 garlic clove, finely grated

1 teaspoon (or more) fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/2 cup white wine

4 pounds mussels, debearded, scrubbed

2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

Sliced country-style bread, toasted (for serving)


Lemon Aioli

Whisk egg yolk, garlic, and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Whisking constantly, drizzle in vegetable oil, then olive oil in a slow, steady stream; whisk until aioli is emulsified. Season with salt and more lemon juice, if desired. Cover; chill.

DO AHEAD: Aioli can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.


Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, until it begins to darken, about 2 minutes. Add wine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is slightly reduced, about 1 minute.

Add mussels and 1/2 cup water to pot, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mussels open (discard any that do not open), 10–12 minutes.

Ladle mussels and broth into shallow bowls and top with thyme; serve with bread and lemon aioli.

via Mussels with White Wine Recipe: Bon Appétit.

Google launching Android version of ‘Find my Phone’

FIND IT: Users will be able to view a missing phone or tablet on a map and delete its contents if the device has been stolen. — ©AFP/Relaxnews 2013

It’s only taken four years to catch up, but Google has finally launched an Android equivalent to Apple’s Find my Phone app in order to help consumers track down missing or stolen handsets and tablets.

Going by the slightly less catchy Android Device Manager Service, it offers much of the same functionality that iPhone, iPad and even Mac notebook users have been taking for granted since 2009.

Scheduled to officially roll out “later this month”, the service will allow users to call their phone and make it ring at maximum volume (even if it is in silent mode) in case it has been misplaced around the home, or view its location in real time on a map if it was left at a restaurant or somewhere else further afield. And, if it’s missing because it was stolen, the owner can quickly and securely remote wipe all information on it.

But best of all, the service is compatible with Android devices running version 2.2 (Froyo) or higher of the operating system, meaning that, according to Google’s own latest usage figures, 98.7 percent of all active Android devices will be supported. It will come with a supporting app for managing multiple devices.

Earlier this year, Sony launched its own version of the service specifically for its Android smartphone customers and the service is currently rolling out territory by territory after successful trials in Northern Europe.

Meanwhile during its World Wide Developers Conference in June, Apple revealed that it was beefing up the performance of its Find My Phone service by enabling device owners to not only permanently erase the content of stolen iDevices but also disable them so that thieves would not be able to reset, reprogram or resell them.

The new features, which will be included in the next update to its mobile operating system iOS7, will come online in September and have the potential to make iPhones and iPads’ black market resell value worthless as the devices will forever display a message on their homescreen that the phone is stolen and has therefore been wiped. — ©AFP/Relaxnews 2013

via Google launching Android version of ‘Find my Phone’ – Tech News | The Star Online.

Childhood obesity rates decline in US for first time

Obese children are more likely than their peers to remain overweight as adults

Obesity rates have dipped among low-income American children for the first time, according to US health officials.

The fall was recorded in 18 states for children aged two to four, said the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The report used data based on the height and weight of nearly 12 million children in 40 states.

But one in eight nursery-age children are still overweight in the US, with even higher rates among African-American and Hispanic children.

Obesity’s side effects

The most significant declines were seen in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey and South Dakota, where it dropped by more than 1%.

Other states showing improvement were California, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Washington.

“Now, for the first time, we’re seeing a significant decrease in childhood obesity,” said Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, which produced the report.

Nationally, the lowest rate was seen in Hawaii, where 9% of the children who participated were obese. California had the highest rate – 17%.

Obesity rates were up in three states – Colorado, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

Some states such as Texas, which is known to have a problem with childhood obesity, were not included in the report.

The research did not suggest why there appeared to be a decline in obesity rates in some parts of the country.

In the last couple of years, cities like Philadelphia and New York and states like Mississippi have reported improvements, but not on the scale of the results published on Tuesday.

The last such analysis, which looked at data from 2003-08, reported a rise in childhood obesity in 24 states.

Obese children are five times more likely than their peers to remain overweight as adults.

They also face a higher risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma and mental health issues.

A third of US children and teens and more than two-thirds of adults are obese or overweight.

Most of the data for Tuesday’s report was gathered from children enrolled in the government’s Women, Infants and Children programme.

It is not clear whether the trend also applies to children from more affluent backgrounds, but experts say obesity rates tend to be higher among children from more deprived homes.

via BBC News – Childhood obesity rates decline in US for first time.

Pregnancy length ‘varies naturally by up to five weeks’

This is the first study to look at pregnancy this way


The length of pregnancy can vary naturally by as much as five weeks, research suggests.

The study of 125 women is the first to calculate gestation by pinpointing the exact time of conception.

It found age, time to implantation and their own weight as babies were also linked to pregnancy length.

An expert said the findings, in the journal Human Reproduction, challenged whether a “due date” for women was helpful.

Due dates can be calculated from working out 280 days after the start of the woman’s last menstrual period, or more accurately by ultrasound.

Yet only 4% of women deliver when predicted and only 70% within 10 days of their estimated due date.

Researchers ‘surprised’

The research team at the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences measured hormone concentrations in daily urine samples taken from women trying to conceive naturally to determine exactly when ovulation and implantation of the fertilised egg had occurred.

They found that the average length from ovulation to birth was 268 days, just over 38 weeks.

Once they had excluded six premature births, they found that gestation varied naturally by as much as 37 days.

Dr Anne Marie Jukic said: “We were a bit surprised by this finding. We know that length of gestation varies among women, but some part of that variation has always been attributed to errors in the assignment of gestational age.

This is a very interesting piece of work and knowing when is the right time to deliver is a huge issue”

Dr Virginia BeckettRoyal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

“Our measure of length of gestation does not include these sources of error, and yet there is still five weeks of variability. It’s fascinating.”

The study also showed that embryos that took longer to implant also took longer from implantation to delivery.

Older women were more likely to have longer pregnancies and there was also a link between gestation and a mother’s weight when she was born.

The researchers also found that length of previous or subsequent pregnancies was related to the length of the one being studied, suggesting a consistency about when women deliver.

But they said it was too early to make any clinical recommendations.

“I think the best that can be said is that natural variability may be greater than we have previously thought and, if that is true, clinicians may want to keep that in mind when trying to decide whether to intervene on a pregnancy,” said Dr Jukic.

Dr Virginia Beckett, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said very little was known about the exact mechanisms that determine when labour begins.

“This is a very interesting piece of work and knowing when is the right time to deliver is a huge issue.”

She added it supports the suggestion that giving someone a “due date” may not be a great idea and can make women feel anxious when they go over.

“It would be better to say, ‘You will be delivered by this time’ to take the pressure off.”

via BBC News – Pregnancy length ‘varies naturally by up to five weeks’.

Bird flu strain in China ‘passed between humans’


There have been more than 130 cases of bird flu in eastern China


Researchers have reported the first case of human-to-human transmission of the new strain of bird flu that has emerged in China.

The British Medical Journal said a 32-year-old woman was infected after caring for her father. Both later died.

Until now there had been no evidence of anyone catching the H7N9 virus other than after direct contact with birds.

But experts stressed it does not mean the virus has developed the ability to spread easily between humans.

By 30 June there had been 133 cases of H7N9 bird flu reported in eastern China and 43 deaths.

Most people had visited live poultry markets or had close contact with live poultry in the week or two before they became ill.

Intensive care

Yet researchers found that the 32-year-old woman had become infected in March after caring for her 60-year-old father in hospital.

Unlike her father – who had visited a poultry market in the week before falling ill – she had no known exposure to live poultry but fell ill six days after her last contact with him.

Both died in intensive care of multiple organ failure.

Tests on the virus taken from both patients showed the strains were almost genetically identical, which supports the theory that the daughter was infected directly from her father rather than another source.

Public health officials tested 43 close contacts of the patients but all tested negative for H7N9, suggesting the ability of the virus to spread was limited.

The researchers said that while there was no evidence to suggest the virus had gained the ability to spread from person to person efficiently, this was the first case of a “probable transmission” from human to human.

‘Strong warning sign’

“Our findings reinforce that the novel virus possesses the potential for pandemic spread,” they concluded.

Dr James Rudge, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that limited transmission between humans is not surprising and has been seen before in other bird flu viruses, such as H5N1.

He added: “It would be a worry if we start to see longer chains of transmission between people, when one person infects someone else, who in turn infects more people, and so on.

“And particularly if each infected case goes on to infect, on average, more than one other person, this would be a strong warning sign that we might be in the early stages of an epidemic.”

An accompanying editorial in the BMJ, co-authored by Dr Rudge, concluded that while this study might not suggest that H7N9 is any closer to delivering the next pandemic, “it does provide a timely reminder of the need to remain extremely vigilant”.

via BBC News – Bird flu strain in China ‘passed between humans’.

Fonterra CEO: All contaminated dairy stocks contained

The Fonterra logo is seen near the Fonterra Te Rapa plant near Hamilton

(Reuters) – Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings said on Wednesday that all stocks of contaminated dairy products made and exported by the company had been taken out of the market, and there was little or no risk to consumers.

After visiting China earlier this week, Spierings said the situation there had stabilized. “I said at a press conference in China that I would not leave before the situation was stable from the perspective of markets, consumers, customers and global authorities,” he told reporters at the company’s headquarters in Auckland.

“We had all those discussions yesterday, and I decided late last night that the situation is stable.”

Fonterra, the world’s largest dairy exporter, has come under fire at home and abroad for dragging its feet in saying it sold whey protein products that contained a bacteria which can cause botulism – a potentially fatal food poisoning.

(Editing by Ian Geoghegan)

via Fonterra CEO: All contaminated dairy stocks contained | Reuters.



















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