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Thai Beef with Basil

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INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 red chiles, thinly sliced, seeded for less heat if desired, divided

1 pound ground beef

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

½ cup low-sodium chicken broth

3 cups fresh basil leaves, divided

2 medium carrots, julienned or coarsely grated

2 scallions, thinly sliced

4 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided

2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)

1 teaspoon sugar

Steamed rice and lime wedges (for serving)

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Calories (kcal) 240

Fat (g) 12

Saturated Fat (g) 3

Cholesterol (mg) 60

Carbohydrates (g) 10

Dietary Fiber (g) 2

Total Sugars (g) 4

Protein (g) 25

Sodium (mg) 710

PREPARATION

Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add garlic and 1 chile and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add beef, season with salt and pepper, and cook, breaking up with a spoon and pressing down firmly to help brown, until cooked through and nicely crisped in spots, 8–10 minutes. Add broth and 2 cups basil and cook, stirring, until basil is wilted, about 2 minutes.

Toss carrots, scallions, 1 Tbsp. lime juice, and remaining chile, 1 cup basil leaves, and 1 Tbsp. oil in a small bowl.

Mix soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and remaining 3 Tbsp. lime juice in another small bowl until sugar dissolves.

Top rice with beef and slaw and drizzle with soy dressing. Serve lime wedges alongside for squeezing over.

via Thai Beef with Basil – Bon Appétit.

Estimate doubled for vCJD carriers in UK

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Twice as many Britons as previously thought could be carrying the human form of \”mad cow\” disease, variant CJD.

 

Researchers believe one in 2,000 people in the UK is a carrier of the disease linked to eating contaminated beef.

Their estimate in the BMJ comes from studying more than 32,000 samples of human tissue removed during appendix operations carried out between 2000 and 2012 at 41 hospitals.

It remains unclear if any of these carriers will ever develop symptoms.

Early predictions of a vCJD epidemic didn’t come to fruition.

To date, here have been 177 UK deaths from vCJD. Most of these occurred in the late 90s and early 2000s. There has been only one death in the last two years.

The rare, fatal disease progressively attacks the brain.


Will these people develop disease and can they transmit it? There are many questions we still do not know the answers to”

Lead researcher Prof Sebastian Brandner

But it appears that relatively few who catch the infectious agent that causes the disease develop symptoms. People can be “silent” carriers for decades and not even know it.

The BMJ research identified 16 such carriers out of the thousands of appendix tissue samples studied.

Experts say many vital questions remain unanswered.

Since the link between vCJD and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as mad cow disease, was discovered in 1996, there have been strict controls to prevent meat from infected cattle from entering the food chain.

However, the average time it takes for the symptoms of vCJD to occur after initial infection is still unclear.

Preventing spread

This means people exposed to infected meat before the food controls were introduced continue to develop variant CJD, and may spread it to others.

Experience tells us that the disease could be transmitted from human to human via blood – in the UK, there have been three reported cases of vCJD associated with a blood transfusion.

Blood donor services take measures to ensure blood is not infected but there is no test to screen for vCJD, although scientists are working on this.

And there is currently no cure for the disease.

Prof Sebastian Brandner of University College London, who led the BMJ research, said: “We do not know what will happen.

“Will these people develop disease and can they transmit it? There are many questions we still do not know the answers to.”

Prof Richard Knight, director of the National CJD Research and Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh, said the answers might not be known for decades.

In the meantime, surveillance was key, he said.

“You can see from the data available that its likely that we will get a secondary or tertiary wave of disease but its likely that these further waves will be small.

“Future clinical cases will be pretty small in number,” he added.

Dr Graham Jackson, of the MRC Prion Unit at UCL Institute of Neurology, said: “Given the high levels of infection indicated by this research, it is now crucial we establish how many people in the UK harbour that infection in their bloodstream in order to adequately assess the risks of transmission through contaminated blood donations.

“Studies to develop new blood tests for CJD must remain a priority to assist with screening and protecting the UK blood supply.”

via BBC News – Estimate doubled for vCJD carriers in UK.

Mexican man with Asperger’s syndrome wins court battle

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Ricardo Aldair began his legal case two years ago

 

A 25-year-old Mexican with the autistic condition Asperger’s has won the right to make key decisions about his life without parental consent.

The Supreme Court ruled in favour of Ricardo Aldair by four votes to one.

Mr Aldair said that Mexican legislation violated the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

It banned him from doing simple tasks by himself, such as applying for a passport, because of his condition.

A judge will be appointed to agree which decisions Mr Aldair will be allowed to make without the consent of a parent or guardian.

The groundbreaking ruling is expected to have wider implications for the rights of people with autism in Latin America, says the BBC’s Will Grant.

‘Great step forward’

“I want to be allowed to decide what to do, where to go, where and with whom I want to live or travel, where to work or study,” Mr Aldair told the Mexican Supreme Court.

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Mr Aldair’s mother, Leticia Robles, supported him in the battle for equal rights

Mexican legislation makes straightforward tasks, such as buying a mobile phone, enrolling in university or applying for a driving licence, very difficult for people with Asperger’s syndrome or other forms of autism.

Mr Aldair said all papers had to be signed by his parents or legal guardians.

He began his battle two years ago and has been supported in his fight by a non-profit organisation.

“All we wanted was for Ricardo’s own free will to come first, and now the court has recognised that,” his lawyer, Andres Gomez Montt, told the BBC.

Mr Aldair said he wanted to read the full court ruling before making further comments, but expressed his satisfaction at the decision.

“They have asserted our rights and I believe this is a great step forward,” he said.

Mexican legislation on people with disabilities was drafted with the intention of protecting them, by taking away legal responsibility for their actions, but Mr Aldair’s mother says the law is out of date.

“Many children have different levels of disability. Some need more support, some need less. This should be about giving to each one what they need,” Leticia Robles told BBC Mundo earlier this year.

The UN’s World Health Organization describes autism spectrum disorders as “a group of complex brain development disorders”.

It affects one in each 160 children around the world on average, the WHO says.

“These disorders [which include Asperger’s syndrome] are characterized by difficulties in social interaction and communication and a restricted and repetitive repertoire of interests and activities.”

via BBC News – Mexican man with Asperger’s syndrome wins court battle.

Blood test ‘detects sepsis in hours’

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Sepsis kills more people than breast and bowel cancer combined

 

A rapid blood test to diagnose blood poisoning, or sepsis, at the hospital bedside could potentially save thousands of lives, say researchers.

Early studies at King’s College London suggest the condition can be diagnosed in two hours using a simple blood test.

Current diagnostic methods take up to two days, which may delay treatment with life-saving antibiotics.

The condition – caused when the body’s immune system overreacts to infection – causes 37,000 UK deaths each year.

In the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers identified a biomarker for diagnosing sepsis rapidly in blood samples.

It is based on detecting nucleotides specific to sepsis to rule out similar conditions that can mimic its symptoms.

A small study at a London hospital and a larger study in Sweden demonstrated that sepsis could be diagnosed within two hours, with an accuracy of 86%.


Facts about sepsis

  • Sepsis is a more common reason for hospital admission than heart attack – and has a higher mortality.
  • The most common causes of severe sepsis are pneumonia, bowel perforation, urinary infection, and severe skin infections.
  • The most common signs of sepsis are a high fever, violent shivering, fainting, cold and pale hands, rapid breathing, confusion or delirium.
  • In the UK, 37,000 people are estimated to die of sepsis each year.
  • From the time sepsis first takes hold, healthcare workers have just hours to deliver the right care.

UK Sepsis Trust

Lead researcher Prof Graham Lord, director of the NIHR biomedical research centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London, told BBC News: “If our early phase result holds up in a large trial, it could have significant effects in saving thousands of lives and reducing the use of unnecessary antibiotics.

“If we can prove its value in prospective trials, we can quite rapidly translate it into NHS clinical care.”

He said more research was needed to be done, but if successful, the test could be available for use in the NHS in about two years.

UK Sepsis Trust chairman Dr Ron Daniels said the work paved the way for earlier detection of sepsis.

“If we had a simple test that would reliably detect sepsis – particularly in vulnerable groups – it would significantly improve the reliability of the delivery of care,” he said.

He added: “We still need the suspicion of sepsis to be present for someone to give the test.”

In September, a report from the health service ombudsman found significant failings in treatment of sepsis and said more had to be done to save the lives of patients.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence will produce guidance for GPs and clinicians to help them recognise sepsis at an early stage.

via BBC News – Blood test ‘detects sepsis in hours’.

Air pollution causes cancer – WHO

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Smog in Singapore caused by fires in nearby Sumatra

 

Pollutants in the air we breathe have been classed as a leading environmental cause of cancer by the World Health Organization.

It said the evidence was clear they cause lung cancer.

Sources of pollution include car exhausts, power stations, emissions from agriculture and industry – as well as heating in people’s homes.

The WHO said the classification should act as a strong message to governments to take action.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a part of the WHO, has now classed air pollution in the same category as tobacco smoke, UV radiation and plutonium.

It said air pollution had been know to cause heart and lung diseases, but evidence had now emerged that it was also causing cancer.


The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances”

Dr Kurt Straif,IARC

The IARC said the most recent data suggested 223,000 deaths from lung cancer around the world were caused by air pollution.

More than half of the deaths were thought to be in China and other East Asian countries. Rapid industrialisation has led to smoggy skies in cities such as Beijing.

However, it is a global problem and concerns about air pollution were raised in Europe again this week.

Data suggests there may also be a link with bladder cancer.

Dr Kurt Straif, from IARC, said: “The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances.

“We now know that outdoor air pollution is not only a major risk to health in general, but also a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths.”

Cancer Research UK said it was not a surprise.

Dr Julie Sharp, the head of health information at the charity, said: “It’s important that people keep the risk from air pollution in perspective.

“Although air pollution increases the risk of developing lung cancer by a small amount, other things have a much bigger effect on our risk, particularly smoking.”

Dr Rachel Thompson, head of research interpretation at the World Cancer Research Fund International, said: “This latest evidence confirms the need for government, industry and multinational bodies to urgently address environmental causes of cancer.

“But there’s also a lot we can do as individuals to lower our chances of developing the disease such as being more physically active and adopting a healthier diet.”

via BBC News – Air pollution causes cancer – WHO.

多接觸大自然‧啟動自然療癒能量

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羅莎琳達醫生:人們應多接觸大自然,讓身心靈契合才能啟動自然療愈的能量,擁有健康的人生。(圖:光明日報)

 

(檳城訊)大自然是人類的寶藏,同時也是用來療愈身心靈的靈丹妙藥,無論是植物、動物、陽光和溫度等都可以讓人在自然療愈的過程中,讓身心靈重新回歸自然的能量,重獲健康的身體和寧靜的心靈。

由奧地利社會哲學家魯道夫史代納(Rudolf Steiner)博士與德國醫生伊塔瑪麗亞維格曼(Ita Maria Wegman)合作共同啟發的人智醫學(Anthroposophic Medicine)旨在於通過大自然的能量來療愈人類的身心靈。

來自菲律賓的人智學健康協會主席羅莎琳達瑪嘉娜(Rosalinda Maglana)醫生說,自然療愈是人類開啟身心靈平衡和健康人生的一把鎖匙,通過多接觸大自然,人們才能與內在心靈緊密契合,並進入自然療愈的過程。

“然而,隨著社會文明的進步,現代人的生活形式多數都以電腦或其他電子科技代勞,而且去任何地方都有交通工具代步,導致人與人之間缺乏親密互動,也很少活動身體,使身心失衡。”

她於日前受邀到《人智醫學國際學士後醫學學程》授課後受訪時說,以人智學為基礎理念發展而成的人智醫學,還有藝術、音樂、語言等治療主要是讓人們通過與大自然有更多聯繫,讓身心放鬆,找到心靈的歸宿,擁抱健康的生活。

“因此,人智醫學推崇以自然界中的植物、昆蟲和動物等自然原始材料製成藥物,來幫助人類療愈身心靈。”同樣來自菲律賓的自然療法治療師傑克陳(Joaquin G.Tan)補充說。

採用天然素材

他說,昆蟲例如蜜蜂或蜂蜜,還有螞蟻等都是可以製成藥物的天然材料。那些天然,純正且採用生機互動農法種植,沒有使用任何化學農藥和肥料的植物都適合作為藥物的材料。

“人智醫學主張人類通過自然療愈的方式來治療疾病,因此都採用自然界中的素材來製成藥物,而不以化學品來製藥。”

依據自然界規律製藥

於1992年開始在菲律賓從事人智學配藥和醫學工作的他說,除了採用自然的材料,人智醫學也注重藥物得以在吸收大自然能量的情況下製成。

因此,在攪拌藥物時,得依據製藥地點所處的地理位置,以及當地的日出和日落時間,來決定攪拌的方向和時間。

他在課程上指導學員製藥時,指示學員們以逆時方向來攪拌製藥材料。他解釋說,因為檳城處在赤道的北方,水的漩渦是朝逆時方向旋轉,因此藥物也需逆時方向攪拌,以根據大自然的發展規律來製藥,才能讓藥物產生自然療效。

“藥物得在每逢日出前後的一小時各攪拌一次,然後在日落前後的一小時各攪拌一次,一天共攪拌4次,以讓藥物得以在適當的溫度下吸收自然能量。”

生病對身體負責
進食保持愉悅心情

傑克治療師表示,有很多原因造成現代人疾病叢生,其中也包括飲食不正確。食物分為好幾種類,若選擇食用那些天然無農藥的食物,身體自然療愈的能量自然高。

羅莎琳達醫生指出,當人們生病時就必須意識到得為自己的身體負責,從多方面著手來改善體質,例如儘量待在溫度適中的空間裡以維持體溫於正常值,還有保持高纖維的飲食習慣。

“有一點需留意的是,在進食時一定要帶著一顆愉快和享受進食的心情去用餐。因為當人在進食時存有負面的情緒,不只會減弱星芒體(或稱情緒體)(Astral Body)的能量,影響消化系統的吸收能力,使食物無法正常被人體吸收,同時也會影響物質體(也稱身體)(Physical Body)的能量,進而引發疾病。”

她說,由於現代人的生活都很忙碌,許多人經常在進食時一般上都只顧著不停地取食物再吃下肚。因沒有與自己的內在心靈連結,進食時經常想其他事情而無法專注,根本沒有意識到自己吃了甚麼東西,或瞭解身體需要補充甚麼營養才進食。

她建議,人們可以與家人或朋友一起烹飪並用餐,如此一來不但可以與親友建立良好的社交關係,也能加強人際之間的親密互動,使身心愉快。

克服恐懼
增加痊癒率

傑克治療師也說,許多患者一旦生病就會產生很多恐懼的心理,擔心自己無法痊癒,甚至因過度恐懼而影響用餐時的心情,這將會影響其星芒體的能量,使其體質變得更虛弱,影響病情的發展。因此,患者首先得穩定情緒並克服恐懼,以正面的能量來對抗疾病,才能增加痊癒的機率。

另外,針對現今許多人為了保健而服用保健品,羅莎琳達醫生認為,無論是癌症或糖尿病等慢性疾病都是可以預防的疾病。除了多接觸大自然,還有食用天然無化學加工的食品外,人們也得改變不良的生活習慣來平衡身心靈,一旦情緒穩定且身體免疫力加強,生病的機率就會自然減少,無須服用保健品來預防疾病。(光明日報/良醫‧報導:劉楚珊)

via 2013年10月17日 – 多接觸大自然‧啟動自然療癒能量 – 良醫 – 光明日報.

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