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Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Anchovy Butter Recipe – Bon Appétit

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INGREDIENTS

  • ½ pound spaghetti
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 pounds medium tomatoes, quartered
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped tender herbs (such as flat-leaf parsley, tarragon, and/or chives)

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Calories (kcal) 360 Fat (g) 13 Saturated Fat (g) 7 Cholesterol (mg) 30 Carbohydrates (g) 51 Dietary Fiber (g) 4 Total Sugars (g) 8 Protein (g) 10 Sodium (mg) 210

PREPARATION

  • Cook spaghetti; drain, reserving ½ cup pasta cooking liquid.
  • Meanwhile, heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook anchovies and garlic, stirring often, until anchovies are broken down and garlic is soft, about 4 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until falling apart, 8–10 minutes.
  • Toss in pasta and reserved pasta cooking liquid; cook until sauce coats pasta, about 2 minutes. Toss in herbs.

via Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Anchovy Butter Recipe – Bon Appétit.

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NHS scan and test delays worrying

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Scans – like this one showing a lung tumour – are used to help diagnose cancers

 

Health charities have called for urgent action to tackle delays in access to diagnostic tests in England.

The latest figures show that in April, nearly 17,000 patients had been waiting more than six weeks for scans and investigations – including for cancer.

NHS England says most patients are investigated promptly, despite a big rise in demand for tests.

The NHS constitution says no one should have to wait more than six weeks for a diagnostic test.

The number of such investigations has risen steeply in recent years in response to growing demand.

But the proportion of patients missing the deadline – including potentially some with cancer – has doubled in 12 months to more than 2%.

Labour’s shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham, said: “Every day, yet more evidence emerges showing an NHS heading seriously downhill.

“Patients are waiting longer for crucial tests – causing stress and real anguish for worried families.”

‘Top priority’

Macmillan Cancer Support said the NHS was “under strain” and there was a danger of cancer being “overlooked”.

The vast majority of patients get their tests promptly”

NHS England spokeswoman

Ciaran Devane, Macmillan’s chief executive, said: “It is extremely worrying that the proportion of people who face delays in receiving vital tests which can diagnose cancer has doubled since this time last year, from 1.1% to 2.2%.

“Only two weeks ago we heard that more people are waiting longer to start treatment and now more people are waiting longer just to get diagnosed.”

He added: “Each individual hospital has a responsibility to meet these targets, or they risk putting a patient’s best chance of survival at risk.

“However, this government and the next also need to take responsibility. Macmillan Cancer Support is urging all political parties to make cancer a top priority at the upcoming general election.”

NHS England says there were more than 50,000 additional tests carried out in April compared with the same time last year, and that most patients wait less than three weeks.

A spokeswoman said: “Timeliness of diagnosis and treatment is what patients expect and is essential to providing high quality care. The vast majority of patients get their tests promptly.”

via BBC News – NHS scan and test delays worrying.

Time is running out to find a match

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James and Emma have Fanconi Anaemia and both need blood stem cell donations

 

Six-year-old Emma Whittaker knows she needs “special blood” to keep her healthy through regular blood transfusions.

I want to have the opportunity to see my daughter blossom into a young lady”

RachelEmma and James’s mum

But to stay alive long term, what she needs is to find a matching blood stem cell donor.

“I want to have the opportunity to see my daughter blossom into a young lady. She wants to be a vet,” her mum Rachel says.

The family have until October to find an unrelated donor whose tissue type characteristics match Emma’s in at least eight out of 10 ways.

Family members were not a match, including her four-year-old brother James, and when he was tested to see if he could be a suitable donor, they discovered he would also need a life-saving donation in the future.

Thankfully, James has found a perfect match from the UK stem cell donor registry.

Why stem cell donation?

A human stem cell up close

People in need of a blood stem cell donation are fighting life-threatening diseases.

Replacing their blood cells through a donation of new stem cells from a healthy matching donor can be their only chance of survival.

About 30% of people find a suitable donor within their own family.

If not, they turn to the UK stem cell donor registry, which holds details of stem cell donors and cord blood donations from England, Scotland, North Wales and Northern Ireland.

There are 894,714 people on the UK register, but less than half of those searching for a donor in the UK manage to find one.

Patients are most likely to find their match from a similar ethnic background.

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British Bone Marrow Registry

Doctors say Emma now faces the last resort of a stem cell transplantation from one of her parents, even though they are only a 50% match.

‘Bruises easily’

Both children have a genetic illness calledFanconi Anaemia, which in most cases leads to bone marrow failure and leukaemia. It affects about 150 families in the UK.

For Emma, this means regular trips to the hospital to have transfusions to bring her blood count back up to where it should be, and regular bone marrow biopsies too.

The effects of her condition have an impact on her life in many ways, Rachel explains.

“She gets tired easily, and her muscles can ache, she bruises easily and she gets rashes a lot.

“She went on a trip to the zoo recently and she was just exhausted afterwards.”

Rachel and her husband found out about Emma’s condition when she was four. She had heart surgery when she 18 months old and she was born with only one kidney – like her brother – and then she started having difficulty breathing.

While Emma’s condition has deteriorated, James is not suffering from low blood counts at present and will not need to call on the help of his anonymous stem cell donor just yet.

Mixed heritage

Knowing James does have a donor match is extremely comforting, Rachel says, but the family are now desperate to find a life-saver for Emma – and this requires people to register as potential donors.

Rachel is half-Iranian so they are particularly keen that people with a Middle Eastern mixed heritage come forward.

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Emma needs regular blood transfusions

She says there the process couldn’t be simpler.

“People, especially the younger generations, have no idea how easy it is or what is involved. They only know about donating blood, but this is just as easy.”

To register as a potential stem cell donor, you have to be a generally healthy person between the ages of 18 and 55. After filling out a consent form, a swab of the inside of the cheeks will be collected and used to find out an individual’s tissue characteristics.

If those characteristics match with someone who needs a stem cell donation – about 1,800 people in the UK at any time – then the stem cells can be collected via the blood stream in a process which takes just a few hours, and is as painless as a blood donation.

Deirdra Taylor, from Delete Blood Cancer UK, says everyone should join the blood stem registry.

“It’s quick and easy to do, and it is impossible to overstate how important it is to get as many people on the registry.

“You could be the lifesaving match that someone is seeking, but will never know about it because you haven’t joined the registry.”

Meanwhile, Emma smiles through her transfusions and takes everything in her stride, Rachel says.

“Emma and James are very similar characters. They look after each other.”

The family’s hope is that a complete stranger will look after Emma by registering to donate their stem cells.

via BBC News – Time is running out to find a match.

A quarter of people living with HIV in the UK are over 50

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The older generation of people with HIV need better support to keep them well, nurses say.

About a quarter of the 100,000 people with HIV in the UK are aged over 50.

Two-thirds of these are on treatment for other long-term conditions – twice the rate for the general population, Terrence Higgins Trust data shows.

Jane Dreaper reports.

via BBC News – A quarter of people living with HIV in the UK are over 50.

Older HIV patients need more support

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Around a quarter of the 100,000 people with HIV in the UK are over 50

 

The older generation of people with HIV need better support to keep them well, nurses say.

About a quarter of the 100,000 people with HIV in the UK are aged over 50.

Two-thirds of these are on treatment for other long-term conditions – twice the rate for the general population, Terrence Higgins Trust data shows.

The charity and the Royal College of Nursing said this “silent generation” of older HIV patients need better co-ordinated care to stay healthy.

The issue is set to be debated at the Royal College of Nursing conference which is being held in Liverpool this week.

With people living for longer with HIV thanks to advances in treatment, nurses have reported they are seeing more patients with the condition seek help for conditions associated with old age.

‘Better co-ordinated’

RCN public health forum chairman Jason Warriner said: “For the first time, we have a generation of older people living with HIV and having to cope with the ageing process.

“They have respiratory problems, diabetes and heart disease. That is proving challenging. You have to be careful about drug interactions and other complications.

“Nurses need more training and we need to ensure patients are not getting passed around from health professional to health professional. Their care needs to be better co-ordinated.”

Dr Rosemary Gillespie, chief executive at the Terrence Higgins Trust charity, said: “As the people living with HIV in this country grow older, many of them will face a number of related health issues.

“They will be looking to healthcare staff to treat their condition sensibly and sensitively. Nurses have a central role to play in this, to ensure that people with HIV are not just living longer but living well, and receive the care they deserve.”

Stigma

Maurice Greenham was diagnosed with HIV in 1984.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said there was still a stigma about having HIV.

“It’s getting better because it’s being talked about,” he said.

“I’m fortunate. I feel comfortable with my diagnosis and I’m out as a gay man living with HIV and very few people of my generation do feel comfortable talking about HIV and indeed going to support groups.”

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Maurice Greenham: “Very few people of my generation feel comfortable talking about HIV”

Dr Mark Lawton, a sexual health consultant at Royal Liverpool Hospital, said there was some data which suggested that some people who worked in care homes had a negative attitude, and also that there was an “overwhelming lack of knowledge and understanding”.

“There are still problems – people not getting tested because they don’t think they’re at risk of getting HIV and HIV doesn’t discriminate and we shouldn’t,” he added.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “It’s unacceptable that people diagnosed with HIV should face any form of stigma, discrimination or prejudice.

“Older people diagnosed with HIV should be able to access any additional health and social care services they need to ensure they can live independent and fulfilled lives.”

via BBC News – Older HIV patients need more support.

每天521輕鬆走 老人甩開腰背痛

平時有腰痠背痛症狀的老年人,一定要鼓勵自己找時間多到戶外伸展一下筋骨,以免久坐不動導致症狀惡化。

平時有腰痠背痛症狀的老年人,一定要鼓勵自己找時間多到戶外伸展一下筋骨,以免久坐不動導致症狀惡化。

 

「我的腰很痠,背又很痛,真的沒有辦法運動啊!」這是許多老人家們經常掛在嘴邊的一句話。醫師指出,有些老年人年紀越大,就越不愛活動,但若因為容易腰痠背痛就懶得動,反而會使痠痛症狀持續惡化,想要徹底甩開痠痛煩惱,銀髮族們只要依照「521輕鬆走」的簡易運動原則,每天鼓勵自己外出走路5分鐘購物、如廁來回走2分鐘、走路1分鐘倒水喝等步行量當作運動目標,持之以恆就可以甩開痠痛煩惱。

骨科醫師彭玉章,現任台北醫學大學公衛系兼任助理教授指出,根據醫學研究顯示,當老年人走路速度逐漸變慢的時候,身體機能和平均餘命都會隨之下降,如果老人因為腰痠背痛就不願意走路,身體各部位的肌肉也會逐漸萎縮,不但無法解決痠痛的症狀,還可能衍生出手腳無力、骨質疏鬆等問題。

【走路活動 減緩痠痛】

彭玉章醫師指出,根據目前醫學研究顯示,要持續運動10~30分鐘才能達到效果,但是對體能狀況衰退的銀髮族而言,很多人會擔心無法持續活動10分鐘以上,而不願意運動,實在很可惜。

對於老年人而言,走路是最簡單又方便的活動方式,為了提高銀髮族起身走路的興趣,建議銀髮族參考「521輕鬆走」原則,只要開始走路並養成習慣,持續一段時間之後,就可以感受到腰痠背痛的症狀明顯減緩。

醫師建議老年人可走路到住家步行5分鐘路程的地方購物或用餐,增加走路的運動量。

醫師建議老年人可走路到住家步行5分鐘路程的地方購物或用餐,增加走路的運動量。

 

【銀髮族521輕鬆走】

1.每天鼓勵自己外出到距離住家步行5分鐘以內的地方購物或用餐。

2.在家看電視時趁著廣告站起來,走到洗手間如廁來回步行的時間大約2分鐘。

3.從座椅上起身走到飲水機旁,花1分鐘的時間倒杯水來喝。

醫師建議,有腰痠背痛症狀的老人,可以把「走路5分鐘」當成一個運動目標,例如:走路5分鐘去買便當、出門散步5分鐘接送孫子上下學、花5分鐘的時間慢慢爬樓梯,只要在不痛的狀況下願意走路活動,就可以逐漸緩解腰痠背痛的症狀。

via 每天521輕鬆走 老人甩開腰背痛 | 20140613 | 華人健康網.

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