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Scientists in the US say they have created a genetically-engineered carrot
that provides extra calcium. They hope that adding the vegetable to
a normal diet could help ward off conditions such as brittle bone disease
and osteoporosis. Someone eating the new carrot absorbs 41% more calcium
than if they ate the old, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
study suggests. The calcium-charged vegetable still needs to go through many
Dairy foods are the primary dietary source of calcium but some are allergic
to these while others are told to avoid consuming too much due to their
high fat content. A gene has been altered in the carrot which allows the
calcium within it to cross more easily over the plant membranes.
The orange color of carrot is the result of Dutch cultivation in the 17th
Century, when patriotic growers turned a vegetable which was then purple
into the color of the national flag.
Nor is it the first vegetable to receive a healthy makeover.
Genetic engineering is being used to develop potatoes with more starch
and less water so that they absorb less oil when fried, producing healthier
chips or crisps. Work is also being carried out on broccoli so that
it contains more sulforaphane, a chemical which may help people ward off
In a study published online in Food and Chemical Toxicology, researchers
suggest that such populations exposed to arsenic can be protected from its
toxic effects with the pungent spice garlic. They have shown in animal studies
that garlic overcomes the drawback of existing therapeutic agents used to
combat arsenic-induced toxicity. Garlic contains a host of sulfur-bearing
organic compounds that easily penetrate through the human cell membrane
and bind to arsenic. This converts arsenic into a less toxic form that the
body can easily pass out with urine.
Doing exercise, eating sufficient fruit and vegetables and not smoking
can add as much as 14 years to your life, a study has found, once again.
Research involving 20,000 people over a decade found those who failed on
all criteria were four times more likely to have died than those who succeeded.
The Public Library of Science Medicine study suggests many could increase
their lifespan through simple changes. By not smoking, drinking in moderation
or not drinking at all, taking regular physical activity and eating a diet
rich in fruit and vegetables, people can improve their chances of living
Diesel emissions continue to plague the Southland and are creating what
air-pollution officials call an "unacceptably high" rate of cancer risk for
residents, according to a study released in January by the region's air-quality
agency. While the region's air has less toxic contamination now compared
with seven years ago, the pollution is bad enough that 1,200 of every million
residents in pockets of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties are at risk
of developing cancer from breathing the bad air. The cancer risk around
the ports -- where trucks, trains and ships spew diesel pollution -- is much
higher at 2,900 cancers per million. The biggest problem areas are around
the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors, where the industry of shipping and
moving goods relies on diesel to fuel trucks, trains and ships. High levels
of toxic air contamination were also found throughout the transportation corridor
of South Los Angeles as well as in the Burbank and Fontana regions -- where
heavy car and truck traffic spew toxic emissions. The findings were detailed
in a study that involved testing for 33 toxic air pollutants over a year
at 10 locations throughout the jurisdiction covered by the AQMD.
Copper and Silver
In a British study published last year, drug-resistant staph germs survived
for three days on stainless steel plates kept at room temperature, but the
researchers found no sign of the germs on pure copper after 90 minutes.
A team of 17 researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) has created
the largest man-made DNA structure by synthesizing and assembling the 582,970
base pair genome of a bacterium, Mycoplasma genitalium JCVI-1.0. This work,
published online in the journal Science by Dan Gibson, Ph.D., et al, is
the second of three key steps toward the team's goal of creating a fully
synthetic organism. In the next step, which is ongoing at the JCVI, the
team will attempt to create a living bacterial cell based entirely on the
synthetically made genome. The team achieved this technical feat by chemically
making DNA fragments in the lab and developing new methods for the assembly
and reproduction of the DNA segments. After several years of work perfecting
chemical assembly, the team found they could use homologous recombination
(a process that cells use to repair damage to their chromosomes) in the
yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to rapidly build the entire bacterial chromosome
from large subassemblies.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of
the National Institute of Health, commissioned a five-year, $875,000 study
into the effectiveness of static magnets on microcirculation. Microcirculation
is the movement of blood through the smallest of blood vessels. The
purpose of the study was to determine if the dominant claim by companies
selling magnets - that the magnets enhance blood flow - was true or not.
Due to consumer acceptance and almost zero regulation, the magnetic product
for health care industry is now worth £2.5 billion.
The basic principle of vibrational medicine (VM) is that the body is made
up of molecules all of which 'vibrate' at temperatures above absolute zero
and with numerous multi dimensional energy ineractions continually taking
place. Proponents of VM say that at the core of all diseases is an imbalance
of bioenergetic communications.
Cigarette smoking is associated with significant morbidity and mortality.
Smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death
in the United States, with more than 438,000 U.S. deaths annually attributable
to smoking. Patients who smoke cigarettes should be counseled to quit. CHANTIX®
was approved in May of 2006 in the U.S. as an aid to smoking cessation.
Based upon post-marketing reports first reflected in a November 2007 labeling
update, Pfizer today updated the CHANTIX label in the U.S. to include a
warning that patients who are attempting to quit smoking with CHANTIX should
be observed for serious neuropsychiatric symptoms, including changes in
behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior.
Some of the predicted impacts of climate change listed in the IPCC report
-Water availability will increase to 10 to 40% at high latitudes and in
some wet tropical areas.
-Water availability will decrease by 10 to 30% in some dry regions at mid
latitudes and in the dry tropics.
-More areas affected by drought.
-Increased risk of flood
-Changes to ecosystems due to wildfire, the ocean becoming more acidic,
flooding and drought.
-Globally food production is predicted to increase with warming of 1 to
30C but above this it will decrease.
-Health effects including increased frequency of cardio-respiratory diseases
due to higher concentrations of ground level ozone, increased diarrhoeal
disease, increases in malnutrition and consequent disorders, and increased
deaths, disease and injury due to heat waves, floods, storms, fires and droughts.
-Altered spatial distribution of some infectious disease vectors
|Vegetarian Chinese Scallion
INGREDIENTS: 4 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups cold water; 3 tbsp shortening; 1/4
tsp salt; 2 large bunches green onions, sliced; oil for frying; soy sauce
PREPARATION: Mix together the flour and water until dough is formed. On
a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for a few minutes. Place in a bowl,
cover and set aside for 30 minutes. Roll out the dough to a 1/8-inch thickness.
Spread a thin layer of shortening on the top, sprinkle with salt, and then
press a layer of green onions into the dough. Roll into a ball, then
roll out a small ball onto a floured surface to a 1/8 inch thickness, pushing
any green onions that escape back into the dough. Fry in 1/4 inch of
vegetable oil in a skillet. Cook for approximately 3 minutes on one side
then flip and cook for 2 more minutes before placing the pancakes onto a
paper towel-lined plate. Salt to taste and serve immediately. http://vegetarian.about.com/od/breakfastrecipe1/r/scallionpancake.htm?nl=1
INGREDIENTS: 1/2 pound firm tofu; 1/2 cup finely shredded carrot; 1/2 cup
finely chopped bok choy; 1/4 cup finely chopped water chestnuts; 1/4 cup
finely chopped bamboo shoots; 1/4 cup finely chopped garlic chives; 2 cloves
garlic, peeled and minced; 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce; 1/2 teaspoon sesame
oil; 1/4 teaspoon salt; 1 package potsticker or gyoza wrappers; 2 tablespoons
oil for frying the dumplings
PREPARATION: Drain the tofu, cut into cubes and mash. Wash and prepare
the vegetables. Combine the tofu with the remainder of the ingredients and
seasonings. Lay out one of the gyoza wrappers in front of you. Dip your
finger in the water and moisten the edges of the wrapper. Place a
heaping teaspoon of filling in the middle of the wrapper. Fold the gyoza
wrapper over the filling and pinch the edges to seal it shut. (You may want
to use a cornstarch/water mixture to make this easier). Heat 2 tablespoons
oil in a large skillet or wok.When oil is ready, carefully add the dumplings
and cook on high heat until golden brown (about 1 minute). Without turning
the dumplings over, add 1/2 cup of water and cover. Cook for about 1 minute
to cook the raw filling and then uncover and continue cooking until most
of the liquid is absorbed. Serve the potstickers with the burnt side
on top, with potsticker dipping sauce or soy sauce mixed with minced ginger
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