This Infographic Tells You How To Best Use Herbs In Your Cooking

1 JULY 2014 1:00 AM
This Infographic Tells you How to Best Use Herbs in Your Cooking

Herbs are an essential part of cooking, but it isn’t always clear how to use them properly to enhance a recipe. This easy-to-read infographic tells you all about the major herbs and the best pairings for them.

This is a great place to start if you want to expand your cooking skills and experiment a bit. The infographic includes what types of foods go well with a particular herb, and which oils and other herbs are complementary. Some of these are obvious combinations (like chocolate and mint), but try some of the less obvious ones like ginger and dill, or basil and strawberries.

This Infographic Tells you How to Best Use Herbs in Your Cooking

Herb Guide to Cooking [Heiton Buckley via Visual.ly]

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.

BEC CREW
18 MAR 2015

Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques – structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.

If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions – amyloid plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid plaquessit between the neurons and end up as dense clusters of beta-amyloid molecules, a sticky type of protein that clumps together and forms plaques.

Neurofibrillary tangles are found inside the neurons of the brain, and they’re caused by defective tau proteins that clump up into a thick, insoluble mass. This causes tiny filaments called microtubules to get all twisted, which disrupts the transportation of essential materials such as nutrients and organelles along them, just like when you twist up the vacuum cleaner tube.

As we don’t have any kind of vaccine or preventative measure for Alzheimer’s – a disease that affects 343,000 people in Australia, and 50 million worldwide – it’s been a race to figure out how best to treat it, starting with how to clear the build-up of defective beta-amyloid and tau proteins from a patient’s brain. Now a team from the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at the University of Queensland have come up with a pretty promising solution for removing the former.

Publishing in Science Translational Medicine, the team describes the technique as using a particular type of ultrasound called a focused therapeutic ultrasound, which non-invasively beams sound waves into the brain tissue. By oscillating super-fast, these sound waves are able to gently open up the blood-brain barrier, which is a layer that protects the brain against bacteria, and stimulate the brain’s microglial cells to activate. Microglila cells are basically waste-removal cells, so they’re able to clear out the toxic beta-amyloid clumps that are responsible for the worst symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

The team reports fully restoring the memory function of 75 percent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue. They found that the treated mice displayed improved performance in three memory tasks – a maze, a test to get them to recognise new objects, and one to get them to remember the places they should avoid.

“We’re extremely excited by this innovation of treating Alzheimer’s without using drug therapeutics,” one of the team, Jürgen Götz, said in a press release. “The word ‘breakthrough’ is often misused, but in this case I think this really does fundamentally change our understanding of how to treat this disease, and I foresee a great future for this approach.”

The team says they’re planning on starting trials with higher animal models, such as sheep, and hope to get their human trials underway in 2017.

You can hear an ABC radio interview with the team here.

Scientists 3D Print Human Heart with Biological Material

Patti MayonnaiseNovember 4, 20154,582 Views
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With the latest 3D printing technology, scientists can now construct actual working bridges on Earth, produce flexible prosthetics for amputees and even manufacture firearms. However, one of their most impressive new achievements may potentially be the innovations in producing organic materials such as human organs. More specifically, 3D printing usage to save lives. It just so happens that researchers are on the ball already.

Image via iflscience.com

 

The team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon has managed to produce models of various human organs and body parts using a hacked 3D printer purchased commercially. Their new research currently published in the journal Science Advances demonstrates that it is more than possible to replicate the heart through this 3D printing process.

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3D printing of various materials has been a common trend in tissue engineering in the last decade, but until now, no one had developed a method for assembling common tissue engineering gels like collagen or fibrin,” said a biomedical engineering graduate student at Carnegie Mellon and lead author of the study, TJ Hinton in a statement.

Since biological materials are soft and fragile, it proved to be quite the challenge for scientists throughout the study. As soft materials tend to collapse under their own weight when printed in air, the soft objects had to be printed inside a material that could support their structure. To solve this dilemma, scientists developed a “bath” of chemicals, a support gel similar to exoskeleton, which was utilized to hold the fragile soft printed structure together as it was formed. Following the printing, the support gel is melted away with heat equivalent to a body temperature (99 degrees) leaving the soft organic material intact.

Photo Courtesy of livescience.com

It’s important to remember that these soft materials are not just plastic copies of biological matter. Instead, they consist of collagens, muscle fibers, miniature brain structures and branching artery patterns made of biological matter which are all produced using this technique. Quite possibly the most impressive aspect is that they use magnetic resonance imaging MRI scans of human coronary arteries and 3D images of embryonic human hearts to 3D print replicas of both. This form of “bioprinting” is being dubbed with the acronym FRESH (Freeform Reversible Embedding of Suspended Hydrogels.)

Through the printing a series of artery trees with this technique, the greatest achievement by the team is having produced complex biological structures with unprecedented degrees of precisions. Their next step is to inject heart cells into these 3D printed biological tissue structures which basically fills in the printed “scaffolding” with its biological “concrete.”

Cucumber & Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Healthy Spring Recipe

 Cucumber & Black-Eyed Pea Salad

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Ingredients 

  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 2 TSP chopped oregano
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • 4 cups peeled and diced cucumbers.
  • 1 14oz can black-eyed peas
  • 2/3 cup diced red bell pepper.
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup slivered red onion
  • 2 TBSP chopped black olives

Preparation

Whisk oil, lemon juice, oregano and pepper in a large bowl until combined.  Add cucumber, black-eyed peas, bell pepper, feta, onions and olives; toss to coat.  Serve at Room temperature or chilled.

Nutrition

Per serving: 160 calories; 10g fat (3g sat, 6g mono);  11mg cholesterol; 12g carbohydrates; 5g protein; 3g fiber; 270mg sodium; 273mg potassium.

Bonus: Vitamin C (50% DV), Vitamin A (15%DV)

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch, 1/2 very lean meat, 2 fat

Resource: Eatingwell.com

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Provided by Kendall Taylor of the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) in their March 2016 Wellstyles Monthly Newsletter.

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