In Pictures: Desserts

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Waffle Stuffed with Turkey Ham

Soft-serve Froyo Waffles

Charcoal Waffle with Homemade Salted Egg Sauce

Rose Lychee Cake

My Food

Lunch – Veggie Burger with Whole Portobella, Cheese and Fried Egg

Expert Updates on Dry Eye Disease — New Approaches to Diagnosis and Treatment

About 25 percent of patients visiting their optometrist or ophthalmologist report problems related to dry eyes, according to an introductory editorial by Meng C. Lin, OD, PhD, of University of California, Berkeley, and her Guest Editor colleagues. Especially since different conditions or diseases affecting the ocular surface can lead to similar symptoms, “Diagnosing, treating, and managing patients with dry eye symptoms can be challenging and frustrating to both clinicians and patients,” the Guest Editors write.

Over the past decade, eye care professionals have gained an increased appreciation of how dry eyes can negatively affect the quality of life—and made “significant strides” in improving care for patients with dry eye symptoms. The special paper assembles 27 papers from expert clinicians and researchers, providing updates in five key areas:

Risk Factors

Many and varied factors have been linked to an increased risk of dry eye: including Asian race/ethnicity, contact lens wear, glaucoma medications, and LASIK surgery. Isotretinoin used to treat acne can also lead to dry eye; incomplete blinking may be an under-recognized cause. An important contributing factor is dysfunction of the meibomian glands—the main source of tear lipids—leading to faster evaporation of tears.

Diagnosis

“A stable tear film is essential for maintaining ocular surface homeostasis and for providing good vision and ocular comfort,” Dr. Lin and colleagues write. However, several papers in the special issue highlight the difficulties of assessing tear film stability. Available diagnostic tests have significant limitations, while some newer tests for dry eye remain unproven.

Treatment and Management

“In today’s society, even healthy eyes can experience temporary discomfort due to prolonged reading or viewing of computers or other electronic devices,” according to the guest editors. Software and phone apps can remind users to take “visual breaks,” or to blink more often to minimize stress to the tear film.

Other current and emerging treatments addressed in the special issue include omega-3 supplements and various forms of heat therapy, including a new “thermal pulsation system.” Ongoing research on the constituents and factors regulating the tear film may lead to effective new treatment strategies.

Clinical Perspectives

While one paper in the special issue even questions the use of the term “dry eye,” another argues that diagnosing the cause of dry eye symptoms is essential for more effective management. While many current treatment options for dry eye are “primarily palliative,” Dr. Lin and colleagues note that there’s “hope for advanced treatments emerging through the pipeline.”

Source: Wolters Kluwer Health

Pineapple Pops with Chili and Lime

Ingredients

1 pineapple (about 31/2 pounds)
3 to 4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
pinch of salt

Method

  1. With a large, sharp knife, cut the top and bottom from the pineapple. Stand the pineapple on a work surface and trim away the rind in strips. Cut the pineapple lengthwise into quarters and trim away the core. Cut the flesh into chunks.
  2. P Place the pineapple chunks in a food processor and puree until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl and whisk in 3 tablespoons of the sugar and the lime juice, cayenne, and salt. Taste the mixture and add more sugar if necessary.
  3. Pour the mixture into ice pop molds and insert sticks. Freeze until firm, at least 6 hours or up to 1 week.
  4. To unmold the pops, run hot water over the outsides of the molds for a few seconds, then gently pull the sticks.

Makes 6 to 8 pops.

Source: Perfect Pops


Today’s Comic

What’s for Dinner?

Japanese Dinner

The Menu

Sushi Platter

Kamameshi – A Rice Dish

Bincho Grilled Beef

Soufflé Cheesecake


The Restaurant

Korean-style Beef Short Rib Burger (Tteok Galbi)

Ingredients

400 g ground beef short rib meat
70 g carrots, finely chopped carrots
40 g onions, finely chopped
40 g Romano peppers or baby corns, finely chopped
20 g spring onions or leeks, finely chopped
100 g cooked chestnut, finely chopped
40 g pine nut, finely sliced
20 g parsley, finely chopped
20 g dill, finely chopped
1 medium hot green or red chili, finely chopped
2/3 tablespoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons sake or red wine
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 tablespoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
salt and ground black pepper

Method

  1. Prepare all the ingredients and finely chop all the vegetables
  2. Put the all the ingredients in a big bowl and mix them together and leave it 10-20 minutes.
  3. Heat a frying pan over a medium low heat with a good drizzle of olive oil. When hot, add the patties and fry for one minute each side twice.
  4. Serve the patties with rice or with hamburger buns.

Source: Korea Taste

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