What’s for Dinner?

Home-cooked Chinese Three Dishes and One Soup Dinner

The Menu

Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs

Cantonese-style Steamed Whole Fish

Braised Chinese Okra (丝瓜) and Straw Mushroom in Garlic Sauce

Spinach Egg Drop Soup

Swing Dining Table

The furniture maker wrote ……

‘We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.’

– George Bernard Shaw

Bring the playground into the boardroom or dining room with the Swing Table. Snap your staff or dinner guests out of the doldrums; meetings or dinners will become a fun and inspiring experience.

A Geo lampshade and 8 hanging chairs are suspended from the four-poster frame around a walnut table top. This playful design will delight and inspire and it makes vacuuming a breeze!

The price of the handmade table for 8 person is £6895.00 (US$10,730).

Swing Table for 4 persons

Source: Duffy London

New Risk Score Predicts 10-Year Dementia Risk for Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Researchers at Kaiser Permanente and the University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands have created the first risk score that predicts the 10-year individualized dementia risk for patients with type 2 diabetes, as reported in the inaugural issue of Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

The researchers developed and validated the Diabetes-Specific Dementia Risk Score by examining data from nearly 30,000 patients with type 2 diabetes aged 60 and older over a 10-year period. They found eight factors that were most predictive of dementia — including microvascular disease, diabetic foot and cerebrovascular disease — and assigned each a value related to their association with dementia to create an overall score for patients. The researchers found that individuals in the lowest category of the 20-point risk score had a 5.3 percent chance of developing dementia over the next 10 years, while those in the highest category had a 73 percent chance. Compared with those in the lowest category, those in the highest were 37 times more likely to get dementia, according to the study.

“Patients with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to develop dementia as those without the disease, but predicting who has the highest future risk is difficult,” said Rachel Whitmer, PhD, an epidemiologistat the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif., who led the study. “While a few dementia risk scores exist, this is the first one that has been developed specifically for individuals with type 2 diabetes and encompasses diabetes-specific characteristics.”

All predictors included in the Diabetes-Specific Dementia Risk Score are easy to obtain and based primarily on medical history, so the risk score can be calculated during a routine medical visit or with electronic health records. No labor-intensive or expensive tests, such as cognitive function or brain imaging, are required.

“This risk score is crucial for the care of patients with diabetes since they are particularly susceptible to dementia. It provides clinicians with an easy and efficient tool to assess their patients’ chances of developing dementia over the next 10 years,” Whitmer said. “Early detection of diabetes patients who are at increased future risk of dementia could help to develop and target preventive treatment.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 25 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, with type 2 diabetes in particular accounting for more than 90 percent of these cases. In addition to being a risk factor for dementia, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.

“The risk score could be useful in the selection of high-risk patients for early intervention studies and for many applications of personalized medicine,” said Geert Jan Biessels, MD, professor of neurology at the University Medical Centre Utrecht and co-author of the study. “Clinicians can use it to guide their decisions in terms of clinical attention to incipient cognitive impairment which makes people vulnerable to dangerous side effects of diabetes treatment. The risk score will also help us to understand the causes of diabetes associated increased dementia risk, because we can examine those at high risk in early stages of the dementia process.”

Source: Kaiser Permanente

Stuffed Beef Rolls


8 oz frozen thinly sliced beef


1 small onion, shredded
4 oz bacon, cut into thick strips
1 tbsp minced garlic


3 tbsp ketchup
1½ tbsp Worcester sauce
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp light soy sauce
1/4 tsp sesame oil
dash ground white pepper
1/2 tsp chicken broth mix
1/2 cup water


  1. Slice beef into 2″ wide and 5″ long pieces. Sprinkle beef lightly with cornstarch.
  2. Mix sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Sauté bacon in a wok and remove. Add onion and garlic. Sauté until fragrant. Return bacon and add some ground pepper. Stir-fry briefly. Remove.
  4. Put a portion of the stuffing on each piece of beef. Roll up to form a roll. Secure the end with a toothpick.
  5. Add 2 tbsp oil to wok. Sauté beef rolls briefly. Add sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Stew over low heat for about 25 minutes. Remove toothpicks and serve.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

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