New Veggie Burger at Umami Restaurants in the U.S.

The Taste-like-meat Impossible Burger

The burger is a gourmet burger and is sold for US$16 each. Each of the 19 restaurants nationwide offering the Impossible Burgers now will only sell 50 burgers per day.


Braised Veal Osso Bucco with Beans


1/4 cup olive oil
4 x (7 oz) veal osso buco
plain flour, for dusting
1 leek, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup red wine
3/4 cup tomato puree
3 cups beef stock
2 sprigs rosemary
3 bay leaves
sea salt and cracked black pepper
14 oz can white (cannellini) beans, drained


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Dust the veal with flour and cook for 3-4 minutes each side or until browned.
  2. Remove the veal from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining oil, leek and garlic to the pan and cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until the leek is tender.
  4. Add the tomato paste and cook for a further minute.
  5. Add the wine and cook for 1-2 minutes to evaporate.
  6. Return the veal to the pan, add the tomato puree, stock, rosemary, bay leaves, salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover tightly and cook for 2 hours or until the meat is tender.
  7. Add the beans and cook for a further 2 minutes or until heated through.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Donna Hay

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New Liquid Treatment Stops Tooth Decay Painlessly

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Dr. Katherine Roche hopes she can now avoid drilling many of her patients’ teeth.

A few weeks ago, the Edmonton dentist received her first shipment of a new, non-invasive treatment for tooth decay called silver diamine fluoride.

When applied to an affected tooth, the liquid treatment stops decay by killing cavity-causing bacteria, then remineralizes, or hardens, soft spots in the tooth, eliminating the need for drilling and filling.

So far, Roche has tried it on about a dozen patients, some as young as five. But she already believes it “really revolutionizes the care” for children, seniors and other patients who don’t tolerate dental procedures well.

“You just paint it on like a little bit of varnish … no freezing and drilling. It takes a minute to apply this material,” said Roche, owner of the Guardian Dental clinic.

Silver diamine fluoride has been used for years in Japan, Australia and Argentina. But only recently has it been approved in Canada, under the product name Advantage Arrest. Health Canada licensed Advantage Arrest in February to be used by dental professionals “to prevent, fight and protect against cavities or caries.”

Until now, Canadian dentists have treated cavities by drilling away the soft, decaying areas of a tooth and replacing them with another substance, such as a composite or amalgam filling.

Silver diamine fluoride “is the easiest, simplest way to stop dental decay that has already started,” said Benoit Soucy, the director of clinical and scientific affairs at the Canadian Dental Association.

But, he added, it’s not for everyone – especially “anybody who is concerned about the appearance of their smile.”

That’s because the chief drawback of silver diamine fluoride is that it stains the tooth a dark brown or black.

It also does not fill in the parts of the tooth that have been corroded away, though a dentist can rebuild the structure of a tooth after the material hardens. And it isn’t the best option when the decay is very advanced or when there is damage below the tooth, Roche says.

Still, Roche says silver diamine fluoride offers a better option for young children – who often can’t endure extensive dental work – than giving them a general anesthetic for traditional fillings.

Moreover, any staining that occurs in their baby teeth will not affect their adult teeth.

Plus, it is less costly than traditional fillings. At her clinic, a silver diamine fluoride treatment is billed per unit of time. She can treat an entire mouth within 15 minutes, which she estimates would not cost more than $100. By comparison, filling a cavity would cost about $200.

Aside from the time and discomfort involved, fillings also don’t do anything to address the bacteria that cause cavities. With fillings, “it’s surgery versus medicine,” Roche said.

But with silver diamine fluoride, the risk of developing new cavities throughout the mouth is reduced due to what’s called the “zombie effect,” she explained. “What happens is bacteria will take up the silver ions and they will go visit their other bacteria friends and they spread that silver ion around … and kill those bacteria as well.”

A second treatment is recommended six months after the first.

Soucy emphasizes that people should not be scared off by the idea of staining if silver diamine fluoride is deemed the best approach for them. It can be regarded as a “necessary evil” for certain individuals, for whom the treatment can prevent major dental problems in the future, he says.

Even so, he says, he doesn’t expect dentists to give up their drills any time soon.

“It will definitely not replace fillings,” he said. “This is an additional tool that helps to treat certain, very specific situations that had no good options until now.”

Source: The Globe and Mail

For Inflamed Pancreas, Eating Right Away May Be Best Medicine

Getting hospital patients with mild pancreatitis to start eating sooner may speed their recovery, a new study says.

The finding challenges the long-held belief that these patients should avoid solid food for days.

The University of Michigan researchers analyzed studies that included nearly 1,000 people hospitalized for pancreatitis. This is when the pancreas becomes inflamed, causing pain and swelling in the upper abdomen. Some common causes include gallstones and chronic alcohol use, according to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Patients with mild pancreatitis who were given food by mouth or by feeding tube within 48 hours of admission had fewer symptoms such as nausea, pain and vomiting.

They also had faster recoveries and spent less time in the hospital, the study authors said.

The risk of hospital readmission, complications or death was no higher than among patients who weren’t given food until several days after being hospitalized.

While the evidence of benefits was weaker in patients with more severe pancreatitis, there was no harm in having them begin eating earlier in their illness either, the researchers said.

The study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

“Food does more than just provide nutrition. It stimulates the gut and protects your body from harmful bacteria that might enter through the bowels,” study author Dr. Valerie Vaughn said in a university news release. She is a clinical lecturer in general medicine at Michigan’s medical school.

“Historically, we’ve been taught that if the pancreas was inflamed, eating would cause it to release more digestive enzymes and may worsen the situation — so whatever you do, don’t feed patients,” Vaughn explained.

“Then, studies in Europe began to suggest that patients did fine if they were fed early, so we started feeding when lab values or symptoms reached a certain point,” she said.

“Now, our thinking has moved all the way toward letting them eat immediately. Our thought process over the years has really changed, and we hope this study will lead to consideration of early feeding for more patients,” Vaughn concluded.

Source: HealthDay

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