Video: Steam Treatment for Enlarged Prostate

Prostate gland enlargement can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms for men. And, as they age, their risk increases. Approximately 30 percent of men experience symptoms by age 60 and 50 percent of men by age 80. There are several effective treatments for an enlarged prostate, including a relatively new treatment that uses steam to reduce the size of the prostate and alleviate symptoms.

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Vegan Version of Classic French Bourguignon


1 oz dried porcini mushrooms
1 cup + 2 Tbsp boiling water, divided
2 Tbsp grapeseed oil, divided
1 lb mixed thickly sliced mushrooms, such as crimini or king oyster
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
8 oz purple pearl onions, trimmed and peeled
2 large carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup rutabaga, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 red bell pepper, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 fresh thyme sprigs
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 cup vegan dry red wine
2 Tbsp brown rice flour

Pomegranate Gremolata

1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
1 tsp lemon juice


  1. Start by making bourguignon. In bowl, stir together dried mushrooms and 1 cup boiling water. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in large saucepan or cast iron pot, warm 1 Tbsp oil over medium heat. Add mixed sliced mushrooms and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to release some juices, about 3 minutes.
  3. Transfer mushrooms and any juices to plate and set aside.
  4. Place saucepan back over medium heat and add remaining oil. After about 30 seconds add onions, carrot, rutabaga, bell pepper, garlic, thyme, oregano, and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove rehydrated mushrooms from steeping liquid and finely chop. Reserve mushroom liquid to use later.
  6. Stir rehydrated mushroom into saucepan along with reserved cooked mushrooms and tomato paste. Cook, stirring frequently, for another 5 minutes.
  7. Stir wine and mushroom liquid into mushroom mixture before increasing heat to medium high and bringing mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook, stirring often, until vegetables are softened, about 20 minutes.
  8. In small bowl, stir together remaining 2 Tbsp boiling water and flour. Stir flour mixture into pot and cook mixture, stirring often, until sauce thickens, about 1 minute.
  9. To make Pomegranate Gremolata, stir together all ingredients in small bowl until well combined.
  10. Serve bourguignon while warm, sprinkled with gremolata.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Alive magazine

In Pictures: Grassroots Pantry in Hong Kong

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Chinese Researchers Create Test for ‘Biological’ Age

Frank Tang wrote . . . . . . .

Chinese researchers say they have come up with a simple way to find out a person’s biological age – how much the body has aged physically – through a urine test.

Their findings will help researchers conduct large-scale ageing studies and even predict a person’s risk of age-related diseases, according to a paper published in the journal Frontiers in Ageing Neuroscience.

A joint paper by researchers at the Beijing Hospital and the West China Hospital in Chengdu, Sichuan province, said on Tuesday that people aged at different rates due to variations in their genetic make-up and their environment.

Chronological age – which is based on one’s birth date – was an imprecise measure of biological age so a more precise method was needed, the team said.

Ageing is driven by the lifelong gradual accumulation of a broad variety of molecular faults in the body’s cells and tissue.

The team said they had identified a substance – 8-oxoGsn – that indicated increases in oxidative damage in urine as people’s bodies aged.

The substance is a by-product of the oxidation of RNA, an essential molecule that interacts with DNA.

Cai Jianping, a co-author at the Beijing Hospital, was quoted by the Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua as saying: “As we age, we suffer increasing oxidative damage and so the levels of oxidative markers increase in our body.”

The team tested the levels of 8-oxoGsn in urine samples from 1,228 Chinese people aged two to 90 and concluded the marker helped accurately determine the stage of biological ageing in adults.

They had previously found that 8-oxoGsn levels also increased with age in the urine of animals such as mice.

The team has also developed a rapid analysis technique called ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography, which can process up to 10 urine samples an hour, according to the study.

This could be useful in large-scale studies into ageing.

Source : SCMP

Memory Overload? That’s When the Eyes Step In

What happens when the information you try to remember becomes too much for the brain? Apparently we turn to our eyes for help, suggests a recently published Baycrest study.

When you want to remember a phone number, you likely repeat the digits to yourself again and again. We unknowingly do something similar with our eyes to help us recall what we see and we do this more often when we’re older, according to recently published findings in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

People’s eyes move in a certain pattern when observing what’s in front of them. When people try to hold that information in mind, they unwittingly move their eyes in the same pattern over and over again, even when looking at a blank screen.

Researchers discovered that older adults naturally tap into this strategy to bolster memory when remembering becomes difficult, building upon their work in identifying the connection between what we see and how we remember. A better understanding of this tactic paves the way to developing eye training programs to boost recollection.

The team used eyetracking technology to capture the eye movements of 40 younger and older adults (ages 18 to 27 and 63 to 84) as they completed a memory task. Each person was given a few seconds to memorize a set of objects on a screen. After time was up, participants were shown a blank screen for a short period of time, followed by another group of objects. Participants were asked to identify whether these were the same or different from the previous set. Researchers repeated this process with 144 different object groupings.

Researchers found that when older adults were shown the blank screen, they unknowingly moved their eyes in the same pattern as when they first saw the objects, as if they were rehearsing. Older adults tapped into this “rehearsal strategy” at the beginning of the task, during the easier levels, while younger adults only used it during more difficult stages. Older adults using this strategy tested almost as well as younger adults.

“The same way a person repeats the digits of a phone number to remember it, the eyes help the brain strengthen the memory by repeating the same pattern of eye movements,” says Dr. Jennifer Ryan, the study’s senior author, a senior scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute (RRI) and psychology and psychiatry professor at the University of Toronto.

Scientists have known for a long time that as people grow older, their brain recruits alternate neural regions to help when certain areas naturally decline. For example, this happens when older adults are remembering information. This is the first time researchers have shown within older adults that the brain harnesses other motor processes, such as eye movements, to step in when the task becomes too difficult on its own.

“It’s as if older adults are using their eyes to create a ‘motor trace’ to compensate for memory declines during aging,” says Jordana Wynn, lead author on the study and a graduate student at the RRI.

“By understanding how we naturally use eye movements to compensate for declining areas of the brain, we could tap into this strategy as an intervention to boost memory performance among healthy older adults and adults with memory disorders,” says Dr. Ryan.

As next steps, the team will explore which features attract a person’s eyes and whether certain aspects help or hinder memory.

Source: Baycrest Health Sciences

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