Gadget: Butter Container with Cutter

Place butter on top of cutter

Cover with the lid and press down to cut the butter

Cut pieces of butter (about 5 g each) fall into the container

Remove cutter, close the lid and store butter in the fridge

The price of the container set is 999 yen (plus tax) in Japan.

Thick Soup of Beans, Bacon and Vegetables


8 oz dried haricot beans
4 oz dried red kidney beans
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
2 oz rindless unsmoked bacon, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
5 cups beef stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large beefsteak tomatoes
4 oz cheese, grated


  1. Soak the beans in cold water overnight.
  2. Bring the beans and water to a boil and boil hard for 3 minutes, reduce heat and simmer for a further 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the onion, carrot and bacon until the onion is just soft but not brown.
  4. Add the garlic, beans and stock. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 1 hour until the beans are soft.
  5. Blend half the soup in a food processor until smooth and return to the pan with the remaining soup.
  6. Cut a cross in the base of each tomato and dip into boiling water for 30 seconds. Peel off the skin, cut into quarters, remove the seeds and chop the flesh.
  7. Add the tomatoes to the soup with seasoning to taste. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  8. Serve the soup sprinkled with cheese accompanied by garlic bread.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Soups and Starters

Extreme Food: Pig’s Vagina

Pack of meat bought at a Japanese store

Pan-fried meat with salt and pepper

Source : Sora News 24

What Every Woman Needs to Know About Ovarian Cancer

Women need to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer and see a doctor if they have them, an ob-gyn expert says.

Ovarian cancer is the fifth-leading cause of death in American women, claiming more lives than any other cancer of the female reproductive system, according to the American Cancer Society.

About 22,240 women in the United States will be diagnosed with the disease in 2018, and over 14,000 will die from it, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

“Any woman who experiences unexplained bloating, an upset stomach, an urgency to urinate or abdominal pain for a few weeks, should go see a doctor, and if her doctor does not take these symptoms seriously, she should see another doctor,” said Dr. Stephanie Blank. She is director of gynecologic oncology for the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.

Other symptoms include pelvic pain, fatigue, unexplained weight change, and abnormal bleeding or any bleeding after menopause.

“Too often, women are sent to the wrong doctor, or [are] told they’re just aging or gaining weight when experiencing these kinds of symptoms, and by then they have lost valuable time,” Blank said in a Mount Sinai news release.

Women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer before it has spread have a five-year survival of 93 percent, researchers have found. But detection of ovarian cancer is difficult and often delayed.

Women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations are at increased risk for ovarian cancer, and the risk for all women increases with age. Half of all ovarian cancers are diagnosed in women who are 63 and older.

Long-term use of birth control pills reduces the risk of ovarian cancer by about 50 percent, according to the news release. Removing fallopian tubes and ovaries is the best means of ovarian cancer prevention, but is not appropriate for all women.

Source: HealthDay

Novel Concepts for the Diagnosis of Fatty Liver and Personalized Treatment

More and more adults — but also about 34 percent of obese children — suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). An unhealthy lifestyle with little physical activity and a diet high in fat, sugar and fructose and/or a genetic predisposition can be the underlying caus. However, fatty liver includes a broad spectrum of liver conditions and involves more than just the liver itself. NAFLD is a complex and heterogeneous disease that can lead to various complications such as severe liver damage, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. “In order to avoid these secondary diseases, fatty liver must be diagnosed in good time, and the respective risk for diseases of the liver, the heart and other organs must be precisely assessed. Then a personalized prevention and treatment can be developed,” said first author Norbert Stefan.

In recent years there have been many new findings and results in NAFLD research. It is difficult to integrate this enormous amount of new data from basic research and clinical hepatology and endocrinology research into clinical practice. Professor Norbert Stefan and Professor Hans-Ulrich Häring — both from Tübingen University Hospital and the Institute for Diabetes Research and Metabolic Diseases (IDM) of the Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner of the DZD, together with Professor Kenneth Cusi from the University of Florida (USA) have evaluated the most important data of NAFLD research and compiled them in a review article. The authors propose the use of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in the clinic to enable a specific risk prognosis for possible secondary diseases.

“Not only patients with elevated liver enzymes should be examined for fatty liver, but also people with a disproportionate fat distribution, i.e. a high proportion of abdominal fat and/or a low proportion of fat around the hips and legs,” said Hans-Ulrich Häring. In addition, the authors of the review recommend fatty liver screening also for people suffering from insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes.

But how can the fat content in the liver be accurately determined and how can liver damage such as inflammation and fibrosis be reliably detected? The use of simple indices or ultrasound examinations is suitable for this in primary care. Specialists such as hepatologists, endocrinologists and radiologists could perform further examinations such as special magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) if required.

If patients suffer from fatty liver, positive effects can often be achieved with lifestyle intervention. For example, a reduction of about five percent in weight can reduce the fat content in the liver by up to 30 percent. However, to reduce the risk of liver inflammation and fibrosis, a weight loss of about ten percent is required. “If such weight loss cannot be achieved or is insufficient to improve NAFLD, pharmacological treatment should be considered,” said Cusi. To date, no drug has been approved for NAFLD. “However, under certain conditions such as diabetes and NAFLD or obesity and NAFLD, specific drugs can be used that have different effects on liver fat content, inflammation and fibrosis,” Cusi went on to say.

Recent research suggests that genetic NAFLD is associated with a higher risk of liver fibrosis and liver cancer. “However, unexpectedly, the same patients have a low risk of cardiovascular diseases. In order to be able to treat those affected patients properly, it is important to know whether a fatty liver is genetically determined,” Stefan mentioned

The authors of the review believe that in the future, the application of these concepts will enable a personalized risk prognosis and individualized treatment of NAFLD. In addition, researchers will be able to specifically develop lifestyle modification programs and drugs for the respective subtypes based on the various aspects of this disease.

Source: Deutsches Zentrum fuer Diabetesforschung DZD

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