In Pictures: Wild Fungi

They may be beautiful but propably not edible

New Burger-style Sweet Snack from Japanese Cake Chain

Mille Feuille Burger of Fujiya Cake Shop (不二家洋菓子店)

The burger has flavoured milky custard cream sandwiched between two pieces of pie.

Three kinds of flavour are available, chestnut, red bean and strawberry.

The price of the sweet burger is 300 yen (tax included) each.

Thai-style Fried Noodles with Seafood


1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 Tbsp garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp small chilies – finely crushed
2 cups fresh rice noodles
1 Tbsp dark soy sauce
1/3 cup whole shrimp
1/3 cup squid, cut into squares
1/3 cup fish fillet, sliced
1/3 cup scallops
1/3 cup straw mushroom, each cut into 4 pieces
1/3 cup cherry tomato, quartered
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
3 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp fish sauce
1 cup basil leaves (garnish)


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in the wok. Add the garlic, chili, and saute until flagrant.
  2. Add all the seafood and continue cooking for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the rice noodles, dark soy sauce, straw mushrooms, cherry tomatoes. Stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes until the noodles are heat through.
  4. Season with sugar, fish sauce, and oyster sauce. Toss to combine.
  5. Garnish with basil leaves before serving.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Nipa Thai Restaurant

French Poppy Seed Bread Found to Contain Dangerous Levels of Morphine

Jannat Jalil wrote . . . . . . . . .

People in France are being warned to avoid eating poppy seed bread after tests found that it contained morphine and codeine which could cause intoxication, vomiting or nausea.

French health officials are investigating the so-far-unexplained presence of the drugs in poppy seed baguettes and ready-made sandwiches made with poppy seed bread.

Poppy seeds do not normally contain opiates and government investigators suspect that a batch of seeds supplied to bakeries could have been contaminated from the latex sap of the plant, which contains alkaloids.

The investigators are unsure how much of the popular sandwich bread may have been contaminated.

Jean-Claude Alvarez, head of the toxicology department at the Raymond-Poincaré hospital in Garches, near Paris, said a single sandwich made with poppy seed bread could contain as much as four mg of morphine, the equivalent of nearly half a tablet of morphine sulphate which is given to people suffering from cancer.

“I strongly advise people not to eat poppy seed bread until we tell them otherwise,” Dr Alvarez said. “The drugs we have found (in poppy seed bread) are only supposed to be used by people in severe pain, and then on top of that there is the risk of addiction.”

“We must identify the source of the contamination and the companies that were supplied with this batch of seeds,” he said.

Dr Alvarez added that bakery products containing the seeds which originated from a batch believed to have been contaminated have already been recalled.

The problem was discovered after staff at several French companies tested positive for opiates in routine urine tests and were judged unfit to work. The employees concerned were adamant, however, that they had not taken any drugs.

Health officials then discovered that they had all eaten poppy seed bread. Tests confirmed that the seeds contained “particularly high amounts of alkaloids,” Dr Alvarez said.

He warned that the contaminated bread posed a public health risk, as drivers who consumed it were more likely to fall asleep at the wheel and that it could be especially dangerous for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children.

Source: The Telegraph

Largest Study Ever Finds No Link Between Measles Vaccine, Autism

Dennis Thompson wrote . . . . . . . . .

Amid ongoing U.S. measles outbreaks, one of the largest studies to date provides fresh evidence that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause autism.

Danish researchers found no link between the MMR vaccine and autism, even when they focused on children at greater risk for developing autism.

“In a study of more than 650,000 Danish children, there was no difference in the risk of autism in vaccinated and unvaccinated children,” said lead researcher Anders Hviid. He is a senior investigator of epidemiology with the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark.

But Hviid is skeptical the new findings will make much difference among anti-vaccine activists.

“I do not think we can convince the so-called anti-vaxxers,” Hviid said. “I am more concerned about the perhaps larger group of parents who encounter anti-vaccine pseudoscience and propaganda on the internet, and become concerned and uncertain.”

Six measles outbreaks have been reported across the United States in the first two months of 2019, infecting 159 people with the highly contagious virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The largest outbreak, taking place in the Portland, Oregon region, has sickened 68 people, the CDC said.

The discredited link between the MMR vaccine and autism dates back two decades to a study published in The Lancet that claimed a handful of children had been diagnosed with autism within four weeks of receiving the vaccination.

That study received wide publicity, but was subsequently retracted by the medical journal after discovery that the research was fraudulent.

Despite repeated studies demonstrating no link between the MMR vaccine and autism, anti-vaccine advocates continue to cite that concern as one basis for their opposition.

Hviid and his colleagues decided to take another large-scale stab at testing the alleged link. They tracked 657,461 children born in Denmark between 1999 and 2010, following them from 1 year old through August 2013.

During that period, just over 6,500 of the children were diagnosed with autism.

The researchers found no increased autism risk among kids who received the MMR vaccine, compared with those who did not.

In addition, the study found no increased risk for autism even in subgroups of kids who naturally are more likely to develop autism, the researchers said. These included children whose siblings have autism, or who scored high on an autism risk assessment.

This addressed one critique of previous studies of the MMR vaccine and autism. Critics had complained that earlier efforts had failed to focus on the effects of the vaccine on kids at increased risk of autism, according to an editorial accompanying the new study.

The new study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Infectious diseases expert Dr. Amesh Adalja called the new study “a very powerful piece of evidence.” He was not involved with the new report.

“This study, which includes over a decade of data on more than half a million children, goes further than prior studies by looking in high-autism risk subgroups,” said Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, in Baltimore.

“That no increased autism risk was found — even in high-risk subgroups — is not surprising,” Adalja continued. “However, the anti-vaccine movement is not influenced by facts, by science or by logic, so I fear that another study demonstrating the safety of MMR vaccination will not sway those whose allegiance is not to reality, but to irrational arbitrary beliefs.”

Hviid noted that the World Health Organization has declared vaccine hesitancy one of the 10 greatest threats to public health.

“Hopefully, our study can play a small part in turning the anti-vaccine tide,” Hviid said.

Source: HealthDay