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- 4-5 wood mushroom
- 1\4 cup sliced
bean curd, well drained
- 1/2 cup canned bamboo shoots, drained
- 6 cups fresh chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1\4 cup soy sauce
- 1\2 cup ground chicken
1/4 tsp. white pepper
- 1 tbsp. chili sauce
- 2 tbsp. white vinegar
- 1\4 cup corn flour
1 egg, beaten

1. Soak the mushroom in warm water for 15-20 minutes or until soft. Strain mushroom liquid and reserve. Cut the mushrooms into thin strips, about 1 inch long, set aside.
2. Slice bean curd and cut bamboo shoots into 1 inch long sticks and set aside.
3. Place the chicken stock in a large pot and bring to boil. Add the salt, soy sauce, mushroom liquid, mushrooms, bamboo shoots and ground chicken and stir well. Lower  the  heat and simmer soup for 3-5  minutes.
4. Add the white pepper, chili sauce, vinegar, and bean curd, stir gently.
Mix the corn flour and little water to make a smooth paste. Stirring all the time, add the paste to the boiling soup in a thin stream. Pour in the egg and stir until it separates into shreds. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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Diabetes drugs given 'too soon'

One in three people with type 2 diabetes are given medication too soon, instead of being urged to eat better and do more exercise, a study suggests.

A study of 650 people in south west England found 36% were put on tablets within a month of being diagnosed, a Diabetes UK conference heard. Yet UK guidelines recommend patients should first try to make lifestyle changes to control the condition.
The Royal College of GPs agreed diet and exercise should come first.
More than 400 people a day are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the UK.
It is often associated with obesity, and attempts in recent years to screen people for the disease has increased the number of people being diagnosed. In the latest study, researchers found that in many patients lifestyle management was not given a chance, despite being widely recognised as being the initial first "treatment".
Metformin is the first drug of choice, but more drugs can be added if that is not doing enough to control blood sugar levels.
The researchers found that 13% of participants were actually on two types of tablets within the first few weeks of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.


Study author Dr Rob Andrew, a senior lecturer at the University of Bristol, said they had not expected the figures to be quite so high.
"There is quite clear guidance that says when you're first diagnosed, you should have the opportunity to concentrate on lifestyle then if that doesn't work the next stage is metformin. "When people are diagnosed, they're ready to make a lot of changes but if you give them a tablet, you're saying it is not their lifestyle that is the problem." He added that incentive payments to encourage GPs to reduce blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes, a lack of NHS resources for lifestyle support and a cultural attitude that people will not make the necessary changes are probably all to blame. Simon O'Neill, from Diabetes UK, said they were concerned that in some cases medication seemed to be the first port of call.
"A healthy, balanced diet and doing physical activity should always be the foundation of good diabetes management. "Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition - the longer a person has diabetes, the more likely they are to need tablets, and eventually insulin. "Even if people are on tablets, medication should not simply replace diet and physical activity."
Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said there was probably a case of jumping in too quickly with pills. "It is a reminder for GPs and nurses managing newly diagnosed diabetes that lifestyle advice is the most important component." He added that in some areas of the country there was a lack of resources for supporting behavioural changes.



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Assalam u Alaikum Please accept my heartiest congratulations on another feather in our cap. Your radio program on Education with Prof Ghauri as the guest is a very important yet quite neglected aspect of our life. We, the parents, are so busy in earning money that we don't have time to think and seek solutions for the education related issues of our children.
Contact Pakistan should continue this effort - may be people like me will try to support it in some way. Callers should also contact not for their personal issues but for broader aspects so that a sustainable change be the objective.
In any case, I enjoyed it and I felt quite proud of your team. Best regards Salis Usman

Dear Usman Bhai: Thank you very much for taking time and writing us your views about CP radio & Gup Shup with T&T episode  with Prof Yousif Ghori.   We are pleased to note that you find our efforts fruitful and purposeful and positive contributors to its listeners.  We do agree with you that we as parents sometime neglect our duty of parenting our children and surely education is one of the obligations which should never be compromised and we as Muslim are duty bound to impart our children with best possible education and this episode was destined to help parents and the children alike.  We at Contact Pakistan try to pitch in with whatever we can to strengthen our social and national relationship in all the sphere of life.  It is very satisfying to see people like yourself appreciate our efforts.  May Allah SWT accept these efforts of Contact Pakistan's team. Please keep writing us with your suggestions as it will help us improve our programs.  Please do forward the link of this program to your friends and let them also join a large family of Contact Pakistan. Best Regards T&T Gup Shup RCP

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 No to Plastic Bags 
As I strolled along the beach, the sight of many plastic bags littered here and there, marred the experience of freshness for which I had come to the beach in the early hours of morning. On way back home, we stopped at a supermarket for some grocery. As I walked towards the car with six shopper bags in my hands, I realized how easily all the purchased items could have been put in at maximum two bags. Instantly I felt guilty for I consider myself adding to the plastic bags that are polluting our environment.  As we set off for home, I thought of ways how one can do anything to control this nuisance caused by plastic bags. So this write up is about what we can do to stop the spreading of plastic bags that are a threat to our environment.
According to a survey, plastic bags make up eighty per cent of the volume of trash on roads, parks and beaches and make up ninety per cent of the litter in the oceans.People generally do not realize how plastic bags are adding to their problems. We frequently complain of choked drainage systems. Do you know, more than often, it is the wandering plastic bags that block drainage systems and cause the smelly, dirty water to ooze out into the streets? This stagnant filthy water becomes breeding grounds for flies and mosquitoes which spread cholera, typhoid, and diarrhea.
Plastic bags that are left on sea sides or the ones that somehow manage to get into rivers and oceans are estimated to be causing 100, 000 marine animals to die annually.  Sometimes these bags get stuck in underwater rocks. Small fish get trapped into these bags and ultimately die of hunger because owing to the water current that is against them they are unable to swim out of the bag. Bigger fish often mistake these bags for food and once in their body it blocks their digestive system for plastic bags are indigestible. This causes death of these marine animals.
It is estimated that four to five million plastic bags are produced annually but only few are recycled. The low-density polyethylene bags used by many retailers are non-recyclable.
The current spread of plastic bags, if left to continue, will end in a nightmare. It is high time that we do something to save our environment from the threat posed by these plastic bags. On individual level, there is a lot we can do. When you go out for shopping/grocery, take your own baskets, cloth bags or boxes. If you just have to accept plastic bags, make sure you stuff them enough and take minimum of them. Once at home, don’t throw them away but reuse them. And when you discard them, do it properly ensuring that they end up getting recycled.So my friends, come and let us join our hands together to save our dear earth from the threat of plastic bags by saying ‘No to plastic bags’.
Ms. Amna Tariq Holy City of Makkah-Ul-Mukarrama

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