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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 26, 2010 Bar.l Oll' Wow! Too much meat damages the brain! High-protein diets shrink the brain and can lead to dementia, warn scientists. Yes, this is bad news for most Americans who eat twice as much meat, eggs and cheese as the body needs. In tests, protein-packed diets reduced the size of mice's brains by 5 per- cent and damaged memory, found research- ers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Previous research Shows eating lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts and fish boost memory. News that won't put you asleep! It has been said that people need less sleep as they get older is total bunk, say researchers. Even though their bodies are slowing down, middle-aged and elderly people should get as much shut eye as the young if they want to stay alert. But older folks are more likely to need catnaps during the day -- because health problems cause interrupted sleep at night, found experts at the University of California, San Diego. Carlo Scostumato, says, "Frequent naps will keep you from getting old, especially if you take them while driving." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill claims, when a married man talks in his sleep, it's prob- ably the only chance he gets. The always wide-awake Tom Analetto of Medford, says, "Next to a beautiful woman, sleep is the most wonderful thing in the world." The astute Robyn Waters of Swampscott says, "The reason Rip Van Winkle was able to sleep for twenty years -- his neighbors had neither a radio nor television." The boss may not agree, but an early af- ternoon nap could indeed make you more productive, reports National Geographic News. Psychologists say after napping you're ready to soak up new information. Close shave! A Florida woman crashed her car because she was attempting to shave her bikini line en route to a meeting with 37, was performing the act of intimate self- grooming while still operating the gas and brake pedals and relying on a passenger to lean over and steer. "She said she was meet- ing her boyfriend in Key West and wanted to be ready for the visit," said Trooper Gary Dunick. "A lot of bad wrecks are caused by dumb stuff like this." Unbelievable! In recent decades, more than 100 million female fetuses have been aborted in China, India, and other Asian nations with a historical preference for male 0ffgIMng. Former President Ronald Reagan may be gone, said Jennifer Harper in The Washing- ton Times, but his face could soon find "a newfound currency." A group of 14 GOP members of Congress, led by Representa- tive Patrick McHenry (R-NC), has introduced legislation to have the image of Reagan's face enshrined on the $50 bill, displacing that of Ulysses S. Grant. "Every generation needs its own heroes," said McHenry, cit- ing a poll that ranked Reagan sixth in a list of America's presidents, and Grant a lowly 29'. The best argument against McHenry's proposal, said the Raleigh, NC, News & Ob- server in an editorial, may be that Reagan would have objected to it. He was a "polite man who appreciated American history," and never would have wanted to bump the man who saved our Union off the 850 note. Well, let's see what happens! Good move! A national campaign to im- prove nutrition in schools has made a sharp dent in soft-drink sales by Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other beverage companies. Soft-drink sales to schools have fallen 72 percent since the 2004-05 school year, an industry report fund. Gee, the death of the noted photographer Louis Fabian Bachrach brought back memo- ries when we were photographed by him. Yes, at that time I was president of a adver- tising, marketing and public relations firm. The Bachrach photo of me hangs in my family room. Ah, those were the days! Yes, the photo contains Bachrach's name. A group of ultra-Orthodox rabbis claim that salmon isn't kosher, because it often con- tains tiny parasitic worms. 0 0 0 "What is a , bagel and cream cheese without the lox? It's nothing," complained Josh Loberfeld, 29, of the Bronx. Mona Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston claims many a married man suffers from cold feet, but they are not always his own. Huh? It has recently been reported olive oil prevents Alzheimer's. A diet rich in extra virgin olive oil has long been known to be good for the heart, but it may also keep dreaded Alzheimer's disease from hitting you. Researchers at Northwestern Univer- sity say that oleocanthal, a compound found in unrefined olive oil, inhibits destructive proteins called ADDLs from attaching to nerve synapses and gumming up the works inside the brain. More healthy newsl A new study shows that women who imbibed in light to moder- ate amounts of alcohol -- between one and seven drinks a week -- maintained their mobility better than those who drank more or not at all! Still, the researchers at Italy's University of Ferrara note that leading an active lifestyle plays an even more im- portant role than alcohol in maintaining mobility. Read carefullyl Br6ast cancer survivors who take aspirin regularly can slash their risk of dying or having their cancer spread! Taking six to seven aspirins a week slashed the risk of cancer death by 64 percent and the chances of their cancer spreading by 43 percent. Aspirin -- it's not just for head- aches anymore, say researchers. What's new? A study shows loneliness is more deadly than smoking! Loneliness can be detrimental to your health! In fact, researchers at the University of Chicago [ ua l that WllU II ,E lltUC lluman contact are more likely to suffer catastrophic health consequences. The good news is that pets, spiritual beliefs and even inanimate objects -- such as the volleyball Tom Hanks talked to while stranded on a deserted island in the movie Castaway -- ean help relieve loneliness. In the latest outbreak of national "hyste- ria," the American Academy of Pediatrics has condemned the hot dog as a "high risk" food because in rare instances children can get one stuck in their throats. Hot clogs, say the alarmists, are perfect size and shape to block a windpipe, which is why they account for about one in six of all child deaths from choking. But given that Americans eat 20 billion hot dogs a year, the actual "death rate per hot dog is incredibly small," with about a dozen deaths a year. Where most immigrants are coming from! No! Not Ireland or Italy! During the years 1981 to 1989, the years covered by the last census 1990, most immigrants to the U.S. came from Mexico, the Caribbean (ex- cluding the Dominican Republic and Jamaica), Philippines, Vietnam, Central America, Korea, China, and India. Time for show business reminiscing with the noted maestro and musicologist Albert Natale. In the early days of the Woody Herman band, Woody had a chance to hire Dinah Shore, but didn't feel she had what it took to be successful. Interestingly enough, they each had hit records of "Blues in the Night." Remember Carmen Miranda? "The Brazilian Bombshell," famous for her comic accent, bizarre headgear, bright costumes and strong personality, was a hit on radio, films and recordings. Her first hit record was "Mama Eu Quero" in 1941, which came from the film "Down Argentine Way" and starred Betty Grable and Don Ameche. Although known for his big distinctive baritone singing voice, Vaughn Monroe started as a trumpet player with dance bands, and also studied opera at Carnegie Tech. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED RICOTTA CHEESE PIE Cassatta Recipe for One Large or Two &inch Pies FILLING: 1 2-pound container of ricotta cheese l I/2 cups sugar 3 slightly beaten egg whites (save yolks for pie crust) 1 teaspoon finely chopped citron (optional) 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional) A sprinkle of cinnamon (optional) CRUST: 3 cups flour 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt l teaspoon baking powder I/2 cup butter (or margarine) 3 slightly beaten egg yokes Place flour in a bowl. Add sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut I/2 cup of butter into flour until evenly distributed. Gradually add slightly beaten egg yokes. Mix to form pie crust. Some cold water may be added if needed to complete pie crust. Set aside a few minutes before rolling out pie crust (not too thin) and place in pie plate. Place ricotta cheese, sugar, citron (optional), vanilla and cinnamon (optional) in a separate bowl. Add slightly beaten egg whites and mix thoroughly until smooth. Do not whip. Gently pour ricotta cheese mixture over piecrust. Bake in preheated 400F oven for ten minutes. Lower to 350F. Bake until firm, approximately forty to forty-five minutes. To dry any extra liquids in the pie, shut off oven and leave pie in oven with door open for fifteen extra minutes. Length of baking time may vary depending on liquid consistency of ricotta cheese. NOTE: As a child, I sat on my perch (the wooden icebox) in the family bakery where I watched the bakers work. On Holy Saturday afternoon, when all the bread had been baked, I waited to watch Mama and Aunt Lena make two large 12-inch Ricotta Cheese Pies. After filling the pie shells, I watched them roll out l I / 4-inch strips of remaining piecrust and saw them create the lattice topping over each pie. It gave those pies such a festive look even before baking. After placing the pies in the oven, they returned to the table to mix the douqh for cannoli shells. On Sunday, my mouth wflterg[1 i]l aHtiONlion OJ Ill C rlO[! IO also that day. r ~'ITA ORI ANI}O ~INOI'OL1 I st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighO ul recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON. COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN emember ?our Ones This year the Post-Gazette is offering our readers an opportunity to remember their loved ones by placing a "Memoriam" in our Memorial Day Issue. 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