KYOTO -- A research team has discovered a new compound that inhibits a gene which is one of the causes of intellectual disability in people with Down syndrome, the team announced on Sept. 4.
Made up of members including professor Masatoshi Hagiwara of Kyoto University's Graduate School of Medicine, the team verified that administration of the compound in pregnant mice carrying fetuses with Down syndrome led to improvements in the fetuses' condition -- in terms of brain structure abnormalities and learning capability.
KITAKATA, Fukushima -- A tourist facility in this city known as a holy grail for ramen has hatched a new plan to attract hungry tourists: "ramen ice cream."
The unique treat is sold at the Kitakata Ramen Jinja (shrine) & Ramen Museum in the city, home to a version of the noodle dish revered as one of Japan's top three. The icy version comes in a cup containing soft-serve ice cream made to look like noodles and topped with "naruto," a famous pink and white sliced fish cake, made from rice cakes. The soy sauce flavor is true to the original, and the shop recommends topping the treat with black pepper or chives.