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Archive for August 13, 2012

Kiddy Log: Keep track of your child’s milestones in life, as well as physical progress and growth

Kiddy Log

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If you have kids, you know how difficult it can be to keep track of all the changes that happen in your child. You have to keep track of their vaccinations, height, milestones, and a litany of other things. Make that whole process a little easier with today’s app called Kiddy Log.

Kiddy Log is an easy way to keep track of everything that is going on with your young child, from doctor’s appointments to medicine types to major life events. It supports an unlimited number of children profiles, as well as graphical data presentation for when you want to see how things have changed over a period of time. Grab it today and get started on keeping track of the important stuff.

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Rezika’s Cheese & Potato Bourek (Algerian Spring Rolls)-Ramadan Special

Rezika's Cheese & Potato Bourek (Algerian Spring Rolls). Photo by Um Safia


    • 20 -24 spring rolls, pastry sheets ( approx 21cm x 21cm)
    • 2 1/2-3 cups mashed potatoes
    • 3/4-1 cup cheddar cheese, grated ( mature or sharp)
    • 1/2 medium brown onions, finely chopped
    • 1 medium pickled gherkins, finely chopped
    • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon margarine or 1 tablespoon butter
    • salt
    • black pepper ( freshly milled)
    • flour, & water for the paste


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, check for seasoning – adjust if required. Allow the mixed filling to cool if the mash is hot.
  2. Fill & roll your bourek as follows:.
  3. Lay 1 spring roll sheet on your work surface & place 2 generous teaspoonfulls of the filling onto the sheet. You need to place it in a line approx 1″ up from the bottom of the sheet & the line of filling should have a fraction over 1″ of spring roll sheet visable on both the left & right side.
  4. Next bring the left side of the sheet over the filling – it will overlap the filling by about an inch. Do the same with the right side.
  5. Take the bottom of the sheet in both hands & pull it up so that it covers the line of filling.
  6. With a pastry brush or the back of a teaspoon, brush a small amount of the flour paste along the edges of the sheet.
  7. Now start to roll the bourek, be careful to keep it tight & even. When you have rolled it up securely, you can brush a tiny amount of the paste along the seam so that the bourek stays closed whilst it is being fried.
  8. Repeat these steps with the remaining spring roll sheets.
  9. Now you can either freeze the bourek or fry them in a little oil. Cook over a medium heat in batches, in a large frying pan / skiller & fry until a deep golden colour on all sides – turning as required!


Healthy Bangers and Mash

Creamy butternut or buttercup squash takes the place of mashed potatoes in this twist on a classic English comfort-food dish.

Healthy Bangers and Mash


  • 1 3-pound butternut or buttercup squash, peeled, cut into 1-inch dice
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4-6 4-ounce chicken or turkey sausages
  • 1 medium onion, peeled, cut into wedges with root end still attached
  • 1 cup low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


  • Place a steamer basket in a large pot. Pour in water to a depth of 2″ and bring to a boil over high heat. Add squash to pot, cover, and steam until completely tender, about 20 minutes. Transfer squash to a large bowl; add 3 Tbsp. oil and, using a potato masher or fork, crush into a chunky purée. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook sausages, turning occasionally, until brown and cooked through, about 15 minutes (alternatively, roast them in a 400° oven for about 20 minutes). Transfer sausages to a plate. Add onion to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and softened, 5–8 minutes. Stir in broth and cook until slightly thickened and reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in Dijon mustard; season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve sausages with pan gravy spooned over and squash purée alongside.

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Mixed-sex hospital ward policy needed in NI says RQIA

Hospital ward generic

A single policy on treating hospital patients in mixed-sex wards is needed across all of Northern Ireland’s five health trusts, according to a report.

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority praised the Southern and Western Trusts for their zero tolerance approach to mixed gender accommodation.

Daily incidences in the Belfast, South-Eastern and Northern Trusts were found.

The RQIA said the situation was less clear than in England, where men and women on wards is mostly unacceptable.

The report by the independent body follows a three-year study.

‘Clear policy statement’

RQIA chief executive Glenn Houston said the three trusts where mixed gender wards were reported said it only happened when single sex accommodation was not available.

He said the Department of Health must “develop a clear regional policy statement on care in mixed gender accommodation”.

“RQIA also recommends that the Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency, when initiating programmes to improve performance targets or patient flow, should consider any unintended consequences on the quality of the patient experience,” he added.

In England, hospitals must ensure patients share sleeping, bathroom and toilet facilities only with people of the same sex.

This applies to all wards except intensive care and A&E, and hospitals face fines if they do not meet the required standards.


Heart disease: Drive to reduce deaths in Wales

Heart surgery

About 9% of adults in Wales are being treated for a heart condition

A new plan is being launched to help cut the 4,700 deaths a year from heart disease in Wales.

It includes looking at lifestyle, medication, faster detection, easier access to GPs and pharmacies, and more effective treatment.

The Welsh government says heart disease deaths are falling, but the death rate is still higher than England and it remains one of Wales’ biggest killers.

Health Minister Lesley Griffiths is launching a three-month consultation.

The cardiac delivery plan is part of a major overhaul of the NHS called Together for Health.

Measures by 2016 will include new health checks for the over-50s and a pledge to redouble efforts on awareness of exercise, diet and smoking issues.

Ms Griffiths said: “There have been significant improvements to cardiac care in Wales in recent years.


  • 9% of adults report being treated for a heart condition (33% of over-65s and 12% of those 55-64)
  • 23% of adults report that they smoke
  • 57% are classed as overweight or obese, including 22% obese
  • 29% reported doing at least 30 minutes of at least moderate intensity physical activity on five or more days in the previous week
  • Source: Statistics Wales – Welsh Health Survey 2011

“While fewer people die prematurely from heart attacks in Wales now, it still remains one of Wales’ biggest killers.

“We must do more to prevent avoidable cardiac disease, identify those at risk and manage that risk well. Where cardiac disease does occur, we want to focus on prompt diagnosis and the best treatment.”

The death rate from heart disease, although falling, remains higher in Wales than in England, although lower than in the north west and north east of England, areas with similar social-economic issues.

Dr Chris Jones, a cardiologist and medical director of NHS Wales, said coronary heart disease was a largely preventable condition, which increased in risk with age.

“That risk can be reduced by simple lifestyle changes, such as not smoking, drinking alcohol sensibly, exercising regularly and eating a healthy, balanced diet to reduce the risk of obesity – a major contributory factor increasing the risk of diabetes and eventually cardiac disease,” he added.

Prof Peter Weissberg, medical director of the British Heart Foundation, said he expected the plan to outline how the Welsh government would tackle early prevention and care of heart disease.


Dog bite hospital admissions increase

A Rottweiler dog
Children under 10 are worst affected by dog bites

Hospital admissions for dog bites have risen in England by more than 5% on last year.

Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that 6,450 people were admitted during the 12 months to April this year, compared with 6,130 the previous year.

The worst-affected group was children aged under 10, who accounted for more than 1,000 admissions.

Three-quarters of those children needed surgery.

Of the 1,040 admissions among children aged under 10 for dog bites and strikes, 494 admissions were for plastic surgery and 278 were to the oral and facial surgery unit.

During the 12 months from May 2011 to April 2012, hospital admissions for all conditions increased by 1.3%.

Children have a higher rate of admission to the specialities that carry out plastic and specialist facial surgery.”

Tim Straughan HSCIC

Trauma unit

The figures also show that hospital admissions for males stayed constant between the ages of 10 and 45 and then decreased with increasing age.

Females’ admission rates were lower between the ages of 10 and 45 and then similar to men’s at older ages.

For adults there was a higher rate of admissions to the trauma and orthopaedic treatment unit, three per 100,000 for adults aged 20 to 29 and four per 100,000 for adults aged 40 to 49 compared with one per 100,000 for under-10s.

Admission rates per head of population were highest in the North East Strategic Health Authority (551 admissions in total) and lowest in London (574) and the South East Coast (299).

HSCIC chief executive Tim Straughan said the data provided an insight into the injuries sustained too.

“Through further analysis, it is also possible to infer a likely distinction in the type of injuries sustained by child and adult victims of dog bites and strikes; with children having a higher rate of admission to the specialities that carry out plastic and specialist facial surgery.”


Plain cigarette packs review ends

Cigarettes on display
The government wants smokers to give up their habit

A UK-wide consultation on government plans to introduce mandatory plain packaging for tobacco will close later.

It was extended by a month to allow more people to respond after strong public interest in the issue.

The proposal could mean information about individual brands being removed from cigarette packets, with just the name and warnings visible.

Plain packaging is seen by campaigners as the next step in discouraging young people from taking up smoking.

It could mean every sign of individual brands, from their logo, colour or typeface, being replaced by standard packaging simply carrying warnings and the name of the cigarettes.

Packets are likely to be a dark olive green.

When he launched the consultation four months ago, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said he wanted tobacco companies to have “no business” in the UK.


It comes after a ban on tobacco displays in large shops started earlier this year. Smaller shops will have to follow suit by 2015.

Australia is currently the only country which has agreed to plain packaging, although the policy has been challenged in the courts by manufacturers.

Plain, standardised packaging of its lethal products frightens Big Tobacco silly because it threatens its profits”

Deborah Arnott Ash

Research published there has suggested that cigarette packets have increasingly become an important marketing tool as restrictions on advertising and sponsorship have been brought in.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of campaign group Ash, said: “Plain, standardised packaging of its lethal products frightens Big Tobacco silly because it threatens its profits.

“That’s why the industry has devoted millions of pounds to put pressure on politicians and prevent the government from going ahead with this measure.”

But Simon Clark, director of Forest, a lobby group funded by the tobacco industry, said: “There is no evidence that standardised packaging will have any health benefits.

“Advocates base their arguments not on facts but on speculation.”

The government said it would make a decision when the responses to the consultation had been considered.


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