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Archive for September 19, 2013

Walk Log, Runner’s Log, Cyclist Log

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Cyclist Log (5 stars with 9 User Ratings) 
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$2.99 → Free 

 

 

Walk Log (4 stars with 23 User Ratings) 
Universal App 
$2.99 → Free 

 

 

Runner’s Log (4.5 stars with 262 Ratings) 
Universal App
$2.99 →Free
If you’re constantly on the go with your workout, whether it’s through walking, running, or cycling, then you’re going to want to check out today’s group of apps we are featuring together.

They’re called Walk Log, Runner’s Log, and Cyclist Log, and though they have specific differences and purposes, their functionality is basically the same. You’ll be able to track your walk, run, or biking with relative ease and comfort by keeping this app running during your exercise. See how far you’ve gone on a detailed map, and check out your route for later viewing. You can even categorize your log entries with specific tags so you can search back through them later on in case you want to revisit a past adventure. When done, share your results on Twitter, Facebook, and dailymile.com. If you’re a walker, runner, or cyclist, check out one of these apps for yourself.

via Walk Log, Runner’s Log, Cyclist Log: Three similar apps that help track your exercising adventures | App Chronicles.

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Deviled Ham

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INGREDIENTS

8 oz. country ham or good deli ham, coarsely chopped

4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon hot sauce

2 teaspoons whole grain mustard

⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

1 scallion, chopped

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION

 

  • Pulse ham in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl and mix in cream cheese, mayonnaise, hot sauce, mustard, and cayenne, if using. Fold in scallion and parsley; season with salt and pepper.

via Deviled Ham – Bon Appétit.

Calls to give boys anti-cancer jab

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Schoolboys should be given the HPV vaccine to help protect them from some cancers, according to public and sexual health bodies.

 

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is linked to a range of cancers and a vaccine is already given to girls in the UK to prevent cervical cancer.

The Faculty of Public Health and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV said boys should be vaccinated.

The Department of Health said there was no plan to extend the programme.

HPV infections are associated with cancer of the penis, vulva, vagina, anus, mouth and throat. It is spread by sexual contact.

In the UK, girls aged 12-13 are offered the HPV jab. Australia is the only country to routinely offer the vaccination to boys and girls.

Prof John Ashton, the head of the Faculty of Public Health, told the BBC: “It seems oral sex has become a very common part of the repertoire in young people and it does seem a likely part of the story of increases in oral cancer.

“We really need to discuss oral sex as part of sex education in schools and to look closely at extending the vaccine to all men.”

‘Little benefit’

He said the reduced cancer risk would benefit all men, but the strongest case was in gay men.

Reducing the prevalence of the virus in women would have knock-on effects for some men, but not for those having sex only with other men.

Dr Janet Wilson, the president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, said: “We need to take action to address the lack of protection men who have sex with men receive from the current all-girls HPV vaccination programme.

“It is unfair that they remain unprotected.”

However, a Department of Health official said there were “currently no plans to extend HPV vaccination to males, based on an assessment of currently available scientific evidence”.

They added: “Vaccination of boys was not recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation because once 80% coverage among girls has been achieved, there is little benefit in vaccinating boys to prevent cervical cancer in girls.”

via BBC News – Calls to give boys anti-cancer jab.

Humans sense 10 basic types of smell, scientists say

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When it comes to aromas, the whole may simply be the sum of 10 basic parts

 

The thousands of aromas humans can smell can be sorted into 10 basic categories, US scientists say.

Prof Jason Castro, of Bates College, and Prof Chakra Chennubhotla, of the University of Pittsburgh, used a computerised technique to whittle down smells to their most basic essence.

They told the PLoS One journal they had then tested 144 of these and found they could be grouped into 10 categories.

The findings are contentious – some say there are thousands of permutations.


The 10 proposed smells

  • Fragrant
  • Woody/resinous
  • Fruity (non-citrus)
  • Chemical
  • Minty/peppermint
  • Sweet
  • Popcorn
  • Lemon
  • Pungent
  • Decayed

Prof Castro said: “You have these 10 basic categories because they reflect important attributes about the world – danger, food and so on.

“If you know these basic categories, then you can start to think about building smells.

“We have not solved the problem of predicting a smell based on its chemical structure, but that’s something we hope to do.”

He said it would be important to start testing the theory on more complex aromas, such as perfumes and everyday smells.

In reality, any natural scent was likely to be a complex mix – a blend of the 10 different categories, he said.

Prof Tim Jacob, a UK expert in smell science at Cardiff University, said: “In the 1950s a scientist called John Amoore proposed a theory which involved seven smell categories based upon molecular shape and size.

“He eventually withdrew it, to the poorly suppressed glee of his rival R W Moncrieff, who said there was ‘never much solid evidence to support it, and there were difficulties all along the line, but it did stimulate a lot of useful thought’.

“I’m sure that Castro et al’s paper will ‘stimulate a lot of useful thought’.”

via BBC News – Humans sense 10 basic types of smell, scientists say.

Alzheimer’s brain scan detects tau protein

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Pioneering brain imaging that can detect the build-up of destructive proteins linked to Alzheimer’s has been developed by Japanese scientists.

It could lead to new ways of diagnosing the condition and of testing the effectiveness of new drugs.

The technology, reported in the journal Neuron, can identify inside a living brain clumps of a protein called tau that is closely linked to the disease.

Alzheimer’s Research UK said it was promising work.

Alzheimer’s disease is a problem for researchers trying to come up with a cure. The brain starts to die years before any symptoms are detected, which means drugs are probably given too late.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s cannot be made with absolute certainty until a patient has died and their brain is examined. It is also not 100% clear what is the cause of the dementia and what are just symptoms.

One protein, called tau, is very closely linked to the disease, with tangles of tau thought to be one way in which brain cells are killed.

The team, lead by the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Chiba, used positron emission tomography to build a 3D picture of tau in the brain.

They developed a chemical that could bind to tau and then be detected during a brain scan.

Brain scan
Finding tau in the brain

Tests on mice and people with suspected Alzheimer’s showed the technology could detect tau.

Dr Makoto Higuchi, from the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan, said: “Positron emission tomography images of tau accumulation… provide robust information on brain regions developing or at risk for tau-induced neuronal death.”

The research is at an early stage, but it could eventually lead to an actual test for Alzheimer’s disease.

It might also allow researchers to closely follow the impact drugs that affect tau have on the brain.

Another protein – beta amyloid – is also linked to Alzheimer’s and can be detected in similar tests.

Dr Eric Karran, director of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “This promising early study highlights a potential new method for detecting tau – a key player in both Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal dementia – in the living brain.

“With new drugs in development designed to target tau, scans capable of visualising the protein inside the brain could be important for assessing whether treatments in clinical trials are hitting their target.

“If this method is shown to be effective, such a scan could also be a useful aid for providing people with an accurate diagnosis, as well as for monitoring disease progression.”

via BBC News – Alzheimer’s brain scan detects tau protein.

Sleep apnoea treatment varies around UK

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People with sleep apnoea could be treated very differently depending on where in the UK they live, according to a report from the British Lung Foundation and Kings Health Partners.

The condition means people stop breathing for short periods when asleep, and is affected by weight, age and gender. It can lead to poor health and constantly interrupted sleep.

The BBC spoke to one of the reports authors, Dr Joerg Steier and GP Dr Brian Hope, about the reports findings and some of the treatment on offer.

via BBC News – Sleep apnoea treatment varies around UK.

中秋用藥不吃柚 4類藥品看仔細

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中秋節家家戶戶都會吃幾顆柚子應景,但是有服用藥品的人要注意了,柚子與某些藥物會產生副作用,影響藥性。(圖片/華人健康網)

中秋連假來臨,不少人家中肯定陸續開始出現親朋好友互送的文旦、月餅等應景食物,但美食佳餚同歡時,一不小心可能就讓藥物與柚子產生交互作用。藥師提醒,柚子與葡萄柚含有類黃酮,會抑制體內肝臟酵素,降低藥品於體內的正常代謝,建議用藥前掌握停看聽三大原則,才能避免藥物副作用或毒性發生的機率。

大林慈濟醫院藥劑科藥師陳媺表示,一般病患在領藥時,藥師會特別叮嚀或於藥袋上註記,此項藥品不能和葡萄柚一起服用,由於葡萄柚和柚子均屬芸香科柑橘類的水果,加上葡萄柚成分中的類黃酮會抑制體內肝臟酵素,因而降低藥品於體內之正常代謝,使得血中藥品濃度增加,導致藥品副作用的產生。

陳媺藥師表示,若有服用藥品時應特別注意,吃柚子前請先停看聽,而且被葡萄柚抑制的酵素需要三天後才會重新作用,所以就算是間隔數小時,也是無法避開此交互作用。因此,若在服用易被葡萄柚影響的藥品期間,建議避免食用葡萄柚,以降低不必要的藥物交互作用產生。

此外,柚子中也含有類黃酮的成分,建議避免與易被葡萄柚影響的藥品一起食用較為安全。只要掌握用藥停看聽三大原則,包括「停」吃柚子或葡萄柚前請先停一停;「看」看一看所服用的藥品中是否有易被葡萄柚影響的藥品;「聽」有任何用藥疑慮歡迎主動醫師或藥師討論,中秋節就能吃得安心又健康。

葡萄柚與柚子都是芸香科柑橘類含有類黃酮,有服藥的人要特別小心。(圖片/華人健康網)

葡萄柚與柚子都是芸香科柑橘類含有類黃酮,有服藥的人要特別小心。(圖片/華人健康網)

 

不建議和葡萄柚汁一起使用的常見藥品整理

1. 心臟血管用藥:Felodipine (plendil®,普心寧)、nicardipine (perdipine®,培爾及平)、nifedipine (nifehexal 10®,心得利、adalat oros®,冠達悅歐樂)、nimodipine (nimotop®,腦妥)、amiodarone (amiorone®,艾歐隆)

2. 降血脂藥物:Simvastatin (zocor®,素果)、vytorin® (Ezetimibe & Simvastatin,維妥力) 、atrovastatin (lipitor®,利普妥)

免疫抑制劑:Cyclosporine (sandiummum neoral®,新體睦)、tacrolimus(prograf®,普樂可複)

3. 治療性功能障礙藥物:Sildenafil (viagra®,威而剛)

4. 抗憂鬱/焦慮/安眠藥:Buspirone (sepirone, 怡必隆)、triazolam (halcion®,酣樂欣)、diazepam (vanconin®,煩可寧)、carbamazepine (tegretol®,癲通)、trazodone (mesyrel®,美舒鬱)、quetiapine (seroquel®,思樂康)

via 中秋用藥不吃柚 4類藥品看仔細 | 20130918 | 華人健康網.

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