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Archive for September 19, 2013

Walk Log, Runner’s Log, Cyclist Log


Cyclist Log (5 stars with 9 User Ratings) 
Universal App 
$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 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.

Deviled Ham


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



  • 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

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

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

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

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










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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