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Cloud Outliner: An Intuitive Productivity Tool with Evernote Integration

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Cloud Outliner: Outlining tool with Evernote integration (4 stars with 211 Ratings) 
Universal App
$4.99 Free

Outlines are a great way to jot down ideas for a brainstorming session. Today’s productivity app, Cloud Outliner, lets you do exactly that.

Easily create outlines with the Cloud Outliner app. This app uses a variety of touch controls and gestures to make your outlining experience a little more intuitive. Simply swipe right or left to indent, and drag and drop on a row to move its position. You can even move an entire rows if you wish. This app always syncs with Evernote and iCloud so you can get your outlines across multiple devices. If you are looking for a better app to make outlines, be sure to check out Cloud Outliner.

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via Cloud Outliner: An Intuitive Productivity Tool with Evernote Integration | AppSaga.

Classic Caesar Salad

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PREPARATION

THE DRESSING

A great Caesar salad gets its swagger from a great dressing. Squeamish about raw egg yolks and anchovies? Sorry. Yolks are what give richness to the emulsion, while anchovies provide a briny blast (and that whole umami thing). Here\’s our go-to recipe:

Chop together 6 anchovy fillets packed in oil, 1 small garlic clove, and a pinch of kosher salt. Use the side of a knife blade to mash into a paste, then scrape into a medium bowl. Whisk in 2 large egg yolks*, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, and 3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard. Adding drop by drop to start, gradually whisk in 2 tablespoons olive oil, then 1/2 cup vegetable oil; whisk until dressing is thick and glossy. Whisk in 3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan. Season with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired. Can be made 1 day ahead.

THE CROUTONS

Make your own. Tearing, not cutting, the bread ensures nooks and crannies that catch the dressing and add texture. Toss 3 cups torn 1-inch pieces country bread with 3 tablespoons olive oil on a baking sheet; season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake at 375°, tossing occasionally, until golden, 10-15 minutes.

THE LETTUCE

Use whole leaves from 3 romaine hearts to feed 6 people. They provide the ideal mix of crispness, surface area, and structure.

THE CHEESE

Caesars crowned with a mound of grated Parmesan may look impressive, but all that clumpy cheese mutes the dressing. Instead, use a vegetable peeler to thinly shave a modest amount on top for little salty bursts.

THE ASSEMBLY

Skip the tongs. Use your hands to gently toss the lettuce, croutons, and dressing, then top off with the shaved Parm.

via Classic Caesar Salad – Bon Appétit.

Swaddling resurgence ‘damaging hips’, surgeon warns

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Parents are risking their babies’ health because of a surge in the popularity of swaddling, according to an orthopaedic surgeon.

 

The technique involves binding the arms and legs with blankets and is used to help calm a baby and prevent crying.

But Prof Nicholas Clarke, of Southampton University Hospital, said swaddling was damaging developing hips.

The Royal College of Midwives and other experts advised parents to avoid tightly swaddling a child.

Restricts movement

Swaddling has been widely used in many cultures globally. It is thought the blanket wrapping can simulate the feelings of being in the womb and calm the child.

But the technique holds the legs out straight and restricts movement, which can alter the development of the hip joint.


Swaddling should not be employed in my view as there is no health benefit but a risk for adverse consequences of the growing and often immature hips”

Andreas RoposchGreat Ormond Street Hospital

Writing in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, Prof Clarke argued: “There has been a recent resurgence of swaddling because of its perceived palliative effect on excessive crying, colic and promoting sleep.

“In order to allow for healthy hip development, legs should be able to bend up and out at the hips. This position allows for natural development of the hip joints.

“The babies’ legs should not be tightly wrapped in extension and pressed together.”

Jane Munro, of the Royal College of Midwives, said it was a “seemingly innocuous” thing to do, but it posed “significant problems” for the baby.

She said there was also the risk of the baby overheating and a raised risk of cot death.

She added: “We advise parents to avoid swaddling, but it is also crucial that we take into account each mother’s cultural background, and to provide individualised advice to ensure she knows how to keep her baby safe, able to move and not get overheated.”

Video guidance

Andreas Roposch, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital, said: “Similar effects may be seen in all devices or manoeuvres that place the legs in a purely straight position for prolonged periods in this critical age of early infancy.

“Swaddling should not be employed in my view, as there is no health benefit but a risk for adverse consequences of the growing and often immature hips.”

Rosemary Dodds, of parenting charity the NCT, advised against tight swaddling.

“It is helpful to raise awareness of hip dysplasia in relation to swaddling. Some parents and babies seem to like swaddling, but it is important that babies do not overheat and their legs are not restricted.

“Videos are available on the NCT website showing parents who want to swaddle their baby how to do so safely.”

via BBC News – Swaddling resurgence ‘damaging hips’, surgeon warns.

Gardening ‘linked to longer lives’

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Is getting the spade out good for the heart?

 

Pottering around the garden or fixing up the house has been linked to a longer life in a study of people over the age of 60.

Older people can struggle to exercise vigorously, but the study said simply getting off the sofa and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle was a lifesaver.

The Swedish study of 4,232 people suggested the risks of heart attack and stroke were cut.

The findings were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The researchers at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, said elderly people tended to spend more time being sedentary and less time exercising than people in other age groups.

So they looked at the activity levels in-between sitting down and full-on exercise – such as fixing up the car, home repairs, cutting the lawn, blackberry picking or going hunting.

Longer life
The results showed that people who were more active on a daily basis had the lowest risk of a heart attack, but those who were merely active without exercising still had a lower risk than those doing nothing.

Being active reduced the risk of a heart attack or stroke by 27%, and death from any cause by 30%, during the 12-year study.

The report said: “A generally active daily life had important beneficial associations with cardiovascular health and longevity in older adults, which seemed to be regardless of regular exercise.”

It said the findings had “high clinical relevance” for older people, who risked spending a lot of time on the sofa or lying in bed.

The scientists involved suggest that sitting for long periods of time may lower people’s metabolic rate, or a lack of activity may alter hormones produced in muscle tissue.

These could then have knock-on effects for overall health.

‘On your feet’
Dr Tim Chico, honorary consultant cardiologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “Although this study only examined people aged 60, it is reasonable to assume that the more active someone is throughout their life, the lower their risk of cardiovascular disease.

“The message I take from this study is simple. If you want to reduce your risk of heart disease, be more active. Don’t sit down for long periods; get up on your feet and do something you enjoy that involves moving around.”

Christopher Allen, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Being physically active is important in maintaining good heart health. But, as this study demonstrates, you don’t need a gym membership to do that.

“As long as they make you feel warmer, breathe harder and make your heart beat faster, activities such as DIY and gardening count towards the 150 minutes of moderate-intensity [weekly] activity recommended for a healthy lifestyle.”

via BBC News – Gardening ‘linked to longer lives’.

Doha selected to host paediatric surgeons’ meet

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Dr Richard Azizkhan, president, WOFAPS., Dr David Sigalet, surgery clinical chief at Sidra.

 

Sidra Medical and Research Centre and Pan-Arab Association of Paediatric Surgeons have been chosen to co-host the Sixth World Congress of the World Federation of Associations of Paediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS)

in 2019.

The congress, being hosted in the Middle East and North African (Mena) for the first time, under the theme – “Arabian Pearls of Pediatric Surgery” – will take place in late 2019
in Doha.

Doha was chosen in the competitive bid over Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul and
Sydney.

“The selection of Doha as the host city for WOFAPS 2019 shows the organisation’s focus on improving the surgical care of children in emerging and developing countries. The region, and Qatar specifically, have invested heavily in building world-class medical institutions and developing innovative infrastructure, making a visit to Doha an exceptional experience from colleagues from across the world,” said WOFAPS president Dr
Richard Azizkhan.

Co-chairs of the regional organising committee, Sidra’s surgery clinical chief Dr David Sigalet and HMC’s paediatric surgery head Dr Mansour Ali, were in Berlin for WOFAPS conference when the win was announced.

Dr Sigalet, who also serves as president-elect of WOFAPS and will take over as president in 2017, said: “Qatar sits at the intersection of a growing, youthful population and a curious people dedicated to learning and improving lives, which makes Doha, Sidra and our regional partners’ ideal hosts for a WOFAPS conference.”

He mentioned that more than 1,000 paediatric surgeons from all over the world will contribute to learning opportunities for the attendees by taking part in training sessions and panel discussions, expanding the regional knowledge bank through access to international expertise, as well as the latest techniques and
technologies.

Sidra and its partners are committed to support education for the physicians and will sponsor 100 surgeons from low- and middle-income countries to attend WOFAPS 2019, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend to take part in the event.

Sidra staff and the medical and research centre will also play a major role in making WOFAPS 2019 a key educational event for the region by holding a number of instructional courses in conjunction with the congress through the use of its simulation centre and access to the latest available surgical technology.

via Doha selected to host paediatric surgeons’ meet.

Wearable Tech Company Revolutionizes Health Monitoring

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The AIRO wristband uses light wavelengths to monitor nutrition, exercise, stress and sleep patterns to provide recommendations for improving overall health.

Credit: AIRO Health

 

Combining technology and health monitoring is by no means a new concept. It started with basic pedometers several decades ago, which were more recently integrated into personal electronic devices like iPods and smartphones. Today, countless mobile applications tracking everything from calories and weight loss to workouts and sleep cycles are available to the health-conscious, and they show no signs of decreasing in popularity.

With so many health tracking apps and devices out there, it might seem crazy for a new tech startup founded by three engineering graduates to try to break into the market. But Abhi Jayakumar, CEO of Ontario, Canada-based AIRO Health, realized that the product he and his co-founders had spent more than a year creating had the potential to revolutionize wearable health technology. While most apps track just one aspect of health, the AIRO wristband monitors nutrition, stress, exercise and sleep patterns all at once.

“Activity trackers are not health monitors,” Jayakumar told BusinessNewsDaily. “If people want to become and live healthier, they need a device that focuses on their overall health. AIRO goes the whole nine yards and covers the core pillars of personal health to improve self-awareness and help people change their habits.”

Combining technology and health monitoring is by no means a new concept. It started with basic pedometers several decades ago, which were more recently integrated into personal electronic devices like iPods and smartphones. Today, countless mobile applications tracking everything from calories and weight loss to workouts and sleep cycles are available to the health-conscious, and they show no signs of decreasing in popularity.

With so many health tracking apps and devices out there, it might seem crazy for a new tech startup founded by three engineering graduates to try to break into the market. But Abhi Jayakumar, CEO of Ontario, Canada-based AIRO Health, realized that the product he and his co-founders had spent more than a year creating had the potential to revolutionize wearable health technology. While most apps track just one aspect of health, the AIRO wristband monitors nutrition, stress, exercise and sleep patterns all at once.

“Activity trackers are not health monitors,” Jayakumar told BusinessNewsDaily. “If people want to become and live healthier, they need a device that focuses on their overall health. AIRO goes the whole nine yards and covers the core pillars of personal health to improve self-awareness and help people change their habits.”

[How Wearable Tech is Enhancing Our Lives (And Careers)]

The AIRO wristband, which was announced and became available for pre-order on Oct. 28, features an aluminum unibody design and uses a combination of technologies to collect, analyze and communicate data to the wearer’s smartphone. The wristband uses wavelengths of light to detect metabolites in the bloodstream during and after a meal to track nutrition. Stress is monitored through heart rate variability, and similarly tracks exercise through heart rate and caloric burn. Sleep cycles are tracked through technology that looks at the nervous system. As all of this information is processed, AIRO provides recommendations for improvement in each of the four tracking areas.

Of all the functions the AIRO wristband performs, Jayakumar believes that nutrition tracking is the biggest problem his company’s product solves. Current nutrition trackers like weight loss apps and calorie counters with manual inputs can be time-consuming, he said. AIRO eliminates this work by passively measuring calorie intake and even the quality of meals consumed.

Jayakumar told BusinessNewsDaily that the most challenging part of the development process was not any of the technological aspects, but simply proving to potential customers that it worked.

“It was hard convincing people that technology really is this advanced and can be tailored to your body,” he said. “We’re excited to give consumers the ability to monitor their wellbeing in a way that has never before been possible.”

AIRO is available for pre-order on the company’s website for $149 and will ship in the fall of 2014.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

via Wearable Tech Company Revolutionizes Health Monitoring – BusinessNewsDaily.

少量多餐防復胖 每日少3百大卡

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減肥的人們最怕又胖回來,少量多餐的飲食習慣有助於避免復胖。

復胖可說是減重者的夢魘,成功減重後另一項難關才正要開始,就算有心想要努力維持身材,有半數的人還是難以克服復胖危機,甚至稍不克制還會變得比減重前還胖。想要避免復胖纏身,美國《醫藥日報》提出少量多餐的飲食守則,每天還要比相同體重者攝取的熱量再少300大卡,才能避免體重走上回頭路。

少量多餐,減少飢餓感

根據美國《醫藥日報》報導指出,將一天三餐拆成5~6餐,等於每2.5~3小時就可以吃一餐,每餐內容都加入點蛋白質,因為這種餐點可以幫助維持較久的飽足感,且瘦肉蛋白質和纖維質需比較長的時間來消化,同時也可以維持血糖值的穩定,因而預防血糖值波動例如雞胸肉、火雞肉、瘦肉、魚肉、蛋白。

另外也要攝取碳水化合物如全穀麵包、馬鈴薯、麥片、玉米等,基本上什麼都可以吃,只要避開對身體不健康的反式脂肪或是飽和性油脂,各類營養素都要均衡攝取。此外國外研究指出,採取低熱量、高蛋白質飲食的人,比較容易滿足不容易有飢餓感,且可以準確掌握自身食慾,較不容易因為飢餓而暴飲暴食。

研究指出,成功瘦身之後每天攝取的熱量也要比他人平均再少300大卡,才有辦法維持體重不復胖。

研究指出,成功瘦身之後每天攝取的熱量也要比他人平均再少300大卡,才有辦法維持體重不復胖。

 

每日比他人少吃300大卡

英國《每日郵報》報導指出,紐約哥倫比亞大學(Columbia University)教授羅森邦曾觀察減肥人士多年,發現曾減肥的人,大腦會將食物歸類為「犒賞」,而影響身體反應,更容易受到食物誘惑。

因此根據統計結果,羅森邦教授指出,減肥人士必須比體重相同,但沒節食的人,每天少攝取至少300大卡的熱量;時間拉至1周來看,如此減少的熱量相當於15罐可樂,或17片塗了奶油的吐司。

地中海飲食不復胖

遵循地中海飲食方法,也是避免復胖的小秘訣,地中海飲食內容包括多蔬果、少紅肉,碳水化合物則以全穀類為主,重點是選擇只使用健康植物油,因此雖然飲食中有35%~40%熱量來自於脂肪,但是皆屬於健康油脂來源,例如橄欖油、芥花油、亞麻籽油都為不飽和脂肪酸,也有助於保護心血管健康。

麵包不塗奶油沙拉醬、早餐不吃培根,將紅肉改為深海魚肉,並使用蒸煮、烤的方式,這些都是飲食上可以改變的小地方,也是避免復胖的小撇步。

via 少量多餐防復胖 每日少3百大卡 | 20131029 | 華人健康網.

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