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AllBudget2: The Sequel to the Popular Budgeting App, Optimized for iOS 7

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AllBudget2 (4.5 stars with 17 Ratings) 
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The original All Budget app is already an excellent app for keeping track of your expenses. All Budget 2 adds the flat design of iOS 7 plus everything you loved from the original.

With Allbudget2 you can quickly add an expense or income item to the app and view your monthly financial situation at a glance. Simply press the “plus” button and enter a dollar value to start an entry. You can also choose a category and add a more detailed note to each item if you wish.

On the home screen, you can view your month’s income and spending at a glance. See your total income and spending along with a chart of your transactions by categories. You can also set a budget for each month and see how much you have left after paying all the expenses. Allbudget2 lets you manage multiple accounts, choose your own currency, and review your finances with lots of colorful charts. There’s a lot to like, so grab it today.

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via AllBudget2: The Sequel to the Popular Budgeting App, Optimized for iOS 7 | App Saga.

Chicken and Dumplings with Mushrooms

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INGREDIENTS

CHICKEN STEW

6 oz. slab bacon, cut into ¼” pieces

¼ cup all-purpose flour

4 chicken legs (drumsticks with thighs; about 2 lb.)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1½ pound mixed mushrooms

1 medium onion, chopped

6 cloves garlic crushed

¼ cup dry white wine

6 sprigs thyme

2 bay leaves

8 cups low-sodium chicken broth

DUMPLINGS AND ASSEMBLY

¾ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 large eggs

¼ cup whole milk

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Calories (kcal) 500 Fat (g) 21 Saturated Fat (g) 6 Cholesterol (mg) 220 Carbohydrates (g) 29 Dietary Fiber (g) 2 Total Sugars (g) 5 Protein (g) 44 Sodium (mg) 1700

PREPARATION

View Step-by-Step Directions

CHICKEN STEW

Crisp bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat; transfer to a paper towel–lined plate.

Place flour in a shallow bowl. Season chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. Working in batches, cook chicken, skin side down, in same pot over medium heat until deep golden brown and crisp (do not turn), 12–15 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Working in 2 batches, cook mushrooms in same pot, seasoning with salt and pepper and stirring occasionally, until brown, 5–8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add onion and garlic to pot; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and translucent, 5–8 minutes.

Add wine to pot; simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add chicken, bacon, thyme, bay leaves, and broth; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and gently simmer, partially covered, skimming occasionally, until chicken is falling off the bone, 2–2½ hours. Add mushrooms and simmer until flavors meld, 10–15 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

DUMPLINGS AND ASSEMBLY

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Whisk flour, baking powder, nutmeg, pepper, and ¾ tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in eggs and milk (batter will be slightly lumpy). Reduce heat until water is at a strong simmer. Drop teaspoonfuls of batter into water; cook until dumpling are cooked through and doubled in size, about 5 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon; add to stew just before serving.

DO AHEAD: Stew (without dumplings) can be made 3 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill.

via Chicken and Dumplings with Mushrooms – Bon Appétit.

Call for better tongue-tie care for babies

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Services for babies with breastfeeding problems caused by tongue-tie need to be improved, a parenting charity has said.

The condition, which restricts the movement of the tongue, can be treated with a simple procedure.

But the National Childbirth Trust said services around the UK were too patchy, and that more awareness was needed.

Jane Dreaper reports.

via BBC News – Call for better tongue-tie care for babies.

More Welsh Ambulance Service staff off with stress

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Almost three times as many staff are signed off for stress as for a cold or flu

A growing number of ambulance service staff are going off sick due to stress, BBC Wales has learned.

Their sickness rate of 7.53% is the highest in the Welsh NHS and almost double that of the police which is 4%.

Since May the service has only once hit the 65% target for reaching life-threatening calls in eight minutes.

Bosses admit that ambulance queues outside A&E could get worse with hospital reorganisation unless more staff are hired.

Common cold

Sickness level figures – calculated as the number of hours lost – were obtained following a Freedom of Information request by the BBC.

In 2011-12 there were 9,667 hours lost because of stress, but in 2012-13 that figure had risen to 11,255 hours.

The figures also show there were almost three times as many staff being signed off for stress as for a common cold or flu.

A paramedic from the ambulance service’s central and west region, using the name Tina to protect her identity, said: “I think it was constant pressure of trying to hit targets and be somewhere else when you’re already dealing with one patient.

“You’re not getting time to clear your head between one patient and another, you just haven’t got the time to think, you’re just constantly barraged from one job to the next.

“I was getting home and being useless to man nor beast – I could not function as a human being, I was just a shell.”

‘Patients deteriorating’

Tina also said that waiting outside hospitals to deliver patients was a “frustration”.

She added: “You know you can be out there doing something helping people, and all you’re doing is basically babysitting patients for the hospital.

“They don’t want the patients through their doors because it counts on their figures. Yet we can’t leave them.

“We watch patients deteriorating in the back of our ambulances and we still can’t get them in.”

Unions say the problem is so bad that staff are now putting in personal injury claims for compensation.

“We’ve had a number of cases over the last 12 months,” said Darron Dupre from Unison.

“There’s certainly an increase in paramedics and technicians coming to us to ask what legal recourse they can have for the way they feel.”

The Welsh NHS is planning to reduce the number of hospitals and centralise services are because of concerns that services are spread too thinly. However, it could mean ambulances face more time on the roads.

With changes ahead, managers accept they will need more resources.

Judith Hardisty from the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We will need to provide more training and upskill some of our staff so that they can provide the care to patients that they are moving over longer periods of time.

“We have identified that if those services are moving we will need more staff to support those changes.”

via BBC News – More Welsh Ambulance Service staff off with stress.

‘Desperate families need better help’ with tongue tie

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The condition affects 3% of babies

Services for babies with breastfeeding problems because of tongue tie need to be improved, a parenting charity says.

The condition, which restricts the movement of the tongue, can be treated with a simple procedure.

The NCT said services around the UK were too patchy, and more awareness was needed.

However, midwives’ leaders said the procedure should only be done if feeding problems were definitely being caused as a result.

Tongue tie happens when the fold of the skin that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is shorter than usual.

The congenital condition, which affects around 3% of babies, can lead to problems for them “latching on” to their mother.

‘Poor provision’

Some families end up paying more than £100 for private treatment or abandoning breastfeeding.

NCT chief executive Belinda Phipps said: “Mothers who contact our helpline about this are desperate and usually in tears.

“Everyone who comes into contact with a new mum needs to be aware of tongue tie as a possibility if there are feeding problems.

“And we would like to see a service for tongue-tie treatment available at every maternity unit in the country.”

The NCT is taking up with government ministers what it calls the problem of poor provision.

The minister for maternity and child health, Dan Poulter, said: “We always recommend that mothers breastfeed their children where possible as it has huge health benefits.

“We know tongue tie can make feeding difficult, and health professionals should discuss options with parents and agree the most appropriate form of treatment.”

No safety concerns

Tongue tie varies in severity. If a procedure is needed, the fold of the skin is cut in what is known as division.

The healthcare watchdog NICE endorsed the procedure in 2005, saying there were no major safety concerns. It is often done by surgeons but other healthcare professionals can perform it.

Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that more than 5,000 babies in England had tongue-tie division in hospital last year. Others may have had the procedure in community settings.

Mervyn Griffiths, a consultant paediatric surgeon at Southampton Children’s Hospital, has led training and research on tongue-tie division.

He said: “Small babies feel pain differently from older ones. The smell of mum and milk is more important than painkillers for them.

“We know from our studies that the average time between dividing the tongue tie and a baby feeding silently is about 15 to 20 seconds. Complications are very, very rare.”

‘Minimal support’

Sadie Phillips, 20, is pleased her son Reuben had his tongue-tie division.

“It got to week three of breastfeeding and I felt like giving up. It was painful. He’d be screaming as though he hadn’t fed for a year.

“I nearly went to the shop and bought formula. I’m glad I didn’t.”

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Sadie Phillips was able to breastfeed her son Reuben after his tongue-tie division

Janet Fyle, of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “It is important not to recommend surgical procedures without first establishing whether the tongue tie impacts on breastfeeding.

“Many babies who have the appearance of tongue tie breastfeed without difficulty. Constant checking for tongue tie could potentially create problems and anxiety in the mother.”

A spokesman for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said: “Rates of successful breastfeeding are disappointing in the UK and we should strive to improve them.

“A small proportion of babies have a degree of tongue tie, and in something approaching a half of these there is an associated problem with feeding.

“A randomised controlled trial has shown that there is no problem with waiting five days after the feeding problems are recognised.

“All babies should initially be managed by support, help and expert assessment – and then a few may benefit from the operation.”

via BBC News – ‘Desperate families need better help’ with tongue tie.

Eating disorders: Sufferers unaware condition can be ‘fatal’

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Laurence Nugent’s family said at first they did not realise how serious his condition was

 

The families of two young people who died from an eating disorder say sufferers do not realise the condition can be fatal.

It is hard to gauge how many people die from anorexia and bulimia as death certificates normally record heart or kidney failure instead.

Laurence Nugent, 24, from Belfast, kept his eating disorder a secret for years before confiding in his mother.

He died from a heart attack after suffering from bulimia.

‘Suicidal’

His mother, Pamela, said at first his family did not realise how serious the disorder was.

“We weren’t in despair at the beginning. We thought we’ll get him help, we’ll fix it as mummies and daddies do, but as time progressed we realised this is very serious,” she said.

“It was a mental health issue. His personality started to take the form of someone who was depressed, who was very angry, very afraid and suicidal.

“But we never thought in one million years that Laurence would die.”

But Laurence did die, after years of bulimia and starvation began taking their toll on his body.

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Laurence Nugent died of a heart attack after suffering from bulimia for years

‘Normal’

Mrs Nugent said: “We didn’t know who to turn to for help because Laurence wouldn’t allow us.

“It was his secret – he was totally ashamed of himself and he hated himself. He told us he hated the very look of himself.”

Laurence kept his secret within his immediate family, but continued to live what looked like a normal life to those outside the family circle.

His brother, Chris, said many of his friends were shocked to discover the truth.

“After he died we told a lot of his friends what we’d been hiding for so long. They couldn’t believe it. They said to me, ‘why didn’t he tell us? We would have helped him. I can’t believe we’ve known him all this time and we didn’t know’.”

Mrs Nugent said she feels it is important to let young people know that an eating disorder can be fatal.

She said: “I’m saying to every young man out there in Northern Ireland – this can kill you. It killed my son, you need to get help.”

‘Starvation’

Danielle O’Neill was also 24 when she died. The fashion designer from Londonderry had only suffered from anorexia for several months.

Her mother, Adelaide, said she developed the condition after starting a diet that went too far.

“She said to me she never meant to get so thin,” she said.

“That’s the thing I can’t stress enough – how big a part your mind plays in this, it’s like it takes over and you can’t stop.”

Danielle had received treatment and was doing well, but her mother said an attempt to eat a normal meal had a terrible effect on her.

“She ended up in hospital on a drip and it seems her stomach ruptured, it just couldn’t cope with the food after months of starvation,” Mrs O’Neill said.

Mrs O’Neill said losing Danielle was like losing part of herself, but now hopes to raise awareness about eating disorders.

“She’s gone and we’ll never bring her back, but if this can help somebody else and raise awareness then that would be something good,” she said.

The Nugent family are setting up the Laurence Trust later this month to highlight the dangers of eating disorders, and to offer support to young men in particular.

Mrs Nugent said: “It’s too late for Laurence, but young people need to know the dangers.”

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Danielle suffered from anorexia and died after her stomach ruptured as it could not cope with food any longer

Jacqui King, from the charity the Eating Disorders Association, said the problem needed to be taken more seriously in Northern Ireland.

“In 12 years of being in EDA I have approached each of the health ministers for a meeting about this and I’ve never had a meeting yet,” she said.

“We do need something more like a day hospital where people could go on a daily basis, where they could have different types of therapy and we definitely do need some in-patient facility, because people are just being put into general medical wards or psychiatric wards.

“There are two people that I know of who are seriously ill (due to eating disorders) but are not being treated for their eating disorder in hospital, only really being kept there to keep them safe.”

via BBC News – Eating disorders: Sufferers unaware condition can be ‘fatal’.

鮮乳四大金鋼 低溫殺菌喝出營養

民眾透過每天喝1.5至2杯鮮乳,即可輕鬆達成成人每日1000毫克,一半的鈣質建議攝取量標準。

民眾透過每天喝1.5至2杯鮮乳,即可輕鬆達成成人每日1000毫克,一半的鈣質建議攝取量標準。

 

 「每天一杯牛奶,讓你的骨質健康」、「喝牛乳讓孩子長得高又壯」,這兩句話,都代表一般人對於喝鮮乳的第一印象;鮮乳對於人體的健康助益,在國健署印製的國民飲食指南上即有相關指引,到底喝鮮乳還有什麼好處?營養師特別揭露喝鮮乳的四大好處,就像「四大金鋼」一樣,不但能喝出營養,還能增加身體保護力。

鮮乳營養成分中包括鈣質、蛋白質、脂肪、醣類、礦物質,以及維生素等營養素。其中有高豐富的鈣質,補充鈣質可以幫助牙齒與骨骼生長與健康,維持心臟、肌肉收縮及神經的感應性。成長中的兒童及青少年,補充足夠的鈣質有助於骨骼成長發育。停經後的婦女,由於體內雌性激素量銳減,骨質流失更加嚴重,也需要補充鈣質。此外,高齡者為防止骨折發生,平日適量補充鈣質也不可輕忽。

每天喝一杯鮮乳 輕鬆補鈣

營養師胡郡玲表示,衛生福利部建議成人一天需攝取約1000毫克的鈣質,青少年每日攝取量甚至應達到1200毫克,但是民眾的達成率卻很低,主要是飲食忽略,或三餐在外,不容易達到飲食均衡的標準;其實每天喝1.5至2杯鮮乳即可輕鬆達成一半的攝取量,再加上其他攝取綠色蔬菜、豆腐、豆干、豆漿等食物,即可達到需求的營養,尤其是青春期前的孩子,喝鮮乳攝取鈣質是非常簡便的方式。

喝鮮乳攝取鈣質的吸收率也較佳,根據日本研究,從牛奶中攝取鈣質的吸收約40%,蔬菜只有19%,植物性鈣質吸收率差,動物性則較佳。對於補鈣也有人存在一些常見迷思,有的人誤以為只要猛吞鈣片就可以補鈣,其實,這樣有很多營養素無法均衡攝取,尤其高劑量鈣片甚至容易導致罹患腎結石,所以透過天然食物攝取鈣質較健康。

營養師特別揭露喝鮮乳的四大好處,就像「四大金鋼」一樣,不但能喝出營養,還能增加身體保護力。(圖片提供/統一瑞穗)

營養師特別揭露喝鮮乳的四大好處,就像「四大金鋼」一樣,不但能喝出營養,還能增加身體保護力。(圖片提供/統一瑞穗)

 

鮮乳含有完整蛋白質 有助成長

鮮乳中也含有豐富完整蛋白質,蛋白質是構成身體皮膚、肌肉與各器官等主要原料,可幫助成長、修復人體組織。完整蛋白質可分離出酪蛋白、乳清蛋白、乳鐵蛋白與免疫球蛋白。其中酪蛋白是牛乳中含量最多的蛋白質,並含1.2%的鈣質,呈膠質狀,有助於小腸吸收。另外,酪蛋白水解物(CPP)具有阻礙「血管收縮素轉換酵素」活性的功能,可達到降血壓的效果。

另外,乳清蛋白富含必須胺基酸與支鏈胺基酸,蛋白質品質優異,利用率佳,配合運動,還可幫助維持肌肉量,這也是為何有的人運動結束後要補充乳清蛋白的原因,除了幫肌肉合成,還能促進新陳代謝,提高瘦肉率。還有不可忽略的乳鐵蛋白,研究指出可以幫助維持骨骼健康,是珍貴的成分。

鮮乳含乳脂肪 人類體內熱量來源

脂肪是人最大的能量來源,鮮乳中的乳脂肪約為3.8~3.9%,除了是可供給人體熱量,還含有必需脂肪酸,可維持皮膚健康,而乳脂肪中含有的卵磷脂、腦磷脂及神經磷脂,是人類腦神經及其他細胞構造維持所必需的成分。此外,在乳脂不但含有脂溶性維生素,還可協助其他食物中脂溶性維生素之吸收。所以,對於一般非以牛乳為單一食物來源的成人而言,若每天適量攝取,毋須擔心發胖問題。

鮮乳含豐富維生素 活力與精力泉源

鮮乳含有25種以上的維生素,包括維他命A、B1、B2、B6、B12、C、D、E、K、菸鹼酸、泛酸、生物素、葉酸等。以B群來說,能參與能量代謝,維持皮膚與神經系統健康。維生素A則有助視紫質形成,可預防夜盲症,以及維持皮膚與黏膜健康。鮮乳中其他維生素亦能以極微量的形態來參與酵素的活動,調節體內的新陳代謝、支配動物營養的吸收,是多種重要的維他命供給來源。

喝低溫殺菌鮮乳好處多,仍然需要搭配均衡的飲食、適度的運動、規律的生活,以及避免攝取過量咖啡或抽菸,才能擁有健康。

喝低溫殺菌鮮乳好處多,仍然需要搭配均衡的飲食、適度的運動、規律的生活,以及避免攝取過量咖啡或抽菸,才能擁有健康。

 

目前國內一般市售的鮮乳多採130℃超高溫殺菌方式製成,然而,在殺菌過程中,同時也破壞了一部份對熱敏感的成分,包括乳清蛋白中的乳鐵蛋白與免疫球蛋白,十分可惜。目前已經可藉由72℃低溫殺菌方式製成低溫殺菌鮮乳,還能保留生乳中的乳鐵蛋白與免疫球蛋白。

營養師胡郡玲提醒,喝低溫殺菌鮮乳好處多,仍然需要搭配均衡的飲食、適度的運動、規律的生活,以及避免攝取過量咖啡或抽菸,才能擁有健康。

via 鮮乳四大金鋼 低溫殺菌喝出營養 | 20140218 | 華人健康網.

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