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Vert 2: Beautiful Unit Conversion app with Built-in Calculator for your iPhone and iPad | App Saga

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Vert 2 – Unit and Currency Converter (4.5 stars with 232 Ratings)

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If you’re someone who travels a lot, whether for business or pleasure, chances are you’ve run into the frustrating nature of unit or currency conversion. It’s difficult to know just how much something is worth on a monetary value, how fast you are driving in miles per hour or kilometers per hour, and now you can take Vert 2 to help you with that.

 

Vert 2 is a unit and currency converter that boasts a bevy of conversion rates to be used wherever you might be. Not only will yo be able to convert your currency when you’re traveling abroad, but you’ll also be able to convert units of measurement there, too. The app has over 900 units in 34 categories for conversion, along with 164 currencies to convert if need be. It’s great for math, physics, and chemistry students who often need to convert one unit to another. It features a built-in calculator so you can complete your calculations and convert them at the same time within the app. It even has a clothing, hat, and shoe size converter should you need to get new clothes. The interface is gorgeous and minimal, and simple to use. If you’re traveling at all soon, take Vert 2 with you.

 

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via Vert 2: Beautiful Unit Conversion app with Built-in Calculator for your iPhone and iPad | App Saga.

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Radicchio, Fennel, and Olive Panzanella – Bon Appétit

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INGREDIENTS

6 oz. country-style bread, torn into bite-size pieces (about 4 cups)

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest

½ cup olive oil, divided

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 small shallot, finely chopped

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

1 small head radicchio, torn into bite-size pieces

1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced

1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves with tender stems

½ cup green olives, pitted, halved

3 oz. aged sheep’s-milk cheese (such as Manchego), shaved

3 oz. hard salami, thinly sliced

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Calories (kcal) 290 Fat (g) 21 Saturated Fat (g) 5 Cholesterol (mg) 15 Carbohydrates (g) 17 Dietary Fiber (g) 2 Total Sugars (g) 1 Protein (g) 9 Sodium (mg) 520

PREPARATION

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Preheat oven to 400°. Toss bread with lemon zest and ¼ cup oil on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Bake, tossing occasionally, until crisp on the outside but still chewy in the center, 8–10 minutes. Let cool.

Whisk shallot, lemon juice, vinegar, and oregano in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Whisk in remaining ¼ cup oil.

Add radicchio, fennel, parsley, olives, cheese, salami, and bread to dressing; toss to combine.

DO AHEAD: Salad can be dressed the night before. Cover and chill.

via Radicchio, Fennel, and Olive Panzanella – Bon Appétit.

Surgery ‘won’t cure confidence issues’

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Cosmetic surgery will not cure all issues related to image confidence, psychologist Emma Kenny has said.

The psychologist has treated people considering cosmetic procedures, and those who have had surgery, and told BBC News that patients conditions continued after the procedure.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has said that it is worried about the number of young people who want cosmetic surgery.

via BBC News – Surgery ‘won’t cure confidence issues’.

The life-threatening effects of Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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A woman believed to be the mother of three children found dead at a south-west London home has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The children are believed to have had a serious genetic condition, thought to be Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). The circumstances of the deaths are unknown, but police have focused attention on this little known disease.

Kelly Fletcher, whose daughter Lily Mae was diagnosed with SMA, and died shortly before her second birthday, explains the condition to the Today programme’s Mishal Husain.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday 24 April.

via BBC News – The life-threatening effects of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Violent crime in England and Wales falls again, A&E data shows

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Report author Prof Jonathan Shepherd said the drop was connected to changing alcohol habits

Violent crime is continuing a long-term fall in England and Wales, according to annual figures from NHS hospitals.

There was a 12% fall in injuries from violent incidents in 2013, according to data from almost a third of emergency departments examined by Cardiff University.

It found 235,000 people were treated following a violent attack in 2013 – 32,800 fewer than in the previous year.

The authors said the rising cost of alcohol might have played a role.

They also said the figures mirrored other research, adding to evidence that the long-term trend in violent crime was down.

The 12% fall means it is the fifth consecutive year that NHS units have recorded a decrease in violent injuries.

Data from the Cardiff University study on violent crime, showing a drop in hospital visits

‘Welcome’ fall

Professor Jonathan Shepherd, the report’s lead author, said: “The data shows another significant year-on-year fall. Apart from a 7% increase in 2008, levels of serious violence have fallen every year since 2001.

“Continuing, substantial decreases in serious violence are welcome for citizens, communities and in combating the fear of crime.

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Some campaigners have called for an increase in the price of alcohol

“They also decrease the costs of violence to health services and the criminal justice system and reduce pressures on hard-pressed Accident and Emergencies late at night at the weekend.”

Men between 18 and 30 years old remained the most at risk of being a victim – but the report also found that the greatest annual decreases occurred among youth and young adult victims.

Find out more

Why has crime been falling for 20 years across the developed world? Dominic Casciani examines the theories in The Crime Conundrum, BBC Radio 4.

Listen again via iPlayer

Prof Shepherd said: “Violence is falling in many Western countries and we don’t know all the reasons why.

“Binge drinking has become less frequent, and the proportion of youth who don’t drink alcohol at all has risen sharply.

“Also, after decades in which alcohol has become more affordable, since 2008 it has become less affordable.

“For people most prone to involvement in violence, those aged 18-30, falls in disposable income are probably an important factor.”

‘Crazy periods’

I think raising the price of alcohol would be giving a push to bring down the consumption levels further”

Prof John AshtonUK Faculty of Public Health

The authors said that anti-violence strategies involving local public agencies working closely together could also be yielding results.

The Cardiff University study looked at treatment given to victims at 117 emergency departments, minor injury units and NHS walk-in centres.

Responding to the report, UK Faculty of Public Health president Prof John Ashton called for an increase in the price of alcohol.

“We do periodically have these crazy periods where there’s a lot of drinking – like Hogarth’s Gin Lane 200 years ago – and society eventually responds and drinks less,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.

“And what’s important is to get behind the history curves that are happening and give them a push in the right direction.

“I think raising the price of alcohol would be giving a push to bring down the consumption levels further.”

‘Let down’

The trend mirrors the findings published in the Crime Survey of England and Wales, a massive rolling project that interviews people about their experiences of crime, whether or not they have gone to the police.

Crimes recorded by the police also show long-term falls in violence, but the Office for National Statistics recently said that data from forces could not be considered reliable.

There is no comparable data for injuries from violent incidents in Northern Ireland or Scotland.

However, a Police Service of Northern Ireland report on recorded crime trends, published last July, found that violent crime figures had remained “fairly constant” since 2007/2008.

There had been a “small decrease”, from 30,445 incidents in 2011/2012 to 30,305 in 2012/2013, the report added.

The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, published last month, showed there had been a 22% drop in recorded incidents of violent crime since 2008-2009.

In a separate report published on Wednesday, a watchdog urged probation services to do more to tackle alcohol misuse by offenders.

Paul McDowell, Chief Inspector of Probation, said that good work in rehabilitating offenders in the UK was being “let down” by a lack of attention to alcohol, despite its known link to violence.

via BBC News – Violent crime in England and Wales falls again, A&E data shows.

Secret to happy kids – a bit of TV and the odd takeaway

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Does healthy eating make children happy?

Seven-year-olds are happier when they are allowed some sweets, snacks and television time, rather than none at all, suggests a study of children’s well-being.

Children who enjoyed school PE “a lot” were more likely to feel positive than those who didn’t like it.

Nearly 13,000 children were surveyed as part of a study by NatCen Social Research.

Researchers said a healthy lifestyle had a longer-term effect on well-being.

The study, funded by the Department of Health, looked at many different factors which have an impact on children’s happiness or how much they worry.

It found that seven-year-old children were happiest when they got on well with siblings, had fun with family members at weekends and had parents who did not shout or smack them.

Behaviours learnt early in life may continue into adulthood and, unlike among children, adults who eat more fruit and vegetables do have higher levels of well-being”

Jenny ChanfreauNatSoc Social Research

Children were more likely to feel unhappy and worried if they lived in a deprived area. There was no difference in how worried or happy they felt whether they had one parent or two.

Never say never

However, when researchers looked at how healthy eating and healthy behaviour affected happiness in children, they found an inconsistent picture.

On the one hand, enjoyment of PE lessons was positively associated with child well-being, but a healthy diet was not.

For example, children who regularly ate snacks such as biscuits and cakes were just as likely to report being happy as children who did not report eating such snacks.

Well-being was lower among children who never watched television and among those who watched it the most, while well-being was higher among those who watched television, but for less than an hour a day.

The study said: “Being happier and lacking worry does not mean never having sweets, snacks and television. In fact, there was some indication in the results that higher well-being was more likely when these were enjoyed in moderation.”

The influence of a healthy diet and plenty of exercise on well-being was “likely to be more complex and longer term”, it added.

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Seven-year-olds who were allowed snacks in moderation were ‘happier’

It said establishing positive health behaviours at an early age could lead to healthier outcomes in later life, such as a normal BMI – body mass index – and fewer chronic health conditions, which could contribute to higher well-being at that stage of life.

Teenagers and takeaways

The data for the study was gathered from the Millennium Cohort Study of 12,877 children, and their parents, born in 2000 and surveyed in 2008.

In a separate survey of 11- to 15-year-olds’ well-being, which forms party of the same study, researchers found a similar relationship between some aspects of healthy eating and happiness.

Young people who reported eating fast food or takeaways at least once a week reported feeling happier on average, compared with those who ate fast food only occasionally or never.

But it is possible that eating this type of food as a family or social activity can have a positive impact on children and young people’s well-being.

Jenny Chanfreau, senior researcher at NatCen Social Research, said there were still many strong arguments for promoting healthy behaviour among children.

“Not least that behaviours learnt early in life may continue into adulthood and, unlike among children, adults who eat more fruit and vegetables do have higher levels of well-being.”

The study’s finding that children who said that they liked PE “a lot” had much higher odds of happiness than children who said that they like it “a little” or “not at all” could be important for primary schools, it said.

“Making PE lessons playful and fun is both good for child well-being and may contribute to establishing positive health behaviours for later in life,” the study said.

via BBC News – Secret to happy kids – a bit of TV and the odd takeaway.

標靶藥治癌怕什麼?皮膚乾燥甲溝炎

癌症患者使用標靶藥物及化療藥治療,普遍都有紅腫、乾癢與黑色素沈澱等皮膚問題。

癌症患者使用標靶藥物及化療藥治療,普遍都有紅腫、乾癢與黑色素沈澱等皮膚問題。

 

癌症患者除了擔心腫瘤復發問題,也非常擔心化療後產生的副作用,影響情緒,尤其是近年受重視的標靶藥物其中有一些抑制劑,常常容易引起皮膚反應,當皮膚出現類似掉髮、皮膚乾燥、口腔黏膜發炎,以及引起指甲變化、甲溝炎等症狀時,感覺不勝其擾,甚至嚴重影響生活功能與自信心,不敢出門見人!

腫瘤標靶藥物 易出現皮膚相關副作用

三軍總醫院皮膚部主治醫師陳振豐表示,癌症患者使用標靶藥物及化療藥治療,普遍都有紅腫、乾癢與黑色素沈澱等皮膚問題。而目前使用的腫瘤標靶治療藥物中,常常引起皮膚反應的藥物主要包括:表皮生長因子受器 (EGFR) 抑制劑、血管內皮生長因子受器 (VEGFR)抑制劑等。容易產生類似痤瘡樣的丘疹、化膿、指甲變化、甲溝炎、皮膚乾燥、口腔黏膜發炎、毛髮質地與數量的改變等症狀。

1名病患在使用表皮生長因子受器抑制劑 (Iressa)1個月後,即開始在臉部、頭頸部產生許多紅腫的小膿疱。接著5~6個月,腿部皮膚變得粗糙乾裂,手指甲及腳指甲也發生甲溝炎的現象。以及患部出現紅腫、化膿、疼痛。經使用口服抗生素(Doxymycin) 、口服類固醇,以及外用類固醇兩週後,副作用狀況已大幅改善。

標靶治療後皮膚乾燥 注意適度清潔

癌症患者如何注意照護皮膚出現的一些副作用?持續使用標靶藥物後第1至第4週後,可能會出現皮膚乾燥問題,皮膚變得乾燥,產生容易剝落的麟屑,甚至出現龜裂疼痛之傷口。一般要注意適度清潔,以溫水洗臉,避免肥皂或洗劑洗去過多的油脂,另外要局部加強保濕並避免搔抓。平常應盡量保持乾淨清爽,穿著棉質衣物,避免乾癢的傷口摩擦不適。

癌症患容易出現皮膚相關副作用,患者應該與主治醫師討論,適時調整藥物。(圖片提供/三軍總醫院)

癌症患容易出現皮膚相關副作用,患者應該與主治醫師討論,適時調整藥物。(圖片提供/三軍總醫院)

 

標靶治療後發生甲溝炎 保持患部乾燥

此外,指溝炎也很常見,通常在用藥4至8週後,手腳指甲周圍出現紅腫疼痛,紅色肉芽組織增生,甚至化膿,造成出血與疼痛。一般照護應儘量少碰水及清潔劑,避免穿戴不透氣的手套,避免穿上太緊的鞋子,盡量保持患部乾燥,並用優碘消毒患部。

根據感染的程度以及病灶發炎程度的不同,可使用局部的抗生素、抗黴菌的藥物,嚴重者可加入外用類固醇製劑,以及口服的抗生素也會考慮。若患部有膿疱形成,建議將膿疱切開引流。若有肉芽組織生成,可以使用硝酸銀進行化學燒灼治療。發炎狀況如果持續發生,可能需要以手術清創,或拔除部分指甲的方式積極治療。

【醫師小叮嚀】:

陳振豐醫師表示,面對上述皮膚相關副作用問題時,應該與主治醫師討論,適時調整藥物,才能有令人滿意的生活品質。癌友在面臨皮膚症狀副作用時,儘量避免過度負面思考,可先向皮膚專科醫師求助,尋求副作用方面的治療。若副作用確實嚴重難控制,也可與治療團隊討論是否暫停用藥,等皮膚問題獲得改善,再恢復用藥。

via 標靶藥治癌怕什麼?皮膚乾燥甲溝炎 | 20140424 | 華人健康網.

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