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


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.

Radicchio, Fennel, and Olive Panzanella – Bon Appétit



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


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


View Step-by-Step Directions

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’


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


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

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.

Man drinking beer
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

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.

chocolate cake snack
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.






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





標靶治療後發生甲溝炎 保持患部乾燥





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
























via 年紀大凍卵不新鮮?不孕治療6迷思 | 20140424 | 華人健康網.












血糖機要準確 正確使用5步驟


  1. 潔—避免感染:血糖量測過程中涉及血液採集,應注意衛生習慣避免感染風險。
  2. 採—適當採血:採血前應對採血部位進行消毒並且保持乾燥,遵循使用說明指示進行採血,於適當的位置,採取足以判讀之血量。
  3. 校—自主校正:第一次使用儀器、每當開啟一盒新試紙及更換電池時,需搭配校正用之品管液或校正試片,以進行自主校正工作。
  4. 保—保存試片:確認檢測試片是否於有效期限內,保存於涼爽乾燥、避免陽光直射之適當環境。
  5. 維—適時維護:與定期至醫療院所量測之血糖數值比較,若出現嚴重異常或有任何疑義,則須將血糖機送回原廠商或經銷商進行維修校驗。



via 監測不「走鐘」!血糖機巧用5步驟 | 20140424 | 華人健康網.

大腸癌病從口入 養好菌去除致癌物






大腸癌發生率死亡率高 9成病從口入






大腸直腸癌治療多元 第二線標靶有新藥




高溫油炸物易致癌 多吃好菌去除致癌物

為什麼大腸癌發生與飲食有關?王輝明醫師表示,只要食物經過高溫150度油炸處理超過2分鐘,即會釋放出致癌物質苯基嘌呤,實驗發現餵以苯基嘌呤的老鼠,很快地罹患胃癌及血癌。1支香菸燃燒後等於產生0.032mg的苯基嘌呤,而1公斤的全熟牛肉毒性相當於600 根香菸燃燒後產生的「苯基嘌呤」,尤其驚人的是,汽機車所排放的廢氣,每1小時等於會產生300mg的苯基嘌呤,致癌程度最高。



偏愛喜歡吃高溫油炸食物的人,該如何去除存在人體內的致癌物質苯基嘌呤?建議平時多吃好菌,目前依據細菌分子標記16S rDNA鑑定,可以找出1萬6千多種好菌與壞菌,但是其中適合人體的好菌大約有500多種,只要人體內常保持有益菌的狀態,透過其中的酵素進行生物分解,即有助於去除致癌物質。




via 大腸癌病從口入 養好菌去除致癌物 | 20140424 | 華人健康網.

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