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Archive for July, 2014

Hourstracker: Keep track of your hours worked with this easy to use management app | App Saga

HoursTracker HD – Timesheet & Time Tracker (4.5 stars with 423 Ratings)
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Time is money, and if you’re someone who isn’t sure where all your time is going, or maybe you’re someone who has to actually bill someone for your services based on time spent, then HoursTracker HD is just the app for you.

This powerful hour tracking app will allow your to track and estimate your earnings based off hourly income. You can set up any number of jobs and then clock in and out when necessary. The app will do the rest by filing away your hours in whatever category you choose. You can even input past or future hours, if necessary, giving you plenty of options to choose from.

With HoursTracker HD, you get a full report of the hours you worked. When used together along with HoursTracker Pro for the iPhone, it can even log your hours automatically when you are at a specific location. It’s a great tool to track your hourly salaries, just in case your work messes up on calculating your hours or you forget to punch in at work.

There are a lot of great features in HoursTracker HD for anyone working at an hourly rate. Don’t miss this useful app.

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via Hourstracker: Keep track of your hours worked with this easy to use management app | App Saga.

Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad Recipe – Bon Appétit



  • 1 lemon, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced, seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh sage leaves
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • pound mixed small tomatoes, such as Sun Gold, cherry, or heirloom, halved
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves with tender stems
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, torn if large
  • ¼ cup purple sprouts or microgreens (optional)


  • Pomegranate molasses is available at Middle Eastern markets and some grocery stores, and online.


Calories (kcal) 80 Fat (g) 5 Saturated Fat (g) 0 .5 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 9 Dietary Fiber (g) 2 Total Sugars (g) 5 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 10


  • Preheat oven to 325°. Cook lemon slices in a medium saucepan of boiling water 2 minutes to remove bitterness. Drain and pat dry.
  • Gently toss lemon slices with sage, sugar, and 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium bowl. Spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until lemons are no longer wet and only slightly colored, 15–20 minutes. Let cool.
  • Whisk pomegranate molasses, allspice, and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Add lemons, tomatoes, onion, parsley, mint, and sprouts, if using, and toss gently; season with salt and pepper.

via Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad Recipe – Bon Appétit.

Muggy summer sees increase in insect bites

An increasing number of people are falling prey to creatures like ticks, horseflies, midges and mosquitoes.

Scientists says the warm, wet weather has created exactly the right conditions for the insects to breed and multiply.

Websites such as NHS Choices have seen a surge in the number of searches for advice and figures show a year-on-year increase in hospital admissions for insect bites.

Nicola Leech reports.

via BBC News – Muggy summer sees increase in insect bites.

Minister Norman Baker wants UK ban on animal tests

The minister in charge of regulating animal experiments in the UK has said he wants to see an end to all testing.


Lib Dem MP Norman Baker – a longstanding anti-vivisection campaigner – said a ban on animal testing “would not happen tomorrow”.

But he claimed the government was moving in the right direction.

The coalition is committed to reducing the number of live animal experiments – but animal rights campaigners say they have broken that promise.

Mr Baker, who as crime prevention minister at the Home Office has responsibility for regulating the use of animals in science, said he was trying to persuade the industry to accept the economic case for ending tests.

“I am firmly of the belief it is not simply a moral issue but that we as a nation can get a strategic advantage from this – something that will be good for the economy,” Mr Baker told BBC News.

“I have been encouraging the industry to come up with alternatives to animal testing.”

‘Privacy clause’

The scientific community says research on live animals is vital to understanding disease and has resulted in new vaccines and also treatments for cancer, Parkinson’s disease, asthma and HIV – but opponents say it is cruel and pointless, as alternative research methods are available.

Mr Baker has also promised legislation before the next election to increase transparency – potentially giving the public the chance to obtain details about what happens to animals in laboratories.

At the moment, the Home Office blocks requests for data on research contracts and the justification for using live animals as the issue is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

Laboratory mice
Researchers are protected by a “privacy clause” in Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

Mr Baker has carried out a review of the Section 24 following a high profile campaign by the National Anti-Vivisection Society and celebrities including Joanna Lumley and Eddie Izzard.

In a statement, Mr Baker said: “The coalition government is committed to enhancing openness and transparency about the use of animals in scientific research to improve public understanding of this work. It is also a personal priority of mine.

“The consultation on Section 24 of the Animals in Science Act has now concluded and we are currently analysing responses in preparation for pursuing potential legislative change.”

The number of experiments on animals in the UK increased by 52% between 1995 and 2013, according to official statistics.

Latest figure show show 4.12 million procedures were carried out with animals in 2013, a rise of 0.3% on the previous year.

‘Suffer and die’

There was a 6% increase in breeding genetically modified animals and a 5% decrease in other procedures.

Mice, fish and rats were the most commonly used species in 2013, with 3.08 million procedures carried out on them.

Animal stats
The rise in the total number of procedures was 0.03% between 2012 and 2013

There was an increase in testing of guinea pigs (+13,602); sheep (+2,919); rabbits (+1,233); pigs (+350); gerbils (+279); monkeys (+216) and reptiles (+183).

But there was a fall in experiments on birds (-13,259); amphibians (-3,338); cattle (-1,167); goats (-969) and hamsters (-354).

British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection chief executive Michelle Thew said: ‘We continue to be disappointed that the government has failed to deliver on its 2010 pledge to reduce animal experiments and to end the use of animals to test household products.

“Millions of animals continue to suffer and die in our laboratories.

“The UK should be leading the way in reducing animal testing, yet we remain one of the world’s largest users of animals in experiments and the numbers continue to rise.

“We have, however, been encouraged by recent statements from Home Office Minister, Norman Baker, that increased transparency regarding animal experiments will be dealt with within this Parliament.”

via BBC News – Minister Norman Baker wants UK ban on animal tests.

The very public NHS privatisation debate

Cancer care is one area where contracts are being put out to tender


It has been one of the talking points of the week and one of the most hotly debated subjects on social media – is the NHS in England being privatised by the back door?

Labour has tried to push the issue, arguing that privatisation is being forced through. And one estimate put the number of contracts being advertised at nearly £6bn.

More heat is generated on this issue than almost any other area in public policy.

Some believe passionately that the very fabric of the health service is threatened by the tendering of contracts for patient care. They argue that organisations with a profit motive are by definition unsuitable to be awarded such contracts. The need to make a profit, critics argue, will result in costs and service quality being cut.

Others point out that private sector operators are widely involved in social care, so why not health services? Ever since the creation of the NHS, one key part of healthcare, general practice, has been operating at arms length and run in effect as small businesses.

Local commissioning

Examples of contract talks which are currently underway include cancer and end of life care for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and elderly care in Cambridgeshire.

It has been made clear the deals could involve NHS groups, voluntary organisations and private companies.

Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has argued that the government’s controversial Health and Social Care Act had greatly accelerated the momentum behind private provision.

He claimed the legislation required those who commission health services to seek tenders from a range of providers.

Competition, according to ministers, can never be allowed to over-ride the need to ensure integrated services. ”

Mr Burnham has called for all talks on new contracts to be halted until the general election when, as he put it, the electorate could give their verdict on the process.

But the government was quick to point out that Mr Burnham himself, when he was health secretary, had widened the involvement of private providers in the NHS, for example private hospitals doing hip replacements.

Whitehall sources argued that the proportion of clinical spending in England accounted for by the private sector had increased by 1.7% to 6.6% since the election, whereas under the last four years of the Labour government it had gone up by 2.1 percentage points.

The organisation of health procurement in England under the coalition has changed radically and much of the privatisation debate focuses on that.

Clinical commissioning groups in each area, run largely by GPs, decide where to spend money on behalf of patients.

Ministers argue that if these groups want to sign contracts with private organisations because they believe patients will benefit then politicians should not interfere.

‘No agenda’

GP with patients
Family doctors often run the groups that decide how to spend the local health budget


The key question is whether these groups feel obliged to put services out to tender.

The Department of Health says the reform legislation enshrines the right of commissioners to procure from the NHS if they feel satisfactory alternatives are not available.

Competition, according to ministers, can never be allowed to over-ride the need to ensure integrated services.

Labour disagrees and claims commissioning groups feel under pressure to widen the range of providers.

So what do commissioning groups have to say about it?

The debate will remain live through to the election and beyond”

The NHSCC is their representative organisation. Its co-chair Dr Steve Kell said there was no privatisation agenda and that competition should only be used if it was in the best interest of patients.

Interestingly, though, he added that members were regularly faced with difficult decisions on the need to tender and there was a need for further clarity on the legal framework.

There is no doubting that the volume of services provided by non NHS organisations is increasing.

The management consultancy Bain has estimated that about £5.8bn of NHS work is currently being advertised to the private sector, up 14% on last year.

Christian Mazzi, head of health at Bain, the management talked of a “growing comfort” with outsourcing across Britain.

Some are far from comfortable about the growth of outsourcing in healthcare.

Others argue it’s a sensible process if services are improved and that patients are hardly likely to worry if they are happy with their care.

One thing they can agree on is that the debate will remain live through to the election and beyond.

via BBC News – The very public NHS privatisation debate.

England records rise in dementia diagnoses

Seaside areas such as the Isle of Wight have a high number of dementia diagnoses


The number of people in England diagnosed with dementia has risen by 62% over seven years.

In 2013-14, 344,000 people received a diagnosis – up from 213,000 in 2006-07, when statistics were first collected.

The provisional figures also suggest an 8% rise in the number of recorded dementia cases since 2012-13.

The rise could be due to a number of factors, including an ageing population and improved diagnosis, the Health and Social Care Information Centre said.

These latest figures further underline the urgent need for better treatments to help the hundreds of thousands of people who are affected by this devastating condition”

Hilary EvansAlzheimer’s Research UK


Half of people living with dementia were still not registered as having the condition, said George Mcnamara, of the Alzheimer’s Society.

“With an ageing population and more people developing the condition, diagnosing dementia must remain a priority,” he added.

Hilary Evans, of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said the figures gave some idea of the scale of the challenge in England.

“This report does not set out to investigate the reasons for the rising figures, but it’s likely that recent moves to improve dementia diagnosis rates, along with an ageing population, will have contributed to this increase,” she said.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre said the data would be used in planning services.

“We are all aware of the challenges facing our ageing population, and these figures will be vital for those planning and monitoring the effectiveness of dementia treatments and services,” said chairman Kingsley Manning.

via BBC News – England records rise in dementia diagnoses.

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via 創意派對料理 開胃提升食慾 | 20140731 | 華人健康網.

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via 夏天消暑黃金拍檔 全家人輕鬆一夏 | 20140731 | 華人健康網.

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via 鼾聲如雷鬧離婚 支架止鼾不擾眠 | 20140730 | 華人健康網.






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