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NoteLedge Premium: Take notes, edit photos, record audio and video, and more with this robust note taking app | App Saga

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With NoteLedge, you’ll get a robust notepad experience that provides you with ample features to help you organize your thoughts and ideas. You can input notes through handwriting or typing, as well as edit photos with a few simple features, create audio and video recordings, and more.

Something that NoteLedge does that’s different is it offers you a “Navigator” feature, which allows you to select and crop a portion of your notes in a special way, and then paste them anywhere else you’d like. The app has an in-app web browser, along with a number of handwriting tools and styles, as well as filters and effects for your photos. NoteLedge offers a powerful experience, but you should check it out for yourself instead of taking my word for it.

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via NoteLedge Premium: Take notes, edit photos, record audio and video, and more with this robust note taking app | App Saga.

Strozzapreti with Mushrooms and Ricotta Recipe – Bon Appétit




  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika


  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more
  • 1 pound mixed mushrooms (such as maitake, shiitake, and king trumpet), cut or torn into ½” pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound strozzapreti or gemelli
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, plus more for serving
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan, divided
  • cup fresh ricotta
  • 6 soft-boiled eggs, peeled (optional)


Calories (kcal) 600 Fat (g) 31 Saturated Fat (g) 8 Cholesterol (mg) 25 Carbohydrates (g) 63 Dietary Fiber (g) 3 Total Sugars (g) 6 Protein (g) 18 Sodium (mg) 180



  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery and cook, stirring often, until lightly golden, 5–8 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, until vegetables have reduced in volume by two-thirds, 15–20 minutes. Add paprika and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.
  • DO AHEAD: Soffritto can be made 2 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill.


  • Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of mushrooms; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing, until browned and softened, 8–10 minutes; transfer to a bowl. Repeat with 2 Tbsp. oil and remaining mushrooms; reserve skillet.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente, 8–10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.
  • Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in reserved skillet over medium-low heat. Cook garlic, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Toss in soffritto, mushrooms, pasta, lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. chives, and half of Parmesan, thinning with pasta cooking liquid as needed; season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with ricotta, eggs, if using, more chives, and remaining Parmesan and drizzle with oil.

via Strozzapreti with Mushrooms and Ricotta Recipe – Bon Appétit.

Tomatoes important in prostate cancer prevention

Tomatoes are rich in the anti-oxidant lycopene


Eating tomatoes may lower the risk of prostate cancer, research suggests.

Men who consume more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week reduce their risk by about 20%, according to a UK study.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide, with 35,000 new cases and around 10,000 deaths in the UK every year.

Cancer experts recommend eating a balanced diet which is high in fruit and vegetables and low in red and processed meat, fat and salt.

Men should still eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight and stay active”

Vanessa ErBristol University

The Bristol team analysed the diets and lifestyles of around 20,000 British men aged between 50 and 69.

They found men who consumed more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week – such as fresh tomatoes, tomato juice and baked beans – saw an 18% reduction in prostate cancer risk.

Eating the recommended five servings of fruit or vegetables or more a day was also found to decrease risk by 24%, compared with men who ate two-and-a-half servings or less.

“Our findings suggest that tomatoes may be important in prostate cancer prevention,” said Vanessa Er, from the School of Social and Community Medicine at Bristol University.

“However, further studies need to be conducted to confirm our findings, especially through human [clinical] trials.

“Men should still eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight and stay active.”

Dietary index

The cancer-fighting properties of tomatoes are thought to be due to lycopene, an antioxidant which can protect against DNA and cell damage.

The researchers also looked at two other dietary components linked with prostate cancer risk – selenium, found in flour-based foods such as bread and pasta, and calcium, found in dairy products such as milk and cheese.

Experts advise eating a wide range of fruit and vegetables
Experts advise eating a wide range of fruit and vegetables

Men who had optimal intake of these three dietary components had a lower risk of prostate cancer, they said.

Commenting on the study, Dr Iain Frame of Prostate Cancer UK said there was not yet enough evidence to make concrete recommendations on which specific foods men should eat to reduce their risk of prostate cancer.

“What we do know is that men shouldn’t rely too heavily on one type of food, such as tomatoes,” he said.

“A healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, together with regular exercise is by far the best option.”

Tom Stansfeld of Cancer Research UK added: “While eating foods rich in lycopene – such as tomatoes – or selenium may be associated with a reduction in the risk of prostate cancer, this has not been proven, and this study can’t confirm whether there is a link between diet and prostate cancer risk.

“Diet and cancer prevention is a complex issue with few black and white answers; we encourage everyone to eat a balanced diet which is high in fruit and vegetables and low in red and processed meat, fat and salt.”

The research, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, was carried out in collaboration with the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

via BBC News – Tomatoes important in prostate cancer prevention.

Cancer patients with depression are being overlooked

Some studies suggest depression can affect the chances of surviving cancer

Three-quarters of cancer patients who are clinically depressed do not get the psychological therapy they need, according to research in the Lancet.

This “huge unmet need” is partly due to a focus on physical symptoms at the expense of good mental healthcare, researchers say.

They argue depression is often overlooked but could be treated at a fraction of the cost of cancer drugs.

Charities say the current situation is “heartbreaking”.

It is heartbreaking to think cancer patients who are already dealing with the toughest fight of their lives are also struggling with depression, without adequate support”

Jacqui GravesMacmillan Cancer Support

‘Persistent sadness’

People often wrongly assume that major depression is part of a natural reaction to cancer – but this is much more than transient sadness, the Edinburgh and Oxford university researchers say.

Their report suggests a new nurse-led treatment could help thousands of people.

In a series of studies they analysed data on 21,000 cancer patients living in Scotland.

They found 6% to 13% of people had clinical depression, compared with just 2% of the general population at any time.

Sufferers of major depression feel persistently low, may find it difficult to sleep and have poor appetites.

But researchers found 75% of people reporting these symptoms were not receiving treatment, partly because they did not consider seeking help and professionals did not pick up on their illness.

The reports also show that, even when given a diagnosis and standard NHS treatment, the majority did not feel better.

Scientists say a new nurse-led approach designed specifically for patients with cancer can substantially reduce depressive symptoms.

In their study of about 500 patients, the therapy halved the depression scores of more than 60%.

Patients reported they were less anxious, less fatigued and experienced less pain.

Only 17% of those who had standard NHS care had similar results.

picture of man with head in hands
Some 13% of people with lung cancer reported symptoms suggestive of major depression

‘Profound impact’

In contrast the new intensive, tailored approach is delivered by a trained cancer nurse and involves the wider medical team.

It includes:

  • antidepressant drugs
  • encouraging patients to become as active as they can be
  • problem-solving therapy

Researchers argue that if their programme were rolled out widely it could improve the quality of life for thousands of people.

Their final paper suggests the therapy improves quality of life, regardless of how good a patient’s prognosis is.

Dr Stefan Symeonides, of the University of Edinburgh, said: “Day-to-day oncologists like myself see the profound impact depression can have on a patient with cancer.”

He added: ” [This is] a huge area of unmet need missed by current practice.”

Researchers say the therapy costs around £600 per patient.

Jacqui Graves, of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity, said: “It is heart-breaking to think cancer patients who are already dealing with the toughest fight of their lives are also struggling with depression, without adequate support.

“Anyone experiencing depression should get in touch with their GP.”

via BBC News – Cancer patients with depression are being overlooked.

Ebola outbreak: US official says epidemic will worsen

The current outbreak is the deadliest since Ebola was discovered in 1976


The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is going to get worse before it gets better, according to the top US public health official.

Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, said the epidemic would need an “unprecedented” response to bring it under control.

Health ministers from across West Africa are due to meet in Ghana to discuss the growing crisis.

The World Health Organization says the outbreak has killed 1,427 people.

The health body says it is the largest ever Ebola epidemic and has infected an estimated 2,615 people.

Liberia has been hardest-hit of the affected countries, with 624 deaths and 1,082 cases since the start of the year.

Health workers take off their protective suits after finishing disinfecting areas at a hospital in Pita, Guinea - 25 August 2014
There have been more than 2,600 confirmed cases of Ebola, with around half of those being deadly

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

  • Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage
  • Fatality rate can reach 90% – but current outbreak has mortality rate of about 55%
  • Incubation period is two to 21 days
  • There is no vaccine or cure
  • Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery
  • Fruit bats, a delicacy for some West Africans, are considered to be virus’s natural host

Mr Frieden met Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to discuss ways to fight the disease.

“The cases are increasing. I wish I did not have to say this, but it is going to get worse before it gets better,” he admitted.

“The world has never seen an outbreak of Ebola like this. Consequently, not only are the numbers large, but we know there are many more cases than has been diagnosed and reported,” he added.

He said there was a need for “urgent action” and called on Liberians “to come together” to stop misconceptions that have helped the outbreak spread.

Despite rumours to the contrary, the virus is not airborne and is spread by humans coming into contact with bodily fluids, such as sweat and blood, from those infected with virus.

Health ministers from the Economic Community of West African States will meet in Ghana’s capital Accra on Thursday to discuss the regional response to the crisis.

The extraordinary meeting comes after the African Development Bank warned that the outbreak is causing enormous economic damage to West Africa as foreign businesses quit the region.

Meanwhile, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has branded the international response “entirely inadequate”.

Brice de la Vigne, MSF operations director, said efforts to bring the outbreak under control had been far too chaotic.

“It is simply unacceptable that serious discussions are only starting now about international leadership and coordination,” he said.

“Self-protection is occupying the entire focus of states that have the expertise and resources to make a dramatic difference.”

via BBC News – Ebola outbreak: US official says epidemic will worsen.

Ebola vaccine to be tested on UK volunteers

Health care workers are among those most at risk of catching Ebola


A test vaccine against Ebola could be given to healthy volunteers in the UK in September, according to an international health consortium.

The trial will start as soon as ethical approval is granted, experts at the Wellcome Trust say.

If the vaccine works well, the study will extend to The Gambia and Mali.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the virus could affect 20,000 people during this outbreak which is expected to continue for many months.

Global outbreak

The latest figures show that more than 1,550 people have died from the virus, with more than 3,000 confirmed cases – mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Researchers hope the vaccine will prevent people from catching the disease in these countries, but will first test the medicine in unaffected populations.

The vaccine consists a single Ebola virus protein which triggers an immune response once it enters the body – but they say this cannot cause anyone who is given it to become infected.

In the first part of the study it will be trialled on 60 healthy volunteers and if shown to be safe and working well it will then be administered to 80 volunteers in The Gambia and Mali.

The vaccine could then start to be offered more widely in affected countries during 2015.

‘Future epidemics’

Dr Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said: “This epidemic has shown how difficult it can be to control Ebola.

“How useful drugs and vaccines might be in complementing existing public health interventions can only be assessed in epidemics.

“The initial safety work we’re announcing with our international partners will hopefully make that possible during this crisis and for inevitable future epidemics.”

Dr Moncef Slaoui, at GlaxoSmithKline, the company working on the vaccine, said: “Developing a new vaccine is complex with no guarantees of success and it is still early days for our Ebola vaccine candidate.

“But we are encouraged by progress so far and will do the best we can, along with WHO and our partners, to speed up development and explore ways in which the vaccine could contribute to the control of this or future Ebola outbreaks.”

The vaccine study, led by scientists at the University of Oxford, is planned to run alongside similar trials in the United States.

The Wellcome Trust, the UK Department for International Development and the Medical Research Council are providing a £2.8m grant for this project.


Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

A fruit bat is pictured in 2010 at the Amneville zoo in France.
Fruit bats are believed to be a major carrier of the Ebola virus but do not show symptoms

  • Symptoms include high fever, muscle pain, bleeding and intense weakness
  • Fatality rate can reach 90% – but current outbreak has mortality rate of about 55%
  • The virus is spread through close contact with the bodily fluids of infected individuals
  • There is no proven vaccine or cure
  • Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery
  • Fruit bats, a delicacy for some West Africans, are considered to be virus’s natural host

via BBC News – Ebola vaccine to be tested on UK volunteers.

板豆腐高鈣 銀髮族補鈣保骨餐




板豆腐高鈣 別吃成嫩豆腐








以下為Mini Cook兒童食育生活工作室提供的銀髮族高鈣食譜:






  1. 將板豆腐以蒸籠布擠壓出水分備用。
  2. 起鍋煸炒香菇絲後,入油炒香蒜末、蔥花、牛蒡絲、芋頭絲及雞胸肉絲拌炒後備用。
  3. 取大容器將豆腐泥、山藥泥、黑芝麻及拌炒過的蔬菜拌勻,適當加入山藥粉及麵包粉至能夠拌成團的粉量後,均勻分割成數球備用。
  4. 起鍋入油,將蔬菜豆腐球煎熟撒上胡椒鹽及生菜即可完成。





  1. 將刺蔥、綠豆芽菜、木耳、胡蘿蔔及吐司,使用易拉轉拉碎備用。
  2. 起鍋將蝦米煸香備用。
  3. 將步驟(1)中已切屑的食材,與中筋麵粉、調味料混合,再加入牛奶及高湯拌勻成麵糊。
  4. 起鍋,放入步驟(3)的麵糊,以小火煎至兩面金黃焦脆即可。





  1. 將糖與吉利T粉拌勻。
  2. 將鮮奶、鮮奶油、糖與吉利T粉下鍋煮,邊煮邊攪拌,煮至糖與吉利T粉溶化。
  3. 加入黑芝麻粉及香蕉泥拌勻,就可以入模放入冰箱,待涼結成凍狀,淋上芒果丁泥,就大功告成。

via 板豆腐高鈣 銀髮族補鈣保骨餐 | 20140828 | 華人健康網.

深蹲+弓箭步 5招鍛鍊三頭肌腹肌




美國健康資訊網站《》刊載由健身教練兼健身書作家諾拉托賓(Nora Tobin)撰寫的文章,指出綜合舉重與心肺運動可以達到最好的運動成效,但這不表示得在重量訓練過後,緊接著慢跑30分鐘。建議做以下5個融合重量訓練的動作,並且減少每個動作之間相隔的時間,維持心跳率。以下每個動作共做3套,每套6次。





















via 深蹲+弓箭步 5招鍛鍊三頭肌腹肌 | 20140828 | 華人健康網.





傳統沾醬小改造 增加口感與層次




異國辛香料增風味 香氣椒情醬汁層次豐富















蔥、蒜、辣椒 傳統辛香料去腥解膩


天然草本無負擔 調味口感一級棒




via 烤海鮮好「腥」鮮?香氣椒情醬去腥 | 20140828 | 華人健康網.














  • 材料:牛肩胛里肌肉、彩椒、洋蔥、洋菇、杏鮑菇、茭白筍、小黃瓜。
  • 醃料:新疆孜然調料3匙(45公克)、酒3匙(45公克)、蜂蜜1/2匙(7.5公克)、黑胡椒粉1/2匙(7.5公克)、鹽少許、蒜泥1/2匙(7.5公克)。
  • 作法:
    1. 牛肩胛里肌肉切長條薄片,再與混合均勻的醃料充分拌勻,醃15至20分鐘。
    2. 蔬菜和菇類灑上少許胡椒和鹽,再與醃肉串在一起。
    3. 塗抹少許油於燒熱鍋或烤盤,再將野菇彩味牛肉串排入鍋中或烤架上烤熟即可。


烤肉的樂趣,除了親友歡聚之外,食物所增加的碳燒和微焦氣味,更是讓人垂涎三尺,不過,肉類或魚類食物中的油脂受熱後溶出,油滴滴在炭火上,會產生多環芳烴(polycyclic Aromatic hydrocarbons)化合物,是一種致癌揮發物質,會隨煙揮發附著在食物上,因此,建議燒烤前先用鋁箔紙包覆,或在烤盤上舖上一層鋁箔紙,避免生鮮食材與火直接接觸,減少吃下致癌物質的機會。

via 烤牛排爆熱量!怕胖挑低脂菲力 | 20140828 | 華人健康網.

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