Tuesday, June 30, 2015

VIDEO : How to Create a Family Meal Plan in Excel

Making a meal plan for your family can help cut costs on food, as well as make sure everyone is happy with what they are eating. This article will help you plan a meal for your family using Microsoft Office Excel. Exact button layout may differ depending on your version of Excel, but the steps are similar in any edition of the program.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Brie, Pepper And Spinach Deep-Set Frittata

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Eating cheese as part of a well-balanced diet helps provide rich texture and flavor to your meals. Brie proves versatile in the kitchen, complementing both sweet and savory dishes and also providing a convenient staple appetizer when entertaining. The cheese contains a number of essential nutrients and provides your body with some health benefits, especially when combined with healthy flavorings.

Serves 4 - 6

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, sliced
200g baby spinach leaves
8 eggs
100g drained Peppadew peppers, roughly chopped
175g Brie, cut into chunks
Salt and pepper
Leafy salad, to serve


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1. Heat the oil in a 25cm, heavy-based frying pan and cook the onion over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until softened. Add the spinach and cook, stirring , for 1 minute until wilted. Remove the pan from the heat.

2. Beat the eggs in a bowl and season with a little salt and plenty of pepper, then pour over the spinach and onion in the pan.

3. Scatter over the Peppadew peppers and Brie evenly and leave them to settle in the frittata mixture. Return the frittata to a low heat and cook for 3 - 5 minutes until the base is set.

4. Place the pan under a preheated medium grill, making sure that the pan handle is turned away from the heat, and cook for 3 - 4 minutes until the top is golden and set. Serve cut into wedges, accompanied by a simple leafy salad, if liked.


Brie provides your body with a source of energy that your cells can use to carry out day-to-day activities. Brie is also low in lactose, so individuals with mild lactose intolerance may not notice severe side effects when eating this cheese.

Most of the calories in brie come from its protein and fat content. The protein in brie is a complete protein and provides all the amino acids your body needs to maintain itself. Brie’s fat content might also prove beneficial, since the unsaturated fatty acid, trans-palmitoleic acid -- found in dairy products like cheese -- appears to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Consuming brie also boosts your intake of several vitamins. Brie also contains a range of essential minerals that help maintain your health.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Medical Q&A #9 - The Brain And Nervous System

Common question.

My son boasted recently that he is clever because he has 20 thousand million cells in his brain. He is bright, but do we really have that many?

Yes, we do, and the latest estimates push the total even higher,possibly as high as 100 thousand million. Nevertheless, the heart of the system remains the single neurone, or nerve cell. Bundles of neurones make up a nerve, which is much like a telephone cable. Message flash from neurone to neurone by virtue of a complex electrochemical process, Neurones that carry messages to the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord) are called sensory neurones; those that carry messages from the central nervous system to muscles and other tissues, causing them to move and react, are called motor neurones. A single nerve may contain both sensory and motor neurones.

You might think of a neurone as a kind of electronically illuminated road that leads to the bank of a river, on the other side of which lies another road, another neurone. To get a message across the river, from one neurone to the next, chemical 'ferries' are required. If the nervous system is healthy, millions of chemical ferries constantly cross the gaps between neurones,carrying sensations and instructions to and from the central nervous system, all at the speed of light  - muscles move, events in the enviroment are felt, some of the events are stored away as memories. Part of this, activity is under your control (the hand grasps something by 'command'); part of it is automatic and not under your control  (the heart beats without conscious urging). Clearly, if any part of the nervous system is damaged or breaks down, the consequences can be serious and widespread. Muscles may weaken or cease functioning, events in the outside world may not be detected, memories may be wiped away.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Back Pain: What is your back trying to tell you?

Source : About.com Health

Have you ever had back pain? Chances are if you are reading this article, this answer is yes. As a matter of fact, chances are even if you are not reading this article, this answer is still yes. Over 90% of people will experience back pain at some point in their life. Many people with arthritis will also have their back effected. The question that many people ask is, where is my back pain coming from? Is it something serious?

That’s a question that is difficult to answer as the differential diagnosis for back pain is one of the most broad in medicine. Back pain can be a sign of a simple muscle strain (“Pulling your back”), herniated disc, a multitude of other back problems, or in rare cases even serious medical conditions.

In order to help distinguish between some of these problems, back pain can be broken up into 3 different types of pain: local pain, referred pain, and radicular pain.


Local Pain
Local pain is caused by the muscles, ligaments, bones and joints surrounding the spine. It is also sometimes called “axial” back pain. This type of pain is typically dull, aching, steady, worse with movement of the affected part, and worse with palpation of the pain generator. A key feature of axial back pain is that it occurs in the same general region as the pain generator. Local/axial back pain from pulled muscles/ligaments surrounding the spine is by far the most common type of pain.

Referred Pain
A pain generator that is separate in location from when the pain occurs causes this type of pain.  There are two general types. First is pain referred to a second location that is embryological related to the pain generator. This happens as multiple structures arise from a single group of cells during development. This group of cells is called a somite.

This is explanation can lead to a problem in the lower back causing hip or knee pain. The second type of referred pain comes from internal organs. Problems with structures in the belly such as your pancreas, gall bladder, aorta, and multiple others can actually present as back pain.

Radicular Pain
The third and last type of pain comes from irritation or compression of the nerve roots. This is a sharp, shooting, electric, sometimes burning type pain that radiates from your back down to your arms or legs. The most common type of this pain is sciatica, which happens when the nerve roots of the lower back/sacrum are irritated or compressed. Any motion that puts the effected nerve root on stretch will reproduce this pain.

Many etiologies of back pain result in multiple types of pain being produced. This does however provide a starting point from which to think about what is causing the back pain in the first place. In the great majority of cases back pain is "axial" in nature and is mechanical (meaning from the muscles/ligaments/bones surrounding the spine) in etiology. The good news is that 85% of axial back pain completely resolves if it is not accompanied by radicular pain or more serious symptoms.

I hope this brief review of types of back pain is helpful/informative/interesting. It provides some context to why back pain can be such a difficult symptom to find a specific diagnosis for. Physicians have a difficult job of taking clues that these types of pain provide, incorporating them with the clues in the "patient history" or specifics of how patients present, and synthesize that material with any relevant imaging such as X-rays, CT or MRI.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Crisp-Fried Citrusy Calamari With Chilli Sauce

Good family meals...If you tend to think squid belongs in bait shops rather than kitchens, you might reconsider. Calamari, another name for squid, is a good choice for your healthy lifestyle, whether you're interested in losing weight or just making sure you give your body the nutrients it needs.

Serves 4

Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
500g squid rings, defrosted if frozen
75g cornflour
2 eggs
Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander, plus extra to garnish
Lime wedges, to serve
8 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
Salt and pepper


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1. Fill a large, deep heavy-based saucepan a third full with vegetable oil and heat to 180 - 190 C, or until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds.

2. Drain the squid rings very well. Place the cornflour on a plate and season well with salt and pepper. Toss the calamari in the seasoned cornflour and place on a separate late.

3. Beat the eggs thoroughly in a bowl, then add the lime rind and coriander and beat again. Beat in 2 tablespoons of the seasoned cornflour. Dip the squid rings in the batter to coat, quickly add to the hot oil and deep-fry in 2 - 3 batches, depending on the size of the pan, for 3 - 4 minutes until golden and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Meanwhile, mix the lime juice with the chilli sauce and place in a small serving bowl.

4. Serve the calamari hot, scattered with coriander to garnish, with lime wedges and the chilli sauce for dipping.


Plain, uncooked calamari is exceptionally low in calories and fat. Sushi squid, without any additives, has a mere 26 calories per ounce, and less than half a gram of fat.

Calamari is a good source of protien. An ounce of plain squid offers 4.4 grams of protein, or about 9 percent of the daily value.

Calamari provides essential vitamins and minerals.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Paralyzed Man Walks Again

A paralyzed man in London, England is able to walk again after receiving a revolutional treatment that is characterized by one of the scientist involved as a breakthrough (success) 'that is more encouraging than a man walking on the moon' - eventhough some have suggested to be careful.

According to a survey published on Tuesday, 21st Oct 2014 in a journal Cell Transplantation, Darek Fydika paralyzed from chest below, but is now able to walk using a frame after a nerve cell from his nose was transfered to a broken spine.

Pawel Tabakow, a neurosurgeon consultant in Wroclaw University, Poland, led a group of surgeons removed one of the "bulb" smell nerve cells cultured patient before transferring to the spine in two important surgical treatment.

Scientists involved believed that cells which are sown at the bottom and top of the injury enable damaged tendon to be connected again, but other researches were suspicious.

"Apa yang kami telah lakukan adalah menetapkan asas – urat saraf dapat tumbuh kembali dan mengembalikan fungsi, dengan syarat kita menyediakannya jambatan," said Geoff Raisman, Nerve Regeneration Chairman, Institute of Neurology, University College of London, who led the British research team working in the project.

"To me, this is more favorable than man travel on the moon. I believe this is the moment in which the paralysis can be cured. "

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Medical Q&A #8 - The Digestive System

Common question.

My parents always refer to stomachaches as dyspepsia. I insist there is no such ailment. Who is right?

Your parents are. Dyspepsia (disturbed digestion) is an actual condition also referred to as an indigestion , acid indigestion, upset stomach, heartburn or billiousness; it is defined by a cluster of symptoms involving food digestion.

The symptoms are not usually caused by any serious disease. If you have any of them and your doctor has ruled out a serious cause, stop worrying; instead, be on the alert for any change.Change - whether in frequency, intensity or nature of the discomfort - signals the need for another checkup.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Special Fried Rice

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Fried rice dishes are standard fare on Chinese food restaurant menus. The side dish comes in a variety of forms ranging from vegetarian preparations to more substantial protein-based options made with shrimp, chicken or beef. The wide scope of forms of the traditional dish translates to an equally wide scope of nutritional values, but consistency among standard ingredients and methods of preparation create a general nutritional range for assessing fat content.

Serves 4

2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 eggs, beaten
8 rindless streaky bacon rashers, snipped into pieces
1 bunch of spring onions, trimmed and roughly chopped
100g small cooked peeled prawns
100g frozen peas
250g ready-cooked long-grain rice
salt and pepper


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1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan, pour in the eggs in a thin layer and cook over a medium heat for 1 - 2 minutes until golden and set. Remove and cut into shreds.

2. Add the remaining oil to the pan and stir-fry the bacon and spring onions over a high heat for 2 - 3 minutes until the bacon is browned and the onions softened. Add the prawns and peas and stir-fry for further 1 minutes. Add the rice and stir-fry for 2 - 3 minutes until hot.

3. Add the shredded omelette to the rice and heat through for a few seconds. Season with salt and pepper and serve immdeiately.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Medical Q&A #7 - The Respiratory System

Common questions.

What does my doctor actually hear when she puts her stethoscope against my chest?

A stethoscope amplifies the sound of the air you breathe as it passes in and out of th lungs. By 'tuning in' (moving the stethoscope from place to place from your chest and back as she listens), your doctor can get an idea of what's going on in your bronchi, in your alveoli or air sacs, and in the lower portions of your chest.

Unusual or abnormal sounds may indicate disease. A crackling sound, for instance, may be an indication of pneumonia; high- or low-pitched wheezes or rumbling sounds may signal the presence of an asthmatic condition in the lungs.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Lemony Prawns And Broccoli Stir-Fry

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Vegetables have an impressive way of offering widespread benefits to your health, and broccoli is no exception. When you eat broccoli, you're getting dozens, maybe even hundreds, of super-nutrients that support optimal, body-wide health.
Man-made substances just can't compare, and that's why, if you take just one piece of advice away from your childhood, make it this one: eat your broccoli!

Serves 4

175g easy-cook long-grain rice
250g tenderstem broccoli, trimmed and cut into 7cm
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large red onion, sliced
1 bunch of spring onions, trimmed and roughly chopped
250g cooked peeled prawns
Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons light soy sauce

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1. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil and cook the rice for 10 minutes. Add the broccoli to the pan and cook with the rice for a further 5 minutes until both are tender. Drain well and keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan or wok and cook the onion over a medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes until softened. Add the spring onions and prawns and stir-fry for 4 minutes.

3. Add the lemon rind and juice and soy sauce to the pan and stir well, then add the drained rice and broccoli and stir-fry for 1 minute until all the ingredients are piping hot and mixed. Serve immediately.


5 Leading benefits of broccoli :

1. Arthritis

It's thought that increasing broccoli in your diet may help to slow down and even prevent osteoarthritis.

2. Cancer

Sulforaphane in broccoli has also been shown to kill cancer stem cells, thereby striking to the root of tumor growth, and the broccoli compound boosts cell enzymes that protect against molecular damage from cancer-causing chemicals.

3. Blood pressure and kidney health

Sulforaphane in broccoli may also significantly improve your blood pressure and kidney function.

4. Anti aging and immune system health

Sulforaphane also seems to stimulate a variety of antioxidant defense pathways in your body that can directly reduce oxidative stress and slow down the decline in your immune system that happens with age.

5. Heart health, especially for diabetics

People with diabetes are up to five times more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes -- both of which are linked to damaged blood vessels. Eating broccoli may help to reverse some of this damage.