fitsbi Contributor 2014-10-31 04:30:09 Public

L. M. Montgomery

"Folks that has brought up children know that there's no hard and fast method in the world that'll suit every child. But them as never have think it's all as plain and easy as Rule of Three�just set your three terms down so fashion, and the sum'll work out correct."
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fitsbi Master 2014-09-20 14:52:41 Public

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Organic Food Challenge 04. Oct

Eat organic for a month and take pictures of your delicious organic food. Each participant who eats organic for the whole month wins!
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fitsbi Contributor 2014-10-31 00:30:10 Public

Indian-Spiced Eggplant & Cauliflower Stew

Indian-Spiced Eggplant & Cauliflower Stew
Eggplant, cauliflower, chickpeas and tomatoes are the basis for this rich Indian-spiced curry. Make it a meal: Serve with brown basmati rice or whole-wheat couscous.
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fitsbi Master 2014-09-15 19:41:42 Public

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Event: Aerobic Training
December 29, 2014 (12:00 AM - 1:41 PM)

200 N College st, Charlotte, NC 23202 USA
Participants: 2 attending · 0 maybe · 0 declined

Aerobic training strengthens your cardiovascular system by increasing your heart rate and breathing. These exercises use large muscle groups to perform rhythmic actions for a sustained period of time. Typically, they are performed for longer than 15 minutes and should maintain your heart rate at between 60 percent to 80 percent of your maximum heart rate. Examples of aerobic exercise include fast walking, jogging, running, stair steppers, elliptical and swimming.

Event Admission: $5

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fitsbi Contributor 2014-10-31 20:30:09 Public

A Mobile Health Innovation That Could Help Stop Ebola

Developing countries don't have the high-tech equipment needed to quickly diagnose the disease, but they do have millions of cellphones. One UCLA professor has a way to turn those phones into diagnostic centers.
There are 6.8 billion cellphone subscriptions in the world. Even when you consider that some people have more than one subscription, that means that an incredibly high percentage of the world's 7 billion people now have a mobile phone.
Although most of us use our phones for things like texting, taking photos and playing games (in addition to the occasional phone call), there's a movement out there to harness the power of that giant community of cellphone users to help people living in the poorest countries on Earth.
Dr. Aydogan Ozcan is a member of that movement. The UCLA engineering professor is turning mobile phones into diagnostic centers that can be used thousands of miles away from labs with expensive hospital equipment.
Ozcan has created software and hardware that turn cellphones into microscopes and diagnostic machines. With the addition of a 3D-printed microscope, a field worker in Africa can quickly scan the blood of an HIV patient to see how the virus is reacting to medicine. Workers can take water samples to test for E. coli in a stream or well, and epidemiologists can connect data points to quickly see where diseases are spreading.
"We are trying to democratize the landscape of measurement tools," says Ozcan.
Ozcan's work could make a huge difference in the fight against Ebola in Africa. The power of mobile health solutions is already being seen on the ground in Africa, where Ebola has killed more than 2,400 people since March. Apps have helped educate people about the disease and how to protect themselves against it, and a social-media program spread information about Ebola in Nigeria so quickly that it's being credited with helping limit the scope of the disease in that country.
But Ozcan's work goes one step further by creating hardware that makes it possible to use cellphones in entirely novel ways. One of the secrets to Ozcan's work is that camera phones have improved so rapidly, from 0.2 megapixels not too long ago to 40-plus today. Thanks to Moore's law, the cameras are only going to continue to improve.
"What do you do with 40 pixels?" asks Ozcan. "We convert them into a microscope that can look at cells, bacteria and viruses."
Ozcan's microscopes work without the addition of fancy lenses by actually photographing the shadows cast by cells. (You can watch his TED Talk on the new technology here.) The shadows are like fingerprints, and specialized apps on the cellphone use algorithms to reconstruct the cell images and translate them into information that can be read by a field worker without a degree in pathology.
Ozcan has also created specialized diagnostic test readers. A blood or mucus sample interacts with chemicals in the reader to show whether the sample is positive or negative for specific diseases. Advances in 3D-printing technology and the global prevalence of cellphones mean that the reader can be produced cheaply enough to be distributed in impoverished locations. Today, workers are using this technology to screen for HIV. In order to test for Ebola, another company needs to create a solid diagnostic test to recognize the Ebola signature. That is already in the works. Then Ozcan's technology can be used to scan bodily fluids for the disease.
"We could convert Ebola into an optical signature," says Ozcan.
Although Ebola wasn't previously on his radar, Ozcan expects to be partnering with diagnostic companies and creating new software for Ebola over the next few months.
These kinds of technological innovations will mean the difference between life and death for millions of people. If Ozcan's technology had been available to test for Ebola at the start of the year, maybe the latest outbreak would already be contained and the current panic in places like the United States would seem like something out of a fiction book.
Ozcan's invention is just more proof that we're on the verge of great technological breakthroughs thanks to the ubiquity and power of cellphones. They can already be used as stethoscopes, to monitor blood sugar in diabetics and even to help people stop smoking. As cellphones become more powerful and prevalent, expect them to bring health and innovation to every corner of the globe.
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fitsbi Contributor 2014-10-31 19:30:07 Public

24 Healthy Breakfasts Fit For Athletes

Ever wondered what athletes eat in the morning? Here's what 24 of the fittest people reppin' Bodybuilding.com eat for breakfast.
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fitsbi Master 2014-10-30 20:13:16 Public

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Before and after pictures

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