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2011 Resolutions for SMBs: Move to the Cloud (If You Haven’t Already)

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In 2010, we continued to hear a lot about how the cloud can benefit businesses both big and small, especially when it comes to cutting IT costs. If you haven’t yet taken the plunge, the ringing in of 2011 may be the perfect excuse to get started.Gartner recently put cloud computing at the top of its list of top strategic technologies for 2011 and they’re far from the only experts extolling the glory of the Web-hosted software these days.As a business, the number of things you can’t do in the cloud seemingly dwindles by the day. From project management and collaboration to billing and CRM, there’s a Web-based solution for any number of business needs.This year, we watched as Google Apps added over sixty new Web-based applications to its suite of offerings for businesses. New features and integrations were added to online invoicing app FreshBooks, and a new startup called InDinero gave small businesses an all-in-one financial dashboard akin to Mint.com. Of course, the cloud doesn’t come without it’s own risks and challenges. Up-time is critical, and a cloud service going down can mean that business grinds to a halt. But on the whole, Web-based options tend to be more affordable, which is hugely significant for smaller businesses, whose budgets and resources are often stretched thin. The cloud has perks beyond cost savings. The more your business’s applications are hosted online, the easier it will be to accommodate an increasingly mobile workforce. It also helps enable collaboration. By virtue of their very design, VoIP services like Skype are inherently more collaborative than old school telephony. The same is true of Google Apps, where colleagues can work on documents simultaneously. For project management, there’s BaseCamp, Apollo and literally dozens more. And of course, when business lives in the cloud, meeting with colleagues is no problem thanks to a range of virtual meeting services like GoToMeeting, DimDim, Fuze and WebEx, some of which have apps for iOS and Android.Unlike many of their legacy, desktop counterparts, cloud-based applications can usually integrate with one another quite easily. Thanks to robust API and integration tools, I can tie my Web forms on Wufoo directly to my email subscriber database in MailChimp. I can make Salesforce talk to social media tools and connect billing services to bookkeeping software in a few clicks.There’s little doubt that the cloud is going to be a huge part of the future of business. If you’ve been putting off the transition, there’s no better excuse than the arrival of a new year to get things moving. john paul titlow Tags:#biz#tips center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Questions and answers to the Phytonutrient and Cardiovascular Disease Webinar

first_imgPhotospin.com jean-luc cochonneauby Robin Allen, MSPH, RDN, LDNSuch a great webinar presented by Dr. Elvira DeMejia on March 15, 2017, Phytonutrients and Cardiovascular Disease.  The information shared and questions asked were stimulating and insightful to this vital topic. Below is a summary.Overview:Bioactive compounds are compounds found in plant foods such as phytonutrients or phytochemicals that have some biological activity beyond nutrition.Dr. DeMejia discussed the benefits of bioactive compounds and their effect on inflammation, absorption, and metabolism of phenolic compounds, anthocyanin, and examples of proteins and peptides and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). We need to educate our customers about bioactive compounds and their relationship to health.Consumer studies have shown that 87% of Americans believe that foods have health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Between 43% to 85% of Americans are aware that specific food components such as omegas-3 fatty acids have health benefits.  So much of the public is aware that food has health benefits but may not be aware of which foods and the exact components.Inflammation plays an important role in atherosclerosis.  Atherosclerosis is initiated by risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension (HTN).  These risk factors can lead to inflamed regions on the arterial wall, which accumulates cells called macrophages.  These macrophages engulf lipid particles and develop into atherosclerotic lesions.  This inflammation is a contributor in the atherogenic process.  We need to know how to avoid these atherosclerotic lesions.Scientific evidence has shown that diet can influence, decrease the inflammatory process.  The Mediterranean diet has been shown to decrease heart disease risk, decrease blood pressure, decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and increase mortality.Questions from the webinar chat pod:Question for participants: What does the phrase “bioactive compounds” mean to you? What do you think the connection is between bioactive compounds in plant food and cardiovascular disease?Phytonutrients or phytochemicals is the broad name for a  group of compounds produced by plants such as fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains.  These compounds have a protective or disease preventive properties.  Some scientists estimate that there are more than 4000 phytochemicals with different functions.  Possible actions:An antioxidant protects against oxidative damage.Hormonal, in flavones found in soy imitate human estrogens.Stimulation of enzymes, Indoles make estrogen less effective and could reduce the risk for breast cancer.Interference with DNA replication, such as saponins in beans interferes with replication of cell DNA, preventing the multiplication of cancer cells.Anti-bacterial, allicin from garlic has anti-bacterial qualities.Physical action, some bind to cell walls preventing the adhesion of pathogens. References:Richelle M, Enslen M, Hager C, et al. Both free and esterified plant sterols reduce cholesterol absorption and the bioavailability of beta-carotene and alpha-tocopherol in normocholesterolemic humans. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004;80(1):171-177.von Holtz RL, Fink CS, Awad AB. beta-Sitosterol activates the sphingomyelin cycle and induces apoptosis in LNCaP human prostate cancer cells. Nutr Cancer. 1998;32(1):8-12.Awad AB, Roy R, Fink CS. Beta-sitosterol, a plant sterol, induces apoptosis and activates key caspases in MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cells. Oncol Rep. 2003;10(2):497-500.Choi YH, Kong KR, Kim YA, et al. Induction of Bax and activation of caspases during beta-sitosterol-mediated apoptosis in human colon cancer cells. Int J Oncol. 2003;23(6):1657-1662.Linus Pauling Institute – PhytosterolsPhytochemicals.info Which is higher in bioactives, the DASH diet or the Mediterranean diet?Both are plant based but the Mediterranean diet has a greater diversity of foods both plant and animal based. The Mediterranean Diet also has the addition of wine.  Both are excellent diets.Are bioactive compounds the most important part of these two eating patterns?No, both of these diets are low in fat; low in saturated fat, low in sodium, promote healthy types of oils such as olive oil, and offer high-quality protein in addition to bioactive compounds.Question for participants: What food sources are rich in bioactive compounds and therefore good to recommend to clients and patients?Plant foods, berries, fruit, vegetables, hibiscus tea or dried hibiscus flowers.Where can you buy hibiscus tea or flowers?I have had dried hibiscus flowers as well; they taste great!I am growing hibiscus…may try to make tea with the flowers.I have seen them at our local grocery store, Meijer, Fiesta grocers sell dry hibiscus.Are hibiscus leaves safe in pregnancy and lactation?YesAre there contraindications for hibiscus tea/leaves?  Food/drug interactions, dialysis, etc.?Some places, mainly in Asia, the soil is high magnesium and aluminum, but not in the United States. We have not found any adverse effects for hibiscus.If hibiscus can lower blood pressure, should we caution patients that are on blood pressure medication?Most studies have been on patients not taking blood pressure medication so the patient should be monitored medically.Why is Mexican Oregano specified? Is there a difference in phenolic compound content in this specific type of oregano vs. other types of oregano?Mexican oregano has a high concentration of phenolic compounds such as luteolin and apigene. These mitigate oxidated stress and activation of pro-inflammatory signals which help decrease the risk of CVD. Mexican oregano is a related to lemon verbena and has notes of citrus and mild licorice. Mediterranean oregano is a member of the mint family, also known as wild marjoram. See this blog.What is quercetin?Quercetin is a flavonoid found in vegetables and fruit, which is high in antioxidants. Antioxidants can help protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals.Fermented berry wine versus fermented berry juice, are the benefits the same?Fermentation helps make the bioactive compounds more available. However, if you do not drink wine then berry juice is the alternative.What foods have quercetin?Capers, lovage leaves (parsley), red onion, berries, kale, apples, spinach, and red grapes.Are the effects of anthocyanin reduced if the food is cooked?Many antioxidants are water soluble and can be destroyed by heat but it depends on the cooking method. Some vegetables such as tomatoes become more potent and increase in the antioxidant capacity such as tomatoes and lycopene. According to a study in the Journal of Food Science, cooking with griddles, microwave ovens and ovens have the least impact on antioxidants.  Boiling, cooking at high temperatures for long periods have the most impact.Where do we find phytosterols naturally?Phytosterols are found in plant-derived foods, in the membrane, which is similar in structure and function to cholesterol. High intakes of plant sterols or stanols reduce the absorption of cholesterol.  Phytosterols reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the intestinal lumen by interfering with cholesterol incorporation into mixed micelles and/or interfering with the absorption of cholesterol into the cells of the small intestine.Does anyone have a list of the products that have phytosterols added?Products include Benecol spread (0.85g/tbsp), Healthy Heart Yogurt 0.4g/6 oz.), Lifetime low-fat cheese (0.65g/1 oz.), Minute Maid Premium Heartwise orange juice (0.04g/8 oz.), Nature Valley Healthy Heart Chewy Granola Bars (0.4g/bar), Orowheat whole grain bread (0.4g/1 1/2 slices) and Take Control spread (1.7g/Tbsp)Comment from a participant:  I have read studies about phytosterols helping to reduce the metastasis of Cancer cells unlike normal cells, cancerous cells lose their ability to respond to death signals that initiate apoptosis (programmed cell death). Sitosterol has been found to induce apoptosis when added to cultured human prostate, breast, and colon cancer cells. These studies are found in the references.So the recommendation to drain and rinse canned vegetables and beans may be counter- productive?Not necessarily, canned vegetables also have very high salt content so is better to drain. If you soak beans, try to include the water in cooking.One recipe I saw called for amaranth leaves, not the grain/seed. Do leaves have the same components as the grain?Very good questions. amaranth greens are cultivated by many Asian cultures as a leaf vegetable.  Both the leaves and seeds (grain) are edible.  We use the seeds and extract the oil, which is highly unsaturated, very aromatic.  The seeds are an excellent source linoleic oil, omega fatty acids, contains a high concentration of protein, 17 %, and an excellent source of calcium and potassium. The leaves contain mainly saponins and alkaloids and have a lower protein content. Many people enjoy the leaves, which contain color compounds that have important antioxidants thus improving free radical scavenging activity.What do you recommend regarding black cumin seeds?Not a lot of experience but there are some studies showing some anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.What is the research on turmeric and heart disease?Several studies have been conducted but there is a need to focus on more human studies.Does dairy have an inflammatory effect?Yes, proteins in milk when digested produce a smaller sequence of amino acids called peptides, which have inflammatory potential.Is it better to use fermented dairy?Yes, just because but when you ferment you have the light microorganism that also comes to play in fermenting some bioactive compounds and improving the bioavailability. Fermented dairy is excellent to increase the good microbes in our body.Are there any benefits with white tea?White tea comes from young leaves, not fermented tea leaves. It is delicious with high concentrates of catechins, epicatechins; the most prevalent is epigallocatechin gallate, which is a type of natural polyphenol that acts as antioxidants.  White tea has more bioactive properties than green and black tea.We hope you enjoyed this webinar as much as we did. If you could not attend, please listen to the recording on the event page.  Registered Dietitians can still earn 1.0 CPEU for up to 1 year after the date of the webinar.center_img This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

Serena Williams Rolls In Second Round of Wimbledon

Serena Williams looks strong and confident, and it showed in her dominating performance today in the second round at Wimbledon. With ease, she backhanded Melinda Czink, 6-1, 6-4.The four-time champion Williams won 27 of 28 points on her first serve, including 10 aces, and never faced a break point. Czink twice whiffed on returns.“I love my serve,” Williams said, “and I love feeling good when I serve.”The sixth-seeded Williams could meet No. 1-seed Maria Sharapova in the final next week.  Sharapova overcame troubles with her serve to dismiss Tsvetana Pironkova, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-0.While Sharapova battled an erratic serve, with eight aces and 10 double-faults. She saved five set points in the first set and led the second set 3-1 when play was halted Tuesday because of darkness. She lost the first two games when the match resumed, and double-faulted on her first three service points in the tiebreaker.“It felt like two matches in a way,” Sharapova said. “Today I wanted to start off really well because I knew I was up a break. Didn’t go according to plan. Really served sloppy.” read more

Solskjaer Pace and power Man United thats what we are

first_imgManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to share his ideology into the minds of United players as they get ready for Readings FC on Saturday.Ready to take the Devils on Saturday against Reading in the Emirates FA Cup, Solskjaer will be leading his fifth game as United caretaker manager after taking up four victories in a row to bring a positive atmosphere to the Aon Training Complex.Speaking ahead of Saturday’s match in a press conference, Solskjaer explained what he wanted for the team and how he wants his team to continue playing from henceforth by comparing it to the time of Alex Ferguson:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Pace and power, Man United, that’s what we are,” he said via United’s official website.“When you have players, like we have, with pace – Paul [Pogba], Anthony [Martial], Alexis [Sanchez], Romelu [Lukaku], [Marcus] Rashford – that’s how we played with Andy [Cole] and Yorkie [Dwight Yorke] with Giggsy [Ryan Giggs] and Becks [David Beckham] down the sides. We attacked quickly and that’s my philosophy as well.”“That’s always been the way I like to play football. Get the ball up in the opposition’s half as soon as you can, as quickly as you can. If you score, fantastic. If not then you’ve got to have patient build-up play. But attack quickly.”last_img read more

Police seek public help identifying man suspected of burglarizing 10 San Diego

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities asked the public Thursday for help in identifying a man suspected of burglarizing 10 San Diego-area homes in recent months while dressed in construction worker attire.The thief was clad in a laborer’s vest and safety helmet when he broke into the homes through rear sliding-glass doors and stole cash, jewelry and high-end purses from the victims’ master bedrooms, according to police. The crime spree occurred in Mira Mesa, Poway and Rancho Bernardo between January and this month.One of the burglaries netted him 30 federal savings bonds, which were later cashed in Oceanside and Vista, police said. A surveillance camera in one of the banks where he traded in the notes captured images of him, according to authorities.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. May 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 3:34 PM Posted: May 10, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom Police seek public help identifying man suspected of burglarizing 10 San Diego homes Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more