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Fitbit Flex Sleep Sensor Tracker

Will health sensors make humans immortal?

Not so fast! We need to get from here to there. Today, health/behavior monitoring and quantification sensors are all the rage. The Fitbit, a wearable sensor, is one of the more popular wearable tech devices for tracking your health. Fitbit tracks your activity (steps), diet, and even your sleep patterns. You can interact with the Fitbit using a series of tapping sequences and the Fitbit syncs all your data with your phone and computer. Then the process is to quantify, analyze, and optimize your wake and sleep life. Doing all this will not help you avoid your ultimate demise, but it could contribute to a longer life, and better yet, one where you're in better health along your life's time-line. The concept is that if you are monitoring your activity, food, and sleep, you can make adjustments to improve these areas; thus better health. The Fitbit Flex is only $99! Get started Buy directly from Fitbit

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The Art of Lip Injections

The Secret Art of Natural Lip Injections

Is there a secret art to lip enhancement? You surely know when you've seen someone and immediately reacted, "she had her lips done!". What about the lips that have been filled, look terrific, and you don't know they've been enhanced with filler? That's the secret art to lip fillers and that is why it is critical to select a physician injector who knows the secrets. What are the secrets to getting great lip enhancements? First, experience! Second, the artist within! The injector must also understand the complex, and sometimes unforgiving, anatomy of the lips. These artistic and technical demands explain why so many patients receive sub-standard lip injections and are left with unnatural results. Patients often believe that lip enhancement always leads to unnatural, over-filled results; in actuality, this should never occur in experienced hands.

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PSA Screenings Decline

PSA Screenings Decline Following New Recommendations

The Journal of Urology reports that prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing has declined in the United States following a 2013 recommendation by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)—a group of primary care physicians charged with developing recommendations about which preventative health screenings should be covered under the Affordable Health Care Act.

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Well: How Exercise May Protect Against Depression

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
Exercise may help to safeguard the mind against depression through previously unknown effects on working muscles.

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Cameron vow to protect NHS spending

BBC Health: October 1, 2014
David Cameron will vow to protect the NHS in England from cuts for five years in his closing speech to the Tory conference.

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Super bacteria breed in space

CNN Health: October 1, 2014
Super bacteria in space are being used to create food, recycle waste and design new vaccines.

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AUDIO: Cancer victim gives to hospital that failed her

BBC Health: October 1, 2014
A cervical cancer victim has donated thousands of pounds to the hospital that failed to spot her disease.

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Super bacteria are breeding in space

CNN Health: October 1, 2014
Super bacteria in space are being used to create food, recycle waste and design new vaccines.

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Advocacy Groups Challenge Studios Over Smoking in Youth-Rated Movies

New York Times - Health: September 30, 2014
Two groups will file shareholder resolutions with the parent companies of the six major studios to demand stronger studio controls on youth-rated movies that depict smoking.

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Is 4D printing next for healthcare?

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
It seems like we're finally just getting used to the idea of 3D printing – that something that seemed so fantastical, so recently, is now a reality – and getting more well established by the day, with its uses and beneficial ramifications for healthcare only proliferating. Now comes 4D. And the healthcare industry will be among the first to reap the benefits of emerging four-dimensional printing technology, according to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan. read more

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N.F.L. Roundup: Doctors Fault Assumptions of Settlement With Retirees

New York Times - Health: September 30, 2014
In a court filing in Philadelphia, two doctors from the Brain Injury Association of America said the N.F.L.’s proposed settlement would exclude many players and limit their access to benefits.

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Technology fuels physicians' success

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
Physicians are becoming a more empowered link in the healthcare chain, due in large part to their adoption and deployment of information technology, IT specialists serving the sector say. read more

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Providers knock final rule for Stage 2

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
The Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use August 29 that offers hospitals and physicians flexibility for 2014. CHIME and professional organizations had asked for even more flexibility. "Millions of dollars will be lost due to misguided government timelines," said CHIME CEO Russell Branzell. read more

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National Briefing | Southwest: Texas: Possible Ebola Patient Isolated

New York Times - Health: September 30, 2014
A Texas hospital said on Monday it has admitted a patient into “strict isolation” to be evaluated for possible infection with Ebola.

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Tool gauges efficacy of public health

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
It has historically been difficult for public health officials – especially at cash-strapped state and local departments – to gauge whether their outreach and initiatives really work. A new tool from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Health Partners aims to change that. Community Health Advisor predicts the health and economic impact of public health policies at the county level.  read more

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MGMA is Vegas bound

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
Brighter than ever, the spotlight at the MGMA 2014 Annual Conference Oct. 26-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center will be on healthcare information technology, and meaningful use – and, yes, ICD-10. read more

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Antibiotic 'link to child obesity'

BBC Health: September 30, 2014
A large American study suggests young children who are given repeated courses of antibiotics are more likely than those given fewer drugs to be obese.

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Epic tells feds it's happy to share

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
In testimony before ONC's Health IT Policy Committee in August, Epic President Carl Dvorak made his case that the EHR giant is far more engaged with data sharing than some critics would contend. read more

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Cracking the patient engagement code

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
Stage 2 of meaningful use requires at least 5 percent of a given provider's patients to be engaged in their own care either through an online portal or an electronic personal health record. The threshold seems low, but it is the first time that achieving meaningful use is dependent on patient behavior. read more

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Senate is flooded with data suggestions

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
Comments from the Premier healthcare alliance in late August were just the latest in a deluge of opinions and wish lists inundating Capitol Hill, after two senators asked for input on interoperability and data sharing. read more

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John Glaser on Cerner/Siemens

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
As the dust settles from the recent mammoth $1.3 billion merger, Siemens Health Services CEO John Glaser tells Healthcare IT News what led up to the Cerner deal, how his experience as a health system CIO could help smooth integration challenges and what to expect – from the two companies specifically and

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AHIMA launches global workforce council

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
Working to advance standards for health information management and technology workforce curricula around the world, the American Health Information Management Association has founded the Global Health Workforce Council, which comprises 13 appointed members representing a dozen nations around the world. read more

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Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria Appears to Be Over

New York Times - Health: September 30, 2014
Every known case in the country has now died or recovered, and the cure rate was unusually high for an African outbreak.

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North Shore-LIJ to market ICD-10 coding

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
North Shore-LIJ Health System has launched HealthForce, a new business unit that will offer coding services to other healthcare organizations nationwide. [See also: ICD-10 delay has hurt readiness] The 6,000-bed, 9,400-physician, 48,000-employee health system is one of the largest in the U.S. It aims to bring its clinical and financial expertise to other, smaller providers – especially with regard to ICD-10, whose compliance deadline is one year from tomorrow. read more

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Member Feedback Drives AAFP Advocacy on Narrow Networks

American Academy of Family Physicians: September 30, 2014
In a meeting last week with CMS officials, AAFP Board Chair Jeff Cain, M.D., used feedback from hundreds of Academy members to illustrate how patient care is in danger of being compromised by insurers' narrow provider networks. The Academy urged CMS to require health plans to maintain the same list of physicians for an entire year and to provide physicians with cost and quality information on which network eligibility decisions are based.

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UK funds Ebola clinics in S Leone

BBC Health: September 30, 2014
Pilot triage clinics are being funded to help tackle the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, UK officials say.

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VIDEO: US Ebola patient 'critically ill'

BBC Health: September 30, 2014
A man has become the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed on US soil, as health officials try to trace everyone he was in contact with.

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Optum to acquire MedSynergies

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
Optum, the health IT division of UnitedHealth, will acquire MedSynergies -- which makes practice management, revenue cycle, physician referral management and other ambulatory-focused technology, for an undisclosed sum. [See also: Optum Labs signs 7 new participants] read more

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Digital Medical Records Become Common, but Sharing Remains Challenging

New York Times - Health: September 30, 2014
Doctors and hospital executives are expressing frustration that high expense and technical difficulties inhibit a major goal of the Affordable Care Act — disseminating medical information electronically.

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California bill a boost for health IT

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
As health information managers gathered in San Diego this week for the American Health Information Management Society's annual convention, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that could result in more workers to fulfill the increasing demand for health IT and data analytics professionals. read more

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Johnson & Johnson buying Alios for $1.75B

Associated Press Healthwire: September 30, 2014
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- Johnson & Johnson is buying the biopharmaceutical company Alios BioPharma Inc. for about $1.75 billion....

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NIH awards initial $46 million for BRAIN Initiative research

National Institutes of Health: September 30, 2014
Projects lay the groundwork for visualizing the brain in action.

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Now comes Moneyball for health IT

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
An overarching theme from a vendor's first analytics conference is similar to something that that EHR vendors have been saying for years: workflow and organizational culture are at least as important as the technology itself when it comes to healing healthcare through IT. read more

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Slideshow: Top 10 biggest HIPAA breaches

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
Top 10 biggest HIPAA breaches Daily Feature 1 of 10 10. Sutter Medical FoundationIndividuals Affected: 943,434 When: October 2011 The Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health affiliate reported the theft of a company desktop computer containing clinical data and medical diagnoses information of patients. Moreover, the computer also contained limited demographic data of more than 3.3 million additional individuals. There have been 11 lawsuits in total, which could amount to between $944 million and $4.25 billion. The numbers are scary. Healthcare providers and payers, together with their business associates, are still failing to protect patient privacy and ensure the security of their personal health information. The drumbeat of data violations continues: To

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First Ebola case diagnosed in the US

BBC Health: September 30, 2014
A man who travelled from Liberia nearly two weeks ago is the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on American soil.

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More Groups Join Project on the Brain

New York Times - Health: September 30, 2014
Federal agencies and private businesses and institutions are aligning their research with the Brain Initiative, which is studying the brain in action.

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