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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: Living With Cancer: Making Room

New York Times - Health: September 18, 2014
Cancer treatment and its aftereffects can prompt a cleaning binge and emptying of shelves. But for what, exactly, are we making room?

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Apple-Epic collaboration hits snag

Healthcare IT News: September 18, 2014
The newest iPhone operating system was released yesterday, but the hotly anticipated HealthKit technology wasn't part of it. Nonetheless, even tight-lipped Epic has begun to offer details about what the platform will look like when the kinks are finally ironed out. A coding snafu discovered in Apple's new wellness platform has developers in Cupertino, Calif., rushing to fix it – but it could be some time before that much-discussed piece of iOS 8 is ready for prime time. read more

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Developers want mHealth security talks

Healthcare IT News: September 18, 2014
App developers, who say they are being left out of important mHealth privacy and security conversations, are calling on the federal government to give them a little more transparency around the issues.    In a letter to Congressman Tom Marino, R-Pa., several developers and the 5,000-member ACT/The App Association have asked to be brought up to date on mHealth regulations. They've also requested changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, to make it more in tune with current technology. read more

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'Kill yourself' doctor suspended

BBC Health: September 18, 2014
A doctor who told a patient threatening to kill herself to "go and jolly well do it now" is suspended for three months.

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NHS staff vote for strike action

BBC Health: September 18, 2014
NHS workers in England have voted in favour of striking over pay.

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Clinical Spotlight Episode 17: Daniel Nigrin, MD

Healthcare IT News: September 18, 2014
Daniel Nigrin, MD, CIO at Boston Children's Hospital, describes his experience dealing with a cyberattack at the hospital by notorious hactivist group Anonymous. Thumbnail:  read more

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Live to 100: Laugh more

CNN Health: September 18, 2014
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how laughing more can help us live to 100.

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How Catholic health plans deal with birth control

CNN Health: September 18, 2014
Catholic health plans have for years been arranging for outside firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

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HIMSS goes to Congress, 'asks' in hand

Healthcare IT News: September 18, 2014
HIMSS delegates from states across the country are heading up Capitol Hill Thursday with three "asks" for health IT. They've discussed in several private committee meetings how they would approach the lawmakers – or in several cases – the lawmakers' staffers. Congressional staff can be influential, notes Tom Leary, vice president of government relations for HIMSS. read more

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Op-Ed Contributor: When Medicine Is Futile

New York Times - Health: September 18, 2014
Doctors need to be able to say “no” when more treatment won’t help.

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Cancer test 'Jolie effect' found

BBC Health: September 18, 2014
Referrals to breast cancer clinics more than doubled in the UK after Angelina Jolie revealed last year she had had a double mastectomy, say scientists.

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Ebola blood sold on black market

CNN Health: September 18, 2014
As hospitals struggle to keep up, desperate patients are turning to the black market to buy blood from Ebola survivors, the World Health Organization warns.

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Health services finances 'worsening'

BBC Health: September 18, 2014
Supposedly-elite NHS foundation trusts in England are running up an overall deficit for the first time, the regulator is expected to say later.

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Obesity the new smoking - NHS boss

BBC Health: September 18, 2014
Obesity is the new smoking in terms of the impact on health and the cost to the NHS, the head of the NHS in England says.

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Well: Your Surgeon Seems Qualified, but Can He Type?

New York Times - Health: September 18, 2014
My inability to type has become a funny, disarming moment in an otherwise usually serious encounter between surgeon and patient, helping to mitigate some of the tension that can develop.

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Woman's ambulance queue death review

BBC Health: September 18, 2014
An investigation is being carried out after a woman died in an ambulance while waiting in a queue of around 15 emergency vehicles outside a hospital.

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President signs order to fight superbugs

CNN Health: September 18, 2014
The rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria could lead to a future full of untreatable infections, experts have warned us for years.

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FDA approves Eli Lilly's injectable diabetes drug

Associated Press Healthwire: September 18, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new injectable diabetes drug from Eli Lilly and Co. for adults with the most common form of the disease....

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It's time to get your flu shot!

CNN Health: September 18, 2014
Flu season is about to begin, the CDC says. And health officials have a few updates to their recommendations.

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It's time to get your flu shot!

CNN Health: September 18, 2014
Flu season is about to begin, the CDC says. And health officials have a few updates to their recommendations.

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VIDEO: Ambulance death woman 'let down'

BBC Health: September 18, 2014
The grieving family of a woman in her 70s who died while waiting in a queue of ambulances at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, says the system let her down.

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The New Old Age: Donating the Body

New York Times - Health: September 18, 2014
He wanted his body given to a medical school or research organization. It wasn’t that simple.

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FDA approves Trulicity to treat type 2 diabetes

FDA US Food & Drug: September 18, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Trulicity (dulaglutide), a once-weekly subcutaneous injection to improve glycemic control (blood sugar levels), along with diet and exercise, in adults with type 2 diabetes.

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Helping kids kick the pain and fear out of cancer

CNN Health: September 18, 2014
For 12 years, Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg worked at a camp for children battling cancer.

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Dance workout puts moves on women's self-esteem

Associated Press Healthwire: September 18, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- When Janet Jones was laid off from her job as a financial assistant two years ago and hit rock bottom, inspiration struck....

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White House orders plan for antibiotic resistance

Associated Press Healthwire: September 18, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Signaling the seriousness of the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant germs, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the government to create a national plan to fight them by early 2015....

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U.S. Lays Out Strategy to Combat Crisis of Antibiotic Resistance

New York Times - Health: September 18, 2014
The Obama administration’s measures are part of the first major federal effort to confront a public health problem that takes at least 23,000 lives a year.

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U.S. Lays Out Strategy to Combat Crisis of Antibiotic Resistance

New York Times - Health: September 18, 2014
The Obama administration’s measures are part of the first major federal effort to confront a public health problem that takes at least 23,000 lives a year.

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Study Offers Insight on Strategies to Engage Patients Online

American Academy of Family Physicians: September 18, 2014
Virginia-based researchers tracked eight primary care practices to identify successful patient portal implementation strategies, finding that portal uptake among the practices ranged from 22.1 percent to 27.9 percent. Specific decisions made at the practice level appeared to explain differences in patient participation and underscored the importance of system and workflow design.

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Ebola Deaths Doubled in a Month, Health Group Says

New York Times - Health: September 18, 2014
In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, a total of 5,335 people have been infected and 2,622 have died, while the tally a month ago was 2,458 infections and 1,346 deaths.

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Family criticise trust over death

BBC Health: September 18, 2014
The mother of a 21-year-old County Armagh man criticises the Southern Health trust for "failing her son" after he died weeks after a routine ear operation.

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Obama Presses Leaders to Speed Ebola Response

New York Times - Health: September 17, 2014
President Obama, warning that the disease could take hundreds of thousands of lives, called on other nations to help the United States as it leads the fight.

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Australia promises $6.4 million to fight Ebola

Associated Press Healthwire: September 17, 2014
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia announced on Wednesday it will immediately provide an additional 7 million Australian dollars ($6.4 million) to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa....

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VIDEO: 'I volunteered for trial Ebola vaccine'

BBC Health: September 17, 2014
The first healthy UK volunteer has received a candidate Ebola vaccine in Oxford on Wednesday in a safety trial carried out by the University of Oxford.

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Well: Sit Less, Live Longer?

New York Times - Health: September 17, 2014
If people need motivation to get up from their office chairs or couches and become less sedentary, two useful new studies could provide the impetus.

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