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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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Home DNA Testing Kit

Simple as Spit! Home DNA Testing Kit Maps Your DNA

Simple home DNA kit allows you to find out what your DNA says about you and your family. Find out what percent of your DNA comes from populations around the world, ranging from East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and more. Break European ancestry down into distinct regions such as the British Isles, Scandinavia and Italy. People with mixed ancestry, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans will also get a detailed breakdown.

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EBOLA Mask

Ebola Protective Masks Are In High Demand

With the outbreak of the Ebola virus, Ebola protective gear like masks are being bought up quickly. Historically when the threat of a pandemic hits the news, the "preparers" of the world stock up. One on the first line of defense is the Ebola mask. Learn more about what types of Ebola masks can protect you here.

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Appliance Converts Dog Poo Into Power

Discovery Health: April 27, 2015
Electricity from the gadget is stored in batteries that can be detached and used around the house.

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Gay row health minister resigns

BBC Health: April 27, 2015
Northern Ireland health minister Jim Wells, who caused controversy with remarks linking same-sex relationships to child abuse, says he has resigned to help his wife "during her fight for life".

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Nepal Landmarks Destroyed by Quake: Photos

Discovery Health: April 27, 2015
The devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday reduced to rubble many of the country's iconic landmarks.

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An Intimacy That Outlasted Dementia

New York Times - Health: April 27, 2015
Henry Rayhons last week was acquitted of charges that he sexually abused his wife, who has Alzheimer’s, prompting a national discussion about consent between partners.

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Breakthrough in understanding Canavan disease

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 27, 2015
Investigators have settled a long-standing controversy surrounding the molecular basis of an inherited disorder that historically affected Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe but now also arises in other populations of Semitic descent, particularly families from Saudi Arabia. Canavan disease is a type of leukodystrophy that is an incurable and progressively fatal neurological condition.

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Finding the body clock's molecular reset button

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 27, 2015
An international team of scientists has discovered what amounts to a molecular reset button for our internal body clock. Their findings reveal a potential target to treat a range of disorders, from sleep disturbances to other behavioral, cognitive, and metabolic abnormalities.

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Well: The Brain Tumor Is Benign, but Threats Remain

New York Times - Health: April 27, 2015
Even a nonmalignant brain tumor, which can grow as big as a tennis ball, can prove dangerous if it remains undetected.

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'Death star' welcomes first patients

BBC Health: April 27, 2015
The UK's newest hospital, the £842m South Glasgow University Hospital, is due to welcome its first patients later.

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FDA enters consent decree with Medtronic, Inc.

FDA US Food & Drug: April 27, 2015
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today the filing of a consent decree against Medtronic, Inc., and two of the company’s officers—S. Omar Ishrak and Thomas M. Tefft —for repeatedly failing to correct violations, related to the manufacture of Synchromed II Implantable Infusion Pump Systems, medical devices that deliver medication to treat primary or metastatic cancer, chronic pain and severe spasticity. These violations occurred at the company’s Neuromodulation facilities in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, where the devices are manufactured.

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Got Back Pain? You Might Be Part Chimp

Discovery Health: April 27, 2015
People with lower back issues have spines indistinguishable from a chimp's, a new study finds. Continue reading →

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Well: High-Fructose Heart Risks

New York Times - Health: April 27, 2015
Only two weeks of modest consumption of high-fructose corn syrup causes cholesterol and triglycerides levels to rise, a study found.

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Reactions: Letters to the Editor and Online Comments

New York Times - Health: April 27, 2015
Readers react to Science articles in The New York Times..

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Global Health: Routine Surgeries Could Save Millions of Lives, if They Were Available

New York Times - Health: April 27, 2015
The need for operating rooms in poor and middle-income countries is more dire than previously noted, a report found.

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Books of The Times: Review: Oliver Sacks Looks at His Life in ‘On the Move’

New York Times - Health: April 27, 2015
His time grown short, Dr. Sacks describes an existence of work, writing and shyness.

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No health drawbacks to veterans' dual use of VA, Medicare Advantage, study says

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 27, 2015
In a study that looked at a handful of quality measures for chronic disease care, veterans who used both Veterans Affairs care and a Medicare Advantage plan during 2008 or 2009 did no better or worse than those who relied strictly on VA.

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The MIND Diet May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

WebMD: April 27, 2015
The food choices you make daily might lower your odds of getting Alzheimer’s disease, some scientists say.

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Surgeon General to Focus on Vaccinations, Other Public Health Issues

American Academy of Family Physicians: April 27, 2015
During his swearing-in ceremony last week, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., touted the importance of vaccinating adults and children, reducing obesity, boosting smoking cessation rates, and supporting the National Health Service Corps.

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Well: For Teenagers, Potassium May Matter More Than Salt

New York Times - Health: April 27, 2015
Keep your teenager healthy by serving foods high in potassium and stop worrying so much about salt, a new study shows.

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Captured CO2 Could Fuel a Giant Underground Battery

Discovery Health: April 27, 2015
A massive carbon battery could be used to store energy from renewable sources, such as wind and solar. Continue reading →

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Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivors Face Higher Long-Term Heart Risks

WebMD: April 27, 2015
Study suggests chemotherapy, radiation can damage the heart for decades to come

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Puppy Chews Recalled Over Salmonella Risk

WebMD: April 27, 2015
Puppy Chews Recalled Over Salmonella Risk

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Seeker Daily: Why Do Americans Hate Bugs?

Discovery Health: April 27, 2015
In some cultures insects are considered a delicacy. So is the aversion to insects a Western phenomenon?

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How an RNA gene silences a whole chromosome

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 27, 2015
Researchers have discovered how an abundant class of RNA genes, called lncRNAs can regulate key genes. By studying an important lncRNA, called Xist, the scientists identified how this RNA gathers a group of proteins and ultimately prevents women from having an extra functional X-chromosome -- a condition in female embryos that leads to death in early development. These findings mark the first time that researchers have uncovered the mechanism of action for lncRNA genes.

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Augmenting a gas naturally in our bodies fights RSV infection

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 27, 2015
Hydrogen sulfide, a gas produced naturally within our bodies, reduces the severity of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, a new study shows for the first time. When someone has a RSV infection, his or her body is less able to produce the protective hydrogen sulfide. The study found that a drug that triggers a steady release of this gas decreases the virus's ability to multiply and reduces inflammation of the airways.

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Brain balances perception and action when caught in an illusion

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 27, 2015
Two wrongs can make a right, at least in the world of visual perception and motor functioning, according to brain scientists who tracked the eyes of students during exercises in a dark laboratory.

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Doctor Salaries and Job Satisfaction: New Survey

WebMD: April 27, 2015
Although money is still a sore issue for many doctors, according to Medscape's 2015 Physician Compensation Report, most had modest to significant salary gains.

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What are Ceres' Mysterious White Spots? You Decide!

Discovery Health: April 27, 2015
In an effort to further engage Dawn mission fans and to have some fun along the way, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has created a public poll asking what WE think those enigmatic blobs are.

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Researchers train computers to identify gene interactions in human tissues

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 27, 2015
Researchers have trained a computer to crunch big biomedical data in order to recognize how genes work together in human tissues. Combining genomic data from 38,000 experiments, this research group has generated functional genetic maps for 144 human tissues types and organs. This big step in the use of large genomic data sets enables great strides in functional human genetics, with important applications for treatment of disease. The findings shed light on genetic interactions that underlie human diseases, the investigators say.

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Hate to diet? It's how we're wired

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 27, 2015
If you're finding it difficult to stick to a weight-loss diet, scientists say you can likely blame AGRP neurons -- hunger-sensitive cells in your brain. New experiments show these neurons are responsible for the unpleasant feelings of hunger that make snacking irresistible. The negative emotions associated with hunger can make it hard to maintain a diet and lose weight, and these neurons help explain that struggle.

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Your adolescent brain on alcohol: Changes last into adulthood

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 27, 2015
Repeated alcohol exposure during adolescence results in long-lasting changes in the region of the brain that controls learning and memory, according to a research team that used a rodent model as a surrogate for humans.

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Nepal Digs Out From Devastating Earthquake

Discovery Health: April 27, 2015
Nearly 1.2 percent of Nepal's population died in the massive 7.8 magnitude quake that hit Saturday. The death toll was at nearly 3,700 Monday morning and was rising.

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Nurse jailed for attacks on patients

BBC Health: April 27, 2015
A former senior nurse is jailed for 18 years for raping unconscious women at a hospital in Oxfordshire.

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8-Limbed Baby Touted as Reincarnated Indian God

Discovery Health: April 27, 2015
A baby in India born with a conjoined twin is being worshipped as the reincarnation of a god.

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DNews: Are Microwave Ovens Messing Up Alien Research?

Discovery Health: April 27, 2015
Scientists kept detecting mysterious radio signals. Where were they coming from?

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Medtronic in FDA Consent Decree Over SynchroMed Infusion Pump

Wall Street Journal: April 27, 2015
Federal authorities reached a tentative consent agreement with medical device maker Medtronic over flaws in its SynchroMed infusion pump for cancer and pain medicine.

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Many Hospital ERs Aren't Ready to Treat Children

Wall Street Journal: April 27, 2015
Many U.S. hospitals are working to improve on how ready they are to treat a child in an emergency. Most hospitals still need special equipment for infants and children and pediatric emergency training for doctors and nurses.

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