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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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Man Has Seizure While Skydiving (Survives)

Discovery Health: March 4, 2015
Here's a good reason to hire the best skydiving instructor you can find. Continue reading →

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Spider Venom May Be Key to New Painkillers

Discovery Health: March 4, 2015
In lab-dish tests, seven compounds obtained from venom blocked a protein crucial for transmitting the sensation of pain to the human brain.

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Human Price of Forest Destruction Paid in Plague

Scientific American: Health: March 4, 2015
Clearing forests also allows human diseases to flourish -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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U.S. Funds Efforts to Freeze Human Organs for Long-Term Storage

Scientific American: Health: March 4, 2015
A glimmer of hope emerges for preserving transplantable livers and hearts in cold storage. As for brains—only in sci-fi -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Hundreds of Starving Koalas Killed in Australia

Discovery Health: March 4, 2015
Close to 700 koalas have been killed off by authorities in southeastern Australia because overpopulation led to the animals starving.

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Balance in governance

Healthcare IT News: March 4, 2015
One of the biggest unrecognized challenges to balance in consensus standards development processes is lack of balance in governance. What do I mean by that? Governance is about who decides. Who decides what the priorities are? Who decides where scarce resources are deployed? Who decides not just what gets done, but who does it? Let's look at several examples of lack of balance in government in standards development over the last decade: HL7 Balance in governance One of the biggest unrecognized challenges to balance in consensus standards development processes is lack of balance in governance.

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Why Conformity Is So Hard to Resist

Discovery Health: March 4, 2015
Breaking the stranglehold of conformity only takes a few outliers.

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Well: Peanuts May Be Good for Your Heart

New York Times - Health: March 4, 2015
Eating peanuts may lower the risk for cardiovascular disease and death, a large study suggests.

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Vertical Farms to Sprout Up in Cities

Discovery Health: March 4, 2015
Vertical farms increase production of food, reduce waste and naturally scrub the air of smog. What's not to love?

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VIDEO: 'Cancer target missed for 20,000 people'

BBC Health: March 4, 2015
An MP who lost his father, mother and sister to cancer questions the prime minister about cancer referral targets.

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Salty Skin Boosts Mouse Wound Healing

Scientific American: Health: March 4, 2015
Mice fed a diet high in sodium had increased immune cell activity in their skin that helped ward off infection. Karen Hopkin reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Descendants of Holocaust Survivors Have Altered Stress Hormones

Scientific American: Health: March 4, 2015
Parents' traumatic experience may hamper their offspring's ability to bounce back from trauma -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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VIDEO: Fears for future of Ebola orphanage

BBC Health: March 4, 2015
There is growing concern about the future of an orphanage run by a British charity in Sierra Leone, after one member of staff died last week from Ebola.

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Key Health-Law Case

Wall Street Journal: March 4, 2015
The Supreme Court hears arguments over tax credits, in a case that will shape the future of the Affordable Care Act.

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Analysis of spider venom reveals seven promising compounds with potential to relieve chronic pain

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 4, 2015
New research shows that seven compounds of the countless found in spider venom block a key step in the body's ability to pass pain signals to the brain.

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Obamacare on the line at SCOTUS

CNN Health: March 4, 2015
The future of health care in America is on the table -- and in serious jeopardy -- this morning in the Supreme Court.

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Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadruple Since 2000

WebMD: March 4, 2015
Lethal poisonings from prescription painkillers down slightly, U.S. report says

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Black Cats, Dogs, Other Animals May Be Born Lucky

Discovery Health: March 4, 2015
Forget ridiculous superstitions about black cats -- dark-colored animals carry survival perks in their coloring.

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Is another NHS scandal brewing?

BBC Health: March 4, 2015
Can we be sure another scandal isn't brewing?

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Bristol-Myers, Bavarian Nordic Ink Prostate-Cancer Deal

Wall Street Journal: March 4, 2015
Bristol-Myers Squibb said it has joined with Bavarian Nordic to exclusively license and commercialize the Danish company’s experimental prostate-cancer treatment.

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VIDEO: 'I am against modern cult of fattism'

BBC Health: March 4, 2015
Journalist James Delingpole on who should pay for the health care of people who are overweight.

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Well: One Twin Exercises, the Other Doesn’t

New York Times - Health: March 4, 2015
Identical twins who shared the same sports and other physical activities as youngsters but different exercise habits as adults soon developed quite different bodies and brains, a new study from Finland found.

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DNews: Does Your Dog Forget You While You're Away?

Discovery Health: March 4, 2015
We like to imagine our pets are in agony while we're out of the house, even if it's just for half an hour. Sure, we observe their joy when we return, but, clinically speaking, what's going on in our furry friends' short-term memory?

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Tablet video game combats lazy eye

BBC Health: March 3, 2015
Video games firm Ubisoft is working on a title that it believes can treat lazy eye, a condition that can result in reduced vision.

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In Health Law Case, Plaintiffs Dislike Rules on Purchases and Penalties

New York Times - Health: March 3, 2015
The four plaintiffs argue that rules on federal subsidies apply only in states that created their own insurance exchanges; their state, Virginia, has not.

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The art of before-and-after pictures

BBC Health: March 3, 2015
Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?

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Highly sensitive detection of malaria parasites

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
New assays can detect malaria parasites in human blood at very low levels and might be helpful in the campaign to eradicate malaria, reports a new study. An international team led by Ingrid Felger, took advantage of genes that have multiple copies in the parasite genome to reveal parasites present at concentrations that are 10 times lower than the detection limit of current standard assays.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Are You Really Allergic to Antibiotics?

New York Times - Health: March 3, 2015
There are serious consequences to limiting the drugs you can receive.

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Hunt for Dwarf Planet Ceres' Mysterious Water Begins

Discovery Health: March 3, 2015
NASA's Dawn spacecraft is about to make its second and final stop during its exploration of the asteroid belt and it is already returning some stunning images that are creating more questions than answers.

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Typical Adult Over 30 Gets Flu Twice Every 10 Years: Study

WebMD: March 3, 2015
Infection hits younger people more often, maybe because they mingle in larger groups, researcher suggests

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Surgery Patients Might Not Need Sedative Before Anesthesia

WebMD: March 3, 2015
Experts say trend in U.S. is not to give patients these calming meds before procedure

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New Hospital Guidelines Say No Cats Allowed

Scientific American: Health: March 3, 2015
Only dogs should be allowed to visit because they're more reliably trained and less risky, says the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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ADHD plus childhood trauma heightens risk for self-harm, suicide

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
Young women with ADHD who have been exposed to abuse, neglect or other traumas in childhood and adolescence are at greater risk for self-injury, eating disorders and suicide than those with ADHD who were not mistreated in early youth, according to new research.

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