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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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VIDEO: Chemo: Five things I didn't know

BBC Health: September 23, 2014
We speak to someone who's being treated for cancer about some of the more unexpected side-effects of treatment.

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Health Researchers Will Get $10.1 Million to Counter Gender Bias in Studies

New York Times - Health: September 23, 2014
Grants will be used to include more human participants — generally women — in clinical trials and to ensure that laboratory animals, even cell lines, are representative of both genders.

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Office Champions Report: Focused Effort Can Improve Immunization Rates

American Academy of Family Physicians: September 23, 2014
The AAFP recently published its Child and Adolescent Immunization Office Champions Project report, highlighting outcomes from the 20 participating practices. The post-project data for teen immunizations, in particular, revealed increases over baseline for all immunization rates measured, from a 12.35 percent uptick for tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccination to a 100 percent rise for HPV vaccination.

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OIG finds HealthCare.gov vulnerable

Healthcare IT News: September 23, 2014
The HHS Office of the Inspector General found one "critical vulnerability" in the security of information on HealthCare.gov, the government's health insurance website, according to a report it released Tuesday. The OIG conducted what it calls a "white-hat" review of security controls and completed a Web application vulnerability scan of the website. read more

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HCA to acquire PatientKeeper

Healthcare IT News: September 23, 2014
Hospital Corporation of America will acquire PatientKeeper, which makes software that enables physicians to have a unified view of disparate patient data, for an undisclosed sum. read more

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Join us for a discussion about Alzheimer's at 3 PM

CNN Health: September 23, 2014
It is the scariest diagnosis imaginable. So terrifying, it seems, that many people with early signs of Alzheimer's disease dwell for years in a state of denial.

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CDC: Ebola toll could reach 1.4 million

CNN Health: September 23, 2014
The number of Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia could reach anywhere from 550,000 to 1.4 million by January, the CDC says.

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Join us for Alzheimer's chat

CNN Health: September 23, 2014
It is the scariest diagnosis imaginable. So terrifying, it seems, that many people with early signs of Alzheimer's disease dwell for years in a state of denial.

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Soccer Star Bellini Is Found to Have Had Brain Trauma

New York Times - Health: September 23, 2014
The advanced case of C.T.E. in Bellini, a Brazilian who died in March, indicated again to researchers that the brain disease is not connected only to boxers and American football players.

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Watch: Life in 'Ebola Country'

CNN Health: September 23, 2014
Funerals, ghost towns and haunted health workers. This is life in the Ebola zone. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports.

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FDA warns doctors to beware fake drug distributors

Associated Press Healthwire: September 23, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. health regulators are trying to help doctors spot counterfeit and unapproved drugs by raising awareness of illegal operations that peddle bogus drugs to health professionals....

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Hospital overwhelmed by patients

CNN Health: September 23, 2014
The desperately ill Ebola patients had come to the new center for treatment. Instead they would be left on the ground.

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Hospitals begin to untangle BYOD knots

Healthcare IT News: September 23, 2014
“Just by having an app on your device, (a cybercriminal) can determine your call history, take your contact list info, if they choose to.” That’s how vulnerable smartphones, tablets and their mobile ilk actually are, Jim Routh said, and it’s not just the devices that chief information security officers like him have to worry about. read more

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Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million in 4 Months, C.D.C. Estimates

New York Times - Health: September 23, 2014
A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Tuesday gave worst- and best-case estimates for Liberia and Sierra Leone based on computer modeling.

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FDA food safety challenge to spur new technologies for fighting foodborne illness

FDA US Food & Drug: September 23, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking for potential breakthrough ideas on how to find disease-causing organisms in food – especially Salmonella in fresh produce.

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VIDEO: NHS staff to help in Ebola areas

BBC Health: September 23, 2014
The World Health Organization has warned the number of people with the Ebola virus could reach 20,000 by November if swift action is not taken now.

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CIOs take wish list to Congress

Healthcare IT News: September 23, 2014
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NHS staff volunteer for Ebola effort

BBC Health: September 23, 2014
More than 160 NHS staff have volunteered to be part of the UK efforts to help in the Ebola crisis in west Africa.

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Lessons learned 6 months into worst Ebola outbreak

Associated Press Healthwire: September 23, 2014
LONDON (AP) -- Six months into the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, scientists say they know more about how the potentially lethal virus behaves. The first cases of Ebola in this outbreak were reported in Guinea by the World Health Organization on March 23 - before spreading to Sierra Leone, Liberia and elsewhere. Here's a look at what scientists have learned so far....

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Online hospital appointments trial

BBC Health: September 23, 2014
Online hospital appointments could be offered to elderly patients in rural north Wales saving them from having to travel long distances.

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VIDEO: Teenagers shy to talk about cancer

BBC Health: September 23, 2014
A leading cancer charity says it is concerned the disease is not being spotted early enough in young people because many are too embarrassed to talk to their GP.

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Obama: No nation has 'free pass' on climate change

Associated Press Healthwire: September 23, 2014
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- In a forceful appeal for international cooperation on limiting carbon pollution, President Barack Obama warned starkly on Tuesday that the globe's climate is changing faster than efforts to address it. "Nobody gets a pass," he declared. "We have to raise our collective ambition."...

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Ebola threat to EU is 'low' but readiness needed

Associated Press Healthwire: September 23, 2014
MILAN (AP) -- EU health ministers say the chance that the deadly Ebola virus might spread to Europe is "low" but that they must improve coordination and prevention measures just in case....

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Well: Vitamin E, Selenium Fail to Prevent Cataracts

New York Times - Health: September 23, 2014
Vitamin E and selenium are unlikely to lower cataract risk, though selenium might have a small effect, a large new study found.

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NIH funds next phase of Tissue Chip for Drug Screening program

National Institutes of Health: September 23, 2014
Scientists will integrate chips mimicking human organ functions into full body system to evaluate drugs.

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Nature in the Balance: Testing Future Conditions for the Food Chain

New York Times - Health: September 22, 2014
Researchers are trying to mimic the growing conditions expected to arise decades in the future as the air fills with heat-trapping gases and other pollutants from human activity, with some worrisome results.

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AP PHOTOS: Pole dancing being used for fitness

Associated Press Healthwire: September 22, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Poles have long been a staple of smoky strip clubs, but the women scaling and swinging from them in Las Vegas earlier this month weren't doing it for dollar bills....

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Well: A Better Baby I.C.U.

New York Times - Health: September 22, 2014
By many measures, a neonatal intensive care unit with single-family rooms produces better results than one with a shared, open-bay arrangement, a new study found.

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WHO: 21,000 Ebola cases by November if no changes

Associated Press Healthwire: September 22, 2014
LONDON (AP) -- New estimates from the World Health Organization warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up....

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Fresh Graves Point to Undercount of Ebola Toll

New York Times - Health: September 22, 2014
While the Sierra Leone Health Ministry confirms 10 Ebola deaths, a Freetown cemetery says it has added 110 graves in eight days alone.

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Enhancing care at the patient bedside

Healthcare IT News: September 22, 2014
(SPONSORED) Learn how CDW Healthcare point-of-care technologies and services offerings can help healthcare organizations enhance care at the patient bedside. Complimentary Webinar: Enabling Quality of Patient Care with Point-of-Care Technology   Thumbnail:  read more

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Cerner, athenahealth to work with Apple

Healthcare IT News: September 22, 2014
Epic won't be the only electronic health record company to leverage Apple's HealthKit technology: Cerner and athenahealth are the latest EHR vendors to say they'll develop apps that interface with the platform. read more

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Chief scientist to leave ONC

Healthcare IT News: September 22, 2014
The exodus from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT continued on Monday when it announced that Doug Fridsma, MD, is stepping down from his post as chief scientist. read more

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