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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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Bio Bigwigs Go after Drugs for Parkinson's, Alzheimer’s and ALS

Scientific American: Health: December 19, 2014
Lists of the biggest challenges in brain science often start—or end—with consciousness. “End” because consciousness is considered so overwhelming a hack that it merits coming... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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CMS to Consider Covering HPV Testing for Cervical Cancer

American Academy of Family Physicians: December 19, 2014
CMS has accepted the AAFP's request to begin a national coverage analysis on expanding coverage for cervical cancer screening in women ages 30-65 to include HPV testing along with Pap smear every five years.

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Japanese Institute Fails to Reproduce Stem-Cell Results

Wall Street Journal: December 19, 2014
Japan’s Riken research institute said efforts by embattled researcher Haruko Obokata to reproduce results of what was once billed as a groundbreaking method of creating stem cells have failed.

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Caramel apples linked to fatal listeria outbreak

CNN Health: December 19, 2014
Caramel apples cause an outbreak of listeriosis. So far four people are dead and 28 others have become sick in at least 10 different states.

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The New Old Age Blog: Dementia, but Prettier

New York Times - Health: December 19, 2014
Julianne Moore gives a wonderful performance in “Still Alice,” but the film skirts the truth about dementia.

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Small-hospital CFOs: Revenue cycle took backseat to EHR, ICD-10

Healthcare IT News: December 19, 2014
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Penicillins Reveal Additional Antibacterial Power

Scientific American: Health: December 19, 2014
Penicillin and its relatives have been in wide use since the 1940s, but researchers have only now discovered another way that it thwarts bacteria. Karen Hopkin reports.   -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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FDA approves Lynparza to treat advanced ovarian cancer

FDA US Food & Drug: December 19, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to Lynparza (olaparib), a new drug treatment for women with advanced ovarian cancer associated with defective BRCA genes, as detected by an FDA-approved test.

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Ebola kills top Sierra Leone doctor

BBC Health: December 19, 2014
One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.

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Data hijacker holds patient PHI hostage

Healthcare IT News: December 19, 2014
A critical access hospital in southern Illinois was targeted by an unknown party with access to protected health information, who threatened to release more data unless a "substantial" ransom payment was made.   read more

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Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 5 deaths

Associated Press Healthwire: December 19, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Health officials say prepackaged caramel apples are linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states....

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Gene critical for proper brain development discovered

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 19, 2014
A genetic pathway has been found that accounts for the extraordinary size of the human brain. The research team has identified a gene, KATNB1, as an essential component in a genetic pathway responsible for central nervous system development in humans and other animals.

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Helping parents understand infant sleep patterns

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 19, 2014
Most parents are not surprised by the irregularity of a newborn infant's sleep patterns, but by six months or so many parents wonder if something is wrong with their baby or their sleeping arrangements if the baby is not sleeping through the night. Health-care providers, specifically nurse practitioners, can help parents understand what 'normal' sleep patterns are for their child, according to researchers.

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Kaiser, Weill Cornell show importance of device registries

Healthcare IT News: December 19, 2014
Researchers from Kaiser Permanente and Weill Cornell Medical College have pointed to the importance of tracking the effectiveness and safety of medical devices in registries, after they're in use. [See also: Registries playing catch up with Stage 3] read more

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Cells identified that enhance tumor growth and suppress anti-cancer immune attack

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 19, 2014
A study has identified the population of white blood cells that tumors use to enhance growth and suppress the disease-fighting immune system. The results mark a turning point in cancer immunology and provide the foundation for developing more effective immunotherapies.

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Parents' BMI decreases with child involved in school-based, community obesity intervention

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 19, 2014
Parents of children involved in an elementary school-based community intervention to prevent obesity appear to share in its health benefits. A new analysis shows an association between being exposed to the intervention as a parent and a modest decrease in body mass index (BMI) compared to parents in two similar control communities.

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Simple steps to beating the holiday blues

CNN Health: December 19, 2014
Samantha Gattsek's family has never made a big deal out of holiday celebrations. But this year, she feels especially disconnected from the seasonal cheer surrounding her.

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Simple steps to beating the holiday blues

CNN Health: December 19, 2014
Samantha Gattsek's family has never made a big deal out of holiday celebrations. But this year, she feels especially disconnected from the seasonal cheer surrounding her.

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HTC Global to expand reach with CareTech

Healthcare IT News: December 19, 2014
IT company HTC Global Services has acquired CareTech Solutions, an IT and Web products and services provider for U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems. Both companies are headquartered in Troy, Michigan. The terms of the deal were not released. "This acquisition is an integral part of our strategy of exponential growth in our chosen areas of IT competencies," said Madhava Reddy, president and CEO of HTC Global Services, in a press statement. read more

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At TEDMED, Play Matters

TEDMED - Medical Discussions: December 19, 2014
In today’s fast-paced world, we often find ourselves caught up in the go-go-go, operating at breakneck speed and seldomly taking a moment to simply stop and appreciate what’s around us. While we know life is busy, this holiday season we … Continue reading → The post At TEDMED, Play Matters appeared first on TEDMED Blog.

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Feel Younger, Live Longer?

NIH Medline Plus: December 19, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Healthy Aging, Mental Health, Seniors' Health

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Hospitals face toughest safety fines yet

Healthcare IT News: December 19, 2014
By Jordan Rau In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show. read more

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FDA approves pathogen reduction system to treat platelets

FDA US Food & Drug: December 19, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved the Intercept Blood System for platelets, the first pathogen reduction system to treat single donor apheresis platelets. The system is for use by blood establishments that collect and manufacture blood and blood components to prepare pathogen reduced platelets for transfusion to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections.

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EU approves first stem cell therapy

BBC Health: December 19, 2014
A stem cell therapy has been approved for widespread medical use in the EU for the first time.

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Stem cell scandal scientist resigns

BBC Health: December 19, 2014
A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.

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Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in Study

WebMD: December 19, 2014
Researchers say association was strongest among 60- to 74-year-olds

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Asthma inhalers 'not used properly'

BBC Health: December 19, 2014
Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.

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NHS staff to strike in new year

BBC Health: December 19, 2014
There will be a fresh wave of strikes across the NHS in England in new year, it has been announced.

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FDA Backs AbbVie's Hepatitis Treatment

Wall Street Journal: December 19, 2014
U.S. regulators on Friday approved AbbVie’s new multidrug regimen for hepatitis C, and the company priced it below rival treatments from Gilead Sciences.

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Patient exposed to Ebola Discharged from NIH Clinical Center Today

National Institutes of Health: December 19, 2014
The patient has shown no evidence of Ebola infection and will complete 21 days of monitoring.

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FDA approves new antibacterial drug Zerbaxa

FDA US Food & Drug: December 19, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Zerbaxa (ceftolozane/tazobactam), a new antibacterial drug product, to treat adults with complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI) and complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI).

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A&E has 'worst week' in England

BBC Health: December 19, 2014
Pressures in A&E units in England have hit record levels while Wales and Northern Ireland also perform poorly, figures show.

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VIDEO: Robotic suit helps patients to walk

BBC Health: December 19, 2014
Nikki Fox, the BBC's disability correspondent, has walked without help for the first time in 10 years, thanks to motorised robotic equipment.

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VIDEO: Disability work scheme 'lacks cash'

BBC Health: December 19, 2014
Substantial numbers of disabled people are missing out on government support to help them into work, MPs have said.

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