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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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Deadly Nepal Quake Devastates Vast Region: Photos

Discovery Health: April 25, 2015
Saturday's earthquake that hit Nepal has caused widespread devastation in the nation and across neighboring countries, killing over 1,200 people.

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Iowa Law Arising From Kasem Case Ensures Adult Children Can See Sick Parents

New York Times - Health: April 25, 2015
Under the measure, an adult who cannot manage his or her own affairs and must depend on a legal guardian would have the right to receive visits from family members.

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Hundreds Dead After Massive Earthquake Hits Nepal

Discovery Health: April 25, 2015
International aid groups rushed to respond Saturday to a massive earthquake in Nepal that claimed more than 1,000 lives as aftershocks and severed communications hampered rescue efforts.

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Caterpillar fungus could hold the key to relieving the pain of osteoarthritis

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 25, 2015
A drug from a parasitic mushroom that lives on caterpillars could become an effective new painkiller for people with osteoarthritis within the next six years.

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TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products Recalls Puppy Starter Kit Due To Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Safety Alerts: April 25, 2015
TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products, of Neptune, NJ is recalling one lot of its 1.69 oz. package of the Puppy Starter Kit dog chews, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals ingesting the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

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TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products Recalls Puppy Starter Kit Due To Possible Salmonella Health Risk

FDA Recalls: April 25, 2015
TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products, of Neptune, NJ is recalling one lot of its 1.69 oz. package of the Puppy Starter Kit dog chews, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals ingesting the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

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Mitochondria editing tried in mice

BBC Health: April 25, 2015
Researchers develop a technique to edit out bits of mitochondrial DNA that could otherwise pass on incurable diseases, a study in mice shows.

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Turn Your Selfies Into Dancing, Bobblehead Avatars

Discovery Health: April 25, 2015
The app draws from Chinese pop art specimen that are empirically, gloriously weird. Continue reading →

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Drinking just one or two alcoholic drinks a day linked to liver disease

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 25, 2015
According to the World Health Organization, excessive alcohol drinking is the most common cause of cirrhosis worldwide. A new worldwide study has shown the significant influence of daily drinking on this disease burden.

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The allure of the good-looking runner

BBC Health: April 25, 2015
Why good-looking runners attract more donations

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A Simple Guide to Starting Your Own Country

Discovery Health: April 25, 2015
Have you ever wanted to rule your own country? Of course, you have. Find out how.

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VIDEO: The life-saving shipping container

BBC Health: April 25, 2015
A charity in Peru is tackling high rates of multi-drug resistant TB with the help of a shipping container.

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Britain’s National Health Service, Creaking but Revered, Looms Over Elections

New York Times - Health: April 25, 2015
Despite its many shortcomings, Britain’s National Health Service is held in such high esteem that competing claims to be its protector could help decide national elections next month.

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Hubble at 25: The Space Telescope by the Numbers: Photos

Discovery Health: April 25, 2015
As we celebrate Hubble's 25th year in space, let's have a quick rundown of some of the space telescope's key statistics.

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Michael Botticelli Is a Drug Czar Who Knows Addiction Firsthand

New York Times - Health: April 25, 2015
He is the first person in substance-abuse recovery to hold the position of director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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Well: Endive, Served Hot

New York Times - Health: April 24, 2015
Endive is often served cold, but this week Martha Rose Shulman heats it up.

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Unusual ice cream recalls raise questions about cause

Associated Press Healthwire: April 24, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Major recalls from two well-known ice cream companies due to the discovery of listeria bacteria raise questions about how the pathogen could have contaminated multiple ice cream manufacturing plants - and whether the discoveries are related....

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Explainer: What the Mayan Collapse Can Teach Us About Politics

Discovery Health: April 24, 2015
The discover of a Mayan Water Temple may help determine the demise of Mayan culture and how leaders in general lose their place in power.

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The New Old Age: Nursing Homes Are Starting to Supplant Hospitals as Focus of Basic Health Care

New York Times - Health: April 24, 2015
Patients are saved the stress of hospital stays, and there are large savings. But reimbursement policies and a lack of nurses are slowing progress.

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HIV outbreak in Indiana grows

CNN Health: April 24, 2015
The number of new HIV infections in a rural Indiana county has grown, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The institute is working with state health leaders to control the "severe outbreak," which has spread among users of a prescription opioid called Opana.

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Oil and Gas Boom May Permanently Harm Ecosystems

Discovery Health: April 24, 2015
Oil and gas drilling is causing long-lasting damage to ecosystems, and it's outpacing recovery efforts.

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Long lasting anti-hemophilia factor safe in kids, experts say

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 24, 2015
Children with hemophilia A require three to four infusions each week to prevent bleeding episodes, chronic pain and joint damage. A new, extended therapy combines recombinant factor VIII with a fusion protein that allows the molecule to remain in the circulation longer -- translating into a need for less frequent treatment.

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2nd U.S. Ice Cream Maker Pulls All Products After Listeria Threat

WebMD: April 24, 2015
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams joins Blue Bell Creameries after test showing contamination

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2nd U.S. Ice Cream Maker Pulls All Products After Listeria Threat

WebMD: April 24, 2015
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams joins Blue Bell Creameries after test showing contamination

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Mylan Initiates Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Select Lots of Injectable Products Due to the Presence of Particulate Matter

Safety Alerts: April 24, 2015
Mylan N.V. (Nasdaq: MYL) today announced that its U.S.-based Mylan Institutional business is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall to the hospital/user level of select lots of the following injectable products due to the presence of visible foreign particulate matter observed during testing of retention samples.

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Mylan Initiates Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Select Lots of Injectable Products Due to the Presence of Particulate Matter

FDA Recalls: April 24, 2015
Mylan N.V. (Nasdaq: MYL) today announced that its U.S.-based Mylan Institutional business is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall to the hospital/user level of select lots of the following injectable products due to the presence of visible foreign particulate matter observed during testing of retention samples.

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Sweet Sam's Baking Company Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Starbucks Black & White Mini Cookies

Safety Alerts: April 24, 2015
Sweet Sam's Baking Company of Bronx, NY is recalling all lots of Starbucks Black & White Mini Cookies sold in Starbucks Company operated stores on or before Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, because they contain milk, an allergen that is not declared on the packaging. People who have an allergy to milk run the risk of experiencing a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume the product.

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Sweet Sam's Baking Company Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Starbucks Black & White Mini Cookies

FDA Recalls: April 24, 2015
Sweet Sam's Baking Company of Bronx, NY is recalling all lots of Starbucks Black & White Mini Cookies sold in Starbucks Company operated stores on or before Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, because they contain milk, an allergen that is not declared on the packaging. People who have an allergy to milk run the risk of experiencing a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume the product.

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Quit Smoking at Any Age to Live Longer

WebMD: April 24, 2015
It is never too late to stop smoking, experts says. They’ve found that even quitting after your 60th birthday can help you avoid dying from heart disease.

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Hubble at 25: Brief History of the Hubble Space Telescope

Discovery Health: April 24, 2015
It's been an eventful 25 years for what turned out to become the world's best-known telescope and perhaps among the most productive science instruments ever made. Here's a look at Hubble's life in pictures.

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What to Wear to Swim in America's Most Polluted Waters [Video]

Scientific American: Health: April 24, 2015
A swim with sewage aims to call attention to cleaning the Gowanus Canal, and other polluted waters in the U.S. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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World's first genetic modification of human embryos reported: Experts consider ethics

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 24, 2015
Chinese scientists say they've genetically modified human embryos for the very first time. The team attempted to modify the gene responsible for beta-thalassaemia, a potentially fatal blood disorder, using a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR/Cas9. Gene editing is a recently developed type of genetic engineering in which DNA is inserted, replaced, or removed. Here, experts weigh-in with ethical questions and considerations.

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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Recalls All Products Because of Possible Health Risks

Safety Alerts: April 24, 2015
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has initiated a voluntary recall of all ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches for all flavors and containers because of the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The company is ceasing all sales and closing all scoop shops until all products are ensured to be 100% safe.

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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Recalls All Products Because of Possible Health Risks

FDA Recalls: April 24, 2015
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has initiated a voluntary recall of all ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches for all flavors and containers because of the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The company is ceasing all sales and closing all scoop shops until all products are ensured to be 100% safe.

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Homemade Iron Man Glove Fires Lasers

Discovery Health: April 24, 2015
The glove shoots lasers that are powerful enough to pop a balloon or sear patterns into wood.

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Discovery may open door for treating fragile X carriers

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 24, 2015
Fragile X syndrome, an inherited cause of autism and intellectual disability, can have consequences even for carriers of the disorder who don't have full-blown symptoms.

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