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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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Medical News Headlines

Young girl's story may lead Idaho to approve marijuana oil

Associated Press Healthwire: March 1, 2015
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or turn fatal....

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Amgen Sees Positive Results From Kyprolis Study

Wall Street Journal: March 1, 2015
Amgen took a step forward in its efforts to make its Kyprolis cancer therapy a standard treatment for many multiple myeloma patients, saying the drug performed better than older rival Velcade in a study.

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Interventional radiology treatment relieves chronic plantar fasciitis

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 1, 2015
Patients suffering from chronic plantar fasciitis now have a new weapon against this debilitating foot ailment. Researchers utilized ultrasound imaging and energy to penetrate, emulsify and remove diseased fasciitis tissue.

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Image-guided treatment shown to break the migraine cycle

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 1, 2015
An innovative interventional radiology treatment has been found to offer chronic migraine sufferers sustained relief of their headaches, according to new research. Clinicians have used a treatment called image-guided, intranasal sphenopalatine ganglion blocks to give patients enough ongoing relief that they required less medication to relieve migraine pain.

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Health-Law Foes Face Hurdle as Justices Weigh Subsidies

Wall Street Journal: March 1, 2015
Health-care law opponents face a challenge Wednesday in persuading the Supreme Court to strike down nationwide insurance subsidies: Doing so could put the law at odds with part of the court’s health-care decision three years ago.

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Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Mar 1)

Discovery Health: March 1, 2015
Alternative power, from sunlight to human muscle tops out this week's gallery.

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Mystery Coffin Revealed at Richard III Site: Photos

Discovery Health: March 1, 2015
A mysterious coffin is opened near the grave of King Richard III.

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Coffin-Within-a-Coffin Opened at Richard III Grave

Discovery Health: March 1, 2015
The contents of a coffin found near King Richard III's grave are revealed. Continue reading →

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Corner Office: Susan Salka of AMN Healthcare: ‘Where Are You in Your Journey of Life?’

New York Times - Health: February 28, 2015
Susan Salka, chief of AMN Healthcare, looks for employees who view work as important to their lives and not just a job.

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Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto Issues Allergy Alert for Limited Number of Jars of Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto Sea Salt Caramel Gelato Due to Undeclared Peanut

Safety Alerts: February 28, 2015
Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, a Unilever company, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of jars of Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto Sea Salt Caramel Gelato because they may inadvertently contain peanuts (as peanut butter), which are not listed as an ingredient on the label. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

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Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto Issues Allergy Alert for Limited Number of Jars of Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto Sea Salt Caramel Gelato Due to Undeclared Peanut

FDA Recalls: February 28, 2015
Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, a Unilever company, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of jars of Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto Sea Salt Caramel Gelato because they may inadvertently contain peanuts (as peanut butter), which are not listed as an ingredient on the label. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

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Opinion: Medicating Women’s Feelings

New York Times - Health: February 28, 2015
Emotion should be seen as a sign of health, not disease.

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HistorySource: L.B.J. and Truman: The Bond That Helped Forge Medicare

New York Times - Health: February 28, 2015
Lyndon Johnson admired Harry Truman and identified with his political career, his treatment by historians and his relationship with the public.

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Concern over online gonorrhoea care

BBC Health: February 28, 2015
Some websites offering treatment for gonorrhoea are putting patients at risk by failing to follow national guidelines, BBC 5 Live Investigates finds.

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Fewer People are Calling Poison Control Centers

Scientific American: Health: February 28, 2015
The latest report reveals that people may be turning to the Internet for guidance -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Wireless Earbuds Create Network Around Your Body

Discovery Health: February 28, 2015
Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) system promises better quality and truly wireless earbuds.

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Firm agrees to refund to settle suit over weight-loss pills

Associated Press Healthwire: February 28, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Salt Lake City-based company has agreed to pay refunds to consumers who purchased its weight-loss tablets to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed its advertising slogan, "Eat All You Want & Still Lose Weight," was deceptive....

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Nearly Beaten in Sierra Leone, Ebola Makes a Comeback by Sea

New York Times - Health: February 28, 2015
Two fishing boats carrying three sick mariners arrived at a wharf in Sierra Leone in early February, cutting short a two-week trip.

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A Salute to Leonard Nimoy From Orbit: Photo

Discovery Health: February 28, 2015
NASA flight engineer Terry Virts paid respects to Leonard Nimoy from the International Space Station.

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Reviving drugs with anti-stroke potential, minus side effects

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: February 27, 2015
Scientists have found NMDA receptor antagonists that can limit damage to the brain in animal models of stroke, apparently without the pronounced side effects seen with similar drugs. Now researchers have found a potential path around this obstacle, they report.

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Liberia’s President Urges U.S. to Continue Ebola Aid

New York Times - Health: February 27, 2015
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia praised the American efforts to fight the virus, which have helped to nearly eliminate new cases.

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Dogs Wear Swanky Sweaters to Beat the Cold: Photos

Discovery Health: February 27, 2015
It's all about layers for these stylish pups, as they cover their real coats with extra ones for their journeys out into the harsh winter.

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Primary Care, Family Medicine Shine in 2015 Osteopathic Match

American Academy of Family Physicians: February 27, 2015
Primary care and family medicine were big winners in the 2015 osteopathic match results announced recently by the American Osteopathic Association.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Nothing Is Wrong With Your Sex Drive

New York Times - Health: February 27, 2015
We don’t need drugs based on mistaken ideas about how desire works.

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Pakistani Officials Issue Arrest Warrants Over Refusals of Polio Vaccine

New York Times - Health: February 27, 2015
Police officials in the northwest province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa said they had issued hundreds of arrest warrants for parents who have refused to vaccinate their children.

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Immune System Changes Tied to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

WebMD: February 27, 2015
Researchers saw evidence only in first 3 years of disease, findings could lead to early test

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Clinical informatics to help transition to value-based care

Healthcare IT News: February 27, 2015
The signs coming out of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Serivces are crystal clear: New policies will continue to push hospitals toward value-based care – whether they're ready or not. "People recognize that times are changing," says Mat Kendall. "The reality is that CMS is moving aggressively to change incentives so there are penalties for readmissions and those penalties can be significant." Accountable Care Clinical informatics to help transition to value-based care The signs coming out of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are crystal clear: New policies will continue to push hospitals toward value-based care -- whether they're ready or not.

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Robust evidence that chronic fatigue syndrome is a biological illness

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: February 27, 2015
Researchers have identified distinct immune changes in patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, known medically as myalgic encephalomyelitis or systemic exertion intolerance disease. The findings could help improve diagnosis and identify treatment options for the disabling disorder, in which symptoms range from extreme fatigue and difficulty concentrating to headaches and muscle pain.

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Chemotherapy after bladder cancer surgery may improve survival

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: February 27, 2015
Patients that received chemotherapy after bladder cancer surgery demonstrated an approximately 30% lower risk of death than those that underwent surgery alone, according to a new analysis.

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A science tale behind two dresses

CNN Health: February 27, 2015
Before you strangle your best friend who sees the colors in the now-famous dress differently than you do, please know that there's a scientific explanation.

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Before Justices Rule, Floridians Consider Life Without Health Subsidies

New York Times - Health: February 27, 2015
As the state with the most Affordable Care Act enrollees, Florida stands to feel the biggest impact if the Supreme Court strikes down the law’s subsidies.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study Findings May Lead to Diagnostic Tool

New York Times - Health: February 27, 2015
Scientists have found biomarkers for the disease that may eventually form the basis of the first diagnostic test for it.

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Inspirational Leonard Nimoy, Spock of 'Star Trek,' Dies at 83

Discovery Health: February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83 at his Los Angeles home, but his work will continue to inspire.

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A February First: CO2 Levels Pass 400 PPM Milestone

Discovery Health: February 27, 2015
February is the first month of 2015 with an average carbon dioxide level above 400 ppm. Continue reading →

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