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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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Pharmacist group says members shouldn't aid in executions

Associated Press Healthwire: March 31, 2015
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- In a move that could heighten the hurdles faced by states attempting to execute prisoners, a leading association for U.S. pharmacists has officially discouraged its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections....

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VIDEO: Disability village 'under threat'

BBC Health: March 31, 2015
The village of Botton in North Yorkshire has been home to people with learning disabilities for 60 years, but there are claims that changes to employment laws are posing a threat to the community.

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Non-invasive technique allows amputee to use bionic hand, powered by his thoughts

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 31, 2015
Medical researchers have created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand, powered only by his thoughts.

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Robotic Surgery Getting a Boost from Google

Discovery Health: March 31, 2015
Google is looking to use algorithms to analyze on-screen images, highlight blood vessels and display critical information.

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Parents Need Vaccination Recommendation, Not Debate

American Academy of Family Physicians: March 31, 2015
Unacceptably low vaccination rates allowed the Disneyland measles outbreak to happen. Paul Hunter, M.D., looks at how we got to this point, and how to stop it from happening again.

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MS drug 'may already be out there'

BBC Health: March 31, 2015
Depression and heart disease drugs are to be tested in a new trial to find treatments for Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

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Device Records Your Snores, Detects Sleep Disorders

Discovery Health: March 31, 2015
The gold standard for sleep analysis requires a person to spend the night in a sleep lab, but this new technique lets you sleep in your own bed.

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Bad Memories: Mars Rover Suffers More Amnesia Events

Discovery Health: March 31, 2015
Although engineers identified the problem and applied a software fix for Opportunity's amnesia events, the aging NASA mars rover has again been afflicted with further memory issues.

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Brittle bone disease: Drug research offers hope

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 31, 2015
A drug being developed to treat osteoporosis may also be useful for treating osteogenesis imperfecta or brittle bone disease, a rare but potentially debilitating bone disorder that that is present from birth, scientists say.

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Intestinal bacteria can be used to classify effects of different diseases

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 31, 2015
It is possible to quantify and classify the effects of different diseases on the activity of intestinal bacteria, new research demonstrates for the first time. Human intestinal flora, known as microbiota, can be considered as an additional organ in the body. It consists of millions of bacteria that interact with each other and with the body, thus affecting its functioning and health. It is known that many intestinal disorders such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and diseases such as obesity, cancer and autoimmune diseases can cause changes in the composition of gut bacteria.

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Bringing the promise of digital health to fruition

Healthcare IT News: March 31, 2015
The digital health imperative is upon us. With advancements in technology, the opportunities are bound only by our imagination. Recent investments in digital health are telling signs of the disruptive forces at play and the future that is just waiting to happen. With the advent of arrays of sensors that track a myriad biomarkers ranging from activity, nutrition, heart rate, cholesterol level, glucose levels, sleep to those that can even detect stroke, consumer technologies have ushered in a new era of health management.  Interoperability Bringing the promise of digital health to fruition We are at a cusp of the consumer driven health revolution. But to succeed, we need a new approach: one that goes beyond the apps and the sensors and makes better use of APIs to deliver the interoperability and security required to overcome our current challenges.

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Brain's 'gender' may be quite flexible: Mechanism that plays key role in sexual differentiation of brain

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 31, 2015
During prenatal development, the brains of most animals, including humans, develop specifically male or female characteristics. But scientists have known little about the details of how this differentiation occurs. Now, a new study has illuminated details about this process. Researchers succeeded in transforming the brain of a female rat after an important developmental window had closed, giving it the characteristics of a male rat brain.

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History of depression puts women at risk for diabetes during pregnancy, study finds

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 31, 2015
A history of depression may put women at risk for developing diabetes during pregnancy, according to research. This study also pointed to how common depression is during pregnancy and the need for screening and education.

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Domestic violence deters contraception

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 31, 2015
Women who are abused by their partner or ex-partner are much less likely to use contraception; this exposes them to sexually transmitted diseases and leads to more frequent unintended pregnancies and abortions. These findings could influence how physicians provide contraceptive counseling.

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Aral Sea Looks Like a Painting From Space

Discovery Health: March 31, 2015
The Aral Sea is shrinking, leaving a dried-up white lakebed where there used to be blue water. But in the eyes of a radar satellite, the sea's shores look like a colorful abstract painting.

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Lamb in Russia Born with Human-Like Face

Discovery Health: March 31, 2015
The animal's eyes, nose and mouth look distinctly out of place.

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Repurposed experimental cancer drug restores brain function in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease

National Institutes of Health: March 31, 2015
NIH-supported research enables clinical trial to explore treatment for most common form of dementia.

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Washington FP Finds Group Visits Yield Outstanding Results

American Academy of Family Physicians: March 31, 2015
Devin Sawyer, M.D., director of the residency program at Providence St. Peter Family Medicine in Olympia, Wash., has had great success using what he calls "mini-group visits" to treat patients.

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'Gold standard' for pain relief after shoulder surgery may not be 24 karat

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 31, 2015
Around 10,000 patients undergo shoulder surgery in Ontario every year and most go home the same day. Since it's quite a painful procedure, a lot of effort goes into making sure patients can manage their pain while at home recovering. The current "gold standard" for pain management is a single shot of freezing such as lidocaine or ropivacaine to reduce pain during and after surgery, which is still performed under general anesthetic. Doctors had thought that this freezing, coupled with oral painkillers, would manage pain and keep patients comfortable for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery, but this may not be the case.

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EHR company e-MDs gets acquired

Healthcare IT News: March 31, 2015
The Texas-based electronic medical record company announced March 31 it has been acquired by a private investment firm and is slated to merge with a revenue cycle management provider.    Mergers & Acquisitions read more

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HHS CTO Bryan Sivak to step down

Healthcare IT News: March 31, 2015
Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be leaving in April. No word yet about what's next for him. Sivak is known for pushing innovation at HHS. HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced Sivak's impending departure in an email to staff. He joined HHS in June 2012, succeeding Todd Park, who had left the post for one as White House CTO. He and Park seemed of the same ilk, always advocating to set data free, and proud to be disruptive. Policy and Legislation read more

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A new hospital client for CommonWell

Healthcare IT News: March 31, 2015
Magruder Hospital is the latest provider to sign on with CommonWell Health Alliance, a step that will give its clinicians the ability to see patient data from other health organizations within its Cerner EHR. Interoperability read more

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Learning by accident: Q&A with Patricia Horoho

TEDMED - Medical Discussions: March 31, 2015
Patricia Horoho, Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army and the first woman and first nurse to serve as the Army’s Surgeon General, revealed how health care can cause harm by sins of commission and omission. We followed up with Patricia to … Continue reading → The post Learning by accident: Q&A with Patricia Horoho appeared first on TEDMED Blog.

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HIV patients experience better kidney transplant outcomes than hepatitis c patients

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 31, 2015
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)-positive kidney transplant patients experienced superior outcomes when compared to kidney transplant patients with Hepatitis C and those infected with both HIV and Hepatitis C, according to a study.

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New clues to why poor nutrition in the womb leads to obesity later in life

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 31, 2015
Babies receiving poor nutrition in the womb tend to be smaller at birth, which has been linked to the development of obesity and other health problems later in life. Researchers continue to discover other consequences related to undernutrition during pregnancy. A new study examines how poor fetal nutrition affects protein expression in the fat tissue of adult rats, revealing key differences between males and females.

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Scripps taps Epic for EHR, revenue cycle

Healthcare IT News: March 31, 2015
Epic has notched another big win, as Scripps Health, with its four hospitals and more than 25 clinics, has chosen the health IT giant to replace its electronic health record and revenue cycle management systems. Electronic Health Records read more

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Explainer: Why Supreme Court Justices Serve for Life

Discovery Health: March 31, 2015
Once you become a U.S. Supreme Court justice, you have a gig for life. Why is it different for these nine men and women, when presidents and congress persons have to be re-elected to continue serving?

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Anne Frank Died Earlier Than Thought: Study

Discovery Health: March 31, 2015
Jewish teenager Anne Frank died in a Nazi concentration camp at least a month earlier than her official date of death.

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Leafy Greens and Your Brain

NIH Medline Plus: March 31, 2015
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Dementia, Diets, Nutrition

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Endangered Clouded Leopard Kittens Born in Miami Zoo

Discovery Health: March 31, 2015
The new additions are victories in the fight to preserve a vulnerable species.

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Pre-planning for HIMSS15

Healthcare IT News: March 31, 2015
Elli Riley, Director of Exhibits & Meeting Services at HIMSS, previews resources available to attendees for pre-planning their experience, including the HIMSS Annual Conference website and the HIMSS15 mobile app. Thumbnail:  Pre-planning for HIMSS15 Eli Riley, Director of Exhibits & Meeting Services at HIMSS, previews resources available to attendees for pre-planning their experience, including the HIMSS Annual Conference website and the HIMSS15 mobile app.

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Quit Smoking in Your Sleep

Scientific American: Health: March 31, 2015
People smoke less after smelling cigarettes paired with rotten odors overnight -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Slightly More Boys Born Than Girls: Study

Discovery Health: March 31, 2015
More boys may be born, but boys and girls are equal in number at conception. Continue reading →

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