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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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Parents Who Took Ill Son Abroad Fight Order to Return to Britain

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
The parents of Ashya King, 5, who has a brain tumor, attended an extradition hearing in Spain, where they had taken their son after leaving a British hospital against doctors’ orders.

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British Ebola patient 'pretty well'

BBC Health: September 1, 2014
The parents of the first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa say he is recovering well.

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Recipes for Health: Israeli Couscous, Eggplant and Tomato Gratin

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
An eggplant Parmesan of sorts on a bed of Israeli couscous is a good way to use the fresh tomato sauce you’ve made over the summer, though canned tomatoes will work, too.

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Well: Don’t Catch What Ails Your House

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
It doesn’t take a flood to encourage the growth of mold in a home. A moist environment will do. A runny nose, coughing and all the rest typically follow.

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Train your brain to eat better

CNN Health: September 1, 2014
Following a healthy diet can alter the way your brain responds to high-calorie foods, a new study suggests.

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Train your brain to crave healthy food

CNN Health: September 1, 2014
Following a healthy diet can alter the way your brain responds to high-calorie foods, a new study suggests.

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Increasingly, High-Deductible Health Plans Weigh Down Employees

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
Just as employers replaced pensions with retirement savings plans, more large companies appear to be making a similar cost-sharing shift with health plans.

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Military Medicine: Smaller Military Hospitals Said to Put Patients at Risk

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
Many of the hospitals run by the armed forces are so small and the trickle of patients so thin that doctors and nurses say their ability to properly treat serious illnesses is compromised.

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She lost nearly 270 lbs

CNN Health: September 1, 2014
Shannon Britton lost 268 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery. What she's learned since then will surprise you.

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5 things to know about driving on marijuana

Associated Press Healthwire: September 1, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states - Colorado and Washington - and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What's not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes....

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What they never tell you about losing weight

CNN Health: September 1, 2014
Shannon Britton lost 268 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery. What she's learned since then will surprise you.

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Action films 'may make you fat'

BBC Health: September 1, 2014
Watching action films could make you more likely than other TV programmes to pile on the pounds, according to US researchers.

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Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

Associated Press Healthwire: September 1, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided on the question....

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"Immortal" Cells from Henrietta Lacks Lead to Updated Rules on Genomic Data Sharing

Scientific American: Health: September 1, 2014
Changes clarify procedures for telling participants in NIH-funded studies how their data might be used. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The monster that took my son

CNN Health: September 1, 2014
A week before Cole died, I promised him he would do "something big" someday. For two years, I have been fighting to keep that promise.

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Ashya parents in extradition hearing

BBC Health: September 1, 2014
The parents of a five-year-old boy who was taken from hospital against medical advice arrive at Spain's High Court for an extradition hearing.

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Reporter faces challenges in West Africa

CNN Health: September 1, 2014
CNN's Nima Elbagir shares the hardships of reporting on the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

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Food-Stamp Use Starting to Fall

Wall Street Journal: September 1, 2014
After soaring in the years since the recession, use of food stamps, one of the federal government's biggest social-welfare programs, is beginning to decline.

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California Passes Ban on Plastic Bags

Wall Street Journal: September 1, 2014
A bill banning plastic bags in California grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and other businesses is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after the state legislature passed the measure.

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Judge Blocks Enforcement of Louisiana Abortion Law

Wall Street Journal: September 1, 2014
A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law, saying doctors or clinics can't be penalized for breaking the law, which goes into effect Monday, while a challenge is heard.

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Hospitals seeing more skin cancer

BBC Health: September 1, 2014
The number of people admitted to hospital for skin cancer treatment in England rose by nearly a third in five years, figures show.

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The New Health Care: What Happens When Health Plans Compete

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
As more insurance companies enter a market, premiums tend to go down — but more in some places than in others.

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Quick, Inexpensive Milk Quality Test Could Help Developing Countries

Scientific American: Health: September 1, 2014
New fluorescent probe determines level of milk fat, a sign of nutritional value -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Well: Of Little Help to Older Knees

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
Middle-aged and older patients are unlikely to benefit in the long term from surgery to repair tears in the meniscus, pads of cartilage in the knee, a new review of studies has found.

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Well: A Benefit of Legal Marijuana

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
A new study has found evidence that legal access to marijuana is associated with fewer opioid overdose deaths, but researchers said their findings should not be used as the basis for the wide adoption of legalized cannabis.

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Well: Birth Weight and Diabetes

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
African-Americans born at low birth weight are at an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes later in life, a new study has found.

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Well: Possible Risks of S.S.R.I. Antidepressants to Newborns

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
Researchers are finding more evidence that women who take S.S.R.I. depressants like Prozac and Zoloft increase the likelihood of a variety of health problems in their newborns.

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Paleontology: The Oldest Known Muscle Tissues Are Found

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
The oldest known muscle tissues have been found, researchers report, in the fossilized tissues of a soft-bodied creature that shares a common ancestor with modern sea anemones, jellyfish and corals.

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Brainy, Yes, But Far From Handy

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
Robots still lack a critical element that will keep them from eclipsing most human capabilities anytime soon: a well-developed sense of touch.

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Parents of UK boy with tumor face Spanish hearing

Associated Press Healthwire: September 1, 2014
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish judge will open proceedings on whether to extradite to Britain the parents of a 5-year-old boy with a brain tumor they took abroad against doctors' advice....

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Am I Bipolar?

WebMD: September 1, 2014
Diagnosing bipolar disorder isn't always easy, but it's crucial to getting the right help.

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A Call for a Low-Carb Diet

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
In a finding that upends long-held notions about a healthy diet, a major study shows that avoiding carbohydrates and eating more fat contributes to weight loss and fewer cardiovascular risks.

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Sniffing faeces 'detects infection'

BBC Health: September 1, 2014
UK researchers say an "electronic nose" that smells faeces can detect strains of bacteria that can cause deadly infections.

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US eating habits improve a bit _ except among poor

Associated Press Healthwire: September 1, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) -- Americans' eating habits have improved - except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found....

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Study: Action-packed TV might make you snack more

Associated Press Healthwire: September 1, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) -- Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show....

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