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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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Life Expectancy Increases by Six Years

Wall Street Journal: December 18, 2014
The rise in global life expectancy for men and women by about six years is mainly the result of dramatic advances in health care, according to a study published in the journal Lancet.

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AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

Associated Press Healthwire: December 18, 2014
BUTTE, Montana (AP) -- At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found....

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Cambodian villagers angry over HIV outbreak

Associated Press Healthwire: December 18, 2014
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodia's prime minister appealed Thursday to villagers in northwestern Cambodia not to lynch an unlicensed medical practitioner who they suspect caused more than 100 people to become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS....

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Healthcare data: a virtual tsunami

Healthcare IT News: December 18, 2014
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Many People Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction

WebMD: December 18, 2014
Memory of correct way to use inhalers, epinephrine pens faded over time, researchers report

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EpiPen and Asthma Inhaler Misuse

NIH Medline Plus: December 18, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Allergy, Asthma

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Medical Paradox: Can Cuba Escape Poverty but Stay Healthy?

New York Times - Health: December 18, 2014
Economic isolation has left Cuba poor, but people there live as long as their counterparts in richer countries.

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Autism Risk Linked to Particulate Air Pollution

Scientific American: Health: December 18, 2014
Children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy have up to twice the risk of developing autism as children of mothers breathing cleaner air,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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VIDEO: Hunt: NHS getting record funds

BBC Health: December 18, 2014
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt defends the government's plans to cope with winter pressures on emergency healthcare.

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Swedish Medical leads in stroke care

Healthcare IT News: December 18, 2014
New findings published Dec. 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine affirms a practice for stroke response that has been employed by Donald Frei, MD, and the stroke team at Swedish Medical Center's Radiology Imaging Associates in Denver. As Frei sees it, the study results provide new hope for the 695,000 Americans who suffer an acute ischemic stroke each year, and it validates what he and his stroke team have practiced for years. read more

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European court rules obesity can be disability

Associated Press Healthwire: December 18, 2014
LONDON (AP) -- The European Court of Justice says obesity can be a disability, a ruling that could have consequences for employers across the continent....

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Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU

BBC Health: December 18, 2014
Obesity can constitute a disability, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

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Autism link to air pollution raised

BBC Health: December 18, 2014
A link between autism and air pollution during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.

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Drug allergy: Culprit protein found

BBC Health: December 18, 2014
Scientists uncover a single protein that could be responsible for drug allergies, on the surface of cells.

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VIDEO: Visiting the doctor via the internet

BBC Health: December 18, 2014
A state-of-the-art clinic in Denmark is set to make dramatic changes to the relationship between doctor and patient.

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Menus will sport new calorie labels for alcohol

Associated Press Healthwire: December 17, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar....

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Update on Patient with exposure to Ebola at the NIH Clinical Center

National Institutes of Health: December 17, 2014
NIH continues to observe and monitor patient with exposure to Ebola at NIH Clinical Center.

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Chronic High Blood Sugar May be Detrimental to the Developing Brain of Young Children

NIH Medline Plus: December 17, 2014
Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Child Development, Diabetes Type 1, Diabetes in Children and Teens, Hyperglycemia

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Study finds genetic clue to menopause-like condition in young women

National Institutes of Health: December 17, 2014
NIH-funded research may also contribute to understanding normal menopause.

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Well: How Exercise Changes Our DNA

New York Times - Health: December 17, 2014
Exercise, a new study finds, changes the shape and functioning our genes, an important stop on the way to improved health and fitness.

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Department of Health and Human Services collaborates with top technology platforms to reach consumers about the Health Insurance Marketplace

US Department of Health and Human Services: December 17, 2014
Department of Health and Human Services collaborates with top technology platforms to reach consumers about the Health Insurance Marketplace

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Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

NIH Medline Plus: December 17, 2014
Treatment must be given within 6 hours after a stroke starts, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Stroke, Stroke Rehabilitation

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Only 4 in 10 Americans Eat Heart-Healthy Nuts Each Day, CDC Says

NIH Medline Plus: December 17, 2014
Even fewer consume an amount thought to help curb heart disease, study found Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Diseases--Prevention, Nutrition

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Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes

NIH Medline Plus: December 17, 2014
Experts can't explain why testosterone levels of men declined early in partner's pregnancy Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormones, Men's Health, Pregnancy

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Orphan receptor proteins deliver two knock-out punches to glioblastoma cells

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 17, 2014
Two related proteins exert a lethal double whammy effect against glioblastoma cells when activated with a small molecule. Scientists say when activated, one protein, called the short form, stops glioblastoma cells from replicating their DNA, and the other, called the long form, prevents cell division if the DNA has already been replicated.

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New class of synthetic molecules mimics antibodies

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 17, 2014
The first synthetic molecules that have both the targeting and response functions of antibodies have been crafted by scientists. The new molecules -- synthetic antibody mimics -- attach themselves simultaneously to disease cells and disease-fighting cells. The result is a highly targeted immune response, similar to the action of natural human antibodies.

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Amputee makes history controlling two modular prosthetic limbs

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 17, 2014
A Colorado man made history this summer when he became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two modular prosthetic limbs. Most importantly, the patient, who lost both arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago, was able to operate the system by simply thinking about moving his limbs, performing a variety of tasks during a short training period.

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Experimental Drugs Target Bacteria’s Social Network

Scientific American: Health: December 17, 2014
Evolutionary biologists are trying to attack bacteria in a new way: by short-circuiting their social life -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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1 Million People Could Be Hungry by March due to Ebola

Scientific American: Health: December 17, 2014
Half a million people in three West African nations rocked by Ebola are going hungry and that number could double by March if food supplies do not improve, two UN agencies warned  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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World Briefing: Agencies Warn of Hunger in Ebola Zone

New York Times - Health: December 17, 2014
The Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa could double the number of people facing hunger in the three worst-affected countries to more than one million by March, two United Nations agencies warned Wednesday.

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Chronic high blood sugar may be detrimental to the developing brain of young children

National Institutes of Health: December 17, 2014
NIH study shows young children with type 1 diabetes have significant difference in brain development.

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Healthcare taps cloud in record numbers

Healthcare IT News: December 17, 2014
Don't dismiss the healthcare industry as one of the last to innovate quite yet. When it comes to adopting cloud technology, it is ahead of the game, according to a new report.    In fact, according to the Dell-conducted survey, which took the pulse of technology adoption levels across multiple industries, the lion's share of mid-sized healthcare organizations – some 96 percent of them – are using or seriously considering using the cloud.    read more

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2015 Fee Schedule Lacks Payment Code Details, AAFP Tells CMS

American Academy of Family Physicians: December 17, 2014
The AAFP recently sent a letter to CMS urging the agency to publish more detailed payment code information as part of the 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.

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2015 Fee Schedule Lacks Payment Code Details, AAFP Tells CMS

American Academy of Family Physicians: December 17, 2014
The AAFP recently sent a letter to CMS urging the agency to publish more detailed payment code information as part of the 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.

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Teens Use E-Cigarettes More Than Cigarettes

WebMD: December 17, 2014
Teens Use E-Cigarettes More Than Cigarettes

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Health Teams Scour Sierra Leone Capital in Drive to Contain Ebola

Scientific American: Health: December 17, 2014
Health workers in Sierra Leone began combing the streets of the capital Freetown for Ebola patients on Wednesday, moving house-to-house as the government launched a major operation to contain... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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