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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

Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDs

Associated Press Healthwire: January 26, 2015
CHICAGO (AP) -- With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy....

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Sit smarter with yoga

CNN Health: January 26, 2015
You've probably heard..."sitting is the new smoking." At very least, it leads to aches and pains, edema, varicose veins, sciatica and more. But yoga can help you get around some problems.

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VIDEO: What is it like to be disabled at a gig?

BBC Health: January 26, 2015
How accessible are the UK's music venues to wheelchair users and other people with disabilities?

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VIDEO: Stigma of caring for Ebola patients

BBC Health: January 26, 2015
People who help those with Ebola in West Africa have to overcome not just the danger of that role, but also stigma and social isolation.

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NHS 'rescuing' smokers and drinkers

BBC Health: January 26, 2015
The NHS is under too much pressure "rescuing" people from illnesses through smoking, drinking and poor diet, the health minister warns.

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VIDEO: TV ad warns of heartburn-cancer sign

BBC Health: January 26, 2015
Persistent heartburn could be a sign of cancer, doctors warn, as a new campaign is launched to make people more aware of the signs.

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VIDEO: War hero's pioneering brain treatment

BBC Health: January 26, 2015
BBC Inside Out follows injured soldier and Afghanistan war hero Ben Parkinson as he embarks on pioneering oxygen treatment for his brain injury.

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The cost of being unhealthy

BBC Health: January 25, 2015
How the nation's life choices are taking a toll on the NHS

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WHO vows reform after Ebola 'shocks'

BBC Health: January 25, 2015
The World Health Organization sets out plans for reform, admitting it was too slow to respond to the "horrific" Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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The 'problem' of medical drug prices

BBC Health: January 25, 2015
Newsnight's Chris Cook assesses the difficulty of drug pricing

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Hearing loss care demand rises

BBC Health: January 25, 2015
Nine of Scotland's 14 health boards say they are facing increased demand from people with hearing loss.

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Umami taste buds 'key to health'

BBC Health: January 25, 2015
A person's ability to taste umami in food is closely linked to their overall health, particularly in older people, Japanese researchers suggest.

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Heartburn 'could be sign of cancer'

BBC Health: January 25, 2015
A health campaign is urging people not to ignore heartburn, because it could be a sign of stomach or oesophageal cancer.

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Cosmetic surgery 'popularity falls'

BBC Health: January 25, 2015
The popularity of cosmetic surgery in the UK has plummeted in 2014, figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons show.

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NHS Wales 'not worse than England'

BBC Health: January 25, 2015
Almost half of the people in Wales believe that the Welsh NHS performs just as well as the health service in England while another 15% think it performs better, a new poll for BBC Wales suggests.

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VIDEO: Mentally ill girl put in police cell

BBC Health: January 25, 2015
The mother of a teenage girl who was held in a police cell for 48 hours because there was no hospital bed available has called for more to be done to help young people with mental health problems.

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WHO mulls reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola

Associated Press Healthwire: January 25, 2015
GENEVA (AP) -- The World Health Organization is debating how to reform itself after botching the response to the Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives....

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Deadly dip: baseball's toxic tradition

BBC Health: January 24, 2015
The fight against baseball's toxic tradition

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Tide turning in Ebola fight after hard lessons

Associated Press Healthwire: January 24, 2015
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A top U.N. official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week in Sierra Leone. Families in Liberia are no longer required to cremate the remains of loved ones to halt the spread of the virulent disease....

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The man trapped in constant deja vu

BBC Health: January 24, 2015
What causes deja vu - and how does it feel to have it constantly?

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Avian flu confirmed in commercial turkey flock in California

Associated Press Healthwire: January 24, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal agriculture officials say they have found avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in central California....

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VIDEO: Doctors in drive to attract new GPs

BBC Health: January 24, 2015
The Royal College of General Practitioners is to launch a campaign to recruit more GPs amid warnings that at least 10,000 extra GPs will be needed by 2020.

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UK Ebola nurse 'happy to be alive'

BBC Health: January 24, 2015
British nurse Pauline Cafferkey tells the BBC she is "very happy to be alive" as she is discharged from hospital, having made a full recovery from Ebola.

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VIDEO: 'I lost a week': UK Ebola nurse

BBC Health: January 24, 2015
The first Briton to be diagnosed with Ebola in the UK has been given the all clear and discharged from hospital.

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Health IT groups come out swinging for net neutrality

Healthcare IT News: January 23, 2015
In a time where "fast innovation and investment are critically important," an open Internet is essential, says a group of IT and mHealth advocates who've asked FCC to spurn new limitations on wireless networks. [See also: FCC creates mHealth task force] read more

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EHRs must have device ID, Pew tells HHS

Healthcare IT News: January 23, 2015
In a letter sent this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Pew – along with providers such as Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare and Mercy; patient safety advocates The Leapfrog Group; the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and others – argue that medical device tracking in EHRs is essential to "improve patient safety and care quality read more

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News in Brief: Week of Jan. 19-23

American Academy of Family Physicians: January 23, 2015
This roundup includes the following news briefs: Review Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome Educational Resources; Smokers, Obese Patients Have Higher Health Care Costs; New Resource Helps Physicians Discuss Weight With Patients; and AAMC Issues Call for Abstracts on Integrating Quality.

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News in Brief: Week of Jan. 19-23

American Academy of Family Physicians: January 23, 2015
This roundup includes the following news briefs: Review Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome Educational Resources; Smokers, Obese Patients Have Higher Health Care Costs; New Resource Helps Physicians Discuss Weight With Patients; and AAMC Issues Call for Abstracts on Integrating Quality.

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Taking on the specialist shortage

Healthcare IT News: January 23, 2015
The University of Virginia Health System is putting its EpicCare electronic medical record to work on a pilot designed to speed patients' access to specialists. UVA Health System, which includes a 612-bed hospital, the UVA School of Medicine, a level I trauma center, cancer and heart centers and specialty clinics, is one of five academic medical centers in the U.S. testing the eConsults/eReferrals model.  read more

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IHE and HL7 create joint Healthcare Standards Integration Workgroup

Healthcare IT News: January 23, 2015
Thursday afternoon the first official meeting of the Healthcare Standards Integration workgoup was convened at the HL7 working group meeting. A roomful of nearly 30 people met to review feedback on FHIR resources that had already been jointly developed by IHE and HL7. read more

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VIDEO: Body clocks and blindness

BBC Health: January 23, 2015
Our eyes are key to resetting our body clocks. So what happens to people who can't see anything at all?

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VIDEO: Former soldiers take to the stage

BBC Health: January 23, 2015
Actors Ray Winstone and Amanda Redman are helping the armed forces to get involved in theatre.

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Post-traumatic stress 'in 1300BC'

BBC Health: January 23, 2015
Evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder can be traced back to 1300BC - much earlier than previously thought - say researchers.

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New video aims to boost GP numbers

BBC Health: January 23, 2015
A national recruitment video to encourage medical students to choose general practice as a career is launched by the Royal College of GPs.

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The psychological power of princess movies

CNN Health: January 23, 2015
You can't escape Disney's hit phenomena, "Frozen." And there's a science behind why you won't see it go any time soon.

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