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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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VIDEO: Chemo: Five things I didn't know

BBC Health: September 23, 2014
We speak to someone who's being treated for cancer about some of the more unexpected side-effects of treatment.

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Health Researchers Will Get $10.1 Million to Counter Gender Bias in Studies

New York Times - Health: September 23, 2014
Grants will be used to include more human participants — generally women — in clinical trials and to ensure that laboratory animals, even cell lines, are representative of both genders.

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NHS staff volunteer for Ebola effort

BBC Health: September 23, 2014
More than 160 NHS staff have volunteered to be part of the UK efforts to help in the Ebola crisis in west Africa.

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Lessons learned 6 months into worst Ebola outbreak

Associated Press Healthwire: September 23, 2014
LONDON (AP) -- Six months into the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, scientists say they know more about how the potentially lethal virus behaves. The first cases of Ebola in this outbreak were reported in Guinea by the World Health Organization on March 23 - before spreading to Sierra Leone, Liberia and elsewhere. Here's a look at what scientists have learned so far....

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Online hospital appointments trial

BBC Health: September 23, 2014
Online hospital appointments could be offered to elderly patients in rural north Wales saving them from having to travel long distances.

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VIDEO: Teenagers shy to talk about cancer

BBC Health: September 23, 2014
A leading cancer charity says it is concerned the disease is not being spotted early enough in young people because many are too embarrassed to talk to their GP.

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Nature in the Balance: Testing Future Conditions for the Food Chain

New York Times - Health: September 22, 2014
Researchers are trying to mimic the growing conditions expected to arise decades in the future as the air fills with heat-trapping gases and other pollutants from human activity, with some worrisome results.

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AP PHOTOS: Pole dancing being used for fitness

Associated Press Healthwire: September 22, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Poles have long been a staple of smoky strip clubs, but the women scaling and swinging from them in Las Vegas earlier this month weren't doing it for dollar bills....

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Well: A Better Baby I.C.U.

New York Times - Health: September 22, 2014
By many measures, a neonatal intensive care unit with single-family rooms produces better results than one with a shared, open-bay arrangement, a new study found.

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WHO: 21,000 Ebola cases by November if no changes

Associated Press Healthwire: September 22, 2014
LONDON (AP) -- New estimates from the World Health Organization warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up....

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Fresh Graves Point to Undercount of Ebola Toll

New York Times - Health: September 22, 2014
While the Sierra Leone Health Ministry confirms 10 Ebola deaths, a Freetown cemetery says it has added 110 graves in eight days alone.

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Enhancing care at the patient bedside

Healthcare IT News: September 22, 2014
(SPONSORED) Learn how CDW Healthcare point-of-care technologies and services offerings can help healthcare organizations enhance care at the patient bedside. Complimentary Webinar: Enabling Quality of Patient Care with Point-of-Care Technology   Thumbnail:  read more

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Cerner, athenahealth to work with Apple

Healthcare IT News: September 22, 2014
Epic won't be the only electronic health record company to leverage Apple's HealthKit technology: Cerner and athenahealth are the latest EHR vendors to say they'll develop apps that interface with the platform. read more

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Chief scientist to leave ONC

Healthcare IT News: September 22, 2014
The exodus from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT continued on Monday when it announced that Doug Fridsma, MD, is stepping down from his post as chief scientist. read more

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The New Health Care: Medicaid Gives the Poor a Reason to Say No Thanks

New York Times - Health: September 22, 2014
Now that some programs are charging premiums, people may be discouraged from obtaining health insurance.

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Health Agency’s New Assessment of the Epidemic Is More Dire Still

New York Times - Health: September 22, 2014
New figures by the World Health Organization suggest the Ebola virus could become a constant presence in West Africa, and could reach more than 20,000 cases by Nov. 2.

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MU tech glitch may cost docs millions

Healthcare IT News: September 22, 2014
A technical glitch in the reporting system of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services meaningful use program could cost physicians millions of dollars in penalties.   read more

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Finding Risks, Not Answers, in Gene Tests

New York Times - Health: September 22, 2014
Tests to find mutations that predispose people to types of cancer have outpaced the understanding of what they mean.

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How listening to music helps your brain

CNN Health: September 22, 2014
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us why music therapy is good for the brain and how it can help us live to 100.

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VIDEO: Sharp rise in Malaysia dengue deaths

BBC Health: September 22, 2014
The number of people dying from dengue fever in Malaysia has more than tripled this year compared with 2013, with 250 cases being reported daily.

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Early experiences with the iPhone 6

Healthcare IT News: September 22, 2014
I’m truly not an “Apple fanboy”. I’m a believer in “do-acracy”, rewarding people and companies that create useful products which save me time. I stay objective about every company. I recently emailed one of my favorite companies which has slowed its innovation, “we need products not powerpoint”. So what about the iPhone 6? read more

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HealthCare.gov Is Given an Overhaul

New York Times - Health: September 22, 2014
Federal health officials said the shorter application on HealthCare.gov has fewer pages and fewer screens to navigate, and allows people to sign up with fewer clicks.

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The New Health Care: In Context, Health Premium Increases Don’t Actually Look Like Increases

New York Times - Health: September 22, 2014
When inflation and the cost of old insurance markets are considered, the premiums available to consumers willing to shop around are remarkably low.

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CNN reporter in Ebola outbreak

CNN Health: September 22, 2014
As CNN's Elizabeth Cohen arrives in Liberia, she wonders how the world goes about stopping an outbreak that's gotten so out of hand.

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CNN reporter: Can the world stop Ebola?

CNN Health: September 22, 2014
As CNN's Elizabeth Cohen arrives in Liberia, she wonders how the world goes about stopping an outbreak that's gotten so out of hand.

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Power walker loses 150 pounds

CNN Health: September 22, 2014
In the fall of 2011, Jen Corn was the heaviest she had ever been. Her family offered to pay for weight loss surgery but she decided to lose the extra pounds on her own.

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Power walker loses 150 pounds

CNN Health: September 22, 2014
In the fall of 2011, Jen Corn was the heaviest she had ever been. Her family offered to pay for weight loss surgery but she decided to lose the extra pounds on her own.

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Where's the plan for interoperability?

Healthcare IT News: September 22, 2014
It is a simple question: “Why doesn’t electronic health information flow after the nation spent $26 billion on electronic health records?" Suggesting a 10-year timeframe or arguing that there is progress if you look hard enough just doesn’t answer it. read more

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Children 'failed in early years'

BBC Health: September 22, 2014
The future prospects of children in England are being hampered because society fails them in the early years, a leading health academic says.

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Go TV-free to fight fat, says NICE

BBC Health: September 22, 2014
Adults and children should consider having TV-free days or limiting viewing to two hours a day under new proposals to tackle obesity.

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Nature in the Balance: On Warmer Planet, Range of Soil Microbes May Change

New York Times - Health: September 22, 2014
Climate change may impact even the smallest organisms, like photosynthesizing microbes that play a critical role in the desert and scrub environments in the Southwest.

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U.N. Food Program Warns of Cuts to Its Relief Efforts

New York Times - Health: September 22, 2014
The World Food Program says that because of reduced resources, rations for refugees from Syria and elsewhere will be reduced.

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A&E 'under pressure' says trust

BBC Health: September 22, 2014
Northern Ireland's biggest accident and emergency department was under pressure on Monday night, the BBC understands.

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FDA allows marketing of the first test to identify five yeast pathogens directly from a blood sample

FDA US Food & Drug: September 22, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing in the U.S. of the first direct blood test for detection of five yeast pathogens that cause bloodstream infections: Candida albicans and/or Candida tropicalis, Candida parapsilosis, Candida glabrata and/or Candida krusei.

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Well: Beauty in the Beets

New York Times - Health: September 22, 2014
Beetroots, whether roasted, steamed or raw, easily find their way into new salads, side dishes and main dishes. The greens are interchangeable with other mild-tasting greens like Swiss chard and spinach.

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EHR design and dissatisfaction: It's a matter of time

Healthcare IT News: September 22, 2014
As reported last year at HIMSS and by many online news and opinion sources since, physician dissatisfaction with EHRs is growing. Indeed, while this blog post doesn’t focus on the broader picture, general physician career dissatisfaction is disconcertingly high. read more

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