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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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Phillip Hughes: How brain is injured

BBC Health: November 27, 2014
How the brain is protected and injured?

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Be fit: Exercise is the best medicine

CNN Health: November 27, 2014
Want to "Be a Champion" like Dhani Jones? The benefits of exercise extend further than you think.

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Food bug affects 70% of shop chickens

BBC Health: November 27, 2014
More than 70% of fresh chickens being sold in the UK are contaminated with the Campylobacter bug, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reveals.

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AUDIO: Schizophrenia assumptions challenged

BBC Health: November 27, 2014
A report published on Thursday challenges received wisdom about the nature of schizophrenia.

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Liver transplant recipient marks 25th anniversary

Associated Press Healthwire: November 27, 2014
SEVERN, Md. (AP) -- Alyssa Riggan hasn't dwelled on being the first person in the U.S. to successfully receive part of a liver from a living donor 25 years ago, a medical procedure that paved the way for routine live-donor transplants....

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Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

Associated Press Healthwire: November 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it's the perfect excerpt from the young wizard's many adventures to give their subjects....

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VIDEO: Poor liver disease detection rates

BBC Health: November 27, 2014
Lancet report finds that the early detection of liver disease by GPs in the UK is "virtually non-existent".

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Trans fat may hurt your memory

CNN Health: November 26, 2014
If you can't remember where your car keys are, you may want to eat fewer muffins.

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Saving ovaries does not help prevent prolapse for women after menopause

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
Removing ovaries at hysterectomy does not increase a woman's risk of pelvic organ prolapse after menopause. In fact, removing ovaries lowers the risk of prolapse. This surprising finding from a Women's Health Initiative study has just been published.

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More public health interventions required to tackle grim reaper of 'lifestyle' diseases

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
More public health interventions, along the lines of the smoking ban, are needed to tackle the devastating toll of 'lifestyle' diseases, including heart disease and cancer, according to academics.

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An enzyme that fixes broken DNA sometimes destroys it instead, researchers find

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
Enzymes inside cells that normally repair damaged DNA sometimes wreck it instead, researchers have found. The insight could lead to a better understanding of the causes of some types of cancer and neurodegenerative disease.

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Cognitive test battery developed to assess impact of long duration spaceflights on astronauts' brain function

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
A cognitive test battery, known as Cognition, has been developed for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) to measure the impact of typical spaceflight stressors (like microgravity, radiation, confinement and isolation, exposure to elevated levels of CO2, and sleep loss) on cognitive performance. This computer-based test has already been tested by astronauts on Earth. It will be performed for the first time in a pilot study on the International Space Station (ISS) on November 28.

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Enzyme may be key to cancer progression in many tumors

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
A deeper understanding of how KRAS turns off tumor suppressor genes and identifies a key enzyme in the process has been gained by researchers. The findings suggest that this enzyme, known as TET1, may be an important target for cancer diagnostics and treatment.

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Research on rare cancer exposes possible route to new treatments

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
The unusual role of lactate in the alveolar soft part sarcoma has been uncovered by researchers who also confirm that a fusion gene is the cancer-causing agent in the disease.

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Spanish judge rules no crime in killing Ebola dog

Associated Press Healthwire: November 26, 2014
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish judge has ruled health authorities didn't commit a crime when they euthanized Excalibur, a dog that belonged to a nursing assistant who contracted Ebola last month....

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Harvard Town Hall Meeting Fosters Enthusiasm About Family Medicine

American Academy of Family Physicians: November 26, 2014
Harvard Medical School's Center for Primary Care recently held a town hall meeting to encourage discussion about how to develop family medicine educational opportunities at the school.

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Well: Why Antioxidants Don’t Belong in Your Workout

New York Times - Health: November 26, 2014
Antioxidant vitamins are enormously popular with people who exercise, but studies suggest they can blunt the benefits of exercise both on the jogging track and in the weight room.

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HHS announces partnerships to promote Health Insurance Marketplace starting on busiest shopping weekend of the year

US Department of Health and Human Services: November 26, 2014
HHS announces partnerships to promote Health Insurance Marketplace starting on busiest shopping weekend of the year

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Editorial Makes Case for Training Medical Students in Health IT

American Academy of Family Physicians: November 26, 2014
An editorial in the November/December Annals of Family Medicine contends that medical students should be trained in the use of electronic health records to enable them to succeed during residency and beyond.

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Both sides of the ICD-10 debate keep it interesting

Healthcare IT News: November 26, 2014
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Well: Vegetarian Thanksgiving: No-Bake Apple Pie

New York Times - Health: November 26, 2014
Instead of an oven, use a food processor to create this crisp, fresh apple pie. It was created for raw-food dieters, but it also gives home cooks a fast and refreshing dessert option that takes a fraction of the time of a traditional fruit pie.

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FDA allows marketing of non-invasive device to help evaluate heart blood flow

FDA US Food & Drug: November 26, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of the HeartFlow FFR-CT software, which permits health care professionals to non-invasively evaluate blood flow in the coronary arteries of patients showing signs and symptoms of coronary artery disease.

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'Text Neck' and Other Tech Troubles

WebMD: November 26, 2014
Gift-buying season is here, and on top of the wish list for most people is the latest tech gadget or gizmo. But some experts are concerned that more tech may equal more pain for frequent users.

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Artificial Sweeteners May Have Despicable Impacts on Gut Microbes

Scientific American: Health: November 26, 2014
I find it ironic that Thanksgiving coincides with American Diabetes Month. In honor of that irony, two recently published studies have suggested a possible link between what you eat, how it impacts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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New guide to genetic jungle of muscles can help health research

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
A comprehensive overview of how tens of thousands of genes interact in relation to the behavior of muscles has been developed by scientists. At the same time, they have developed a guide to the enormous amounts of data and thus paved the way for new knowledge about diseases associated with lack of activity.

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How a common antacid could lead to cheaper anti-cancer drugs

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
A cheap answer to anti-cancer medication may be in your medicine cabinet. Cimetidine treats indigestion by blocking histamine receptors in the gut, which decreases the production of gastric acid. It also appears to block histamine receptors in cancer cells, as well as supporting the immune system's defenses against cancer.

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Study examines communication, end-of-life decisions

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
A recent study examines how the quality of communication among family members and care givers impacts end-of-life decisions. The author says that family communication holds a great deal of potential for improving end-of-life health care.

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Minimally invasive disc surgery is a pain in the neck

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
In comparison with open surgery, while minimally invasive surgery for cervical or lumbar discectomy may speed up recovery and reduce post-operative pain, it does not improve long-term function or reduce long-term extremity pain.

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Polio Crisis Deepens in Pakistan, With New Cases and Killings

New York Times - Health: November 26, 2014
The number of new Pakistani polio cases this year has hit 260, four times as many as last year, and four more anti-polio workers have been killed in the field.

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EPA Seeks Tighter Ozone Standards to Cut Pollution

Scientific American: Health: November 26, 2014
The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter curbs on ground-level ozone, a pollutant linked to several serious health conditions -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Top 10 health IT predictions for 2015

Healthcare IT News: November 26, 2014
In 2015, hospitals will – and should – make more advanced use of "third platform" technologies based on mobile tools, social channels, data analytics and the cloud, according to a recent report from IDC Health Insights. read more

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Wyoming Devises Plan to Expand Medicaid

New York Times - Health: November 26, 2014
If it wins federal and state legislative approval, Wyoming will join 27 states that have added program coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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National Briefing | Health: U.S. Smoking Rate Dips Again

New York Times - Health: November 26, 2014
The smoking rate in the United States declined to 17.8 percent in 2013, down slightly from 18.1 percent the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

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Health insurance signups coming to shopping malls

Associated Press Healthwire: November 26, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Obama administration is bringing the Affordable Care Act to the mall for the busiest shopping days of the holiday season....

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athenahealth taps EHR data to track flu

Healthcare IT News: November 26, 2014
Flu season is coming early this year. That forecast comes from data collected by health IT company athenahealth. [See also: Flu season approaches, and Google is ahead of the curve] The company has reported early signs of influenza based on patient visit data from its cloud network. read more

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