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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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US troops heading into Africa soon for Ebola fight

Associated Press Healthwire: September 19, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top U.S. Army officer says thousands of promised American forces will be moving into Africa over the next 30 days to set up facilities and form training teams to help the Africans treat Ebola victims....

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Health IT jobs garner big bucks

Healthcare IT News: September 19, 2014
A new survey from online jobs search firm HealthITJobs.com reveals that work in health IT results in above-average salaries for many positions in the field, depending on experience, location and gender. Many of the jobs also come with bonuses. [Infographic: 2014 HealthITJobs.com salary survey.] Some of the key survey findings are: read more

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How to use an EHR? Depends whom you ask

Healthcare IT News: September 19, 2014
The data in electronic health records may be structured, but the usage patterns of the doctors who interact with them is anything but, according to research from Weill Cornell Medical College. [See also: When EHR design is a 'what not to do'] After getting acclimated to EHRs, physicians tend to fall into their own personalized usage patterns, according to the research – leading to a huge variability to how the systems are put to work. read more

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FTC green lights Cerner-Siemens deal

Healthcare IT News: September 19, 2014
EHR giant Cerner is now one step closer to completing its pending acquisition of Siemens Health Services, after the Federal Trade Commission gave the go ahead to an early termination of the deal's waiting period under antitrust laws.     read more

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FDA releases updated proposals to improve food safety and help prevent foodborne illness in response to public comments

FDA US Food & Drug: September 19, 2014
Based on extensive outreach and public comment, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today proposed revisions to four proposed rules designed to help prevent food-borne illness. When finalized, the proposed rules will implement portions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which aims to strengthen food safety by shifting the focus to preventing food safety problems rather than responding to problems after the fact.

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7 ways to boost your happiness

CNN Health: September 19, 2014
Happiness isn't just an emotional state. Science shows people who are happy live longer and healthier lives.

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Well: The Expanding American Waistline

New York Times - Health: September 19, 2014
Average waist circumference — but not B.M.I. — has increased significantly in the United States, a new study reports.

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Pregnancy hormone link to poor maths

BBC Health: September 19, 2014
Research suggests children born to mothers who have low thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy do worse at maths.

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Why I became a human guinea pig

CNN Health: September 19, 2014
Earlier this week, Brian Shepherd sat down in a small doctor's office in Bethesda, Maryland. A technician swabbed his arm and gave him a quick jab with a needle.

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Ebola health team killed in Guinea

BBC Health: September 19, 2014
Nine members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers in Guinea, officials say.

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VIDEO: Ebola warning 'a wake-up call'

BBC Health: September 19, 2014
US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power tells the BBC's Nick Bryant that she hopes a warning about the threat posed by Ebola by the UN Security Council, will be a wake-up call.

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Sleep longer, dream weirder

CNN Health: September 19, 2014
Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health -they look at artificial sweeteners, our expanding waistlines, teen drug use, the intensity of dreams, and a new way to detect depression.

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8 killed in Guinea town over Ebola fears

CNN Health: September 19, 2014
They were traveling to raise awareness about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Instead, it seems, they encountered violence.

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The longer you sleep, the weirder your dreams

CNN Health: September 19, 2014
Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health -they look at artificial sweeteners, our expanding waistlines, teen drug use, the intensity of dreams, and a new way to detect depression.

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Your Money Adviser: Rule Changes Increase Flexibility in Pretax Health Care Accounts

New York Times - Health: September 19, 2014
Employers have the option of letting participants carry over as much as $500 to the next plan year, rather than forfeit it.

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Well: Living With Cancer: Making Room

New York Times - Health: September 18, 2014
Cancer treatment and its aftereffects can prompt a cleaning binge and emptying of shelves. But for what, exactly, are we making room?

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Apple-Epic collaboration hits snag

Healthcare IT News: September 18, 2014
The newest iPhone operating system was released yesterday, but the hotly anticipated HealthKit technology wasn't part of it. Nonetheless, even tight-lipped Epic has begun to offer details about what the platform will look like when the kinks are finally ironed out. A coding snafu discovered in Apple's new wellness platform has developers in Cupertino, Calif., rushing to fix it – but it could be some time before that much-discussed piece of iOS 8 is ready for prime time. read more

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DealBook: Bayer to Spin Off Plastics Group to Focus on Health Care

New York Times - Health: September 18, 2014
The listing of the polymer business is the latest step as Bayer, which started in Germany in 1863 as a chemical company, shifts to focus primarily on health care.

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Developers want mHealth security talks

Healthcare IT News: September 18, 2014
App developers, who say they are being left out of important mHealth privacy and security conversations, are calling on the federal government to give them a little more transparency around the issues.    In a letter to Congressman Tom Marino, R-Pa., several developers and the 5,000-member ACT/The App Association have asked to be brought up to date on mHealth regulations. They've also requested changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, to make it more in tune with current technology. read more

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About New York: An Effort to Raise Awareness of Sepsis, Led by Families Touched by It

New York Times - Health: September 18, 2014
Families who have lost loved ones to sepsis, a deadly immune response, are channeling their shared grief to save lives.

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'Kill yourself' doctor suspended

BBC Health: September 18, 2014
A doctor who told a patient threatening to kill herself to "go and jolly well do it now" is suspended for three months.

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NHS staff vote for strike action

BBC Health: September 18, 2014
NHS workers in England have voted in favour of striking over pay.

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Clinical Spotlight Episode 17: Daniel Nigrin, MD

Healthcare IT News: September 18, 2014
Daniel Nigrin, MD, CIO at Boston Children's Hospital, describes his experience dealing with a cyberattack at the hospital by notorious hactivist group Anonymous. Thumbnail:  read more

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World Briefing: Syria: Opposition Investigates Vaccine

New York Times - Health: September 18, 2014
Officials of the Syrian opposition coalition said they had created a commission of inquiry into the deaths of children caused by adulterated measles vaccine administered this week.

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Live to 100: Laugh more

CNN Health: September 18, 2014
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how laughing more can help us live to 100.

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Fear of Ebola Drives Mob to Kill Officials in Guinea

New York Times - Health: September 18, 2014
Eight people were killed near a remote village in Guinea after a rock-hurling mob attacked them, claiming they had come to spread the Ebola virus.

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Ebola Presents Challenge, and an Opportunity, for U.N. Leader

New York Times - Health: September 18, 2014
For Ban Ki-moon, in his seventh year leading the United Nations, Ebola represents a crucial test — but also an opportunity to lead the global response in fighting the outbreak.

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How Catholic health plans deal with birth control

CNN Health: September 18, 2014
Catholic health plans have for years been arranging for outside firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

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HIMSS goes to Congress, 'asks' in hand

Healthcare IT News: September 18, 2014
HIMSS delegates from states across the country are heading up Capitol Hill Thursday with three "asks" for health IT. They've discussed in several private committee meetings how they would approach the lawmakers – or in several cases – the lawmakers' staffers. Congressional staff can be influential, notes Tom Leary, vice president of government relations for HIMSS. read more

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Business Briefing: F.D.A. Approves Trulicity, a Drug for Type 2 Diabetes

New York Times - Health: September 18, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new injectable diabetes drug from Eli Lilly for adults with the most common form of the disease.

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Op-Ed Contributor: When Medicine Is Futile

New York Times - Health: September 18, 2014
Doctors need to be able to say “no” when more treatment won’t help.

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Cancer test 'Jolie effect' found

BBC Health: September 18, 2014
Referrals to breast cancer clinics more than doubled in the UK after Angelina Jolie revealed last year she had had a double mastectomy, say scientists.

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Ebola blood sold on black market

CNN Health: September 18, 2014
As hospitals struggle to keep up, desperate patients are turning to the black market to buy blood from Ebola survivors, the World Health Organization warns.

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Health services finances 'worsening'

BBC Health: September 18, 2014
Supposedly-elite NHS foundation trusts in England are running up an overall deficit for the first time, the regulator is expected to say later.

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Obesity the new smoking - NHS boss

BBC Health: September 18, 2014
Obesity is the new smoking in terms of the impact on health and the cost to the NHS, the head of the NHS in England says.

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