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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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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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Let’s Talk about Ebola Survivors and Sex

Scientific American: Health: October 31, 2014
As more patients recover from the infection, what risk do they pose to their sexual partners? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis

Associated Press Healthwire: October 31, 2014
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week - months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later....

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A welcome -- or not -- for health workers from Africa's Ebola zone

CNN Health: October 31, 2014
Maine's plan to impose a mandatory quarantine on nurse Kaci Hickox highlights an individual liberty versus public safety controversy about health workers returning from Africa's Ebola zone.

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A look at Ebola guidelines in some states

Associated Press Healthwire: October 31, 2014
States have broad authority to quarantine people to prevent the spread of disease, and several are exercising that right to go beyond the safety recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for containing the deadly Ebola virus....

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APNewsBreak: Medicare bought meds for dead people

Associated Press Healthwire: October 31, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead....

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Kaci Hickox's boyfriend: 'We don't believe that we can get anyone sick'

CNN Health: October 31, 2014
The boyfriend of a Maine nurse who defied an Ebola quarantine is speaking out, saying isolating returnees from West Africa will affect their partners as well.

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VIDEO: Wine vs doughnut: The hidden calories in booze

BBC Health: October 31, 2014
Alcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors.

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VIDEO: The makeshift 'protection' for Ebola

BBC Health: October 31, 2014
The BBC's Anne Soy reports from Ghana, where health care workers in one hospital serving Liberian refugees have had to use rain coats instead of proper protective gear against Ebola.

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Protest Sparked as Louisiana Seeks to Ban Doctors Returned from West Africa

Scientific American: Health: October 30, 2014
The response to Ebola could be undermined as Louisiana officials ask that doctors and researchers recently returned from 3 West African nations not attend the American Society of Tropical Medicine... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The New Old Age Blog: A Workout for the Mind

New York Times - Health: October 30, 2014
Improved perceptions of aging can lead to increases in physical strength, an unusual study finds.

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AAFP Member Describes His Experience Overcoming Ebola

American Academy of Family Physicians: October 30, 2014
AAFP member Kent Brantly, M.D., sat down with AAFP News shortly before his speech to a packed ballroom during the AAFP Assembly on Oct. 24 to discuss his experience with Ebola infection.

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FTC sues Gerber over claims on infant formula

Associated Press Healthwire: October 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators announced Thursday they were suing Gerber, the well-known baby food maker, for claiming that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children....

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Identifying the source of stem cells

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
When most animals begin life, cells immediately begin accepting assignments to become a head, tail or a vital organ. However, mammals, including humans, are special. The cells of mammalian embryos get to make a different first choice -- to become the protective placenta or to commit to forming the baby.

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Clock gene dysregulation may explain overactive bladder

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
If you think sleep problems and bladder problems are a fact of life in old age, you may be right. A new report shows that our sleep-wake cycles are genetically connected to our bladder, and disruptions to one may cause problems with the other.

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New molecule sneaks medicines across blood/brain barrier

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Delivering life-saving drugs across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) might become a little easier thanks to a new study. In the new report, scientists describe an antibody, called 'FC5,' is one-tenth the size of a traditional antibody and able to cross the BBB.

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Size matters: Baby's size at birth may predict risk for disease later in life

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Being overweight might be better in the long term than being underweight, at least when it comes to infants. "These findings support the hypothesis that common long-term variation in the activity of genes established in the womb may underpin links between size at birth and risk for adult disease," said one of the authors.

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BPA exposure by infants may increase later risk of food intolerance

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Scientists show, for the first time, that there is a link between perinatal exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) at low doses and the risk to develop food intolerance in later life. "We may look back one day and see BPA exposure as one of the more important public health problems of our time," said one expert. "We know that too much exposure is bad, but exactly how much exposure is too much is still up for debate."

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Adapative 'nowcasting' key to accurate flu data trends using Google search terms

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Google search data really can provide a more accurate real time picture of current flu infections, researchers have found. Official reports of influenza infection rates are produced with a delay of at least one week. Yet researchers from Google and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that data on searches for influenza related terms could be used to provide a real time estimate of the number of people with flu infections, with almost no delay.

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Device developed for running shoes that prevents injuries

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
A prototype running shoe has been designed with an integrated device that improves training management and prevents injuries. The device consists of a microelectronic measuring system capable of gathering biomechanical parameters that characterize the runner's technique during a race. This information is wirelessly transmitted to the runner's mobile phone and a mobile phone application provides real-time feedback, including level of performance and suggestions to change the running pattern or to stop running in case of detecting a high risk of injury.

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Clinical practice guidelines address multimodality treatment for esophageal cancer

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
New clinical practice guidelines for treating cancer of the esophagus and gastroesophageal junction (area where the esophagus meets the stomach) have been released. The guidelines include nine evidence-based recommendations that address issues related to multimodality care, including neoadjuvant therapy (chemotherapy and radiation therapy given prior to surgery). The goal of this therapy is to reduce the extent of cancer before an operation to maximize the chance of obtaining a cure.

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Bat influenza viruses unlikely to pose a threat to human health

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Veterinary researchers have completed new research that suggests the bat influence virus poses a low risk to humans.

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Fearing Ebola? Doctors say get a flu shot

Associated Press Healthwire: October 30, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) -- Fever? Headache? Muscle aches? Forget about Ebola - chances are astronomically higher that you have the flu or some other common bug....

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Lawsuit: Surgical gowns let diseases pass through

Associated Press Healthwire: October 30, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases....

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Europeans' Plan for Uncontrolled Ebola Trial Draws Fire

Wall Street Journal: October 30, 2014
Medical groups in the U.K. and France say that it would be unethical to hold back experimental Ebola treatments from anyone. U.S. officials say that without control groups getting placebos, it can’t be known whether the drugs are saving lives or killing people.

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Liberia’s Ebola Crisis Puts President in Harsh Light

New York Times - Health: October 30, 2014
As Liberia’s first elected leader after a devastating civil war, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has pushed the country to economic growth, but gains have been halted by the Ebola outbreak.

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State data breach numbers sound alarm

Healthcare IT News: October 30, 2014
California state officials this week released its second annual data breach report, and spoiler alert: the numbers for the healthcare industry aren't pretty.   read more

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Ion adsorption matter in biology

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Biological membranes are mainly composed of lipid bilayers. Gaining a better understanding of adsorption of solution ions onto lipid membranes helps clarify functional processes in biological cells. A new study provides a quantitative description of the equilibria between lipid membranes and surrounding solution ions. In addition to shedding some light on biological processes, these results could also have implications for, among other things, the future development of medical diagnostics.

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Breakdown in gut barriers to bacteria may promote inflammation and craving in alcoholics

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Bacteria in the GI tract fulfill many vital functions and are critical for digestion. Yet, these same bacteria can induce strong inflammatory responses by the immune system if they penetrate the gut and enter the bloodstream. Prior research has established the involvement of inflammatory processes in the development of psychiatric disorders, including major depression and alcohol dependence, but the origins of such inflammation have remained unclear. Now, researchers have found that inflammatory pathways are stimulated in alcohol-dependent patients by bacteria that escape the gut barrier, which correlated with alcohol craving.

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Pterostilbene, a molecule similar to resveratrol, as a potential treatment for obesity

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Pterostilbene is a phenolic compound in the same family as resveratrol and is present in small amounts in a large variety of foods and beverages like blueberries or red wine. Researchers have observed in animal models that its administration reduces the build-up of body fat, which could reduce the risk of developing other diseases like diabetes.

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Even mild depressive symptoms result in poorer lumbar spinal stenosis surgery outcome

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Even mild depressive symptoms can weaken the outcome of lumbar spinal stenosis surgery, according to a recent study. Patients with depressive symptoms had a weaker functional capacity post-surgery even five years after surgery. "The results indicate that attention should be paid to even mild depressive symptoms both before and after the surgery. This would allow health care professionals to recognize patients who might benefit from enhanced psychosocial support as part of their surgery-related treatment and rehabilitation process," says the first author.

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Maine Nurse Defies State Ebola Quarantine, Leaves Home

Scientific American: Health: October 30, 2014
A nurse in Maine has vowed not to be bullied by politicians and is threatening to sue the state over an Ebola quarantine she calls unscientifically sound -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Model explains why HIV prevention dosing differs by sex

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
A mathematical model predicts that women must take the antiretroviral medication Truvada daily to prevent HIV infection via vaginal sex, whereas just two doses per week can protect men from HIV infection via anal sex. This finding helps explain why two large clinical trials testing HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, in women failed to show efficacy.

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National initiative shows multisystem approaches to reduce diabetes disparities

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Exciting results from an innovative, multicultural, five-year initiative, known as the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, have been published, revealing that a new model of chronic disease management for vulnerable populations with diabetes shows significant promise in strengthening coordination of care, reducing diabetes health disparities and improving health outcomes.

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High air pollution levels near unconventional oil and gas production sites

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Research suggests air pollutants released by unconventional oil and gas production are well over recommended levels in the US. High levels of benzene, hydrogen sulfide and formaldehyde were found. The study is the first to be based on community sampling by people who live near production sites and could be used to supplement official air-quality monitoring programs.

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Scientists Set Their Sights on First Whole-Eye Transplant

WebMD: October 30, 2014
Nerve regeneration is challenge, but real headway is being made in the field, researchers say

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Could copper prevent spread of Ebola?

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Copper could help to prevent the spread of Ebola, researchers have found. While hand washing, disinfectants and quarantine procedures alone have been found to be insufficient to contain the spread of the virus, research has offered promising evidence that antimicrobial copper - engineering materials with intrinsic hygiene benefits - could be a valuable addition to these existing measures.

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