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Fitbit has come a long way and continues to be the top fitness tracker. And now, it is seen as an eye catching fashion accessory and a fitness bling statement. Fitbit's newest models are now at the intersection of advanced health tracking and high end fashion. Fitbit has accomplished the combination of beautiful design and personal health information. Check out the new wrist candy and all the cool features it has to offer here >> See the HOTTEST new Fitbits!

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Awaken Your Sleeping Beauty With This Sleep Tracker

Sleep is the new hot topic and from what science tells us, it is the holy grail of health. If you can track it, you can optimize it. If you can optimize it, you can benefit from it. This hot new sleep tracker by Hello is the perfect sleep tracker for the perfect price. There is beauty in health, and it needs to be awakened. But before that, let's get the best sleep of our lives. If your VR headset lenses have stopped fogging up, you can learn more here: Sense Sleep Tracker on Amazon

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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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Caffeine During Pregnancy Tied to Overweight Offspring

New York Times - Well: April 26, 2018
Women who drank more than two to three cups of coffee a day were more likely to have obese children.

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E. Coli Flare-Up Is Largest Multistate Outbreak Since 2006

New York Times - Well: April 26, 2018
At least 84 people have been infected so far, according to health officials, who traced the illnesses to romaine lettuce from southwestern Arizona.

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Entangled clouds of atoms are quantum record-breakers

New Scientist Health News: April 26, 2018
Two distinct clouds of ultracold atoms have been entangled for the first time, which could help us figure out where quantum effects begin and end

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Humans may be to blame for a big earthquake in South Korea

New Scientist Health News: April 26, 2018
An earthquake that struck South Korea in 2017 was caused by a geothermal energy project that injected water underground – and risk assessments missed it

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Autism prevalence increases: 1 in 59 US children

CNN Health: April 26, 2018
One in 59 US children has autism, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Friends and family may help counter diabetes stress

Reuters Health News: April 26, 2018
(Reuters Health) - People with diabetes may have healthier blood sugar levels when they get lots of encouragement from family and friends to help them overcome the stress of managing their disease, a U.S. study suggests.

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Common antibiotic significantly reduces child deaths across Africa

CNN Health: April 26, 2018
Giving the antibiotic azithromycin twice a year to young children in sub-Saharan Africa reduced childhood deaths by 13.5%, a new study has shown.

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Ransomware attack against California provider breaches data of 85,000 patients

Healthcare IT News: April 26, 2018
Hackers hit the IT vendor of three Center for Orthopaedic Specialists locations in February, which locked out users and encrypted patient data.

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US autism rate up 15 percent over 2 year period

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 26, 2018
A new report that finds the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among 11 surveillance sites as one in 59 among children aged 8 years in 2014 (or 1.7 percent).

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Who am I? How cells find their identity

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 26, 2018
A research group has investigated more closely how a single embryonic cell develops into a heart, nerve or blood cell. For the first time, the researchers have been able to reconstruct the developmental trajectories of individual embryonic cells. Their results also suggest that cells can change their path during their maturation process.

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A Bit of Dark Chocolate Might Sweeten Your Vision

WebMD: April 26, 2018
The observed change in vision was small, but significant. However, the study authors stressed that it's too early for ophthalmologists to recommend chocolate as medicine for the eyes.

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Breast Cancer Genes a Real Risk for Men, Too

WebMD: April 26, 2018
BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations put women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancers, but  these mutations also increase men's risk for certain cancers.

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Hearing Aids May Help Keep Seniors Out of the ER

WebMD: April 26, 2018
Those who did use a hearing aid were less likely to have gone to an emergency room or spent time in the hospital within the past year.

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Cape Fear Valley Health moves to Epic and calls it a CHR, not EHR

Healthcare IT News: April 26, 2018
By replacing two Cerner systems, the North Carolina health system aims for a broader view, helping its physicians, nurses and IT staff work more collaboratively to serve patients with what it described as a comprehensive health record.

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There's Good News and Less Good News about Worldwide Immunization

Scientific American: Health: April 26, 2018
Mass immunization has greatly reduced the incidence of many illnesses, but there's much left to do -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Doctors Fret as Firm Stops Making Cancer Drug Pump

WebMD: April 26, 2018
The Codman pump is implanted in the abdomen and sends high doses of chemotherapy directly into the liver for cancer that has spread there, typically from colorectal tumors, The New York Times reported.

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Ochsner chief clinical transformation officer predicts future of healthcare in 3 words

Healthcare IT News: April 26, 2018
Richard Milani, MD, said healthcare is headed for big changes and the sooner hospitals and practices get on board with connected consumers and easy access to data, the better off they'll be.

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New York City's window guard policy tied to fewer falls and deaths

Reuters Health News: April 26, 2018
(Reuters Health) - New York City's window guard rule, which requires building owners to install window-limiting devices in apartments with children under age 10, has led to a dramatic reduction in injuries and deaths, researchers say.

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Shoebox-Sized Lab Can Diagnose Infectious Diseases from a Drop of Blood

Scientific American: Health: April 26, 2018
The device can already detect antibodies for measles and rubella -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Horses remember if you smiled or frowned when they last saw you

New Scientist Health News: April 26, 2018
Horses can remember the expressions on people’s faces and use them to make judgements about whether people are nice or unpleasant

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Gross alert: you can get a urinary tract infection from your dog

New Scientist Health News: April 26, 2018
Just like us, dogs carry many kinds of bacteria – and sometimes, this can spread from a pooch to their owner’s urinary tract, causing painful infections

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I’m Still Salty About My Sister’s Elopement

New York Times - Well: April 26, 2018
A reader wants to withhold an invitation to a family party from the sibling who did the same on her wedding day.

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Love Forged by the Threat of Deportation

New York Times - Well: April 26, 2018
A woman opens her heart to a relationship with a young immigrant from Colombia, despite the likelihood that it can’t last.

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Should primary pupils get mental health counselling?

BBC Health: April 26, 2018
A study suggests mental health counselling for primary pupils who need it could have economic benefits.

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Trauma centers serving vulnerable patients on shaky financial ground

Reuters Health News: April 26, 2018
(Reuters Health) - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been good for the financial health of Level 1 trauma centers in hospitals that serve vulnerable patients, but these critical facilities remain at risk of future financial problems, U.S. researchers say.

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Global study finds 44 genetic risk factors for major depression

Reuters Health News: April 26, 2018
(Reuters) - International scientists have identified 44 genetic variants that can increase the risk of developing major depression and found that all humans carry at least some of them.

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Trump administration's VA Secretary pick Ronny Jackson withdraws

Healthcare IT News: April 26, 2018
The White House Physician was already facing an uphill battle to be confirmed when 23 people accused him of improper work conduct.

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AbbVie's beat fueled by demand for Humira, Hep C drugs

Reuters Health News: April 26, 2018
(Reuters) - AbbVie Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, driven by higher sales of its rheumatoid arthritis treatment Humira and its Hepatitis C drugs, leading the company to raise its full-year earnings forecast.

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German minister calls for clearer labeling of unhealthy food

Reuters Health News: April 26, 2018
HAMBURG (Reuters) - Germany's food industry must label unhealthy products more clearly, the country’s new agriculture and consumer protection minister said on Thursday.

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U.S. judge blocks cuts to teen pregnancy prevention grants

Reuters Health News: April 26, 2018
(Reuters) - A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump's administration from terminating grants issued through a teen pregnancy prevention program, marking the third time in a week that a court has held that the administration's 2017 decision was unlawful.

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How 'promoting interoperability' will take health data sharing to another level

Healthcare IT News: April 26, 2018
The next phase of meaningful use is to create an ecosystem of APIs and apps, end data blocking and give patients choices about what tools they use to access their medical information.

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Evidence for persistent forest reliance by indigenous peoples in historical Sri Lanka

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 26, 2018
Working closely with Wanniyalaeto (Vedda) elders in Sri Lanka during the repatriation of skeletal remains, a team of researchers have demonstrated that while some indigenous hunter-gatherers in Sri Lanka made use of agricultural resources and trade connections with farmers and colonial power structures, others continued to subsist primarily on tropical forest resources as late as the 19th century.

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Robot port in China to unload shipping containers without humans

New Scientist Health News: April 26, 2018
Driverless vehicles will make the global shipping network cheaper and more efficient – and cost jobs

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A Better Clot-Buster Drug for Strokes?

WebMD: April 26, 2018
The researchers specifically looked to see which drug was better at restoring blood flow to clot-blocked blood vessels in the brain, and which drug resulted in patients having better outcomes.

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Unused Meds? Saturday Is National Drug Take Back Day

WebMD: April 26, 2018
Last fall, more than 912,000 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in at more than 5,300 Take Back Day sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners.

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Don’t rely on draconian controls to keep your kids safer online

New Scientist Health News: April 26, 2018
Concerns about use of social media by children and teens are multiplying. But is heavy-handed intervention the solution, wonders Paul Marks

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