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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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'Exciting' drug flushes out HIV

BBC Health: July 22, 2014
Scientists say they have made an "exciting" step towards curing HIV by forcing the virus out of its hiding places in the body.

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Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

Associated Press Healthwire: July 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick....

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In Defense of Science

Scientific American: Health: July 22, 2014
Steady, sufficient investments in basic research are necessary to ensure the continued success of the U.S. in the future, four expert witnesses, including Scientific American’s editor in chief,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Federal appeals court deals blow to health law

Associated Press Healthwire: July 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies....

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HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection

Associated Press Healthwire: July 22, 2014
There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug works now shows that it does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses....

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Peaches, plums recalled

CNN Health: July 22, 2014
If you've picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's or Walmart stores recently, keep reading.

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Fruit recall affects Costco, Trader Joe's, Walmart

CNN Health: July 22, 2014
If you've picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's or Walmart stores recently, keep reading.

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German court: chronically ill could grow marijuana

Associated Press Healthwire: July 22, 2014
BERLIN (AP) -- Some Germans may soon be able to grow their own marijuana to relieve chronic pain after a ruling from a court in Cologne....

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XL Love: How fat is affecting our love lives

CNN Health: July 22, 2014
A new book, "XL Love," focuses on how obesity is "complicating" America's love life.

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The healthiest fish to eat?

CNN Health: July 22, 2014
As our oceans become more polluted, Sally Kohn sits down with Fabien Cousteau to talk about the healthiest fish to eat.

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The healthiest fish to eat?

CNN Health: July 22, 2014
As our oceans become more polluted, Sally Kohn sits down with Fabien Cousteau to talk about the healthiest fish to eat.

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Mariette DiChristina: "Science is an Engine of Human Prosperity"

Scientific American: Health: July 22, 2014
Written testimony for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing "The Federal Research Portfolio: Capitalizing on Investments in R&D" held on July 17,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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MERS may be airborne, scientists say

CNN Health: July 22, 2014
The deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus may be transmitted through the air, according to a new observation paper.

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Vinton G. Cerf: The Value of "Investment by the U.S. Government" Cannot Be Overstated

Scientific American: Health: July 22, 2014
Written testimony for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing "The Federal Research Portfolio: Capitalizing on Investments in R&D" held on July 17,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Why Science Is Important

Scientific American: Health: July 22, 2014
Our own track record proves that steady federal funding support leads to success -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Music Might Boost Self-Awareness in Alzheimer's Patients

Scientific American: Health: July 22, 2014
Many studies have found that familiar songs enhance mood, relieve stress and reduce anxiety in patients with Alzheimer's, perhaps because musical memory is often spared even when a patient has... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Three person IVF plans 'progress'

BBC Health: July 22, 2014
A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health.

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Epilepsy affects 2.3 million

CNN Health: July 22, 2014
An estimated 2.3 million adults in the United States have epilepsy, according to the CDC. Actress Sky McCole Bartusiak was one of them.

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7 things to know about epilepsy

CNN Health: July 22, 2014
An estimated 2.3 million adults in the United States have epilepsy, according to the CDC. Actress Sky McCole Bartusiak was one of them.

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Health unions to ballot on strikes

BBC Health: July 22, 2014
Two key health unions are to ballot their members in England on industrial action, including strikes, over pay.

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The New Old Age Blog: An ‘Emotional Burden’ Rarely Discussed

New York Times - Health: July 22, 2014
Tens of millions of adults suffer with a form of incontinence, a new report finds.

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FGM parents to face prosecution

BBC Health: July 22, 2014
Parents will face prosecution if they fail to prevent their daughters undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) or forced marriage under new measures being announced.

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VIDEO: Clegg vows action to stop FGM

BBC Health: July 22, 2014
New measures aimed at ending female genital mutilation within a generation will be announced at a global summit in London.

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VIDEO: New measures to tackle FGM

BBC Health: July 22, 2014
Parents who allow their daughters to be subjected to female genital mutilation will face prosecution under new legislation.

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VIDEO: NHS tests patient monitoring patch

BBC Health: July 22, 2014
A patch the size of a plaster is to be tested by the NHS as a new way of continuously monitoring a patient's heart rate, breathing and temperature.

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VA nominee McDonald goes before Congress

Associated Press Healthwire: July 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department is going before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for a confirmation hearing as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job....

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Fly in ear time-wasting call to 999

BBC Health: July 22, 2014
A man with a fly in his ear and a woman questioning if a green potato was poisonous were among thousands of non-urgent 999 calls made to the Welsh Ambulance Service last year.

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NHS tests 'plaster' patient-monitor

BBC Health: July 22, 2014
The NHS is starting to test a sticking-plaster-sized patient-monitoring patch.

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Big Allergan Investor Sells Most of Stake

Wall Street Journal: July 21, 2014
Allergan shareholder Capital Research and Management has sold nearly all of its holdings in the Botox maker's stock amid Valeant's takeover attempt.

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Stem cells aid muscle repair, strengthening after resistance exercise

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
By injecting mesenchymal stem cells into mouse leg muscles prior to several bouts of eccentric exercise (similar to the lengthening contractions performed during resistance training in humans), researchers were able to increase the rate of repair and enhance the growth and strength of those muscles in the exercising mice.

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Mental health issues in children with relatives who participated in manhunt after Boston Marathon

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
Children with relatives who were called upon to participate in the interagency manhunt following the Boston Marathon attack carried a particularly heavy mental health burden, according to a study that included surveys of Boston-area parents and other caretakers.

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More than glitter: How gold nanoparticles easily penetrate cells, making them useful for delivering drugs

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
A special class of tiny gold particles can easily slip through cell membranes, making them good candidates to deliver drugs directly to target cells. Scientists can now explain how gold nanoparticles easily penetrate cells, making them useful for delivering drugs.

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New research links bad diet to loss of smell

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
Could stuffing yourself full of high-fat foods cause you to lose your sense of smell? A new study by neuroscientists says so, and it has researchers taking a closer look at how our diets could impact a whole range of human functions that were not traditionally considered when examining the impact of obesity.

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Process to purify water using seed extracts now simplified

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
Researchers have streamlined and simplified a process that uses extracts from seeds of Moringa oleifa trees to purify water, reducing levels of harmful bacteria by 90 percent to 99 percent. The hardy trees that are drought resistant are cultivated widely throughout many countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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Genes that contribute to radiation resistance identified

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
Forty-six genes in Escherichia coli have been discovered that are necessary for its survival at exceptionally high levels of radiation, researchers report in a new article. "The research has revealed new pathways of cellular self-repair, including DNA pathways that in humans that may help protect us from cancer," says a corresponding author.

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A Good Appetite: The Ultimate Veggie Burger

New York Times - Health: July 21, 2014
It’s difficult to make a veggie burger with great flavor and a firm, succulent texture. This is how you do it.

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