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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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VIDEO: Urgent calls to tackle childhood obesity

BBC Health: August 31, 2014
Children condemned to 'lifetime of ill-health', warn doctors leaders, as calls are made for a government taskforce.

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MU Stage2 offers 2014 flexibility

Healthcare IT News: August 30, 2014
The Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use August 29 that offers hospitals and physicians flexibility for 2014. The new rule allows eligible providers to use the 2011 Edition of certified EHR technology or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition for the 2014 Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, Come 2015, all eligible providers will be required to use the 2014 Edition if certified EHR technology. read more

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Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care

Associated Press Healthwire: August 30, 2014
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a sweltering ward, he would jump on the phone to coordinate with the Ministry of Health, to deal with personnel issues and tend to hospital business....

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Meet CrossFit's Fittest Man on Earth

CNN Health: August 30, 2014
From Fittest Man on Earth to new father, CrossFit champion Rich Froning talks about his success at the 2014 Games and where he goes from here.

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'Urgent' call for obesity taskforce

BBC Health: August 30, 2014
Doctors' leaders are calling for an emergency taskforce to be set up to tackle childhood obesity in England.

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What You Need to Know for Health-Plan Enrollment

Wall Street Journal: August 30, 2014
The new federal health law could affect your plan.

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Bionic pancreas: A new dawn for diabetics?

BBC Health: August 30, 2014
Labs in race to find bionic solution for Type 1 Diabetes

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Sunbed study highlights cancer risk

BBC Health: August 30, 2014
Sunbed users are still at risk of skin cancer even if they do not burn their skin, according to a new study by Dundee University.

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Experts argue for drink price plan

BBC Health: August 30, 2014
Health professionals say they are stepping up efforts to see alcohol minimum pricing in place in Scotland, with a seminar being held in Brussels.

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New Novartis Drug Shows Striking Efficacy in Treating Heart Failure

New York Times - Health: August 30, 2014
The drug reduced the risk of dying from cardiovascular causes and the risk of being hospitalized for worsening heart failure by about 20 percent in a large trial.

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End-of-Life Talks May Finally Overcome Politics

New York Times - Health: August 30, 2014
Medicare may cover advance care planning that was once decried as “death panels,” and some private insurers are not waiting for the political process.

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Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

Associated Press Healthwire: August 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring....

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Is Any Amount of Alcohol Good for Us?

WebMD: August 29, 2014
To drink or not to drink? It's a question not easily answered – at least when it comes to our health.

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WHO issues roadmap to scale up international response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 29, 2014
The World Health Organization has issued a roadmap to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa. The aim is to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6-9 months, while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread.

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Senegal confirms first Ebola case

CNN Health: August 29, 2014
The West African country of Senegal has confirmed its first Ebola case one week after closing its borders with Guinea over fears that the deadly outbreak could spread, the Senegalese Press Agency reported Friday.

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Adults Take In 200 More Calories Per Day When They Eat Out

NIH Medline Plus: August 29, 2014
Source: American Cancer Society Related MedlinePlus Page: Nutrition

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Painkiller addicts turn to heroin

CNN Health: August 29, 2014
The face of heroin abuse in America is changing. And part of the reason is that society wanted a quick fix to the prescription drug abuse problem.

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MERS: Low transmissibility, dangerous illness

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 29, 2014
The MERS coronavirus has caused disease outbreaks across the Arabian Peninsula and spread to Europe several times. The severe pneumonia virus has claimed the lives of several hundred people since its discovery in 2012. For a long time, scientists have been puzzled over how easily the pathogen spreads from human to human. An international team of researchers has now come to the conclusion that the rate of human transmission is low.

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WHO calls for limits on e-cigarettes

CNN Health: August 29, 2014
The World Health Organization is calling for strict regulations on e-cigarettes.

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Many Foods' 'Trans-Fat-Free' Claims False: Study

WebMD: August 29, 2014
Many Foods' 'Trans-Fat-Free' Claims False: Study

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Why painkiller addicts turn to heroin

CNN Health: August 29, 2014
The face of heroin abuse in America is changing. And part of the reason is that society wanted a quick fix to the prescription drug abuse problem.

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Raising an Anxious Child

NIH Medline Plus: August 29, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Anxiety, Child Mental Health, Parenting

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Senegal confirms first Ebola case

BBC Health: August 29, 2014
Senegal's health ministry confirms a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth west African country now affected by the outbreak.

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Post-natal care lacking, say midwives

BBC Health: August 29, 2014
A report from the Royal College of Midwives suggests that 40% of women are being discharged from hospital before they are ready after having a baby.

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Blues go public with data exchange

Healthcare IT News: August 29, 2014
Two large health insurers are hoping a new "public utility" patient data sharing service will improve one of the most pernicious problems in American healthcare. Blue Shield of California and WellPoint, the parent of Anthem Blue Cross, are investing a combined $80 million to start the California Integrated Data Exchange, as a “next generation” health information exchange service for providers, payers and patients. read more

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Single Animal to Human Transmission Event Responsible for 2014 Ebola Outbreak

NIH Medline Plus: August 29, 2014
Source: National Institutes of Health - Related MedlinePlus Page: Ebola

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Leadership and Calm Are Urged in Outbreak

New York Times - Health: August 29, 2014
Leadership and help from Western nations are needed to eradicate the virus in West Africa, said pioneers in the fights against smallpox, polio and other diseases.

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Attendee Highlights - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

Healthcare IT News: August 29, 2014
Healthcare IT News' Erin McCann speaks with attendees of the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego about key takeaways and reactions to the conference. Thumbnail:  read more

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Adam's story: 63 pills a day

CNN Health: August 29, 2014
The modest clinic on Milpas Street in laid-back Santa Barbara, California, was well known to patients seeking powerful pain medication.

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Quarantine for Ebola Lifted in Liberia Slum

New York Times - Health: August 29, 2014
The president of Liberia had rejected the advice of Ebola experts in quarantining the West Point neighborhood, a move that resulted in deadly clashes.

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Obesity Is Now So Normal That Parents Can't See It in Their Kids

Scientific American: Health: August 29, 2014
Gradual change is hard to detect—and made more complicated because the point of reference has changed -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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With Intensive Swim Lessons, a Man Attacks His Fear of Water

New York Times - Health: August 29, 2014
Traumatized by childhood incidents, Attis Clopton was deathly afraid of water, so he confronted his fear by enrolling in a program of swimming lessons.

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Judge Rejects Texas Stricture on Abortions

New York Times - Health: August 29, 2014
A federal judge in Austin, Tex., blocked a stringent new rule on Friday that would have forced more than half of the state’s remaining abortion clinics to close.

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Medicare Will Settle Short-Term Care Bills

New York Times - Health: August 29, 2014
Under the proposed settlement, hospital claims involving inpatient stays that are now under appeal would be paid at the rate of 68 cents for every dollar billed.

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