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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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National Briefing | Southwest: Texas: Possible Ebola Patient Isolated

New York Times - Health: September 30, 2014
A Texas hospital said on Monday it has admitted a patient into “strict isolation” to be evaluated for possible infection with Ebola.

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Antibiotic 'link to child obesity'

BBC Health: September 30, 2014
A large American study suggests young children who are given repeated courses of antibiotics are more likely than those given fewer drugs to be obese.

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Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria Appears to Be Over

New York Times - Health: September 30, 2014
Every known case in the country has now died or recovered, and the cure rate was unusually high for an African outbreak.

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North Shore-LIJ to market ICD-10 coding

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
North Shore-LIJ Health System has launched HealthForce, a new business unit that will offer coding services to other healthcare organizations nationwide. [See also: ICD-10 delay has hurt readiness] The 6,000-bed, 9,400-physician, 48,000-employee health system is one of the largest in the U.S. It aims to bring its clinical and financial expertise to other, smaller providers – especially with regard to ICD-10, whose compliance deadline is one year from tomorrow. read more

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Optum to acquire MedSynergies

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
Optum, the health IT division of UnitedHealth, will acquire MedSynergies -- which makes practice management, revenue cycle, physician referral management and other ambulatory-focused technology, for an undisclosed sum. [See also: Optum Labs signs 7 new participants] read more

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Digital Medical Records Become Common, but Sharing Remains Challenging

New York Times - Health: September 30, 2014
Doctors and hospital executives are expressing frustration that high expense and technical difficulties inhibit a major goal of the Affordable Care Act — disseminating medical information electronically.

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California bill a boost for health IT

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
As health information managers gathered in San Diego this week for the American Health Information Management Society's annual convention, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that could result in more workers to fulfill the increasing demand for health IT and data analytics professionals. read more

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Johnson & Johnson buying Alios for $1.75B

Associated Press Healthwire: September 30, 2014
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- Johnson & Johnson is buying the biopharmaceutical company Alios BioPharma Inc. for about $1.75 billion....

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NIH awards initial $46 million for BRAIN Initiative research

National Institutes of Health: September 30, 2014
Projects lay the groundwork for visualizing the brain in action.

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Now comes Moneyball for health IT

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
An overarching theme from a vendor's first analytics conference is similar to something that that EHR vendors have been saying for years: workflow and organizational culture are at least as important as the technology itself when it comes to healing healthcare through IT. read more

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Slideshow: Top 10 biggest HIPAA breaches

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
Top 10 biggest HIPAA breaches Daily Feature 1 of 10 10. Sutter Medical FoundationIndividuals Affected: 943,434 When: October 2011 The Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health affiliate reported the theft of a company desktop computer containing clinical data and medical diagnoses information of patients. Moreover, the computer also contained limited demographic data of more than 3.3 million additional individuals. There have been 11 lawsuits in total, which could amount to between $944 million and $4.25 billion. The numbers are scary. Healthcare providers and payers, together with their business associates, are still failing to protect patient privacy and ensure the security of their personal health information. The drumbeat of data violations continues: To

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More Groups Join Project on the Brain

New York Times - Health: September 30, 2014
Federal agencies and private businesses and institutions are aligning their research with the Brain Initiative, which is studying the brain in action.

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Boy's life-support should end - judge

BBC Health: September 30, 2014
A boy with irreversible brain damage should be taken off a life-support machine despite the objections of his parents, a High Court judge rules.

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How to really lose weight

CNN Health: September 30, 2014
From what to eat to how much to exercise, Elizabeth Cohen explains what you really need to do to lose weight.

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Eric Topol unplugged at AHIMA

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
Known for his rapid fire, entertaining talks on the condition of U.S. healthcare today, the famed cardiologist, innovator and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, Calif., paused to answer questions from the AHIMA audience at a separate session after his Monday morning presentation. Q. What kind of response or resistance, or lack thereof are you hearing from physicians, from practitioners? read more

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How to become a morning person

CNN Health: September 30, 2014
Let's start with the bad news: Only about 1 in 10 people is a true morning person, according to The Body Clock Guide to Better Health.

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NFL player who killed girlfriend, self likely had CTE

CNN Health: September 30, 2014
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher likely had a devastating brain disease when he shot and killed his girlfriend and then himself two years ago, a doctor says in a new report.

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Tooth decay in toddlers - top tips

BBC Health: September 30, 2014
Experts on ways to encourage children to look after their teeth

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Thousands of Ebola orphans 'shunned'

BBC Health: September 30, 2014
At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who have lost one or both parents to Ebola this year face being shunned, the UN says.

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Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients

Associated Press Healthwire: September 30, 2014
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives....

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The battle over GP opening

BBC Health: September 30, 2014
Are longer GP hours answer to improving access to services?

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DeSalvo strikes interoperability chord

Healthcare IT News: September 30, 2014
ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, promised an audience of AHIMA members that the government would act "fast into interoperability." She drew applause when she added, "We cannot wait for 10 years to get this done." read more

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Gov't to reveal drug company payments to doctors

Associated Press Healthwire: September 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Striving to shine a light on potential ethical conflicts in medicine, the Obama administration is releasing data on drug company payments to tens of thousands of individual doctors....

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VIDEO: Children hit by tooth decay at three

BBC Health: September 30, 2014
More than one in 10 three-year-olds have tooth decay, the first survey of the age group shows.

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VIDEO: GPs to be available at weekends

BBC Health: September 30, 2014
Patients will be able to visit their GPs at weekends and in the evening under a new Tory policy to be announced at their conference.

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NIH exceptional responders to cancer therapy study launched

National Institutes of Health: September 30, 2014
Study to investigate the molecular factors of tumors associated with exceptional treatment responses of cancer patients to drug therapies.

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Think twice about 'the pill'

CNN Health: September 29, 2014
When it comes to effective birth control options for teens, "the pill" might be considered a reproductive relic.

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Doctors: Think twice about 'the pill'

CNN Health: September 29, 2014
When it comes to effective birth control options for teens, "the pill" might be considered a reproductive relic.

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PM vows seven-day GP access by 2020

BBC Health: September 29, 2014
David Cameron pledges more money to ensure seven-day GP access across is rolled out across England by 2020.

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Five babies test positive for TB in Texas

CNN Health: September 29, 2014
Five babies in El Paso, Texas, have tested positive for tuberculosis after being exposed to the infectious disease at a local hospital, the city's health department says.

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Mail merge mishap leads to data breach

Healthcare IT News: September 29, 2014
A mail merge gone wrong has officials at the University of Florida and Texas Health and Human Services in a rush to send 418 patient notification letters after the error, which occurred one year ago, resulted in a data breach.    Despite patient notification letters being mailed this past week, the incident occurred nearly one year ago and it took officials four months to report the error to the university board.   read more

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A security threat worse than Heartbleed

Healthcare IT News: September 29, 2014
The Health Information Trust Alliance has put out a word of warning about Shellshock, a system vulnerability it says could wreak much more damage than the infamous Heartbleed bug. The HITRUST Cyber Threat Intelligence and Incident Coordination Center, known as C3, announced this past week it has been tracking the remote code execution vulnerability, which it says can allow hackers to bypass commands and execute arbitrary code, leaving OS X and Linux machines open to attack. read more

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The New Health Care: What We’re Learning About Drug Company Payments to Doctors

New York Times - Health: September 29, 2014
New information on payments by pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers is being made public this week as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Well: Celiac Disease, a Common, but Elusive, Diagnosis

New York Times - Health: September 29, 2014
A main reason for a lag in the detection of celiac disease is the long and confusing list of signs and symptoms, some of which may be mild enough to be easily ignored or attributed to another condition.

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Brothers road trip before going blind

CNN Health: September 29, 2014
What would you see if you knew you wouldn't be able to see much longer? Tod and Justin Purvis traveled across America to find the answer.

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