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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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Well: Ask Well: Are Spray-On Sunscreens Safe?

New York Times - Health: August 22, 2014
A reader asks: Spray-on sunscreen has airborne particles that can spread or be inhaled, or can get into one’s eyes. Is this safe?

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Health experts' food poverty warning

BBC Health: August 22, 2014
More people are suffering from malnutrition as a result of worsening food poverty, health experts warn.

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DEA tightens rules on hydrocodone products

CNN Health: August 22, 2014
Hydrocodone combination pills, also known as opiods, have moved from a Schedule III drug to a Schedule II drug.

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Dentist at center of health scare cedes license

Associated Press Healthwire: August 22, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinics led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis permanently surrendered his professional license on Friday....

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Borders closing over Ebola fears

CNN Health: August 22, 2014
The West African country of Senegal has closed its borders with Guinea over fears that the Ebola outbreak could spread, according to the Senegalese Interior Ministry.

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Models of patient engagement emerge

Healthcare IT News: August 22, 2014
Stage 2 of meaningful use requires at least 5 percent of a given provider's patients to be engaged in their own care either through an online portal or an electronic personal health record. The threshold seems low, but it is the first time that achieving meaningful use is dependent on patient behavior. read more

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Low-Nicotine Cigarettes May Not Lead to More Smoking

WebMD: August 22, 2014
Concerns about inhaling more toxic chemicals weren't borne out in study

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Is 4D printing next for healthcare?

Healthcare IT News: August 22, 2014
The healthcare industry will be among the first to reap the benefits of emerging four-dimensional printing technology, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. [See also: Triple aim] 4D printing develops chameleonic materials whose properties shift according to external stimuli, such as temperature changes. read more

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As Basic EHR Use Rises, Data-sharing Lags Behind

American Academy of Family Physicians: August 22, 2014
Adoption of electronic health records among physicians in all specialties continues to increase steadily, with family physicians leading the way. According to a recent Health Affairs study, however, health information exchange between institutions and engaging patients through technology are lagging behind.

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Natural Light and Your Health

NIH Medline Plus: August 22, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Occupational Health, Sleep Disorders

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Follow that Cell

National Institutes of Health: August 22, 2014
NIH challenges innovators with a half million dollars in prizes.

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Some Insurers Refuse To Cover Contraceptives, Despite Health Law Requirement

WebMD: August 22, 2014
Some Insurers Refuse To Cover Contraceptives, Despite Health Law Requirement

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Rapid 'doctor's assistant' expansion

BBC Health: August 22, 2014
The NHS is to rapidly expand the number of physician associates, who take histories of patients, examine them and make simple diagnoses.

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Understanding Suicide and Parkinson's Disease

NIH Medline Plus: August 22, 2014
Source: Parkinson's Disease Foundation Related MedlinePlus Pages: Parkinson's Disease, Suicide

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Will autopsies answer our questions?

CNN Health: August 22, 2014
There are dueling narratives in the death of Michael Brown. But the three autopsies done on his body can only tell investigators so much.

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Identifying 'signs of a struggle'

CNN Health: August 22, 2014
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen talks to a forensic pathologist about how to determine signs of a struggle between two people.

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Ebola survivors: What now?

CNN Health: August 22, 2014
Two American missionaries infected with the deadly Ebola virus were given an experimental drug.

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Suicide by the numbers

CNN Health: August 22, 2014
The highest rate of suicide in the U.S. actually occurs among middle-aged Americans. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

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Father of modern yoga dies

CNN Health: August 22, 2014
BKS Iyengar, the man who brought yoga to the masses, has died at the age of 95. CNN's Sumnima Udas shares his story.

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What happens to Ebola survivors?

CNN Health: August 22, 2014
Two American missionaries infected with the deadly Ebola virus were given an experimental drug.

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A Private Good: The Teaching of Future Doctors Doesn’t Necessarily Deserve Your Tax Dollars

New York Times - Health: August 22, 2014
Undergraduate and graduate medical education totaling $15 billion in federal spending is purely a private good, not a public one.

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Ebola case family 'not informed'

BBC Health: August 22, 2014
A priest says the family of a Donegal man, suspected to have died from the Ebola virus, first heard of any possible link to the disease through the media.

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Democrats reframe debate on health care

Associated Press Healthwire: August 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Barack Obama's health care law, a fresh sign that the unpopular mandate may be losing some of its political punch....

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VIDEO: Malnutrition up as food prices rise

BBC Health: August 22, 2014
More people are suffering from malnutrition as a result of worsening food poverty, experts have warned.

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Difficulty assessing effort drives motivation deficits in schizophrenia, study finds

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 21, 2014
Individuals with schizophrenia often have trouble engaging in daily tasks or setting goals for themselves, and a new study suggests the reason might be their difficulty in assessing the amount of effort required to complete tasks. The research can assist health professionals in countering motivation deficits among patients with schizophrenia and help those patients function normally by breaking up larger, complex tasks into smaller, easier-to-grasp ones.

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How cellular guardians of the intestine develop

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 21, 2014
New research sheds light on the development of a unique class of immune cells known as intraepithelial lymphocytes found in the thin layer of tissue lining the intestine. This work may help lead to new insights into inflammatory diseases of the gut, including Inflammatory Bowel Disorder and celiac disease, as well as cancer.

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Some anti-inflammatory drugs affect more than their targets

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 21, 2014
Three commonly used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs alter the activity of enzymes within cell membranes, researchers have found. Their finding suggests that, if taken at higher-than-approved doses and/or for long periods of time, these prescription-level nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and other drugs that affect the membrane may produce wide-ranging and unwanted side effects.

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Potential risk factors for urinary tract infections in young girls

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 21, 2014
Young girls with an intense, red, itchy rash on their outer genital organs may be at increased risk of developing urinary tract infections (UTIs). The treatment may be as simple as better hygiene and avoiding potential irritants such as bubble baths and swimming pools.

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Children with autism have extra synapses in brain: May be possible to prune synapses with drug after diagnosis

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 21, 2014
Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is due to a slowdown in a normal brain “pruning” process during development, according to a new study. Because synapses are the points where neurons connect and communicate with each other, the excessive synapses may have profound effects on how the brain functions.

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Two U.S. Ebola Patients Are Released by Atlanta Hospital

New York Times - Health: August 21, 2014
The release of the first patients ever to be treated for the Ebola virus at a hospital in the United States caps an international medical drama.

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Monthly Blood Transfusions Reduce Sickle Cell Anemia-Related Brain Injury in Children

NIH Medline Plus: August 21, 2014
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - Related MedlinePlus Page: Sickle Cell Anemia

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D.E.A. Increases Restrictions on Prescription Painkillers Like Vicodin

New York Times - Health: August 21, 2014
To tackle prescription drug abuse, new rules for dispensing hydrocodone, the most widely prescribed painkiller in the United States, include no phoned-in prescriptions and no refills.

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The New Old Age Blog: Part D Gains May Be Eroding

New York Times - Health: August 21, 2014
More Medicare beneficiaries are not taking prescribed medications or forgoing basic needs to pay for them, a new study finds.

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Well: Food and the Dying Patient

New York Times - Health: August 21, 2014
The medicalization of food deprives the dying of some of the last remnants of the human experience: taste, smell, touch and connection to loved ones.

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5 Fun Facts About Parsnips

WebMD: August 21, 2014
Sweet in taste and full of vitamins, the humble parsnip is a boon in winter dishes -– including WebMD's delicious parsnip and potato gratin.

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Well: Is Breakfast Overrated?

New York Times - Health: August 21, 2014
Researchers are questioning the assumptions behind morning meals.

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