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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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Childhood Diet Habits Set in Infancy, Studies Suggest

New York Times - Health: September 2, 2014
Research published in the journal Pediatrics indicates that early preferences for fruits and vegetables or, conversely, sugary drinks last into age 6.

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Forget football: This is Grid League

CNN Health: September 2, 2014
Get to know Grid League, a new coed sport that's poised to take the fitness world by storm.

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Forget football: This is the Grid League

CNN Health: September 2, 2014
Get to know Grid League, a new coed sport that's poised to take the fitness world by storm.

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CDC director raises Ebola alarm

CNN Health: September 2, 2014
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is much worse than official figures show, Dr. Tom Frieden says.

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Ebola 'threatens' W Africa harvests

BBC Health: September 2, 2014
The deadly Ebola outbreak is putting food prices and harvests in West Africa "at serious risk", warns the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

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Parents of cancer patient: We won't return

CNN Health: September 2, 2014
The British couple arrested in Spain after pulling their cancer-stricken son out of a Southampton Hospital told a judge they will not return to the UK voluntarily, according to a Madrid court where they appeared on Monday.

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How one family broke junk food addiction

CNN Health: September 2, 2014
The Leake family joins HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell to talk about eliminating processed foods for 100 days.

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Human Ebola vaccine trial set to begin

CNN Health: September 2, 2014
A highly anticipated test of an experimental Ebola vaccine will begin this week, amid mounting anxiety about the spread of the deadly virus in West Africa.

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Brain 'can learn to eat healthily'

BBC Health: September 2, 2014
The brain can be trained to prefer healthy food over unhealthy high-calorie foods, suggests a study from the US.

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Parents Who Took Ill Son Abroad Fight Order to Return to Britain

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
The parents of Ashya King, 5, who has a brain tumor, attended an extradition hearing in Spain, where they had taken their son after leaving a British hospital against doctors’ orders.

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British Ebola patient 'pretty well'

BBC Health: September 1, 2014
The parents of the first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa say he is recovering well.

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Training your brain to prefer healthy foods

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 1, 2014
It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research.

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Recipes for Health: Israeli Couscous, Eggplant and Tomato Gratin

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
An eggplant Parmesan of sorts on a bed of Israeli couscous is a good way to use the fresh tomato sauce you’ve made over the summer, though canned tomatoes will work, too.

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Well: Don’t Catch What Ails Your House

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
It doesn’t take a flood to encourage the growth of mold in a home. A moist environment will do. A runny nose, coughing and all the rest typically follow.

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Train your brain to eat better

CNN Health: September 1, 2014
Following a healthy diet can alter the way your brain responds to high-calorie foods, a new study suggests.

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Train your brain to crave healthy food

CNN Health: September 1, 2014
Following a healthy diet can alter the way your brain responds to high-calorie foods, a new study suggests.

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Increasingly, High-Deductible Health Plans Weigh Down Employees

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
Just as employers replaced pensions with retirement savings plans, more large companies appear to be making a similar cost-sharing shift with health plans.

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Military Medicine: Smaller Military Hospitals Said to Put Patients at Risk

New York Times - Health: September 1, 2014
Many of the hospitals run by the armed forces are so small and the trickle of patients so thin that doctors and nurses say their ability to properly treat serious illnesses is compromised.

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Scientists call for investigation of mysterious cloud-like collections in cells

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 1, 2014
About 50 years ago, electron microscopy revealed the presence of tiny blob-like structures that form inside cells, move around and disappear. But scientists still don't know what they do -- even though these shifting cloud-like collections of proteins are believed to be crucial to the cell, and therefore could offer a new approach to disease treatment. Now, researchers are issuing a call to investigators to focus their attention on the role of these formations.

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She lost nearly 270 lbs

CNN Health: September 1, 2014
Shannon Britton lost 268 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery. What she's learned since then will surprise you.

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5 things to know about driving on marijuana

Associated Press Healthwire: September 1, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states - Colorado and Washington - and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What's not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes....

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What they never tell you about losing weight

CNN Health: September 1, 2014
Shannon Britton lost 268 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery. What she's learned since then will surprise you.

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Family dinners good for teens' mental health, could protect from cyberbullying

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 1, 2014
Cyberbullying was associated with mental health and substance use problems in adolescents, a new study shows, but family dinners may help protect teens from the consequences of cyberbullying and also be beneficial for their mental health.

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Quality of US diet improves, gap widens for quality between rich and poor

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 1, 2014
The quality of the US diet showed some modest improvement in the last decade in large measure because of a reduction in the consumption of unhealthy trans fats, but the gap in overall diet quality widened between the rich and the poor.

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Viewers eat more while watching Hollywood action flick on TV

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 1, 2014
Television shows filled with action and sound may be bad for your waistline. TV viewers ate more M&Ms, cookies, carrots and grapes while watching an excerpt from a Hollywood action film than those watching an interview program.

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New tuberculosis blood test in children: reliable, highly specific

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 1, 2014
A new blood test provides a fast and accurate tool to diagnose tuberculosis in children, a new proof-of-concept study shows. The newly developed test is the first reliable immunodiagnostic assay to detect active tuberculosis in children. The test features excellent specificity, a similar sensitivity as culture tests in combination with speed of a blood test. The promising findings are a major advance for the diagnosis of tuberculosis in children, particularly in tuberculosis-endemic regions.

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Invisible blood in urine may indicate bladder cancer

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 1, 2014
One in 60 people over the age of 60 who had invisible blood in their urine -- identified by their GP testing their urine -- transpired to have bladder cancer, researchers report. The figure was around half of those who had visible blood in their urine -- the best known indicator of bladder cancer. However, it was still higher than figures for other potential symptoms of bladder cancer that warrant further investigation.

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Sniffing-out smell of disease in feces: 'Electronic nose' for rapid detection of clostridum difficile infection

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 1, 2014
A fast-sensitive "electronic-nose" for sniffing the highly infectious bacteria C-diff, that causes diarrhea, temperature and stomach cramps, has been developed.

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Carcinogenic role of protein in liver decoded

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 1, 2014
The human protein EGFR controls cell growth. It has mutated in case of many cancer cells or exists in excessive numbers. For this reason it serves as a point of attack for target-oriented therapies. A study group has now discovered that the risk of this protein does not -- as previously assumed -- depend on its presence within the tumor cell, but rather from its activity in the cells adjacent to the tumor.

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Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 1, 2014
Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations, previously believed that only the brain could perform. A characteristic of neurons that extend into the skin and record touch, is that they branch in the skin so that each neuron reports touch from many highly-sensitive zones on the skin. According to researchers, this branching allows first-order tactile neurons not only to send signals to the brain that something has touched the skin, but also process geometric data about the object touching the skin.

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Consequences of teen alcohol, marijuana use studied

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 1, 2014
Alcohol use was more commonly reported to compromise relationships with friends and significant others (e.g., boyfriends), researchers studying its consequences report. It was also reported to lead to more regret, particularly among females. Marijuana use on the other hand was more commonly reported to compromise relationships with teachers or supervisors, result in less energy or interest, and result in lower school or job performance.

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Action films 'may make you fat'

BBC Health: September 1, 2014
Watching action films could make you more likely than other TV programmes to pile on the pounds, according to US researchers.

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Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

Associated Press Healthwire: September 1, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided on the question....

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"Immortal" Cells from Henrietta Lacks Lead to Updated Rules on Genomic Data Sharing

Scientific American: Health: September 1, 2014
Changes clarify procedures for telling participants in NIH-funded studies how their data might be used. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The monster that took my son

CNN Health: September 1, 2014
A week before Cole died, I promised him he would do "something big" someday. For two years, I have been fighting to keep that promise.

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Ashya parents in extradition hearing

BBC Health: September 1, 2014
The parents of a five-year-old boy who was taken from hospital against medical advice arrive at Spain's High Court for an extradition hearing.

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