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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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Remaking Medicine: Expansion of Mental Health Care Hits Obstacles

New York Times - Health: August 28, 2014
The Affordable Care Act has paved the way for one of the largest expansion of mental health coverage in a generation, increasing access for millions.

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US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

Associated Press Healthwire: August 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus....

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For Dessert, May I Recommend the Buglava?

Scientific American: Health: August 28, 2014
An argument for additional alimentary arthropods -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Top security needs philosophical shift

Healthcare IT News: August 28, 2014
If you knew that assailants or robbers had continuous access to your house, how would that change the way you manage home security? And if the door and window locks, fences, even the big-ticket alarm systems were not enough?   One option: You might assume every time you walk inside that someone is lying in wait. read more

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Doctors: Early school start times unhealthy

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
If you think school starts too early, you aren't the only one.

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Veterans get second chance

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
Veterans treatment courts are helping former warriors who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.

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Being an addict's mom

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
How do parents of addicts help their children without enabling them? CNN's Kelly Wallace gets a painfully honest look at what it's like to be in this situation.

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'Meat & potatoes' of fighting drugs

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
Heroin use has surged in cities across the U.S. CNN joins Detective David Betz as he and a confidential informant work to get illegal drugs off the streets.

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This is your brain on heroin

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
Sanjay Gupta explains what happens to your brain on opiates, the key ingredient in heroin and other powerful narcotics.

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Ebola Could Eventually Afflict Over 20,000, W.H.O. Says

New York Times - Health: August 28, 2014
The World Health Organization reported that the epidemic was still accelerating and could afflict almost seven times the current number of reported cases before it can be brought under control.

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Vaccine-autism study under investigation

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
A study on an alleged link between vaccines and autism has been removed over "serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions."

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Ebola doctors volunteer despite risk

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
Healthcare workers in Liberia carry on despite the growing number of casualties among their own. Nima Elbagir reports.

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Ebola outbreak death toll passes 1,550

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
The Ebola outbreak "continues to accelerate" in West Africa and has killed 1,552 people so far, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

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DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System: Class I Recall - May Reverse Directions After Surgery

Safety Alerts: August 28, 2014
Infants at highest risk for injury. Sudden obstruction of trachea could lead to respiratory arrest/death. In all patient populations, failure may result in need for surgical intervention to replace failed device.

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UK Ebola vaccine trial to start

BBC Health: August 28, 2014
A trial vaccine against Ebola could be tested on healthy volunteers in the UK in September, says an international health consortium.

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Ebola spreads to Nigeria oil hub

BBC Health: August 28, 2014
Nigeria confirms its first Ebola death outside Lagos – a doctor in the oil hub of Port Harcourt who becomes the sixth fatality in Africa's most populous country.

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NHS complaints rise to 480 every day

BBC Health: August 28, 2014
The number of complaints made about NHS care in England increased to an average of 480 every day, according to official data.

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Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football

Associated Press Healthwire: August 28, 2014
Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven't decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field....

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Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls

Associated Press Healthwire: August 28, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) -- Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke....

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Ex dental prof loses dismissal claim

BBC Health: August 28, 2014
Prof Philip Lamey, a former professor of dentistry, has lost his case for unfair dismissal brought against Queen's University, Belfast.

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Heroin’s Death Toll Rising in New York, Amid a Shift in Who Uses It

New York Times - Health: August 28, 2014
In all, 420 people in New York City fatally overdosed on heroin in 2013 out of a total of 782 drug overdoses, rising to a level not seen in a decade.

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Nonprofit Hospitals' Earnings Drop

Wall Street Journal: August 27, 2014
Nonprofit hospitals' income declined for a second straight year in 2013 and their median rate of revenue growth fell to an all-time low, according to a new report from credit firm Moody's Investors Service.

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Given Time, 'Big Data' Promises to Transform Patient Care

American Academy of Family Physicians: August 27, 2014
Growing implementation of electronic health records, combined with rapidly evolving predictive analytics techniques, promises to help physicians better manage their patients' multiple health care needs. By collecting and analyzing data that present a more comprehensive, detailed medical picture of entire patient populations, physician practices can monitor their patient panels more efficiently.

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Educated consumers more likely to use potentially unreliable online healthcare information

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 27, 2014
Consumers are increasingly turning to forums, video-sharing sites, and peer support groups to gather anecdotal health-care information and advice, which may distract them from more reliable and trustworthy sources. New research studies the characteristics of consumers who use the Internet to collect health-care information.

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Lifetime of fitness: Fountain of youth for bone, joint health?

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 27, 2014
Being physically active may significantly improve musculoskeletal and overall health, and minimize or delay the effects of aging. "An increasing amount of evidence demonstrates that we can modulate age-related decline in the musculoskeletal system," said the lead study author.. "A lot of the deterioration we see with aging can be attributed to a more sedentary lifestyle instead of aging itself."

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Impact of cultural diversity in brain injury research

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 27, 2014
The implications for cultural diversity and cultural competence in brain injury research and rehabilitation has been the focus of recent study. Risk for brain injury is higher among minorities, as is the likelihood for poorer outcomes. More research is needed to reduce health disparities and improve outcomes among minorities with brain injury, experts say.

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'Junk' blood tests may offer life-saving information

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 27, 2014
Thirty percent of all positive hospital blood culture samples are discarded every day because they reflect the presence of skin germs instead of specific disease-causing bacteria. Now research demonstrates that rather than toss these samples into the trash, clinicians may be able to use the resistance profiles of skin bacteria to treat patients with antibiotics appropriate to their ailment.

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New smartphone app can detect newborn jaundice in minutes

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 27, 2014
Engineers and physicians have developed a smartphone application that checks for jaundice in newborns and can deliver results to parents and pediatricians within minutes. Skin that turns yellow can be a sure sign that a newborn is jaundiced and isn't adequately eliminating the chemical bilirubin. But that discoloration is sometimes hard to see, and severe jaundice left untreated can harm a baby.

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The New Health Care: Medicare: Not Such a Budget-Buster Anymore

New York Times - Health: August 27, 2014
Estimates of future medical spending keep falling. The changes are projected to save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars.

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Big Tobacco's E-Cigarette Push Gets Reality Check

Wall Street Journal: August 27, 2014
Big Tobacco is finally making its big push into electronic cigarettes. But e-cigarette sales are now falling in convenience stores, reversing three years of rapid-fire growth.

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Nonprofit Hospitals’ 2013 Revenue Lowest Since Recession, Report Says

New York Times - Health: August 27, 2014
Moody’s Investors Service analyzed the results of 383 hospital systems and found that revenue growth slowed last year to a nominal low of 3.9 percent as hospital admissions fell for the first time.

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Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services

WebMD: August 27, 2014
Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services

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Promising new cancer therapy uses molecular 'Trash Man' to exploit a common cancer defense

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 27, 2014
While many scientists are trying to prevent the onset of a cancer defense mechanism known as autophagy, other researchers are leveraging it in a new therapy that causes the process to culminate in cell death rather than survival.

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New study throws into question long-held belief about depression

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 27, 2014
New evidence puts into doubt the long-standing belief that a deficiency in serotonin -- a chemical messenger in the brain -- plays a central role in depression. Scientists report that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains (and thus should have been 'depressed' by conventional wisdom) did not show depression-like symptoms.

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Potential therapy for the Sudan strain of Ebola could help contain some future outbreaks

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 27, 2014
Ebola is a rare, but deadly disease that exists as five strains, none of which have approved therapies. One of the most lethal strains is the Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV). Although not the strain currently devastating West Africa, SUDV has caused widespread illness, even as recently as 2012. Researchers now report a possible therapy that could someday help treat patients infected with SUDV.

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Common anemia: Drug represents first potential treatment

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 27, 2014
An experimental drug designed to help regulate the blood's iron supply shows promise as a viable first treatment for anemia of inflammation, according to results from the first human study of the treatment. Anemia is a condition that occurs when red blood cells are in short supply or do not function properly. When an individual has anemia, the body does not get enough oxygen, since there are fewer red blood cells to carry the iron-rich protein hemoglobin that helps distribute oxygen throughout the body.

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