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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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The heart of an astronaut, five years on

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 22, 2014
The heart of an astronaut is a much-studied thing. Scientists have analyzed its blood flow, rhythms, atrophy and, through journal studies, even matters of the heart. But for the first time, researchers are looking at how oxidative stress and inflammation caused by the conditions of space flight affect those hearts for up to five years after astronauts fly on the International Space Station. Lessons learned may help improve cardiovascular health on Earth as well.

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Freezing blueberries improves antioxidant availability

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 22, 2014
Blueberries pack a powerful antioxidant punch, whether eaten fresh or from the freezer, according to a researcher. Anthocyanins, a group of antioxidant compounds, are responsible for the color in blueberries, and since most of the color is in the skin, freezing the blueberries actually improves the availability of the antioxidants.

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'Exciting' drug flushes out HIV

BBC Health: July 22, 2014
Scientists say they have made an "exciting" step towards curing HIV by forcing the virus out of its hiding places in the body.

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NHS 'wasting millions on supplies'

BBC Health: July 22, 2014
NHS 'wasting millions every year on supplies'

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Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

Associated Press Healthwire: July 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick....

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Appeals court rejects key part of Obamacare

CNN Health: July 22, 2014
The battle over Obamacare took a dramatic turn Tuesday with a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid by the government to millions of new enrollees.

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Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings on Health Care Law

New York Times - Health: July 22, 2014
One federal appeals court panel ruled that the government could not subsidize coverage bought by people on the federal insurance exchange. The other said the reverse.

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In Defense of Science

Scientific American: Health: July 22, 2014
Steady, sufficient investments in basic research are necessary to ensure the continued success of the U.S. in the future, four expert witnesses, including Scientific American’s editor in chief,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Identifying the genetic roots of schizophrenia

CNN Health: July 22, 2014
After analyzing the DNA of 150,000 people, scientists say they can pinpoint the genetic roots of schizophrenia.

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Schizophrenia’s genetic skyline rising

National Institutes of Health: July 22, 2014
Suspect common variants soar from 30 to 108 – NIH-funded study.

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White House: Health subsidies not halted by ruling

Associated Press Healthwire: July 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says health subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will continue to flow for the time being despite a major setback delivered by a federal appeals court....

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Fresh Concerns About a Hysterectomy Procedure Linked to Cancer Spread

New York Times - Health: July 22, 2014
Undetected tumors in women having hysterectomies are more common than thought, suggesting that cutting uterine tissue into pieces before removal can inadvertently spread cancer cells.

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Cost-effectiveness of weight-loss programs, drugs

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 22, 2014
In a cost-effectiveness analysis of commercial diet programs and pills, the Weight Watchers program and the drug Qsymia showed the best value for the money. The Jenny Craig regimen generated the greatest weight loss, but was also the most expensive option tested, according to researchers.

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Dangers of desert dust: New diagnostic tool for valley fever

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 22, 2014
Valley fever has been the focus of new research that describes a promising strategy known as immunosignaturing, which can provide clinicians with an accurate identification of valley fever, a potentially serious affliction that is often misdiagnosed. Valley fever is a fungal respiratory infection. It can be acquired when microscopic spores of the soil-dwelling fungus are inhaled. Two forms of the fungus exist, Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii. They are endemic to regions of Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Utah, Texas and northern Mexico.

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Fly-inspired sound detector: New device based on a fly's freakishly acute hearing for futuristic hearing aids

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 22, 2014
The fly can pinpoint the location of a chirping cricket with remarkable accuracy because of its freakishly acute hearing, which relies upon a sophisticated sound processing mechanism that really sets it apart from all other known insects. Researchers have now developed a tiny prototype device that mimics the parasitic fly’s hearing mechanism, which may be useful for a new generation of hypersensitive hearing aids.

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UPMC Children's delivers remote care

Healthcare IT News: July 22, 2014
When researchers at UPMC's Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh reviewed more than 1,000 pediatric consultations offered in Latin America via telemedicine, they found that physicians in those countries were highly satisfied with the service and believed telemedicine had improved patient outcomes. The study, led by Ricardo A. Muñoz, MD, chief, Cardiac Intensive Care Division, at Children's, was published online in the July issue of Telemedicine and e-Health. read more

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Johns Hopkins settles $190M privacy suit

Healthcare IT News: July 22, 2014
Event Call out Unpublish:  Mon, 09/08/2014 (All day) Event Teaser:  This Privacy & Security Forum delivers what CIOs, CISOs and other healthcare IT leaders told us they want from an industry conference: peer-to-peer learning, case studies and forums to brainstorm and share ideas. Johns Hopkins Health System will hand over $190 million to settle a class action privacy lawsuit involving one of its former gynecologists who secretly recorded video and captured photos of patient examinations.    read more

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Federal appeals court deals blow to health law

Associated Press Healthwire: July 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies....

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How one ACO gets results

Healthcare IT News: July 22, 2014
Hospitals participating in Independence Blue Cross’ accountable care contracts are reducing costs, improving care and earning incentives, according to the Philadelphia-based insurer. In the first full year of the program, with 90 percent of the region’s delivery systems participating, half of all the hospitals reduced their healthcare costs for IBC members, as determined by targets based on historical spending. read more

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HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection

Associated Press Healthwire: July 22, 2014
There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug works now shows that it does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses....

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Peaches, plums recalled

CNN Health: July 22, 2014
If you've picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's or Walmart stores recently, keep reading.

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Anti-cancer drug kicks HIV out of hiding

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 22, 2014
An anti-cancer drug can activate hidden HIV, a pilot study by HIV researchers has shown. The researchers found that the anti-cancer drug romidepsin increased the virus production in HIV-infected cells between 2.1 and 3.9 times above normal and that the viral load in the blood increased to measurable levels in five out of six patients with HIV infection.

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Credibility Among Gay Men Gives Leverage to New York City’s New Chief of H.I.V. Prevention

New York Times - Health: July 22, 2014
Dr. Demetre Daskalakis will soon be in charge of one of the health department’s largest bureaus at a critical moment in the history of the virus that causes AIDS.

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Can strong parental bond protect infants down to their DNA?

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 22, 2014
Scientists are launching a groundbreaking study looking at critical periods early in a child’s life when exposure to stressors matters most. The goal is to track telomeres – a cellular marker for aging and stress – to discover the biological mechanism for how early trauma gets under the skin, potentially stealing time from a child’s biological clock. Can parents create a biological buffer that shields children decades later from disease and toxic stress?

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Blood Test Might Help Predict Survival With Lou Gehrig's Disease

WebMD: July 22, 2014
Study findings may also help researchers test new ALS drugs, researchers suggest

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7 health IT startups fast-tracked

Healthcare IT News: July 22, 2014
Seven health IT startups have landed a spot in the 2014 New York Health Accelerator. The accelerator, a program run by the New York eHealth Collaborative and the Partnership Fund for New York City, selects growth-stage digital health companies developing cutting-edge technology products for healthcare providers and patients in the areas of care coordination, patient engagement, predictive analytics and workflow management. read more

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Fruit recall affects Costco, Trader Joe's, Walmart

CNN Health: July 22, 2014
If you've picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's or Walmart stores recently, keep reading.

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German court: chronically ill could grow marijuana

Associated Press Healthwire: July 22, 2014
BERLIN (AP) -- Some Germans may soon be able to grow their own marijuana to relieve chronic pain after a ruling from a court in Cologne....

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Women and Heart Attacks

NIH Medline Plus: July 22, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Disparities, Heart Attack, Heart Diseases

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Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings on Health-Law Subsidies

Wall Street Journal: July 22, 2014
Two U.S. appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on whether consumers can receive subsidies for health coverage purchased on insurance exchanges established by the federal government, clouding implementation of a major component of the Obama administration's signature health care law.

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XL Love: How fat is affecting our love lives

CNN Health: July 22, 2014
A new book, "XL Love," focuses on how obesity is "complicating" America's love life.

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Schizophrenia's genetic 'skyline' rising as genetic code linked to illness grows

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 22, 2014
The largest genomic dragnet of any psychiatric disorder to date has unmasked 108 chromosomal sites harboring inherited variations in the genetic code linked to schizophrenia, 83 of which had not been previously reported. By contrast, the 'skyline' of such suspect variants associated with the disorder contained only 5 significant peaks in 2011. Researchers combined data from all available schizophrenia genetic samples to boost statistical power high enough to detect subtle effects on risk.

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Control of HIV pandemic will not be achieved without radical improvement in support for sex workers

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 22, 2014
Across the world, in high- and low-income countries, women, men, and transgender people who sell sex are subjected to repressive and discriminatory law, policy, and practice, which in turn fuel human rights violations against them, including violence and discrimination. All of these factors are preventing sex workers from accessing the services which they need in order to effectively prevent and treat HIV infection, according to a major new Series on HIV and sex workers.

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HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis: Success of the Millennium shown in most comprehensive study to date

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 22, 2014
Accelerated progress against the global burden of HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis (TB) has been made since 2000 when governments worldwide adopted Millennium Development Goal 6 to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB. New estimates from a major new analysis show that worldwide, the number of people living with HIV has risen steadily to around 29 million people in 2012. The data also show that malaria is killing more people than previously estimated, although the number of deaths has fallen rapidly since 2004. Progress for TB looks promising.

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Neuroprotective role of immune cell discovered

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 22, 2014
A type of immune cell widely believed to exacerbate chronic adult brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis, can actually protect the brain from traumatic brain injury and may slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, according to research. "Our findings suggest the innate immune system helps protect the brain after injury or during chronic disease, and this role should be further studied," the lead researcher said.

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High school lacrosse players at risk for concussions, other injuries, study finds

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 22, 2014
High school players experienced 1,406 injuries over the four academic years from 2008 through 2012, a new study reports. The overall injury rate was 20 per 10,000 lacrosse competitions and practices. More than 22 percent of those injuries were concussions, making that the second most common injury diagnosis behind sprains and strains (38 percent).

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