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Fitbit has come a long way and continues to be the top fitness tracker. And now, it is seen as an eye catching fashion accessory and a fitness bling statement. Fitbit's newest models are now at the intersection of advanced health tracking and high end fashion. Fitbit has accomplished the combination of beautiful design and personal health information. Check out the new wrist candy and all the cool features it has to offer here >> See the HOTTEST new Fitbits!

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Awaken Your Sleeping Beauty With This Sleep Tracker

Sleep is the new hot topic and from what science tells us, it is the holy grail of health. If you can track it, you can optimize it. If you can optimize it, you can benefit from it. This hot new sleep tracker by Hello is the perfect sleep tracker for the perfect price. There is beauty in health, and it needs to be awakened. But before that, let's get the best sleep of our lives. If your VR headset lenses have stopped fogging up, you can learn more here: Sense Sleep Tracker on Amazon

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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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Word ban at CDC includes 'vulnerable,' 'fetus,' 'transgender'

CNN Health: December 16, 2017
Officials at the CDC are under order by the Trump administration to stop using specific words in 2018 budget documents, according to The Washington Post.

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Roche, Shire court fight escalates over haemophilia drug

Reuters Health News: December 16, 2017
ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche's patent dispute with London-listed Shire over the Swiss drugmaker's new haemophilia drug Hemlibra has escalated, with Shire filing a new motion in a U.S. court that Roche says aims to stop some patients from getting its medicine.

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U.S. judge blocks Trump administration birth control rules

Reuters Health News: December 15, 2017
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

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Few California pharmacists prescribing birth control

Reuters Health News: December 15, 2017
(Reuters Health) - A California law allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control sought to make it easier for women to obtain contraception, but few drug stores provide the service, a new study finds.

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Live Close to a Gym? You're Probably a Bit Trimmer

WebMD: December 15, 2017
In a new British study, middle-aged adults and seniors  who had homes close to gyms and other exercise facilities tended to be trimmer than those who didn't.

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Cannabis ingredient holds promise as antipsychotic medicine

Reuters Health News: December 15, 2017
LONDON (Reuters) - An ingredient in cannabis called cannabidiol or CBD has shown promise in a clinical trial as a potential new treatment for psychosis, scientists said on Friday.

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Live Art With Children’s Book Illustrators

New York Times - Well: December 15, 2017
Visual artists have always had an important place in children’s literature. Watch leading children’s books illustrators draw, paint, collage and discuss books with The Times’s children’s books editor, Maria Russo.

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Disabled man's cancer care criticised

BBC Health: December 15, 2017
The family of disabled man Ian Shaw were told he was dying - now he is responding well to cancer treatment.

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Ebola victims sue Sierra Leone government over mismanaged funds

Reuters Health News: December 15, 2017
FREETOWN (Reuters) - Two Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone filed a lawsuit in a regional court on Friday, accusing the government of mismanaging funds during an epidemic that killed more than 3,000 people in the West African nation.

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Drinking hot tea every day linked to lower glaucoma risk

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 15, 2017
Drinking a cup of hot tea at least once a day may be linked to a significantly lower risk of developing the serious eye condition, glaucoma, finds a small study.

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Artificial intelligence used to identify bacteria quickly and accurately

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 15, 2017
Microscopes enhanced with artificial intelligence (AI) could help clinical microbiologists diagnose potentially deadly blood infections and improve patients' odds of survival, according to microbiologists.

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Phone-based therapy sessions may help dementia caregivers cope

Reuters Health News: December 15, 2017
(Reuters Health) - Talk therapy that teaches emotional regulation and coping skills can help people caring for a loved-one with dementia improve their own physical and mental health, German researchers say.

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ONC posts patient-data matching best practices framework

Healthcare IT News: December 15, 2017
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT published the Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework of best practices for data management processes that enable hospitals to more effectively match patient records. Developed in conjunction with Pittsburgh-based CMMI Institute and the Department of Health and Human Services, the tool arrives after CHIME announced in November it would abandon its two-year effort to resolve this issue with its National Patient ID Challenge.

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Nanodiscs catch misfolding proteins red-handed

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 15, 2017
When proteins misfold, accumulate and clump around insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, they kill cells. Now, researchers have obtained a structural snapshot of these proteins when they are most toxic, detailing them down to the atomic level.

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What does hair loss have to teach us about cancer metastasis?

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 15, 2017
Researchers have identified a signaling pathway regulating cell migration and metastasis. Unexpected hair loss in a preclinical model helped them to identify the pathway. When cells within the skin that maintain hair follicles migrate too often, hair follicle maintenance is disrupted. Researchers speculated that this pathway might also play a role in cancer cell migration. Indeed, they showed that disrupting this pathway in preclinical models increased metastasis.

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Tobacco industry trumps as India court cancels stringent health labeling rules

Reuters Health News: December 15, 2017
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian court on Friday quashed federal rules that mandated stringent graphic health warnings on tobacco products, lawyers involved in the case said, in a decision seen as a major victory for the tobacco industry and a setback for health advocates.

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Don't Use HRT for Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women

American Academy of Family Physicians: December 15, 2017
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final recommendation against the use of combined estrogen and progestin to prevent chronic conditions in postmenopausal women.

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AHIMA releases 17 steps to cybersecurity as attacks increase

Healthcare IT News: December 15, 2017
In response to an ever-worsening cybersecurity environment in healthcare, with an increasing number of cyberattacks on hospitals, health systems and clinics, the American Health Information Management Association has issued new cybersecurity guidelines for healthcare professionals to reference as they seek ways to implement cybersecurity prevention measures.

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Genetic instructions from mom set the pattern for embryonic development

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 15, 2017
A new study indicates an essential role for a maternally inherited gene in embryonic development. The study found that zebrafish that failed to inherit specific genetic instructions from mom developed fatal defects earlier in development, even if the fish could make their own version of the gene.

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World Health Group: Pot's CBD Has Health Benefits

WebMD: December 15, 2017
The World Health Organization said the marijuana derivative should not be classified as a dangerous drug.

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With obesity on rise, Paris takes a look at size bias

Associated Press Healthwire: December 15, 2017
PARIS (AP) -- Image-conscious Paris has launched a public awareness campaign to counter an often disregarded form of discrimination: sizeism....

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Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuana

Associated Press Healthwire: December 15, 2017
MANCHACA, Texas (AP) -- When California rings in the new year with the sale of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive that doubts swirl over who will even use it....

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After searching 12 years for bipolar disorder's cause, research team concludes it has many

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 15, 2017
Nearly six million Americans have bipolar disorder, and most have probably wondered why. After more than a decade of studying over 1,100 of them in-depth, a team of scientists has an answer -- or rather, seven answers.

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Siemens Healthineers buys Fast Track Diagnostics for precision medicine tech

Healthcare IT News: December 15, 2017
Siemens Healthineers bought Fast Track Diagnostics to build out its precision medicine technologies. Adding Fast Track Diagnostics molecular-testing technologies enables hospitals to target conditions such as respiratory infections, gastroenteritis, meningitis, hepatitis, infections of the immunosuppressed, tropical diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, and early childhood diseases.

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Erectile dysfunction is red flag for silent early cardiovascular disease

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 15, 2017
Despite decades long prevention and treatment efforts, cardiovascular (CV) disease continues to be the leading cause of death worldwide. Early detection of CV disease can allow for interventions to prevent heart attack and stroke, including smoking cessation, medications such as a statins, blood pressure control, weight management, exercise, and improved diet. A new study focuses on a novel risk factor for cardiovascular disease that rarely receives attention -- erectile dysfunction.

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Take Action on MIPS by Dec. 31 to Avoid Medicare Penalty

American Academy of Family Physicians: December 15, 2017
Physicians need to collect at least one point of data by Dec. 31 to avoid a Medicare penalty in 2019 related to the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

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The Top 10 Well Stories of 2017

New York Times - Well: December 15, 2017
Having a positive outlook and taking steps to keep their bodies healthy were among our readers’ favorite subjects of the year.

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Salesforce, Genia release app for population health, value-based care

Healthcare IT News: December 15, 2017
Salesforce continued its march into healthcare this week when, along with analytics specialist Geneia, it unwrapped an app for population health and value-based care. The jointly developed tool, which the companies announced at Dreamforce in San Francisco, combines Geneia’s Theon analytics with the Salesforce Health Cloud’s communications services and workflows for hospitals, health plans and employers.

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Salesforce, Geneia release app for population health, value-based care

Healthcare IT News: December 15, 2017
Salesforce continued its march into healthcare this week when, along with analytics specialist Geneia, it unwrapped an app for population health and value-based care. The jointly developed tool, which the companies announced at Dreamforce in San Francisco, combines Geneia’s Theon analytics with the Salesforce Health Cloud’s communications services and workflows for hospitals, health plans and employers.

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Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuana

Associated Press Healthwire: December 15, 2017
MANCHACA, Texas (AP) -- When California rings in the new year with the sale of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive that doubts swirl over who will even use it....

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Trump reconsiders rules protecting miners from black lung

Associated Press Healthwire: December 15, 2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's mining regulators are reconsidering regulations meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust, the cause of black lung disease, and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer....

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AMIA, Pew: Congress must fund ONC EHR reporting program

Healthcare IT News: December 15, 2017
The informatics group also sent a letter to Congress earlier in the week about its concern the tax bill will slash the stipend for graduate students studying health informatics.

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Distinct human mutations can alter the effect of medicine

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 15, 2017
About one third of all medicine binds to the same type of receptor in the human body. An estimated three percent of the population have receptors of this type that are so genetically different that they are predisposed to altered, ineffective or adverse responses to medicine, a new study shows.

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Vitamin deficiency in later life

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 15, 2017
One in two persons aged 65 and above has suboptimal levels of vitamin D in the blood and one in four older adults has suboptimal vitamin B12 levels.

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Genetic study uncovers fungal sex secrets, which shed light on candidiasis

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 15, 2017
A new genetic analysis of fungal yeast infections (candidiasis) from around the world has revealed surprising secrets about how these microbes reproduce and cause disease, according to a new study.

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Exposure to larger air particles linked to increased risk of asthma in children

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: December 15, 2017
Researchers report statistical evidence that children exposed to airborne coarse particulate matter — a mix of dust, sand and non-exhaust tailpipe emissions, such as tire rubber — are more likely to develop asthma and need emergency room or hospital treatment for it than unexposed children.

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