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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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Home DNA Testing Kit

Simple as Spit! Home DNA Testing Kit Maps Your DNA

Simple home DNA kit allows you to find out what your DNA says about you and your family. Find out what percent of your DNA comes from populations around the world, ranging from East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and more. Break European ancestry down into distinct regions such as the British Isles, Scandinavia and Italy. People with mixed ancestry, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans will also get a detailed breakdown.

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EBOLA Mask

Ebola Protective Masks Are In High Demand

With the outbreak of the Ebola virus, Ebola protective gear like masks are being bought up quickly. Historically when the threat of a pandemic hits the news, the "preparers" of the world stock up. One on the first line of defense is the Ebola mask. Learn more about what types of Ebola masks can protect you here.

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VIDEO: BMA warning on 'seven-day NHS' plan

BBC Health: March 28, 2015
Dr Paul Flynn from the British Medical Association welcomes David Cameron's pledge for "a truly seven-day NHS" by 2020 but warns significant extra funding will be needed.

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Russia to Build New Space Station With NASA

Discovery Health: March 28, 2015
Russia on Saturday announced initial plans to build a new orbital space station together with NASA to replace the International Space Station (ISS), which is set to operate until 2024.

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Well: Spring Pasta Night!

New York Times - Health: March 28, 2015
Martha Rose Shulman offers a new simple pasta dish for spring that is packed with flavor and elegance.

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Colleges getting out of health insurance business

Associated Press Healthwire: March 28, 2015
SEATTLE (AP) -- The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business....

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Shoulder and Elbow Injury Possibility in Youth Players

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 28, 2015
Pitching speed, player’s height, and pitching for multiple teams may correlate with a history of shoulder and elbow injuries, according to new research.

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Young athletes at greater risk for re-injury after ACL surgery

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 28, 2015
One in three young athletes who undergo ACL surgery experiences re-injury, according to new research. The study examined the long term success of surgery for patients aged 18 years and younger.

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New way to evaluate meniscus tear outcomes

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 28, 2015
An individual’s meniscus (cushion in the knee) is one of the most important ligaments in the leg providing stability, load bearing and preservation of the knee joint. It is also one of the most easily injured areas and difficult to fully heal. Researchers utilized MRI data to determine the potential for biologic healing following a meniscus tear.

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Pain injections for hip arthroscopy patients may not predict surgical outcomes

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 28, 2015
How best to treat and recover from complicated hip injuries is a growing field in orthopaedic medicine. While diagnostic hip injections are commonly performed for patients with labral tear to confirm the pain etiology, new research suggests that pain relief from this diagnostic injection may not predict better outcomes following arthroscopic hip surgery.

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No need to delay rotator cuff surgery, study shows

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 28, 2015
Delaying rotator cuff surgery on patients with shoulder stiffness may not be necessary, according to new research.

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For Type V AC Joint Injuries, Early Surgery May Not Be the Best Approach

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 28, 2015
Early surgery may not be the best treatment option for patients with Type V AC joint injuries, according to new research. Medical researchers showed military personnel returned to duty faster when surgery was not performed.

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Immunotherapy delays recurrence for stage III and IV ovarian cancers

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 28, 2015
Personalized medicine is getting closer to reality for women with late-stage ovarian cancer. An experimental immunotherapy is in the works that can target an individual woman’s tumor and extend the time period between initial treatment and the cancer’s return.

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Women with ovarian cancer gain extra months with addition of drug to standard chemotherapy

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 28, 2015
Overall survival for women who received standard chemotherapy treatment plus bevacizumab was a median five months longer than for women who received the standard chemotherapy treatment alone.

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Earth Hour: What Is the Carbon Footprint of an Email?

Discovery Health: March 28, 2015
Find out how seemingly harmless everyday actions also contribute to emissions of carbon dioxide other greenhouse gases.

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Memories May Not Live in Neurons’ Synapses

Scientific American: Health: March 28, 2015
The finding could mean recollections are more enduring than expected and disrupt plans for PTSD treatments -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Giant Pandas Coming into Focus: Photos

Discovery Health: March 28, 2015
Giant pandas continue to fascinate us, as we try to fill gaps in our knowledge about them.

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What You Missed Last Week in Science (March 23-27)

Discovery Health: March 28, 2015
Did you miss these stories from this week? Here's your chance to catch up before the weekend hits. Continue reading →

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The New Old Age: Learning to Say No to Dialysis

New York Times - Health: March 27, 2015
Some older adults with advanced kidney failure are resisting the usual answer by deciding the sacrifices required by the treatment aren’t worth it.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Give Breast Milk

New York Times - Health: March 27, 2015
Donating breast milk should be more like donating blood.

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VIDEO: Sitting down poses health risk

BBC Health: March 27, 2015
Office workers are putting their health at risk by spending too much of the day seated, according to a survey.

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Pelosi irks some allies to help craft rare bipartisan bill

Associated Press Healthwire: March 27, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is bruising some key liberal allies by helping craft a rare bipartisan accord on Medicare....

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Squid-Like Camo Stickers Make Soldiers Invisible

Discovery Health: March 27, 2015
Invisibility stickers could trick tough-to-fool infrared cameras.

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Epic One-Year Mission to the ISS Ready for Launch

Discovery Health: March 27, 2015
A three-person crew will blast off to the International Space Station today (March 27), and two of them won't be coming back to Earth for a full year.

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Mars Rover Landing Zone Scars Have Curiously Darkened

Discovery Health: March 27, 2015
After Curiosity dramatically touched down on Mars in 2012, it kicked up some dirt that still hasn't faded from view.

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Painful Knee Arthritis May Be Linked to Premature Death

WebMD: March 27, 2015
Connection is likely due to limited mobility, researcher says

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NHS: Labour's private profits cap

BBC Health: March 27, 2015
Is Labour trying to make NHS privatisation an election issue?

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Worried about arsenic in California wine?

CNN Health: March 27, 2015
A lawsuit claims that some budget California wines contain "dangerously high levels of inorganic arsenic," but winemakers say the suit is fearmongering.

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Well: A Colorful Passover Seder

New York Times - Health: March 27, 2015
Set your Passover table with these delicious dishes from Martha Rose Shulman that add color and tradition to a special meal.

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King Richard III's Monumental Tomb Unveiled

Discovery Health: March 27, 2015
Richard III's tombstone was lowered into place overnight, marking the king's final resting place in Leicester cathedral. Continue reading →

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Study provides evidence against the fetal origins of cancer, cardiovascular disease

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 27, 2015
A study evaluated the relationship between nutritional conditions in early life and adult health, and found that famine exposure during the first pregnancy trimester was associated with increases in mortality from causes other than cancer or cardiovascular disease. This is the first study to quantify the possible long-term effects of nutrition deprivation at different stages of pregnancy and long-term mortality.

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Love the cook, love the food: Attraction to comfort food linked to positive social connections

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 27, 2015
A big bowl of mashed potatoes. What about spaghetti and meatballs? Sushi? Regardless of what you identify as comfort food, it’s likely the attraction to that dish is based on having a good relationship with the person you remember first preparing it.

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Quotable Genius: Carl Sagan

Discovery Health: March 27, 2015
Carl Sagan, the best science communicator of his age, was also an avowed athiest who loved discussing religion. Continue reading →

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How Grandparents Shaped Human Evolution

Scientific American: Health: March 27, 2015
The rise of senior citizens may have played a big role in the success of our species -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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DNews: The Mysterious Ways Earth is Slowly Changing

Discovery Health: March 27, 2015
There are many things in life whose constancy we can rely on -- friends, family, death, taxes -- but our home planet isn't one of them. Things are 'a' changin'. Slooowly. How would you feel about longer days, shorter springs, and a new north star?

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First-Ever National Plan Crafted to Fight Superbugs

Scientific American: Health: March 27, 2015
The White House is due to issue an ambitious plan to slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance over the next five years -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Winged Drones Fly Beautifully as Butterflies

Discovery Health: March 27, 2015
These lightweight drones could almost be mistaken for the real thing.

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