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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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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. 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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Mt Kisco Smokehouse Recalls Smoked Salmon Because of Possible Health Risk

FDA Recalls: September 26, 2016
Mt Kisco Smokehouse of Mt Kisco, NY, is voluntarily recalling two types of smoked salmon because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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How Older People Can Head Off Drug Interactions

WebMD: September 26, 2016
Taking multiple medications and supplements could cause serious problems, FDA warns

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Researchers Make Progress Toward Identifying C.T.E. in the Living

New York Times - Health: September 26, 2016
One group of researchers revealed a step toward identifying in the brain a biomarker linked to the disease; another found elevated levels of tau proteins in blood samples.

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Mother uncovers lasting impact of son's organ donation

Yahoo Health: September 26, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — An ultrasound showed one of Sarah Gray's unborn twins was missing part of his brain, a fatal birth defect. His brother was born healthy but Thomas lived just six days. Latching onto hope for something positive to come from heartache, Gray donated some of Thomas' tissue for scientific research — his eyes, his liver, his umbilical cord blood.

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Gastric Bypass May Bring Infant Nutrition Deficits

WebMD: September 26, 2016
A study suggests that infants born to women who've had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass are more likely to be smaller and have nutritional deficiencies at birth.

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Investors urge food companies to shift from meat to plants

Yahoo Health: September 26, 2016
By Simon Jessop LONDON (Reuters) - A group of 40 investors managing $1.25 trillion in assets have launched a campaign to encourage 16 global food companies to change the way they source protein for their products to help to reduce environmental and health risks. The investors, which include the fund arm of insurer Aviva and several Swedish state pension funds, wrote to the food companies on Sept. 23 urging them to respond to the "material" risks of industrial farming and to diversify into plant-based sources of protein. Among the companies targeted were Kraft Heinz, Nestle, Unilever, Tesco and Walmart, a statement by the Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return Initiative, which organized the investor group, said on Monday.

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Nestle executive Cantarell quits after 40 years, sparking reshuffle

Yahoo Health: September 26, 2016
Luis Cantarell, who heads Nestle's Europe, Middle East and North Africa zone and has been an advocate of blurring the lines between food and pharmaceuticals, is stepping down after 40 years, the Swiss company said on Monday. Cantarell will be replaced in January by Marco Settembri, head of Nestle's water division, which will now be run by Maurizio Paternello, who moves from Nestle Russia and Eurasia, the company said in a statement.

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Officials: Spraying Working on FL Zika Mosquitoes

WebMD: September 26, 2016
A two-pesticide punch kills insects and their larvae -- safe for people: CDC

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Sanofi may win U.S. approval of $3 billion eczema drug by March

Yahoo Health: September 26, 2016
(Reuters) - French drugmaker Sanofi  and its U.S. partner Regeneron Pharmaceuticals could win U.S. approval for their keenly awaited new eczema drug dupilumab, seen by analysts as a potential $3 billion-a-year seller, by next March. Sanofi badly needs new products to make up for flagging sales in its diabetes business, where its top-seller Lantus faces growing competition. The two companies said on Monday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had accepted dupilumab for priority review for treating atopic dermatitis (AD), a skin inflammation also known as atopic eczema, and set a target decision date of March 29.

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9 of 10 U.S. Teens Don't Get Enough Exercise

WebMD: September 26, 2016
And bad habits continue after high school for most, study shows

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This May Up Survival for Some Lung Cancer Patients

WebMD: September 26, 2016
2 new studies find benefit to using stereotactic body radiation therapy

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Some Have Unrealistic Hopes For Cancer Trials

WebMD: September 26, 2016
Study finding is a red flag, researcher says

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Clovis short sellers undaunted as stock price surges

Yahoo Health: September 26, 2016
By Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) - Clovis Oncology Inc's share price has doubled in the past month, fueled by positive developments for the company's experimental cancer drug and takeover speculation. The biotech company said late last month its experimental ovarian cancer treatment would be reviewed on a priority basis, with U.S. regulators expected to rule on the drug, rucaparib, by Feb 23. Shares of Clovis, which has climbed to a market value of about $1.4 billion, rose steadily in the past month, from $18.10 as of Aug 22 to $36.50 on Monday, also amid speculation about Clovis as a potential acquisition by a larger drugmaker.

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NIH funds research network focused on HIV-infected youth

National Institutes of Health: September 26, 2016
Studies also will address HIV prevention among at-risk groups.

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Reactions: Letters to the Editor

New York Times - Health: September 26, 2016
Readers react to articles in Science Times.

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Take a Number: Some Good News on Ovarian Cancer

New York Times - Health: September 26, 2016
The death rate from the disease declined in the United States by 16 percent from 2002 to 2012, among the largest reductions in the world.

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Is Morning Sickness a Good Thing?

WebMD: September 26, 2016
Women who experienced nausea, vomiting had 50 to 75 percent lower risk of pregnancy loss, study finds

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Family Physicians Intent on Fixing Issues That Impede Patient Care

American Academy of Family Physicians: September 26, 2016
During the AAFP's 2016 Congress of Delegates, family physicians discussed issues such as prior authorizations, Medicare's annual wellness visit and telehealth.

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Q&A: Organic Milk Will Wait and Wait for You

New York Times - Health: September 26, 2016
A different, hotter pasteurization process helps explain why organic milk has a longer shelf life than the other stuff.

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Healthy Diet as Teen, Less Weight Gain as Adult

WebMD: September 26, 2016
Study suggests food choices made at 15 may establish long-term eating habits

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Chris Bosh’s Desire to Play Leaves Heat at an Ethical Crossroads

New York Times - Health: September 26, 2016
Bosh’s last two seasons have been cut short by blood clots, and Miami has indicated it doesn’t want him to step on the court this season, or perhaps ever again.

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Should FDA Have Power to Recall Beauty Products?

WebMD: September 26, 2016
The FDA doesn’t have the authority to recall beauty products or to test a product for safety until someone complains. Congress has stepped in with proposals to boost its authority.

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Why morning sickness may be a good thing

Yahoo Health: September 26, 2016
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - For women with a history of miscarriage, experiencing nausea and vomiting during subsequent pregnancy attempts is linked to higher odds of success, a U.S. study suggests. “This study came from the long-standing idea that nausea and vomiting in pregnancy indicated that a woman was still pregnant,” said lead study author Stefanie Hinkle, a scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Delegates Address Discrimination, Diversity and Gun Violence

American Academy of Family Physicians: September 26, 2016
Delegates to the 2016 Congress of Delegates addressed a number of health policy issues, including discrimination, social determinants of health and gun violence.

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Spinal Tap Test Gauges Sports Concussion Severity

Scientific American: Health: September 26, 2016
Biomarkers detected in athletes’ spinal fluid could hint at potential dementia risk -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Mylan reiterates profit on EpiPen two-pack in U.S.

Yahoo Health: September 26, 2016
The unexpected filing comes after the Wall Street Journal reported earlier in the day that the company substantially reduced its calculation of EpiPen profits by applying the statutory U.S. tax rate of 37.5 percent during a congressional hearing on Wednesday. U.S. lawmakers at the hearing lambasted Mylan Chief Executive Heather Bresch for sharply increasing prices for the treatment to $600 for a pair from $100 in 2007. "Without the tax-related reduction, Mylan's profits on the EpiPen two-pack would be closer to $160, or 60 percent higher than the figure the company gave Congress," the WSJ report said.

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Care home nurses need training for unique role

Yahoo Health: September 26, 2016
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - The most important thing nurses provide to nursing home patients are dignity, personhood and quality of life, but training in these aspects of care is lacking, according to a U.K. study. Nursing degree programs don’t adequately prepare nurses for their specialized role in care homes, researchers found. The authors sought to identify education and support needs of registered nurses in care homes, which are struggling to attract, recruit and retain nurses.

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Brain-eating amoebas hunt brain chemical before they kill you

New Scientist Health News: September 26, 2016
A deadly amoeba that can infect swimmers seems to be attracted to a common brain chemical – a discovery that could lead to new treatments

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Stroke Study Sparks Call for Revamping Emergency Care Plan

Scientific American: Health: September 26, 2016
The brain-saving benefits of clot removal are most pronounced with quick intervention -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Sanofi gets $43 million U.S. funding to spur Zika vaccine development

Yahoo Health: September 26, 2016
(Reuters) - Sanofi SA said on Monday the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services approved $43.18 million in funding to accelerate the development of a Zika vaccine, as part of efforts to prevent the infection. The funding from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) will be used for mid-stage trials, expected to begin in the first half of 2018, and manufacturing, the French drugmaker said. Sanofi's vaccine unit, Sanofi Pasteur, said in February it intended to develop a Zika vaccine.

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Professor David Nutt developed 'hangover-free' alcohol

BBC Health: September 26, 2016
A scientist has developed a new type of alcohol which he claims will not damage the liver or leave you with a hangover.

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'Morning sickness' linked to lower miscarriage risk, study finds

Yahoo Health: September 26, 2016
Morning sickness is linked to a lower risk of miscarriage, according to research out Monday that suggests a woman's nausea and vomiting early in pregnancy may have protective effects for the fetus. Between 50 and 80 percent of pregnant women report feeling nauseous or throwing up during their first trimester, said the findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. The condition is often called "morning sickness," though it can affect women at all times of the day and night.

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'Morning sickness' linked to lower miscarriage risk: study

Yahoo Health: September 26, 2016
Morning sickness is linked to a lower risk of miscarriage, according to research out Monday that suggests a woman's nausea and vomiting early in pregnancy may have protective effects for the fetus. Between 50 and 80 percent of pregnant women report feeling nauseous or throwing up during their first trimester, said the findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. The condition is often called "morning sickness," though it can affect women at all times of the day and night.

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Just 30 doctors struggle to treat wounded in eastern Aleppo

Yahoo Health: September 26, 2016
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Only 30 doctors remain in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, where they are in dire need of medical and surgical supplies to treat hundreds of wounded people among a trapped population of 300,000, Syrian doctors said on Monday. At least 40 wounded people in the eight still-functioning hospitals - some of them makeshift centers hidden underground for fear of air strikes and shelling - require medical evacuation, they said. Dozens of air strikes hit rebel-held areas of the northern Syrian city overnight, a monitoring organization and a civil defense worker said, continuing a fierce air campaign by Syrian government and allied forces since a ceasefire broke down almost a week ago.

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Ivory Coast rain boosts cocoa crop, sun needed to avoid disease

Yahoo Health: September 26, 2016
Heavy rain that continued last week in most of Ivory Coast's main cocoa growing regions will improve the size of the upcoming main crop, farmers said on Monday, but more sun is needed to ward off disease. Some farmers said they had already started harvesting and selling small amounts of beans to pay expenses such as children's school fees. In the southern region of Aboisso, farmers said they were optimistic about the main crop outlook but concerned about poor bean quality due to lack of sun.

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'Smart drug' warning for students

BBC Health: September 26, 2016
The government's watchdog issues a warning to students about the dangers of taking cognitive enhancers or "smart drugs".

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