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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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Well: Bothered by a ‘Gummy Smile’

New York Times - Health: July 31, 2014
People bothered by a smile that shows too much of the gum line have a new option: Botox.

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Dimly lit working environments: Correcting body clock is possible

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 30, 2014
Researchers have, for the first time, conducted a study under real conditions on the body clocks of members of an international polar research station. The researchers have shown that a particular kind of artificial light is capable of ensuring that their biological rhythms are correctly synchronized despite the absence of sunlight.

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Naltrexone may be effective in diminishing impulse control disorders in Parkinson's disease patients

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 30, 2014
Parkinson's disease (PD) patients may confront a common but largely unrecognized challenge: the occurrence of impulse control disorders (ICDs) such as compulsive gambling, sexual behavior, eating, or spending. A team of investigators conducted a pilot study and found that the opioid antagonist naltrexone may be an effective treatment for diminishing ICD symptoms in PD patients.

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Many depressed preschoolers still suffer in later school years

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 30, 2014
Children diagnosed with depression as preschoolers are likely to suffer from depression as school-age children and young adolescents, new research shows. The investigators followed 246 children, now ages 9 to 12, who were enrolled in the study as preschoolers when they were 3 to 5 years old. The children and their primary caregivers participated in up to six annual and four semiannual assessments. They were screened using a tool called the Preschool Feelings Checklist and evaluated using an age-appropriate diagnostic interview.

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Well: Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits

New York Times - Health: July 30, 2014
Even small amounts of vigorous exercise could significantly lower a person’s risk of dying prematurely, according to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality.

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Ambulance response times concern

BBC Health: July 30, 2014
Welsh ambulances again fail to hit their response time targets which politicians brand a "huge concern".

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Embarrassing diseases are a real pain in the...

CNN Health: July 30, 2014
There are the diseases you don't want to get because they'll kill you. Then there are the diseases you don't want to get because you are too embarrassed to discuss them out loud, even with your doctor.

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IOM wants big changes to medical ed

Healthcare IT News: July 30, 2014
As the U.S. population grows, the physician workforce shrinks, and information technology fundamentally changes the way care is delivered, the Institute of Medicine says graduate medical education needs an overhaul. [See also: Are med schools failing future docs?] read more

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UK border staff 'not ready' for Ebola

BBC Health: July 30, 2014
Immigration and customs staff feel unprepared to deal with people arriving in the UK with possible Ebola infections, union leader warns.

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World Briefing: Peace Corps Pulls 340 Volunteers as 2 Are Isolated for Ebola Exposure

New York Times - Health: July 30, 2014
The Peace Corps said that it was temporarily withdrawing the volunteers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and that two volunteers had been isolated after being exposed to a person who died of the Ebola virus.

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Mobile devices, apps open for attacks

Healthcare IT News: July 30, 2014
In many ways, mobile device security is an oxymoron in its current state. In fact, if you're using an Internet of Things-type device, chances are it has an average of 25 hidden vulnerabilities, according to new research, making it a ripe target for hackers.   That's according to a new HP-led study that sheds light on the alarming number of connected devices with serious security weak spots. As the data reveals, a whopping 70 percent of all commonly used mobile devices and apps have these vulnerabilities.    read more

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Cord Blood: What You Need to Know

NIH Medline Plus: July 30, 2014
Source: Food and Drug Administration Related MedlinePlus Pages: Pregnancy, Stem Cells

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Income a major driver of avoidable hospitalizations across New Jersey

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 30, 2014
The household income of its residents is the most important factor in whether a community has high or low rates of avoidable hospital visits -- conditions that could be better managed in a doctor's office or other health care settings if treated at an early stage, according to a report.

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Exploring 3-D printing to make organs for transplants

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 30, 2014
Printing whole new organs for transplants sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the real-life budding technology could one day make actual kidneys, livers, hearts and other organs for patients who desperately need them. Scientists are reporting new understanding about the dynamics of 3-D bioprinting that takes them a step closer to realizing their goal of making working tissues and organs on-demand.

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Laughter is the best medicine? The emotional appeal of stand-up comedy

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 30, 2014
Comics taking to the stage should take note: how much of a hit they are with their audiences won’t be down to just their jokes. The link between humor and emotion plays a large part in how well an audience connects with a comedian, and vice versa, according to new research.

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Breastfeeding: Do celebrity ambassadors help the ordinary woman?

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 30, 2014
Breasts are the strongest symbol of female sexuality and are abundant in the media, on magazines, in adverts and in film. Celebrity breasts are depicted as objects of sexual desire and as a model for everyday women to aspire to. Broadcast images of breastfeeding however are scarce and elicit controversy and even revulsion.

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Tech for docs may save big bucks

Healthcare IT News: July 30, 2014
Getting physicians on board with cost cutting measures proves to be one of the healthcare industry's top challenges, one that has become critical as hospitals buy up more physician practices. There's the technology available to help doctors accomplish this, but it often costs a pretty penny. The question then becomes is it worth it economically?   read more

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New VA head could go big on telehealth

Healthcare IT News: July 30, 2014
Former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as new Veterans Affairs secretary secretary on Tuesday, just as a new VA overhaul bill gives a substantial push for new health IT initiatives. [See also: VA and HHS extend care for veterans with HIE and telehealth] read more

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Ann Patterson - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

Healthcare IT News: July 30, 2014
Ann Patterson, Senior Vice President and Program Director at Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) and a speaker at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, talks about MIFA and the efforts to prevent and combat medical identity theft and fraud. Thumbnail:  read more

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Sugar mimics guide stem cells toward neural fate

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 30, 2014
Many growth factors that influence the fate of embryonic stem cells must bind to sugars attached to specific receptors on the surface of the cell to work. Because the sugars are difficult to manipulate, biochemists created synthetic stand ins that helped to identify substructures recognized by a growth factor involved in neural development.

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High frequency of potential entrapment gaps in hospital beds

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 30, 2014
A survey of beds within a large teaching hospital in Ireland has shown than many of them did not comply with dimensional standards put in place to minimize the risk of entrapment. The report therefore emphasizes the need for careful selection of patients for whom bedrails are to be used, as well as the need for monitoring and maintenance of hospital bed systems.

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Ablation increases survival for adults with atrial fibrillation

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 30, 2014
Easing heart palpitations is one benefit of catheter ablation. A longer life span is another. Study shows 60 drop in cardiovascular mortality after ablation for atrial fibrillation. More than 4 million people have atrial fibrillation, an age-related heart rhythm disorder that can cause a fluttering sensation in the chest and impair the heart's ability to pump blood.

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Parenting skills improve in ADHD parents with medication

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 30, 2014
Parenting skills of adults with ADHD improve when their ADHD is treated with medication, according to researchers. At least 25 percent of clinic-referred children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder have a parent with ADHD. At least 25 percent of clinic-referred children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder have a parent with ADHD.

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Brain response to appetizing food cues varies among obese people

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 30, 2014
People who have the most common genetic mutation linked to obesity respond differently to pictures of appetizing foods than overweight or obese people who do not have the genetic mutation, according to a new study. More than one-third of adults are obese. Obesity typically results from a combination of eating too much, getting too little physical activity and genetics.

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Teen insomnia linked with depression, anxiety

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 30, 2014
A study of high school students has shed new light on the links between insomnia-related mental health conditions among teens. "People with insomnia find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep for as long as they need to. This is a widespread sleep disorder among the general public, and in most countries about 11% of teens aged 13-16 years experience insomnia at some stage," one researcher said.

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Indian Landslide Kills 10, Scores Feared Trapped

Scientific American: Health: July 30, 2014
Heavy rain triggered a landslide in rural western India that killed at least ten people and trapped up to 150 more after thick mud came crashing down on thatch huts and brick houses on Wednesday, a... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Johnson & Johnson Pulls Hysterectomy Tool From Hospitals

Wall Street Journal: July 30, 2014
Johnson & Johnson, which already suspended sales of a surgical tool that has been blamed for spreading a dangerous cancer in women, now plans to tell doctors world-wide to return any devices currently on shelves.

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Opinion: Expand Medicare for all Americans

CNN Health: July 30, 2014
Vijay Das says Medicare is a success story that could provide health care for everybody, not just seniors.

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Drug Firms Buy $67.5 Million Voucher to Speed FDA Review

Wall Street Journal: July 30, 2014
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi are spending $67.5 million to buy a special voucher held by BioMarin Pharmaceuticals in a bid to hasten regulatory review of their new cholesterol drug.

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Family Weight Control

NIH Medline Plus: July 30, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Family Issues, Obesity in Children, Parenting, Weight Control

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Lidocaine HCI Injection, USP, 2 percent, by Hospira: Recall - Visible Particulates

Safety Alerts: July 30, 2014
Injected particulate could result in delay in therapy, local inflammation, mechanical disruption of tissue or immune response to the particulate.

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Survey: Progress In Enrolling California Uninsured

WebMD: July 30, 2014
Survey: Progress In Enrolling California Uninsured

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Survey Finds 1 In 5 Uninsured Don’t Want Coverage

WebMD: July 30, 2014
Survey Finds 1 In 5 Uninsured Don’t Want Coverage

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Connected health as a therapeutic

Healthcare IT News: July 30, 2014
I heard the other day that by 2017, 50% of the pharmacy spend in the U.S. will be on specialty pharmacy. read more

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England records rise in dementia

BBC Health: July 30, 2014
The number of people in England diagnosed with dementia rises by 62% over seven years.

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