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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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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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Obama offers federal help to NY with Ebola case

Associated Press Healthwire: October 24, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is offering federal support to New York as it responds to its first Ebola case....

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Ebola Survivors' Blood to Be Studied as Treatment

Wall Street Journal: October 24, 2014
Researchers plan to test the effectiveness of transfusing blood products from Ebola survivors into infected patients, as a potential near-term countermeasure to the outbreak in West Africa.

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New York Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola

Wall Street Journal: October 24, 2014
A physician who had returned to New York City 10 days ago after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the disease.

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New York Officials Tracing Movements of Ebola Patient

Wall Street Journal: October 24, 2014
New York City officials said they are retracing the steps of Craig Spencer, the doctor who was diagnosed with Ebola, even as they assured New Yorkers they had little to fear about the spread of the disease.

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Klain a Good Pick for Ebola Czar, Experts Say

WebMD: October 23, 2014
President Barack Obama has taken heat for picking former White House aide Ronald Klain -- someone without any medical or public health credentials -- to coordinate the federal government's response to Ebola.

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More tech than ever on MGMA show floor

Healthcare IT News: October 23, 2014
With more than 350 exhibitors on the show floor, including many for the first time, MGMA's exhibit hall is expected to be abuzz with activity and fresh ideas. "The exhibit hall is a place to connect, explore and find the solutions practices need to effectively manage time, staff and operations," said Susan Paulin Schubert, MGMA's senior manager, corporate relations and business development. The hall will be open throughout the conference. The hours are: 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. read more

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How Medicare 'Self-Referral' Thrives on Loophole

Wall Street Journal: October 23, 2014
A Florida medical group shows how doctors can order Medicare-funded procedures from entities in which they have financial interests, despite a decades-old federal law seeking to ban most ‘self-referral.’

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Practices buried under MU 'avalanche'

Healthcare IT News: October 23, 2014
"I've never seen this level of frustration in our membership, as I have in the past six to eight months or so," says MGMA Senior Policy Advisor Robert Tennant. "It's not just meaningful use. But that is certainly one of the catalysts." read more

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Well: Living With Schizophrenia: Coffee and Friends

New York Times - Health: October 23, 2014
Getting to trust people well enough to call them a friend takes a lot of work. It’s especially hard when you are living with schizophrenia and think everyone is making fun of you.

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Living life from a hospital room

CNN Health: October 23, 2014
A 17-year-old girl living with cystic fibrosis makes the hospital her happy place. "Every breath I take is a miracle," she says.

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Ebola Puts Spotlight on Bellevue Hospital

Wall Street Journal: October 23, 2014
The first Ebola case in New York turns the spotlight on the city’s marquee trauma center, which will be tested with containing the disease in one of the country’s most crowded urban areas.

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Tracing Ebola Patient’s Possible Contacts Creates Host of Challenges for New York City

New York Times - Health: October 23, 2014
The city’s first confirmed case of Ebola has raised complicated logistical issues of how to trace the possible contacts of an infected patient in a metropolis of more than 8 million people.

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Ebola blood-therapy team set up

BBC Health: October 23, 2014
An international team of scientists is set up to determine the effectiveness of using the blood of Ebola-survivors as a treatment.

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Neighbors Say Ebola Patient Is Fast to Lend a Helping Hand

New York Times - Health: October 23, 2014
Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, traveled with Doctors Without Borders to Burundi, Congo and Rwanda before going to Guinea.

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Without a UPI, healthcare awash in SSNs

Healthcare IT News: October 23, 2014
The healthcare industry is swimming in Social Security numbers, thanks to the necessities of patient record management systems. But balancing those requirements with fraud mitigation and privacy protections is proving a big challenge. [See also: Rekindling the patient ID debate] read more

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mHealth takes on Ebola in Nigeria

Healthcare IT News: October 23, 2014
In what's being hailed as a "spectacular success story," the World Health Organization has declared Nigeria free of the Ebola virus transmission, with public health agencies and government officials citing a mobile health initiative as largely responsible for the triumph.    read more

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Why Ebola Is a Wake Up for Infection Control

Scientific American: Health: October 23, 2014
Just as the CDC’s and other experts’ thoughts on Ebola and infection control have evolved with experience, mine have taken a slight twist as well. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Ebola Crosses New Border as Mali Confirms a Case

New York Times - Health: October 23, 2014
A toddler from next-door Guinea who lost a parent to the disease has tested positive.

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Well: Giving the Doctor a Second Chance

New York Times - Health: October 23, 2014
“Someone had said you were a good doctor,” my patient said derisively, “but I was not impressed.” What had I done?

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One hospital's take on 'Shark Tank'

Healthcare IT News: October 23, 2014
Boston Children's Hospital has named three finalists to compete for $30,000 and investment advice from industry leaders in the hospital's first Innovation Tank. ABC's Shark Tank personality, Daymond John, will moderate the event, called "Taking on Tomorrow." It is part global summit and part a take on The popular TV show as the three finalists compete for $30,000 to boost their innovation. [See also: Venture+ Forum shows IT the money] read more

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Vaccine Trials for Ebola Are Planned in West Africa

New York Times - Health: October 23, 2014
The two trials will run separately in Liberia and Sierra Leone and involve different designs to ensure at least one produces usable information.

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FPOY Mixes Full-scope Family Medicine With Healthy Dose of Advocacy

American Academy of Family Physicians: October 23, 2014
In addition to practicing full-scope family medicine, including obstetrics, the Academy's 2015 Family Physician of the Year, Oscar Lovelace, M.D., of Prosperity, S.C., has involved himself in numerous public health issues in his home state.

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Homeland Security eyes device flaws

Healthcare IT News: October 23, 2014
A senior official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that it is currently reviewing nearly two dozen medical devices and pieces of hospital equipment for potential cybersecurity issues, according to reports. Though it’s not a complete list, Reuters reported that DHS Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT is looking at a Hospira infusion pump, and implantable heart devices from both Medtronic and St. Jude Medical, as well as medical imaging and networking equipment.  read more

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Hospitals' struggles to beat back familiar infections began before Ebola arrived

Healthcare IT News: October 23, 2014
While Ebola stokes public anxiety, more than one in six hospitals – including some top medical centers – are having trouble stamping out less exotic but sometimes deadly infections, federal records show.   read more

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Patients avoiding Dallas hospital where Ebola hit

Associated Press Healthwire: October 23, 2014
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas hospital where a man diagnosed with Ebola died and two nurses were infected with the virus has seen patients flee the hospital, with a more than 50 percent decline in visits to its emergency room since the crisis began....

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NYC mayor: Don't be alarmed by doctor's Ebola

Associated Press Healthwire: October 23, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. It's the first case in the city....

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Well: Can You Get Ebola From a Bowling Ball?

New York Times - Health: October 23, 2014
There is no evidence that Ebola has been passed, as colds or flu sometimes are, by touching surfaces that someone else touched after sneezing into their hand.

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BPA Exposure and Cash Register Receipts

NIH Medline Plus: October 23, 2014
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U.S. Suspends Risky Disease Research

Scientific American: Health: October 23, 2014
The government will cease funding "gain-of-function" studies that make viruses more dangerous -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Are obese dummies the key to preventing road deaths?

CNN Health: October 23, 2014
To accommodate the increasing numbers of overweight drivers, car safety experts are developing an obese dummy.

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NIH announces grants for frontotemporal degeneration research

National Institutes of Health: October 23, 2014
Projects will help advance research through collaborations and development of novel strategies.

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Matter: As Ebola Spreads, So Have Several Fallacies

New York Times - Health: October 23, 2014
Flu season will bring a virus that spreads far faster than Ebola, and will kill thousands.

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Britain Pledges Millions to Fight Ebola and Chides Others to Spend More

New York Times - Health: October 23, 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain said his country had already promised more aid than any other in Europe to fight Ebola in West Africa, but said, “we need other European countries to do more.”

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Woman who beat Ebola mourns for her slain dog

Associated Press Healthwire: October 23, 2014
MADRID (AP) -- The husband of the Spanish nursing assistant who beat Ebola says his wife now knows that authorities killed their dog Excalibur while she was in the hospital and is questioning that decision....

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Well: Milk Choice May Affect Vitamin D Levels

New York Times - Health: October 23, 2014
Children who drink rice, almond or soy milk instead of cow’s milk may have insufficient levels of vitamin D.

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