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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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Poison Pen: In Plastics and Cans, a Threat to Women

New York Times - Health: August 28, 2014
BPA worries scientists for a number of reasons, but evidence is gathering for one concern in particular: infertility.

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Remaking Medicine: Expansion of Mental Health Care Hits Obstacles

New York Times - Health: August 28, 2014
The Affordable Care Act has paved the way for one of the largest expansion of mental health coverage in a generation, increasing access for millions.

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The New Old Age: How to Complain to Medicare

New York Times - Health: August 28, 2014
Revealed: the semi-secret phone numbers that beneficiaries are supposed to use to complain to Medicare.

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Human trial of Ebola vaccine to start next week

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
A highly anticipated test of an experimental Ebola vaccine will begin next week, amid mounting anxiety about the spread of the deadly virus in West Africa.

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Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa Pilaf, and Cauliflower and Broccoli Au Gratin

WebMD: August 28, 2014
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, shares recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes: Brussels sprouts with bacon, quinoa pilaf with cranberries and pecans, and cauliflower and broccoli au gratin.

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NIH issues genomic data sharing rules

Healthcare IT News: August 28, 2014
The National Institutes of Health has issued a final policy it hopes will promote genomic data sharing as a way to improve health while still protecting the privacy of research participants. [See also: Genomics come to HIE] The NIH Genomic Data Sharing policy traces back to the Human Genome Project, which necessitated rapid and broad data release during its mapping and sequencing of the human genome, officials say. read more

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The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion

New York Times - Health: August 28, 2014
Some activists like Rebecca Gomperts are now imagining the unthinkable: a future where most abortions happen at home.

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WHO warns 20,000 at risk of Ebola

BBC Health: August 28, 2014
The UN's health agency says the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, and urges airlines to resume flights.

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New DEA rule means changes to eRx

Healthcare IT News: August 28, 2014
A restrictive new rule change from the Drug Enforcement Administration, making it more difficult for physicians to prescribe opioids, will necessitate some changes to e-prescribing products and practices. [See also: DEA: They want a new drug] read more

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Concussion Recovery Can Reverse After Return to Activity, Study Shows

WebMD: August 28, 2014
Expert and researcher say the findings highlight need for slow return to playing field

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Everyone wants a piece of pop health

Healthcare IT News: August 28, 2014
Healthcare organizations are struggling to get a handle on population health, according to a new report from Chilmark Research. Chilmark's 2014 Analytics for Population Health Management Market Trends Report reveals a market that, while seeing strong growth of interest, is still very much in its infancy. read more

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NIH to Launch Human Safety Study of Ebola Vaccine Candidate

National Institutes of Health: August 28, 2014
Trial is First in Series of Accelerated Safety Studies of Ebola Vaccines.

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Concussion Recovery

NIH Medline Plus: August 28, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Concussion, School Health, Sports Injuries

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Gerry Hinkley - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

Healthcare IT News: August 28, 2014
Gerry Hinkley, a partner in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's health care practice in San Francisco, provides advice on HIPAA preparation and planning for and responding to a breach. Thumbnail:  read more

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Matter: Parasites Practicing Mind Control

New York Times - Health: August 28, 2014
A new study suggests that Toxoplasma can turn its host’s genes on and off, influencing behavior.

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US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

Associated Press Healthwire: August 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus....

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For Dessert, May I Recommend the Buglava?

Scientific American: Health: August 28, 2014
An argument for additional alimentary arthropods -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Top security needs philosophical shift

Healthcare IT News: August 28, 2014
If you knew that assailants or robbers had continuous access to your house, how would that change the way you manage home security? And if the door and window locks, fences, even the big-ticket alarm systems were not enough?   One option: You might assume every time you walk inside that someone is lying in wait. read more

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Doctors: Early school start times unhealthy

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
If you think school starts too early, you aren't the only one.

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Veterans get second chance

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
Veterans treatment courts are helping former warriors who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.

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Being an addict's mom

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
How do parents of addicts help their children without enabling them? CNN's Kelly Wallace gets a painfully honest look at what it's like to be in this situation.

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'Meat & potatoes' of fighting drugs

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
Heroin use has surged in cities across the U.S. CNN joins Detective David Betz as he and a confidential informant work to get illegal drugs off the streets.

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This is your brain on heroin

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
Sanjay Gupta explains what happens to your brain on opiates, the key ingredient in heroin and other powerful narcotics.

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Ebola Could Eventually Afflict Over 20,000, W.H.O. Says

New York Times - Health: August 28, 2014
The World Health Organization reported that the epidemic was still accelerating and could afflict almost seven times the current number of reported cases before it can be brought under control.

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Vaccine-autism study under investigation

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
A study on an alleged link between vaccines and autism has been removed over "serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions."

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Ebola doctors volunteer despite risk

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
Healthcare workers in Liberia carry on despite the growing number of casualties among their own. Nima Elbagir reports.

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Ebola outbreak death toll passes 1,550

CNN Health: August 28, 2014
The Ebola outbreak "continues to accelerate" in West Africa and has killed 1,552 people so far, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

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Pennsylvania Agrees to Expand Medicaid

Wall Street Journal: August 28, 2014
The Obama administration has reached a deal with Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett to expand the state's Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.

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DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System: Class I Recall - May Reverse Directions After Surgery

Safety Alerts: August 28, 2014
Infants at highest risk for injury. Sudden obstruction of trachea could lead to respiratory arrest/death. In all patient populations, failure may result in need for surgical intervention to replace failed device.

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New hospital food rules introduced

BBC Health: August 28, 2014
Hospitals in England will be expected to provide a higher standard of food under new rules being introduced by the government.

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UK Ebola vaccine trial to start

BBC Health: August 28, 2014
A trial vaccine against Ebola could be tested on healthy volunteers in the UK in September, says an international health consortium.

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Ebola spreads to Nigeria oil hub

BBC Health: August 28, 2014
Nigeria confirms its first Ebola death outside Lagos – a doctor in the oil hub of Port Harcourt who becomes the sixth fatality in Africa's most populous country.

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NHS complaints rise to 480 every day

BBC Health: August 28, 2014
The number of complaints made about NHS care in England increased to an average of 480 every day, according to official data.

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WHO: Ebola Outbreak Could Hit 20,000

Wall Street Journal: August 28, 2014
The WHO warned the number of people affected by the Ebola virus could hit 20,000 within the next nine months and around half a billion dollars is needed to stop the spread of the disease.

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Electrical Pulses to Scalp May Boost Memory: Study

WebMD: August 28, 2014
But years of research remain before this therapy could treat brain disorders, experts say

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Your Family's Germs May Move With You

WebMD: August 28, 2014
Study found that bacteria followed people into their new home

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