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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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WHO sounds alarm over W Africa Ebola

BBC Health: July 31, 2014
The World Health Organization and presidents of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a joint $100m response plan.

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The Diet Soda Debate

WebMD: July 31, 2014
Recent studies fail to provide solid answers on benefits or drawbacks.

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Personalized Medicine and Companion Diagnostics Go Hand-in-Hand

NIH Medline Plus: July 31, 2014
Source: Food and Drug Administration Related MedlinePlus Pages: Genes and Gene Therapy, Medicines

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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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USDA Overhauls Poultry-Inspection System

Wall Street Journal: July 31, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled on Thursday the first major overhaul of the nation's poultry-inspection system in more than fifty years.

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This is what you need to fall in love

CNN Health: July 31, 2014
Hugs, eye contact and of course, sex. Paul Zak breaks down the "love molecule" and how it effects our lives.

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3 common ICD-10 myths, debunked

Healthcare IT News: July 31, 2014
Three of the most persistent and pernicious untruths about ICD-10 are tackled by AHIMA as confusion clouds the lead up to a long-overdue switchover. [See also: ICD-10 conversion a hot topic at HIMSS14] read more

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Costs of HealthCare.gov fiasco near $1B

Healthcare IT News: July 31, 2014
It's official. The Government Accountability Office today affirmed what the general public knew this past October: the launch of the HealthCare.gov website was a poorly-planned and mismanaged disaster -- one that cost the federal government a pretty penny.   read more

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Lead in teeth can tell a body's tale, study finds

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 31, 2014
Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss. The discovery could help police solve cold cases, an investigator has said. For instance, if an unidentified decomposed body is found, testing the lead in the teeth could immediately help focus the investigation on a certain geographic area. That way, law enforcement can avoid wasting resources checking for missing persons in the wrong places.

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FDA takes steps to help ensure the reliability of certain diagnostic tests

FDA US Food & Drug: July 31, 2014
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took important steps to ensure that certain tests used by health care professionals to help diagnose and treat patients provide accurate, consistent and reliable results.

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Full-time IT workers could be happier

Healthcare IT News: July 31, 2014
Just one in five full-time health information technology employees say they're "very satisfied" with their current job, a recent survey finds; a substantial 12 percent, meanwhile, say they're "very dissatisfied." This is in marked contrast with IT consultants. [See also: Seasoned IT talent still hard to find] read more

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Well: Feeling as if I Failed the Patient

New York Times - Health: July 31, 2014
I thought about the patient I had been treating for three years for leukemia. I would be seeing her in clinic in a few hours, and I had a bad feeling about her disease.

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Effect of loud noises on brain revealed in study

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 31, 2014
Prolonged exposure to loud noise alters how the brain processes speech, potentially increasing the difficulty in distinguishing speech sounds, according to neuroscientists. Exposure to intensely loud sounds leads to permanent damage of the hair cells, which act as sound receivers in the ear. Once damaged, the hair cells do not grow back, leading to noise-induced hearing loss.

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Monoamine oxidase A: Biomarker for postpartum depression

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 31, 2014
Postpartum mood swings are correlated with high monoamine oxidase A binding, a study shows. For most women, the birth of their baby is one of the most strenuous but also happiest days in their lives. The vast majority of women experience a temporary drop in mood for a few days after birth. These symptoms of "baby blues" are not an illness; however, in some cases they can represent early signs of an imminent episode of depression: in 13 percent of mothers, the emotional turmoil experienced after childbirth leads to the development of a full-blown postpartum depression.

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Cholesterol Drugs May Speed Healing After Surgery

WebMD: July 31, 2014
Statin therapy may affect inflammatory response and help wounds recover, researchers say

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Big Jump in Doctor's Office Visits for Young Adults With Diabetes

WebMD: July 31, 2014
Overall, 1 in 10 consultations in the U.S. now involves a person with the illness, CDC says

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Uber-inspired apps bring a doctor to your door

CNN Health: July 31, 2014
When you're sick, sometimes it feels impossible to get out of bed, let alone get to the doctor. Now the doctor will come to you.

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Oregon Medicaid targets expensive hepatitis drug

Associated Press Healthwire: July 31, 2014
WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon Medicaid committee on Thursday significantly scaled back access to an effective - but expensive - new drug used to treat hepatitis C....

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Breakthrough in understanding of important blood protein

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 31, 2014
A previously unknown protein mechanism has now been described by new research. This provides an exceptionally detailed understanding of how nature works, and it can also provide the ability to control nature -- in this case, it is about how coagulated blood can be dissolved, and this can lead to treatment of diseases carrying a risk of blood clots.

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Key to aging immune system: Discovery of DNA replication problem

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 31, 2014
The immune system ages and weakens with time, making the elderly prone to life-threatening infection and other maladies, and scientists have now discovered a reason why.

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Children and hot cars a cause for deadly concern

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 31, 2014
Nearly 700 children have lost their lives over the last 20 years in the United States as a result of being left in or playing in a hot car. At last count, the total in the U.S. this year is 18.

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Depression and Dementia

NIH Medline Plus: July 31, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Dementia, Depression

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Senate Passes Bill on VA Overhauls

Wall Street Journal: July 31, 2014
The Senate passed an approximately $17 billion compromise bill Thursday evening that would help pay for overhauls to the Department of Veterans Affairs, sending the measure to the White House for President Obama to sign.

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FDA Debates Secrecy Surrounding Experimental Drugs

Scientific American: Health: July 31, 2014
Drug regulators are weighting the merits of disclosing preliminary results from experiments to justify a drug's federal approval and then monitor its safety -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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African medical education is being transformed by US program

National Institutes of Health: July 31, 2014
PEPFAR, NIH jointly fund effort to strengthen region's healthcare workforce.

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Why encryption is crucial to your organization

Healthcare IT News: July 31, 2014
Technology poses a constant dilemma. On one hand, it makes our lives easier and, in many cases, more efficient. However, it also leaves those who don’t understand or respect data security vulnerable to thieves, and the healthcare industry is a place where this reality rings especially true. read more

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New Rules Say Poultry Plants Can Conduct Own Checks

New York Times - Health: July 31, 2014
Critics are saying the updated regulations would keep chicken-processing lines running too fast, creating conditions for worker injuries and food-safety failures.

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NIH launches new program to find potential drug targets

National Institutes of Health: July 31, 2014
Researchers will explore poorly understood genes, build information repository.

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Health-Law Opponents Seek Supreme Court Review

Wall Street Journal: July 31, 2014
A group of individuals who challenged health insurance subsidies tied to the Affordable Care Act moved to get an appeal in front of the Supreme Court.

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California Sees Health-Law Premiums Rising 4.2%

Wall Street Journal: July 31, 2014
Premiums for health-law plans in California will go up 4.2% on average next year, an increase that the state's insurance marketplace said was limited partly due to the large and relatively healthy pool of enrollees it had attracted.

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EPA Emissions Plan Draws Protest

Wall Street Journal: July 31, 2014
Several thousand unionized coal miners, electrical workers and others gathered on Thursday to protest the Obama administration's proposed rule to curb carbon emissions from the nation's power plants.

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Pack Rats Expand Diet with New Gut Bacteria

Scientific American: Health: July 31, 2014
Pack rats given the right gut bacteria via a fecal transplant from other pack rats can then digest foods that they formerly could not, but the donors could. Karen Hopkin reports    -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Packrats Expand Diet With New Gut Bacteria

Scientific American: Health: July 31, 2014
Packrats given the right gut bacteria via a fecal transplant from other packrats can then digest foods that they formerly could not, but the donors could. Karen Hopkin reports.     -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Brain Disorders Might Arise from Starving Neurons

Scientific American: Health: July 31, 2014
The neurons and blood vessels in your brain are usually tightly synchronized—but not always. Here's what can go wrong and how we can fix it -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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French Families Challenge Doctors on Wrenching End-of-Life Decisions

New York Times - Health: July 31, 2014
Doctors in France are being challenged on their right to make end-of-life decisions for patients who cannot communicate, though some doctors insist that making such calls is better for the family.

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Valeant Makes Allergan Pitch, Reports Higher Profit

Wall Street Journal: July 31, 2014
Valeant Pharmaceuticals reported higher second-quarter results amid strong growth in almost all of its businesses, as the company again made its case to acquire Allergan.

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