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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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“Think Big”: Q&A with Eric Chen

TEDMED - Medical Discussions: October 31, 2014
At TEDMED 2014, Eric Chen urged us to think big and never stop asking questions. Halfway through a very exciting first semester at Harvard, Eric Chen checked in with TEDMED to answer a few questions we had about his talk. … Continue reading → The post “Think Big”: Q&A with Eric Chen appeared first on TEDMED Blog.

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Science Looks into Immortal Pets

Scientific American: Health: October 31, 2014
A new experiment will study the extension of lifespan via an anti-aging drug administered to domestic dogs -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Women and Heart Attack Symptoms

NIH Medline Plus: October 31, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Angina, Heart Attack, Heart Disease in Women

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Survey Reveals Concerns Over Ebola

WebMD: October 31, 2014
When it comes to Ebola, most Americans say they’re not worried about catching the disease, but they are concerned about the possibility of health care workers who have treated sick patients spreading the virus here.

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Bacteria Lowers Mosquito-Transmission of Malaria, Dengue

Scientific American: Health: October 31, 2014
Mosquitoes that harbor a soil microbe called Chromobacterium Csp_P have a harder time catching dengue virus and the malarial parasite. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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NIMH creates new unit to support its research domain criteria initiative

National Institutes of Health: October 31, 2014
RDoC research framework will help guide the classification of patients in clinical studies.

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Ginseng Kianpi Pil: Public Notification - Undeclared Drug Ingredients

Safety Alerts: October 31, 2014
Risk of impaired ability to fight infections, high blood sugar levels, muscle injuries and psychiatric problems. Undeclared drug ingredients may also cause serious side effects when combined with other medications.

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Wanted: communications help for EHRs

Healthcare IT News: October 31, 2014
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Let’s Talk about Ebola Survivors and Sex

Scientific American: Health: October 31, 2014
As more patients recover from the infection, what risk do they pose to their sexual partners? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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CIOs: EHR usability to get worse

Healthcare IT News: October 31, 2014
Worries over the usability of EHRs have escalated recently – in tandem, it seems, with broad adoption. And now, comes research from analyst firm Frost & Sullivan that confirms it and highlights the dangers. The findings indicate it's likely to get worse before it gets better. Top problem: Information retrieval. It's nearly impossible for physicians to get the right information at the right time from their EHRs. They need it at the point of care. When it's not there, it's not merely frustrating. It puts patients at risk. read more

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Two Suspected Ebola Cases Reported in Mali, 57 Contacts Sought

Scientific American: Health: October 31, 2014
Two people are suspected of having Ebola after coming into contact with a two-year-old girl who died of the disease in Mali last week, according to WHO data -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis

Associated Press Healthwire: October 31, 2014
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week - months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later....

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A welcome -- or not -- for health workers from Africa's Ebola zone

CNN Health: October 31, 2014
Maine's plan to impose a mandatory quarantine on nurse Kaci Hickox highlights an individual liberty versus public safety controversy about health workers returning from Africa's Ebola zone.

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India Considers Ban on E-Cigarettes, Sale of Single Smokes

Scientific American: Health: October 31, 2014
India is considering a ban on electronic cigarettes over the risks to public health that they may cause -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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A look at Ebola guidelines in some states

Associated Press Healthwire: October 31, 2014
States have broad authority to quarantine people to prevent the spread of disease, and several are exercising that right to go beyond the safety recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for containing the deadly Ebola virus....

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APNewsBreak: Medicare bought meds for dead people

Associated Press Healthwire: October 31, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead....

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Kaci Hickox's boyfriend: 'We don't believe that we can get anyone sick'

CNN Health: October 31, 2014
The boyfriend of a Maine nurse who defied an Ebola quarantine is speaking out, saying isolating returnees from West Africa will affect their partners as well.

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VIDEO: Wine vs doughnut: The hidden calories in booze

BBC Health: October 31, 2014
Alcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors.

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VIDEO: The makeshift 'protection' for Ebola

BBC Health: October 31, 2014
The BBC's Anne Soy reports from Ghana, where health care workers in one hospital serving Liberian refugees have had to use rain coats instead of proper protective gear against Ebola.

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Protest Sparked as Louisiana Seeks to Ban Doctors Returned from West Africa

Scientific American: Health: October 30, 2014
The response to Ebola could be undermined as Louisiana officials ask that doctors and researchers recently returned from 3 West African nations not attend the American Society of Tropical Medicine... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The New Old Age Blog: A Workout for the Mind

New York Times - Health: October 30, 2014
Improved perceptions of aging can lead to increases in physical strength, an unusual study finds.

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AAFP Member Describes His Experience Overcoming Ebola

American Academy of Family Physicians: October 30, 2014
AAFP member Kent Brantly, M.D., sat down with AAFP News shortly before his speech to a packed ballroom during the AAFP Assembly on Oct. 24 to discuss his experience with Ebola infection.

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Study Compares 2 Common Weight-Loss Surgeries

NIH Medline Plus: October 30, 2014
Gastric banding, bypass each have their pluses and minuses, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: After Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery

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Brain Scans Yield Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

NIH Medline Plus: October 30, 2014
Findings might help doctors diagnose the baffling condition Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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FTC sues Gerber over claims on infant formula

Associated Press Healthwire: October 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators announced Thursday they were suing Gerber, the well-known baby food maker, for claiming that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children....

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Identifying the source of stem cells

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
When most animals begin life, cells immediately begin accepting assignments to become a head, tail or a vital organ. However, mammals, including humans, are special. The cells of mammalian embryos get to make a different first choice -- to become the protective placenta or to commit to forming the baby.

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Clock gene dysregulation may explain overactive bladder

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
If you think sleep problems and bladder problems are a fact of life in old age, you may be right. A new report shows that our sleep-wake cycles are genetically connected to our bladder, and disruptions to one may cause problems with the other.

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New molecule sneaks medicines across blood/brain barrier

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Delivering life-saving drugs across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) might become a little easier thanks to a new study. In the new report, scientists describe an antibody, called 'FC5,' is one-tenth the size of a traditional antibody and able to cross the BBB.

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Size matters: Baby's size at birth may predict risk for disease later in life

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Being overweight might be better in the long term than being underweight, at least when it comes to infants. "These findings support the hypothesis that common long-term variation in the activity of genes established in the womb may underpin links between size at birth and risk for adult disease," said one of the authors.

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BPA exposure by infants may increase later risk of food intolerance

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Scientists show, for the first time, that there is a link between perinatal exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) at low doses and the risk to develop food intolerance in later life. "We may look back one day and see BPA exposure as one of the more important public health problems of our time," said one expert. "We know that too much exposure is bad, but exactly how much exposure is too much is still up for debate."

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Adapative 'nowcasting' key to accurate flu data trends using Google search terms

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Google search data really can provide a more accurate real time picture of current flu infections, researchers have found. Official reports of influenza infection rates are produced with a delay of at least one week. Yet researchers from Google and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that data on searches for influenza related terms could be used to provide a real time estimate of the number of people with flu infections, with almost no delay.

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Device developed for running shoes that prevents injuries

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
A prototype running shoe has been designed with an integrated device that improves training management and prevents injuries. The device consists of a microelectronic measuring system capable of gathering biomechanical parameters that characterize the runner's technique during a race. This information is wirelessly transmitted to the runner's mobile phone and a mobile phone application provides real-time feedback, including level of performance and suggestions to change the running pattern or to stop running in case of detecting a high risk of injury.

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Clinical practice guidelines address multimodality treatment for esophageal cancer

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
New clinical practice guidelines for treating cancer of the esophagus and gastroesophageal junction (area where the esophagus meets the stomach) have been released. The guidelines include nine evidence-based recommendations that address issues related to multimodality care, including neoadjuvant therapy (chemotherapy and radiation therapy given prior to surgery). The goal of this therapy is to reduce the extent of cancer before an operation to maximize the chance of obtaining a cure.

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Bat influenza viruses unlikely to pose a threat to human health

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 30, 2014
Veterinary researchers have completed new research that suggests the bat influence virus poses a low risk to humans.

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Fearing Ebola? Doctors say get a flu shot

Associated Press Healthwire: October 30, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) -- Fever? Headache? Muscle aches? Forget about Ebola - chances are astronomically higher that you have the flu or some other common bug....

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Lawsuit: Surgical gowns let diseases pass through

Associated Press Healthwire: October 30, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases....

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