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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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Home DNA Testing Kit

Simple as Spit! Home DNA Testing Kit Maps Your DNA

Simple home DNA kit allows you to find out what your DNA says about you and your family. Find out what percent of your DNA comes from populations around the world, ranging from East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and more. Break European ancestry down into distinct regions such as the British Isles, Scandinavia and Italy. People with mixed ancestry, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans will also get a detailed breakdown.

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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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VIDEO: What makes a healthy high street?

BBC Health: March 26, 2015
A new study by the Royal Society for Public Health lists the healthiest and unhealthiest high streets in the UK, putting Shrewsbury at the top and Preston at the bottom.

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VIDEO: NHS England 'deteriorating'

BBC Health: March 26, 2015
A report by the health think-tank, The King's Fund, says services in the NHS in England are deteriorating.

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Answers to common questions about HIV, needles and drug use

Associated Press Healthwire: March 26, 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has authorized a short-term needle-exchange program and other steps to help contain the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users in one county. Some answers to common questions about needles, drug abuse and the virus that causes AIDS:...

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Is Boston Vulnerable to a Major Earthquake?

Discovery Health: March 26, 2015
The remote but potentially catastrophic risk of a significant quake in Boston has researchers pondering how to protect the city's fragile historic architecture. Continue reading →

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Researchers master gene editing technique in mosquito that transmits deadly diseases

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 26, 2015
Researchers have successfully harnessed a technique, CRISPR-Cas9 editing, to use in an important and understudied species: the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which infects hundreds of millions of people annually with the deadly diseases chikungunya, yellow fever, and dengue fever.

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Price tag of bipartisan bill averting Medicare doc fee cuts

Associated Press Healthwire: March 26, 2015
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the bipartisan bill preventing cuts in doctors' fees for treating Medicare patients would total $214 billion in costs over the coming decade. Highlights of the CBO analysis (in rounded numbers):...

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Avoiding Neurodegeneration: Nerve cells borrow a trick from their synapses to dispose of garbage

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 26, 2015
Genetic defects affecting tiny channels in human nerve cells lead to several neurological diseases that result from aberrant nerve transmission, such as episodic ataxia, absence epilepsy, and migraines. These disorders have also been associated with neurodegeneration, but it has been less clear why this should be.

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Ebola whole virus vaccine shown effective, safe in primates

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 26, 2015
An Ebola whole virus vaccine, constructed using a novel experimental platform, has been shown to effectively protect monkeys exposed to the often fatal virus.

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The Ebola Outbreak: Past, Present and Future

Scientific American: Health: March 26, 2015
Scientific American’s Dina Maron talks with Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general for health security at the World Health Organization, about the current Ebola outbreak, the threat of sexual... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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VIDEO: 'Sport must act on mental health'

BBC Health: March 26, 2015
A former Premier League footballer who attempted to kill himself says that sporting bodies need to accept responsibility for dealing with mental health issues.

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Vaccines Are an Excellent Shot in the Arm

Scientific American: Health: March 26, 2015
I've seen the needle and the damage avoided -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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King Richard III Buried (Again): Photos

Discovery Health: March 26, 2015
A solemn re-interment ceremony honored King Richard III 530 years after his death.

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Well: Living With Cancer: Clinical Trials Looking for Patients

New York Times - Health: March 26, 2015
A drug obtained through a clinical trial appears to have extended my life. So why do many trials fail to enroll sufficient patients?

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3 Drinks Per Day May Raise Liver Cancer Risk, But Coffee Lowers It

WebMD: March 26, 2015
Expert panel looked at data on over 8 million people to come up with risk factors for the disease

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Kitchen Towels Can Make You Sick

WebMD: March 26, 2015
Researchers find cellphones a potential source of cross-contamination, too

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Midlife Fitness May Be a Real Cancer Fighter for Men

WebMD: March 26, 2015
Study shows lower risk of lung, colon tumors at 65 and older

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Brains of Those With Anorexia React Differently to Hunger Signals

WebMD: March 26, 2015
Study also finds changes in areas that regulate self-control

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Ebola Virus in Latest Outbreak Does Not Show Unusual Mutations, Study Finds

New York Times - Health: March 26, 2015
The rate of mutation appears normal, research suggests, and the high death toll stems from where the epidemic erupted, at the intersection of three vulnerable nations.

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HIV can spread early, evolve in patients’ brains

National Institutes of Health: March 26, 2015
Findings add urgency to screening, treatment – NIH-funded study.

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Ebola Virus Not Mutating as Quickly as Feared

Scientific American: Health: March 26, 2015
The pathogen’s evolution does not appear to be outpacing efforts to develop an arsenal against it -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Foraging Bats Copy Each Other's Flight Plans

Discovery Health: March 26, 2015
Bats on food runs have their own version of traffic rules to avoid high-speed collisions.

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Get Amazing Views of First-Quarter Moon This Week

Discovery Health: March 26, 2015
The moon is at its best for observing when it is around its first-quarter phase.

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DNews: Chronic Stress Makes a Mess of Your Body

Discovery Health: March 26, 2015
It's safe to say we're all pretty up on the psychological hallmarks of stress -- the generalized freak-out state that makes mush of our minds. But what's going on inside our temples of high anxiety?

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We Need To Unlock the Brain’s Secrets—Ethically

Scientific American: Health: March 26, 2015
A new report identifies 3 critical ethical gaps in neuroscience -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Full Repeal of SGR Passes House, Moves to Senate

American Academy of Family Physicians: March 26, 2015
For the first time in 12 years, true Medicare reform became feasible when the House of Representatives voted March 26 for a full repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula.

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Research aims to reduce health care disparities

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 26, 2015
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, queer/questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) population has been largely understudied by the medical community. Researchers found that the LGBTQI community experience health disparities due to reduced access to health care and health insurance, coupled with being at an elevated risk for multiple types of cancer when compared to non-LGBTQI populations.

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Study adds evidence on link between PTSD, heart disease

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 26, 2015
In a study of more than 8,000 veterans in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, those with posttraumatic stress disorder had a nearly 50 percent greater risk of developing heart failure. The study adds to a growing body of evidence linking PTSD and heart disease. The research to date--including these latest findings--doesn't show a clear cause-and-effect relationship. But most experts believe PTSD, like other forms of chronic stress or anxiety, can damage the heart over time.

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Most women with early-stage breast cancer avoid extensive lymph node removal

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 26, 2015
A new study of women with early-stage breast cancer finds that surgeons no longer universally remove most of the lymph nodes in the underarm area when a biopsy of the nearby lymph nodes shows cancer -- a major change in breast cancer management.

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Crossing fingers can reduce feelings of pain

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 26, 2015
How you feel pain is affected by where sources of pain are in relation to each other, and so crossing your fingers can change what you feel on a single finger, finds new research. "Many people suffer from chronic pain, and the level of pain experienced can be higher than would be expected from actual tissue damage. Our research is basic laboratory science, but it raises the interesting possibility that pain levels could be manipulated by applying additional stimuli, and by moving one part of the body relative to others," the senior author explained.

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Medulloblastoma: Promising drug target identified

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 26, 2015
A protein has been found that is critical to both the normal development of the brain and, in many cases, the development of medulloblastoma, a fast-growing brain tumor that usually strikes children under 10. When the researchers cut the level of the protein Eya1 in half in mice prone to develop medulloblastoma, the animals' risk of dying from the disease dropped dramatically.

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Photosynthesis hack is needed to feed the world by 2050

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 26, 2015
Using high-performance computing and genetic engineering to boost the photosynthetic efficiency of plants offers the best hope of increasing crop yields enough to feed a planet expected to have 9.5 billion people on it by 2050, researchers report.

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Sea slug provides new way of analyzing brain data

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 26, 2015
Scientists say our brains may not be as complicated as we once thought -- and they're using sea slugs to prove it. “This research introduces new methods for pulling apart neural circuits to expose their inner building blocks. Our methods could be used to help understand how brain networks change in disease states and how drugs act to restore normal brain function,” authors say.

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Indoor Tanning Should Be Illegal for Teens

Scientific American: Health: March 26, 2015
Tanning beds can be seductive, addictive and a route to cancer—especially for teenagers -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Ban the Tan

Scientific American: Health: March 26, 2015
Tanning beds can be seductive, addictive and a route to cancer—especially for teenagers -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Snow Now Melts in Wyoming Two Weeks Early

Discovery Health: March 26, 2015
The spring snowmelt comes more than two weeks earlier than it did in the 1970s in Wyoming's Wind River Range, a new study finds.

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