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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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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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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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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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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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Europeans' Plan for Uncontrolled Ebola Trial Draws Fire

Wall Street Journal: October 30, 2014
Medical groups in the U.K. and France say that it would be unethical to hold back experimental Ebola treatments from anyone. U.S. officials say that without control groups getting placebos, it can’t be known whether the drugs are saving lives or killing people.

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Liberia’s Ebola Crisis Puts President in Harsh Light

New York Times - Health: October 30, 2014
As Liberia’s first elected leader after a devastating civil war, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has pushed the country to economic growth, but gains have been halted by the Ebola outbreak.

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State data breach numbers sound alarm

Healthcare IT News: October 30, 2014
California state officials this week released its second annual data breach report, and spoiler alert: the numbers for the healthcare industry aren't pretty.   read more

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Maine Nurse Defies State Ebola Quarantine, Leaves Home

Scientific American: Health: October 30, 2014
A nurse in Maine has vowed not to be bullied by politicians and is threatening to sue the state over an Ebola quarantine she calls unscientifically sound -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Scientists Set Their Sights on First Whole-Eye Transplant

WebMD: October 30, 2014
Nerve regeneration is challenge, but real headway is being made in the field, researchers say

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Joined-up care: The elephant in the room

BBC Health: October 30, 2014
Are joined-up care plans as good as they sound?

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Cocoa Flavanols and Memory

NIH Medline Plus: October 30, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Antioxidants, Memory, Seniors' Health

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Cleveland Clinic's 10 innovation picks

Healthcare IT News: October 30, 2014
Cleveland Clinic unveiled Wednesday its 9th annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that are likely to have major impact on improving patient care in 2015, and among them are some technology advances. It includes a mobile stroke ambulance, fast, painless blood-testing that requires just a drop, and a novel intra-operative radiation approach for breast cancer. The list also includes a lead-free pacemaker that can be implanted without surgery. read more

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North Korea Said to Impose Ebola Quarantine on All Travelers

New York Times - Health: October 30, 2014
North Korea, which in the best of times allows a limited number of people in or out, is so rattled by the virus that it reportedly will quarantine anyone coming into the country from anywhere.

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Ebola Exacerbates West Africa’s Poverty Crisis

Scientific American: Health: October 30, 2014
The virus spreading in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has led to food shortages and neglect of other devastating tropical illnesses -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Cancer survival rates 'improving'

BBC Health: October 30, 2014
Most people diagnosed with cancer in recent years are surviving for longer, according to the latest statistics.

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Scientists link 60 genes to autism risk

CNN Health: October 30, 2014
Researchers have found dozens of new genes that may play a role in causing autism, according to two studies published Wednesday in the medical journal Nature.

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Scientists link 60 genes to autism risk

CNN Health: October 30, 2014
Researchers have found dozens of new genes that may play a role in causing autism, according to two studies published Wednesday in the medical journal Nature.

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Brittany Maynard on decision to die: Now isn't the right time

CNN Health: October 30, 2014
Brittany Maynard says she hasn't decided yet when she'll end her life, but it's a decision she's still determined to make.

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Genes 'play role in Ebola survival'

BBC Health: October 30, 2014
Genetic factors could play an important role in whether people survive or die from the Ebola virus, say US scientists.

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30% of shrimp products misrepresented, study says

CNN Health: October 30, 2014
You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it and saute it, but one of America's favorite seafoods -- the humble shrimp -- might not be what you think it is.

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7 tips to overcome nurses' communication hurdles

Healthcare IT News: October 30, 2014
Nurses just might be the original practitioners of mHealth. Even during the pre-smartphone era last century, they typically carried pagers around everywhere, often while off the clock. read more

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Clinical mobility and security on tap for mHealth Summit

Healthcare IT News: October 30, 2014
While consumer-facing mobile apps garner much of the spotlight, mHealth devices, hardware and software are all starting to gain purchase within hospitals.  read more

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VIDEO: Lab for world’s worst animal viruses

BBC Health: October 30, 2014
A look around a new lab at Pirbright Institute in Surrey, where the world’s most contagious livestock viruses will be kept.

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Alcohol 'should have calorie labels'

BBC Health: October 30, 2014
Alcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors.

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In New York, Protections Offered for Medical Workers Joining Ebola Fight

New York Times - Health: October 30, 2014
The announcement by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio was an effort to alleviate concerns that the state’s quarantine policy could cause financial hardship and deter health care employees from traveling to West Africa.

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mHealth and engagement: A delicate duet

Healthcare IT News: October 30, 2014
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The Science of Death and Zombies

Scientific American: Health: October 30, 2014
Forget about eating braaains—there's no coming back from the dead. But it's possible for minds to be taken over -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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AUDIO: 'We want sperm donors to be proud'

BBC Health: October 30, 2014
The first national sperm bank is being launched to meet increasing demand; the new service has been awarded £77,000.

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Well: Pronouncing the Patient Dead

New York Times - Health: October 30, 2014
It was only when I walked into the room and saw my patient still and utterly silent, his tired family sitting around the bed, that I realized no one had ever told me precisely how to declare death.

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VIDEO: UK national sperm bank starts work

BBC Health: October 30, 2014
A UK national sperm bank - charged with reversing a growing shortage of donor sperm - has started work in Birmingham.

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