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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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In Liberia, a Child Thought to Have Ebola

New York Times - Health: August 20, 2014
The 10-year-old boy, found without his family, was eventually transported to a hospital in Monrovia.

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Children's hospital 'must improve'

BBC Health: August 20, 2014
Alder Hey Children's Hospital "requires improvement" in critical care and outpatient services, but some areas are rated outstanding or good by health inspectors.

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Well: Feeding Your Canine Athlete

New York Times - Health: August 20, 2014
Humans and dogs fuel exercise very differently. So if you’re taking your dog out for a run, take note.

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Photographing a changing body

BBC Health: August 20, 2014
Patricia Lay-Dorsey's self portraits have helped her with MS

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Ruxolitinib for myelofibrosis: Indication of considerable added benefit

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 19, 2014
In comparison with 'best supportive care', there is an indication that the new drug is better at relieving symptoms, and a hint of longer survival. Myelofibrosis is a rare disease of the bone marrow, in which the bone marrow is replaced by connective tissue. As a consequence of this so-called fibrosis, the bone marrow is no longer able to produce enough blood cells. Sometimes the spleen or the liver takes over some of the blood production. Then these organs enlarge and can cause abdominal discomfort and pain.

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Perampanel for epilepsy: Still no proof of added benefit

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 19, 2014
In its second dossier, the drug manufacturer deviated from the appropriate comparator therapy and again provided no relevant data for the assessment of the added benefit of perampanel, experts report.

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Fruit, vegetable intake still too low; human nutritionist says to focus on lunch

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 19, 2014
Children between the ages of 2 and 18 are eating more whole fruits and drinking less fruit juice, a new report finds after the implementation of a new program. However, vegetable intake remains the same, they say. One expert says the switch from fruit juice to whole fruit has been a big improvement.

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School lunches face tough taste test

CNN Health: August 19, 2014
The USDA says 1 million fewer students nationwide are eating federal school lunches since nutrition guidelines were enacted in 2012.

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American MRI launches a new MRI website and new high powered open MRI to better serve the radiology imaging needs of their Dupage County patients west of Chicago

Medical Web Times: August 19, 2014
American MRI is an independent imaging facility, owned and operated by local people. Open since 2007, American MRI is conveniently located in Elmhurst, Illinois, proudly serving the Dupage County imaging needs of their community west of Chicago. Made up of 7 highly trained radiologists, American MRI is uniquely qualified to meet their patients needs by [...]

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Genetic key to lupus shows potential of personalized medicine

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 19, 2014
DNA sequencing of a lupus patient has identified a specific genetic mutation that is causing the disease, opening the way for personalized treatments. Researchers identified a variant in the TREX1 gene. This mutation caused the patient's cells to produce a molecule called interferon-alpha. Clinical trials are already underway for drugs to target interferon-alpha in adults.

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Women will benefit from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 19, 2014
Women could benefit greatly from the Affordable Care Act's mandate for contraceptive coverage, according to researchers. The Affordable Care Act requires private insurance plans -- except those grandfathered or exempted due to employers' religious beliefs -- to provide women with access to all FDA-approved contraceptive methods without cost-sharing. This first-dollar coverage "has the potential to dramatically shift contraceptive use patterns, to reduce the U.S. unintended pregnancy rate ... and to improve the health of women and families," write experts.

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Intimacy a strong motivator for PrEP HIV prevention

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 19, 2014
Many HIV-negative gay or bisexual men in steady relationships with other HIV-negative men don't always use condoms out of a desire for intimacy. That same desire, according to a new study, makes such men more inclined to use antiretroviral medications to prevent getting HIV, a recommended practice known as PrEP.

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Taking a stand: Balancing the benefits, risks of physical activity in children

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 19, 2014
Today the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology took a stand on the promotion of childhood physical activity. This position stand provides an important overview of knowledge in the area of risk of physical activity for children and suggests both practical guidelines and a research agenda. Uniquely, this position stand addresses both benefits and risks of physical activity for children.

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The difficult question of Clostridium difficile

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 19, 2014
Clostridium difficile is a major problem as an aetiological agent for antibiotic-associated diarrhea. The mechanism by which the bacterium colonizes the gut during infection is poorly understood, but undoubtedly involves a myriad of components present on the bacterial surface. This study provides some insights that may help in developing a new type of drug to treat the infection.

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Opioid users breathe easier with novel drug to treat respiratory depression

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 19, 2014
People taking prescription opioids to treat moderate to severe pain may be able to breathe a little easier, literally. A study has found that a new therapeutic drug, GAL-021, may reverse or prevent respiratory depression, or inadequate breathing, in patients taking opioid medication without compromising pain relief or increasing sedation.

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Key to saving lives: Hands-only CPR

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 19, 2014
Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs - is a leading cause of death. Each year, over 420,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby.

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Stage 2 success: CAH shows how it's done

Healthcare IT News: August 19, 2014
When you picture the first handful of providers able to successfully attest to the rigors of Stage 2 meaningful use, a place like tiny Cottage Hospital might not be the first that leaps to mind. [See also: CMS reports paltry numbers for Stage 2] read more

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Snooping staff still top security issue

Healthcare IT News: August 19, 2014
When it comes to data breaches, hacking and loss or theft of unencrypted devices are far from healthcare security professionals' only concerns. Employee snooping and insider misuse also prove to be among the biggest privacy threats in the healthcare sector today.     read more

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Dignity Health goes big for data

Healthcare IT News: August 19, 2014
Dignity Health, one of the largest health systems in the country, with a 20-state network, will build a cloud-based data analytics platform. The health system tapped Cary, N.C.-based SAS to lead the big data and predictive analytics project. The platform will be powered by a library of clinical, social and behavioral analytics, according to Dignity Health executives. read more

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TEDMED Speakers: Tackling the Taboo

TEDMED - Medical Discussions: August 19, 2014
We’re just a few weeks out from TEDMED 2014! Next up in our session outlines, we’re sharing details on “Don’t You Dare Talk About This,” which will be presented on Day 2 of our bi-coastal event. You can’t solve a … Continue reading → The post TEDMED Speakers: Tackling the Taboo appeared first on TEDMED Blog.

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Academy Endorses New Guideline on Adult Obesity

American Academy of Family Physicians: August 19, 2014
The AAFP has endorsed a guideline for identifying, evaluating and treating obesity in adults that was developed by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Obesity Society and published last November.

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Fitness May Boost Kids' Brainpower

WebMD: August 19, 2014
Study found fitter kids had different white matter, which helps brain regions communicate with each other

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Save money by boosting supply chain

Healthcare IT News: August 19, 2014
Software is making supply chain automation a long hoped for reality and the biggest reason your hospital is likely to get on board is money. read more

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Medical Marijuana

NIH Medline Plus: August 19, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Chronic Pain, Marijuana, Prescription Drug Abuse

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Hope for healthy hearts revealed in naked mole rat studies

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 19, 2014
The naked mole rat, the longest lived of rodents, shows superior cardiovascular function to old age in two studies. Cardiovascular disease is the greatest killer of humans the world over, presenting huge financial and quality-of-life issues. It is well known that the heart becomes less efficient with age in all mammals studied to date, even in the absence of overt cardiac disease. However, scientists still don't have a good understanding of how to prevent these functional declines that ultimately may lead to debilitating cardiovascular disease.

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More Parents Nixing Anti-Bleeding Shots for Their Newborns

Scientific American: Health: August 19, 2014
Vitamin K injections, given after birth, can prevent potentially fatal hemorrhaging in infants, but anti-vax parents are extending their fears into a general rejection of all shots -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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TEDMED Live Streaming To Reach 100+ Global Locations

TEDMED - Medical Discussions: August 19, 2014
More than 100 organizations around the globe will host TEDMED Live Streaming, a simulcast of the entire TEDMED 2014 stage program, with an estimated total audience of more than 100 thousand viewers. TEDMED seeks to host an inclusive global dialog … Continue reading → The post TEDMED Live Streaming To Reach 100+ Global Locations appeared first on TEDMED Blog.

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Mental health care 'in dark ages'

BBC Health: August 19, 2014
Mental health services for young people in England are "stuck in the dark ages" and "not fit for purpose", according to a government minister.

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Life on Ebola front line

BBC Health: August 19, 2014
A doctor reports from the Ebola front line

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Walgreen Shakeup Followed Bad Projection

Wall Street Journal: August 19, 2014
The drugstore giant pressured its CFO and pharmacy chief to leave after a bungled forecast of pharmacy profits related to its Medicare prescription-drug business.

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'More' private hospital data needed

BBC Health: August 19, 2014
Private hospitals should release the same data about patient safety incidents as NHS providers, a report says.

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HMO, PPO, EPO: How's A Consumer To Know What Health Plan Is Best?

WebMD: August 19, 2014
HMO, PPO, EPO: How's A Consumer To Know What Health Plan Is Best?

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Graphene rubber bands could stretch limits of current healthcare, new research finds

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 19, 2014
A new type of sensor that can monitor body movements and could help revolutionize healthcare is described in a new study. "These sensors are extraordinarily cheap compared to existing technologies. Each device would probably cost pennies, making it ideal technology for use in developing countries where there are not enough medically trained staff to effectively monitor and treat patients quickly," researchers said.

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Physically fit kids have beefier brain white matter than their less-fit peers

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 19, 2014
A new study of 9- and 10-year-olds finds that those who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in the brain than their peers who are less fit. 'White matter' describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one brain region to another. More compact white matter is associated with faster and more efficient nerve activity.

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Innate lymphoid cells elicit T cell responses

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 19, 2014
In case of an inflammation, the body releases substances that increase the immune defense. During chronic inflammation, this immune response gets out of control and can induce organ damage. A research group has now discovered that innate lymphoid cells become activated and induce specific T and B cell responses during inflammation. These lymphoid cells are thus an important target for the treatment of infection and chronic inflammation.

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Bacteria detected in food may cause risks to unborn children

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 19, 2014
At least 10 percent of the fresh cheese, sausages and meats sold in markets and on the street may be contaminated, Mexican research suggests. Human listeriosis is a disease with a high mortality rate (20 to 30 percent) leading to severe diseases such as meningitis, septicemia, and miscarriages. It usually affects immunocompromised individuals, pregnant women, elderly and children. While the infection is spread by fecal-oral route of animal to human and from mother to fetus, the main source of infection is by eating contaminated food because of poor hygiene practices.

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