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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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Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

Associated Press Healthwire: July 23, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey....

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Indian boy has 232 teeth removed

BBC Health: July 23, 2014
Doctors in India extract 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation.

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Well: How Our Arms Help Us Run

New York Times - Health: July 23, 2014
The ideal arm swing while running may be the one you’re already using, a new study of upper body biomechanics concludes.

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Court Ruling on Health Care Subsidies Risks Loss of Coverage

New York Times - Health: July 23, 2014
A federal court ruling barring some subsidies under the health care law raised the possibility that many of the 4.5 million people who were found eligible for them would drop their coverage.

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FDA approves Zydelig for three types of blood cancers

FDA US Food & Drug: July 23, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Zydelig (idelalisib) to treat patients with three types of blood cancers.

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How a Louisiana Doctor Got Rich Invoking Anti-Fraud Law

Wall Street Journal: July 23, 2014
Dr. William LaCorte, a "serial whistleblower," has won $38 million suing health-care companies under a federal law that critics say encourages speculative lawsuits.

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Ancient genetic material from caries bacterium obtained for the first time

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 23, 2014
Streptococcus mutans, one of the principal bacteria that cause dental caries, has increased the change in its genetic material over time, possibly coinciding with dietary change linked to the expansion of humanity.

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Life expectancy gains threatened as more older Americans suffer from multiple medical conditions

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 23, 2014
With nearly four in five older Americans living with multiple chronic medical conditions, a new study finds that the more ailments you have after retirement age, the shorter your life expectancy. The analysis, one of the first to examine the burden of multiple chronic conditions on life expectancy among the elderly, may help explain why increases in life expectancy among older Americans are slowing.

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Editorial: Healthy Chicago Collaboration Shows Promise

American Academy of Family Physicians: July 23, 2014
Three years ago, the city of Chicago launched Healthy Chicago. The initiative brought together stakeholders from around the metropolitan area to create a public health agenda and set priorities, such as curbing tobacco use and reducing obesity rates.

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Best Hospital IT Departments finalists

Healthcare IT News: July 23, 2014
Eighty-five IT teams are in the running to be named a top hospital in the Healthcare IT News 2014 "Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments" program. More than 5,000 IT staff from 194 nominated hospitals completed the 79-question online survey. To qualify to be considered a top hospital, at least half the employees in an IT department needed to complete the survey. read more

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Leapfrog: Hospital dangers still lurk

Healthcare IT News: July 23, 2014
On the up side, more hospitals are adopting computerized physician order entry, which has proven to reduce medication error. On the down side, hospitals can't seem to get a handle on certain hospital-acquired infections. The benefits – and dangers – of hospital stays are highlighted in the most recent report from healthcare watchdog organization Leapfrog in "Results of the 2013 Leapfrog Hospital Survey," which it completed with Castlight. read more

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Childhood traumas more common in military members

Associated Press Healthwire: July 23, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) -- Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say the results support the notion that for some, enlistment serves as an escape from troubled upbringings....

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Many Obese U.S. Kids Think They're Thinner Than They Are

WebMD: July 23, 2014
They won't take steps to reach a healthy weight if they don't see the problem, experts note

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Weight Loss Surgery May Help Ease Urinary Incontinence

WebMD: July 23, 2014
Nearly two-thirds of women had significant improvement of their symptoms, researchers report

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Infecting Healthcare with an Entrepreneurial Ethos

TEDMED - Medical Discussions: July 23, 2014
As Healthcare Entrepreneur-In-Residence at MIT, Zen Chu co-directs the MIT/HST Healthcare Ventures graduate course and oversees MIT’s Hacking Medicine initiatives. He also runs Accelerated Medical Ventures, where he serves as cofounder and first investor for several medical and software companies. … Continue reading →The post Infecting Healthcare with an Entrepreneurial Ethos appeared first on TEDMED Blog.

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Health IT mergers on upward climb

Healthcare IT News: July 23, 2014
Mergers and acquisitions for the health IT market continue to see big numbers, with total deal volumes increasing 18 percent since the second half of 2013, according to a new Berkery Noyes trend report.    The report, which analyzed M&A activity during the first half of 2014 and compared it with previous years, found aggregate value increased nearly 50 percent, from $3.7 billion up to $5.5 billion.    read more

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What Obamacare court decisions mean for you

CNN Health: July 23, 2014
Two U.S. appeals courts have issued conflicting rulings on Obamacare subsidies. Check out this FAQ.

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Oil Spill in Amazon Sickens Villagers, Kills Fish

Scientific American: Health: July 23, 2014
A recent rupture of Peru’s 39-year-old northern crude oil pipeline has terrified Kukama villagers along the Marañón River -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Your True Weight

NIH Medline Plus: July 23, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Body Weight, Obesity in Children

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Salmonella's Favorite Food Could Be Its Achilles' Heel

Scientific American: Health: July 23, 2014
Salmonella's primary fuel source is the molecule fructose-asparagine. Starving it of that fuel in an infected person could kill it without harming beneficial gut bacteria. Karen Hopkin reports.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Key Question on Health-Law Subsidies: Were Plaintiffs Harmed?

Wall Street Journal: July 23, 2014
An argument is simmering beneath court battles about the legality of insurance subsidies tied to the Affordable Care Act: Were plaintiffs harmed by the government's action? One plaintiff challenged the subsidies even though he could have paid as little as $20 a year for coverage.

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Coffee Cup Size Leads To Caffeine Confusion

Scientific American: Health: July 23, 2014
"One cup" sounds small but can exceed health recommendations for caffeine intake -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Victorian-era diseases 'returning'

BBC Health: July 23, 2014
Diseases traditionally associated with the Victorian era are on the rise again in England, experts are warning.

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Hepatitis C Pill Rockets Gilead Into Big Leagues

Wall Street Journal: July 23, 2014
Gilead Sciences's new hepatitis C treatment, Sovaldi, had $3.48 billion in second-quarter sales, more than expected, continuing its historic drug launch.

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VIDEO: Healthy start for newborns

BBC Health: July 23, 2014
A new study shows that newborn babies can reap the health benefits of a delay in cutting their umbilical cord - whilst they're safe in their mothers' arms.

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Paracetamol for back pain questioned

BBC Health: July 23, 2014
Scientists say taking paracetamol for lower back pain is no better than using a dummy pill.

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Opinion: Spanking the gray matter out of our kids

CNN Health: July 23, 2014
Researchers say physical punishment actually alters the brain -- not only in an "I'm traumatized!" kind of way, but also in an "I literally have less gray matter in my brain!" kind of way.

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'Casual attitude' to vCJD warning

BBC Health: July 23, 2014
The government has a "casual attitude" to the human form of "mad cow disease", MPs warn, while ministers say the issue is treated "extremely seriously".

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Sickness Spreads across the Arctic

Scientific American: Health: July 23, 2014
As the far north heats up, its inhabitants—from musk oxen to residents of growing cities—are getting ill -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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5 myths about the urge to 'go'

CNN Health: July 23, 2014
Even though urinary incontinence affects about 25 million Americans and there are many treatment options to improve symptoms, talking about the often unexpected and always urgent need "to go" is still taboo, even with your doctor.

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5 myths about the urge to 'go'

CNN Health: July 23, 2014
Even though urinary incontinence affects about 25 million Americans and there are many treatment options to improve symptoms, talking about the often unexpected and always urgent need "to go" is still taboo, even with your doctor.

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AUDIO: Gay man had shocks on NHS as 'cure'

BBC Health: July 23, 2014
A man who was given electric shocks on the NHS in the 1970's to 'cure' his homosexuality says he 'deeply regrets' it.

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S Leone chief Ebola doctor infected

BBC Health: July 23, 2014
The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone is now being treated for the deadly virus, a statement from the presidency says.

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Surgical Robot Fails to Show Advantages

Wall Street Journal: July 23, 2014
A new study finds treating bladder cancer with a surgical robot made by Intuitive Surgical is no better at reducing procedural complications than performing the procedure with traditional surgery, a result that surprised researchers, who had expected the robotic technology to be superior.

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Warning over NHS trust finances

BBC Health: July 23, 2014
Nineteen NHS trusts have been referred to ministers after auditors raised concerns about their financial health.

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Illegal bottom injections on rise in US

BBC Health: July 23, 2014
The deadly danger of illegal backstreet buttock injections

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