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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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FDA approves first biosimilar product Zarxio

FDA US Food & Drug: March 6, 2015
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz), the first biosimilar product approved in the U.S.

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Fact or Faction?: Vaccines are Dangerous

Scientific American: Health: March 6, 2015
Overwhelming medical evidence proves that negative side effects are rare and minor -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Biosimilars: More Treatment Options Are on the Way

FDA Health Updates: March 6, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is approving Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz), the first biosimilar product (or biosimilar), and expects to approve others in the months ahead. What are biosimilars? How will they affect patient treatment?

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New Recipe For 19th Century Shipwrecked Beer

Discovery Health: March 6, 2015
A Finnish/German scientific team has analyzed some of the oldest preserved beer samples from an 1840s shipwreck to try to provide insight into how they were made.

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Well: Ask Well: What Are the Benefits of Tai Chi?

New York Times - Health: March 6, 2015
Tai chi chuan, a gentle form of martial arts combining deep, diaphragmatic breathing and flowing, dance-like poses, can be a remarkably potent workout for people of many ages.

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States on edge about the future of health insurance markets

Associated Press Healthwire: March 5, 2015
MIAMI (AP) -- Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. And a summer decision from the justices leaves little time for backup planning....

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New Breastfeeding Toolkit Offers Comprehensive Resource

American Academy of Family Physicians: March 5, 2015
The Academy has created a breastfeeding resource and toolkit for family physicians to bolster its policy on breastfeeding.

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Excavating a Celtic Prince's Tomb: Photos

Discovery Health: March 5, 2015
See photos of items recovered at the burial mound of a Celtic Prince.

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Impressive Tomb of Celtic Prince Found in France

Discovery Health: March 5, 2015
An Iron Age Celtic prince was discovered buried with his chariot at the center of a huge mound in the Champagne region of France. Continue reading →

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New Australian Moth a 'Living Dinosaur'

Discovery Health: March 5, 2015
The discovery on Kangaroo Island in South Australia represents a new family of primitive moths.

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How healthy is genetically modified soybean oil?

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 5, 2015
Soybean oil accounts for more than 90 percent of all the seed oil production in the United States. Genetically modified soybean oil, made from seeds of GM soybean plants, was recently introduced into the food supply on the premise that it is healthier than conventional soybean oil. But is that premise true? Just barely, say scientists.

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Seniors Bear Brunt of This Flu Season

WebMD: March 5, 2015
CDC says 60 percent of hospitalizations, 79 percent of deaths were among those 65 or older

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Many U.S. Households Include Someone With Failing Memory

WebMD: March 5, 2015
About half of those with recall issues say they interfere with daily life

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Edison's 'Lost' Idea: A Device to Hear the Dead

Discovery Health: March 5, 2015
A new invention is revealed in a nearly lost chapter of the inventor's memoirs, which is being republished in France this week.

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Science to Carson: You're wrong

CNN Health: March 5, 2015
Researchers say Dr. Ben Carson may be a brain surgeon, but science shows he's dead wrong about how sexual orientation works.

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VIDEO: App guides blind people on the Tube

BBC Health: March 5, 2015
A new trial on the London Underground is designed to help blind and partially-sighted people get around independently using wireless technology.

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FDA study finds little evidence of antibiotics in milk

Associated Press Healthwire: March 5, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms....

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Hubble Shows Mirror, Mirror, Mirror, Mirror of Ancient Supernova

Discovery Health: March 5, 2015
Researchers using the Hubble space telescope took advantage of a naturally occurring zoom lens in space to capture an unprecedented quadruple image of an ancient supernova.

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Fastest Star Ever Seen Will Escape from the Galaxy

Discovery Health: March 5, 2015
A ravaged star, having survived its partner's supernova explosion, is being flung out of the Milky Way at record speeds.

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El Nino Makes a Late Appearance

Discovery Health: March 5, 2015
The long-anticipated El Niño has finally arrived, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Continue reading →

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Fit Nation: Want to lose weight and find romance? Start cooking at home

CNN Health: March 5, 2015
Things I have learned in a month of Fit Nation. Home cooking is cheaper, a lady magnet, and some experiments --arugula smoothies-- should be skipped.

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Fitness devices and the principles of data protection

Healthcare IT News: March 5, 2015
Fitness devices and data protection Parallel to rising interest in wearable tech is mounting criticism that these devices put consumer data at risk. Critics are concerned that inadequately protected data will be vulnerable to hackers and could open the doors for discrimination from employers or insurers. It could also put users’ reputations or safety on the line. Prominent figures and organizations have been busy writing guidelines for privacy frameworks that balance industry advancement with the protection of user data. Privacy & Security Fitness devices and the principles of data protection Parallel to rising interest in wearable tech is mounting criticism that these devices put consumer data at risk.

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Gut microbial mix relates to stages of blood sugar control

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 5, 2015
The composition of intestinal bacteria and other micro-organisms -- called the gut microbiota -- changes over time in unhealthy ways in black men who are prediabetic, a new study finds.

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Oxytocin nasal spray causes men to eat fewer calories

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 5, 2015
A synthetic nasal formulation of the hormone oxytocin reduced caloric intake in healthy men, particularly consumption of fatty foods, after a single treatment, a new study finds. The results confirm those of animal studies showing oxytocin reduces food intake.

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Male partner's healthier lifestyle may help infertile obese female conceive

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 5, 2015
Male partners of infertile obese females may increase the odds of conceiving a child by improving their own weight and dietary habits, preliminary results from a pilot study suggest.

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Carhops Could Return with In-Vehicle Payments

Discovery Health: March 5, 2015
Visa wants to make it possible for you to order food on a heads-up display while driving.

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Last Known Ebola Patient in Liberia Is Discharged

New York Times - Health: March 5, 2015
Beatrice Yardolo lost two sons and a daughter to the disease, but she gave thanks to God as she returned home to the rest of her family.

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Veggie-Rich Diets May Mean Lower Heart Risks

WebMD: March 5, 2015
Study found people who ate more plant foods than animal products less likely to die from heart disease

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Gout's Silver Lining: A Lower Risk for Alzheimer's?

WebMD: March 5, 2015
Study found people with the arthritic ailment had lower odds for dementia, but more research is needed

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Top 5 Cancer Killers

WebMD: March 5, 2015
Leading causes of cancer deaths, and new screening tests and treatments on the horizon to combat them.

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Technology helps visually impaired navigate the Tube

BBC Health: March 5, 2015
The technology helping the visually impaired travel on the Tube

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Abnormal brain rhythms tied to problems with thinking in schizophrenia

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 5, 2015
By studying specially bred mice with specific developmental and cognitive traits resembling those seen in schizophrenia, researchers have provided new evidence that abnormal rhythmic activity in particular brain cells contributes to problems with learning, attention, and decision-making in individuals with that disorder.

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Drug to control appetite could also fight anxiety

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 5, 2015
Did you know that our body produces its own marijuana-like compound to protect us against anxiety? A study reveals a new biological pathway that regulates this system and suggests that a drug currently in clinical trials to treat obesity might also provide an attractive way to combat anxiety disorders.

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In vivo CRISPR-Cas9 screen sheds light on cancer metastasis, tumor evolution

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 5, 2015
For the first time, CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology has been employed in a whole organism model to systematically target every gene in the genome. A team of scientists has pioneered the use of this technology to 'knock out,' or turn off, all genes across the genome systematically in an animal model of cancer, revealing genes involved in tumor evolution and metastasis and paving the way for similar studies in other cell types and diseases.

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From chick to bedside: Removing the Wnt barrier

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 5, 2015
Kick starting a process that might repair the damage done in cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis could begin with disabling a driver that helps block regeneration, say researchers.

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Twin copies of gene pair up in embryonic stem cells at critical moment in differentiation

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 5, 2015
The two alleles of Oct4, a gene important in embryonic stem cells, don't remain separate in the nucleus of stem cells but rather pair up, at the developmental point at which stem cells begin their maturation into specific cell types, scientists have discovered.

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