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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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Cancer blood test moves step closer

BBC Health: July 26, 2014
A British team of researchers has developed what might be a simple blood test for cancer, scientists from the University of Bradford say.

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Nigeria 'on red alert' over Ebola

BBC Health: July 26, 2014
All entries into Nigeria are placed on red alert after the authorities confirm the first death from the Ebola virus in the capital Lagos.

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AUDIO: 'Heroin was a way to not face reality'

BBC Health: July 26, 2014
Former heroin addict Lisa Bryer tells Today programme presenter John Humphrys about her experiences with drugs and her recovery process.

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Well: Best Time of Day for a Testosterone Test

New York Times - Health: July 25, 2014
Testosterone levels may fluctuate throughout the day, but variations are most important only in men younger than 45.

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Well: Tomatoes All Summer Long

New York Times - Health: July 25, 2014
Summer tomatoes are flourishing, and they go well with a wide variety of foods. Some can be used to make marinara sauce to get you through the winter, and the rest can be enjoyed raw and cooked in salads, sauces for everything from fish to vegetables to eggs, and breads.

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Help! My Kid Is a Jerk!

WebMD: July 25, 2014
Your little angel can sometimes have obnoxious moments. If your kid is a jerk, find out from WebMD when it's just a phase and how you can teach better behavior.

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GE Healthcare, LLC, Single-Width Airway Modules (E-MiniC) and Accessories and Extension Modules (N-FC, N-FCREC): Class I Recall - CO2 Detector May Fail Leading to Injury

Safety Alerts: July 25, 2014
Physicians may make decisions based on incorrect values which could lead to permanent, irreversible impairment or life-threatening changes in patients.

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The New Old Age Blog: Addressing Caregivers’ Loss of Retirement Income

New York Times - Health: July 25, 2014
A congresswomen proposes Social Security credits for family caregivers who must cut back on work.

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Experiences at every stage of life contribute to cognitive abilities in old age

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 25, 2014
Early life experiences, such as childhood socioeconomic status and literacy, may have greater influence on the risk of cognitive impairment late in life than such demographic characteristics as race and ethnicity, a large study has found. "These findings are important," explained the lead author of the study "because it challenges earlier research that suggests associations between race and ethnicity, particularly among Latinos, and an increased risk of late-life cognitive impairment and dementia.

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Test increases odds of correct surgery for thyroid cancer patients

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 25, 2014
The routine use of a molecular testing panel increases the likelihood of performing the correct initial surgery for thyroid cancer patients by 30 percent, researchers report. "Before this test, about one in five potential thyroid cancer cases couldn't be diagnosed without an operation to remove a portion of the thyroid," said the lead author.

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Nanoparticle 'alarm clock' tested to awaken immune systems put to sleep by cancer

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 25, 2014
Researchers are exploring ways to wake up the immune system so it recognizes and attacks invading cancer cells. One pioneering approach uses nanoparticles to jumpstart the body’s ability to fight tumors. Nanoparticles are too small to imagine. One billion could fit on the head of a pin. This makes them stealthy enough to penetrate cancer cells with therapeutic agents such as antibodies, drugs, vaccine type viruses, or even metallic particles.

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Facing the Facts of Childhood Obesity

TEDMED - Medical Discussions: July 25, 2014
On Tuesday, as part of the Great Challenges program, we convened some of the nation’s top leaders in health and research around the topic of reducing childhood obesity. The conversation touched on the need for a multifaceted approach that includes action … Continue reading → The post Facing the Facts of Childhood Obesity appeared first on TEDMED Blog.

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States Try to Protect Health Exchanges From Ruling

Wall Street Journal: July 25, 2014
A number of states are scrambling to show that they—not the federal government—are or will soon be operating their insurance exchanges under the 2010 health law, in light of two recent court decisions.

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Fact or Fiction?: The Sixth Mass Extinction Can Be Stopped

Scientific American: Health: July 25, 2014
Is the planet undergoing the sixth mass extinction in its history courtesy of the human species? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Sleep deprived?

CNN Health: July 25, 2014
Parents believe their obese kids are healthy, sleep deprivation can make your brain slip and other things we learned this week.

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Cerner sees record Q2 results

Healthcare IT News: July 25, 2014
Second quarter financial results were not a disappointment for EHR behemoth Cerner Corp., as officials announced Thursday afternoon a record "all time high" for Q2 results.    read more

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Sleep deprived? Beware false memories

CNN Health: July 25, 2014
Parents believe their obese kids are healthy, sleep deprivation can make your brain slip and other things we learned this week.

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CAR: Fighting spreads like infection

BBC Health: July 25, 2014
Trying to save CAR, where fighting spreads like an infection

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Diet Changes Can Alter Gut Bacteria, Study Says

WebMD: July 25, 2014
Researchers monitored stool samples of two people for a year

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NIH programs to focus on emerging areas of science

National Institutes of Health: July 25, 2014
Initiative features targeted investments in technology development and research to improve health.

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UPMC lands grants for care, engagement

Healthcare IT News: July 25, 2014
After landing 11 new grants, clinicians at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are gearing up for projects aimed at boosting care and engaging patients. The grants, awarded by the Beckwith Institute, are intended to give clinicians and other staff chances to try out changes big and small to involve patients and raise the level of care. read more

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Eating Disorders in Children

NIH Medline Plus: July 25, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Eating Disorders, School Health, Teen Health

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VA, HHS hindered by IT complexity

Healthcare IT News: July 25, 2014
Federal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration, are being hindered in carrying out their missions due to growing complexity of their IT networks. read more

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Ex-Obama Aide’s Statements in 2012 Clash With Health Act Stance

New York Times - Health: July 25, 2014
The adviser, Jonathan Gruber, a professor of economics at M.I.T., made a statement in 2012 that undercut arguments the Obama administration is now making about the Affordable Care Act.

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CDC reopens TB lab

CNN Health: July 25, 2014
A lab crucial to diagnosing cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reopened, according to the CDC.

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S Leone hunts seized Ebola patient

BBC Health: July 25, 2014
A hunt is launched in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, for a woman with Ebola who was forcibly removed from hospital by her relatives.

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Hold the Regret? Fast Food Seeks Virtuous Side

New York Times - Health: July 25, 2014
Several small restaurant chains that have reported impressive earnings, like Tender Greens, LYFE Kitchen and SweetGreen, offer organic, grass-fed, even vegan dishes.

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Technology lets ALS sufferers speak

CNN Health: July 25, 2014
Many ALS sufferers fear losing their ability to speak, but a new technology may allow them to keep their voice.

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'New virus' discovered in human gut

BBC Health: July 25, 2014
Scientists say they have stumbled upon a common virus that has never been described before.

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Monitoring rise and fall of the microbiome

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 25, 2014
Close analysis of bacteria in the human digestive tract reveals links to diet and other lifestyle factors, researchers report. Trillions of bacteria live in each person's digestive tract. Scientists believe that some of these bacteria help digest food and stave off harmful infections, but their role in human health is not well understood.

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Total darkness at night key to success of breast cancer therapy, study shows

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 25, 2014
Exposure to light at night, which shuts off nighttime production of the hormone melatonin, renders breast cancer completely resistant to tamoxifen, a widely used breast cancer drug, says a new study. Melatonin by itself delayed the formation of tumors and significantly slowed their growth, researchers report, but tamoxifen caused a dramatic regression of tumors in animals with either high nighttime levels of melatonin during complete darkness or those receiving melatonin supplementation during dim light at night exposure.

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Informed consent: False positives not a worry in lung cancer study

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 25, 2014
A false positive screen result -- a screening test in which initial findings of concern for cancer are later found not to be worrisome -- did not cause participants undue anxiety or reduced quality of life, a new study shows. Researchers hypothesize that clear and accurate consent forms prepared patients for these false positive diagnoses.

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Less than 1% of UK public research funding spent on antibiotic research in past 5 years

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 25, 2014
Less than 1% of research funding awarded by public and charitable bodies to UK researchers in 2008–13 was awarded for research on antibiotics, according to new research. The study, which is the first detailed assessment of public and charitable funding to UK researchers focusing on bacteriology and antibiotic research, suggests that present levels of funding for antibiotic research in the UK are inadequate, and will need to be urgently increased if the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance is to be tackled effectively by UK researchers.

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Could heart attack patients could be treated more quickly?

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 25, 2014
Clinical judgement, combined with an electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood test on arrival, is effective in reducing unnecessary hospital admissions for chest pain, a new study shows. The findings of a research group could potentially make a huge difference to a large number of patients. Researchers assessed the diagnostic accuracy of emergency doctors’ clinical judgement for acute coronary syndromes – both alone and in combination with the tests available on arrival – ECG and a blood test which detects a protein called troponin.

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