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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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Matcha Green Tea Super Food Antioxidants

Matcha Green Tea King of Superfoods

Matcha Green Tea is the latest superfood that celebs and regular folk are finding give them supercharged antioxidant purification with a non-jittery sense of focus. Most matcha available to buy is in very small sizes and is not high enough quality. It is important that you buy high quality matcha. We've found bulk high quality 100% natural matcha green tea imported from Japan. Learn more here: Japanese Matcha Green Tea in bulk here on Amazon

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Op-Ed Contributor: The Real Problem With Medical Internships

New York Times - Health: July 1, 2015
It’s not the long hours. It’s the scut work and heavy patient loads.

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California Bill Limits School Vaccine Exemptions

Scientific American: Health: July 1, 2015
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Tuesday to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children for communicable diseases -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Prescriptions to display drug cost

BBC Health: July 1, 2015
Packets of prescription medication will display how much their contents have cost taxpayers, under government plans.

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Federal judge enters permanent injunction against Acino Products, LLC

FDA US Food & Drug: July 1, 2015
A federal judge for the District of New Jersey has entered a consent decree of permanent injunction between the United States and Acino Products LLC (Acino), of Hamilton, New Jersey, and the company’s president, Ravi Deshpande, for marketing unapproved and misbranded prescription drugs.

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Build Stronger Bones With Nutrition

WebMD: July 1, 2015
WebMD explains how getting the right nutrients can boost your bone strength and help prevent osteoporosis.

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Build Stronger Bones With Exercise

WebMD: July 1, 2015
WebMD describes exercises that can help you build up your bones if you have osteoporosis.

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Exercise After a Broken Bone From Osteoporosis

WebMD: July 1, 2015
WebMD explains what kind of exercises you should do after you broke a bone due to osteoporosis.

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ACIP Recommends MenB Vaccine for Patients Ages 16-23

American Academy of Family Physicians: July 1, 2015
During its June 24-25 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend the two serogroup B meningococcal vaccines for patients ages 16-23 for short-term protection against the disease.

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Liberia's new Ebola outbreak spreads

BBC Health: July 1, 2015
Two more cases of Ebola are confirmed in the Liberian village where a teenager died on Sunday - the first case for seven weeks.

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Well: Study Links Traffic Noise and Cardiovascular Disease

New York Times - Health: July 1, 2015
Constant exposure to moderate levels of traffic noise may increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, a report in The European Heart Journal says.

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Big Data Byte: Brian Wells on liberating data

Healthcare IT News: July 1, 2015
Short Headline:  Brian Wells on liberating data Brian Wells, Associate VP of Health Technology and Academic Computing at Penn Medicine, talks about the PennSeek application and the effort to index and connect different types of data to make it accessible and effective for precision medicine.  

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Sex Divide Seen in Mechanism that Produces Persistent Pain

Scientific American: Health: July 1, 2015
Male and female mice are found to regulate pain sensitivity differently, a result which could explain why some drug experiments have failed -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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IPO for NantHealth coming this year

Healthcare IT News: July 1, 2015
Patrick Soon-Shiong, businessman, surgeon, scientist and founder of health IT company NantHealth announced he plans to take the company public by the end of the year.  "We feel we have one or two transactions to accomplish, then we will initiate the public offering that we anticipate will happen probably within this year," Soon-Shiong told the Los Angeles Times. Financial/Revenue Cycle Management read more

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Caffeine pills 'need more controls'

BBC Health: July 1, 2015
Caffeine supplements branded as diet pills should be better regulated, a pharmaceutical body says after a man died after taking the tablets.

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The INTERCEPT Blood System Rids Blood Donations of All Pathogens

Scientific American: Health: July 1, 2015
Blood banks begin using the method in donations this summer as the northward spread of chikungunya continues -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Boys more likely to have antipsychotics prescribed, regardless of age

National Institutes of Health: July 1, 2015
NIH-funded study is the first look at antipsychotic prescriptions patterns in the U.S.

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As temperatures sizzle, fireworks even more risky

CNN Health: July 1, 2015
With high temperatures, wicked weather and wildfires across the country, there are more warnings than usual posted about fireworks safety. In addition to harming themselves, people are also in danger of lighting up their entire neighborhoods -- unless you're in one of the cities getting pounded with rain.

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Don't believe everything you hear about ICD-10

Healthcare IT News: July 1, 2015
Many healthcare organizations are focusing on being ready for the ICD-10 changeover on Oct. 1. Just as important is what will come after that. Productivity losses This is legend. The fear is that ICD-10 code set is so large and complex that medical coders aren't going to be able to keep up with their current coding output. ICD-10 & Coding read more

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The active ingredients of placebo effects: Q&A with Ted Kaptchuk

TEDMED - Medical Discussions: July 1, 2015
Healthcare needs effective placebo affection Ted Kaptchuk, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School directs the Program in Placebo Studies, Healing and Therapeutic Encounter. In his TEDMED talk, he upended many assumptions about what really works in the therapeutic encounter, … Continue reading → The post The active ingredients of placebo effects: Q&A with Ted Kaptchuk appeared first on TEDMED Blog.

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Super-Muscular Pigs Created by Small Genetic Tweak

Scientific American: Health: July 1, 2015
Researchers hope the genetically engineered animals will be approved for human consumption -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Marijuana Muddies Memory and Mixes With Alcohol to Make Trouble

Scientific American: Health: July 1, 2015
People who smoke pot and drink are twice as likely to do both at the same time than to do just one, with the combo associated with bad decision-making; and chronic pot smokers who had not indulged in... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Well: Think Like a Doctor: Limping Along

New York Times - Health: July 1, 2015
A 2-year-old boy suddenly stops walking. Can you figure out why?

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Healthcare adjusts to life as hacker target

Healthcare IT News: July 1, 2015
During the Cold War, back when Richard "Dickie" George was a mathematician at the National Security Agency, security meant something different than it does today. The foes knew one another well. And if there was plenty of skulduggery to go around, at least there were some recognizable rules of engagement. "Back when it was us and the Soviets, there was about one big espionage event every 10 years," he said, speaking at the Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum in Chicago on Tuesday. Privacy & Security read more

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FDA takes action against unapproved prescription ear drop products

FDA US Food & Drug: July 1, 2015
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced its intention to take enforcement action against companies that manufacture and/or distribute certain unapproved prescription ear drop products (known as otic products) labeled to relieve ear pain, infection, and inflammation.

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VIDEO: Feeding Chad's children with Unicef

BBC Health: July 1, 2015
Medical editor Fergus Walsh visited a Unicef nutrition centre in Chad to see what is being done to tackle the problem of child malnutrition.

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Providers grapple with cybersecurity

Healthcare IT News: July 1, 2015
The numbers should shake any provider still blissfully ignorant of privacy threats out of their complacency: Two-thirds of health organizations polled by HIMSS for its latest cybersecurity survey say they've recently experienced a "significant security incident." Privacy & Security read more

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The Carrageenan Controversy

Scientific American: Health: July 1, 2015
Carrageenan has been used in traditional food preparation for hundreds of years and is an ingredient in many organic and vegan foods. But now critics are calling for a ban. Is carrageenan safe?... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Managing up

Healthcare IT News: July 1, 2015
Managing up I took my first job at age 13, building model planes and skateboards at Palos Verdes Hobby Shop. Over the past 40 years, I’ve reported to over a dozen people. Some were inspirational and charismatic. Others were more task delegation oriented. Some were problem solvers. Others shunned detail. Some were great listeners. Others were talkers. Every leader is different and working for them requires an understanding of their preferences. Although I’ve never “managed up," I have adapted to the needs of the various people I’ve worked for. Workforce Managing up Every leader is different and working for them requires an understanding of their preferences. Here is John Halamka, MD's advice on

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Dispelling common HIE myths

Healthcare IT News: July 1, 2015
Dispelling common HIE myths Information sharing is front and center in the healthcare industry today, with many organizations debating how to best create and sustain an effective information sharing platform. A robust data repository, or a health information exchange (HIE), can be the linchpin in sharing information across the care continuum and different care settings. Those working on achieving this goal often stumble upon some common misconceptions that might delay launch or prevent successful operation of an HIE. Health Information Exchange (HIE) Dispelling common HIE myths A robust data repository, or a health information exchange, can be the linchpin in sharing information across the care continuum and different care settings. Those working

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Are We Too Afraid of Nuclear Weapons?

Scientific American: Health: July 1, 2015
"Optimists" argue that our fears of nuclear weapons have been "alarmist" and counter-productive. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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