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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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Private work 'takes from NHS care'

BBC Health: May 6, 2015
Private practice may "prey on the needy" and doctors should seriously question whether they can morally juggle it with NHS work, an expert argues in the BMJ.

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Senators seek VA probe to see if mishandled claims systemic

Associated Press Healthwire: May 6, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Troubled by delays in handling of veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking a wide-scale independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications....

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Here Boy! Dog Adoption Ad Follows You Around

Discovery Health: May 6, 2015
British pet rescue group teams with hi-tech ad agencies to create interactive billboards.

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Using a smartphone microscope to detect parasites in blood

Associated Press Healthwire: May 6, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites - by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world....

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Single-Celled Critter Now Earliest Human Ancestor?

Discovery Health: May 6, 2015
A simple organism found at the bottom of the ocean had the tools to give rise to life as complex as we are. Continue reading →

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DNews: Can Snoring Be Deadly?

Discovery Health: May 6, 2015
Snoring is more than just an irritating condition, it’s a symptom of something much more serious. What is sleep apnea?

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Family Physicians Debate Issues with Patients' Welfare in Mind

American Academy of Family Physicians: May 6, 2015
AAFP members gathered in Kansas City, Mo., April 30-May 2 for the National Conference of Constituency Leaders, newly named in 2015, to discuss issues important to family physicians and their patients.

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NIH study solves ovarian cell mystery, shedding new light on reproductive disorders

National Institutes of Health: May 6, 2015
Researchers believe this new information on basic ovarian biology will help them better understand the cause of ovarian disorders.

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Solar Oven Works on a Cloudy Day

Discovery Health: May 6, 2015
Just in time for grill season, a new Kickstarter project takes outdoor cooking to another level. Continue reading →

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Global Warning Over Dangerous Diet Pills

WebMD: May 6, 2015
The international police agency Interpol has issued a global alert about an illegal and potentially lethal drug used for dieting and bodybuilding.

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EPA suggests triggers for warning of algae in drinking water

Associated Press Healthwire: May 6, 2015
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing guidelines to help state and local officials detect dangerous levels of algal toxins in drinking water....

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Dave Goldberg Death: Treadmills Linked with 3 Fatalities Yearly

Discovery Health: May 6, 2015
Fatal injuries from treadmills are rare -- but tragic, as in the case of Dave Goldberg.

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Fructose, Glucose and Hunger

NIH Medline Plus: May 6, 2015
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Blood Sugar, Carbohydrates, Diets

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#HITsm Panel at HIMSS part 2: mHealth, Dr. Google and social sommunities

Healthcare IT News: May 6, 2015
#HITsm Panel at HIMSS part 2 This is second part of the #HITsm at HIMSS15 Panel transcript. Read Part 1. A special thanks to our four panelists: Patient Engagement #HITsm Panel at HIMSS part 2: mHealth, Dr. Google and social sommunities At HIMSS15, Chad Johnson teamed with Mandi Bishop and four health IT leaders to organize the annual #HITsm live event. This post comprises the second half of the transcript

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What's inside the new bill to kill ICD-10?

Healthcare IT News: May 6, 2015
Republican Texas Rep. Ted Poe resurrected the Cutting Costly Codes Act early last week, and issued a press release to match, thereby sparking the usual suspects into advocacy for ICD-10 and calls for Congress not to advance the proposed legislation. ICD-10 & Coding read more

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Can You Boost Low Testosterone Naturally?

WebMD: May 6, 2015
WebMD discusses whether it's possible to boost low testosterone levels naturally.

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Striking Zimbabwean nurses refuse to work night shift

Associated Press Healthwire: May 6, 2015
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Nurses in Zimbabwe are refusing to work the night shift in the southern African nation's public hospitals and clinics in a nationwide strike over salaries....

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Toothy 'Penis Worm' from Cambrian Period Discovered

Discovery Health: May 6, 2015
This 505-million-year-old phallus-like creature actually had a throat full of teeth.

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A better way to build DNA scaffolds: Long, custom-designed DNA strands

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: May 6, 2015
Imagine taking strands of DNA - the material in our cells that determines how we look and function - and using it to build tiny structures that can deliver drugs to targets within the body or take electronic miniaturization to a whole new level. While it may still sound like science fiction to most of us, researchers have been piecing together and experimenting with DNA structures for decades. And, in recent years, scientists have moved the use of human-made DNA structures closer to a variety of real-world applications.

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Intense Wildfire Season Expected in West

Discovery Health: May 6, 2015
Forest Service anticipates spending up to $1.6 billion fighting a fire season that could be worse than normal.

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Well: For Breech Births, C-Sections May Be the Safest Choice

New York Times - Health: May 6, 2015
For babies in the breech position, cesarean delivery may be a safer choice.

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J&J seeks bioethics advice on compassionate use of drugs

Associated Press Healthwire: May 6, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dying patients sometimes seek emergency access to experimental medicines, desperate for a last-chance treatment even if there's little proof it could help. Now drug giant Johnson & Johnson is taking an unusual step, turning to independent bioethicists for advice on when to say yes or no....

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Company Creates Bioethics Panel on Trial Drugs

New York Times - Health: May 6, 2015
Johnson & Johnson named the bioethicist Arthur L. Caplan to create a panel to decide on patients’ requests for lifesaving medicines before they are approved.

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50 Shades of Zen: How to Meditate For More Results In Less Time

Bulletproof Health: May 6, 2015
May is National Meditation Month: are you ready to learn how to meditate? You have tons of options. There are *at least* 50 shades of zen to pick from!  (And then there’s 40 Years of Zen, too… I always knew that I wanted to benefit from meditation, but I didn’t want to sit alone in a room doing […] The post 50 Shades of Zen: How to Meditate For More Results In Less Time appeared first on Bulletproof.

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Nepal Villagers Take Aid Into Their Own Hands

Discovery Health: May 6, 2015
Even as they mourn their dead, the quake-hit villagers of Barpak high in the Nepal Himalayas must make a difficult and dangerous hours-long trek into the valley for tents and supplies.

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Those Who Stood Up for Science: Photos

Discovery Health: May 6, 2015
Even with facts on their side, science advocates can lose more than just an argument.

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Hurricane Machine Aims to Improve Forecasts

Discovery Health: May 6, 2015
A $15 million wind and wave machine is six times larger than any hurricane simulator ever built.

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CXO role gains steam as consumers gain clout

Healthcare IT News: May 6, 2015
Not every healthcare provider has a chief experience officer, but more and more are finding that CXOs are key to enterprise-wide patient experience improvement and the alignment of quality, safety and performance strategies. [See also: Patient engagement means 'attitude adjustments' on both sides] Quality and Safety read more

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OIG identifies big HHS security shortfalls

Healthcare IT News: May 6, 2015
The IT infrastructure office at the Department of Health and Human Services has some serious security problems. This after the office received a less than satisfactory security report card from the Office of Inspector General this week.    Privacy & Security read more

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The next step in DNA computing: GPS mapping?

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: May 6, 2015
Conventional silicon-based computing, which has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent decades, is pushing against its practical limits. DNA computing could help take the digital era to the next level. Scientists are now reporting progress toward that goal with the development of a novel DNA-based GPS.

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Thermometer-like device could help diagnose heart attacks

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: May 6, 2015
Diagnosing a heart attack can require multiple tests using expensive equipment. But not everyone has access to such techniques, especially in remote or low-income areas. Now scientists have developed a simple, thermometer-like device that could help doctors diagnose heart attacks with minimal materials and cost.

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From the depths of a microscopic world, spontaneous cooperation

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: May 6, 2015
A clever combination of two different types of computer simulations enabled a group of researchers to uncover an unexpectedly cooperative group dynamic: the spontaneous emergence of resource sharing among individuals in a community. Who were the members of this friendly, digitally represented collective? Escherichia coli, rod-shaped bacteria found in the digestive systems of humans and many other animals.

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Social network experiments create a tipping point to improve public health

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: May 6, 2015
Convincing a large group of people to change its behavior is no popularity contest, a new study shows. In a novel experiment, researchers found that certain public health interventions work best when key 'influencers' in a face-to-face social network are exposed to the program. What's surprising, they say, is that those key influencers are not the most socially connected people in the network.

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Springing into action: New biosafety process introduced

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: May 6, 2015
While new and groundbreaking innovations in biotechnology are developed in laboratories, it is crucial that scientists employ the highest level of safety measures within the laboratory to prevent any unintentional effects on human health or environment. To that end, researchers are developing and making available to the public a proactive, biosafety process to review all proposed biotechnology research and manage potential risks preemptively.

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Blood markers could help predict outcome of infant heart surgery

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: May 6, 2015
New research suggests it may be possible to predict an infant's progress following surgery for congenital heart disease by analysing a number of important small molecules in the blood.

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