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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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Virtual Reality Coming to Qantas First Class

Discovery Health: January 29, 2015
The Australian airline will be offering its passengers a Samsung Gear VR headset.

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Bedtime 'has huge impact on sport'

BBC Health: January 29, 2015
Our internal body clock has such a dramatic impact on sporting ability that it could alter the chances of Olympic gold.

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Well: For Athletes, the Time of an Event Can Affect Performance

New York Times - Health: January 29, 2015
Researchers studying a small group of athletes found that those used to rising early perform best at midday, while late risers do best in the evening.

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How much do we love the NHS?

BBC Health: January 29, 2015
The NHS is under pressure, but public satisfaction is at a record high.

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Super Bowl Success May Go to Late Risers

Scientific American: Health: January 29, 2015
Sleeping patterns might be the newest excuse for lackluster athletic performances -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Hospitals reject NHS funding cut

BBC Health: January 29, 2015
A row has broken out about the system for giving NHS hospitals in England their income.

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U.S. Wants to Open Atlantic Drilling, Restrict Arctic

Discovery Health: January 29, 2015
The Obama Administration announced that for the first time, it will open the Atlantic Ocean off the southeastern coast to oil and gas exploration. Continue reading →

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From airplanes to doctors' offices: Improving population health outcomes

Healthcare IT News: January 29, 2015
To consider how to improve population health outcomes, let’s start in an unlikely place—an airplane. If you’ve ever flown on an airliner, chances are good that you’ve browsed through the inflight magazine. If so, you’ve likely seen one of the ads for New York Magazine's "Best Doctors in New York." read more

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Super Bowl: Top NFL Scandals

Discovery Health: January 29, 2015
The deflation equation is now up to physicists -- but it's not the first trouble for the NFL.

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What has SHARP accomplished for EHRs?

Healthcare IT News: January 29, 2015
After four years and $60 million, the ONC's Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects program is essentially done, and each project has made strides in improving various elements of EHRs. Those involved in SHARP believe their work has advanced the health IT field, but it remains to be seen if any of their innovations find their way into widespread use. [See also: Object of beauty, or ungainly nuisance?] read more

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Giving Sight to Innovation: Q&A with Uzma Samadani

TEDMED - Medical Discussions: January 29, 2015
Uzma Samadani is the cofounder of Oculogica, a neurodiagnostic company that through eye movement tracking, specializes in detecting concussions and other brain injuries otherwise invisible on radiologic scans. She shared her journey of discovery on the TEDMED 2014 stage. We … Continue reading → The post Giving Sight to Innovation: Q&A with Uzma Samadani appeared first on TEDMED Blog.

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FDA expands approved use of Imbruvica for rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

FDA US Food & Drug: January 29, 2015
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Imbruvica (ibrutinib) for previously treated patients with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia (WM), a rare form of cancer that begins in the body’s immune system. The drug received a breakthrough therapy designation for this use.

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Hypothermia Found to Be Common during Anesthesia, Increasing Need for Transfusion

Scientific American: Health: January 29, 2015
Hypothermia is common among patients during the first hour of anesthesia, despite the use of forced air warming to maintain core temperature, a study in nearly 60,000 surgical patients shows -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Five accelerants to the adoption of connected health

Healthcare IT News: January 29, 2015
I’m often asked, ‘If you could snap your fingers and do some things to accelerate the adoption of connected health, what would they be?’  I’ve resisted responding, thinking that things are not so simple and reducing the keys to adoption to a list is unrealistic.  However, I have been thinking lately about the cultural and business phenomena that are currently shaping and accelerating the adoption of connected health and, in that context, came up with five accelerants. read more

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Corpse of 200-Year-Old Monk Found in Lotus Position

Discovery Health: January 29, 2015
The mummified body, which was covered in animal skin, was found in Mongolia. Continue reading

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Call for nominations: H.I.T. Men & Women Awards

Healthcare IT News: January 29, 2015
Every year, Healthcare IT News pays tribute to nine leaders and trailblazers who are advancing health technology through their dedication and vision. It's time to nominate the 2015 H.I.T. Men & Women. read more

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Epic takes back 'Best in KLAS' title

Healthcare IT News: January 29, 2015
Last year, athenahealth toppled long-favored Epic from its No. 1 spot on the 2013 Best in KLAS list. This year is a different story, with Epic tops in two of three overall categories: Overall Physician Practice Vendor and Overall Software Suite. The award for the one other overall category, IT Services Firm, went to Impact Advisors. read more

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Netflix Marco Polo Series 'Riddled With Historical Errors'

Discovery Health: January 29, 2015
According to Mongolian historians, much of the series' plot plays fast and loose with the facts.

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New NASA Satellite to Map Earth's Dirt From Orbit

Discovery Health: January 29, 2015
NASA's next Earth-observing satellite is ready to launch Thursday (Jan. 29), and it could vastly improve the way scientists monitor droughts around the world.

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African Golden Cat Attacks Monkeys in Rare Footage

Discovery Health: January 29, 2015
The video may be the first of a golden cat hunting in the daylight.

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Pregnancy and High Blood Pressure

NIH Medline Plus: January 29, 2015
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Page: High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

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Binge-Watching TV May Be Sign of Depression, Loneliness

WebMD: January 29, 2015
Researchers say hours and hours of viewing often isn't just harmless fun

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Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly

WebMD: January 29, 2015
Simple technique offers possible way to assess brain injury severity, study says

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Your Immune System Is Made, Not Born

Scientific American: Health: January 29, 2015
New research dispels the belief that the strength of the body’s defense system is genetically programmed -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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FDA Takes Steps to Improve Reliability of Automated External Defibrillators

NIH Medline Plus: January 29, 2015
Source: Food and Drug Administration Related MedlinePlus Page: Cardiac Arrest

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Pancreatic Cancer: Targeted Treatments Hold Promise

NIH Medline Plus: January 29, 2015
Source: Food and Drug Administration Related MedlinePlus Page: Pancreatic Cancer

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VIDEO: Questions answered on care insurance

BBC Health: January 29, 2015
Janet Morrison, chief executive of the Independent Age, answered viewers' questions on insurance cover for care in old age.

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Tallest Skyscrapers Going Up in 2015

Discovery Health: January 29, 2015
This will be a banner year for skyscrapers as several new ones are scheduled for completion in a number of fast-growing cities.

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Ebola Outbreak on The Decline, Says WHO

Wall Street Journal: January 29, 2015
The Ebola outbreak that has ravaged parts of West Africa is on the decline, according to the World Health Organization.

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Eight-year-old boy died of scurvy

BBC Health: January 29, 2015
An eight-year-old boy from Pembrokeshire died of scurvy, a coroner says.

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