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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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New type of clinic eyed to help stop Ebola

Associated Press Healthwire: October 2, 2014
LONDON (AP) -- Britain and Sierra Leone are appealing for more help to slow the biggest ever Ebola outbreak - and are proposing a new type of clinic to do that....

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Fear, frustration grow over Ebola case

CNN Health: October 2, 2014
America's first diagnosed Ebola victim is contained, but three things are still spreading: fear, frustration and the search for his contacts.

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Travels and health travails of Thomas Eric Duncan

CNN Health: October 2, 2014
Days after arriving from Liberia, Thomas Eric Duncan twice went to a Dallas hospital after falling ill. The second time, he was admitted and later confirmed to have Ebola, the first such case diagnosed in the United States.

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VIDEO: Warning over alcohol 'pre-loading'

BBC Health: October 2, 2014
A leading accident and emergency doctor, Clifford Mann, has warned there's a "dangerous epidemic" of young people ending up in hospital, after getting drunk on cheap drinks before going out.

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Well: How Exercise May Protect Against Depression

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
Exercise may help to safeguard the mind against depression through previously unknown effects on working muscles.

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Tallahassee Ear, Nose, and Throat launches a new ENT and Hearing website to better serve the sinus, sleep, facial plastics, and hearing health of Tallahassee Florida

Medical Web Times: October 1, 2014
Tallahassee Ear, Nose, and Throat (TENT) was established in 1986 with the goal of providing unparalleled expertise and service in otolaryngology, head & neck surgery, as well as in facial plastic surgery. They are proud of their extensive training and experience and feel that they have assembled an excellent team to deliver this service to [...]

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Liberia short on ambulances for Ebola patients

Associated Press Healthwire: October 1, 2014
FREEMAN RESERVE, Liberia (AP) -- The man with reddened eyes sat in his underwear outside his thatched home. He was weak from diarrhea, so his wife called the Ebola hotline for an ambulance. Now that it was here, though, he didn't want to go....

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Cameron vow to protect NHS spending

BBC Health: October 1, 2014
David Cameron will vow to protect the NHS in England from cuts for five years in his closing speech to the Tory conference.

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Well: Hospital Infections With C. Difficile Level Off

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
The incidence of the potentially deadly bacterial infection known as Clostridium difficile has leveled off in recent years.

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Ebola Overwhelming West Africa Communities

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
Ebola is sweeping into areas of West Africa that had been largely spared the onslaught. The consequences in one Sierra Leone hospital have been devastating.

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Mom makes ultimate sacrifice

CNN Health: October 1, 2014
A woman diagnosed with bone cancer refused a lifesaving treatment in order to give birth to her newborn daughter.

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Ebola patient wasn't asked about travel

CNN Health: October 1, 2014
A man infected with Ebola walked into a Dallas hospital. No one asked him if he had recently traveled and he didn't say, a source says. The man was sent home.

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Child with enterovirus 68 dies in Rhode Island

CNN Health: October 1, 2014
A child with a staph infection and enterovirus D68 has died in Rhode Island, the state's health department said Wednesday.

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Mom makes ultimate sacrifice for newborn

CNN Health: October 1, 2014
A woman diagnosed with bone cancer refused a lifesaving treatment in order to give birth to her newborn daughter.

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Well: Smoothies, Hold the Dairy

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
Substitute almond or coconut milk for yogurt or buttermilk for some dairy-free, delicious smoothies.

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CIO sings the praises of HL7 analytics

Healthcare IT News: October 1, 2014
Wes Wright, chief information officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, says a newly-installed analytics tool that unobtrusively monitors the performance of his HL7 transactions "gives me peace of mind." [See also: HL7 makes IP available for EHRs] read more

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Security readiness still sorely lacking

Healthcare IT News: October 1, 2014
If you think you're able to dodge a data breach without putting in the work, think again. This year, organizations have reported more data breaches than the year prior, seeing on average a 10 percent jump in breach frequency. So what are they doing to improve these numbers? A new study says: not enough.    read more

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What's got CHIME's CEO 'mad as hell'?

Healthcare IT News: October 1, 2014
When Russell Branzell, chief executive officer of CHIME, told an audience at the AHIMA Convention that he was "mad as hell," the crowd of hundreds of healthcare information managers roared with laughter and applause. read more

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Ambulance staff vote for strike

BBC Health: October 1, 2014
Ambulance staff and other health workers in the GMB union have voted in favour of strike action in a row over pay.

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AAFP Calls for Careful Study of Medical Marijuana Use, Gun Violence

American Academy of Family Physicians: October 1, 2014
In new clinical policy, the AAFP says decisions about medical marijuana use should be based on rigorous research. The Academy also has come out in support of OTC access to oral contraception. Regarding firearms safety, the AAFP is calling for more study of gun violence as a public health issue and urges strong enforcement of existing statutes intended to prevent gun violence.

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U.S. to Increase Production of the Ebola Drug ZMapp, but May Not Meet Demand

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
Despite the new efforts, supplies of the drug, ZMapp, are expected to be limited to hundreds or thousands of treatment courses by early next year, which would not be nearly enough if the epidemic continues to spiral out of control.

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Ebola: 'Five S Leone cases per hour'

BBC Health: October 1, 2014
Save the Children says healthcare demands are far outstripping supply in Sierra Leone and warns that the Ebola outbreak there is getting worse.

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Ebola Suspected in U.N. Worker’s Death

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
The victim was Liberian who had worked for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in her country.

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Man in U.S. With Ebola Had Been Screened to Fly, but System Is Spotty

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
Since the Ebola virus began spreading through West Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been pushing the worst-hit countries to implement screening for air passengers.

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Ebola fight hit by aid cuts, MPs warn

BBC Health: October 1, 2014
Cuts in the amount of health aid the UK provides to Liberia and Sierra Leone have "compromised the fight" to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, MPs warn.

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2 white Ohio women sue over sperm from black donor

Associated Press Healthwire: October 1, 2014
CLEVELAND (AP) -- An Ohio woman has sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she'd intended....

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Four keys to clinical usability at the point of care

Healthcare IT News: October 1, 2014
Billions of dollars are being spent each year on HIT. Clinicians are paying for these systems, and by paying I mean either in dollars, if they put up the money themselves, or in time, which is often the case when EHR decisions are made by administrators. How can a physician’s productivity and focus on the patient be maintained while using an EHR at the point of care, and why do many systems fall short on this? read more

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The FDA takes steps to strengthen cybersecurity of medical devices

FDA US Food & Drug: October 1, 2014
To strengthen the safety of medical devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized recommendations to manufacturers for managing cybersecurity risks to better protect patient health and information.

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Challenges evaluating mHealth's success

Healthcare IT News: October 1, 2014
I saw another exciting news story on a mobile health intervention the other day.  I honestly don’t remember the company or product, but what stuck with me was the declaration of success based on 10 patients using the product for three months.  Success was touted in terms of cost reduction and resource utilization reduction in a before/after analysis.  This inspired me to collect some thoughts on some of the challenges around evaluating success in mHealth. read more

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Questions about tuberculosis after infants exposed

Associated Press Healthwire: October 1, 2014
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Authorities say more than 850 infants have been exposed to tuberculosis in an El Paso hospital by a nursing assistant who was diagnosed with the illness. Although cases of TB are at an all-time low in the U.S., the virus can be fatal if untreated, and is especially dangerous for small children and babies....

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U.S. Military Hospitals Are Ordered to Improve Care, Access and Safety

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave the military four to six weeks to improve access to treatment, quality of care and patient safety at hospitals and clinics.

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Can antidepressants treat cancer?

BBC Health: October 1, 2014
Can antidepressants treat brain tumours?

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Four Deaths Are Linked to a Respiratory Illness

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
Enterovirus 68 has been found in at least four people who died, and has caused an influx of sick children at hospitals nationwide.

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Over 500 GP practices 'risk closure'

BBC Health: October 1, 2014
Hundreds of GP practices are at risk of closure because of the ageing workforce, doctors' leaders say.

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Super bacteria breed in space

CNN Health: October 1, 2014
Super bacteria in space are being used to create food, recycle waste and design new vaccines.

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