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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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Roche Sees Profit, Sales Increasing

Wall Street Journal: January 28, 2015
Roche posted a 16% drop in annual profit as the Swiss drug maker booked large impairments and restructured its debt, but the company expects sales and profit to increase this year.

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California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

Associated Press Healthwire: January 28, 2015
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products....

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Medical Web Times: January 28, 2015
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Thunderstorms Helping Bring Ozone Down to Earth

Discovery Health: January 28, 2015
Thunderstorms allow ozone, a potent greenhouse gas, to trickle down from the stratosphere, new research finds. And severe storms are likely to increase as the planet warms.

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Water May Have Once Gushed From Massive Asteroid

Discovery Health: January 28, 2015
Liquid water apparently flowed on the surface of the huge asteroid Vesta briefly in the relatively recent past, a surprising new study suggests.

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Rare Saharan Cheetah Captured on Camera: Photos

Discovery Health: January 28, 2015
A hidden camera set up in the Sahara Desert captures some of the world's only images of the rare Saharan cheetah.

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Five Tips for Baby Skin Care

WebMD: January 28, 2015
How do baby skin care needs change as newborn becomes baby, and baby becomes toddler? Find out.

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Blackbeard's Pirate Ship Yields Medical Supplies

Discovery Health: January 28, 2015
Medical equipment on the vessel that served as the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard suggests the buccaneer had to toil to keep his crew healthy.

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Binge Eating Disorder: Why You Need to Treat Mental Health First

WebMD: January 28, 2015
A look at why treatment for binge eating disorder focuses on improving mental health, and not on losing weight.

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VIDEO: Veteran news anchor reveals he has ALS

BBC Health: January 28, 2015
Veteran US news presenter Larry Stogner has revealed he has an incurable neurological disease live on air.

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NIH-funded study uncovers range of molecular alterations in head and neck cancers, new potential drug targets

National Institutes of Health: January 28, 2015
TCGA tumor genome sequencing analyses offer new insights into the effects of HPV and smoking, and find genomic similarities with other cancers.

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What Can We Learn from the NYC Forecast ‘Bust?’

Discovery Health: January 28, 2015
Why the nor'easter forecast was off for New York and what we can learn from that for the future.

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What's happening with your donated specimen?

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 28, 2015
When donating blood, plasma, human tissue or any other bodily sample for medical research, most people might not think about how it's being used. But if you were told, would you care? A new study indicates that most people are willing to donate just knowing that their contribution is going toward research. But, when specific scenarios are brought into the equation, that willingness changes.

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New model for preserving donor tissue will allow more natural joint repair for patients

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 28, 2015
Currently, doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for joint replacements because the tissue does not survive long enough to be transplanted. Now, researchers have developed a new technology that more than doubles the life of the tissue. This new technology was able to preserve tissue quality at the required level in all of the donated tissues studied, the researchers found.

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Elucidating the origin of MDR tuberculosis strains

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 28, 2015
A study has focused on the evolutionary history of the mycobacterium that causes tuberculosis, and more specifically on the Beijing lineage associated with the spread of multidrug resistant forms of the disease in Eurasia. While confirming the East-Asian origin of this lineage, the results also indicate that this bacterial population has experienced notable variations coinciding with key events in human history, scientists report.

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Binge Eating: How to Keep a Healthy Weight Without Having a Setback

WebMD: January 28, 2015
How to maintain a healthy weight without triggering a binge eating relapse.

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How to Solve the Problem of Antibiotic Resistance

Scientific American: Health: January 28, 2015
Nobelist Venki Ramakrishnan recommends an array of steps, including international cooperation -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Stem Cells Could Treat Hair Loss

Discovery Health: January 28, 2015
Using genetic techniques, scientists coaxed stem cells to grown into cells that regulate the formation and growth cycle of hair follicles.

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Mom: Family that refused vaccination put my baby in quarantine

CNN Health: January 28, 2015
An unvaccinated child who went to the doctor with measles in Oakland, California, sends another baby to quarantine, leaving one mom to ask why. "Their choice endangered my child," she says.

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Cat Claws Its Way Out of Premature Grave

Discovery Health: January 28, 2015
Presumed dead and buried by its grief-stricken owner, a Tampa Bay cat somehow managed to claw its way out of its own grave.

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FGM 'abhorrent' says accused doctor

BBC Health: January 28, 2015
An NHS doctor accused of performing female genital mutilation on a young mother tells jurors he regards the practice as abhorrent.

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New protein detonates 'invincible' bacteria from within

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 28, 2015
The epidemic of 'superbugs,' bacteria resistant to antibiotics, knows no borders -- presenting a clear and present danger around the globe. Now a groundbreaking discovery may strengthen efforts by the medical community to fight this looming superbug pandemic. By sequencing the DNA of bacteria resistant to viral toxins, researchers identified novel proteins capable of stymieing growth in treacherous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Did genetic links to modern maladies provide ancient benefits?

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 28, 2015
Genetic variations associated with some modern maladies are extremely old, scientists have discovered, predating the evolution of Neanderthals, Denisovans (another ancient hominin) and contemporary humans.

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Eyeglasses that turn into sunglasses -- at your command

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 28, 2015
Imagine eyeglasses that can go quickly from clear to shaded and back again when you want them to, rather than passively in response to changes in light. Scientists report a major step toward that goal, which could benefit pilots, security guards and others who need such control.

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Bike-to-work events offer chance to explore barriers to cycling

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 28, 2015
Cities that host bike-to-work events as their sole effort to increase commuter travel by bicycle may be missing a larger -- perhaps more valuable -- opportunity, according to a study. Local governments should use bike-to-work days to find out from participants why they're attending and -- more importantly -- what prevents them from biking more often, according to the study.

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Novel compound switches off epilepsy development

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 28, 2015
A novel compound helps curtail the onset and progression of temporal lobe epilepsy, researchers have discovered. The finding may contribute to the development of anti-epileptic therapies, they say.

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Communication key when dealing with aging parents

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 28, 2015
Headstrong elderly parents and their adult children may be able to find common ground with proper intervention, according to researchers in human development.

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New biological evidence reveals link between brain inflammation and major depression

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 28, 2015
The measure of brain inflammation in people who were experiencing clinical depression was increased by 30 per cent, researchers have discovered. These findings have important implications for developing new treatments for depression.

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Can Weight Loss Treatments Help Binge Eaters?

WebMD: January 28, 2015
Many people who binge eat are overweight or obese. Can weight loss surgery or medications treat obesity in binge eaters? Here’s what some doctors say.

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Pacemakers with Internet connection, a not-so-distant goal

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 28, 2015
An efficient security protocol has been designed to protect the information provided by pacemakers and similar medical devices connected to the Internet. Thanks to the latest advances in microelectronics and communications technologies, it is not difficult to imagine a future with medical sensors connected to the Internet. Now, thanks to a group of researchers, a little more progress has been made in the area of the remote monitoring of patients by means of implanted sensors.

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How to make your New Year's resolution last one year, not one month

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 28, 2015
A kinesiologist breaks down some simple steps to stick to your weight loss resolution for the full year. "If you start with lofty goals, it's easy to become discouraged if you don't meet those goals right away," she says. "Start by trying to do something once or twice a week for short durations of about 10 to 15 minutes. Then you can build up from there. This way you can set yourself up to be successful."

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New Guideline Endorses Drugs, Surgery to Supplement Lifestyle Change for Obesity

Scientific American: Health: January 28, 2015
The new guideline advocates for treating obesity first and then its associated conditions such as diabetes and depression -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Medieval Skulls Reveal Long-Term Risk of Brain Injuries

Discovery Health: January 28, 2015
Skull fractures can lead to an early death, even if the victims initially survived the injuries, historic skulls show.

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How can we harness the power of imagination to innovate in the pediatric health space?

TEDMED - Medical Discussions: January 28, 2015
Innovation in health today occurs incessantly. We see new ideas daily, and the progress we’re making is exciting. But, most of that progress is being made in adult health. While there are 75 million children in the United States today, … Continue reading → The post How can we harness the power of imagination to innovate in the pediatric health space? appeared first on TEDMED Blog.

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