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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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Salmonella 'from single egg source'

BBC Health: August 22, 2014
The outbreak of salmonella in England is likely to have come from a single source of eggs, according to Public Health England.

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Tissue regeneration using anti-inflammatory nanomolecules

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 22, 2014
Anyone who has suffered an injury can probably remember the after-effects, including pain, swelling or redness. These are signs that the body is fighting back against the injury. When tissue in the body is damaged, biological programs are activated to aid in tissue regeneration. Now, researchers are working on innovative approaches to tissue regeneration in order to improve the lives of patients with urinary bladder dysfunction.

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Women with severe, chronic health issues are screened for breast cancer less often

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 22, 2014
Women with severe disabilities and multiple chronic conditions are screened for breast cancer less often than women with no disabilities or no chronic conditions, a new study has found. Worldwide, breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Deaths have significantly dropped due to advances in prevention and treatment.

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C2D2 fighting corrosion

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 22, 2014
Bridges become an infrastructure problem as they get older, as de-icing salt and carbon dioxide gradually destroy the reinforced concrete. A new robot can now check the condition of these structures, even in places that people cannot reach.

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Use rule of thumb to control how much you drink

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 22, 2014
Sticking to a general rule of pouring just a half glass of wine limits the likelihood of overconsumption, researchers report. "It is essential for all drinkers, especially men of higher BMIs, to have a rule of thumb for self-serving, because eye-balling a serving size is a difficult task and will often lead people to pour too much," said one author.

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Drug Saves Monkeys from Ebola-Like Virus

Scientific American: Health: August 22, 2014
The animals were spared from Marburg virus even when treated three days after infection -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Well: Ask Well: Are Spray-On Sunscreens Safe?

New York Times - Health: August 22, 2014
A reader asks: Spray-on sunscreen has airborne particles that can spread or be inhaled, or can get into one’s eyes. Is this safe?

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Health experts' food poverty warning

BBC Health: August 22, 2014
More people are suffering from malnutrition as a result of worsening food poverty, health experts warn.

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Children’s Medical Ventures Gel-E Donut and Squishon 2: Class 1 Recall - Possibility of Mold

Safety Alerts: August 22, 2014
Cladosporium and Penicillium Fungi which may cause difficulty in breathing, allergic reactions and serious health consequences, including death.

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Well: Vegetarian Taco Night

New York Times - Health: August 22, 2014
Summer produce and corn tortillas combine for a bounty of meatless tacos.

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New York City Plastic Surgeon Dr. Michael Wolfeld launches plastic surgery website upgrade for those wanting plastic surgery in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Midtown areas

Medical Web Times: August 22, 2014
Dr. Michael Wolfeld is a Board Certified plastic surgeon with Plastic Surgery offices in NYC / Manhattan and Hackensack New Jersey. Dr. Wolfeld believes that beauty is in the details, that each person’s goal is unique and requires a customized approach. He believes that even the smallest improvement can change your outlook on [...]

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Emergency Department Visits Linked to Zolpidem Overmedication Nearly Doubled

NIH Medline Plus: August 22, 2014
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Related MedlinePlus Pages: Insomnia, Prescription Drug Abuse

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Well: Growth Hormone for Children May Increase Stroke Risk

New York Times - Health: August 22, 2014
Childhood treatment with human growth hormone is strongly associated with an increased risk for stroke in early adulthood, a new study has found.

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DEA tightens rules on hydrocodone products

CNN Health: August 22, 2014
Hydrocodone combination pills, also known as opiods, have moved from a Schedule III drug to a Schedule II drug.

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Health IT vendors among fastest growing

Healthcare IT News: August 22, 2014
Health IT companies once again made it to the list of fastest growing companies this year, with three big name EHR vendors chief among them.    read more

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Demand for health IT workers high

Healthcare IT News: August 22, 2014
A new survey and study conducted by HIMSS Analytics shows demand for qualified health IT workers is as high as it's ever been and "projected to continue in the foreseeable future." The 2014 HIMSS Workforce Survey results find healthcare organizations consider IT recruiters and executive search firms the most effective way to find good candidates for health IT work. read more

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Dentist at center of health scare cedes license

Associated Press Healthwire: August 22, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinics led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis permanently surrendered his professional license on Friday....

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World Briefing: Ghana: Cholera Outbreak Kills Dozens

New York Times - Health: August 22, 2014
Cholera has killed at least 67 people in Ghana since June and infected more than 5,000 others, the Ghana Health Service said Friday.

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Borders closing over Ebola fears

CNN Health: August 22, 2014
The West African country of Senegal has closed its borders with Guinea over fears that the Ebola outbreak could spread, according to the Senegalese Interior Ministry.

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Models of patient engagement emerge

Healthcare IT News: August 22, 2014
Stage 2 of meaningful use requires at least 5 percent of a given provider's patients to be engaged in their own care either through an online portal or an electronic personal health record. The threshold seems low, but it is the first time that achieving meaningful use is dependent on patient behavior. read more

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Administration Proposes New Health Rules Addressing Religious Objections

New York Times - Health: August 22, 2014
The Obama administration on Friday offered compromises intended to address objections by some nonprofit groups and private companies over providing contraceptive coverage.

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Low-Nicotine Cigarettes May Not Lead to More Smoking

WebMD: August 22, 2014
Concerns about inhaling more toxic chemicals weren't borne out in study

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Is 4D printing next for healthcare?

Healthcare IT News: August 22, 2014
The healthcare industry will be among the first to reap the benefits of emerging four-dimensional printing technology, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. [See also: Triple aim] 4D printing develops chameleonic materials whose properties shift according to external stimuli, such as temperature changes. read more

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As Basic EHR Use Rises, Data-sharing Lags Behind

American Academy of Family Physicians: August 22, 2014
Adoption of electronic health records among physicians in all specialties continues to increase steadily, with family physicians leading the way. According to a recent Health Affairs study, however, health information exchange between institutions and engaging patients through technology are lagging behind.

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Natural Light and Your Health

NIH Medline Plus: August 22, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Occupational Health, Sleep Disorders

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Creating pomegranate drug to stem Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 22, 2014
Research will look to produce compound derivatives of punicalagin for a drug that would treat neuro-inflammation and slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease, scientists report. The onset of Alzheimer's disease can be slowed and some of its symptoms curbed by a natural compound that is found in pomegranate. Also, the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's disease could be reduced, according to the findings of the two-year project.

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Epigenetic changes in children with Crohn's disease seen in study

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 22, 2014
A wide range of epigenetic changes -— alterations in DNA across the genome that may be related to key environmental exposures -— in children with Crohn's disease (CD), has been observed and reported in a new study. Crohn's disease is a painful, medically incurable illness that may attack anywhere along the digestive system. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, which involves only the large intestine (colon), are the two main types of inflammatory bowel disease.

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Study Identifies Challenges Faced by NYU Langone Nurses in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 22, 2014
The post-Sandy deployment of nurses to help address patient surge in eight local hospitals and health facilities had an impact that has not been well studied since the storm. A new research study is one of only a few to evaluate the psychological toll on nurses working in such rapidly changing, uncontrolled, and potentially dangerous circumstances.

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Wealth Matters: Power of Attorney Is Not Always a Solution

New York Times - Health: August 22, 2014
Banks tend to take a defensive view of people with power of attorney for fear of litigation. Any discrepancy will gum up the works.

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Two New Cases of Ebola Stem From Indirect Contact

New York Times - Health: August 22, 2014
Although the cases in Nigeria involve the spouses of health workers who had cared for the Liberian-American who carried the virus, the country says its containment strategy is working.

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Hospitals told to cut parking charges

BBC Health: August 22, 2014
Hospitals in England are told to cut the cost of parking for certain groups under new government guidelines.

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Follow that Cell

National Institutes of Health: August 22, 2014
NIH challenges innovators with a half million dollars in prizes.

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Some Insurers Refuse To Cover Contraceptives, Despite Health Law Requirement

WebMD: August 22, 2014
Some Insurers Refuse To Cover Contraceptives, Despite Health Law Requirement

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Playing hunger games: Are gamified health apps putting odds in your favor?

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 22, 2014
For many people, finding motivation to exercise is a challenge. Thankfully, there are Zombies chasing you. At least that's the approach of Zombies, Run! -- one of more than 31,000 health and fitness apps on the market today, and one of the growing number of apps that use games to increase physical activity. Gamification is currently the popular trend for mobile fitness apps, but whether or not it's the best way to exercise remains to be seen.

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Despite significant reduction in smog-producing toxins, the Greater Toronto Area still violates Canada's standards for ozone air pollution

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 22, 2014
While the Greater Toronto Area has significantly reduced some of the toxins that contribute to smog, the city continues to violate the Canada-wide standards for ozone air pollution, a study shows. Smog, which can cause or aggravate health problems such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is produced by a set of complex photochemical reactions involving volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nitrogen oxides and sunlight, which form ground-level ozone.

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Low birth weight linked to higher incidence of type 2 diabetes in African American women

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: August 22, 2014
African American women born at a low or very low birth weight may be at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The findings may explain in part the higher occurrence of type 2 diabetes in African American populations, which has a high prevalence of low birth weight.

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