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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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Call for new law for pro-life protests

BBC Health: November 28, 2014
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) is calling for new laws to move pro-life protesters from the doorstep of their clinics.

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Patients who wake up during surgery

CNN Health: November 28, 2014
Roughly one in 19,000 patients "accidentally" wakes up during surgery. And the long-term effects can be quite damaging.

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I woke up during surgery

CNN Health: November 28, 2014
Roughly one in 19,000 patients "accidentally" wakes up during surgery. And the long-term effects can be quite damaging.

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NIAID/GSK experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe, prompts immune response

National Institutes of Health: November 28, 2014
Results from NIH Phase 1 clinical trial support accelerated development of candidate vaccine

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Health IT job postings see small decline

Healthcare IT News: November 28, 2014
Health IT job postings for the third quarter 2014 saw a moderate slump this time around, falling 4 percent from the previous quarter. The numbers weren't all underwhelming, though, as a new jobs report lays out.    read more

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Lowest ever winter deaths recorded

BBC Health: November 28, 2014
The lowest-ever number of winter deaths were recorded last year, official figures for England and Wales show.

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Ebola test results 'in 15 minutes'

BBC Health: November 28, 2014
A rapid 15-minute blood test for Ebola is to be trialled in Guinea, it has been announced.

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VIDEO: 'Too few' toddlers having flu vaccine

BBC Health: November 28, 2014
The chief medical officer for England has warned that too few toddlers are having the seasonal flu vaccine.

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VIDEO: Mental health deaths as beds cut

BBC Health: November 28, 2014
Seven mental health patients have killed themselves in England since 2012 after being told there were no hospital beds for them, the BBC has learned.

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Mental health deaths as beds cut

BBC Health: November 28, 2014
Seven mental health patients have killed themselves in England since 2012 after being told there were no hospital beds for them, the BBC learns.

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Drug Maker Gave Large Payments to Doctors With Troubled Track Records

New York Times - Health: November 27, 2014
Five of the 20 physicians who received the most money from Insys, maker of Subsys, a powerful painkiller, recently faced legal or disciplinary action.

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How much will the chancellor give the NHS?

BBC Health: November 27, 2014
What will the health service get in the Autumn Statement?

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Mindfulness treatment as effective as CBT for depression, anxiety

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 27, 2014
Group mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in patients with depression and anxiety, according to a new study. This is the first randomized study to compare group mindfulness treatment and individual cognitive behavioral therapy in patients with depression and anxiety in primary health care.

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Activists Help Pay for Patients’ Travel to Shrinking Number of Abortion Clinics

New York Times - Health: November 27, 2014
A Texas woman has founded Fund Texas Choice, to help finance lodging and transportation when nearby facilities are shut down.

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Hollande to visit Ebola-hit Guinea

BBC Health: November 27, 2014
French President Francois Hollande is to arrive in Guinea, the first Western leader to visit a nation hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus.

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Despite Aid Push, Ebola Is Raging in Sierra Leone

New York Times - Health: November 27, 2014
After calling for an ambulance more than 35 times, a family in Sierra Leone, where Ebola has hit harder than in neighboring countries, waited for three days for help to arrive.

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In Arizona, a Textbook Fuels a Broader Dispute Over Sex Education

New York Times - Health: November 27, 2014
The board in Gilbert, Ariz., said two pages in a biology textbook that discuss sexually transmitted diseases and contraception violated a state law passed in 2012.

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Health Site Snags Immigrants

Wall Street Journal: November 27, 2014
Legal immigrants are running into fresh problems signing up for insurance on HealthCare.gov, presenting a hurdle in the Obama administration’s efforts to cover more Hispanics.

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Huddles 'help children's hospital care'

BBC Health: November 27, 2014
Small measures that could boost children's care

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Children tested for Ebola on Tyneside

BBC Health: November 27, 2014
Two young patients who have spent time in Africa are tested at a hospital in Newcastle for Ebola after displaying viral symptoms.

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Best of Thanksgiving 2: Let's Talk Stuffing--Your Face!

Scientific American: Health: November 27, 2014
Cornell University's Brian Wansink talks about eating behavior and how mindless eating has us consuming way more calories than we suspect.     -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Phillip Hughes: How brain is injured

BBC Health: November 27, 2014
How the brain is protected and injured?

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New research supporting stroke rehabilitation

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 27, 2014
New research could help improve stroke patients' rehabilitation, experts say. The research may provide useful applications for the care of stroke patients who have restricted use of their upper limbs. If stroke patients practice the techniques recommended by the study, it could potentially help maintain activity in movement-related brain areas, especially when used alongside more traditional physiotherapy techniques where the same movements are also practiced physically.

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Significantly increased risk of stillbirth in males, study shows

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 27, 2014
Boys are more likely to be stillborn than girls, a large-scale study has found. The study reviewed more than 30 million births globally, and found that the risk of stillbirth is about ten percent higher in boys. This equates to a loss of around 100,000 additional male babies per year.

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New antimicrobial edible films increase lifespan of cheese

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 27, 2014
New coatings to apply to soft cheese have been developed by researchers. These coatings are totally edible and have an antimicrobial capacity, which increases the lifespan of the cheese. These films incorporate oregano and rosemary essential oils as antimicrobial agents, and chitosan, a by-product that comes from crustacean shells.

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'Trigger' for stress processes discovered in brain

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 27, 2014
An important factor for stress has been identified by scientists. This is the protein secretagogin that plays an important role in the release of the stress hormone CRH and which only then enables stress processes in the brain to be transmitted to the pituitary gland and then onwards to the organs.

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How do Tourette's patients react to visual stimulation with their own self-image?

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 27, 2014
Tourette’s syndrome is characterized by tics caused in many by premonitory urges; sensations which give patients compulsion to act to relieve discomfort. Habit reversal therapy conditions patients into heightened awareness of premonitory urges and forced counteraction of the tic. New research examines the effect on Tourette’s sufferers when exposed to their own image for a prolonged period. Could introduction of patients’ self-image reduce tics due to heightened self-awareness and subsequent self-imposed tic control? Or might watching themselves increase inclination to tic?

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Drug to reduce side-effects of 'binge drinking' developed

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 27, 2014
A drug that could reduce the harmful side-effects of ‘binge drinking’, especially by teenagers, has been successfully developed and tested by a team of scientists. Researchers say that this development may also link to new ways to treat Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases that damage the brain. 

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Uterine contractions increase success of artificial insemination

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 27, 2014
The negative impact of contractions during in vitro fertilization is a well-known fact. What was unknown until now was the effect it had on artificial insemination. A new study has discovered that it is the contrary to that seen in embryo transfer: there is an improved chance of getting pregnant. Researchers have demonstrated that the number of contractions of the uterus per minute is a parameter associated with success in artificial insemination procedures.

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Stroke damage mechanism identified

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 27, 2014
A mechanism linked to the brain damage often suffered by stroke victims has been discovered by scientists, who are now searching for drugs to block it. Strokes happen when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off but much of the harm to survivors' memory and other cognitive function is often actually caused by "oxidative stress" in the hours and days after the blood supply resumes, the authors explain.

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Be fit: Exercise is the best medicine

CNN Health: November 27, 2014
Want to "Be a Champion" like Dhani Jones? The benefits of exercise extend further than you think.

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Food bug affects 70% of shop chickens

BBC Health: November 27, 2014
More than 70% of fresh chickens being sold in the UK are contaminated with the Campylobacter bug, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reveals.

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HealthCare.gov Gets 222,000 New Sign-Ups in First Week

Wall Street Journal: November 27, 2014
About 220,000 people picked health plans for the first time through HealthCare.gov in the first week the site reopened to sell coverage, Obama administration officials said Wednesday.

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'Too few' toddlers having flu vaccine

BBC Health: November 27, 2014
Too few toddlers and young children are having the seasonal flu vaccine, the chief medical officer for England warns.

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AUDIO: Schizophrenia assumptions challenged

BBC Health: November 27, 2014
A report published on Thursday challenges received wisdom about the nature of schizophrenia.

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