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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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Well: Why Antioxidants Don’t Belong in Your Workout

New York Times - Health: November 26, 2014
Antioxidant vitamins are enormously popular with people who exercise, but studies suggest they can blunt the benefits of exercise both on the jogging track and in the weight room.

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Well: Vegetarian Thanksgiving: No-Bake Apple Pie

New York Times - Health: November 26, 2014
Instead of an oven, use a food processor to create this crisp, fresh apple pie. It was created for raw-food dieters, but it also gives home cooks a fast and refreshing dessert option that takes a fraction of the time of a traditional fruit pie.

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FDA allows marketing of non-invasive device to help evaluate heart blood flow

FDA US Food & Drug: November 26, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of the HeartFlow FFR-CT software, which permits health care professionals to non-invasively evaluate blood flow in the coronary arteries of patients showing signs and symptoms of coronary artery disease.

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Top 10 health IT predictions for 2015

Healthcare IT News: November 26, 2014
In 2015, hospitals will – and should – make more advanced use of "third platform" technologies based on mobile tools, social channels, data analytics and the cloud, according to a recent report from IDC Health Insights. read more

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Health insurance signups coming to shopping malls

Associated Press Healthwire: November 26, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Obama administration is bringing the Affordable Care Act to the mall for the busiest shopping days of the holiday season....

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athenahealth taps EHR data to track flu

Healthcare IT News: November 26, 2014
Flu season is coming early this year. That forecast comes from data collected by health IT company athenahealth. [See also: Flu season approaches, and Google is ahead of the curve] The company has reported early signs of influenza based on patient visit data from its cloud network. read more

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VIDEO: MP woke from coma and asked to pay bill

BBC Health: November 26, 2014
An MP described awaking from a coma in a US hospital to a phone call asking how he was going to settle his bill.

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Slim-Vie: Public Notification - Undeclared Drug Ingredient

Safety Alerts: November 26, 2014
Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke.

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No Link Between Acetaminophen in Pregnancy, Asthma in Kids: Study

WebMD: November 26, 2014
Once childhood respiratory illnesses were factored out, the pain relievers had little impact, researchers say

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Weight Could Influence Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief

WebMD: November 26, 2014
Study finds overweight people are less likely to have remission

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Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows

WebMD: November 26, 2014
Largest number of obesity-related cancers diagnosed in North America and Europe, researchers report

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VIDEO: Movember moustache praise from PM

BBC Health: November 26, 2014
David Cameron remarks on the look of Tory MPs Jake Berry and Jason McCartney, sporting Movember moustaches.

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Providers embracing RCM outsourcing

Healthcare IT News: November 26, 2014
More and more hospitals are turning to outsourced revenue cycle management services, especially as the challenging shift to value-based payment models leaves them realizing their own legacy systems are inadequate to the job. The market for end-to-end RCM outsourcing could reach $10 billion by 2016. According to industry watchdog Black Book, hundreds of healthcare providers have contracted companies in the past 2 years that handle all aspects of RCM. read more

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Diabetes and Dairy

NIH Medline Plus: November 26, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Diabetes Type 2, Nutrition

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Should You Worry About the Ebola Outbreak?

Scientific American: Health: November 26, 2014
Everyday Einstein explains what exactly Ebola is, and breaks down some of the misinformation being spread by news outlets -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Grateful Boston man shows off his double arm transplant

CNN Health: November 26, 2014
A 40-year-old quad amputee was all thank you's at a news conference Tuesday at a Boston area hospital as he showed off his two new arm transplants.

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Hunt 'contradicted NHS advice'

BBC Health: November 26, 2014
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has been accused of contradicting NHS advice after admitting that he took his children to A&E at the weekend rather than wait to see a GP.

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Vitamin D warning from NICE

BBC Health: November 26, 2014
More people should be given vitamin D tablets to counter a hidden epidemic of deficiency, a report says.

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AP sources: Gov't to set stricter smog standard

Associated Press Healthwire: November 26, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The stricter smog standard proposed by the Obama administration joins a string of historic - and controversial - moves by the administration to improve air quality....

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A&E care 'still unsafe' at hospital

BBC Health: November 26, 2014
A Kent hospital's A&E department is still failing to protect patients from "inappropriate or unsafe" care, a health watchdog says.

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The New Old Age Blog: Violence in the Nursing Home

New York Times - Health: November 25, 2014
One in five nursing home residents was involved in mistreatment of a neighbor in the previous month, a new study found.

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Long-term testosterone therapy does not increase risk of prostate cancer

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 25, 2014
Testosterone (T) therapy is routinely used in men with hypogonadism, a condition in which diminished function of the gonads occurs. Although there is no evidence that T therapy increases the risk of prostate cancer (PCa), there are still concerns and a paucity of long-term data. In a new study, investigators examined three parallel, prospective, ongoing, cumulative registry studies of over 1,000 men. Their analysis showed that long-term T therapy in hypogonadal men is safe and does not increase the risk of PCa.

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Vegetable oil ingredient key to destroying gastric disease bacteria

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 25, 2014
The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is strongly associated with gastric ulcers and cancer. To combat the infection, researchers developed LipoLLA, a therapeutic nanoparticle that contains linolenic acid, a component in vegetable oils. In mice, LipoLLA was safe and more effective against H. pylori infection than standard antibiotic treatments.

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What is Culinary Medicine? Q&A with John La Puma

TEDMED - Medical Discussions: November 25, 2014
Nutrition specialist, chef, author, and practicing physician John La Puma lives and works on an organic farm in California. He makes his garbanzo guacamole recipe on the TEDMED stage while sharing his philosophy that the food we eat is as … Continue reading → The post What is Culinary Medicine? Q&A with John La Puma appeared first on TEDMED Blog.

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Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be At Risk for Drug Abuse

NIH Medline Plus: November 25, 2014
Study finds illicit drug use more likely after their prescribed medications run out Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Drugs and Young People, Prescription Drug Abuse

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Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens

NIH Medline Plus: November 25, 2014
Researchers find odds raised in both boys and girls developing sooner than peers Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Depression, Puberty, Teen Mental Health

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ER Visits on The Rise

NIH Medline Plus: November 25, 2014
About 96 percent of patients need medical care within two hours Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Emergency Medical Services, Health Statistics

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Daily Physical Activity May Help Lower Parkinson's Risk

NIH Medline Plus: November 25, 2014
Six hours a week of household chores or commuting seem protective, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Exercise and Physical Fitness, Parkinson's Disease

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Well: Vegetarian Thanksgiving: A Quinoa Stuffing

New York Times - Health: November 25, 2014
Vegans and non-vegans will enjoy this twist on a traditional stuffing, where quinoa replaces the bread and butternut squash, celeriac and hazelnuts add the flavors of fall.

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News in Brief: Week of Nov. 24-28

American Academy of Family Physicians: November 25, 2014
This roundup includes the following news briefs: Evidence Lacking to Recommend Vitamin D Screening in Adults; U.S. Skin Cancer Cases, Costs Rose From 2002 to 2011; Join CMS Call to Learn About Changes to Quality Reporting Programs; Surgeon General: Take a Family Health History During Holidays; and CMS Creates New Office, Appoints Chief Data Officer.

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Athletes' testosterone surges not tied to winning, study finds

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 25, 2014
A higher surge of testosterone in competition, the so-called 'winner effect,' is not actually related to winning, suggests a new study of intercollegiate cross country runners.

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Pathology specialist contributes to debate on breast cancer gene screening

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 25, 2014
What are the risks and benefits of screening for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in the general adult population? An expert has published an invited commentary on this issue.

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E-health records used to search for hidden drug benefits

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 25, 2014
With research and development costs for many drugs reaching well into the billions, pharmaceutical companies want more than ever to determine whether their drugs already at market have any hidden therapeutic benefits that could warrant putting additional indications on the label and increase production.

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Superbug in SE Michigan shows recent decline

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 25, 2014
A new study finds a decrease in an emergent strain of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) that is resistant to last line defense antibiotics. Researchers examined the prevalence of vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) infections in southeastern Michigan, where the majority of these infections have occurred in the US.

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Trojan horse tactic gives parasites edge over immune systems

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 25, 2014
Parasites use Trojan horse subterfuge to suppress the immunity of their victims when causing infection, according to a study. Scientists have shown that parasites are able to secrete tiny sealed packages of genetic material into the cells of their victims, in order to suppress the immune response to infection.

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