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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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Trans fat may hurt your memory

CNN Health: November 26, 2014
If you can't remember where your car keys are, you may want to eat fewer muffins.

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Saving ovaries does not help prevent prolapse for women after menopause

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
Removing ovaries at hysterectomy does not increase a woman's risk of pelvic organ prolapse after menopause. In fact, removing ovaries lowers the risk of prolapse. This surprising finding from a Women's Health Initiative study has just been published.

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More public health interventions required to tackle grim reaper of 'lifestyle' diseases

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
More public health interventions, along the lines of the smoking ban, are needed to tackle the devastating toll of 'lifestyle' diseases, including heart disease and cancer, according to academics.

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An enzyme that fixes broken DNA sometimes destroys it instead, researchers find

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
Enzymes inside cells that normally repair damaged DNA sometimes wreck it instead, researchers have found. The insight could lead to a better understanding of the causes of some types of cancer and neurodegenerative disease.

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Cognitive test battery developed to assess impact of long duration spaceflights on astronauts' brain function

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
A cognitive test battery, known as Cognition, has been developed for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) to measure the impact of typical spaceflight stressors (like microgravity, radiation, confinement and isolation, exposure to elevated levels of CO2, and sleep loss) on cognitive performance. This computer-based test has already been tested by astronauts on Earth. It will be performed for the first time in a pilot study on the International Space Station (ISS) on November 28.

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Enzyme may be key to cancer progression in many tumors

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
A deeper understanding of how KRAS turns off tumor suppressor genes and identifies a key enzyme in the process has been gained by researchers. The findings suggest that this enzyme, known as TET1, may be an important target for cancer diagnostics and treatment.

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Research on rare cancer exposes possible route to new treatments

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
The unusual role of lactate in the alveolar soft part sarcoma has been uncovered by researchers who also confirm that a fusion gene is the cancer-causing agent in the disease.

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Spanish judge rules no crime in killing Ebola dog

Associated Press Healthwire: November 26, 2014
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish judge has ruled health authorities didn't commit a crime when they euthanized Excalibur, a dog that belonged to a nursing assistant who contracted Ebola last month....

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Harvard Town Hall Meeting Fosters Enthusiasm About Family Medicine

American Academy of Family Physicians: November 26, 2014
Harvard Medical School's Center for Primary Care recently held a town hall meeting to encourage discussion about how to develop family medicine educational opportunities at the school.

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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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HHS announces partnerships to promote Health Insurance Marketplace starting on busiest shopping weekend of the year

US Department of Health and Human Services: November 26, 2014
HHS announces partnerships to promote Health Insurance Marketplace starting on busiest shopping weekend of the year

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Editorial Makes Case for Training Medical Students in Health IT

American Academy of Family Physicians: November 26, 2014
An editorial in the November/December Annals of Family Medicine contends that medical students should be trained in the use of electronic health records to enable them to succeed during residency and beyond.

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Both sides of the ICD-10 debate keep it interesting

Healthcare IT News: November 26, 2014
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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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'Text Neck' and Other Tech Troubles

WebMD: November 26, 2014
Gift-buying season is here, and on top of the wish list for most people is the latest tech gadget or gizmo. But some experts are concerned that more tech may equal more pain for frequent users.

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Artificial Sweeteners May Have Despicable Impacts on Gut Microbes

Scientific American: Health: November 26, 2014
I find it ironic that Thanksgiving coincides with American Diabetes Month. In honor of that irony, two recently published studies have suggested a possible link between what you eat, how it impacts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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New guide to genetic jungle of muscles can help health research

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
A comprehensive overview of how tens of thousands of genes interact in relation to the behavior of muscles has been developed by scientists. At the same time, they have developed a guide to the enormous amounts of data and thus paved the way for new knowledge about diseases associated with lack of activity.

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How a common antacid could lead to cheaper anti-cancer drugs

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
A cheap answer to anti-cancer medication may be in your medicine cabinet. Cimetidine treats indigestion by blocking histamine receptors in the gut, which decreases the production of gastric acid. It also appears to block histamine receptors in cancer cells, as well as supporting the immune system's defenses against cancer.

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Study examines communication, end-of-life decisions

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
A recent study examines how the quality of communication among family members and care givers impacts end-of-life decisions. The author says that family communication holds a great deal of potential for improving end-of-life health care.

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Minimally invasive disc surgery is a pain in the neck

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
In comparison with open surgery, while minimally invasive surgery for cervical or lumbar discectomy may speed up recovery and reduce post-operative pain, it does not improve long-term function or reduce long-term extremity pain.

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EPA Seeks Tighter Ozone Standards to Cut Pollution

Scientific American: Health: November 26, 2014
The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter curbs on ground-level ozone, a pollutant linked to several serious health conditions -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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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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Study unlocks basis of key immune protein's two-faced role

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
A long sought-after partner for a key immune protein, called TIM-3, that helps explain its two-faced role in the immune system has been discovered by researchers. The interest in TIM-3 as a drug target stems largely from its inhibitory role, particularly in cancer. Scientists explain that if there were a way to block TIM-3 pharmacologically, it could unleash the immune system, freeing it to attack tumors.

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Isolation of important centres in brain results in age-related memory deficits

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 26, 2014
Poor memory among the elderly can be explained by regions in the hippocampus complex, an important part of the brain, becoming more co-active during rest, thereby interacting less efficiently with other parts of the brain when we try to memorize information, researchers report.

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'Exciting' bladder cancer drug trial

BBC Health: November 26, 2014
A trial to help the immune system fight bladder cancer is showing "exciting" results with tumours completely disappearing in some patients.

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Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Gets Heart Stent

WebMD: November 26, 2014
Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Gets Heart Stent

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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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