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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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Crash victim thanks donors whose blood saved his life

Associated Press Healthwire: January 31, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters, people he had never met but knew had saved his life....

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Drive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress

Associated Press Healthwire: January 31, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever....

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High Price Tag On Meds May Boost Healing

Scientific American: Health: January 31, 2015
Parkinson’s patients derived more benefits from a salt solution they were told was an expensive drug than from the same solution when it was described as being cheap medication. Karen Hopkin... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Carl Djerassi, 91, a Creator of the Birth Control Pill, Dies

New York Times - Health: January 31, 2015
Dr. Djerassi was one of two chemists working with a student assistant who in 1951 first synthesized a hormone that became the key ingredient of the contraceptive pill.

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Eye-Tracking Test Enters into the Running for an Alzheimer’s Screen

Scientific American: Health: January 31, 2015
The evaluation is one of several prognostic tests undergoing studies -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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White House Seeks to Limit Health Law’s Tax Troubles

New York Times - Health: January 31, 2015
Obama administration officials say they worry that the tax-filing season will generate new anger as uninsured consumers learn that they must pay tax penalties.

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New NASA Satellite Launches To Study Earth's Dirt

Discovery Health: January 31, 2015
NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite will get the dirt on the dirt beneath our feet.

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Warming Ocean Is Pretty Great, If You're a Sea Slug

Discovery Health: January 31, 2015
Warming ocean temperatures off the coast of northern California have triggered a population explosion of bright pink, inch-long sea slugs. Continue reading →

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Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies

Associated Press Healthwire: January 31, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died....

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Patients 'back three-person babies"

BBC Health: January 31, 2015
Research leader defends three-person babies

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As Ebola Ebbs in Africa, Focus Turns From Death to Life

New York Times - Health: January 31, 2015
New cases in Liberia, where streets were littered with the Ebola dead just a few months ago, now number in the single digits, according to the World Health Organization.

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Sink or Swim? The global drowning crisis

BBC Health: January 31, 2015
Playpens to drones - how to solve the global drowning crisis

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VIDEO: Preventing drowning with playpens

BBC Health: January 31, 2015
Playpens are being used to save thousands of children from drowning in Bangladesh.

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UK health worker monitored for Ebola

BBC Health: January 31, 2015
A British healthcare worker is brought back to the UK for Ebola monitoring after suffering a needle-stick injury in Sierra Leone.

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Second Bird Flu Case in Human in Canada

Discovery Health: January 31, 2015
A husband and wife are sick with avian flu after returning from China.

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Medical Costs Rise as Retirees Winter in Florida

New York Times - Health: January 31, 2015
Data suggests that many doctors, especially those in states known as winter getaways, increase their revenues by expanding the volume of diagnostic exams.

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Opinion: Onward, Christian Health Care?

New York Times - Health: January 31, 2015
In our new Gilded Age, mutual aid societies revive.

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Chimerix Scraps Ebola Drug Trial

Wall Street Journal: January 31, 2015
Chimerix Inc. scrapped testing of its experimental antiviral in Ebola patients in Liberia, saying the number of infections had dropped in recent weeks, and that only a handful of patients had been enrolled in the Liberian study.

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White House: Science indicates parents should vaccinate kids

Associated Press Healthwire: January 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children....

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Well: True Grits

New York Times - Health: January 30, 2015
Most life-changing food experiences involve exotic or high-end foods like truffles. But my latest life-changing food experience involved humble grits and polenta – cornmeal mush.

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United States enters consent decree prohibiting illegal distribution of Luvena Prebiotic products

FDA US Food & Drug: January 30, 2015
At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a federal judge from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California today entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Laclede, Inc. of Rancho Dominguez, California, and its president, Michael A. Pellico. Laclede is the manufacturer of Luvena Prebiotic products.

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Spiceco Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut Allergen in 5 Oz. Containers of Pride of Szeged Sweet Hungarian Paprika Lot # 091617PAHU05PS

Safety Alerts: January 30, 2015
Spiceco of Avenel, NJ is recalling PRIDE OF SZEGED SWEET HUNGARIAN PAPRIKA because it may contain undeclared Peanut Allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Peanut Allergen run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

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Spiceco Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut Allergen in 5 Oz. Containers of Pride of Szeged Sweet Hungarian Paprika Lot # 091617PAHU05PS

FDA Recalls: January 30, 2015
Spiceco of Avenel, NJ is recalling PRIDE OF SZEGED SWEET HUNGARIAN PAPRIKA because it may contain undeclared Peanut Allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Peanut Allergen run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

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Latent HIV may lurk in 'quiet' immune cells, research suggests

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 30, 2015
HIV can lie dormant in infected cells for years, even decades. Scientists think unlocking the secrets of this viral reservoir may make it possible to cure, not just treat, HIV. Researchers have gained new insight on which immune cells likely do, and do not, harbor this latent virus.

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Retiring: Managing Health Costs With Crowdfunding

New York Times - Health: January 30, 2015
Asking friends and family, and even strangers, to help with bills is becoming more accepted on crowdfunding websites.

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'Lost Puppy' Steals Hearts in Super Bowl Ad

Discovery Health: January 30, 2015
Leading the pack in pre-Super-Bowl ad buzz may well be an adorable pup trying to make its way home.

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50-Foot-Long 'Dragon' Dinosaur Unearthed in China

Discovery Health: January 30, 2015
A new dinosaur called Dragon of Qijiang had a body that was half neck.

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BICEP2 Gravitational Wave 'Discovery' Deflates

Discovery Health: January 30, 2015
Physicists have announced that last year's much-publicized 'discovery' of gravitational waves embedded in the 'echo' of the Big Bang was a misstep.

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Georgia Company Recalls Certain Pecan Products Due to Possible Health Risk

Safety Alerts: January 30, 2015
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain pecan products for potential health risk. The products were distributed only in the State of Georgia, directly to consumers at the retail level from the Stone Mountain Pecan Company, located in Monroe.

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Georgia Company Recalls Certain Pecan Products Due to Possible Health Risk

FDA Recalls: January 30, 2015
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain pecan products for potential health risk. The products were distributed only in the State of Georgia, directly to consumers at the retail level from the Stone Mountain Pecan Company, located in Monroe.

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Super Bowl Team Cities See More Flu Deaths

Scientific American: Health: January 30, 2015
Regions that send a team to the Super Bowl saw on average an 18 percent increase in flu deaths among those over 65, probably because of increased transmission due to gatherings of people at parties... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Stress shared by same-sex couples can have unique health impacts

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 30, 2015
Minority stress -- which results from being stigmatized and disadvantaged in society -- affects same-sex couples' stress levels and overall health, research indicates. Authors of a new study state that the health effects of minority stress shared by a couple can be understood as distinct from individual stress, a new framework in the field.

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Research uncovers connection between Craigslist personals, HIV trends

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 30, 2015
Craigslist's entry into a market results in a 15.9 percent increase in reported HIV cases, according to research. When mapped at the national level, more than 6,000 HIV cases annually and treatment costs estimated between $62 million and $65.3 million can be linked to the popular website, the authors state.

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Study links deficiency of cellular housekeeping gene with aggressive forms of breast cancer

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 30, 2015
A strong link between the most aggressive type of breast cancer and a gene that regulates the body's natural cellular recycling process, called autophagy, has been uncovered by researchers.

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Flame Retardants May Raise Risk of Preterm Births, Study Finds

WebMD: January 30, 2015
Women with higher blood levels of common chemicals were more likely to deliver early

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Some With Kidney Stones Might Have Calcium Buildup in Blood Vessels: Study

WebMD: January 30, 2015
These patients might need closer monitoring for further signs of pending heart trouble, researcher says

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