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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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Books: Book Review: ‘The Norm Chronicles’

New York Times - Health: July 28, 2014
“The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers About Danger and Death” is a kinetic trip through the percentages of risk and the primacy of perceptions.

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FDA expands approved use of Imbruvica for chronic lymphocytic leukemia

FDA US Food & Drug: July 28, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Imbruvica (ibrutinib) to treat patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who carry a deletion in chromosome 17 (17p deletion), which is associated with poor responses to standard treatment for CLL. Imbruvica received a breakthrough therapy designation for this use.

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Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says

Associated Press Healthwire: July 28, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps....

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Well: Nursing Home Unthinkable? Be Prepared in Case It’s Inevitable

New York Times - Health: July 28, 2014
Be an ‘educated customer’ if the needs of an aging relative or friends become too difficult to handle at home.

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Well: Probiotics May Reduce Blood Pressure

New York Times - Health: July 28, 2014
Consuming probiotics has a small but significant effect in lowering blood pressure, a large review of studies has found.

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Over-the-Counter Flonase Allergy Relief Approved

WebMD: July 28, 2014
The FDA has approved over-the-counter Flonase Allergy Relief, or fluticasone propionate 50 mcg nasal spray, for treatment of hay fever or upper respiratory allergies, its maker GlaxoSmithKline announced.

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The New Old Age Blog: A New Resource About Parkinson’s

New York Times - Health: July 28, 2014
A new website hosts a directory of movement disorder specialists.

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Lawmakers Unveil $17 Billion Fix for VA

Wall Street Journal: July 28, 2014
House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion package to begin addressing long wait times and mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a down payment on a broader reassessment of how the agency provides care to veterans.

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House Passes Bill to Speed FDA's Sunscreen Approvals

Wall Street Journal: July 28, 2014
The House passed legislation to require the FDA to speed approval of new types of sunscreen in the wake of a regulatory backlog that has stalled their introduction.

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West Africa Strains to Contain Ebola

Wall Street Journal: July 28, 2014
Liberia closed most of its borders on Monday as West African governments struggled to prevent the spread of the extremely deadly Ebola virus, which has infected more than 1,000 people in three countries this year.

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What treats are good for pets?

CNN Health: July 28, 2014
Are the goodies we give our pets good for them?

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Marijuana bill offers hope for kids

CNN Health: July 28, 2014
The bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exempt marijuana plants with an extremely low percentage of THC, the chemical that makes users high.

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HIE goes live with eHealth Exchange

Healthcare IT News: July 28, 2014
A new state health information exchange has officially signed on with the eHealth Exchange, bringing an additional 16 million patient records into the national HIE pool.    read more

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Kevin Fu, Ph.D. - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

Healthcare IT News: July 28, 2014
Kevin Fu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan and speaker at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, addresses the vulnerabilities of medical devices and the potential risks to patients. Thumbnail:  read more

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Athenahealth, Henry Schein target CHCs

Healthcare IT News: July 28, 2014
Expanding on a partnership announced this past spring, athenahealth and Henry Schein will integrate their respective technologies to better enable community health centers to meet reporting requirements. [See also: Athenahealth reports Q2 gains] read more

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'Poor care for hepatitis C virus'

BBC Health: July 28, 2014
Most people with chronic hepatitis C are not getting treatment which could help clear the virus, an official report says.

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Doctors Urge Meningitis Shots for Vulnerable Infants, Children

WebMD: July 28, 2014
And teens, college students should make sure their vaccines are up to date, says Academy of Pediatrics

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DDT Still Killing Birds in Michigan

Scientific American: Health: July 28, 2014
A chemical plant-turned-Superfund site may be to blame -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults

WebMD: July 28, 2014
Odds are small, but family, doctors should keep possibility in mind, researchers say

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2 Americans Working in Liberia Are Infected With Ebola

WebMD: July 28, 2014
2 Americans Working in Liberia Are Infected With Ebola

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Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea May Trigger Weight Gain

WebMD: July 28, 2014
Study found overweight kids who had surgery were more likely to become obese within seven months

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Short Staff Tries to Cope With Ebola

New York Times - Health: July 28, 2014
As an outbreak worsened, a pay dispute with nurses left a short staff able to care primarily for just the sickest patients who had a chance of surviving.

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Recipes for Health: Salsa Fresca with Kohlrabi

New York Times - Health: July 28, 2014
Kohlrabi, with its crisp texture, is a pleasant surprise diced into this tomato salsa. It goes well with chips, nachos, tacos and quesadillas, or with fish and chicken.

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Recipes for Health: Roasted Corn and Tomato Salsa

New York Times - Health: July 28, 2014
Grilling tomatoes, jalapeños and corn makes for a nice mix of flavors. The sweetness of the corn contrasts well with the charred and picante flavors of the salsa.

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Federal marijuana bill would legalize some strains

CNN Health: July 28, 2014
The bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exempt marijuana plants with an extremely low percentage of THC, the chemical that makes users high.

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In Tests, Scientists Try to Change Behaviors

Wall Street Journal: July 28, 2014
Behavioral scientists look for environmental 'nudges' to influence how people act, from boarding an airplane to littering.

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Medicare, Social Security Disability Fund Headed in Different Directions

Wall Street Journal: July 28, 2014
Two of the nation's biggest entitlement programs are on very different paths, government trustees said Monday—with Medicare's trust fund rebounding strongly, but Social Security's disability fund on the brink of exhaustion.

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NIH scientists find six new genetic risk factors for Parkinson's

National Institutes of Health: July 28, 2014
Study shows power of combining big data analysis with cutting-edge genomic techniques.

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Health Plans' Limitations Rankle Some Enrollees

WebMD: July 28, 2014
Health Plans' Limitations Rankle Some Enrollees

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'Brain hub predicts negative events'

BBC Health: July 28, 2014
Scientists have identified a part of the brain that may help us predict when things are about to go wrong and could play a part in depression.

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Pause NHS privatisation - Labour

BBC Health: July 28, 2014
NHS privatisation is "being forced through at pace and scale" says shadow health secretary Andy Burnham, as he calls for it to be halted until after the general election.

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Hepatitis C virus genotype 1 most prevalent worldwide

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 28, 2014
In one of the largest prevalence studies to date, researchers from the UK provide national, regional, and global genotype prevalence estimates for the hepatitis C virus. Findings indicate that genotype 1 is the most prevalent worldwide, with over 83 million patients infected of which one-third reside in East Asia.

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New oral drug regimens cure hardest-to-treat hepatitis C infected patients, could improve treatment uptake

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 28, 2014
Two new pill-only antiviral drug regimens could provide shorter, more effective treatment options with fewer side effects for the majority of patients infected with hepatitis C, even those most difficult to treat, according to the results of two studies. Around 150 million people worldwide have chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, a condition that is a major cause of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. In the USA, numbers of people with HCV-related liver failure and liver cancer are expected to treble by 2030 because of low treatment rates.

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Lifestyle choices may affect long-term heart health of childhood cancer survivors

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 28, 2014
Following a healthy lifestyle may lower childhood cancer survivors’ risk of developing the metabolic syndrome, a study shows. The findings indicate that children with cancer and adults who had cancer when they were children should receive information about how their lifestyle may influence their long-term health.

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The Hunt for Antibiotic-Resistance Hotspots

Scientific American: Health: July 28, 2014
When patients take too many unnecessary antibiotics it inches us ever closer to a world where essential drugs are no longer effective. More than two million people in the United States develop... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Ending debate on EMR effectiveness?

Healthcare IT News: July 28, 2014
Health Data Miner For at least the last decade, the health IT field has seen a scholarly back-and-forth on the effectiveness of electronic medical records. As soon as one study is published that finds technology has little impact on patient outcomes, another emerges that seems to show just the opposite. read more

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