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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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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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How Medicare 'Self-Referral' Thrives on Loophole

Wall Street Journal: October 23, 2014
A Florida medical group shows how doctors can order Medicare-funded procedures from entities in which they have financial interests, despite a decades-old federal law seeking to ban most ‘self-referral.’

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Well: Share Your Best Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes and Stories

New York Times - Health: October 22, 2014
This year’s “Vegetarian Thanksgiving” will be a selection of readers’ recipes and the personal stories behind them.

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GPs to get £55 for dementia diagnoses

BBC Health: October 22, 2014
Doctors in England will be paid £55 every time they diagnose dementia, health chiefs say, but the scheme is criticised by a patients' group.

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Bariatric surgery success influenced by how people view their own weight

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
Negative feelings about one's own weight, known as internalized weight bias, influence the success people have after undergoing weight loss surgery, according to research. The study is considered the first and only study to examine internalized weight bias in relation to post-surgical weight loss success in adults.

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Lessons from 'Spanish flu,' nearly 100 years later

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
Just in time for flu season, a new study of 'the mother of all pandemics' could offer insight into infection control measures for the flu and other epidemic diseases. Researchers studied the evolution of the 1918 influenza pandemic, aka the "Spanish flu." In 1918, the virus killed 50 million people worldwide, 10 to 20 million of whom were in India. In the United States alone, the Spanish flu claimed 675,000 lives in nine months.

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Drones help show how environmental changes affect the spread of infectious diseases

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, can collect detailed information in real time at relatively low cost for ecological research. In a new article, experts demonstrate that drones can be used to understand how environmental factors influence the spread of infectious diseases.

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Lose the weight, not the potatoes, study says

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
People can eat potatoes and still lose weight, a new study demonstrates. The study sought to gain a better understanding of the role of calorie reduction and the glycemic index in weight loss when potatoes are included in the diet. “Some people have questioned the role of potatoes in a weight loss regimen because of the vegetable’s designation as a high glycemic index food,” explained the lead investigator of the study. “However, the results of this study confirm what health professionals and nutrition experts have said for years: it is not about eliminating a certain food or food groups, rather, it is reducing calories that count.”

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Aging in place: Does a loved one need a geriatric assessment?

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
By a tremendous margin – over 95 percent – older Americans choose to live at home or with relatives. Families making that choice should consider seeking the assistance of a geriatric specialist, especially when they see changes in their loved one’s behavior, an expert says.

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Nanoparticle-based invention moves new drugs closer to clinical testing

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
A nanoparticle has been developed to deliver a melanoma-fighting drug directly to the cancer. Delivering cancer drugs directly to tumors is difficult. Scientists are working on new approaches to overcome the natural limitations of drugs, including loading them into nanoparticles.

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Quality of biopsy directly linked to survival in patients with bladder cancer

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
The quality of diagnostic staging using biopsy in patients with bladder cancer is directly linked with survival, meaning those that don’t get optimal biopsies are more likely to die from their disease, researchers have shown for the first time.

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Human skin cells reprogrammed directly into brain cells

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
Scientists have described a way to convert human skin cells directly into a specific type of brain cell affected by Huntington’s disease, an ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder. Unlike other techniques that turn one cell type into another, this new process does not pass through a stem cell phase, avoiding the production of multiple cell types, report researchers.

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NIH to admit Texas nurse diagnosed with Ebola virus

National Institutes of Health: October 22, 2014
NIH is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients, NIH staff, and the public.

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Well: How Music Can Boost a High-Intensity Workout

New York Times - Health: October 22, 2014
Volunteers were able to exercise harder when they listened to their favorite songs.

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Well: Stressed? This Dog May Help

New York Times - Health: October 22, 2014
A cortisol detection dog helps students in New Jersey by sensing their anxiety.

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NIH begins early human clinical trial of VSV Ebola vaccine

National Institutes of Health: October 22, 2014
Researchers at NIAID are conducting the early phase trial to evaluate the vaccine, called VSV-ZEBOV.

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Southwest General Surgical Associates launch a new surgery website to better serve the surgical needs of Dallas Texas

Medical Web Times: October 22, 2014
Southwest General Surgical Associates (SGSA) provide the latest in minimally invasive surgery; performed by high-skilled, fellowship trained surgeons, to get their patients back on their feet as soon as possible! Their team of surgeons are fellows of the American College of Surgeons committed to one purpose, providing their patients with the most comprehensive, quality, and compassionate [...]

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A busy week for Stage 7 hospitals

Healthcare IT News: October 22, 2014
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences was announced as the latest HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award winner on Wednesday. It's the most recent provider to climb the ladder toward complete EMR maturity in the past week. read more

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VIDEO: UK Ebola planning 'excellent'

BBC Health: October 22, 2014
Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies tells MPs that the UK is well prepared in case of a potential Ebola outbreak.

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Claim your experience: Beyond the survivor identity

TEDMED - Medical Discussions: October 22, 2014
In her 2014 TEDMED talk, Debra Jarvis, a writer and former hospital chaplain, offered a witty and daring look at the way that survivors of disease and trauma can achieve new levels of emotional and psychological healing. We caught up … Continue reading → The post Claim your experience: Beyond the survivor identity appeared first on TEDMED Blog.

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IBM teams with UM on analytics project

Healthcare IT News: October 22, 2014
With its sights set on leveraging predictive analytics in the clinical setting, IBM has teamed up with a mobility solutions provider to develop an early warning system for critically ill patients.    read more

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VDI as a BYOD strategy: pros and cons

Healthcare IT News: October 22, 2014
Wes Wright, chief information officer of Seattle Children's Hospital, had a couple big reasons for embracing a virtual desktop infrastructure strategy for the 323-bed tertiary care facility. "Speed and ubiquity," he says. But soon he found a bonus. [See also: BYOD tips: Keep it simple, be nimble] read more

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Fecal Transplanters Fish Out Key Ingredient

Scientific American: Health: October 22, 2014
The bacterium Clostridium scindens, a member of the gut’s microbiome, appears to ward off the hospital-acquired infection C. difficile. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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New AAFP Leaders Announced

American Academy of Family Physicians: October 22, 2014
The AAFP Congress of Delegates today elected (Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., of York, Pa.; Daniel Spogen, M.D., of Reno, Nev.) to be the Academy's president-elect. Others elected or chosen by acclamation for the following positions are

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Skin patch could replace the syringe for disease diagnosis

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
Drawing blood and testing it is standard practice for many medical diagnostics. As a less painful alternative, scientists are developing skin patches that could one day replace the syringe. Scientists now they have designed and successfully tested, for the first time, a small skin patch that detected malaria proteins in live mice. It could someday be adapted for use in humans to diagnose other diseases, too.

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Olive oil more stable and healthful than seed oils for frying food

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
Frying is one of the world's most popular ways to prepare food -- think fried chicken and french fries. Even candy bars and whole turkeys have joined the list. But before dunking your favorite food in a vat of just any old oil, consider using olive. Scientists report that olive oil withstands the heat of the fryer or pan better than several seed oils to yield more healthful food.

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Automated tracking increases compliance of flu vaccination for health-care personnel

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
Tracking influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel through an automated system increased vaccination compliance and reduced workload burden on human resources and occupational health staff, a study shows.

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Proper dental care linked to reduced risk of respiratory infections in ICU patients

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
Vulnerable patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) who received enhanced oral care from a dentist were at significantly less risk for developing a lower respiratory tract infection, like ventilator-associated pneumonia, during their stay, research shows.

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Association between air toxics, childhood autism

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
Children with autism spectrum disorder were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of certain air toxics during their mothers' pregnancies and the first two years of life compared to children without the condition, according to the preliminary findings of an investigation of American children.

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Aphthous ulcers: Causes of mucosal inflammation unclear

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
A painful inflamed lesion on the oral mucosa, which often seems to be burning at the periphery: every third individual has at one point had such a lesion -- an aphthous ulcer. Often they resolve after a brief period of time. In 2 to 10 percent of patients these lesions are recurrent and require medical treatment.

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Sopping up proteins with thermosponges

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
A research team has developed and tested a novel nanoparticle platform that efficiently delivers clinically important proteins in vivo in initial proof-of-concept tests.

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Silencing the speech gene FOXP2 causes breast cancer cells to metastasize

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: October 22, 2014
It is an intricate network of activity that enables breast cancer cells to move from the primary breast tumor and set up new growths in other parts of the body, a process known as metastasis. Researchers have now discovered an unexpected link between a transcription factor known to regulate speech and language development and metastatic colonization of breast cancer.

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Curable disease killed 1.5 million in 2013

CNN Health: October 22, 2014
A World Health Organization report on Tuberculosis shows that 9 million people developed the disease in 2013 and 1.5 million died, making it one of the world's deadliest communicable diseases.

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Health Highlights: Oct. 22, 2014

WebMD: October 22, 2014
Utility Workers Face Charges for Not Testing Water for Brain-Eating Amoeba

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'Nine million have TB' - WHO report

BBC Health: October 22, 2014
The World Health Organization revises its estimate as to how many people have tuberculosis up by 500,000, in its latest report into the killer disease.

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Ebola Guidelines for Doctors’ Offices Are Called Vague and Vary by Region

New York Times - Health: October 22, 2014
Often local officials and medical associations are left to develop their own policies on how doctors’ offices, walk-in clinics and blood-testing centers should handle possible Ebola cases.

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