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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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Black Cats, Dogs, Other Animals May Be Born Lucky

Discovery Health: March 4, 2015
Forget ridiculous superstitions about black cats -- dark-colored animals carry survival perks in their coloring.

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Well: One Twin Exercises, the Other Doesn’t

New York Times - Health: March 4, 2015
Identical twins who shared the same sports and other physical activities as youngsters but different exercise habits as adults soon developed quite different bodies and brains, a new study from Finland found.

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Tablet video game combats lazy eye

BBC Health: March 3, 2015
Video games firm Ubisoft is working on a title that it believes can treat lazy eye, a condition that can result in reduced vision.

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In Health Law Case, Plaintiffs Dislike Rules on Purchases and Penalties

New York Times - Health: March 3, 2015
The four plaintiffs argue that rules on federal subsidies apply only in states that created their own insurance exchanges; their state, Virginia, has not.

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The art of before-and-after pictures

BBC Health: March 3, 2015
Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?

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Highly sensitive detection of malaria parasites

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
New assays can detect malaria parasites in human blood at very low levels and might be helpful in the campaign to eradicate malaria, reports a new study. An international team led by Ingrid Felger, took advantage of genes that have multiple copies in the parasite genome to reveal parasites present at concentrations that are 10 times lower than the detection limit of current standard assays.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Are You Really Allergic to Antibiotics?

New York Times - Health: March 3, 2015
There are serious consequences to limiting the drugs you can receive.

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Hunt for Dwarf Planet Ceres' Mysterious Water Begins

Discovery Health: March 3, 2015
NASA's Dawn spacecraft is about to make its second and final stop during its exploration of the asteroid belt and it is already returning some stunning images that are creating more questions than answers.

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Typical Adult Over 30 Gets Flu Twice Every 10 Years: Study

WebMD: March 3, 2015
Infection hits younger people more often, maybe because they mingle in larger groups, researcher suggests

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Surgery Patients Might Not Need Sedative Before Anesthesia

WebMD: March 3, 2015
Experts say trend in U.S. is not to give patients these calming meds before procedure

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New Hospital Guidelines Say No Cats Allowed

Scientific American: Health: March 3, 2015
Only dogs should be allowed to visit because they're more reliably trained and less risky, says the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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ADHD plus childhood trauma heightens risk for self-harm, suicide

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
Young women with ADHD who have been exposed to abuse, neglect or other traumas in childhood and adolescence are at greater risk for self-injury, eating disorders and suicide than those with ADHD who were not mistreated in early youth, according to new research.

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Adults only really catch flu about twice a decade, suggests study

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
Adults over the age of 30 only catch flu about twice a decade, a new study suggests. So, while it may feel like more, flu-like illness can be caused by many pathogens, making it difficult to assess how often people are infected by influenza.

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How Do Birds Know When to Migrate?

Discovery Health: March 3, 2015
The mechanism that tells birds to return in spring is still a mystery, but signs suggest it's triggered by weather and its effect on food supply. Continue reading →

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Adults Only Really Catch Flu About Twice a Decade

Discovery Health: March 3, 2015
Think you have the flu? If you're over 30, chances are you don't.

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Going Off the Grid: More Extreme Than You Think

Discovery Health: March 3, 2015
A new web series highlights people who live off the grid in sometimes shocking ways. Continue reading →

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US Weather Satellite Breaks Apart After Possible Explosion

Discovery Health: March 3, 2015
The 20-year mission of a U.S. military weather satellite came to an abrupt end last month after a power system temperature spike and an apparent explosion.

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Study Questions Close Monitoring of Thyroid Growths

WebMD: March 3, 2015
Five-year follow-up shows the overwhelming majority remain harmless

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Brain Protein Tied to Alzheimer's Spotted in Young Adults

WebMD: March 3, 2015
People as young as 20 have amyloid buildup, but researchers aren't sure what it means

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Bans don't help smokers quit, researchers say

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
No significant change in home habits of smokers have been observed in the aftermath of a ban on smoking in public spaces, researchers report. Greater inspiration to kick the habit likely comes from having friends or family who set an example by giving up cigarettes themselves, the authors write.

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Rosetta Spots its own Fuzzy Comet Shadow and a Halo

Discovery Health: March 3, 2015
During the Rosetta's close flyby of comet Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Feb. 14, the European spacecraft snapped images of the comet's 'belly' revealing a shadow of itself surrounded by a halo.

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VIDEO: How much coffee is good for you?

BBC Health: March 3, 2015
BBC News asks whether coffee really is healthy after a study appeared to show that moderate consumption may help people avoid heart disease.

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Poor heart function could be major risk for Alzheimer's disease

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
Heart function has been associated with the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease through a new study. Participants with decreased heart function, measured by cardiac index, were two to three times more likely to develop significant memory loss over the follow-up period.

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Divorce fuels kids' sugary beverage consumption, study finds

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
Children of recently separated or divorced families are likelier to drink sugar-sweetened beverages than children in families where the parents are married, putting them at higher risk for obesity later in life, according to a new study. Maintaining family routines such as eating a regular dinner or carving out time to talk each day, however, can protect children during divorce against developing unhealthy eating habits.

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Tools can identify nations vulnerable to Ebola and aid response, analysis finds

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
Ebola remains a serious problem in parts of West Africa and the experiences in affected areas may provide lessons for future public health emergencies. A set of tools newly created may help identify nations that are vulnerable to future outbreaks of Ebola or other emergencies. The tools evaluate a nation's strengths across a wide range of measures such as political strength and health care capabilities, and can help assess remedies.

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Researchers investigate possible colon cancer risk for new generation of weight-loss drugs

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
Gastric bypass and similar stomach-shrinking surgeries are a popular option for obese patients looking to lose weight or treat type 2 diabetes. While the surgeries have been linked to a decreased risk in many cancers, the single outlier is colon cancer. Scientists now present work in mice that could explain this association and raise safety concerns for a new generation of weight-loss drugs that mimic the biological after effects of these procedures.

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High-salt diet could protect against invading microbes

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
Most people consume more salt than they need and therefore have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the two leading causes of death worldwide. But a new study reveals that dietary salt could have a biological advantage: Defending the body against invading microbes. A high-salt diet increased sodium accumulation in the skin of mice, thereby boosting their immune response to a skin-infecting parasite.

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Marijuana: The allergen you never knew existed

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
As marijuana’s legal status throughout the country continues to change, people should know it can cause allergic reactions.

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Pregnant women with asthma need to curb urge to ask for antibiotics

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
Twice as many children born to mothers who took antibiotics during pregnancy were diagnosed with asthma by age 3 than children born to mothers who didn’t take prenatal antibiotics, a new study has shown.

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Outcomes of lung transplantations since implementation of need-based allocation system

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
Since implementation of a medical need-based allocation system of donor lungs in 2005, double-lung transplantation has been associated with better graft survival than single-lung transplantation in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF); at 5 years, there has been no survival difference between single- and double-lung transplant recipients in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study.

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Examination of prior authorization policies for antipsychotic prescribing to children

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
With a concern about inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medications to children, 31 states in the U.S. have implemented prior authorization policies for atypical antipsychotic prescribing, mostly within the past 5 years, and with most states applying their policies to children younger than 7 years of age, according to a study.

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Long-term follow-up of benign thyroid nodules shows favorable prognosis

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
After five years of follow-up, a majority of asymptomatic, benign thyroid nodules exhibited no significant change in size, or actually decreased in size, and diagnoses of thyroid cancer were rare, according to a study.

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Administering sedatives for patients receiving general anesthesia questioned

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
Although sedatives are often administered before surgery, a randomized trial finds that among patients undergoing elective surgery under general anesthesia, receiving the sedative lorazepam before surgery, compared with placebo or no premedication, did not improve the self-reported patient experience the day after surgery, but was associated with longer time till removal off a breathing tube (extubation) and a lower rate of early cognitive recovery, according to a study.

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Intervention results in more stable housing for homeless adults

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
A program that included scattered-site supportive housing using rent supplements and case management services led to more stable housing for homeless adults with mental illness in four cities in Canada, compared with usual access to existing housing and community services -- but the intervention did not result in significant improvements in health-related quality of life, according to the study.

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Flower-like magnetic nanoparticles target difficult tumors

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: March 3, 2015
Next-generation magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) may soon be treating deep-seated and difficult-to-reach tumors within the human body.

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