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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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'Exciting' drug flushes out HIV

BBC Health: July 22, 2014
Scientists say they have made an "exciting" step towards curing HIV by forcing the virus out of its hiding places in the body.

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Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

Associated Press Healthwire: July 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick....

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Big Allergan Investor Sells Most of Stake

Wall Street Journal: July 21, 2014
Allergan shareholder Capital Research and Management has sold nearly all of its holdings in the Botox maker's stock amid Valeant's takeover attempt.

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Stem cells aid muscle repair, strengthening after resistance exercise

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
By injecting mesenchymal stem cells into mouse leg muscles prior to several bouts of eccentric exercise (similar to the lengthening contractions performed during resistance training in humans), researchers were able to increase the rate of repair and enhance the growth and strength of those muscles in the exercising mice.

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Mental health issues in children with relatives who participated in manhunt after Boston Marathon

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
Children with relatives who were called upon to participate in the interagency manhunt following the Boston Marathon attack carried a particularly heavy mental health burden, according to a study that included surveys of Boston-area parents and other caretakers.

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More than glitter: How gold nanoparticles easily penetrate cells, making them useful for delivering drugs

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
A special class of tiny gold particles can easily slip through cell membranes, making them good candidates to deliver drugs directly to target cells. Scientists can now explain how gold nanoparticles easily penetrate cells, making them useful for delivering drugs.

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New research links bad diet to loss of smell

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
Could stuffing yourself full of high-fat foods cause you to lose your sense of smell? A new study by neuroscientists says so, and it has researchers taking a closer look at how our diets could impact a whole range of human functions that were not traditionally considered when examining the impact of obesity.

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Process to purify water using seed extracts now simplified

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
Researchers have streamlined and simplified a process that uses extracts from seeds of Moringa oleifa trees to purify water, reducing levels of harmful bacteria by 90 percent to 99 percent. The hardy trees that are drought resistant are cultivated widely throughout many countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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Genes that contribute to radiation resistance identified

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
Forty-six genes in Escherichia coli have been discovered that are necessary for its survival at exceptionally high levels of radiation, researchers report in a new article. "The research has revealed new pathways of cellular self-repair, including DNA pathways that in humans that may help protect us from cancer," says a corresponding author.

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A Good Appetite: The Ultimate Veggie Burger

New York Times - Health: July 21, 2014
It’s difficult to make a veggie burger with great flavor and a firm, succulent texture. This is how you do it.

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'Large gene find in schizophrenia'

BBC Health: July 21, 2014
In the largest ever genetic study of the disease, scientists have discovered some 80 genes which could leave people at higher risk of schizophrenia.

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Risotto with Tomatoes and Corn

New York Times - Health: July 21, 2014
This colorful risotto serves as a luxurious showcase for summer’s bounty of tomatoes and corn.

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Patient leaves legacy of engagement

Healthcare IT News: July 21, 2014
Patient advocate and researcher Jessie Gruman died July 14 at the age of 60, after living with cancer for the better part of her life and turning her struggle into frameworks for progress. In 1992, after a decade-plus spent working in substance abuse counseling and public health, Gruman helped launch and lead the Center for Advancing Health to help improve the healthcare system for patients after two decades navigating modern medicine herself — and just as the nation’s first (and unsuccessful) bout with health reform was getting underway. read more

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Cystic Fibrosis Might Be 2 Diseases

Scientific American: Health: July 21, 2014
The sister disease affects the pancreas and other organs, while leaving the lungs alone -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Cystic Fibrosis Might Be Two Diseases

Scientific American: Health: July 21, 2014
The sister disease affects the pancreas and other organs, while leaving the lungs alone -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Recipes for Health: Whole Wheat Focaccia with Tomatoes and Fontina

New York Times - Health: July 21, 2014
Focaccia, a little crisp on the bottom but soft on the top and inside, can take on many toppings besides tomatoes.

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Uncooked Tomato and Mint Sauce with Poached Eggs

New York Times - Health: July 21, 2014
This dish turns summer tomatoes into a salsa cruda that can also work well with most any kind of fish.

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Described novel regulator of protein inactive in over 50 percent of human tumors

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
The interaction between HERC2 proteins with another protein called p53 is inactivated in more than half of human tumors, researchers have discovered. The study suggests that mutations in HERC2 also may be associated with cancer in humans. "In the laboratory we have observed that without HERC2 cells increases proliferation. It's the same effect as if they inactivated p53" says the lead author.

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Athenahealth reports Q2 gains

Healthcare IT News: July 21, 2014
2014's second quarter brought with it a boost in earnings for cloud-based EHR company athenahealth, which reported gains this time around after disappointing numbers last quarter. Net losses were also down significantly, company officials announced last week.   read more

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What is 'awareness computing'?

Healthcare IT News: July 21, 2014
MemorialCare Health System, a top 100 integrated delivery network,  implemented awareness computing technology at the Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif.  The idea is to provide roaming clinicians instant access to patient records throughout the hospital while also ensuring top security. read more

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AUDIO: UK mum 'spent £20,000' to have girl

BBC Health: July 21, 2014
A British mother tells 5 live she spent £20,000 on gender selection treatment in the US.

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Personal Health: Probiotic Logic vs. Gut Feelings

New York Times - Health: July 21, 2014
Like all over-the-counter dietary supplements, probiotics undergo no premarket screening for safety, effectiveness or even truth in packaging.

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Education Level Linked to Nearsightedness

Scientific American: Health: July 21, 2014
In a German study, half of those with a university degree were myopic compared to less than a quarter of folks who quit after high school or secondary school. Karen Hopkin reports.     -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Waistlines of U.S. Kids Seem to Be Holding Steady, Study Finds

WebMD: July 21, 2014
But too many children and teens remain obese, experts say

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Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children

WebMD: July 21, 2014
Expectant moms' use of nicotine-replacement therapy could also spell problems for kids, study suggests

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Diagnostic criteria for Christianson Syndrome

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
A new study provides the most definitive characterization of the autism-like intellectual disability disorder Christianson Syndrome and provides the first diagnostic criteria to help doctors and families identify and understand the condition. Initial evidence suggests CS could affect tens of thousands of boys worldwide.

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Missing sleep may hurt your memory

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study that found participants deprived of a night’s sleep were more likely to flub the details of a simulated burglary they were shown in a series of images. "People who repeatedly get low amounts of sleep every night could be more prone in the long run to develop these forms of memory distortion," one researcher said. "It's not just a full night of sleep deprivation that puts them at risk."

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Human platelets successfully generated using next-generation bioreactor

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
A scalable, next-generation platelet bioreactor has been created to generate fully functional human platelets in vitro. The work is a major biomedical advancement that will help address blood transfusion needs worldwide.

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New drug against malaria effective: Uses synchrotron light

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
The CD27 drug is a true alternative against malaria, researchers now report. They have analyzed the crystalline structure of the DNA with the drug by performing X-ray diffraction experiments at the ALBA synchrotron.

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Age-related macular degeneration occurs much earlier than previously assumed

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
Even individuals under the age of 50 years can suffer early forms of age-related macular degeneration, researchers say. With the help of their findings, the researchers were also able to gain insights into how frequently the various forms of age-related macular degeneration occur. On average, about 12 percent of the examined 35- to 74-year-olds had early stage AMD, but only 0.2 percent of the study participants exhibited symptoms of late stage AMD, which is often associated with severe visual impairment.

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First study worldwide to show higher concentration of trace elements in bone cancer

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
In a study that is the only one of its kind worldwide, researchers have investigated the distribution of trace elements in the tissue of bone tumors. The result: tumor tissue contains higher concentrations of trace elements. This could represent a starting point for the development of targeted therapies for bone cancer.

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Study examines incentives to increase medical male circumcision to help reduce risk of HIV in Kenya

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
Among uncircumcised men in Kenya, compensation in the form of food vouchers worth approximately U.S. $9 or $15, compared with lesser or no compensation, resulted in a modest increase in the prevalence of circumcision after 2 months, according to a study. "There was a significant increase in uptake among married and older participants, groups that have been harder to reach previously. The interventions also significantly increased the likelihood of circumcision uptake among participants at higher risk of acquiring HIV," the authors write.

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California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste into Ground

Scientific American: Health: July 21, 2014
The state warns that fracking for natural gas might be contaminating aquifers used as a source for drinking water -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Circumcision does not promote risky behavior by African men

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
Men do not engage in riskier behaviors after they are circumcised, according to a study in Kenya. Three clinical trials have shown that male circumcision significantly reduces the risk of acquiring HIV in young African men. However, some experts have suggested that circumcision, if promoted as an HIV preventive, may increase promiscuity or decrease condom use. This 'risk compensation' could diminish the effectiveness of medical male circumcision programs.

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Enzyme linked to Alzheimer’s disease

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
Unclogging the body’s protein disposal system may improve memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers.

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Healing the heart with fat? 18-HEPE might help, study suggests

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: July 21, 2014
Too much dietary fat is bad for the heart, but the right kind of fat keeps the heart healthy, according to a new paper. Scientists in Japan have shown that mice engineered to produce their own EPA are protected against heart disease and have improved cardiac function. One particular EPA metabolite, called 18-hydroxyeicosapentaenoic acid (18-HEPE), was required for this protection.

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