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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: Living With Schizophrenia: Coffee and Friends

New York Times - Health: October 23, 2014
Getting to trust people well enough to call them a friend takes a lot of work. It’s especially hard when you are living with schizophrenia and think everyone is making fun of you.

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Living life from a hospital room

CNN Health: October 23, 2014
A 17-year-old girl living with cystic fibrosis makes the hospital her happy place. "Every breath I take is a miracle," she says.

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Ebola blood-therapy team set up

BBC Health: October 23, 2014
An international team of scientists is set up to determine the effectiveness of using the blood of Ebola-survivors as a treatment.

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Without a UPI, healthcare awash in SSNs

Healthcare IT News: October 23, 2014
The healthcare industry is swimming in Social Security numbers, thanks to the necessities of patient record management systems. But balancing those requirements with fraud mitigation and privacy protections is proving a big challenge. [See also: Rekindling the patient ID debate] read more

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mHealth takes on Ebola in Nigeria

Healthcare IT News: October 23, 2014
In what's being hailed as a "spectacular success story," the World Health Organization has declared Nigeria free of the Ebola virus transmission, with public health agencies and government officials citing a mobile health initiative as largely responsible for the triumph.    read more

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Well: Giving the Doctor a Second Chance

New York Times - Health: October 23, 2014
“Someone had said you were a good doctor,” my patient said derisively, “but I was not impressed.” What had I done?

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One hospital's take on 'Shark Tank'

Healthcare IT News: October 23, 2014
Boston Children's Hospital has named three finalists to compete for $30,000 and investment advice from industry leaders in the hospital's first Innovation Tank. ABC's Shark Tank personality, Daymond John, will moderate the event, called "Taking on Tomorrow." It is part global summit and part a take on The popular TV show as the three finalists compete for $30,000 to boost their innovation. [See also: Venture+ Forum shows IT the money] read more

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Homeland Security eyes device flaws

Healthcare IT News: October 23, 2014
A senior official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that it is currently reviewing nearly two dozen medical devices and pieces of hospital equipment for potential cybersecurity issues, according to reports. Though it’s not a complete list, Reuters reported that DHS Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT is looking at a Hospira infusion pump, and implantable heart devices from both Medtronic and St. Jude Medical, as well as medical imaging and networking equipment.  read more

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Hospitals' struggles to beat back familiar infections began before Ebola arrived

Healthcare IT News: October 23, 2014
While Ebola stokes public anxiety, more than one in six hospitals – including some top medical centers – are having trouble stamping out less exotic but sometimes deadly infections, federal records show.   read more

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Patients avoiding Dallas hospital where Ebola hit

Associated Press Healthwire: October 23, 2014
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas hospital where a man diagnosed with Ebola died and two nurses were infected with the virus has seen patients flee the hospital, with a more than 50 percent decline in visits to its emergency room since the crisis began....

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BPA Exposure and Cash Register Receipts

NIH Medline Plus: October 23, 2014
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U.S. Suspends Risky Disease Research

Scientific American: Health: October 23, 2014
The government will cease funding "gain-of-function" studies that make viruses more dangerous -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Are obese dummies the key to preventing road deaths?

CNN Health: October 23, 2014
To accommodate the increasing numbers of overweight drivers, car safety experts are developing an obese dummy.

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NIH announces grants for frontotemporal degeneration research

National Institutes of Health: October 23, 2014
Projects will help advance research through collaborations and development of novel strategies.

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Woman who beat Ebola mourns for her slain dog

Associated Press Healthwire: October 23, 2014
MADRID (AP) -- The husband of the Spanish nursing assistant who beat Ebola says his wife now knows that authorities killed their dog Excalibur while she was in the hospital and is questioning that decision....

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Well: Milk Choice May Affect Vitamin D Levels

New York Times - Health: October 23, 2014
Children who drink rice, almond or soy milk instead of cow’s milk may have insufficient levels of vitamin D.

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Can General Anesthesia Trigger Dementia?

Scientific American: Health: October 23, 2014
Scientists try to untangle the relationship between a temporary effect and a permanent condition -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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US 'probes hackable' medical devices

BBC Health: October 23, 2014
US government investigators are looking into about two dozen cases of medical kit suspected to be vulnerable to life-threatening hacks.

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EU leaders seek more Ebola funding at summit

Associated Press Healthwire: October 23, 2014
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has contributed another 24.4 million euros ($31 million) to the fight against Ebola, as the bloc's leaders try to close in on a 1 billion-euro ($1.26 billion) fund to fight the deadly virus....

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How many ways do you want to use your data?

Healthcare IT News: October 23, 2014
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Later sunsets 'make kids more active'

BBC Health: October 23, 2014
Moving the clocks forward by one extra hour all year could lead to children getting two more minutes of exercise every day, say UK researchers.

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45,000-year-old leg bone offers clues to Stone Age mating

CNN Health: October 23, 2014
DNA from a 45,000-year-old leg bone is giving scientists a better idea of when modern humans first started mating with Neanderthals.

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Are U.S. Hospitals Prepared for the Next Ebola Case?

Scientific American: Health: October 23, 2014
Health care emergency management expert Kristin Stevens tells us what went wrong in Dallas, and how we can do better   -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The next medicinal marijuana?

CNN Health: October 23, 2014
Ayahuasca is a psychedelic drink that's attracting more and more tourists to the remote corners of the Amazon. But is it a drug, or is it medicine?

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6 ways to straighten out smartphone slump with yoga

CNN Health: October 23, 2014
As you cradle your smartphone or lean into your laptop to read this, what's your posture like? Even if you aren't doing it right now, how much of your day is spent with your neck lurched forward, shoulders slumped and chest collapsed? All that time in "smartphone slump" not only makes you look and feel stressed, it can cause persistent pain.

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Is this the next medicinal marijuana?

CNN Health: October 23, 2014
Ayahuasca is a psychedelic drink that's attracting more and more tourists to the remote corners of the Amazon. But is it a drug, or is it medicine?

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New requirements for travelers from Ebola-stricken nations

CNN Health: October 23, 2014
All travelers coming from Ebola-stricken Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone into the United States will be required to monitor their temperatures for 21 days and keep an eye on possible Ebola symptoms, starting on Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

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Cell transplant allows paralyzed man to walk again, researchers say

CNN Health: October 23, 2014
A ground-breaking cell transplant has allowed a paralyzed man to walk again, researchers announced Tuesday.

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AP-GfK Poll: Many doubt hospitals can handle Ebola

Associated Press Healthwire: October 23, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they're not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll....

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VIDEO: Can technology plug NHS funding gap?

BBC Health: October 23, 2014
The NHS is under pressure to close a huge projected funding gap - Dominic Hughes reports on how the NHS has addressed this in West Yorkshire.

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HHS Secretary announces $840 million initiative to improve patient care and lower costs

US Department of Health and Human Services: October 23, 2014
HHS Secretary announces $840 million initiative to improve patient care and lower costs

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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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