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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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Kids' poisonings linked to anti-addiction medicine

Associated Press Healthwire: September 15, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) -- An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have died....

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VIDEO: Mers: Camel traders unalarmed by virus

BBC Health: September 15, 2014
Tulip Mazumdar visits a camel market in Saudi Arabia to see how people feel about Middle East Respiratory Virus being linked to the animals.

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Venezuela's newest shortage: breast implants

Associated Press Healthwire: September 15, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job....

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Mers: Saudis in push to keep Hajj free from deadly virus

BBC Health: September 15, 2014
Have Saudis done enough to keep Hajj safe from deadly virus?

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Well: Select Drugs Cause Most Childhood Poisonings

New York Times - Health: September 15, 2014
Twelve active ingredients were involved in almost half of hospitalizations of children for prescription drug poisoning, a new study found.

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Well: Off the Drugs, Onto the Cupcakes

New York Times - Health: September 15, 2014
Programs to rehabilitate substance abusers are starting to become conscious of diet, learning that sugar addiction can replace drug addiction.

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Measles case investigated at Seattle airport

CNN Health: September 15, 2014
Travelers who passed through the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport earlier this month may have been exposed to the highly contagious measles virus, local health officials say.

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Obama Plans Major Ebola Offensive

Wall Street Journal: September 15, 2014
President Obama plans to dramatically boost the U.S. effort to mitigate the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including greater involvement of the U.S. military, people familiar with the proposal said.

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The 'Overdiagnosis' of Cancer

Wall Street Journal: September 15, 2014
Some of the nation's top cancer experts say zealous screening and advanced diagnostic tools are encouraging treatments of abnormalities that might never have been life-threatening.

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Predictive analytics lowers readmissions

Healthcare IT News: September 15, 2014
The challenge for the Carolinas Healthcare System was to reduce the readmission rate for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The solution: predictive analytics. One of the biggest problems, according to Jean Wright, chief innovation officer at CHS, was in identifying patients at risk of readmitting before they leave the hospital and enable care providers to intervene. [See also: Predicting what's next: Isn't that the work of the physician?] read more

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New patient engagement chief at ONC

Healthcare IT News: September 15, 2014
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has appointed Lana Moriarty to be the new head of its Consumer eHealth division. [See also: ONC's Ricciardi gives consumers voice] She sycceeds Lygeia Ricciardi, who pioneered the position in 2012. Ricciardi stepped down earlier this summer; Moriarty, who was appointed Sept. 11, will serve as acting director for consumer e-health, working within ONC's Office of Programs & Engagement. read more

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The patient-centricity era: 4 keys to improving consumer experience

Healthcare IT News: September 15, 2014
4 keys to improving consumer experience In my previous blog on “the patient-centricity era,” I had highlighted five key areas that healthcare organizations need to focus on. In this blog I would like to focus on the patient’s data, and provide four new ideas for organizations to streamline the acquisition, analysis and storage of this crucial data. read more

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Well: Beating Back the Risk of Diabetes

New York Times - Health: September 15, 2014
The factors that improve your chances of avoiding the Type 2 variety of the disease are unmistakable: weight loss and exercise.

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Sold: Cognizant buys TriZetto for $2.7B

Healthcare IT News: September 15, 2014
Outsourcing company Cognizant, which provides healthcare technology services to providers and payers, will buy health IT software company TriZetto for $2.7 billion in cash. TriZetto provides similar healthcare IT services to the same market. Cognizant executives confirmed in a conference call this morning the deal, which had been anticipated for weeks. The agreement is subject to changes. read more

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Child heart surgery views sought

BBC Health: September 15, 2014
A consultation begins into the future of children's heart surgery in England after a review last year was dismissed by the government as flawed.

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Small Number of Drugs Behind Kids' Accidental Poisonings: CDC

WebMD: September 15, 2014
Narcotic painkillers, addiction medications and sedatives top the list

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Walking, Biking to Work Seems to Have Mental Health Benefits

WebMD: September 15, 2014
Active commuters less stressed, better able to concentrate than those who drive, research shows

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Kids Prescribed Antibiotics Twice as Often as Needed, Study Finds

WebMD: September 15, 2014
More than 11 million prescriptions may be unnecessary, researchers say

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Maker of Hepatitis C Drug Strikes Deal on Generics for Poor Countries

New York Times - Health: September 15, 2014
The agreements between Gilead Sciences and seven Indian firms seek to provide treatment to those infected in 91 developing nations.

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ONC Final Rule Seeks to Simplify Health IT Certification

American Academy of Family Physicians: September 15, 2014
The National Coordinator for Health IT released a final rule that the agency said will improve and simplify the process for certification of electronic health records. It seems clear from changes made to the rule since it first was proposed that the agency took AAFP comments into account.

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Antibiotic Prescriptions for Kids

NIH Medline Plus: September 15, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Antibiotics, Bacterial Infections, Children's Health, Viral Infections

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Stages of standards development

Healthcare IT News: September 15, 2014
One of the most amusing things (because if I didn't laugh I might cry) about the meaningful use program is the way that executives who have never paid anything more but lip service to standards are now reporting as experts on their effectiveness (or lack thereof) and the related causes.  Reports out of the HIT Standards committee about the need for improvement of CCDA are a perfect example of this. read more

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California To Broaden Autism Coverage For Kids Through Medicaid

WebMD: September 15, 2014
California To Broaden Autism Coverage For Kids Through Medicaid

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Vitamin E intake critical during 'the first 1,000 days'

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 15, 2014
Amid conflicting reports about the need for vitamin E and how much is enough, a new analysis published today suggests that adequate levels of this essential micronutrient are especially critical for the very young, the elderly, and women who are or may become pregnant.

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Brain development in schizophrenia strays from normal path

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 15, 2014
Schizophrenia is generally considered to be a disorder of brain development and it shares many risk factors, both genetic and environmental, with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disability. The normal path for brain development is determined by the combined effects of a complex network of genes and a wide range of environmental factors. However, longitudinal brain imaging studies in both healthy and patient populations are required in order to map the disturbances in brain structures as they emerge, researchers say.

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Hypersensitivity to non-painful events may be part of pathology in fibromyalgia

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 15, 2014
New research shows that patients with fibromyalgia have hypersensitivity to non-painful events based on images of the patients’ brains, which show reduced activation in primary sensory regions and increased activation in sensory integration areas. Findings suggest that brain abnormalities in response to non-painful sensory stimulation may cause the increased unpleasantness that patients experience in response to daily visual, auditory and tactile stimulation.

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How your smartphone affects your sleep

CNN Health: September 15, 2014
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tell us how disconnecting before we go to bed can help us live to 100.

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Cheaper alternative to licensed drug for treating eye disease has similar side-effects

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 15, 2014
Health policies that favour using ranibizumab for treating eye disease in older people over safety concerns for a cheaper alternative should take account of new research. Investigators reviewed the results of studies that compared the safety of two drugs used for treating age-related macular degeneration, ranibizumab and bevacizumab. Contrary to what was argued by some experts, the review has found that the cheaper drug, bevacizumab, does not appear to increase deaths or serious side-effects compared with ranibizumab in people with neovascular age-related macular degeneration.

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Can psychedelic drugs be medicine?

CNN Health: September 15, 2014
Psychiatrists are now considering the benefits of LSD and other psychedelic drugs in treatment. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

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Call for further cut in sugar intake

BBC Health: September 15, 2014
The target to reduce sugar consumption should be much more ambitious, health experts say.

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Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: September 15, 2014
Schizophrenia isn’t a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms, research shows. The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric illness.

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New Tracking Technologies Aim to Prevent Sloppy Handling at U.S. Biolabs

Scientific American: Health: September 15, 2014
The CDC is piloting cameras and tablets in high-level biosafety spaces in an effort to avoid future infectious disease botch-ups -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Rugby players 'risk skin infections'

BBC Health: September 15, 2014
Rugby players who share towels, razors and cold baths are at risk of sharing serious skin infections too, public health experts warn.

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From 'sumo wrestler' to distance runner

CNN Health: September 15, 2014
When Yusuke Kirimoto visited his relatives in Japan, they would jokingly say, "the sumo wrestler is back." Their comments prompted him to change his lifestyle -- and lose 102 pounds.

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Doctor abused child cancer patients

BBC Health: September 15, 2014
A child cancer specialist at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge admits sexually abusing boys in his care.

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Should you eat before a workout?

CNN Health: September 15, 2014
Anyone who makes fitness a priority has experienced that moment when a slight tummy rumble comes along just as you head out to the gym.

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