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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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US works to step up Ebola aid, but is it enough?

Associated Press Healthwire: September 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone. At home, the goal is to speed up medical research and put hospitals on alert should an infected traveler arrive....

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VIDEO: Does driving make you worse at work?

BBC Health: September 15, 2014
Cycling or walking to work instead of driving makes you happier, according to new research.

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Skin shocks used at school draw look from US

Associated Press Healthwire: September 15, 2014
CANTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks - so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth....

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Renewing Health Coverage May Not Be as Automatic as Government Says

New York Times - Health: September 14, 2014
Officials are encouraging consumers to revisit the federal marketplace to compare plans and ensure that they get the right amount of financial assistance in 2015.

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Melding health overhaul and taxes gets complicated

Associated Press Healthwire: September 14, 2014
President Barack Obama's health care law uses the tax system to subsidize coverage for the uninsured....

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Hurdles for Obama health law in 2nd sign-up season

Associated Press Healthwire: September 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama's health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away....

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Skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look

Associated Press Healthwire: September 14, 2014
CANTON, Mass. (AP) -- Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks - so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth....

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Mass. school at center of treatment controversy

Associated Press Healthwire: September 14, 2014
The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center outside Boston is the only place in the country known to use electrical skin shocks as aversive conditioning for patients with severe developmental and behavior disorders who harm themselves or others. The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to ban the skin shock devices used by the center....

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Walking or cycling 'wellbeing boost'

BBC Health: September 14, 2014
Switching from driving a car to walking or cycling to work improves the wellbeing of commuters, a study suggests.

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Brains may 'resist Alzheimer's'

BBC Health: September 14, 2014
A small study suggests some people's brains may have the ability to resist early Alzheimer's damage.

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Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism

Associated Press Healthwire: September 13, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya's pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent....

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Social care access 'limited for many'

BBC Health: September 13, 2014
Almost 90% of councils in England are now only offering social care to those whose needs are deemed substantial or critical, according to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

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Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism

Associated Press Healthwire: September 13, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya's pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent....

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5 ways to think yourself well

CNN Health: September 13, 2014
There wasn't anything that could bring singer Pharrell Williams down in his hit song "Happy." Turns out he was on to to something.

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Suspended between life and death

BBC Health: September 13, 2014
Israel's ventilator wards for the dying

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Rashi Fein, Economist Who Urged Medicare, Dies at 88

New York Times - Health: September 13, 2014
Dr. Fein’s ethical and humanitarian perspectives on national health care were influential from the Truman administration to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

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Back to the Slums of His Youth, to Defuse the Ebola Time Bomb

New York Times - Health: September 13, 2014
Liberia remains desperately short on everything needed to halt the spread of Ebola, but an epidemiologist is working block by block to fill a crucial need: the support of residents.

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Opinion: Should We All Take a Bit of Lithium?

New York Times - Health: September 13, 2014
Nature has put a psychotropic drug in the drinking water. Suicide seems to be less common where the lithium is more plentiful.

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Epic works on its interoperability image

Healthcare IT News: September 12, 2014
Electronic health record behemoth Epic Systems has inked a deal with a lobbying firm to work on its interoperability image – one that has left a perception that Epic has a closed system that does not easily work well with other EHR systems.   read more

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Small hospital, big focus on Stage 2

Healthcare IT News: September 12, 2014
If Tom Johnson, CIO of DuBois Regional Medical Center, had to pick one word to describe his hospital's success – particularly on the meaningful use front – it would be "focus." He's the kind of guy who likes to keep his eye on the ball. read more

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Magic mushrooms help smokers quit

CNN Health: September 12, 2014
Even a few extra pounds can hurt your blood pressure. Magic mushrooms helped cigarette smokers quit. Scientists turned on a gene that slowed aging. A certain blood type has more memory problems than others. The wife is the key to a happy married life.

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VA full steam ahead with mHealth plan

Healthcare IT News: September 12, 2014
In efforts to connect the nation's veterans with their healthcare records, the Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new mHealth campaign that will put health data into the hands of the consumer.    read more

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Nicotine device 'medically approved'

BBC Health: September 12, 2014
A nicotine inhaler which closely resembles a cigarette is the first product of its kind to be licensed as a medicine in the UK.

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Well: Bright Green Pesto That Won’t Fade

New York Times - Health: September 12, 2014
How to make pesto that doesn’t fade from bright green to olive and four new ways to use it.

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Liberian President Pleads With Obama for Assistance in Combating Ebola

New York Times - Health: September 12, 2014
Liberia’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, warned that without American assistance, the Ebola epidemic could send the country into the civil chaos that enveloped it for two decades.

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Chocolate helps you live longer

CNN Health: September 12, 2014
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tell us how eating certain types of chocolate can help us live to 100.

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Is chocolate actually good for you?

CNN Health: September 12, 2014
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tell us how eating certain types of chocolate can help us live to 100.

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U.S. Scientists See Long Fight Against Ebola

New York Times - Health: September 12, 2014
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is likely to last 12 to 18 months more and could infect hundreds of thousands, say scientists mapping its spread for the American government.

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Botox 'stunts emotional growth'

BBC Health: September 12, 2014
Experts warn that treating young people with Botox injections could restrict their emotional and social development.

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Trade talks 'should include health'

BBC Health: September 12, 2014
Major trade talks between the US and EU must include healthcare, a UK health minister says amid claims doing so could threaten the NHS.

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Both Sides Cite Urgency in Court Appeal of a Texas Law on Abortion Clinics

New York Times - Health: September 12, 2014
Judges for a federal appellate court heard arguments over a Texas law that could lead to the closing of more than a dozen abortion clinics.

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