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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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U.S. Overstates Health-Care Enrollees

Wall Street Journal: November 21, 2014
The Obama administration said it recently overstated how many people had paid-up health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges because of the incorrect inclusion of dental coverage sign-ups.

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Recipes for Health: Apples From Thanksgiving Start to Finish

New York Times - Health: November 21, 2014
Apples will see their way from the beginning to the end of my Thanksgiving meal.

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Why be normal? Q&A with Rosie King

TEDMED - Medical Discussions: November 21, 2014
Rosie King diagnosed herself with a high functioning form of autism (Asperger’s Syndrome) at age nine and has become a spokesperson for autism in the United Kingdom, including hosting an Emmy award winning BBC documentary on the subject. Shortly after … Continue reading → The post Why be normal? Q&A with Rosie King appeared first on TEDMED Blog.

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Well: Antibiotics During Pregnancy May Increase Child’s Obesity Risk

New York Times - Health: November 21, 2014
A new study reports that antibiotic use during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for obesity in the child.

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Battle of the `Staches Raises Money for Men's Health

Scientific American: Health: November 21, 2014
People who donate money or fundraise for a cause are often silent heroes. However, unlike many fundraising efforts, it's readily apparent who's participating in one that's currently taking the nation... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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VIDEO: Bid to 'remove worst bits' of Health Act

BBC Health: November 21, 2014
Liz Kendall says a Labour private member's bill would remove the worst bits of the huge Health and Social Care Act.

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A Day in the Life of an Ebola Worker

Scientific American: Health: November 21, 2014
Denial, violence and fear make it difficult to stamp out Ebola in west Africa -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Mouse study reveals potential clue to extra fingers or toes

National Institutes of Health: November 21, 2014
NIH-funded study finds that gene appears to regulate protein signals inside the cell.

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Bad marriage can break your heart

CNN Health: November 21, 2014
A study has found that older couples in bad marriages, especially wives, have a higher risk for heart disease than those who are happily wed.

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Study: Bad marriage can break your heart

CNN Health: November 21, 2014
A study has found that older couples in bad marriages, especially wives, have a higher risk for heart disease than those who are happily wed.

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A&Es miss four-hour wait standard

BBC Health: November 21, 2014
NHS England figures show 92.9% of patients were seen within four hours of arrival in A&E last week- the lowest percentage since April 2013.

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Women's desire for sex is complicated

CNN Health: November 21, 2014
What makes a woman want to have sex isn't totally hormonal, as it can be with men. Happiness is key new study shows.

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Women's desire for sex is complicated, not strictly hormonal

CNN Health: November 21, 2014
What makes a woman want to have sex isn't totally hormonal, as it can be with men. Happiness is key new study shows.

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Early sign of yellow fever found

BBC Health: November 21, 2014
An early signifier of yellow fever, an infectious disease which can be fatal, could lead to a new treatment and better diagnosis, a study said.

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Cuban doctor arrives in Switzerland for Ebola aid

Associated Press Healthwire: November 21, 2014
BERLIN (AP) -- A Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has arrived in Switzerland for treatment....

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VIDEO: 'Bed blockers face legal action'

BBC Health: November 21, 2014
A hospital is to give so-called "bed blockers" seven days to leave or face possible legal action, saying that too many families are refusing to take elderly relatives home.

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FDA approves extended-release, single-entity hydrocodone product with abuse-deterrent properties

FDA US Food & Drug: November 20, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate), an extended-release (ER) opioid analgesic to treat pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Hysingla ER has approved labeling describing the product’s abuse-deterrent properties consistent with the FDA’s 2013 draft guidance for industry, Abuse-Deterrent Opioids – Evaluation and Labeling.

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Breastfeeding voucher trial results

BBC Health: November 20, 2014
Initial results of a controversial scheme offering shopping vouchers to persuade mothers to breastfeed have shown promise, researchers say.

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Research finds tooth enamel fast-track in humans

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 20, 2014
Researchers have discovered a link between prenatal enamel growth rates in teeth and weaning in human babies. The research found that incisor teeth grow quickly in the early stages of the second trimester of a baby's development, while molars grow at a slower rate in the third trimester. This is so incisors are ready to erupt after birth, at approximately six months of age, when a baby makes the transition from breast-feeding to weaning.

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Pluripotent cells created by nuclear transfer can prompt immune reaction, researchers find

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 20, 2014
Mouse cells and tissues created through nuclear transfer can be rejected by the body because of a previously unknown immune response to the cell's mitochondria, according to a study in mice.

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Derivative of vitamin B3 prevents liver cancer in mice

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 20, 2014
The first mouse model that faithfully reproduces the steps of human HCC development has been developed by researchers. The results of the study indicate that diets rich in nicotinamide riboside, a derivative of vitamin B3, protect these mice from developing HCC in its most initial stage, when genotoxic stress is damaging cellular DNA. They also show a curative effect of the diet in those mice that had previously developed the disease.

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Cellular origin of fibrosis found

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 20, 2014
The cellular origin of the tissue scarring caused by organ damage associated with diabetes, lung disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and other conditions has been found by researchers. The buildup of scar tissue is known as fibrosis.

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Signaling molecule crucial to stem cell reprogramming

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 20, 2014
While investigating a rare genetic disorder, researchers have discovered that a ubiquitous signaling molecule is crucial to cellular reprogramming, a finding with significant implications for stem cell-based regenerative medicine, wound repair therapies and potential cancer treatments.

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Brain training using sounds can help aging brain ignore distractions

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 20, 2014
As we age, we have an increasingly harder time ignoring distractions. But new research reveals that by learning to make discriminations of a sound amidst progressively more disruptive distractions, we can diminish our distractibility. A similar strategy might also help children with attention deficits or individuals with other mental challenges.

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Reprogramming 'support cells' into neurons could repair injured adult brains

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 20, 2014
The cerebral cortex lacks the ability to replace neurons that die as a result of Alzheimer's, stroke, and other devastating diseases. A new study shows that a Sox2 protein, alone or in combination with another protein, Ascl1, can cause nonneuronal cells, called NG2 glia, to turn into neurons in the injured cerebral cortex of adult mice. The findings reveal that NG2 glia represent a promising target for neuronal cell replacement strategies to treat brain injury.

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Unwinding the mysteries of the cellular clock

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 20, 2014
Underlying circadian rhythms is a clock built of transcription factors that control the oscillation of genes, serving as the wheels and springs of the clock. But, how does a single clock keep time in multiple phases at once? A genome-wide survey found that circadian genes and regulatory elements called enhancers oscillate daily in phase with nearby genes – both the enhancer and gene activity peak at the same time each day.

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Well: Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Food Allergies and Autumn Quinoa

New York Times - Health: November 20, 2014
When food allergies forced her to learn to cook, Johanna Bond dove in. The result: A quinoa dish with apples and cheddar that is perfect for a fall celebration.

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Cost of Diabetes Care Keeps Climbing, Report Shows

NIH Medline Plus: November 20, 2014
Increases also seen for prediabetes, undiagnosed diabetes care Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Diabetes, Prediabetes

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Female bosses 'more depressed'

BBC Health: November 20, 2014
Women with job authority are more likely than men to display symptoms of depression, according to research in the US.

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Rushing to Put on Condoms May Lead to Problems

Scientific American: Health: November 20, 2014
Rushing to put on a condom may lead to problems that raise the risk of sexually transmitted infections, according to a new study. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Gene therapy provides safe, long-term relief for patients with severe hemophilia B

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 20, 2014
Gene therapy has transformed life for men with a severe form of hemophilia B by providing a safe, reliable source of the blood clotting protein Factor IX that has allowed some to adopt a more active lifestyle, researchers report.

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Unstable child care can affect children by age 4

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 20, 2014
Disruptions in child care negatively affect children's social development as early as age 4. However, the study also shows that the effects of child care instability are not unduly large -- and some types of instability appear to have no negative impact on children.

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Scientists study effects of sunlight to reduce number of nearsighted kids

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 20, 2014
Kids who spend more time outside are less likely to need glasses for nearsightedness – but scientists don’t know why. Researchers are now looking more closely at physical changes in the eye influenced by outdoor light exposure in the hopes of reducing cases of myopia, which affects one-third of the American population.

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Contact lens discomfort linked to changes in lipid layer of tear film

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 20, 2014
Changes in the lipid layer of the eyes' natural tear film may contribute to the common problem of contact lens discomfort.

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CMS launches chief data officer position

Healthcare IT News: November 20, 2014
Earlier this month, we reported how healthcare is increasingly embracing a new C-suite position: chief data officer. Now, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is getting in on the act, with the appointment of its first CDO, Niall Brennan. [See also: Chief data officers come to healthcare] read more

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