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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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AP PHOTOS: Pole dancing being used for fitness

Associated Press Healthwire: September 22, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Poles have long been a staple of smoky strip clubs, but the women scaling and swinging from them in Las Vegas earlier this month weren't doing it for dollar bills....

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Well: A Better Baby I.C.U.

New York Times - Health: September 22, 2014
By many measures, a neonatal intensive care unit with single-family rooms produces better results than one with a shared, open-bay arrangement, a new study found.

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Call to offer boys the HPV vaccine

BBC Health: September 21, 2014
Scientific experts are meeting on Monday to discuss whether boys as well as girls should be offered the HPV jab.

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Joan Rivers's Treatment Seen as Possible Example of V.I.P. Syndrome

New York Times - Health: September 21, 2014
The treatment of Joan Rivers at a Manhattan endoscopy clinic last month may be the latest example of what medical professionals call “V.I.P. Syndrome,” in which famous patients get special care that doesn’t always work out for the best.

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NHS whistleblowing 'problems persist'

BBC Health: September 21, 2014
Whistleblowers still face real problems in speaking out in the health service - despite the push to create a more open culture, campaigners say.

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Roast peanuts 'spark more allergies'

BBC Health: September 21, 2014
Roasted peanuts may be more likely to trigger allergic reactions than raw peanuts, according to an Oxford University study carried out on mice.

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Retro Report: Selling Prozac as the Life-Enhancing Cure for Mental Woes

New York Times - Health: September 21, 2014
In the late 1980s and the ’90s, Prozac was seen as a life preserver for those drowning in anguish. It was also a marvel of commercial branding.

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Op-Ed Contributors: A Cancer Battle We Can Win

New York Times - Health: September 21, 2014
CT screening for lung cancer can save thousands of lives each year.

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VIDEO: Are disability hate crimes ignored?

BBC Health: September 21, 2014
A former director of prosecutions has said victims of disability hate crime are being failed by the police and the courts.

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VIDEO: Inside London hospital's 'eye bank'

BBC Health: September 21, 2014
BBC Inside Out has met the patients who have been given a new lease of life as a result of eye donations and has gone inside Moorfields Hospital’s 'eye bank' in London.

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To Win Back Older Voters, Democrats Talk Up Social Security

New York Times - Health: September 20, 2014
Looking to voters 65 and older who have been the party’s weak spot and who reliably turn out in midterm elections.

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Terence Moakley, Advocate for Disabled, Dies at 69

New York Times - Health: September 20, 2014
Mr. Moakley, a quadriplegic, was not above staging public stunts to show how difficult it could be for the disabled to get around.

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How Liberia lost its handshake

BBC Health: September 20, 2014
How Ebola has prevented the traditional Liberian handshake

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Paying Till It Hurts: After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn't Know

New York Times - Health: September 20, 2014
In a growing practice, medical assistants, consultants and other hospital staffers, often called in without patients’ knowledge, are charging hefty fees.

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VIDEO: Asthma stigma in some Asian families

BBC Health: September 20, 2014
Asian children with asthma are five times more likely to end up with serious health problems than white children according to new research.

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News Analysis: Can a Computer Replace Your Doctor?

New York Times - Health: September 20, 2014
Do state-of-the-art gadgets really help patients?

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Opinion: Too Young to Die, Too Old to Worry

New York Times - Health: September 20, 2014
At some point, you have to start indulging in the pleasures of the present.

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Spain repatriates priest with Ebola from Africa

Associated Press Healthwire: September 20, 2014
MADRID (AP) -- The Spanish government is preparing to repatriate a priest who has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus after working in Sierra Leone....

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US troops heading into Africa soon for Ebola fight

Associated Press Healthwire: September 19, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top U.S. Army officer says thousands of promised American forces will be moving into Africa over the next 30 days to set up facilities and form training teams to help the Africans treat Ebola victims....

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Health IT jobs garner big bucks

Healthcare IT News: September 19, 2014
A new survey from online jobs search firm HealthITJobs.com reveals that work in health IT results in above-average salaries for many positions in the field, depending on experience, location and gender. Many of the jobs also come with bonuses. [Infographic: 2014 HealthITJobs.com salary survey.] Some of the key survey findings are: read more

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How to use an EHR? Depends whom you ask

Healthcare IT News: September 19, 2014
The data in electronic health records may be structured, but the usage patterns of the doctors who interact with them is anything but, according to research from Weill Cornell Medical College. [See also: When EHR design is a 'what not to do'] After getting acclimated to EHRs, physicians tend to fall into their own personalized usage patterns, according to the research – leading to a huge variability to how the systems are put to work. read more

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Guinter Kahn, Inventor of Baldness Remedy, Dies at 80

New York Times - Health: September 19, 2014
After a long, fierce legal battle, Dr. Kahn gained recognition for helping discover a baldness remedy that is sold under the brand name Rogaine.

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FTC green lights Cerner-Siemens deal

Healthcare IT News: September 19, 2014
EHR giant Cerner is now one step closer to completing its pending acquisition of Siemens Health Services, after the Federal Trade Commission gave the go ahead to an early termination of the deal's waiting period under antitrust laws.     read more

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FDA releases updated proposals to improve food safety and help prevent foodborne illness in response to public comments

FDA US Food & Drug: September 19, 2014
Based on extensive outreach and public comment, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today proposed revisions to four proposed rules designed to help prevent food-borne illness. When finalized, the proposed rules will implement portions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which aims to strengthen food safety by shifting the focus to preventing food safety problems rather than responding to problems after the fact.

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Hospitals in Kashmir Struggle After Flooding, Deepening a Health Crisis

New York Times - Health: September 19, 2014
Nearly two weeks after heavy flooding, many hospitals in the region are barely functioning and infectious waters have yet to recede.

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7 ways to boost your happiness

CNN Health: September 19, 2014
Happiness isn't just an emotional state. Science shows people who are happy live longer and healthier lives.

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700 babies maybe exposed to TB at Texas hospital

Associated Press Healthwire: September 19, 2014
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- More than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee recently diagnosed with the illness, health officials said Friday....

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Well: The Expanding American Waistline

New York Times - Health: September 19, 2014
Average waist circumference — but not B.M.I. — has increased significantly in the United States, a new study reports.

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Lockdown Begins in Sierra Leone to Battle Ebola

New York Times - Health: September 19, 2014
The population was ordered to stay indoors, while nearly 30,000 volunteers were enlisted to identify households where people infected with the Ebola virus are hiding.

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Why I'll risk my life for Ebola patients

BBC Health: September 19, 2014
Why I'm risking my life to help people with Ebola

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Pregnancy hormone link to poor maths

BBC Health: September 19, 2014
Research suggests children born to mothers who have low thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy do worse at maths.

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VIDEO: Legacy of CT scanner scientist

BBC Health: September 19, 2014
The scientist who helped develop the CT scanner has been celebrated by the University of Nottingham 10 years after his death.

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Why I became a human guinea pig

CNN Health: September 19, 2014
Earlier this week, Brian Shepherd sat down in a small doctor's office in Bethesda, Maryland. A technician swabbed his arm and gave him a quick jab with a needle.

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Ebola health team killed in Guinea

BBC Health: September 19, 2014
Nine members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers in Guinea, officials say.

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MedPAC Debates Methods to Combat Rising Drug Costs

American Academy of Family Physicians: September 19, 2014
Medicare spending for Part B drugs furnished by physicians has increased since a policy supporting lower-cost alternatives was rescinded in 2010. Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently considered several proposed formulas for determining appropriate payment for prescription drugs.

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