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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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Well: How Exercise May Protect Against Depression

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
Exercise may help to safeguard the mind against depression through previously unknown effects on working muscles.

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Tallahassee Ear, Nose, and Throat launches a new ENT and Hearing website to better serve the sinus, sleep, facial plastics, and hearing health of Tallahassee Florida

Medical Web Times: October 1, 2014
Tallahassee Ear, Nose, and Throat (TENT) was established in 1986 with the goal of providing unparalleled expertise and service in otolaryngology, head & neck surgery, as well as in facial plastic surgery. They are proud of their extensive training and experience and feel that they have assembled an excellent team to deliver this service to [...]

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Liberia short on ambulances for Ebola patients

Associated Press Healthwire: October 1, 2014
FREEMAN RESERVE, Liberia (AP) -- The man with reddened eyes sat in his underwear outside his thatched home. He was weak from diarrhea, so his wife called the Ebola hotline for an ambulance. Now that it was here, though, he didn't want to go....

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Cameron vow to protect NHS spending

BBC Health: October 1, 2014
David Cameron will vow to protect the NHS in England from cuts for five years in his closing speech to the Tory conference.

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Well: Hospital Infections With C. Difficile Level Off

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
The incidence of the potentially deadly bacterial infection known as Clostridium difficile has leveled off in recent years.

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Ebola Overwhelming West Africa Communities

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
Ebola is sweeping into areas of West Africa that had been largely spared the onslaught. The consequences in one Sierra Leone hospital have been devastating.

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Mom makes ultimate sacrifice

CNN Health: October 1, 2014
A woman diagnosed with bone cancer refused a lifesaving treatment in order to give birth to her newborn daughter.

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Ebola patient wasn't asked about travel

CNN Health: October 1, 2014
A man infected with Ebola walked into a Dallas hospital. No one asked him if he had recently traveled and he didn't say, a source says. The man was sent home.

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Child with enterovirus 68 dies in Rhode Island

CNN Health: October 1, 2014
A child with a staph infection and enterovirus D68 has died in Rhode Island, the state's health department said Wednesday.

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Mom makes ultimate sacrifice for newborn

CNN Health: October 1, 2014
A woman diagnosed with bone cancer refused a lifesaving treatment in order to give birth to her newborn daughter.

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Well: Smoothies, Hold the Dairy

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
Substitute almond or coconut milk for yogurt or buttermilk for some dairy-free, delicious smoothies.

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CIO sings the praises of HL7 analytics

Healthcare IT News: October 1, 2014
Wes Wright, chief information officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, says a newly-installed analytics tool that unobtrusively monitors the performance of his HL7 transactions "gives me peace of mind." [See also: HL7 makes IP available for EHRs] read more

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Security readiness still sorely lacking

Healthcare IT News: October 1, 2014
If you think you're able to dodge a data breach without putting in the work, think again. This year, organizations have reported more data breaches than the year prior, seeing on average a 10 percent jump in breach frequency. So what are they doing to improve these numbers? A new study says: not enough.    read more

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What's got CHIME's CEO 'mad as hell'?

Healthcare IT News: October 1, 2014
When Russell Branzell, chief executive officer of CHIME, told an audience at the AHIMA Convention that he was "mad as hell," the crowd of hundreds of healthcare information managers roared with laughter and applause. read more

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Ambulance staff vote for strike

BBC Health: October 1, 2014
Ambulance staff and other health workers in the GMB union have voted in favour of strike action in a row over pay.

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AAFP Calls for Careful Study of Medical Marijuana Use, Gun Violence

American Academy of Family Physicians: October 1, 2014
In new clinical policy, the AAFP says decisions about medical marijuana use should be based on rigorous research. The Academy also has come out in support of OTC access to oral contraception. Regarding firearms safety, the AAFP is calling for more study of gun violence as a public health issue and urges strong enforcement of existing statutes intended to prevent gun violence.

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Four keys to clinical usability at the point of care

Healthcare IT News: October 1, 2014
Billions of dollars are being spent each year on HIT. Clinicians are paying for these systems, and by paying I mean either in dollars, if they put up the money themselves, or in time, which is often the case when EHR decisions are made by administrators. How can a physician’s productivity and focus on the patient be maintained while using an EHR at the point of care, and why do many systems fall short on this? read more

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The FDA takes steps to strengthen cybersecurity of medical devices

FDA US Food & Drug: October 1, 2014
To strengthen the safety of medical devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized recommendations to manufacturers for managing cybersecurity risks to better protect patient health and information.

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Challenges evaluating mHealth's success

Healthcare IT News: October 1, 2014
I saw another exciting news story on a mobile health intervention the other day.  I honestly don’t remember the company or product, but what stuck with me was the declaration of success based on 10 patients using the product for three months.  Success was touted in terms of cost reduction and resource utilization reduction in a before/after analysis.  This inspired me to collect some thoughts on some of the challenges around evaluating success in mHealth. read more

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Over 500 GP practices 'risk closure'

BBC Health: October 1, 2014
Hundreds of GP practices are at risk of closure because of the ageing workforce, doctors' leaders say.

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Super bacteria breed in space

CNN Health: October 1, 2014
Super bacteria in space are being used to create food, recycle waste and design new vaccines.

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AUDIO: Cancer victim gives to hospital that failed her

BBC Health: October 1, 2014
A cervical cancer victim has donated thousands of pounds to the hospital that failed to spot her disease.

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Girl gets 3D-printed prosthetic hand

BBC Health: October 1, 2014
A Scots girl born without fully-formed fingers is thought to be the first child in the UK to have a prosthetic hand made with 3D printing technology.

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Super bacteria are breeding in space

CNN Health: October 1, 2014
Super bacteria in space are being used to create food, recycle waste and design new vaccines.

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Teenage Pregnancy and Abortion Rates Plummet With Long-Acting Female Contraception, Study Says

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
In a program offering sexually active teenagers in St. Louis free birth control, the rates were less than a quarter of those of such teenagers nationally,

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Gluten timing does not prevent celiac disease

Associated Press Healthwire: October 1, 2014
Two studies give disappointing news for parents looking for a way to prevent celiac disease in babies at higher risk for it because of family history. Neither breast-feeding nor timing the start of gluten-containing foods makes a difference in whether a child develops the problem, researchers found....

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Free birth control cuts teen pregnancy, abortions

Associated Press Healthwire: October 1, 2014
Giving teens free birth control encourages them to use long-acting methods and greatly cuts the chances they will become pregnant or have an abortion, a new study finds....

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Proposed Legislation Would Help Physicians Re-enter Workforce

American Academy of Family Physicians: October 1, 2014
The AAFP has come out in support of H.R. 5498, the Primary Care Physician Re-entry Act, because it would help ease the country's primary care physician shortage. The bill calls for the creation of a demonstration project aimed at the development of "innovative programs" to aid individuals trained in primary care or primary health care services and seeking to re-enter clinical practice.

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VIDEO: Girl gets 3D-printed prosthetic hand

BBC Health: October 1, 2014
A five year-old girl from Inverness who was born without any fingers on one hand has become the first in the UK to be fitted with a bionic limb made using a 3D printer

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Liberian Officials Identify Ebola Victim in Texas as Thomas Eric Duncan

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
Senior Liberian officials said the man, Thomas Eric Duncan from Monrovia, had helped a woman who had Ebola to the hospital a few days before he left for the United States.

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Respiratory virus seen in 4 deaths; role unclear

Associated Press Healthwire: October 1, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- Four people who were infected with a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country have died. But what role the virus played in the deaths is unclear, health officials say...

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In Dallas Ebola Case, Officials Monitoring Children Exposed to Patient

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
Officials said they thought the patient, identified as a Liberian national, had come into contact with 12 to 18 people, including five schoolchildren.

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Smell test 'may predict lifespan'

BBC Health: October 1, 2014
US researchers say a simple smell test could help predict how likely someone is to be alive in five years' time.

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Well: Sense of Smell May Predict Longevity

New York Times - Health: October 1, 2014
A defective sense of smell appears to be a good predictor of whether you’ll die in the next five years, a new study has found.

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