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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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Dr. Oz Accuses Critics of Trying to Silence Him

Discovery Health: April 26, 2015
TV's Dr. Oz has come under fire by critics for spreading medical misinformation, but he's defiant.

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Everest Avalanche Victims Rescued During Nepal Aftershocks

Discovery Health: April 26, 2015
Helicopters airlifted injured climbers off Mount Everest Sunday after an avalanche killed at least 18 people, even as a powerful aftershock hit the world's highest peak.

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Despite warnings, health food stores recommend over-the-counter dietary supplements to minors

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 26, 2015
Fifteen year olds are not only able to buy over-the-counter dietary supplements from a sampling of health food stores across the country, the staff at those stores actually went so far as to recommend certain products, despite labels reading 'for adult use only.'

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Serving healthy foods with a smile may entice students to eat better

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 26, 2015
Labeling healthy foods with smiley faces and offering small prizes for buying nutritious items may be a low-cost way to get students to make healthy choices in the school lunch line, according to a new study.

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Some children lose autism diagnosis but still struggle

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 26, 2015
About one in 14 toddlers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder no longer met the diagnostic criteria in elementary school, but most continued to have emotional/behavior symptoms and required special education supports, according to a new study.

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Program puts a dent in summer hunger

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 26, 2015
When schools close their doors for the summer, many low-income children who rely on subsidized breakfasts and lunches don't know when they will get their next meal. An innovative program to fill this gap could serve as a model for communities looking to help feed struggling families when school is out.

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Electronic cigarettes gaining in popularity among teens

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 26, 2015
Teens no longer smoke just cigarettes. They have branched out to using alternative tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes, hookahs and little cigars. In fact, e-cigarette use is rising rapidly among both cigarette smokers and nonsmokers, according to a new study.

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Researchers harness the power of mobile devices to teach kids about safety

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 26, 2015
Since it's nearly impossible to keep mobile devices out of the hands of children, they might as well learn something worthwhile using these devices. That was the idea behind the development of a game app to teach youngsters about bicycle and dog bite safety.

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We are family: Adult support reduces youths' risk of violence exposure

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 26, 2015
Adults can have a bigger influence on youths growing up in poor, violent neighborhoods than they may realize.

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Just an hour of TV a day linked to unhealthy weight in kindergartners

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 26, 2015
Kindergartners and first-graders who watched as little as one hour of television a day were more likely to be overweight or obese compared to children who watched TV for less than 60 minutes each day, according to a new study.

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No life-saving surgery 'for billions'

BBC Health: April 26, 2015
Two-thirds of the world's population have no access to safe and affordable surgery, according to a new study in The Lancet.

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Back pain link to chimpanzee spine

BBC Health: April 26, 2015
People with lower back problems are more likely to have a spine similar in shape to the chimpanzee, our closest ape ancestor.

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HIV home test kit goes on sale in UK

BBC Health: April 26, 2015
The first HIV self-test kit that allows people to get a fast result at home has gone on sale in the UK.

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Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (April 26)

Discovery Health: April 26, 2015
This week on Tasty Tech, we have a cappuccino-brewing robot, clear clay and the fastest train in the world.

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A Springtime Trek Through Death Valley: Photos

Discovery Health: April 26, 2015
The hottest and driest place in North America is an otherworldly desert off the beaten path.

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Mental-Health Crunch on Campus

Wall Street Journal: April 26, 2015
Universities are hiring more psychologists and psychiatrists as demand for mental-health services soars, but students in some cases are footing much of the bill.

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Chipotle to Stop Serving Genetically Altered Food

New York Times - Health: April 26, 2015
Starting Monday, nothing sold by Chipotle, which has more than 1,800 restaurants, will contain any genetically modified ingredients.

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Medicare-Provider Penalties Detailed

Wall Street Journal: April 26, 2015
Nearly 40% of providers treating Medicare patients will have their payments docked 1.5% because they didn’t submit data on patients’ health to the government, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said.

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Washington State Revisits Rules on Use of Marijuana as Medicine

New York Times - Health: April 25, 2015
Among the law’s many provisions, it creates a voluntary registry of patients and eliminates what have become in some cases large, legally dubious “collective gardens” providing cannabis to thousands.

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Deadly Nepal Quake Devastates Vast Region: Photos

Discovery Health: April 25, 2015
Saturday's earthquake that hit Nepal has caused widespread devastation in the nation and across neighboring countries, killing over 1,200 people.

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Iowa Law Arising From Kasem Case Ensures Adult Children Can See Sick Parents

New York Times - Health: April 25, 2015
Under the measure, an adult who cannot manage his or her own affairs and must depend on a legal guardian would have the right to receive visits from family members.

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Hundreds Dead After Massive Earthquake Hits Nepal

Discovery Health: April 25, 2015
International aid groups rushed to respond Saturday to a massive earthquake in Nepal that claimed more than 1,000 lives as aftershocks and severed communications hampered rescue efforts.

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Caterpillar fungus could hold the key to relieving the pain of osteoarthritis

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 25, 2015
A drug from a parasitic mushroom that lives on caterpillars could become an effective new painkiller for people with osteoarthritis within the next six years.

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TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products Recalls Puppy Starter Kit Due To Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Safety Alerts: April 25, 2015
TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products, of Neptune, NJ is recalling one lot of its 1.69 oz. package of the Puppy Starter Kit dog chews, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals ingesting the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

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TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products Recalls Puppy Starter Kit Due To Possible Salmonella Health Risk

FDA Recalls: April 25, 2015
TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products, of Neptune, NJ is recalling one lot of its 1.69 oz. package of the Puppy Starter Kit dog chews, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals ingesting the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

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Mitochondria editing tried in mice

BBC Health: April 25, 2015
Researchers develop a technique to edit out bits of mitochondrial DNA that could otherwise pass on incurable diseases, a study in mice shows.

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Use of pocket-sized ultrasound device reduces need for further testing in clinical settings

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 25, 2015
The use of a pocket-sized ultrasound device (PUD) helps to reduce the need for further testing in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.

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Better evidence needed to guide EU efforts to increase hep B and C testing

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 25, 2015
The apparent dearth of research on hepatitis B and C testing in many European countries could be hampering efforts to identify infected individuals, according to results from a comprehensive review of 136 studies presented today at The International Liver CongressTM 2015.

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Turn Your Selfies Into Dancing, Bobblehead Avatars

Discovery Health: April 25, 2015
The app draws from Chinese pop art specimen that are empirically, gloriously weird. Continue reading →

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Drinking just one or two alcoholic drinks a day linked to liver disease

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 25, 2015
According to the World Health Organization, excessive alcohol drinking is the most common cause of cirrhosis worldwide. A new worldwide study has shown the significant influence of daily drinking on this disease burden.

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Sofosbuvir/daclatasvir combination effective treatment for difficult-to-treat hep C patients

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 25, 2015
New results show that the sofosbuvir (SOF)/daclatasvir (DCV) treatment combination is effective amongst hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype-1 mono-infected patients. These results are significant because whilst other combinations have been widely reported on, there have been few data until now regarding the use of SOF/DCV combination in real world situations.

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Alcohol use disorders - stronger predictor of mortality than chronic hepatitis C virus infection

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 25, 2015
Scientists show that alcohol use disorders (AUD) have a serious, negative prognostic outcome with higher mortality risks in the general population and patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in particular.

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Sofosbuvir and peginterferon/ribavirin demonstrates virologic response rates in G3 hep C patients

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 25, 2015
New results demonstrate that hepatitis C (HCV)-infected genotype-3 (GT-3) patients, with and without cirrhosis, receiving 24 weeks of sofosbuvir (SOF) in combination with ribavirin (RBV) and peginterferon (PEG) achieved the highest sustained virologic response rates at 12 weeks (SVR12), observed in a Phase 3 study, to date.

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One third of teens admit to texting while driving: State laws help

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 25, 2015
State laws banning texting while driving led to significant reductions in the number of teens using their cell phones while behind the wheel, but nearly one-third still admitted to engaging in this risky behavior, according to new research.

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Babies as young as 6 months using mobile media

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 25, 2015
More than one-third of babies are tapping on smartphones and tablets even before they learn to walk or talk, and by one year of age, one in seven toddlers is using devices for at least an hour a day, according to a new study.

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Magazine, Internet images fail to promote infant sleep safety

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: April 25, 2015
Images of infants sleeping in unsafe environments are pervasive in women's magazines and on stock photo websites, which could create confusion among parents and put babies at risk, according to a new study.

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