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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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Powerful tool promises to change the way scientists view proteins

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
Life scientists now have access to a publicly available web resource that streamlines and simplifies the process of gleaning insight from 3-D protein structures. Aquaria, as it's known, is fast, easy-to-use and contains twice as many models as all other similar resources combined.

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Erectile dysfunction drugs could protect liver from sepsis-induced damage

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
Drugs that are on the market to treat erectile dysfunction could have another use: they might be able to protect the liver from damage caused by sepsis, a systemic inflammatory response to infection, say researchers.

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In a role reversal, RNAs proofread themselves

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
Building a protein is a lot like a game of telephone: information is passed along from one messenger to another, creating the potential for errors. Enzymatic machines proofread at each step, and scientists have uncovered a new quality control mechanism along this path. But in a remarkable role reversal, the proofreading isn't done by an enzyme. Instead, one of the messengers itself has a built-in mechanism to prevent errors.

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Flu's Grip on U.S. Starting to Weaken: CDC

WebMD: January 29, 2015
Some areas are starting to see a decline in infections, official says

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Acne Gel Linked to Rare Side Effect, Doctors Warn

WebMD: January 29, 2015
Teen developed blood disorder after using Aczone for a week

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John Bender, M.D., M.B.A., Runs for AAFP Director

American Academy of Family Physicians: January 29, 2015
The Colorado AFP announces the candidacy of John Bender, M.D., M.B.A., of Fort Collins, for AAFP director.

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Gary LeRoy, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director

American Academy of Family Physicians: January 29, 2015
The Ohio AFP announces the candidacy of Gary LeRoy, M.D., of Dayton, for AAFP director.

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What Is a Fetish?

WebMD: January 29, 2015
Just because your partner likes to see you in sexy high heels doesn’t mean he has a fetish. Fetishes can be part of a healthy sex life, but they can also be the signs of a sexual disorder, experts tell WebMD.

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Skin Patches to Turn People into Batteries

Discovery Health: January 29, 2015
Dermal silicone generators harvest the energy of muscle movements to produce static electricity.

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Could Violent Red Dwarfs Turn Mini-Neptunes into Exo-Earths?

Discovery Health: January 29, 2015
New research suggests that the frozen cores of 'mini-Neptunes' could be transformed into habitable worlds with a little help from their red dwarf hosts.

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Javette Orgain, M.D., M.P.H., Runs for AAFP Speaker

American Academy of Family Physicians: January 29, 2015
The Illinois AFP announces the candidacy of Javette Orgain, M.D., M.P.H., of Chicago, for AAFP speaker.

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First-ever view of protein structure may lead to better anxiety drugs

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
When new medicines are invented, the drug may hit the intended target and nullify the symptoms, but nailing a bull's eye -- one that produces zero side effects -- can be quite elusive. New research has, for the first time, revealed the crystal structure of a key protein, TSPO, which is associated with several forms of anxiety disorders.

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Key element in circadian clock speed discovered

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
In a discovery that may lead to new treatments for sleep disorders, jet lag and other health problems tied to circadian rhythms, researchers have identified a determinant of the circadian clock's period.

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New minimally invasive test identifies patients for Barrett's esophagus screening

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
A new minimally invasive cell sampling device coupled with assessment of trefoil factor 3 expression can be used to identify patients with reflux symptoms who warrant endoscopy to diagnose Barrett's esophagus, according to a new study.

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Texting may be more suitable than apps in treatment of mental illness

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
Texting may be a more suitable treatment aid for those with mental illness than mobile applications.This is the key finding of a new study led by researchers from Clemson University in collaboration with researchers from Indiana University and the Centerstone Research Institute. The study was published in the journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing.

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Despite Esteem for Science, Public at Odds with Scientists on Major Issues

Scientific American: Health: January 29, 2015
Scientists and their work have an important place in every major aspect of American life. Many hope that advances in science will improve people's lives and enhance the economy. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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NIH Modifies but Still Defends Experiments on Monkeys

Scientific American: Health: January 29, 2015
Changes have been made to controversial experiments at a lab receiving NIH funding, but the agency says that the work causes only slight pain or distress -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Mystery of Baleen Whale's Hearing May Be Solved

Discovery Health: January 29, 2015
Skulls of at least some baleen whales have acoustic properties that capture the energy of low frequencies and direct it to their ear bones.

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Training cuts 'could harm patients'

BBC Health: January 29, 2015
Proposals to shorten medical training for doctors in the UK could seriously compromise patient care and safety, leading doctors warn.

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Matter: In the Way Cancer Cells Work Together, a Possible Tool for Their Demise

New York Times - Health: January 29, 2015
Research on the cooperation that goes on in a cancerous tumor could point to a new strategy for fighting the disease.

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Conservative or Liberal? It May Affect Your Longevity

Discovery Health: January 29, 2015
People whose political ideas are on the liberal end of the spectrum may be less likely to die early than those whose ideas are conservative or moderate.

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Black breast-feeding gatherings battle troubling health gaps

Associated Press Healthwire: January 29, 2015
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Once a month, baby-toting young women gather in a YMCA conference room to share tips, talk about and demonstrate breast-feeding - an age-old yet sometimes shunned practice in their community....

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Genetically engineered antibody-based molecules show enhanced hiv-fighting abilities

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
Capitalizing on a new insight into HIV's strategy for evading antibodies -- proteins produced by the immune system to identify and wipe out invading objects such as viruses -- researchers have developed antibody-based molecules that are more than 100 times better than our bodies' own defenses at binding to and neutralizing HIV, when tested in vitro. The work suggests a novel approach that could be used to engineer more effective HIV-fighting drugs.

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Added fructose is a principal driver of type 2 diabetes

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
Recent studies have shown that added sugars, particularly those containing fructose, are a principal driver of diabetes and pre-diabetes, even more so than other carbohydrates. Clinical experts challenge current dietary guidelines that allow up to 25 percent of total daily calories as added sugars, and propose drastic reductions in the amount of added sugar, and especially added fructose, people consume.

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Crucial protective role observed for farnesoid-x receptor in cholestatic liver injury

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
The farnesoid-X receptor (FXR), also known as the chief regulator of bile acid metabolism, is thought to play a role in some hepatobiliary and gastrointestinal disorders. A recent study has demonstrated dysfunctional intestinal FXR-signaling in a rat model of cholestatic liver injury, accompanied by intestinal bacterial translocation (BTL) and increased permeability and inflammation. Notably, a highly potent, selective FXR agonist obeticholic acid (INT-747) counteracted these effects, suggesting a potential new therapeutic avenue for liver disease.

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Little Improvement in Children Paralyzed After Viral Infection, Study Finds

WebMD: January 29, 2015
Cluster of Colorado cases may be tied to 2014 outbreak of enterovirus D68, experts say

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How Medical Marijuana’s Chemicals May Protect Cells

Scientific American: Health: January 29, 2015
As more states legalize treatment, scientists are learning how the plant's chemicals may help conditions ranging from brain injuries to cancer -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Common pesticide may increase risk of ADHD

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
A new study provides strong evidence, using data from animal models and humans, that exposure to a common household pesticide may be a risk factor for ADHD.

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Parkinson's gene linked to lung cancer

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
A gene that is associated with lung cancer has been identified by researchers. Through whole exome sequencing, they identified a link between a mutation in PARK2, a gene associated with early-onset Parkinson's disease, and familial lung cancer.

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Among gut microbes, strains, not just species, matter

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
Sophisticated genomic techniques now allow scientists to estimate the strains, not just the species, in samples of the human gut's microbe collection. Differences in the strains of microorganisms present might account for the variable influence the gut's microbe community has on human health and disease. Understanding the effects of various strain combinations on such functions as metabolism, immunity and drug reactions might suggest ways to manipulate the gut microbiome to improve health.

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Ancient 'genomic parasites' spurred evolution of pregnancy in mammals

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
Large-scale genetic changes that marked the evolution of pregnancy in mammals have been identified by an international team of scientists. They found thousands of genes that evolved to be expressed in the uterus in early mammals. Surprisingly, these genes appear to have been recruited from other tissue types by transposons -- ancient mobile genetic elements sometimes thought of as genomic parasites. The study sheds light on how organisms evolve new morphological structures and functions.

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Cancer fear can impact screening uptake

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
People who worry about cancer are more likely to want to get screened for colon cancer, but feeling uncomfortable at the thought of cancer makes them less likely to actually go for the test, finds new research.

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Functioning brain tissue grown in 3-D structure

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: January 29, 2015
Researchers have induced human embryonic stem cells to self-organize into a three-dimensional structure similar to the cerebellum, providing tantalizing clues in the quest to recreate neural structures in the laboratory. One of the primary goals of stem-cell research is to be able to replace damaged body parts with tissues grown from undifferentiated stem cells. For the nervous system, this is a particular challenge because not only do specific neurons need to be generated, but they must also be coaxed into connecting to each other in very specific ways.

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CMS signals an ease to meaningful use reporting

Healthcare IT News: January 29, 2015
It's official. The federal government has announced its willingness to ease up on meaningful use reporting requirements for the EHR Incentive Programs.  read more

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Virtual Reality Coming to Qantas First Class

Discovery Health: January 29, 2015
The Australian airline will be offering its passengers a Samsung Gear VR headset.

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