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Fitbit has come a long way and continues to be the top fitness tracker. And now, it is seen as an eye catching fashion accessory and a fitness bling statement. Fitbit's newest models are now at the intersection of advanced health tracking and high end fashion. Fitbit has accomplished the combination of beautiful design and personal health information. Check out the new wrist candy and all the cool features it has to offer here >> See the HOTTEST new Fitbits!

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Awaken Your Sleeping Beauty With This Sleep Tracker

Sleep is the new hot topic and from what science tells us, it is the holy grail of health. If you can track it, you can optimize it. If you can optimize it, you can benefit from it. This hot new sleep tracker by Hello is the perfect sleep tracker for the perfect price. There is beauty in health, and it needs to be awakened. But before that, let's get the best sleep of our lives. If your VR headset lenses have stopped fogging up, you can learn more here: Sense Sleep Tracker on Amazon

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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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Peter Sands Named Head of Global Disease-Fighting Agency

New York Times - Health: November 14, 2017
The new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria faces an uphill battle: raising more money as lethal epidemics keep cropping up.

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AAFP Commissions Legal Opinion to Aid Family Physicians

American Academy of Family Physicians: November 14, 2017
AAFP members now have access to a legal opinion commissioned by the Academy that supports credentialing decisions based on a physician's qualifications.

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US regulators approve first digital pill to track patients

Associated Press Healthwire: November 14, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. regulators have approved the first drug with a sensor that alerts doctors when the medication has been taken, offering a new way of monitoring patients but also raising privacy concerns....

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FDA approves 'trackable' pill

BBC Health: November 14, 2017
The schizophrenia tablets have an embedded sensor that tells doctors whether the patient has taken them.

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Trump administration seeks to delay findings on pesticides

Associated Press Healthwire: November 14, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's administration is seeking a two-year delay of an upcoming deadline to determine whether a family of widely used pesticides is harmful to endangered species....

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Aggressive testing provides no benefit to patients in ER with chest pain

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 14, 2017
Patients who go to the ER with chest pain often receive unnecessary tests to evaluate whether they are having a heart attack, a practice that provides no clinical benefit and adds hundreds of dollars in health-care costs, according to new research. CT scans and cardiac stress tests are overused in the ER for patients with chest pain and provide no information to determine whether a patient is in the midst of a heart attack.

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E-cigarettes are more likely to be used by alcohol drinkers and former cigarette smokers

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 14, 2017
Electronic cigarettes are more frequently used by people who recently quit smoking and alcohol drinkers.

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FDA approves pill with digital tracking device you swallow

CNN Health: November 14, 2017
A psychiatric medication system in the form of a pill with a built-in digital tracking device gained approval from the US Food and Drug Administration on Monday.

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How active drug ingredients cross-react with endogenous molecules

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 14, 2017
An important aspect of pharmacology is understanding how active drug ingredients cross-react with endogenous molecules. But until now, such reactions could only be determined after the event. The precise details of the interacting factors remained unclear. Researchers have now developed a new technology that enables biochemical reactions to be monitored from start to finish at the single-molecule level.

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Janssen drops U.S. lawsuit against Samsung Bioepis' Remicade copy

Reuters Health News: November 14, 2017
SEOUL (Reuters) - A unit of healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson has dropped a lawsuit it filed to block a copy of its rheumatoid arthritis drug Remicade produced by South Korea's Samsung Bioepis Co Ltd from being sold in the United States.

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Get closer to death to make the most of life

New Scientist Health News: November 14, 2017
We distance ourselves from dying, but in doing so we could be missing out on the surprising upsides of mortality

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Trump turns to drug industry for his new health secretary

Associated Press Healthwire: November 13, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Turning to an industry he's rebuked, President Donald Trump on Monday picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive to be his health secretary....

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Coffee and plant-based diets linked to lower heart failure risk

New Scientist Health News: November 13, 2017
Drinking coffee, and diets consisting mostly of vegetables, fruit, beans and whole grains, have both been linked to a lower risk of developing heart failure

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Gene prompts cells to store fat, fueling obesity

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 13, 2017
Obesity is often attributed to a simple equation: people are eating too much and exercising too little. But evidence is growing that at least some weight gain is predetermined. New research suggests variants in a gene called ankyrin-B could be causing millions of Americans to put on pounds through no fault of their own. The study shows that the gene causes fat cells to suck up glucose faster than normal, more than doubling their size.

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Hormone for treating sepsis identified by researchers

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 13, 2017
The human protein resistin could be used to treat sepsis, the body's extreme and uncontrolled immune response to an infection, researchers have found. Without timely treatment, this medical emergency can rapidly damage tissue, leading to organ failure. The researchers found that mice expressing resistin had a 100 percent survival rate from a sepsis-like infection when compared to wild-type mice with the same infection.

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Infants with extra fingers may receive non-evidence-based, complication-prone treatment

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 13, 2017
The authors of a new study believe surgical excision is the more effective treatment option for polydactyly as it is completed in one visit, typically creates little scarring and rarely leaves painful or unsightly residual tissue.

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Netsmart leads Black Book list of top IT vendors for long-term and post-acute care

Healthcare IT News: November 13, 2017
But just 19 percent of LTPAC organizations have some technological capabilities of EHRs operational, report shows. Only 3 percent are using analytics to improve quality and efficiency.

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Bad news: Carbon emissions have suddenly started rising again

New Scientist Health News: November 13, 2017
Emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel are on the rise again. We desperately need more action to stop climate change, and that means putting a price on carbon

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Panel's anti-marijuana argument stirs anger

CNN Health: November 13, 2017
The opioid commission's fixation on marijuana was bizarre and troubling, experts say, lending credence to the outdated views of marijuana as a gateway drug. "To identify cannabis as the singular starting point of any kind of addiction is dangerous," one critic says.

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Poor children benefit when parents have access to healthcare

Reuters Health News: November 13, 2017
(Reuters Health) - Low-income children in the U.S. whose parents qualified for Medicaid were more likely to receive preventive care, regardless of their own insurance coverage, a new study finds.

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Bill Gates' newest mission: Curing Alzheimer's

CNN Health: November 13, 2017
It's one of the holy grails of science: a cure for Alzheimer's. Currently, there is no treatment to stop the disease, let alone slow its progression. And billionaire Bill Gates thinks he will change that.

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Sandy's Story: 7 years after Alzheimer's diagnosis, 'there's still a good life'

CNN Health: November 13, 2017
When he first sees me, Sandy Halperin always gives a surprised snort and then a cackle of delight. Before I know it, I'm enveloped in a bear hug, snuggled close and patted heartily on the back. If I'm lucky and Sandy remembers that he really likes me, I'll get a back scratch too, a true Halperin hug.

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do: She Took On Colombia’s Soda Industry. Then She Was Silenced.

New York Times - Health: November 13, 2017
The debate over taxing sugary drinks has turned into a ferocious global policy brawl. In Colombia, proponents faced intimidation and censorship.

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Microsoft founder Gates commits $100 million for fund, start-ups, to fight Alzheimer's

Reuters Health News: November 13, 2017
LONDON (Reuters) - Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is to invest $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund, a venture capital fund that brings together industry and government to seek treatments for the brain-wasting disease.

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PCSK9 Inhibitor improves outcomes for patients with peripheral artery disease

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 13, 2017
LDL-cholesterol-lowering drug evolocumab reduced risk of major cardiovascular events and major adverse limb events among peripheral artery disease sub-population from the FOURIER trial. A new sub-analysis of the FOURIER clinical trial, however, now offers information on the safety and effectiveness of giving the PCSK9 inhibitor evolocumab on top of statin therapy to patients with peripheral artery disease.

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Response after single treatment with canakinumab predicts which patients will benefit most

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine: November 13, 2017
A pre-specified analysis on CANTOS (Canakinumab Anti-inflammatory Thrombosis Outcomes Study) that identifies a simple, clinical method to define patient groups most likely to benefit from long-term canakinumab treatment.

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Trump to lawmakers: cut health mandate, top tax bracket

Reuters Health News: November 13, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump urged lawmakers on Monday to slash the top tax rate paid by the wealthy and end the Obamacare individual healthcare mandate, even as he praised their work so far on tax reform in the Republican-controlled Congress.

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Gov't approves first-ever med with digital tracking system

Associated Press Healthwire: November 13, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in the United States with a digital ingestion tracking system in an unprecedented step to ensure that patients with mental disorders take the medicine prescribed for them....

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U.S. top court to hear fight over California pregnancy center law

Reuters Health News: November 13, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether a California law requiring private facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs telling clients how to get state-funded abortions and contraceptives violates free speech rights.

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Variety of nuts tied to lower risk of heart disease

Reuters Health News: November 13, 2017
(Reuters Health) - People who regularly eat a variety of nuts including walnuts, peanuts and tree nuts may be less likely to develop heart disease than individuals who rarely or never eat nuts, a U.S. study suggests.

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Sandoz says new clinical data support two biosimilars

Reuters Health News: November 13, 2017
ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis' generics division, Sandoz, said new immunology data from four clinical studies supported its proposed biosimilars adalimumab for treating psoriasis and cancer drug rituximab.

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Bill Gates gives $50 million to combat Alzheimer's

Associated Press Healthwire: November 13, 2017
SEATTLE (AP) -- Bill Gates says he's giving $50 million to help fight Alzheimer's disease....

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Professor resigns after allegations he sexually abused minors as a priest

CNN Health: November 13, 2017
An art history professor at Arizona State University has resigned after allegations that he sexually abused at least three minors when he was a priest.

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Want to Prevent Heart Disease? Go Nuts&Excl;

MedlinePlus: November 13, 2017
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Girl, 12, draws pictures of her life with heart condition

BBC Health: November 13, 2017
Emily Sullivan had open heart surgery three times before the age of seven.

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Big aftershocks could well hit Iran and Iraq in next 48 hours

New Scientist Health News: November 13, 2017
The magnitude 7.3 quake that struck Iran and Iraq on Monday has already killed 400 and injured thousands, and more tremors could be on the way

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