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Fighting Diabetes Via Text Messaging Fighting Diabetes Via Text Messaging

One of the best uses of technology isn’t when some pressed-pants goon comes out and dazzles the technorati with another gadget that they’ve convinced themselves that they need. It’s when someone (or a group of someones) manage to find an …

New Drug May Cure Common Cold New Drug May Cure Common Cold
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As we start to approach allergy season here in the United States, many people will start to acquire the common cold. When people are infected with the common cold, there is only one thought on their minds “I want this …

Breast Cancer: If You Drink One Glass a Day You Increase Your Risk Breast Cancer: If You Drink One Glass a Day You Increase Your Risk

A recent study indicates that if you have one alcoholic beverage a day you increase you likelihood of getting breast cancer by four percent. That risk skyrockets to 50 percent for individuals who consume three or more drinks per day. …

Robin Gibb Endures Another Surgery Robin Gibb Endures Another Surgery
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Bee Gees Singer, Robin Gibb, suffers from a congenital defect that causes his intestines to twist. This same condition killed his twin brother Maurice at the age of 53. Despite announcing that his health had improved since he got a …

Quit Smoking And Win Free Cigarettes? Quit Smoking And Win Free Cigarettes?
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In what seems like the most ridiculous anti-smoking campaign to date, Phillip-Morris is offering free cigarettes to smokers who feature the best tips on how they quit the habit. I am not serious, of course, but I would not put …

Eating Red Meat Will Buy You a Ticket to an Earlier Grave Eating Red Meat Will Buy You a Ticket to an Earlier Grave

A longitudinal study (22 years) from Harvard, Red Meat Consumption and Mortality, indicates that consuming red meat is associated with an increased likelihood of dying prematurely. Researchers are encouraging people to substitute other healthy protein sources for red meat. But …

Desk Job Death: How Your Workday Is Killing You Softly & Slowly Desk Job Death: How Your Workday Is Killing You Softly & Slowly

Did you ever hear the one about the brazen bull? As execution methods go, it’s one of the more gruesome methods you’re going to come across. The apparatus involved a hollow, bronze statue of a bull with a panel door …

Exclusive: More On Google’s New Health Search Results Exclusive: More On Google’s New Health Search Results

As previously reported, Google is rolling out a new search feature that adds a box of quick answer-type results for health-related queries. In the official announcement on the Inside Search blog, Roni Zeiger made a point to say, “The list …

Google Health Search “Improvements” Announced Google Health Search “Improvements” Announced

Google announced today that it has made efforts to improve the quality of health-related searches. Google’s Chief Health Strategist, Roni Zeiger, MD, writes on Google’s Inside Search Blog: Every day, people search on Google for health information. Many of these …

Garrett McNamara: I Have Underwater Superpowers Garrett McNamara: I Have Underwater Superpowers

Garrett McNamara is a world record holder for surfing the biggest wave in the world. The wave, which stood a gigantic 90 feet, is a monster in itself, but Garrett feels he can break his old record. http://youtu.be/nd2jtwviyC8 Garrett has …

SmokefreeTXT Helps You Quit Smoking With Encouraging Texts SmokefreeTXT Helps You Quit Smoking With Encouraging Texts
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If there is one simple truth that everyone who has ever picked up a cigarette knows, it’s this: quitting is a huge pain in the ass. Anyone who has ever attempted and failed can attest to that, and everyone who …

Health Risks of Cell Phones [Infographic] Health Risks of Cell Phones [Infographic]

You always here about how cell phones may cause cancer, and disputes that they don’t. But what about other potetnail health risks of mobile devices? Mezzmer has put out the following infographic looking at how mobile devices might be impacting …

Google Health: Now’s The Time To Get Your Data Google Health: Now’s The Time To Get Your Data
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Google just announced that it’s shutting down a handful of its offerings. Back in June, Google announced that it would be shutting down Google Health the first of the new year. Now, Google is sending a friendly reminder out to …

Microsoft Looks to Scoop Up Health Data Following Shut Down of Google Health Microsoft Looks to Scoop Up Health Data Following Shut Down of Google Health

Microsoft just announced that Google Health users can transfer their data to Microsoft HealthVault. This can be done with Direct Project messaging protocols established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the company says. HealthVault lets users …

Health Issues Drive Online Connections

Nearly 20 percent (18%) of U.S. Internet users have gone online to find others with similar health issues, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

The number increases to 23 percent among Internet users who are living with a chronic disease.

 

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Online Health Searches Popular Among Internet Users
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The majority (80%) of U.S. Internet users look for health information, making it the third most popular online activity, following email and using a search engine, according to a new report by the Pew Internet Project.

The most likely groups to look online for health information include: caregivers, women, whites, younger adults, and adults with at least some college education. The groups least likely to look online for health information include: African Americans, Latinos, people living with disability, older adults, and adults with a high school education or less.

eBay Launches Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
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In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, eBay is asking people to sell, buy or donate through its eBay Giving Works program.

eBay Giving Works allows buyers and sellers to support nonprofits by selling an item and donating a portion of the proceeds.

“In fact, for the value of every laptop sold this month through Giving Works, one uninsured patient could get a mammogram,” said Robert Chatwani, Director eBay Global Citizenship.

Google Health Gets More Useful, More Personalized
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Google has announced a new design and some new features for Google Health. The company says this comes as the result of feedback from users who want easier data tracking and more personalization. 

Google and Bing Launch Health Map Applications
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Today both Google and Bing released some health-related map applications. These releases coincide with the Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosting their Community Health Data Forum event.

Google’s contribution includes a Google Fusion Tables project and customized map showing information from HHS. For example, you can see a map of "heart friendly" and "people friendly" hospitals.

FDA Partners With Drugs.com On Health Information
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said today it is partnering with medication information site Drugs.com to expand access to the FDA’s consumer health information.

Drugs.com is focused on providing people with information to better manage their own health care and to assist in reducing medical errors. The site attracts more than 12 million unique visitors each month.

WebMD Becomes More Social

WebMD has launched WebMD Health Exchange, a new health social networking platform.

WebMD Health exchange allows people to connect with health experts and other WebMD members to share experiences, discuss personal challenges, and receive answers and support.