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    Doctors say fitness trackers, health apps can boost care

    Hackensack University Medical Center cardiologist Dr. Sarah Timmapuri, left, looks at data on a smartphone synchronized to a new Fitbit Surge worn by patient Gary Wilhelm, 51, during an examination in Hackensack, N.J. Wilhelm, who works at Hackensack University Medical Center on payroll and finance technology, joined Hackensack’s app test after he suffered a heart attack in October.

    Feb 28, 2015 7:31 AM

    That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? Well, they might spot signs of an ailment sooner and suggest behavioral changes or medication before you land in the emergency room. They also might be able to monitor how you’re healing from surgery or whether you’re following a treatment regimen.

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    Love a man in uniform? Online dating scammers hope so

    Raymond Chandler, former sergeant major of the Army, and his wife, Jeanne, who have been married for 13 years. His photo has been stolen many times from online sites and used in dating scams. She has tried to chase some down.

    Feb 28, 2015 7:32 AM

    Despite being happily married for 13 years, Ray Chandler is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors. Single women can find him on the dating site DateMeMateMe.com, where he confesses to being “Very new to this dating thing and am looking to see where this takes me.” He is on Google+, LinkedIn and Facebook. Literally hundreds of dating profiles and social media accounts are illustrated with photographs of the same handsome salt-and-pepper-haired military man.

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    Sears signals long-neglected stores may get updated

    Sears Holdings Corp. Chief Executive Officer Edward Lampert, who has spent years putting money into online efforts rather than physical stores, said Thursday that the chain’s aging fleet may finally be getting some upgrades.

    Feb 27, 2015 9:24 AM

    Sears Holdings Corp. Chief Executive Officer Edward Lampert, who has spent years putting money into online efforts rather than physical stores, said Thursday that the chain’s aging fleet may finally be getting some upgrades. After reporting the Hoffman Estates-based company’s 11th straight quarterly loss, Lampert said Sears will make “material changes” to how it sells products in lagging categories like consumer electronics. That could include featuring brands in store-within-a-store concepts.

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    Companies that reject “Shark Tank” deals, still thrive

    Daniel Rensing, left and his wife, Stephanie, owners of The Smart Baker, pose with their first product, an apron with upside down measurement conversions, at their warehouse in Rockledge, Fla. Annual revenue for their company is close to $1 million, up from $130,000 before their March 2012 appearance on the reality TV show “Shark Tank.”

    Feb 28, 2015 7:00 AM

    Dreams of investor money have induced more than 150,000 businesses to apply to be contestants on “Shark Tank,” where entrepreneurs pitch to cast members including Barbara Corcoran, founder of a prominent New York real estate brokerage; Daymond John, founder of the clothing company FUBU; and Robert Herjavec, founder of the technology conglomerate Herjavec Group.

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    Home-price gains in 20 cities accelerated in December

    The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values increased 4.5 percent from December 2013, after rising 4.3 percent in the year ended in November, a report from the group showed Tuesday in New York.

    Feb 28, 2015 7:35 AM

    The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values increased 4.5 percent from December 2013, after rising 4.3 percent in the year ended in November, a report from the group showed Tuesday in New York. The median projection of 30 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 4.3 percent advance. Nationally, prices rose 4.6 percent year-over-year in December.

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    How unemployment warps your personality over time

    U.S. Army Veteran Fay Belton picks up job information at the annual Veterans Career and Resource Fair in Miami.

    Feb 28, 2015 7:36 AM

    Long periods of unemployment drain our bank accounts and weaken the economy. New research suggests extended joblessness could also dampen our personalities. And that can make it harder to find more work. “Unemployment,” researchers wrote, “has one of the strongest impacts on well-being ... often lasting beyond the period of unemployment and being comparable with that of becoming disabled.”

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