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Can wearable devices keep us healthy and fit?

Can wearable devices keep us healthy and fit? | Food Trends | Scoop.it
The healthcare industry thinks so—the next generation of fitness trackers will be able to continuously monitor a patient's vitals, from blood pressure to temperature. Here's how daily updates from these devices might eliminate the need for a yearly physical.

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, September 15, 2015 9:41 AM

A review of the different type of wearable devices and software to track our fitness and wellness, and the shortcomings of many.


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As we enter the new age of internet of things,  quantified self and life logging, with our bodies and minds covered in sensors, our current information overload will grow exponentially. The need for algorithms that analyze all this data to translate the raw data into actionable information will become essential.

George Schildge's curator insight, September 21, 2015 9:58 AM

Do you have one?

Ron Abate's curator insight, September 21, 2015 10:59 AM

Technology will soon monitor our health....

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Is your technology killing you? - Telegraph

Is your technology killing you? - Telegraph | Food Trends | Scoop.it

Like it or loathe it, technology is something we cannot live without. From the moment we wake up in the morning (the customised ring of a smart phone’s alarm) until the moment we go to bed at night (a final check of emails), technology is an integral part of modern life.

But just how detrimental is this for our health? We take a look at some of the risks, and how to avoid them.

1. "Text-neck" syndrome

Bending your head down to look at your phone can have serious consequences for your spine, according to a new study.

Kenneth Hansraj, the chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, has found that the increased stress on your spine could lead to “early wear, tear, degeneration and possibly surgeries”.

 

The study, which will appear next month in Surgical Technology International, acknowledged that it is “nearly impossible to avoid the technologies that cause these issues”.

However, Dr Hansraj advised that “individuals should make an effort to look at their phones with a neutral spine and avoid spending hours each day hunched over”.

The image below, used in the research paper, illustrates how the weight seen by the spine increases when flexing the neck at varying degrees.

An adult head weighs 10-12 pounds in the neutral position, but as the head tilts forward, the force on the neck surges upwards.

 

 

Earlier this year, the United Chiropractic Association said that poor posture arising from over use of smart phones posed as big a health risk as obesity.

2. Obesity

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Jonathan Dearing said that “text-neck” syndrome was not something he had come across before.

“If you put any part of your body in an unusual position of course it will start to feel uncomfortable,” he said. "We would say just move your neck around and don’t be so daft."

Mr Dearing, who is a spokesman for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, said that by far the biggest threat arising from technology is the reduction of physical activity – the fourth biggest cause of death worldwide.

“Our parents' generation was far more active than we are now," he said.

"If someone is on the floor above you at work, rather than going to see them you would send an email. And you would phone up a friend rather than travelling to meet them.

“Inactivity leads to obesity, and it means risk of cardiovascular disease is greatly increased.

“Pretty much every pathology – such as breast cancer, prostate cancer or bowel cancer – you are both more likely to get it and less likely to recover from it if you are inactive.”

 

3. Sleep

The Lighting Research Centre, part of New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, found in 2011 that two or more hours of exposure to backlit devices, such as a smartphone or tablet, suppresses melatonin which can lead to trouble sleeping at night.

Mariana Figueiro who led the research team recommended dimming the brightness on backlit devices to minimize melatonin suppression.
 

However, Professor Kevin Morgan, Director of the Clinical Sleep Research Unit at Loughborough University, said that it is the intellectual stimulation rather than the screen’s backlighting that keeps you awake at night.

“Probably more than half the civilised population of the planet are looking at screens,” he said.

“But screens disturbing your sleep have almost nothing to do with the radiation it is transmitting.

“Why are you looking at a screen before you go to bed? It could be because you are working. Or a child might be playing an exciting game.

“The issue is cognitive arousal. Looking at screens engages you in intellectual activity, in a way that is not at all like reading a book.”


4. Depression

Not only could staring at a screen in bed stop you from sleeping, it could also trigger depression, according to an American study.

Samer Hattar, professor of biology at Johns Hopkins University in the US, found that mice regularly exposed to light at night became "depressed" - showing less interest in doing "fun" things, being less likely to explore new objects in their cages and not moving around as much.

They also had higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.

Although the study was in mice, Prof Hattar said mice and men were similar in certain ways and so the study held lessons for people.

“I'm not saying we have to sit in complete darkness at night, but I do recommend that we should switch on fewer lamps, and stick to less-intense light bulbs: Basically, only use what you need to see,” he said.

 

5. Radiation

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organisation, declared in 2011 that mobile phones may increase the risk of developing brain cancer.

It classified the radiation emitted by handsets as “possibly carcinogenic”, placing mobiles in the same risk category as lead, the pesticide DDT and petrol exhausts.

The NHS advise everyone, especially children, to only make short calls on a mobile phone, when necessary and keep your phone away from your body when you are not using it.

They also advise using a hands-free kit, and only using a mobile phone where reception is strong.


 

6. Addiction

Dr Aric Sigman, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, claimed that a generation of young people are growing up with a virtual addiction to computers, televisions and smartphones.

"Technology should be a tool, not a burden or a health risk,” he told Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2012 annual conference.

“Whether children or adults are formally 'addicted' to screen technology or not, many of them overuse technology and have developed an unhealthy dependency on it.”

He accused parents who constantly fiddle with mobile phones or iPads in front of their children of “benign neglect” and advised that children under the age of three have no access to screens at all, and no more than an hour a day outside school for those under the age of seven.

 

 


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Kennychia Zhiwei's curator insight, December 4, 2014 11:29 AM

this is related but not totally directly related to my powerpoint as this is about health risk if a user uses hi or her mobile devices too long.

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Top 10 Futuristic Technologies in the Classroom

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Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 15, 2015 9:59 PM

I'm taking a look to see the difference in innovation between pedagogy and andragogy. No doubt, children adopt new tech faster. Hunting for interesting insight.

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How flipped learning works in (and out of) the classroom

How flipped learning works in (and out of) the classroom | Food Trends | Scoop.it

Flipped learning is more than just having students do homework during the school day. It’s more than just putting the onus on students to teach themselves. In fact, it’s neither of those things. Don’t be fooled by simple explanations of flipped classrooms that simplify a highly complex undertaking.


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Jess Farley's comment, May 29, 6:55 PM
Great article Mina! I have seen this strategy on prac. The students love it.
Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, May 30, 4:03 PM
A short and easily read introduction to flipped learning.
Tim Pennycuick's curator insight, June 2, 6:37 AM
Very good comparison between traditional and new ways of teaching and learning.
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How may restaurant trends affect the food business come 2015?

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The National Restaurant Association's "What's Hot in 2015" survey revealed interesting trends for next year.
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6 Food Trends to Watch Out for in 2015

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Sour flavors, vegetable mashups, a ramen renaissance and more extreme food trends are on tap for this year.

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6 Trends that will Shape the Food Industry in 2015

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What sort of inventive and wacky things will we be eating and drinking in the coming year? Here is a look at the top food trends hitting the scene in 2015.

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Bob Frazier's curator insight, February 20, 2015 11:46 AM

The industry is changing, are you staying up to date with the new trends? For a weekly recap of restaurant ideas, news, articles and info, subscribe to the free Restaurant Newsletter  at http://pos-advicenewsletter.com/! Complete list of Restaurant Technology developers and providers is available at http://restaurantsoftwarelist.com/ 

Manpreet Kaur's curator insight, February 23, 2015 2:11 AM

After reading about how some failed and incomplete scientific research led to shunning of 'fat' in food products, I came across this post. 

"Fat is back". Yes, it is. When we can eat a lot of fried stuff, why do we create such a fuss about fat? Not all kinds of fat are bad for our health and weight loss goals. 

Shirley Kinkade's curator insight, February 25, 2015 12:42 PM

Actually interesting!

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New York restaurants scramble for alternatives after city bans foam packaging - The Guardian

New York restaurants scramble for alternatives after city bans foam packaging - The Guardian | Food Trends | Scoop.it
Starting in July, single-use foam packaging will be banned in New York City. What are the alternatives – and what will a foam-free city look like?

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Stanford will now teach your kid how to shop for groceries

Stanford will now teach your kid how to shop for groceries | Food Trends | Scoop.it

A new Teaching Kitchen was launched last month, in hopes of providing students with one of the most practical skills of all -- how to feed oneself.


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Japanese fabrics, quilt fabrics, traditional patterns, designs

Japanese fabrics, quilt fabrics, traditional patterns, designs | Food Trends | Scoop.it
Dress made with new cotton fabric! This design also available in wine & dark navy. http://t.co/DrZHiikc http://t.co/fjhNWRjI

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Ed Halmagyi: What will we be eating in 2014? | The New Daily

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If 2013 was the year of wine bars, macarons (yes, still), high-end Mexican,…
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Food Trends 2014

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So food fads are a little silly and we’re not suggesting you throw your chia seeds to the bush turkeys, but taking note of foodie fashion is a great way to expand your palate and explore our city’s thriving dining scene.
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How Long Does It Take for Social Media Marketing to Start Paying Off?

How Long Does It Take for Social Media Marketing to Start Paying Off? | Food Trends | Scoop.it

You’ve got your Twitter account going and you’ve made a few good jokes. You’ve garnered a few followers on Facebook. Every day, you put a little time into yours social channels. How long until you start seeing some actual sales or conversions?


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Bonnie Burns's curator insight, September 21, 2015 5:54 PM

According to PR Week, only 16 percent of overall marketing budgets are earmarked for digital. Those numbers are expected to rise and with greater investment, social media marketing has a greater change to thrive.

 

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Questions to Think about in Maker Spaces - FRee Poster Download - Mindful Maker Questions

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"This project supported in part by a Remake Learning Fellowship from The Sprout Fund. Credit: Leanne Bowler, University of Pittsburgh"


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Top 5 Tech Gadgets of The Future

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The Top 5 New Future Technology Smart Laptop Gadgets you should have 2015

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6 Food Trends to Watch Out for in 2015

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Top five food and beverage trends for 2015

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Clear labelling and convenience are two of the top five trends that will dominate the food and drink industry in 2015, Innova Market Insights has predicted.

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Freddy Peterson's curator insight, December 8, 2014 2:55 PM

(Amy) Top 5 food and beverage trends of the upcoming year. Learn whats hot in the food and beverage industry before everyone else does. 

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7 food trends of 2015 that embrace health and sustainability

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Some years see food fads that bring shudders to the green- and salubrious-inclined, but 2015 has ushered in some fashionable noshes that we can live with.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, March 6, 2015 10:43 AM

Interesting foods???

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5 Restaurant Trends We’re Excited for in 2015

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As we move into 2015, we are taking a look at the food-world trends, movements and ideas that are picking up steam, from high-end chefs dabbling in fast-casual (like Chris Jackle's Uma Temakeria, above) to a wave of new digital bill-paying and table-reserving apps.  Consider these our big ...

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Why Entrepreneurs Are Betting On These 10 Emerging Food Trends

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What innovative new foods will entrepreneurs bring you in 2015? Here's a look at ten interesting trends, and the companies betting they'll become the next culinary craze.


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Japanese Firm Develops Wearable Nano-Fabric To Monitor Your Heart-Rate

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A Japanese firm has developed a high-tech fabric which contains nanofibres which can monitor your heartrate. Mobile network NTT Docomo worked with Toray to produce the clothing, known as Hitoe (or 'one layer').

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Vintage Japanese Kimono Silk Fabric

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This is a really beautiful, bold, sophisticated silk fabric. The colors have been impossible to photograph accurately. The squares are

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2014 Food Trends: Quick Links - Slice

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I've been sharing interesting 2014 food trends projections that cross my path .. I'm consolidating these here for quick reference.
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2014 food trend predictions: Freekah, 'year of gin', tea leaves

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Happy New Year, everyone! It's time to dish about what 2014 has in store for us in food trends. Find out why everyone will soon be talking about the side dish freekah and why tea will see a big boost this year.
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