Researchers developed a system that turns smartphones into mobile medical labs that record and send data to health professionals.
"This method makes heart rate research more inexpensive, portable and straightforward," said James Heathers, the PhD student from the University of Sydney School of Psychology who came up with the idea.
Data on tiny fluctuations in our heart rate provides critical information on the state of our nervous system, and is essential for a range of psychological research including on anger, anxiety, stress and self-control. It is also used to monitor people's health after operations and has wide applications in sports science.
The FuelBand uses a sports-tested accelerometer to track every calorie you burn, and every step you take. The user can set goals for each day and the wristband will light up from red to green to track progress throughout the day. It’s also light and durable enough to not get in the way during more physical sports.
As a bonus, the sleek LED display shows the time for a new take on a traditional watch. The FuelBand comes in black ice, white ice or basic black.
The FuelBand’s accompanying app allows you to visualize each day’s activity, helping you to pinpoint when you’re the most active (or aren’t moving enough), to help you shake up your fitness routines.
Shades use six LED lights to simulate sunlight and curb effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
To re-energize during long winter months, Seqinetic recommends users wear the glasses for up to 30 minutes a day. It adds that the light is “harmless” and “100% UV-free.” Check out the video, above, for more.
A cheap meningitis vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in Africa was ruled safe to use after several days without refrigeration on Wednesday, allowing health workers to get it to people in more remote parts.
Epidemics of meningitis A occur every seven to 14 years in Africa's "meningitis belt", a band of 26 countries stretching from Senegal to Ethiopia, and are particularly devastating to children and young adults.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) ruling, that vaccine MenAfriVac is safe to use for up to four days at up to 40 degrees Celsius, will save money spent on expensive "cold chain" systems in the final miles of delivery, said Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which helped fund the vaccine's development.
By the year 2020, 70% of the population will find themselves on the other side of 50. And despite the fact that many optimists call 70 “the new 40,” researchers agree that once you hit 40 — “new” or “old” — it’s a downhill slope.
Instead of throwing up our flabby arms and surrendering, we’re seeing a generation facing the slow decline of the senses with clever tech ideas to make aging more manageable and less humiliating. Whether it’s vision, hearing, memory or just driving skills that are beginning to dim — and, trust me, they will dim — technology is coming to the rescue.
With its new app, Striiv aims to create something as addictive as World of Warcraft with the convenience of Angry Birds.
What if planting crops in FarmVille only happened when you burned calories in real life? That’s what Striiv, a fitness startup in Redwood City, Calif., is hoping to accomplish with its new app, launched last week.
The Striiv fitness app, available for iOS devices, is free to download and tailors challenges and fitness-oriented games to your personal habits, and broadcasts your results on social networks. The app includes its own video game, called “MyLand,” which is powered by an iPhone user’s exercise habits -– in order to grow a plant or expand the island, the user must complete a series of challenges, from walking a set amount of steps to climbing stairs.
People recovering from meningitis in a national outbreak are now being diagnosed with epidural abscesses.
An epidural abscess is an infection near the spine at the site where the drug — contaminated by a fungus — was injected to treat back or neck pain. The abscesses are a localized infection, different from meningitis, which affects the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. But in some cases, an untreated abscess can cause meningitis. The abscesses have formed even while patients were taking powerful antifungal medicines, putting them back in the hospital for more treatment, often with surgery.
Comprehensive smoke-free laws were associated with a rapid 15 percent decrease in hospitalizations for heart attacks, 16 percent for stroke and 24 percent for asthma and other respiratory hospitalizations.
You’ve surely read the headlines that “wheat causes cancer!” or, on the flipside, “apples cure cancer!” It’s enough to make a man think that his dinner is a carcinogen tug-of-war. But how many foods really do have an effect—positive or negative—on cancer? The answer: Thirty-four percent, according to new Harvard research.
Feeling tired all the time? Too much sleep—not too little— could be to blame.
One in 800 Americans could have a substance in their cerebrospinal fluid called somnogen, which acts like a sleeping pill and leads to “hypersomnia”—or too much sleep, say researchers at Emory University.
Recently, 1,400 researchers stationed in the South Pole didn't have to wait-out the brutal six month winter to speak with a doctor. Those who needed the advice of a physician could do so on a "telemedicine" network operated by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and powered by Polycom.
In fact, Polycom powers a number of telemedicine services around the globe, providing people in rural environments access to top-notch healthcare.
This free ALISON online yoga course will be of great interest to learners who have some knowledge and experience of yoga techniques and would like to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of more advanced techniques that will strengthen the inner core and improve flexibility.
Yoga Exercises for Core Strength and Flexibility is originally from and published by Dashama and has a duration of 1-2 Hours for the average learner.
Being a Registered Nurse (RN) is very important, but advancement opportunities are usually better for graduates of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Online RN to BSN programs prepare you for a broader scope of nursing practice. This page has details of the programs, where they can be taken, and more ...
Technology to help seniors age in place has gone far beyond grab bars and fall-alert buttons worn around the neck. Today, there's a host of sophisticated products on the market, from medication dispensers that can report to a family member when their loved one forgets to take a pill to shoes embedded with GPS trackers to find cognitively impaired wanderers.
The best choices for seniors who want to stay at home depend on their medical condition, budget and personal preferences, says Marnie Renda, an occupational therapist and certified aging-in-place specialist in Cincinnati. The goal should be to make the technology fit the lifestyle, not the other way around.
Eating fish -- and the more the better -- appears to be associated with a small but significant decrease in the risk of cerebrovascular events, a meta-analysis showed.
"The beneficial effect of fish intake on cerebrovascular risk might be mediated through a complex interplay among a wide range of nutrients commonly found in fish," they wrote, noting that vitamins D and B complex, essential amino acids, and trace elements could have positive effects.
Alternatively, they speculated, people who eat more fish may be displacing unhealthier foods like red meat. Greater fish consumption also could be a marker of an overall healthier diet and higher socioeconomic status, both of which are likely related to a lower risk for cerebrovascular events.
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