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Best Fitness Trackers to keep you fit in 2016

Best Fitness Trackers to keep you fit in 2016

It is interesting, almost amusing, how recent technologies, both hardware and software, have seemingly conspired to get us on our feet and, at the very least, live more active lifestyles. Pokemon GO, for example, has gotten people walking a lot, despite the sometimes insane reasons. Fitness trackers and smartwatches with health features come in all shapes, sizes, and design, to keep you at least mindful of your activities, or lack of it. And though we're way past the middle of the year, there's no time like the present to start the journey towards a healthier you. But there are dozens, literally, of fitness-centric accessories out there. So to help you pick your next healthy purchase, here's our top ten choices for this year's best fitness wearables.

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Fitbit drops Microsoft HealthVault sync

Fitbit drops Microsoft HealthVault sync

Fitbit is axing support for Microsoft HealthVault, the company's cloud-based database intended to make sharing information with healthcare professionals more straightforward. One of the lesser-discussed features of Fitbit products like the Blaze smartwatch, the HealthVault support had allowed wearers to push records of their activity and exercise to Microsoft's service for later consideration by a doctor or other specialist.

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Walk Again Project uses machines to help people regain mobility

Walk Again Project uses machines to help people regain mobility

One of the most devastating types of injuries that a person can suffer is a spinal injury that makes them unable to walk again. An international collaboration of scientists is working with robotic equipment under the umbrella of a project dubbed "Walk Again Project" to use non-invasive brain-machine interfaces to allow people to walk again. The process involved having people with injuries perform brain training while interacting with robot-like machines.

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Gene expression imaging could lead to new treatments for brain disorders

Gene expression imaging could lead to new treatments for brain disorders

The image you see here represents a first for scientists and researchers and could usher in a new era for treating some brain disorders. The image is the first time that the visualization of epigenetic activity has been performed in a living human brain. The researchers behind the technology hope that it may one day help to figure out the role epigenetics plays in certain brain disorders.

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Coffiest is Soylent’s alternative to your morning coffee

Coffiest is Soylent’s alternative to your morning coffee

Have you ever looked at your morning cup of coffee and wished it included a slurry of various nutrients? Probably not, but just in case, Soylent has launched its own caffeinated alternative called Coffiest because, well, apparently its the coffiest way to coffee. Coffiest, much like the company’s Soylent drink, contains a bunch of nutrients to make up for the breakfast you’re not going to eat with this — it also includes 150mg of caffeine and L-theanine to serve as what company CEO Rob Rhinehart calls “mild nootropics."

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As of today, e-cigarette makers must get FDA product approval

As of today, e-cigarette makers must get FDA product approval

The day some have feared and others have long awaited is finally here: the FDA’s e-cigarette regulations go into effect today, and they require retailers to, among other things, request identification from any prospective buyers who look like they may be younger than 27. The move aims to curb the ease by which minors have been able to acquire ‘vaping’ devices, and is joined by a ban on e-cigarette vending machines with the exception of facilities with access that has been restricted to adults only.

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Wireless sensors the size of dust could allow monitoring of organs and nerves

Wireless sensors the size of dust could allow monitoring of organs and nerves

Devices like the Fitbit are very popular today with their ability to monitor things about the wearer like their sleep habits, heart rate, and activity. In the future devices like the Fitbit might be able to do much more by using tiny wireless sensors that allow the monitoring of nerves and internal organs. These tiny wireless sensors are being developed by the University of California, Berkeley and are said to be the first dust-sized sensors that can be implanted into the body.

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Ouch: Every Basis Peak smartwatch recalled over burn risk

Ouch: Every Basis Peak smartwatch recalled over burn risk

Fitness wearable company Basis is recalling every Peak watch sold, warning users of the potential for the health tracker to overheat and cause burns to the wrist. The voluntary recall - which will result in a full refund to those who bought the Peak - comes after the Intel-acquired firm found it was unable to tweak the smartwatch's software sufficiently to cut the potential for overheating.

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Study review finds little evidence that flossing actually helps

Study review finds little evidence that flossing actually helps

One of the things that we have had to do most of our lives is floss our teeth. The dentist says that this is something you have to do to keep gums and teeth healthy. The federal government even pushes for people to floss their teeth along with the American Dental Association. The catch is that according to the AP after looking at 25 different studies comparing various oral care regimes, it found that there was very little evidence that flossing your teeth actually helps with gum and tooth health.

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CDC issues zika warning for Wynwood arts district in Miami

CDC issues zika warning for Wynwood arts district in Miami

The Centers for Disease Control have issued a warning for the Wynwood arts district in Miami, an area of the city where fourteen cases of zika virus have surfaced. The CDC advises pregnant women to avoid traveling in that area, and advises those who have visited the district since the middle of June to avoid getting pregnant for a minimum of two months. As well, pregnant women in Wynwood and those who have visited are being advised to get tested to see if they’re infected with the zika virus.

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Philips unveils new line of smart health wearables

Philips unveils new line of smart health wearables

Philips has announced a new line of connected wearable devices, including a blood pressure monitor, a health watch, body analysis scale, and an ear thermometer. According to the company, these are the first in a larger product line of smart health products, with each one being medical-grade and designed to work with the HealthSuite Health companion app. The company will be launching the four products on August 1.

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Apollo astronauts are dying from diseases caused by space radiation

Apollo astronauts are dying from diseases caused by space radiation

Florida State University Dean of the College of Human Sciences Michael Delp has detailed a sad reality affecting the Apollo astronauts: cardiovascular health issues caused by their exposure to space radiation. According to the study recently published in Scientific Reports, the astronauts who travelled into space as part of the lunar missions are largely suffering cardiovascular effects as a result, with 43-percent of the deceased individuals having died for reasons related to cardiovascular issues.

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