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FDA warns public about ‘cool trend’ whole body cryotherapy

FDA warns public about ‘cool trend’ whole body cryotherapy

Whole body cryotherapy is a growing trend amongst those brave enough to tackle the coldest (briefly) livable temperatures — if you’ve ever taken an ice bath, gone on a polar bear swim, or spent a few minutes running around in an ice chamber, you’ll probably be familiar with the general idea. Whole body cryotherapy is popping up at spas and wellness centers across the nation promising to help treat a whole host of ailments, including serious conditions like MS and Alzheimer’s disease. Finally, the FDA has stepped in with a word of caution.

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iOS 10 will make it easier to become an organ donor

iOS 10 will make it easier to become an organ donor

There are a number of ways to become an organ donor if you live in the US, but Apple and Donate Life America are looking to make the process even easier in iOS 10. In a joint press release today, the two organizations announced they were teaming up to bring organ donor registration to the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. Apple will apparently be adding the ability to sign up as an organ, tissue, and eye donor to iOS 10's Health app when the OS becomes available this autumn.

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Study: marijuana reduces plaque, inflammation related to Alzheimer’s

Study: marijuana reduces plaque, inflammation related to Alzheimer’s

The THC and some other compounds found in marijuana have been found effective in treating many ailments, and past studies have found signs that it may be helpful in preventing Alzheimer's disease, as well. Research has indicated that marijuana reduces inflammation in the brain which may contribute to dementia and Alzheimer's, and a recent study found that it also helps strip away the plaque found in the brain of Alzheimer's patients.

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Misfit Speedo Shine 2 gets wet with new swim tracking

Misfit Speedo Shine 2 gets wet with new swim tracking

Misfit has launched a new version of its fitness tracker for swimmers, the Speedo Shine 2 Swimmer's Edition, promising health metrics both in and out of the pool. The follow-up to the original Speedo collaboration a year ago, the new wearable keeps the circular design of the second-generation Shine 2 but throws in proprietary lap-counting algorithms suited to aquatic use.

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Fitbit Sleep Schedule makes sure you get enough shut-eye

Fitbit Sleep Schedule makes sure you get enough shut-eye

It might sound almost paradoxical that an activity tracker would also track the least active part of our daily routine. However, sleep is perhaps the most underrated aspect of health and usually the first to be sacrificed in the name of productivity. The Fitbit app's new Sleep Schedule feature puts the focus back on the bed (or the couch, if it comes to that) to ensure you get the optimal hours of sleep to actually keep your body fit and healthy.

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Zika vaccine approved for phase one human trial

Zika vaccine approved for phase one human trial

A pair of companies have gotten the go-ahead for human trials of a zika virus vaccination, they have announced. Inovio Pharmaceuticals and GeneOne Life Science got approval for a phase I trial, which will concern Inovio’s Zika DNA vaccine GLS-5700. The vaccination is designed to prevent zika virus infections in humans; it showed promise in pre-clinical trials involving both small and large animals.

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FDA approves home stomach pump to combat obesity

FDA approves home stomach pump to combat obesity

This week, the Food and Drug Administration announced its approval of a stomach-draining device called AspireAssist; it is designed to combat obesity via a drainage tube and port implanted in the patient’s stomach, allowing the patient to drain some of their stomach contents after they eat. When used properly, the device will drain about 30-percent of a meal's calories, according to the FDA, essentially serving as an alternative to lap band surgeries.

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Yahoo Japan Smart Stretch 360 is a hilarious way to exercise

Yahoo Japan Smart Stretch 360 is a hilarious way to exercise

Smartphone addiction is an epidemic. At the most extreme, we have people falling into ditches, tripping up, or getting into all sorts of painful or at least embarrassing situations due to keeping their eyes glued to their screens. But even "regular" users will at the very least experience discomfort from prolonged use and poor posture, especially on the neck. Some call this "text neck", like stiff neck, and Yahoo! Japan happens to have the perfect 360-degree exercise video to fix that and have you laughing your guts out while you're at it.

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FDA fires back at OIG over claims its food recall program is too slow

FDA fires back at OIG over claims its food recall program is too slow

On June 8, the Office of the Inspector General sent the FDA an ‘early alert’ letter advising it that an ongoing audit has found the Food and Drug Administration’s food recall program to be inadequate on a couple of levels, particularly when it comes to prodding companies to get a move with their voluntary food recalls. Now the FDA has fired back with its own statement, justifying its processes and saying that it expediting changes it already had in the pipeline.

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Withings Body Cardio Review : what no other scale has

Withings Body Cardio Review : what no other scale has

If you want to get so extremely serious about your body that your scale can tell you if you have heart problems, Withings Body Cardio is here for you. This piece of hardware works with the ability to tell you your pulse wave velocity - that's the measure of the stiffness of your arteries - aka the velocity at which your arteries pulse through your vessels. The measurement is non-invasive, and could very well show you that you're at cardiovascular risk when you'd otherwise have no idea. So far it seems we're not at risk - so that's good!

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Withings Body Cardio scale arrives with Pulse Wave Velocity tech

Withings Body Cardio scale arrives with Pulse Wave Velocity tech

Withings, now owned by Nokia, has introduced its new Body Cardio, a smart scale that is available through both Withings own website and Apple Stores. Withings boasts that its Body Cardio brings a technology that hasn’t otherwise been available in home scales: Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV). With this, the scale can take a measurement that helps indicate the state of one’s risk of “cardiovascular incidents,” hypertension, and overall cardiac health.

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Pebble gets a new Weather app, Health gets more accurate

Pebble gets a new Weather app, Health gets more accurate

Just because Pebble is in the middle of a very hot and again wildly successful Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble 2 and Pebble Core, it doesn't mean it has forgotten about its existing throng of very loyal users. It has just announced the availability of Firmware 3.13 for existing smartwatches, as well as matching updates for its iOS and Android apps. It might not be as earth-shattering as the upcoming Actions feature, but it's still a refinement worth noting and a welcome reminder that Pebble hasn't forgotten its fans.

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