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FDA approves Abilify MyCite, a digital pill with a sensor that tracks doses

FDA approves Abilify MyCite, a digital pill with a sensor that tracks doses

The FDA has announced a new approval that marks a first for the agency: Abilify MyCite. This medication is described as a 'digital pill,' one that features both the medicine and an embedded sensor. Thanks to that sensor, patients and, more importantly, their doctors, are able to track when the medication has been taken. The pill works with a related wearable, but some worry about the privacy implications.

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10,000 Fitbits will help the government gather vital health data

10,000 Fitbits will help the government gather vital health data

The government has a massive health research project in the pipeline called All of Us, that itself being the new name given to the Precision Medicine Initiative announced by President Obama back in 2015. This initiative will help the National Institutes of Health gather a mass of data that'll ultimately help inform researchers across a spectrum of categories.

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This AI uses brain scans to figure out if someone is depressed

This AI uses brain scans to figure out if someone is depressed

Diagnosing depression is tricky and usually boils down to patients providing their doctor with a list of problems. Diagnosing the condition in the future may be far faster, though, as one AI has learned to identify depressed people using nothing more than their brain scans. The AI was trained to identify the brain patterns of individuals who are depressed versus those who aren't, something itself achieved using fMRI machines while quizzing people on how they think and feel about certain words.

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Surgeon detects his own cancer with iPhone ultrasound device

Surgeon detects his own cancer with iPhone ultrasound device

An upcoming iPhone-based medical device seems to have proven its usefulness ten-fold when a US vascular surgeon discovered cancer in his own neck while testing it. Earlier this year, Dr. John Martin was using a new portable ultrasound device called the Butterfly iQ, a scanner the size of an electric razor that can display black-and-white imagery of the body on a paired iPhone, and ended up finding a cancerous mass after noticing discomfort in his throat.

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Amazon gets pharmaceutical wholesaler licenses in a dozen states

Amazon gets pharmaceutical wholesaler licenses in a dozen states

Amazon has received licenses in at least a dozen states to function as a pharmaceutical wholesaler, according to a new report, fueling rumors that the company is looking to sell medication online. Recent reports claim that Amazon has been considering entering the online pharmaceutical sales business for years, using that time to consider all the particulars about whether it wants to make this leap. Sources claim the company will make its final decision about the business move next month.

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Soylent banned in Canada over its meal replacement claim

Soylent banned in Canada over its meal replacement claim

Soylent founder and CEO Rob Rhinehart has announced that his company's 'meal replacement' drink has been banned in Canada. The ban comes from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, essentially Canada's equivalent to the US's FDA, which found that Soylent doesn't meet the nation's requirements to be labelled as a 'food replacement' product. Rhinehart indicated that the ban will be a temporary one as the company works out the regulatory problem.

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Google Maps drops its experimental cupcake calorie feature

Google Maps drops its experimental cupcake calorie feature

Google has decided to get rid of the calorie tracking feature it had added to the Google Maps iOS app. The feature crudely estimated the number of calories that would be burned by walking to a location versus driving or taking the bus. Though nifty for those who cared, the feature was heavily criticized for its lack of accuracy and in-your-face nature.

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Flirtey launches the first drone-based defibrillator in the US

Flirtey launches the first drone-based defibrillator in the US

Coming a couple years after we saw concepts detailing such a device is the US's first defibrillator delivered via drone. The drones will be fitted with easy-to-use equipment that gives anyone near a reported cardiac patient the chance to save their life, though it obviously won't be a substitution for emergency medical technicians.

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Apple patent details smart blood pressure monitoring system

Apple patent details smart blood pressure monitoring system

A freshly surfaced Apple patent details a smart blood pressure monitoring device that would automatically measure a user's blood pressure. The patent was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office today, though it shows that Apple filed it back in April 2016. In it, the company refers to the system as an "Intelligent Blood Pressure Monitoring" technology.

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Amazon may start selling prescription drugs online

Amazon may start selling prescription drugs online

Amazon is about to make a big decision about whether it will get into the medicine-selling business, sources say, a move that may see it selling prescription drugs online to those who have a doctor's prescription. Should the online retailer get into that business, it would be a direct competition to major pharmacy chains like CVS and Walgreens, a reality underscored by their stock drops following the news.

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Qoobo is a “therapeutic” pillow with a wagging cat tail

Qoobo is a “therapeutic” pillow with a wagging cat tail

There are many theories on things that make humans happy. Some swear by scents, others with touch. This latest thing to come from Japan would have us believe that our worries can be swept away by the hypnotic movement of cats' and dogs' tails. But not everyone has the predisposition, or the luxury, to keep such furry critters. So what is a human to do? Since robots are predicted to replace us soon, why not start with our pets? Enter Qoobo, which is practically, a headless, limbless robotic cat that will still wag and curl its tail in approval.

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Panasonic’s CaloRieco machine figures out the calories in a meal

Panasonic’s CaloRieco machine figures out the calories in a meal

At CEATEC 2017 in Japan, Panasonic has shown off a prototype machine it calls CaloRieco ("Calorie co"). The machine looks like a cross between a 3D printer and a microwave, but it is neither -- it is a machine that intelligently evaluates food and determines approximately how many calories it contains.

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