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Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 puts AI in your mouth

Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 puts AI in your mouth

AI is everywhere but, in almost all cases, they are located outside or at least on your body. Smart speakers are left inside rooms and smartwatches stay on your wrist. But a new smart device that’s available exclusively in Apple Stores applies AI inside your body. Don’t worry, it’s not invasive, at least not in the “skin-piercing” sense. This new Colgate smart toothbrush uses a bit of artificial intelligence and crowdsourcing to analyze your mouth and your brushing method and tell you how to brush your teeth better.

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Interview with Starkey’s Achin Bhowmik: technology that saves lives

Interview with Starkey’s Achin Bhowmik: technology that saves lives

SlashGear was invited to join Starkey's Hearing Innovation Expo, prior to this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is always a time to show off the latest innovations, the latest products, and the latest technologies for consumers and opportunities for potential business partners as well. But technology isn’t just about self-driving cars, talking speakers, or even the latest smartphones and connected televisions. Technology is about making lives better for people, especially people who need to see better or, in the case of Starkey Hearing Technologies, hear better. Vincent Nguyen, SlashGear's Editor-in-Chief sat down with Achin Bhowmik, the company’s chief technology officer and executive VP of engineering, to learn where the current technology’s at and, more importantly, where hearing innovation is headed.

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Philips SmartSleep system uses audio to trigger deep sleep

Philips SmartSleep system uses audio to trigger deep sleep

Philips has taken the wraps off a new wearable device called SmartSleep, a solution for individuals who have trouble falling asleep. According to the company, its SmartSleep is the first wearable of its kind, one that is also clinically proven as effective for its intended purpose. Key to the device's effectiveness, Philips says, are advanced sleep analysis algorithms alongside "customized audio tones."

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Graphene-based wearable may revolutionize infant health monitoring

Graphene-based wearable may revolutionize infant health monitoring

Monitoring infant health metrics, such as pulse and breathing rate, is tricky and existing devices are cumbersome. A newly developed technology could change that, though, using conducting liquid emulsions. The liquid has been detailed in paper published today in the Nanoscale journal from the Royal Society of Chemistry; inspiration for it came from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's plea for cheap wearable tech that can track babies' health.

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Ibuprofen male infertility issue joins cardiac risk as painkiller concerns grow

Ibuprofen male infertility issue joins cardiac risk as painkiller concerns grow

Ibuprofen is a simple, inexpensive, easily purchased NSAID pain reliever, one often taken due to a combination of its perceived safety and over-the-counter availability. Ask the average person whether ibuprofen is dangerous and they'll likely say it is safe when used properly, but that may not be true. A growing number of studies shed light on concerning health issues that may arise from NSAIDs and ibuprofen in particular.

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Fitbit invests $6M in Sano glucose-monitoring, hinting at future features

Fitbit invests $6M in Sano glucose-monitoring, hinting at future features

Wearables-maker Fitbit offers a range of devices with a strong focus on fitness, but there's a strong indicator the company will soon strengthen its health features. Fitbit has recently made a $6 million investment in Sano, a glucose-monitoring startup developing tech that's able to track blood sugar with a coin-sized patch. It's exactly this kind of feature that several smartwatch makers are said to be working on, and Fitbit's investment likely means it's doing the same.

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Tinnitus treatment device could silence the ringing

Tinnitus treatment device could silence the ringing

University of Michigan researchers have developed a device that may one day offer a solution to tinnitus, a condition that causes someone to hear a persistent ringing sound. The device has been tested on animals and humans, the latter of which report decreases in tinnitus severity after four weeks of daily use. This is compared to the placebo group, which didn't experience any improvements to their condition.

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Drinking raw water is a terrible idea

Drinking raw water is a terrible idea

A recent report highlights a concerning new trend: drinking "raw water," which means water that hasn't been treated in any way. The motivation behind this trend seems to be a misguided attempt to avoid harmful elements that may be found in tap water while gaining beneficial elements believed to exist only in untreated spring water. The reality, though, is one that could involve serious illnesses uncommon in modern America.

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CDC says flu widespread in US: 21 states have high case numbers

CDC says flu widespread in US: 21 states have high case numbers

The Centers for Disease Control has released a new report indicating that the flu is off to a strong start in the US this year. Influenza-like activity has been reported as widespread across 36 states, with 21 of those states having a large number of flu-related cases. The reason for the widespread presence, according to the CDC, is this year's flu vaccine having a low effectiveness rate.

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Gaming addiction may be the WHO’s next official disorder

Gaming addiction may be the WHO’s next official disorder

Gaming addiction could be an official disease, with the World Health Organization mulling adding an uncontrollable need to play video games to its official International Classification of Diseases. "Gaming disorder" has been added to the latest draft of the new ICD, the reference document which healthcare professionals use to diagnose diseases in individuals and groups.

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California to mobile phone owners: use a headset to avoid radiation

California to mobile phone owners: use a headset to avoid radiation

The early days of cell phone ownership were rife with conspiracy theories about major health effects caused by exposure to radio frequency (RF) energy, or as it is more generally referred to, radiation. While many of those warnings were overblown or outright nonsense, the idea of limiting exposure to the RF energy from a cell phone isn't a bad one. The State of California recently released guidelines for mobile phone owners on reducing this exposure, and one big recommendation is to avoid putting the phone against your head entirely when possible.

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FDA warns biohackers over DIY gene therapy

FDA warns biohackers over DIY gene therapy

Biohackers were on the receiving end of an FDA warning this week, one that advised DIYers that publicly available gene therapy kits are illegal. Gene therapy is the process of using genetic material for manipulating or in some way modifying the expression of a gene. Brave -- or foolish, perhaps -- biohackers have taken to self-administering their own gene therapies, and the FDA isn't happy about it.

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