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U.S. Navy bans e-cigarettes from all of its ships and aircraft

U.S. Navy bans e-cigarettes from all of its ships and aircraft

We've seen enough incidents involving e-cigarette batteries to know they can be dangerous. The issues tend to revolve around either poorly constructed 'vaping' devices or users improperly storing the batteries and shorting them out via loose change and key rings. While we've seen these incidents happen at home, in courtrooms, and at convenience stores, the U.S. Navy has seen them elsewhere: on its own ships, where the vaping devices are now banned.

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Apple tipped to be working on non-invasive glucose monitor

Apple tipped to be working on non-invasive glucose monitor

Wearables are great for keeping track of activity and reminding us to stay fit, but they are hardly medical devices. The closest some, but not all, get is having a heart rate monitor or a blood oxygen level sensor. In the very near future, however, at least one wearable might have one more thing: a sugar level monitor. According to insider sources, Apple is probably closer anyone has ever been to creating the holy grail of the intersection of medicine and mobile technology: a glucose monitor that you can simply wear on your skin, just like an Apple Watch.

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S Health changed to Samsung Health, adds ‘Ask an Expert’ feature

S Health changed to Samsung Health, adds ‘Ask an Expert’ feature

Back in January, we heard rumor that Samsung had plans to change its S Health app to coincide with the Galaxy S8's launch, and that such changes include a doctor-centric feature. It wasn't clear at the time whether the app would be exclusive to the S8 or would be a general update to S Health, but now we have our answer: the app has been updated on the Google Play Store, and it has received a new name.

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This common antibiotic may help prevent PTSD

This common antibiotic may help prevent PTSD

Humans are wired to have a fear response to certain things, but in some cases that fear response can go haywire, and the result is an individual afflicted with PTSD. Many researchers have spent many years searching for a suitable treatment that is both effective and easily acquired. According to a new study, the solution may be a common antibiotic called doxycycline, which has been shown to diminish fear response in volunteers.

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Google adds direct fitness class booking on desktop and mobile

Google adds direct fitness class booking on desktop and mobile

Summer is approaching, and that means many people are making a last-minute scramble to get in shape ahead of upcoming vacations and trips to the beach. Just in time to help is a new feature from Google called 'Reserve with Google,' a way to find nearby fitness studios and then book an appointment with them directly. The feature is launching on both desktop and mobile devices, and, at times, includes promotions for users.

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Adidas ALL DAY fitness app takes athletes through a full day

Adidas ALL DAY fitness app takes athletes through a full day

Adidas has introduced its new ALL DAY fitness app designed to motivate athletes and fitness enthusiasts throughout the entire day, staying relevant morning through night. The app focuses on four core categories that Adidas says drives performance and wellbeing among athletes: Movement, Nutrition, Mindset, and Rest. When the app launches, it'll include things like workouts from well-known trainers, diet tips from chefs, and more.

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Study: Ibuprofen poses major cardiac arrest risk

Study: Ibuprofen poses major cardiac arrest risk

Ask anyone, and there’s a good chance they’ve casually taken a tablet or two of ibuprofen to stave off a headache or other minor ailment. The general perception is that ibuprofen is a pretty safe drug, the small risk of stomach ulcers aside, and that’s why it is available in large quantities for low prices over the counter. According to a new study, though, this medication is associated with big increases in cardiac arrest risk, so much so that some professionals are calling for it to be made prescription-only.

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Study: audio synced to brainwaves improves memory in elderly

Study: audio synced to brainwaves improves memory in elderly

A new study out of Northwestern Medicine has found that playing audio synced to one’s brainwaves both improves memory in the elderly and improves their deep sleep quality. The memory increase is likely due to the substantial improvements in deep sleep quality, which gets worse as a person gets older, but especially starting in middle age. The discovery could lead to non-medicine-based interventions to improve both memory and sleep quality in older adults and the elderly.

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Amazon Alexa taps WebMD to answer your health questions

Amazon Alexa taps WebMD to answer your health questions

WebMD has announced that its glut of medical and health information is now accessible through Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, giving users a way to easily ask for health-related information. The information is accessible by asking Alexa health questions, such as, “Alexa, ask WebMD to tell me about insert health condition here.” Alexa, of course, will retrieve the information and then read it back to the user, no smartphones or apps necessary.

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Fitbit’s Alta HR out in April, enhanced sleep tracking incoming

Fitbit’s Alta HR out in April, enhanced sleep tracking incoming

Fitbit today unveiled its first fitness tracker of 2017: the Alta HR. While not exactly a new device, it is a redesign of one of 2016's most popular models, and it comes with some improvements that fans of the first will definitely want to consider. The most important is likely the addition of PurePulse technology, which Fitbit says was the most requested feature from Alta users.

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Nokia rebranding every single Withings device

Nokia rebranding every single Withings device

A whole bunch of new Nokia-branded products will be appearing on store shelves soon, thanks to their deal with Withings. One brand bought the other, and now the products we've reviewed over the past several years will be coming with a Nokia brand instead of Withings'. This re-branding will take place in the summer of 2017 alongside a major update to the Health Mate App and launch of HIPAA-compliant Patient Care Platform.

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Artificial intelligence used to detect very early signs of autism in infants

Artificial intelligence used to detect very early signs of autism in infants

It’s difficult to diagnose infants with autism due to trouble determining whether any behavioral traits common to autism are present. This difficulty is most pronounced before the age of two, and especially before the age of one, resulting in delayed diagnoses. All that may be changing, though, thanks to artificial intelligence and its ability to predict with high accuracy which infants will be diagnosed with autism by their second year.

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