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Verily shelves diabetes-tracking contact lenses

Verily shelves diabetes-tracking contact lenses

An ambitious project to make contact lenses that could track glucose levels for people with diabetes has been shelved, with Alphabet's Verily admitting the technology just wasn't up to scratch yet. The health-centric lenses were one of the company's first public projects to break cover back in 2014, and a headline example of how it would work with the pharmaceutical industry.

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Withings Pulse HR fitness tracker boasts big battery life

Withings Pulse HR fitness tracker boasts big battery life

Earlier this year, Withings announced that it is once again an independent company after being part of Nokia Health since 2016. The freshly-independent company is wasting little time in getting new products out the door, and today, it's reviving its old Pulse brand for a new fitness tracker. The original Pulse launched way back in 2013, so unsurprisingly, this new entry in the line - dubbed simply Pulse HR - comes with a number of upgrades.

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Facebook, Google, Twitter are working together to fight Opioid addiction

Facebook, Google, Twitter are working together to fight Opioid addiction

Substance abuse, particularly of opioid, has been around for centuries and has never truly disappeared. It’s a never-ending battle to protect lives, families, and friends, using whatever means available at the time. For our generation, those means include the Internet, one of the most powerful tools in the world today. Fortunately, those who wield and shape that tool, like Facebook and Google, are teaming up to help fight this ongoing epidemic in the best way they can.

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Juul ends flavored e-cig pod retail sales to reduce teen use

Juul ends flavored e-cig pod retail sales to reduce teen use

Following increased scrutiny, vape company Juul has announced that it will end flavored e-cigarette pod sales to retail companies. The move aims to decrease underage access to vaping products, though these flavors aren't going entirely away: they'll still be available through the company's website, but age verification will be required for purchases.

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Study finds decreased social media use improves mood and wellbeing

Study finds decreased social media use improves mood and wellbeing

Researchers with the University of Pennsylvania have found a casual link between social media use, depression, and loneliness. The study looked at Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, finding that the use of these apps resulted in a decrease in one's sense of wellbeing. This is said to be the first study that has found a casual link between social media use and depression/loneliness.

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Study finds how seafood, vegetarian diets may help protect heart health

Study finds how seafood, vegetarian diets may help protect heart health

A new study has found that primarily vegetarian diets, as well as diets containing seafood, may reduce the symptoms of hypertension-related heart disease. The beneficial effect is linked to increased levels of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), which was found to reduce heart thickening and heart failure markers in rats. Higher blood plasma TMAO levels are associated with seafood and vegetarian diets versus diets with high amounts of egg and red meat.

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AirPods 2 are almost here, trademark suggests wellness features

AirPods 2 are almost here, trademark suggests wellness features

It seems that Apple has learned the art of teasing its fans and prolonging their waiting. It waited a month after its iPhone XS event to reveal its new iPad Pros. And now it might be waiting for yet another month to bring out another expected product, the next-gen AirPods. It might be close to launch, though, if certification and trademark filings are any indication. And if those sightings are correct, fans might be looking at a rather sophisticated piece of fitness equipment they can put in their ears.

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Promising universal flu protection created from vaccinated llamas

Promising universal flu protection created from vaccinated llamas

Scientists have developed a long-lasting form of universal flu protection from llamas that were immunized with flu vaccinations. The protection may last for an entire flu season, helping manage flu seasons and combat potential epidemics. The solution involves a new anti-flu antibody that protects against both influenza A and B viruses.

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Wear OS is headed down the road of irrelevance

Wear OS is headed down the road of irrelevance

Days before its big Pixel event, Google released its latest version of its wearable spin on Android. Not Android Wear, of course, but Wear OS, this time version 2.0. The release was met with generally positive response, praising the more streamlined UI that finally makes it more convenient to use navigate through the smartwatch. It didn’t take long, however, for the initial excitement over Wear OS 2.0 to die down, for one reason or another. It is, unfortunately, indicative of the problem that threatens to ultimately make Android smartwatches obsolete and irrelevant.

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Stress in middle age linked with reduced memory and brain shrinkage

Stress in middle age linked with reduced memory and brain shrinkage

A new study has found a link between stress experienced in middle age and impaired memory, as well as loss of brain volume. This is the first study to look at the potential effects of stress on the brain of middle aged individuals, again underscoring the health issues caused by stress. The effects were found to impact both men and women.

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Psilocybin depression treatment gets major new FDA designation

Psilocybin depression treatment gets major new FDA designation

A new therapy for treatment-resistant depression has received a milestone Breakthrough Therapy designation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The new designation is notable for one important reason: the treatment involves psilocybin, the active ingredient found in a variety of mushrooms collectively known as "magic mushrooms."

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Pokemon GO Adventure Sync lets you walk off all that Halloween candy

Pokemon GO Adventure Sync lets you walk off all that Halloween candy

During its peak, Pokemon GO has been credited for getting people off their butts and on their feet and walking around, sometimes even walking into things, unfortunately. But how much walking and activity did Pokemon GO really produce. Unfortunately, there’s really no way to get that past data and can only get it directly from tracking data from smartwatches or smartphones. To fix that, Niantic Labs is launching a new feature called Adventure Sync that records our steps, syncs with Apple and Android phones, and hatches eggs.

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