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Super-early Alzheimer’s detection may hinge on speech patterns

Super-early Alzheimer’s detection may hinge on speech patterns

Detecting dementia and Alzheimer's early is tricky and that's a problem, as early detection -- and thusly early treatment -- is thought to be a very important factor in possibly slowing down the disease's progression. Thanks to studies analyzing the speech and language patterns of individuals eventually diagnosed with these disease, however, researchers may have identified a method for detecting Alzheimer's disease several years or more than a decade earlier than using other methods.

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Experts tentatively OK human gene editing, but with strict rules

Experts tentatively OK human gene editing, but with strict rules

Experts comprising a panel formed by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have tentatively recommended that human gene editing be allowed to proceed in very limited cases where individuals are at risk of inheriting severe diseases that cannot be prevented by any other means. These edited genes would be passed on to future generations in due time, potentially removing defective genes from entire blood lines. That ample benefit, however, may not be adequate enough to quell concerns.

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Study finds gluten-free diets may be high in arsenic and mercury

Study finds gluten-free diets may be high in arsenic and mercury

Americans have been amidst a low-and-no gluten dieting craze, with many individuals swearing off the protein despite not having celiac disease. Whether gluten sensitivity is a real thing is still a hot debate topic and not without its controversy, but that’s neither here nor there. A new study recently published in Epidemiology has found that cutting gluten entirely out of your diet may result in an increased consumption of heavy metals, causing higher-than-average levels of arsenic and mercury to develop in your body over time.

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These connected Rossignol skis have a built-in computer

These connected Rossignol skis have a built-in computer

As "wearable tech" goes, skis are probably pushing the edges of the definition, but that hasn't stopped PIQ from embedding a whole bunch of technology in a new connected ski. The collaboration between PIQ and slope favorite Rossignol sees the former's PIQ ROBOT nano-computer integrated into the latter's Hero Master skis, offering real-time analysis of how you're doing on the snow. Currently a prototype, it's being shown off for the first time in Munich this week.

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Science confirms misophonia is a real condition

Science confirms misophonia is a real condition

Misophonia -- if you don't have the condition, it can be baffling when you run into someone who does. Individuals with misophonia have a severe intolerance for certain obnoxious sounds, such as gum being chewed loudly. Exposure to such noises provokes a nearly uncontrollable anger in so-called misophonics, a reaction some have tried to paint as irrational or fake. Science, it turns out, disagrees with that criticism, finding that misophonia is indeed a very real condition.

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Hospitals test Gear VR as non-addictive pain management tool

Hospitals test Gear VR as non-addictive pain management tool

Samsung and AppliedVR are working with hospitals to test the Gear VR as a potential pain management tool that doesn’t have the same addiction potential as opioid prescriptions. A trial has tested the Gear VR with both child and adult patients to test whether a library of ‘relaxing landscapes’ and games can help take one’s mind off things like chronic pain and anxiety. Up to 120 hospitals are being sought to participate in the trial.

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Cancer cured in two infants using genetically engineered T-cells

Cancer cured in two infants using genetically engineered T-cells

Researches recently used genetically-engineered T-cells from a donor to cure two infants of their leukemia, according to a newly published study, hinting at a future in which leukemia treatments may be simple and relatively inexpensive. Per the study detailed in Science Translational Medicine, the work done by London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital was a first attempt at such a treatment, proving wildly successful.

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Alaskan salmon infected with Japanese tapeworm, CDC warns

Alaskan salmon infected with Japanese tapeworm, CDC warns

The Japanese broad tapeworm has been identified in Alaskan-caught salmon, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, providing a good reason to think twice before eating any raw fish. The parasite, known as Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense, has been cited as responsible for about 2,000 cases of known human infections, the vast majority of them in Japan, South Korea, and similar regions.

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Nevada woman dies from nearly untreatable superbug infection

Nevada woman dies from nearly untreatable superbug infection

The Centers for Disease Control issued some sad and frightening news today: a woman in her 70s has passed away in the U.S. after contracting a so-called superbug while living in India. This superbug was resistant to all 26 varieties of antibiotics ordinarily used in the US for treatment, including some last resort drugs used to treat antibiotic-resistant bugs. She was admitted to a hospital in mid-August 2016 and passed away in early September.

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Russia proposes banning cigarette sales to people born in 2016 or later

Russia proposes banning cigarette sales to people born in 2016 or later

Society is slowly gravitating away from tobacco cigarettes, a shift resulting largely from dedicated anti-tobacco campaigns highlighting associated health risks and, more recently, the prevalence of nicotine vaping devices. The change isn't happening quickly enough in some critics' opinions, however, and not every country is seeing the same rate of decline. Now, in an effort to eradicate smoking within its own borders, Russia has proposed a radical new cigarette ban.

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Polar H10 heart rate monitor unveiled with GoPro connectivity

Polar H10 heart rate monitor unveiled with GoPro connectivity

Polar has introduced a new Polar heart rate monitor strap called the Polar H10, a sensor that wraps around your chest to keep track of your heart rate as you move about or exercise. This strap, as with a couple of other Polar models, is compatible with your GoPro devices to overlay heart rate data onto your action camera videos, providing yourself and viewers with an extra layer of data.

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Sleep Number 360 tries to make the case for smarter beds

Sleep Number 360 tries to make the case for smarter beds

Sleep is perhaps both the most undervalued and, at the same time, overrated aspects of our biological lives. We use technology day in and day out to improve our food intake, our activities, and sometimes even our grooming. But very few of those technologies actually focus on the time when we’re not active, aside from the very basic sleep monitoring function of fitness trackers. At CES 2017, Sleep Number is aiming to change all that with the Sleep Number 360 smart bed that employs all sorts of sensors, temperature controls, and even IoT communication to give you the best sleep of your life.

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