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Researchers develop USB stick test for detecting HIV

Researchers develop USB stick test for detecting HIV

Researchers with Imperial College London and DNA Electronics have created a new USB stick that can detect HIV in blood. The device works somewhat like a blood sugar monitor, and involves placing a drop of blood on a sensor. The USB stick is then connected to a computing device where the results are determined and presented. The test could, among other things, allow medical professionals to detect and monitor HIV in patients in rural and remote locations.

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Brain implant allows paralyzed monkeys to use legs again

Brain implant allows paralyzed monkeys to use legs again

Researchers have been working on ways to help the paralyzed regain control over their bodies for a very long time and a team has now made an potentially life changing breakthrough for paralyzed humans. Researchers at the Ecole polytechnique federale de lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have been able to give paralyzed monkeys control over their legs again using brain implants. So far testing has been conducted on two rhesus macaques that underwent implantation within two weeks of being injured.

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Timex IQ+ Move is a fitness tracker disguised as a watch

Timex IQ+ Move is a fitness tracker disguised as a watch

According to market analysts, the fad of smarwatches has faded. However, people today are, more than ever, obsessed with keeping track of their activities, whether that actually leads to healthier lifestyles or not. At the same time, many don’t actually want to be noticed wearing a silicone fitness tracker or, even if they do, those might clash with their fashion sensibilities. For these people, Timex is offering a compromise in the form of the new IQ+ Move, which is basically a classy watch, not a smartwatch, that also hides a fitness tracker inside.

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Soylent ditches algal flour in hope of solving sickness issue

Soylent ditches algal flour in hope of solving sickness issue

Soylent’s algae ingredients are one of the most lauded aspects of the drink, but one of them could also be responsible for the sickness affecting some of the company’s customers. Following reports of nausea and other problems caused by Soylent’s most recent bars and powder, Soylent elected to recall the food bars and issue an advisory for the powder, saying those who have an ‘intolerance’ to it should stop using it. The company halted sales and promised to tweak its formula, and now it thinks it has found the cause of the illnesses.

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CDC: superbug fungus may have passed through US health facilities

CDC: superbug fungus may have passed through US health facilities

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, a ‘superbug’ fungus called Candida auris may have passed through some health care facilities in the United States, marking a ‘need for attention’ amongst such facilities to help stop its spread. This fungus, unfortunately, is resistant to many anti-fungal medications, and was first isolated in Japan. Individuals in several countries have been infected with the fungus.

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How Sense with Voice will save your sleep with big data

How Sense with Voice will save your sleep with big data

If logging your runs is the current peak of the quantified self, then sleep is the next big frontier, and Hello is pitching its new sleep tracker as the centerpiece of that. Sense with Voice builds on the original no-wearable design with new voice controls, smart home integration, and a growing amount of behind-the-scenes data courtesy of the company's new Chief Scientist, Professor Matthew Walker, who I caught up with ahead of today's launch. Turns out, there's more to bad sleep than just nightmares.

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This patch could save the life of a person with a peanut allergy

This patch could save the life of a person with a peanut allergy

This tiny patch is something that could mean the difference between life and death for people who suffer from a peanut allergy. The wearable patch has shown great promise and recently completed a clinical trial and has performed very well for young children. The patch is the Viaskin Peanut Patch and it gives small amounts of peanut protein through skin of the wearer.

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Researchers use iPhone to develop mobile cancer detection lab

Researchers use iPhone to develop mobile cancer detection lab

A group of researchers at Washington State University have developed a mobile lab that allows cancer detection tests to be conducted in the field. What makes it interesting, as well as small and portable, is that the unit uses a smartphone as its central component, and not the most advanced model on the market now, but an aging iPhone 5. Also impressive is that it's said to be up to 99% accurate, while still providing almost instant results from scans.

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With brain implants, this paralyzed man rediscovered his sense of touch

With brain implants, this paralyzed man rediscovered his sense of touch

Breakthrough research delivering the sense of touch from a robotic arm directly to the human brain could dramatically change how prosthetics wearers interact with the world in the coming years. The trial, run by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), demonstrated that brain implants could restore the absent sense to a quadriplegic man paralyzed from the upper chest down. Although still in early stages, it could have huge implications for future robotics.

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Polar M200: a GPS-enabled watch built for running

Polar M200: a GPS-enabled watch built for running

There’s a wide variety of wearables, including fitness trackers and smartwatches, available in the market, but most of them crowd on two opposite ends of the spectrum. On the one hand, you have more tech-oriented smartwatches geared towards active but not athletic users. On the opposite end, you get wearables designed for more rigorous activities and exercise. There are very few, if not none, that help users transition from one end to another. The Polar M200 GPS running watch aims to fill that gap by offering users a coach to get them started running.

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Diabetics warned that insulin pump has security vulnerability

Diabetics warned that insulin pump has security vulnerability

Johnson & Johnson has told people using one of its insulin pumps that there is a vulnerability in the device's security that could allow hackers to gain access to the pump and make the device deliver an overdose of insulin. An overdose of insulin could be fatal. Despite the vulnerability and risk of death if the vulnerability were exploited, Johnson & Johnson says that the risk to users of the pump is low.

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British man may have been cured of HIV

British man may have been cured of HIV

The medical community is abuzz after a new experimental therapy may have cured a 44-year-old British man of HIV. Scientists working on the experimental therapy say that the HIV virus is completely undetectable in the man's blood. The research team investigating the new therapy consists of a team from five UK universities and the trial they are conducting currently has 50 people involved.

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