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Bowflex SelectTech 560 review: smart dumbbells

Bowflex SelectTech 560 review: smart dumbbells

In the age of technology, health is fast becoming a priority. Devices like the Apple Watch lean into it as a means to encourage sales, and both Google and Apple have apps designed to quantify your well-being. They work, too; not only do you get a glimpse of your raw data points, you often get insight on how that looks over the course of weeks and months, and what trends your data is returning. The question I had was wether or not connected weight lifting equipment like the Bowflex SelectTech 560 can help me achieve goals.

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Google’s depression quiz is clinically validated and helps gauge severity

Google’s depression quiz is clinically validated and helps gauge severity

If you open the Google Search app on mobile and search the term 'clinical depression,' Google's front page results now include a questionnaire that visitors can take to gauge whether they're depressed and how severe that depression may be. The quiz is clinically validated, according to Google, which has teamed up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The quiz is the clinically-validated PHQ-9 questionnaire.

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Peanut allergy treatment milestone eliminates condition for years

Peanut allergy treatment milestone eliminates condition for years

A new study published in the journal The Lancet details a treatment breakthrough that successfully eliminated peanut allergies in some afflicted individuals for up to four years. The treatment involved a combination of peanut oral immunotherapy (PPOIT) and probiotics, and though it isn't a proper cure for the allergy, it did produce a tolerance in afflicted individuals that allowed them to, in some cases, eat peanuts for a long period of time without experiencing an allergic response.

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Magic mushroom breakthrough opens door for psilocybin prescriptions

Magic mushroom breakthrough opens door for psilocybin prescriptions

Mushrooms containing psilocybin -- usually just called 'magic mushrooms' -- are a godsend for some individuals, proving to be a cure or a very effective treatment for cluster headache disorder and some other conditions, possibly including depression. Despite the growing evidence of psilocybin's medical potential, health-related usage hasn't been a viable option for most people. A new breakthrough study may change that.

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Genetically modified salmon arrive in grocery stores for the first time

Genetically modified salmon arrive in grocery stores for the first time

Genetically modified salmon have made their way into the wild, so to speak. While the female fish of this GMO variety are sterile to prevent them from mixing with wild salmon, the fish have expanded beyond their AquaBounty farms, arriving on dinner plates in Canada. This marks the first time genetically modified salmon have been sold for consumption, a trend that will no doubt continue following statements from multiple authorities citing the meat as safe for consumption.

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Forget antivax, pesticides are the big danger to kids health

Forget antivax, pesticides are the big danger to kids health

A new research report commissioned by the European Parliament highlights the trouble with using pesticides on food crops, namely that these pesticides remain on the food to various degrees even after washing. It's for this reason that many countries, including Europe and the US, have upper limits on how much pesticide can be used on food crops, though such limits are based on what we know about the chemicals' effects on animals, not humans. Looking at long-term studies monitoring the effects of pesticides on human development, the results are highly concerning.

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Researchers reprogram immune cells to treat psoriasis and more

Researchers reprogram immune cells to treat psoriasis and more

A new study details the successful reprogramming of certain immune cells that could lead to treatments for autoimmune diseases like psoriasis. The work was performed by researchers with the Gladstone Institutes, and it is made possible by a 'small-molecule drug' that essentially converts immune cells from the type that attack the body to the type that keep things in check. It could also prove effect for treating cancers.

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FDA embraces vaping in surprise move against big tobacco

FDA embraces vaping in surprise move against big tobacco

After years of worry and doomsday conspiracy theories, the Federal & Drug Administration has just tossed a curveball into the tobacco industry, announcing plans to help support e-cigarettes and other 'innovations' that are less harmful than traditional cigarettes. The move aims to reduce the number of deaths and preventable diseases that arise from smoking tobacco, as well as curbing the use of cigarettes among teens.

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You can now tell Cortana to ask Fitbit about your weight

You can now tell Cortana to ask Fitbit about your weight

With all the attention lavished on Alexa, Google Assistant, and, in a not so positive way, Bixby, it’s almost to easy to forget about Siri and, even more so, Cortana. Many might have forgotten that Microsoft just announced back in May its Cortana Skills, analogous to Alexa Skill and Assistant Actions. Which is probably why there are only 66. Actually, make that 67, now that Fitbit has joined the ranks, allowing you to get your fitness stats simply by asking Cortana to do it for you.

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Exercise and electric brain stimulation boost learning: study

Exercise and electric brain stimulation boost learning: study

If you're trying to master a skill, a new study says that using a 'cross-training' regimen may help improve your ability to learn versus solo cognitive training. The study calls this multimodal training, and explains that it 'significantly enhanced learning' among volunteers who participated in the study. Best of all, the method doesn't require any nootropics or otherwise invasive measures.

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Amazon digital health talent grab: Box exec reportedly joins team

Amazon digital health talent grab: Box exec reportedly joins team

Amazon is quietly building up its digital health tech talent, reportedly poaching a healthcare exec from Box. The Seattle behemoth may be best known for its retail business, but in the background it has a growing footprint in all manner of health technology areas. This latest Amazon talent grab appears to be another move to shore up those.

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Alabama’s mad cow had ‘atypical’ form of disease

Alabama’s mad cow had ‘atypical’ form of disease

An 11-year-old cow was identified in Alabama with the neurological condition known as 'mad cow disease.' The discovery was made before the cow was butchered and, according to the USDA, wasn't at any point any sort of risk for the food supply chains. The discovery of the disease was first made during a routine surveillance of the cows; this particular victim was said to be presenting clinical signs of mad cow disease upon discovery.

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