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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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Liverwort plants found to contain THC-like medicinal cannabinoid

Liverwort plants found to contain THC-like medicinal cannabinoid

A type of mossy weed known as liverwort contains a possibly psychoactive cannabinoid similar to the THC found in marijuana, according to a new study. The molecule is called perrotetinene and it was discovered in liverworts by Japanese scientists in 1994. The new study provides strong evidence that perrotetinene is a cannabinoid similar to THC.

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Study finds lack of exercise may be bigger health risk than smoking

Study finds lack of exercise may be bigger health risk than smoking

A new study out of the Cleveland Clinic has found that a lack of exercise may be more harmful to one's long-term health than smoking or having diabetes. As well, the research found that extreme fitness offers greater benefits than moderate exercise, this challenging previous research hinting at potential issues with very strenuous activities.

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MIT AI learns to spot breast cancer risk factor like an expert

MIT AI learns to spot breast cancer risk factor like an expert

A newly developed deep-learning system is capable of identifying a breast cancer risk factor in mammograms with the same level of accuracy as expert radiologists, according to MIT. The university teamed with Massachusetts General Hospital to develop what they call an automated model that is able to analyze mammograms and make assessments of the tissue that was captured.

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Huawei Watch GT and Band 3 Pro track fitness with incredible battery life

Huawei Watch GT and Band 3 Pro track fitness with incredible battery life

Huawei doesn't just have the new Mate 20 Pro today, it also has a pair of wearables that promise maximum fitness tracking flexibility without compromising on battery life. The new Huawei Watch GT and Huawei Band 3 Pro are two different aesthetic answers to a similar problem: what do you do if you want full GPS tracking for your workouts, but also want a wearable that lasts longer than a couple of hours?

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Apple Watch and iPhone tapped for major joint replacement clinical study

Apple Watch and iPhone tapped for major joint replacement clinical study

Musculoskeletal healthcare company Zimmer Biomet has teamed with Apple to use the Apple Watch and iPhone as part of a clinical study. The work involves a new app called mymobility, which enables hip and knee replacement patients to directly connect with their healthcare professionals. The study aims to determine the app and devices' effectiveness on cost and outcomes for these patients.

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E-cig ingredients may be worse for lungs than normal cigarettes

E-cig ingredients may be worse for lungs than normal cigarettes

A study recently published in the American Journal of Physiology warns that some additives and flavors in electronic cigarettes may be as harmful as -- or even worse than -- normal tobacco cigarettes. Researchers found the ingredients impaired lung function and increased lung inflammation, but the effects didn't last long.

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