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‘Harpoon’ device eliminates open heart surgery for mitral valve repairs

‘Harpoon’ device eliminates open heart surgery for mitral valve repairs

A new device may revolutionize the world of mitral valve repair, making it possible for surgeons to fix this particular heart problem without having to perform open heart surgery. According to researchers investigating the device, which is called ‘harpoon,’ it has shown 100-percent performance and safety for this medical purpose. Unlike open heart surgery, using the image-guided contraption is safer for the patient, less physically taxing, and requires much less recovery time. In fact, the researchers estimate someone could leave the hospital the day after a mitral valve repair is performed with Harpoon.

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Withings Thermo Review : suddenly, a smart thermometer

Withings Thermo Review : suddenly, a smart thermometer

The Withings Thermo is a smart temporal thermometer that uses 16 infrared sensors to take your temperature by sensing heat on your noggin. I've got one right here. A noggin as well as a Withings Thermo, that is to say. The device is surprisingly simple yet complex in its abilities. You can use it with or without its connected app, made available for both Android devices and iPhone.

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Beers will soon have nutrition labels in the US

Beers will soon have nutrition labels in the US

Many beers you buy in the United States will soon come with nutrition labels on the bottle, it has been announced. Brewers participating in the Brewer’s Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, which includes HeinekenUSA, Anheuser-Busch, and MillerCoors, will include a small label that shows things like serving size, alcohol content per serving, how many calories is in the beer, the amount of carbs, protein, and fat. So far, the brewers that have agreed to this voluntary labeling account for more than 81-percent of the beers sold in the U.S., meaning just about any beer you get your hands on will have the label.

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Garmin’s new GPS cycling computers track your riding pack

Garmin’s new GPS cycling computers track your riding pack

Getting outside and socializing needn't involve Pokemon GO, with Garmin launching a pair of new cycling GPS computers that each bake in rider pack interconnectivity. The Gamin Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 each do the usual tracking and navigation you'd expect from a cycling computer, but also include the company's GroupTrack feature.

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Soylent 1.6 powder released with recipe similar to ‘2.0’ drink

Soylent 1.6 powder released with recipe similar to ‘2.0’ drink

Soylent took a big turn with its previously released 2.0 formula, which is premixed and shipped in bottles as a liquid. Those who wanted the powder version had to stick with the older 1.5 formula, which isn't terrible but isn't as great as the 2.0. That changed a bit recently, with Soylent announcing the launch of its new 1.6 powder recipe, something it says is more akin to what buyers get with the premixed 2.0 liquid.

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Theranos CEO banned from running lab for 2 years by US regulators

Theranos CEO banned from running lab for 2 years by US regulators

Over the last year, blood-testing startup Theranos has fallen from its position as a rising star in Silicon Valley. The company has become the subject of several federal investigations, been accused of false advertising and unreliable test results, and found to be operating without FDA approval, all following an investigation by The Wall Street Journal eight months ago over recurring irregularities. Now Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes has been federally banned from running a US lab for the next two years.

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FDA warns public about ‘cool trend’ whole body cryotherapy

FDA warns public about ‘cool trend’ whole body cryotherapy

Whole body cryotherapy is a growing trend amongst those brave enough to tackle the coldest (briefly) livable temperatures — if you’ve ever taken an ice bath, gone on a polar bear swim, or spent a few minutes running around in an ice chamber, you’ll probably be familiar with the general idea. Whole body cryotherapy is popping up at spas and wellness centers across the nation promising to help treat a whole host of ailments, including serious conditions like MS and Alzheimer’s disease. Finally, the FDA has stepped in with a word of caution.

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iOS 10 will make it easier to become an organ donor

iOS 10 will make it easier to become an organ donor

There are a number of ways to become an organ donor if you live in the US, but Apple and Donate Life America are looking to make the process even easier in iOS 10. In a joint press release today, the two organizations announced they were teaming up to bring organ donor registration to the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. Apple will apparently be adding the ability to sign up as an organ, tissue, and eye donor to iOS 10's Health app when the OS becomes available this autumn.

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Study: marijuana reduces plaque, inflammation related to Alzheimer’s

Study: marijuana reduces plaque, inflammation related to Alzheimer’s

The THC and some other compounds found in marijuana have been found effective in treating many ailments, and past studies have found signs that it may be helpful in preventing Alzheimer's disease, as well. Research has indicated that marijuana reduces inflammation in the brain which may contribute to dementia and Alzheimer's, and a recent study found that it also helps strip away the plaque found in the brain of Alzheimer's patients.

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Misfit Speedo Shine 2 gets wet with new swim tracking

Misfit Speedo Shine 2 gets wet with new swim tracking

Misfit has launched a new version of its fitness tracker for swimmers, the Speedo Shine 2 Swimmer's Edition, promising health metrics both in and out of the pool. The follow-up to the original Speedo collaboration a year ago, the new wearable keeps the circular design of the second-generation Shine 2 but throws in proprietary lap-counting algorithms suited to aquatic use.

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Fitbit Sleep Schedule makes sure you get enough shut-eye

Fitbit Sleep Schedule makes sure you get enough shut-eye

It might sound almost paradoxical that an activity tracker would also track the least active part of our daily routine. However, sleep is perhaps the most underrated aspect of health and usually the first to be sacrificed in the name of productivity. The Fitbit app's new Sleep Schedule feature puts the focus back on the bed (or the couch, if it comes to that) to ensure you get the optimal hours of sleep to actually keep your body fit and healthy.

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Zika vaccine approved for phase one human trial

Zika vaccine approved for phase one human trial

A pair of companies have gotten the go-ahead for human trials of a zika virus vaccination, they have announced. Inovio Pharmaceuticals and GeneOne Life Science got approval for a phase I trial, which will concern Inovio’s Zika DNA vaccine GLS-5700. The vaccination is designed to prevent zika virus infections in humans; it showed promise in pre-clinical trials involving both small and large animals.

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