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Bose over-the-counter hearing aid gets FDA approval

Bose over-the-counter hearing aid gets FDA approval

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a Bose over-the-counter hearing aid product, enabling the company to start marketing the device in the United States. Simply referred to as the Bose Hearing Aid, this device is the first of its kind that is self-fitting, controlled by the user, and approved for marketing in the US.

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Fitbit Charge 3 launch date, price set, Sleep Lab next month

Fitbit Charge 3 launch date, price set, Sleep Lab next month

The wearable market seems to have plateaued a bit, perhaps partly due to most users being satisfied with the trackers they already have. So what can fitness tracker makers do to increase sales? Make consumers realize they will need more. The Fitbit Charge 3 is an example, adding a new sleep tracking feature that won’t exactly guarantee you the most peaceful slumber but could at least help you understand why you’re not getting any.

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Juul marketing materials seized as FDA targets underage vaping

Juul marketing materials seized as FDA targets underage vaping

The Federal Drug Administration has seized more than one thousands documents from e-cigarette company Juul, according to a new report. The documents are said to be related to Juul's marketing practices, the focus being underage vaping and the FDA's ongoing work to address marketing that some companies may be targeting at teens.

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Popular artificial sweeteners are toxic to gut bacteria: study

Popular artificial sweeteners are toxic to gut bacteria: study

Yet another study has found potential harmful effects on gut bacteria caused by artificial sweeteners. These products are designed as a substitute for sugar and often used by diabetics or low carb dieters as a way to minimize their blood glucose levels. Unfortunately, many of these popular sweeteners may also be toxic to gut bacteria, and it doesn't take high doses to get that effect.

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Study finds childhood activities may shape gut bacteria later in life

Study finds childhood activities may shape gut bacteria later in life

Childhood activities may influence one's gut bacteria balance later in life, according to a new report. Such activities include things like physical fitness and sleeping, with adequate sleep levels and high activity being linked to diverse gut bacteria profiles. The study provides a preliminary look at how early childhood may help shape gut microbiota later in life.

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Apple Watch 4 fall detection disabled by default

Apple Watch 4 fall detection disabled by default

Apple has made it no secret that it wants the Apple Watch to be the health wearable you’d ever want (and, in consequence, require you to purchase an iPhone to go along with it. But while the new ECG heart monitoring is definitely interesting, it is actually the fall detection feature that’s piquing the curiosity of consumers and especially YouTubers. And while it does sound like a life saver, it won’t be unless you explicitly enable it, as it is turned off by default for anyone younger than 65.

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Withings Steel HR Sport Review: Analog style with a smart heart

Withings Steel HR Sport Review: Analog style with a smart heart

Withings wrote the book on making a fitness wearable that wasn't an ugly hunk of rubber on your wrist: now, it wants the Steel HR Sport to do the same for smartwatches. Freshly returned to original co-founder Eric Carreel after a stint as Nokia Digital Health, this first product under new management argues you don't need to sacrifice classic watch style just to get modern smart features. In an Apple Watch Series 4 age, though, does Withings' nod to the analog past make too many compromises for its future?

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FDA targets teen vape use with major new educational campaign

FDA targets teen vape use with major new educational campaign

Internet users will soon see a variety of digital advertisements targeting teenagers who may be thinking about or currently using e-cigarette devices. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new educational campaign today that hopes to curb teen use of liquid nicotine devices, the effort spurred by statistics showing increased vaping activities among adolescents.

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Fasting and low calorie diets spur anti-aging molecule production

Fasting and low calorie diets spur anti-aging molecule production

A new study has revealed the potential anti-aging effects of fasting and calorie restriction on the vascular system. The research, which comes out of Georgia State University, focused on vascular aging due to its important role in the overall process of aging. During the work, scientists discovered a molecule produced during times of low food intake that slows down the cellular aging of the vascular system.

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Withings Steel HR Sport puts fitness tech in a sleek analog design

Withings Steel HR Sport puts fitness tech in a sleek analog design

Withings is back to being independent, and the smartwatch company is celebrating post-Nokia liberation with the new Steel HR Sport. A fitness-tracking smartwatch that you could mistake, at first glance, for a high-end analog timepiece, it takes inspiration from the first Withings Activité, launched back in 2014.

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BPA-free plastic doubts raise new health concerns

BPA-free plastic doubts raise new health concerns

BPA-free plastic may not be the health safeguard it was once believed to be, with new research indicating the risks involved in plastic bottles and food containers could be just as high as the BPA it replaced. The early study has suggested that - in mice at least - chemicals in BPA-free plastics could trigger reproductive problems.

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Apple Watch Series 4 ECG: What you need to know

Apple Watch Series 4 ECG: What you need to know

The Apple Watch Series 4 may have a big, beautiful new screen, but it's the wearable's healthcare features which will arguably make it a must-have gift this holiday season. As well as tracking when you may have fallen over, the smartwatch also adds heart health monitoring, with the ability to take an electrocardiogram directly form the wearable itself.

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