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Verily Study Watch irregular heartbeat detection clears FDA

Verily Study Watch irregular heartbeat detection clears FDA

Detecting irregular heartbeats, a.k.a. atrial fibrillation or AFib, has become a hot thing in the wearable tech market thanks to the Apple Watch. Now almost everyone wants to have that feature, too, including Withings and Suunto. It might only take a matter of time for Google, who recently purchased Fitbit, to follow suit but, for now, its Alphabet sibling Verily has gotten a head start now that its Study Watch has gotten the FDA clearance for its Irregular Pulse Monitor for detecting AFib.

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Surgeon General tells Americans to stop smoking cigarettes in new report

Surgeon General tells Americans to stop smoking cigarettes in new report

Today US Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams released the first major report on smoking cessation in 30 years. The first (of two, total) made by the office was released three decades ago. Here in 2020, Adams said, "Today, I'm calling on healthcare professionals, health systems, employers, insurers, public health professionals, and policy makers to take action to put an end to the staggering—and completely preventable—human and financial tolls that smoking takes on our country."

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Anxiety study shows common factors in feeling better

Anxiety study shows common factors in feeling better

A group of researchers led by Esme Fuller-Thomson of the University of Toronto showed some good news on anxiety and GAD. GAD is generalized anxiety disorder, the subject of Fuller-Thomson's mental health study that worked with a sample of more than 2,000 people. Each of these study subjects had a history of GAD.

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FDA vaping ban slaps 30 day warning on unauthorized flavors

FDA vaping ban slaps 30 day warning on unauthorized flavors

The US Food and Drug Administration has banned unauthorized flavored vaping cartridges, cracking down on e-cigarette products as it tries to cut use among children. The announcement - which affects "unauthorized flavored e-cigarette products that appeal to kids" the FDA warns - comes only days after the agency raised the tobacco sale age from 18 to 21.

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Intermittent fasting could cut weight and delay aging – but there’s a problem

Intermittent fasting could cut weight and delay aging – but there’s a problem

Intermittent fasting could unlock lower rates of cancer and obesity as well as cut stress and even make us live longer, new research suggests, but significant hurdles are getting in the way of the diet's advantage. Rather than the typical current diet plan of three meals per day, spread out fairly evenly through daylight hours, intermittent fasting sees people squeeze their meals into just a handful of hours.

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FDA approves first US Ebola vaccine: What you should know

FDA approves first US Ebola vaccine: What you should know

The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved of an Ebola vaccine for the first time in history. This announcement was made just weeks after a similar approval by the World Health Organization. The vaccine goes by the name of Ervebo, and it's already been "assessed in approximately 15,000 individuals in Africa, Europe and North America." This vaccine's approval process, though rigorous, was done in relatively short order thanks to the efforts of the FDA and associated medical and scientific groups due to the urgent need for this vaccine as outbreaks continue to occur.

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Study shows 5 triggers for inflammation, a skeleton key for bad health worldwide

Study shows 5 triggers for inflammation, a skeleton key for bad health worldwide

Systemic chronic inflammation, or SCI, has been shown to lead to several diseases that, collectively, "represent the leading causes of disability and mortality worldwide." In a study published here in December of 2019, researchers showed the multi-level mechanisms underlying SCI as well as a set of risk factors that are most essential in promoting this health-damaging phenotype. Key amongst these factors are lack of physical activity, infections, environmental and industrial toxicants, poor diet, and psychological stress.

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Study shows vaping + smoking is riskier than e-smoking alone

Study shows vaping + smoking is riskier than e-smoking alone

A study from the University of California showed that splitting one's tobacco use between e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes is more dangerous to one's health than full-time vaping. The obvious least-risky choice here is avoiding tobacco outright, but the study centers on respiratory disease amongst tobacco users specifically. The continued use of traditional combustable tobacco appears to be just as risky to one's health as smoking traditional cigarettes 100% of the time.

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Study shows plasma ‘clock’ as potential key to aging

Study shows plasma ‘clock’ as potential key to aging

The Plasma Proteomic Clock, as Standford scientists called it, linked distinct points of aging to three specific years in a recent study. In this study, they showed how the human body does not age in a smooth fashion. Based on readings of protein in blood plasma, these scientists were able to predict the chronological age of each test subject - with some significant similarities between those points at which predictions deviated from "true" age.

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Mayo study finds Electronic Health Records less user-friendly than Excel

Mayo study finds Electronic Health Records less user-friendly than Excel

Using the System Usability Scale (SUS) in a major study published this week, Mayo researchers found modern Electronic Health Records (EHR) to be less user-friendly than Microsoft Excel. EHR got an SUS score of 45, which also ranks below GPS (maps), Amazon, and ATMs. At the top of the scale - Google search.

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Coway Airmega 200M Air Purifier Review: Breathing easy

Coway Airmega 200M Air Purifier Review: Breathing easy

It only takes a few smoky days for the idea of an air purifier like the Coway Airmega 200M to seem like a mighty sensible one. With California once again ablaze in parts, air pollution has gone from being an annoyance to a real health hazard in places, and bringing it under control - without breaking the bank in the process - is a legitimate concern.

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E-Cigarette Vaping EVALI lung injury and death count update

E-Cigarette Vaping EVALI lung injury and death count update

We've been following the outbreak of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes (vaping) since early August. On September 19, 2019, the FDA opened a criminal probe into the vaping-related lung injury outbreak, while the CDC's then-current case count was 530 people - this count has gone up considerably since then.

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