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New dementia guidelines focus on what works – and what doesn’t

New dementia guidelines focus on what works – and what doesn’t

The risk of dementia can be reduced by cutting alcohol consumption and not smoking, part of a lengthy list of proactive ways the World Health Organization has released to help avoid cognitive decline. The advice comes as the WHO reveals ominous predictions about the rate of dementia diagnosis over the next 30 years, with cases of the condition expected to surge.

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Gilead pledges free PrEP HIV med in US: What you need to know

Gilead pledges free PrEP HIV med in US: What you need to know

Pharma giant Gilead will donate HIV treatment and prevention drugs for up to 200,000 people per year, with the free PrEP amounting to as many as 2.4 million bottles of Truvada each year. The agreement has been hailed as a significant step in efforts to reduce - and eventually prevent - HIV in the US, but comes as Gilead faces renewed criticism over its drug pricing and efforts to control the PrEP market.

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The new WHO screen time for kids limits are super-strict

The new WHO screen time for kids limits are super-strict

Children under one year of age shouldn't have any screen time, the World Health Organization has decided, part of a wide-ranging set of guidelines for raising heathy kids that could well prove controversial. Although many parents have discovered that sitting an infant in front of a TV or tablet can prove a capable distraction, the potential health risks may be considerable.

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Apple Watch 4 ECG app now available in Europe and Hong Kong

Apple Watch 4 ECG app now available in Europe and Hong Kong

The Apple Watch saves lives, as numerous anecdotes have repeatedly proven. And that was back when the smartwatch just had the basic set of sensors like a heart rate monitor. The Apple Watch 4 significantly stepped up Apple's efforts to corner a niche market but its limited availability meant it couldn't really do much for users outside the US. Now that the Apple Watch 4 has been certified, it's now possible to make use of its ECG sensor in 19 countries across Europe as well as in Hong Kong.

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Verily smart shoes tipped as a doctor for your feet

Verily smart shoes tipped as a doctor for your feet

Verily, the health focused division of Alphabet which span out of the Google X moonshot lab, is looking to smart shoes for its next big advance. The company - which is attempting to coax healthcare breakthroughs by applying big data principles and cutting-edge technology to the human body - has already experimented with smart contact lenses and heart-monitoring watches.

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Apple hunts Medicare funds for Apple Watch on seniors’ wrists

Apple hunts Medicare funds for Apple Watch on seniors’ wrists

Apple is shopping the Apple Watch around private Medicare plan providers, in the hope of getting the health-tracking smartwatch onto the wrists of seniors. Now in its fourth generation, the latest Apple Watch features the ability to perform basic electrocardiogram tests to ascertain heart health, as well as a fall detection system that can spot if the wearer has collapsed and summon help.

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Microsoft and Walgreens strike major deal to personalize healthcare

Microsoft and Walgreens strike major deal to personalize healthcare

Walgreens Boots Alliance, the pharmacy's health and well-being enterprise, has teamed up with Microsoft on healthcare-related innovations, the companies have announced. The partnership will combine Walgreen's locations, health services, and similar offerings with Microsoft's tech 'to advance and improve the future of health care.' The business deal arrives as Amazon eyes its own big move into the healthcare industry.

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Coway Airmega 400S Air Purifier Review: Less smoke, more smart

Coway Airmega 400S Air Purifier Review: Less smoke, more smart

You end up thinking a lot about air quality when a thick pall of smoke has been hanging outside your windows for two weeks solid - enough to make you think that a high-tech air purifier is probably a very good addition to most homes. Coway's Airmega 400S is one such example, combining a voracious appetite for air impurities with a host of connected features that should make it a more welcome guest. Question is, at more than $600, is it worth it?

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Verily shelves diabetes-tracking contact lenses

Verily shelves diabetes-tracking contact lenses

An ambitious project to make contact lenses that could track glucose levels for people with diabetes has been shelved, with Alphabet's Verily admitting the technology just wasn't up to scratch yet. The health-centric lenses were one of the company's first public projects to break cover back in 2014, and a headline example of how it would work with the pharmaceutical industry.

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Fitbit and Google team to use machine learning on your fitness data

Fitbit and Google team to use machine learning on your fitness data

Fitbit and Google are teaming up on health, aiming to make it easier to combine individual exercise data with electronic medical records for a smarter take on fitness and chronic conditions. The deal will see Fitbit use Google's Cloud Healthcare API to funnel the everyday movement and workout data gathered by its wearables into owners' patient profiles.

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iOS 11.3 Health Records makes iPhone your treatment hub

iOS 11.3 Health Records makes iPhone your treatment hub

Apple's push to make the iPhone the hub for your medical treatment continues, with iOS 11.3 adding Health Records for tracking tests, appointments, and more. A new addition to the iOS Health app, Health Records will pull in data from select healthcare services providers to be funneled straight into one place, rather than spread across multiple systems and devices.

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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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