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Health & Wellbeing

Should we use smartphone apps to treat depression and anxiety?

Apps that claim to be able to help with depression and other mental health issues aren't uncommon, but it's difficult to know whether they're actually providing effective treatment. Now, researchers have looked to gain some concrete information as to how helpful an app can be for patients tackling anxiety and/or depression. The results of the study were positive, but they aren't necessarily indicative of mental health apps as a whole, where a lack of regulation has made it extremely difficult to pick out software that can be trusted.Read More

Fighting Zika one smartphone at a time

IBM's World Community Grid (WCG) is a program that links the processing power of the phones, tablets and computer of ordinary citizens to tackle world health problems like tuberculosis and cancer. To date the program has supported 27 different research projects, and is now setting its sights on the Zika virus.Read More

IBM-developed macromolecule uses triple-attack technique to fight deadly viruses

Viral infections can be difficult to tackle due to their ability to rapidly develop resistance to drugs, and major viruses like Ebola and Zika pose a real threat to global health. Help might well be at hand though, with researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore, working alongside scientists from IBM Research, developing a breakthrough macromolecule that tackles viruses in three separate ways.Read More

Review: Pip puts stress relief at your fingertips

The Pip, created by Galvanic, works by detecting changes in the skin's ability to conduct an electrical current or what is called Electrodermal Activity (EDA). Hold the Pip between your thumb and forefinger and it senses the EDA to determine whether you are stressing or relaxing. The audio and visual elements with the accompanying Pip apps provide the biofeedback to help you learn how to control the former and induce the latter.
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Invisible second skin is applied like gel to smooth out wrinkles

Unless you possess the magical healing powers of a Hollywood celebrity, your skin is going to lose elasticity and gain wrinkles as you grow older. And the effects are not just cosmetic, with the skin's ability to guard against extreme temperatures, radiation and toxins diminishing over time. A new invisible polymer coating from MIT may offer a way to apply to brakes, however, by stretching over existing skin to smooth out wrinkles, act as a protective barrier and even slowly deliver drugs to treat eczema and other conditions. Read More

Labradors' genes are to blame for their chubbiness

Labradors have a reputation for being obsessed with food, and in turn, they have a tendency to become obese more than a lot of other canines. Well, new research suggests that the trait is actually the result of a genetic variation that's particularly common in the breed – and the finding could lead to better treatments for human obesity.Read More

Flipping a genetic switch for longer lifespans

Scientists have successfully identified epigenetic modifiers with strong links to metabolism and lifespan. Discovered in worms and observed in mice, it's possible that the enzymes could provide a pathway to longer life, effectively switching on a set of genes at an early age.Read More

Inflatable pillow lets travelers dive face-first into sleep

Trying to find a comfortable position in which to sleep when on a plane can be an exercise in futility. You could try folding your arms and resting on a tray table, but then a lack of available space will likely keep you from napping. The inflatable Woollip travel pillow breathes new life into these age-old problems.Read More

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