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New tech lets the paralyzed speak via "breath signals"

By - August 28, 2015

We've seen a number of technologies that speak on behalf of paralyzed people who are unable to do so. While some of these utilize cues as subtle as eye movements, the fact is that many severely paralyzed patients are unable to manage even those. That's why researchers at Britain's Loughborough University have created a system that speaks words based on the user's breathing.

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Thumb ring diagnoses sexually-transmitted diseases

By - August 21, 2015 2 Pictures

Although most people with multiple sexual partners know that being checked for STDs is the responsible thing to do, many don’t do so because of the stigma associated with going to the clinic. That’s why a Silicon Valley-based startup has developed the Hoope ring. It’s worn on the thumb, and can reportedly diagnose diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis in less than a minute.

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FDA ticks off on drug to boost female libido

By - August 18, 2015

The first ever prescription pill to boost women's libido has won the approval of US regulators. Addyi got the final nod from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday after three 24-week trials showed it to offer an increase in sexual desire in premenopausal women, though the agency does warn of side effects that include low blood pressure and fainting.

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Review: Sleepace RestOn lets you know how you're sleeping

By - August 18, 2015 9 Pictures

Have you ever awakened from a full night's sleep and wondered if you actually got any sleep at all? Or felt like you were finally drifting off to sleep, just as your alarm went off? Well, the Sleepace RestOn sleep monitor is designed to unravel all the mysteries of the night using a sensitive monitor and sleep app. Gizmag notched up some early nights to see how the system performed.

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Freewheel brings fitness tracking to the wheelchair

By - August 17, 2015 3 Pictures

With a history of producing quirky research projects like a shopping cart that follows you around the store and a stun gun wielding drone, it's no surprise that creative tech studio Chaotic Moon has applied its left-field thinking to fitness tracking. Its Freewheel wheelchair is aimed at keeping tabs on user's physical activity, with the company even claiming the data it collects could one be used to for better detailed mapping.

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"Bicycle mechanism" uncovered that is said to drive our brains in and out of sleep

By - August 13, 2015

Jet-setters and night owls will have felt the wrath of an off-kilter body clock, by way of the physical impact it can have on immediate well being. A yearning to understand the underlying reasons for this has been the subject of much scientific interest, and has led to some rather strange products like LED light glasses and glowing pillows. But by studying the biological clock of a humble fruit fly, researchers at Northwestern University are claiming to have uncovered the precise mechanisms that bring us in and out of sleep, with their evidence suggesting these switches date back hundreds of millions of years.

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