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Review: Does the Mocaheart have its finger on the pulse of heart health?

Heart disease and high blood pressure are the world's leading killers and one way to combat them is to track key health indicators, such as blood pressure and heart rate. The problem is that even with the introduction of digital technology, it's often difficult for people to regularly take readings and interpret the results. One alternative to traditional sphygmometers and stethoscopes is Mocacare's Mocaheart cardiovascular health monitor, which we put through its paces.Read More

Atmotube personal pollution monitor tracks air quality on the go

Life in many of today's big cities unfortunately brings with it exposure to dense particle pollution. As a result, urban residents from Beijing, China to Santiago, Chile face serious health risks, such as heart and lung disease and premature death. A new US-based startup has developed a pocket-sized pollution monitor it hopes will serve as a warning system, by constantly assessing the environment while the user is on the go and alerting them when air quality drops to unacceptable levels.Read More

Experimental Alzheimer's drug shows unexpected anti-aging effects

Researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California have tested an experimental drug on rapidly-aging mice, with the treatment designed to combat aspects of aging closely associated with Alzheimer's. The results were very positive, with treated mice exhibiting better memory, cognition and more.Read More

Electronic glasses to treat lazy eye in children

Lazy eye, or amblyopia, is a reasonably common disorder affecting around two or three percent of children that can lead to serious loss of vision in the long term. The two most common methods of early treatment are eye patches and eye drops, but both require a disciplined approach and are uncomfortable in their own ways. Researchers have now developed electronic glasses that can be programmed to automatically build the brain's reliance on the weaker eye, with the initial trials suggesting they might be as effective as traditional methods of treatment.Read More

SleepCogni uses light, sound and touch to help you get a solid night's rest

A solid night's sleep isn't always achievable for everyone and research has suggested that our increasing tendency to stare into LED screens isn't helping our cause, with the blue light emitted by our devices impacting our body's natural melatonin production. British inventor Richard Mills says he has come up with a way to counter some of the inherent difficulties in winding down. His SleepCogni bedside device places a small rectangular frame over the head of the user that's designed to entice them into relaxation mode with gentle sequences of light, sound and even vibration.Read More

Vaccine shows promise as cheap, effective treatment for prevention of high cholesterol

Cholesterol in the body serves an important role by producing vitamin D, hormones and other molecules that help in our food digestion. But when the protein known as PCSK9, which dictates its levels in our blood, retains too much of it, arteries begin to clog up and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Researchers have now developed a vaccine that inhibits the activity of this particular protein, which reduces cholesterol levels in animals and suggests a cheap and effective way to prevent dangerously high levels in humans mightn't be so far away.Read More

Internet-connected brace designed to help seniors avoid falls

Falls can be devastating for the elderly, which is why Orthotic Holdings Inc (OHI) first created the Moore Balance Brace. It's a foot and ankle support, which is designed to improve the balance and stability of its wearers – as long as they use it correctly, that is. With that in mind, OHI has partnered with wearable fitness tech firm Sensoria Fitness to create the internet-connected Smart Moore Balance Brace.Read More

Aspirus adds some sense to the standing desk

Aspirus is a desktop workstation that is designed to take some of the legwork out of the standing desk. Raising and lowering at the press of a button, the Aspirus pairs with a smartphone to allow workers to set standing goals and reminders. They can also keep track of how long they've been sitting or standing, with an onboard sensor array ensuring time away from the desk isn't counted.Read More

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