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Health & Wellbeing

Thumb ring diagnoses sexually-transmitted diseases

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.Read More

FDA ticks off on drug to boost female libido

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.Read More

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

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.Read More

Freewheel brings fitness tracking to the wheelchair

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. Read More

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

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.Read More

Sleeping on your side appears to cut the risk of neurological disorders

New research suggests that sleeping on your side could help cut the chances of developing some neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Compared to sleeping on one's back or stomach, sleeping on one's side appears to allow the brain to more efficiently remove waste chemicals that may contribute to the development of such conditions.Read More

Lumma automatically sorts and dispenses medications

Anyone who has to take medication on a regular basis, especially at different points during the day, can attest that remembering to take pills at the right time can be challenging. Lumma is a new device being developed to make that experience a little less painful by keeping track of your medication and notifying you when it's time to take it.Read More

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