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Health & Wellbeing

Tiny exoskeleton has a huge goal

When we think of mobility-enhancing exoskeletons, we tend to picture them being worn by adults. Engineers at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), however, have developed one that's designed specifically for kids. Not only does it help disabled children to walk, but it may also even save their lives.Read More

Video-enabled toothbrush offers a fresh look at your teeth

Regardless of how thorough your mouth-care regime is, it's not always possible to see just how well – or not – you've cleaned your teeth. ONVI's Prophix toothbrush, however, has a built-in video camera that lets you seen every last nook and cranny of your mouth, if that's what you really want.Read More

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Review: Withings Body Cardio scale rides a new wave

As someone who's needed to lose 20 pounds for the last 20 years, I've never been a big fan of scales. Teller of truths, dasher of hopes, and sapper of motivation, the scale lies smug at your feet impassively displaying its readout as if to say: "What? They're just numbers." But they say so much more, don't they? Now there's a new scale from Withings that not only lets you know how much weight you didn't lose yesterday, but also measures the wave your heart makes in your arteries to make you feel extra bad about your cardiovascular health too. I tried it out and investigated Withings' claims.Read More

Purple potatoes may be as healthy as they are colorful

Researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) have developed new varieties of purple potato that are much richer in antioxidants than traditional white and yellow varieties. They're said to be on par with superfoods such as blueberries and pomegranates, potentially upgrading the humble potato to the ranks of health food.Read More

Walking aid for seniors tracks health, gets social

The main purpose of a mobility walker is to help its elderly owner get around more easily, but the FriWalk (Friendly Robot Walker) adds health monitoring, navigational aids and social alerts to the mix as well. It's a high-tech walker for the 21st century and is currently being trialed in Spain, Italy and England.Read More

Can synthetic molecules conquer jet lag?

Scientists have spent a lot of late nights studying the biological clocks of humans and other mammals, and have made discoveries about how our circadian rhythm works and how it could be modified. Now, researchers in Japan have synthesized molecules that can shorten our sleep cycle and potentially help with health problems caused by jet lag, shift work and sleep disorders.Read More

Treated paper warns users of impending sunburn

As any dermatologist will tell you, it's important to know when to get out of the sunlight – or at least, when to apply more sunscreen. As a result, there are now various UV exposure-monitoring devices that tell us when to seek the shade. Not everyone wants to buy one, however, plus some of the single-use models contain environmentally-harmful materials. With that in mind, scientists have developed cheap, disposable eco-friendly sensors that are made of paper.Read More

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