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Blood test detects concussion up to a week after impact

A visibly shaken or unconscious athlete can be a pretty clear indication of concussion following a knock to the head. Milder concussions can be much harder to detect, but that doesn't necessarily make them any less of a threat to long term health. Researchers have now devised a blood test that can detect these kinds of concussions up to seven days after the incident, promising another way for doctors to manage the risks of injury to the brain.Read More

Eye movement monitor screens for concussion in 60 seconds

Concussions are serious business, and people suffering from them should get medical attention as soon as possible. Unfortunately, however, they're often difficult for coaches on the sidelines of playing fields to diagnose. That's where Boston-based SyncThink's Eye-Sync system comes in. By tracking athletes' eye movements, it can reportedly tell if they're concussed in just one minute.Read More

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Caffeine in the 21st century: A review of four delivery methods

Forget drones, 3D printing and virtual reality headsets. The future is really all about new ways to get caffeine into your system. Remember back in the dark ages of the last century when, if you wanted a jolt, you pretty much could only drink some coffee, tea, a carbonated franken-drink or pop a few NoDoz pills? Well, no more. Caffeine has been liberated from the coffee cup and is now available in a wide array of delivery methods. I got my hands on four of them and lost a few nights' sleep to find out which ones bring the buzz and which are simply snoozers.Read More

Silencing breast and lung cancer's ability to spread

As a tumor grows, cells can break off it and move around the body, potentially spreading the disease to other organs. Known as metastasis, this process significantly lowers the patient's likelihood of survival, but a new discovery could help doctors tackle it, with researchers form Imperial College London identifying a molecule that shows promise in switching off the process altogether.Read More

Alzheimer's may be prevented by antibody-releasing implant

A new implantable capsule may provide a novel way of tackling Alzheimer's disease, preventing the buildup of harmful protein plaques in the brain. The small device, developed by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), has been successfully tested on laboratory mice.Read More

Food-tracking necklace listens to you eat

The sound that you hear while chewing could become the next way of monitoring your caloric intake. That's the idea behind what researchers from the University at Buffalo in the US and Northeastern University in China are doing – they're creating a necklace-like device that monitors the sound of chewing, and matches that sound to the calories of the food being consumed.Read More

Folding Edge Desk doubles as a kneeling chair

Modern technology has allowed many people to break free from the rigors of traditional desk environments. Laptops and tablets spur mobile productivity, and the growing options for standing desks have addressed better posture and overall body health while working. The latest all-in-one solution combines the best of both worlds. The portable Edge Desk is designed to pop up a kneeling chair and adjustable work surface, folding down flat to save space when not in use.Read More

Could a pill prevent cavities?

You may have already heard about how the introduction of probiotic "beneficial bacteria" to the gut can aid in digestion. Now, scientists from the University of Florida are proposing doing something similar with peoples' mouths. The result could be a cavity-prevention pill.Read More

Getting tattoos could help keep you from getting sick

Whether you love them or hate them, new research shows that tattoos might actually strengthen your immunological responses ... if you get enough of them, that is. Much in the same way that your muscles feel sore when you first start going to the gym, getting a tattoo can be exhausting, with the body's defenses lowered by the stress of the experience. But just as you'll feel less fatigued the more you exercise, the more tattoos you get, the more your body becomes able to deal with the experience, and the stronger its response becomes.Read More

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