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Research says BPA replacement in plastics not safer

The BPA-free trend started after studies found a link between bisphenol A (BPA) and health issues such as early puberty and prostate cancers. After that, products with bisphenol S (BPS) started cropping up as a safer alternative. But now a UCLA-led study suggests that BPS can be just as harmful as BPA, causing faster embryonic development and disruption of the reproductive system in animals.


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Natural clay found to kill deadly bacteria

A global effort is under way to find effective treatments for deadly hospital-acquired infections, with many such dangerous bacteria proving worryingly resistant to antibiotics. Now, help may have been found in the most unlikely of places, with researchers finding positive results when studying an old folk remedy – natural Canadian clay.Read More

Is social media keeping you awake?

New research apparently confirms a phenomenon that many of us may have already suspected: excessive exposure to social media can disrupt sleep patterns. The conclusion comes from a study by a team at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, which found that the longer young adults spend on social media, the more likely they are to have the quality of their sleep compromised.Read More

CrossOver motorized standing desk gives old workstations a powerlift

What goes up must come down, and standing desks operating at the mercy of indecisive office workers are no different. There's plenty of mechanically adjustable desks designed to lighten the load for tired typists, and now office furniture specialist NextDesk wants to give your standard cubicle the same versatility. The CrossOver can be plonked down on any old desk and transformed into a raised workstation with a push of a button.Read More

DNA analysis may provide early warning of breast cancer

It could be possible to look for molecular alternations in breast tissue to identify whether a patient is at risk of developing breast cancer, a new study has found. Scientists at University College London (UCL) looked at changes in patient DNA, finding clear evidence that epigenetic alterations play a part in the occurrence of the disease.Read More

Personal posture coach gently nudges to mollify neck pain

Sitting over laptops and/or mobile devices for long periods of time can leave one feeling like a stony gargoyle crouched at the top of a cathedral tower. Those looking for a way to improve posture and alleviate muscle stiffness can now opt for the latest wearable instead of extensive yoga classes – the Alex posture tracker is designed to rest against the back of one's neck, vibrating when the head leans too far forward for too long.

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Smart socks keep watch over diabetics' feet

Many diabetics have limited feeling in their feet, and thus aren't aware when pressure is being exerted on one area of the foot for a prolonged period. As a result, they can develop chronic skin ulcers or other injuries, which can in turn sometimes lead to amputations. That's why a team from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is creating SenseGO – pressure-monitoring electronic socks.Read More

Prana aims to get you sitting up and breathing deep

There are all sorts of health wearables to make sure we're exercising right, but what about to make sure we're sitting right? The Prana focuses on breathing and posture to promote relaxation. It is said to be the first wearable designed to monitor and train diaphragmatic breathing – although the makers of the UpRight sensor might disagree.Read More

New blood pressure tech says ciao to arm cuffs

Generally, if a doctor wants to know a patient's blood pressure, they have to place a cuff around the person's arm and inflate it. Not only can this be uncomfortable for the patient, but it also only indicates what their blood pressure is at the time that the test is performed. That's why scientists at Australia's Monash University are developing an alternative – a cuffless blood pressure estimation system that is worn for hours at a time, wirelessly transmitting real-time readings.Read More

Bacteria won't wash, with the Brushield toothbrush cover

Among the risks to our toothbrushes are germs that come from flushing toilets, not drying out between uses, cross-contamination with other brushes, and other external threats. Toothbrush covers can be used to mitigate these risks – and the Brushield is designed to be the best toothbrush cover available.Read More

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