Items tagged with Health

Psychologists at the University of Exeter and Cardiff University have published a study that demonstrates how a simple computer game can help people lose weight. Participants in the study who played the specialized game lost and average of 1.5 pounds in the first seven days, and 4.5 pounds after six months. They also reduced their daily caloric consumption by 220 calories. Dr. Natalia Lawrence led the team of researchers that developed the computer game for the study. It was designed to train people to resist unhealthy food snack foods through a "stop versus go" process. Participants sat in front... Read more...
Each day, we're bombared with new transistors, faster memory, and GPUs that can crank out a few additional frames per second. And while all of these things are certainly nifty, they aren't exactly having a revolutionary impact on the whole of humanity. That's where Samsung's newest innovation comes in: it's more than a new consumer product, it's an item that's engineered to help people with disabilities. EYECAN+ is Samsung's second-generation eye mouse, which enables people with disabilities to "compose and edit documents as well as browse the web through simple eye movement."What's so special... Read more...
In case you haven't noticed, companies small and large seem to believe that health -- and in particular, connected health -- is the next major cash cow. As fitness slots into the mainstream attention, it's an ideal time for the likes of Apple, Google, LG, Samsung, Fitbit, and now Microsoft to make a splash in both health and wearables. Microsoft is joining the war this week with a new platform called Microsoft Health. According to the company, it sees an opportunity to bring devices and services together to allow end users to "combine the information they collect and use the power of the cloud... Read more...
Google is responsible for a lot of things that have made our lives better. Better search, better email, and one impressive mobile operating system. But beyond its commercial success sits a research department that's doing fascinating stuff. Project Loon is helping rural areas around the globe receive Internet for the first time, and it appears that Google's fixation on health is going to extend well beyond a simple app. The company's Google X division has announced a project whereby researchers are building nanoparticles that "combine a magnetic material with antibodies or proteins that can attach... Read more...
We talked about the possibility of virtual doctor visits last spring, and discovered that it's a prospect most people seem to be in favor of. And who could blame them? The only thing worse than wasting away sitting in a doctor's office waiting anxiously for your name to be called is standing in line at the DMV anxiously waiting for your name to be called. Thankfully, the future of virtual doctor visits is here, albeit with a slow rollout. Recently, Google launched a new feature in its search engine that utilizes Hangouts to connect people to a live doctor. In the example below, knee pain is searched... Read more...
Any health expert will tell you that sitting on your rump for hours on end each day is detrimental to your well being. Yet, that's what many of us do, sitting tethered to our PCs as we toil for the fat cats in charge. The wiser (and more fit) among us have adopted standing desks, and the truly health conscious have even adapted treadmills into their daily work routine. But you can trump them all by building your very own Hamster Wheel Standing Desk. You can thank artist Robb Godshaw and Instructables developer Will Doenlen for this ingenious and cleverly designed contraption. It's also depressing... Read more...
Talk about an unpleasant conversation -- officials from Montana have begun alerting approximately 1.3 million people that their personal information may have been compromised by a data breach. At present, there's no evidence that any information was stolen, however it has been confirmed that hackers infiltrated a server used by the state health department. "There is no information, no indication, that the hackers really accessed any of this information or used it inappropriately," said Richard Opper, director of the State Department of Public Health and Human Services. "We are erring on the side... Read more...
Once the rumor about LG’s upcoming wearables broke, it didn’t take long for an image of one of them to emerge online. Always good for a leaked photo, Evleaks posted one of the fitness band that LG was said to be calling the “G-Health”. It appears that the name can be scrapped, though, as the wrist-mounted fitness device will be called the LG Lifeband Touch. The photo shows a black bracelet with a small gap in the ring, which presumably allows the wearer to easily slip the device on and off. The LG logo is stamped on one tip, and there’s a green-ringed black button... Read more...
It's a wireless world we live in these days, and unless you reside in an isolated area far removed from civilization and devoid of electronic gadgets, you can't walk from the bedroom to the bathroom without bonking into a barrage of wireless signals. Should we be concerned? So far so good -- we haven't mutated as a species to carry around a third arm or anything of that nature, though there are something interesting things to observe in this Wi-Fi society we've built up. One of them is recent research by a group of 9th grade female students from Denmark who discovered that the wireless radiation... Read more...
Apple's update to iOS 7 is the most drastic change to its mobile platform in a long time, and for some users, it's downright sickening. Literally. If you've noticed that any of your iPhone wielding friends are looking green around the gills lately, it could be due to the subtle movements and zoom effects introduced in iOS 7, which some users have complained are making them nauseous. "I thought I was going crazy today after I updated my phone and I noticed I was feeling queasy every time I used it. Now I see I am not alone! I just used my phone for about 20 minutes and now I feel like I'm going... Read more...
It seems like most of the studies involving video games have to do with trying to link real-world violence with violent video games (intermittently broken up by voices of reason). It gets old, so try this on for size. In a refreshing change of pace, a new study shows that seniors who play video games have a higher sense of emotional well-being. Researchers from North Carolina State University asked 140 people aged 63 and older if they play video games, and if they do, how often. Around 61 percent said they play games on occasion, while 35 percent said they play at least once a week. Those who said... Read more...
Diablo III proved deadly for an 18-year-old gamer who died at an Internet cafe in Taiwan after playing the hack-and-slash title for 40 straight hours without taking a break. Local media reports he didn't eat for nearly two days until he ultimately collapsed and died. Police are currently investigating the official cause of death with the help of an autopsy, but it's expected he died of cardiovascular problems resulting from spending hours and hours in a sedentary position. This is actually the second time someone in Taiwan has died this year from playing videogames. Videogame related deaths aren't... Read more...
Listen up fellas, this one applies to you. According to a report in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, your laptop's wireless signal could be killing your sperm. That's right, downloading music or firing off an email might be wiping out millions of potential offspring every time you sit down with your notebook. Reuters read the report and says the scientists tested their theory by placing semen samples from 29 healthy men under a laptop connected to the Internet. They then turned on Wi-Fi and proceeded to download files. After four hours of Internet activity, around 25 percent of the... Read more...
IBM is well known for creating some pretty radical devices and solutions. From supercomputers to improvements in business efficiency, IBM is credited with doing a whole lot in the business/tech world. Unfortunately, it also had to lay off thousands of workers earlier this year as the economy declined, but as things pick back up, the company is looking to set a precendent. Or at least generate favor with the employees that are left. Starting in 2010, IBM will provide its US employees with 100% coverage of primary health care. Read that again. Now, wonder why your employer isn't doing the same. As... Read more...
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