AliveCor wearables may detect unsafe potassium levels in the future

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AliveCor wearables may detect unsafe potassium levels in the future AliveCor is working on a new application for the technology behind its KardiaBand for Apple Watch. Last year, the FDA approved KardiaBand as a medical device, and it can record your heart…

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Future dialysis patients could grow their own artificial veins

Future dialysis patients could grow their own artificial veins

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Future dialysis patients could grow their own artificial veins I rarely think about kidney failure, and when I do, it’s almost always in the context of a charity appeal from my local hospital. Dialysis machines are the primary way that people with…

FDA greenlights 23andMe’s direct-to-consumer cancer risk test

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FDA greenlights 23andMe’s direct-to-consumer cancer risk test Cancer screening isn’t all that accessible — you typically need an obvious genetic background that suggests you’re at risk, which doesn’t help if you slip between those cracks. You shouldn’t have to run that gauntlet…

Harvard researchers make better, smarter walking aids

Harvard researchers make better, smarter walking aids

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Harvard researchers make better, smarter walking aids Humans don’t all look, talk, or walk the same, with us shifting our weight and style in order to save much energy as possible. This adaptability is a problem for researchers who want to build…

Medics may slow biological time to save soldiers’ lives

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Medics may slow biological time to save soldiers’ lives Battlefield medics frequently only have a brief window of opportunity to treat an injury before it’s fatal or causes permanent disabilities, and it’s frequently so fleeting that there’s not much they can do….

Cyberdyne’s therapeutic cyborg legs arrive in the US

Cyberdyne’s therapeutic cyborg legs arrive in the US

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Cyberdyne’s therapeutic cyborg legs arrive in the US While we’re still a ways away from a proper Aliens-esque Power Loader, our enhanced exo-suit future is already upon us. The HAL (that’s Hybrid Assistive Limb, not the murderous space AI) from medical device…

23andMe now paints a far clearer picture of your DNA ancestry

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23andMe now paints a far clearer picture of your DNA ancestry To date, 23andMe’s Ancestry Composition report could trace your genetic roots back to 31 populations. That’s decent, but not exactly the most accurate representation of your lineage. It could soon be…

Apple will open its own medical clinics for employees

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Apple will open its own medical clinics for employees Apple is launching its own medical clinics called “AC Wellness,” in a move that will allow it to take employee healthcare into its own hands. Following similar news about Amazon’s venture with Warren…

The Morning After: Mobile World Congress preview

The Morning After: Mobile World Congress preview

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The Morning After: Mobile World Congress preview Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Before you wrap this week up, check out our Mobile World Congress preview, so you don’t miss any of the new phones we’re expecting to see(set a reminder for…

Lyft offers more rides to non-urgent medical appointments

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Lyft offers more rides to non-urgent medical appointments Lyft is continuing its bid to become the go-to choice for non-emergency medical trips. It’s launching a new partnership with Hitch Health that will offer Lyft rides to health care appointments across the US….

3D-printed smartphone microscope is good enough for scientists

3D-printed smartphone microscope is good enough for scientists

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3D-printed smartphone microscope is good enough for scientists Your smartphone could soon be a fully functional microscope capable of examining samples as small as 1/200th of a millimeter. Australian researchers have developed a clip-on device that requires no external light or power…

Google AI can scan your eyes to predict heart disease

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Google AI can scan your eyes to predict heart disease Alphabet’s health science company Verily has announced a wide range of projects, from developing smart watches made for medical studies to mass-producing infected mosquitoes to curb their population. Scientists from the division…

Throat sensor helps you recover from a stroke

Throat sensor helps you recover from a stroke

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Throat sensor helps you recover from a stroke Your abilities to speak and swallow are frequently signs of how well you’re coping after a stroke, but measuring that is difficult. Microphones frequently can’t distinguish between the patient and ambient sounds, and there’s…