health

Wed
24
Sep
John Lister's picture

How a $30 Cellphone Could Help Save a Mother's Life

A new project aims to use cellphones to give pregnant women in developing countries a lifeline. It's designed to tackle a problem of a reported 300,000 women each year dying during pregnancy or childbirth. The Zero Mothers Die project aims to use ... the cellphones in two ways. The first is as a way to send text and voice messages during the pregnancy, giving health information and tips. That's something that could be vital for women who don't have access to regular medical attention or the ability to read health advice online. The second part of the plan is that the phones will come ... (view more)

Fri
29
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

FDA Bans Controversial Genetic Home Testing Kit

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned a $99 genetic home testing kit. The agency says the company responsible for the kit, '23andme', failed to prove its marketing claims and insists that the product could put customers' ... mental and physical health at risk. 23andme was founded by Anne Wojcicki, the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The company's kit allows users to collect a saliva sample and send it in for genetic analysis. The company then provides a report that can be used for tracing family connections. It also includes details about 240 health conditions ... (view more)

Wed
11
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Nissan Smartwatch Tracks Vehicle, Driver Health

Nissan has become the latest firm to unveil a 'smartwatch'. In this case, the unique selling point is that the device can track your health, as well as the health of your car. Smartwatches, which use mobile Internet connections to power special ... features, appear to be one of this year's big tech tends. Samsung has already revealed a smartwatch called 'Galaxy Gear,' while Apple is reportedly working on a similar device. Nissan Watch Can Track Your Health Nissan's proposed 'Nismo' smartwatch has two main sets of features. The first is health-based, and uses the watch and strap to measure and ... (view more)

Fri
18
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

'Avant Browser 2012 Build 8', and 'Disk Health Monitor 1.0'

Avant Browser 2012 Build 8 Avant Browser is an ultra-fast web browser. Its user-friendly interface brings additional clarity and efficiency to your browsing experience. Recent upgrades have improved the reliability of this freeware. ... http://www.avantbrowser.com Disk Health Monitor 1.0 Disk Health Monitor is a real-time event log monitor which scans for disk errors and alerts you when a relevant event is generated. Alert types are configurable, and can include either a) a balloon pop-up from the system tray, or b) an email notification to a predefined address. Note, the website responsible for ... (view more)

Fri
20
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

Can Wireless (Wi-Fi) Signals Make You Sick?

Wireless radio signals virtually surround us. In fact, we take for granted how easy it is to find Wi-Fi access, be it in our homes, offices, or coffee shops. But could these signals actually make us sick? Parents in an Ontario, Canada community ... actually think this might be the case. It used to be that parents worried about kids standing in front of the microwave too long -- or watching too much television, or using the cell phone. All of these things, some people feared, could lead to radiation poisoning and even cancer. Wi-Fi Behind Nausea, Parents Say But what about WiFi signals? Parents ... (view more)

Wed
13
May
Dennis Faas's picture

Data Mining Predicted Swine Flu 18 Days before WHO

According to reports, Washington state surveillance firm Veratect Corp. raised the first warning about a possible swine flu outbreak in Mexico more than two weeks before the World Health Organization (WHO) made its own announcement. (Source: ... pnwlocalnews.com ) It also appears as that federal and international health officials had access to the Veratect Corp. warning. Emails relating to the possible outbreak spreading in Mexico were sent to 10 officials of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and prevention. It's not known why health officials didn't act sooner than they did. Data Mining ... (view more)

Thu
26
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Apple CEO On Track for June Return

"He'll be back." Although that might sound like a line ripped straight out of Christian Bale's forthcoming Terminator movie, the resurrection that has everyone talking this week concerns none other than Apple chief Steve Jobs. And according to ... Apple, the boss never really left. For the last nine months or so, speculation has been rampant that Jobs, whose face is as synonymous with Apple as the nibbled fruit, might not return to his lofty post atop the Cupertino, California-based company. Ever since the false Bloomberg report that Jobs was dead , the media has buzzed that the ... (view more)

Tue
26
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Google and Microsoft Want Their Fingers On Your Pulse

In October of last year, Microsoft launched HealthVault, a free online, encrypted storage area where individuals could manage their own medical record. Now, Google has tabled their own health storage offering called (surprisingly) Google Health. The ... battle for your medical record has begun. Both Google Health and Microsoft's HealthVault provide a secure place to store and maintain health data. The data that can be stored varies but will generally include records of vital statistics (e.g. heart rate, blood pressure, height, weight, etc.), patient family history, and disease or problem-related ... (view more)

Tue
04
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

The Secret Weapon in Battling Brain Decay

We all do dumb things. I once lost my house keys for days, only to find them placed neatly underneath a bowl of salad in the kitchen fridge. Now, there's a response to these "mental farts": fish. According to researchers at the University of Oxford ... in England, elderly men and women performed better when tested for memory, visual conception, motor skills, verbal fluency, general orientation, and even attention after they had consumed fish regularly over an extended period of time. According to Dr. A. David Smith, principal author of the Oxford study, "All six cognitive tests were performed ... (view more)

Wed
22
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

Microsoft and Google Look to Change Health Care

Two American powerhouses are looking to improve the national health care system in the United States, surprising when you consider the two "powerhouses" are not political, but technological. By combining more effective Internet search tools, the ... vast resources of the web, and a host of online personal health records, Google and Microsoft are finding new ways of helping the average U.S. citizen make better choices concerning their medical care and personal health habits. (Source: nytimes.com ) Industry analysts are not completely confident that either company will make significant steps ... (view more)

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