health

The US Will Stop Funding Research Into Making Mutant Super Viruses

Should scientists be allowed to create mutant viruses deadlier than natural ones? The White House waded into this controversy today with a surprising announcement to cut all funding to such studies, pending a thorough review of this risky research.


The Science Of Losing Belly Fat

A quick internet search will yield countless claims of ways to remove the unwanted fat from around your mid-section. From over-hyped diet pills promising to reduce levels of cortisol to cutting-edge workouts. The truth is that there is no scientifically proven diet pill or exercise that will specifically target your stomach’s fat vs the fat providing a nice bone blanket for other parts of your body.


Apple Disables Blood Glucose Measurement To Save Confusion In Australia

After a problematic roll-out for Apple’s Health app at the launch of iOS 8, Apple has encountered another speed bump on the road, this time with blood glucose measurement figures and confusion for Australian users.


Taking Google Out Of Glass Makes It Perfect For Hospitals

Google Glass might get you suspicious looks in a restaurant, but it could save your life on the operating table. In hospitals and medical facilities, Google’s techno-eyewear is a promising solution — with a caveat.


One Doctor Is Betting A Scientific Formula Can Fix How Medicine Works

Here’s a startling fact: Doctors sometimes prescribe treatment just to cover their own arses, or due to tradition or outdated training, or even a simple little hunch. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and David Newman is the doctor trying to bring us a better future.


This Stress-Sensing Fitness Tracker Wins Top Design Award

The National Design Awards were last night in New York, where 20 products were vying to be named the country’s best. The winner, chosen by public voting, was a fitness tracker called Spire, which claims to keep tabs on your overall well-being by measuring heart rate and breathing patterns to monitor stress.


Giz Explains: What Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Doing To Our Bodies?

They’re what stimulate your sweet tooth without adding girth to your waistline; they give diet colas and sugar-free snacks a saccharine kick without the consequences. At least that’s the idea. But these sweeteners have been the subject of hoaxes and misinformation for years, slowly discrediting their wondrous health claims. Can you really, as Dr Susan Swithers of Purdue University quips, “have your fake cake and eat it, too?”


These Thermometers Make An Unreliable Birth Control Method Less Sketchy

Women have been manually tracking their cycles for centuries. You’ve likely heard the terms “rhythm method” or “natural family planning” from older generations; today, it’s the more scientifically informed “fertility awareness”. But as far as birth control options go, monitoring certain health cues to help women avoid getting pregnant still gets a bad rap — mostly because it’s so subjective.


Ebola Spreading Rate Compared To Other Diseases Visualised

Many people are freaking out about ebola, but the fact is that there’s no reason to panic because it spreads too slowly. Way slower than other infectious diseases. The graphic above shows it clearly: While a measles patient can infect a maximum of 18 people on average, an ebola patient can only infect two.


Reuters: Facebook Is Working On Its Own Healthcare Services

Facebook already knows the most intricate of details about your life. Now, according to Reuters, it has plans to monitor your health too.


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