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The Best Predictor Of Heart Disease Is...Twitter?

Normally, when doctors are trying to look at whether an individual is at risk of heart disease, they will look at classic indicators of health: smoking, diet, obesity and so on. But according to a University of Pennsylvania study, they might be better off taking a look at their tweets.


Another Study Finds E-Cigs May Contain Formaldehyde

Science is back with more sobering news about vaping. A letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that vapour produced by electronic cigarettes contains a high concentration of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. But don’t panic quite yet.


This Ingestible Microbot Is Powered By Stomach Acid 

There’s tiny revolution afoot in medicine, where micro-sized and nano-sized robots will someday cruise around inside our bodies, zeroing in on cancerous cells or repairing damaged but otherwise healthy ones. But before those ideas all become reality, those bots need a power source inside our bodies. That power source could be stomach acid.


A Health-Tracking App Analysed My Blood And Told Me I'm 31 Going On 54

It sounds like a pretty damn good deal: Pay a hundred bucks for a blood test and get five simple personalised nutrition tips that promise to add years to your life. Sold! I tried it. And I found, as with any data-based health app, its claims need to be taken with a hulking heap of salt.


A Door-Bottom Filter Keeps Your Neighbours' Smells Out Of Your Apartment

When you live in an apartment, not only do you have to put up with noisy neighbours, you also have to deal with their smells sneaking into your home via the hallway. A draft blocker is one way to seal off the crack at the bottom of your front door, but those always seem to be in the way. So the Door Filter, which attaches to the bottom and rides along whenever your front door’s opened and closed, seems like a far better one.


A Rub-On Tattoo For Diabetics Could Mean The End Of Finger Pricking 

Pricking your finger for a blood glucose test will never, ever be fun. Thankfully, scientists have been hard at work on a bloodless and needless alternative: a rub-on temporary tattoo that, as weird as it sounds, gently sucks glucose through the surface of the skin.


We Found A New Antibiotic, And A New Way To Find Antibiotics

Amidst the onslaught of bad news about antibiotic resistance, here’s something very good: Scientists have found a new class of antibiotics in soil bacteria, one whose mechanism could make it particularly resistant to resistance. More significant than this single new antibiotic, though, is how scientists found it.


A Smart EpiPen Case Lets Family Know You're Having An Allergy Attack

Anyone dealing with severe allergies always carries an EpiPen. In an emergency it provides an injectable dose of epinephrine to narrow blood vessels and open airways to help minimise the dangerous symptoms of an allergy attack, and when used with the new Veta case that’s designed to safely store the EpiPen, it can automatically let your family or friends know when you’re having an allergy attack.


Polar's A300 Is A Solid Fitness Tracker You Shouldn't Buy

Polar has come a long way since its first fitness tracker, the Polar Loop, launched in 2013. Just months ago the Finnish company released the Polar M400, a lovely and capable GPS running watch with 24/7 fitness tracking capabilities. It was sweet enough to earn a coveted spot on our Best Fitness Trackers list. Today, Polar is announcing the A300. It’s, basically, just the M400, but without the GPS and it’s $US40 cheaper. No sale.


What Vitamins To Take, What To Skip, And How To Know The Difference

Wandering into any conversation about vitamins and other health supplements is wandering into a thicket of hyperbole and half-truths. We’re here to cut through some of the bullshit in the $US28 billion supplements industry.


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