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Top UK scientist urges people to take vitamin D supplements

Geneticist Steve Jones, formerly a sceptic, says case for doing so is overwhelmingOne of Britain’s leading scientists has urged people to take vitamin D supplements, particularly children, who spend an hour less outside than they did 10 years ago.The geneticist Steve Jones told the Hay literary festival in Wales the health case for taking them was now overwhelming. “I never thought I would be a person who would take vitamin supplements, I always thought it was absolute nonsense, it’s homeopathy....
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK news, Hay festival


Apple Reportedly Snatched Up a Startup Working on an App for Asthma-Tracking

Apple has purchased a startup that was focused on finding a solution for asthma-monitoring in children, CNBC reported Friday.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Health, Apps, Science, Acquisitions, Tueo Health


Health Officials Reportedly Threatened Air Travel Ban for Individuals With Measles

Eight individuals thought to be infected with measles reportedly canceled their air travel plans after they learned they could be placed under a health-related travel ban.Read more...
Tags: Travel, Health, Science, Cdc, Measles


Women are happier without children or a spouse, says happiness expert

Behavioural scientist Paul Dolan says traditional markers of success no longer applyWe may have suspected it already, but now the science backs it up: unmarried and childless women are the happiest sub-group in the population. And they are more likely to live longer than their married and child-rearing peers, according to a leading expert in happiness.Speaking at the Hay festival on Saturday, Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioural science at the London School of Economics, said the latest eviden...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Books, Science, Women, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Festivals, Hay Festival, Happiness indices


Use Your Electronic Devices and Still Get A Restful Sleep

If you are like me, you work from the time you get up until you go to bed and much of that work involves looking at a screen, be it a desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone or when you get a chance to relax, the television. According to research conducted by the National Sleep Foundatio...
Tags: Health, Eyes, Family, Science, Teens, Children, Uncategorized, Sem, Phone, Computers, Cell Phones, Stress Reduction, Tablet, Adults, Screen Time, Circadian Rhythm


$2.1m Novartis gene therapy to become world's most expensive drug

US approves the one-time treatment for deadly spinal muscular atrophy in infantsSwiss drugmaker Novartis has received US approval for its spinal muscular atrophy gene therapy Zolgensma – pricing the one-time treatment at a record $2.125m.The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Zolgensma for children under the age of two with SMA, including those not yet showing symptoms. The approval covers babies with the deadliest form of the inherited disease as well as those with types where debi...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Drugs, Pharmaceuticals industry, Novartis


Radiation in UW building: 200 employees being moved, cleanup could take at least six more weeks

UW Medicine employees could have to wait at least six more weeks to return to work at a research and training building on First Hill where a radioactive substance was spilled three weeks ago.
Tags: Health, Science, News, Local News


Amazon Is Getting Closer to Building an Alexa Wearable That Knows When You're Depressed

It looks like Amazon is working on a new Alexa-powered gadget that can listen to you and decide how you feel, and make recommendations based on your human emotions. Citing internal documents and an unnamed source, Bloomberg that the company has designed a device that you wear like a wristwatch and beta testing…Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Wearables, Science, Privacy, Bloomberg, Mental Health, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Amazon Alexa


Amazon Is Getting Closer to Building a Wearable That Knows When You're Depressed

It looks like Amazon is working on a new Alexa-powered gadget that can listen to you and decide how you feel, and make recommendations based on your human emotions. Citing internal documents and an unnamed source, Bloomberg that the company has designed a device that you wear like a wristwatch and beta testing…Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Wearables, Science, Privacy, Bloomberg, Mental Health, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Amazon Alexa


Why This Fertility App's First Scientific Study Is So Exciting

Unless you’re a tech-savvy woman looking to get pregnant, you’ve probably never heard of Ava. Slim and discreet, it’s a $300 wearable tracker that in tandem with its companion app monitors your heart rate, body temperature, and breathing while you sleep to predict when you’re ovulating. None of that is particularly…Read more...
Tags: Health, Wearables, Science, Reproductive Health, Menstruation, Womens Health, Femtech


How A.I. will liberate doctors from keyboards and basements

Machines can help doctors by spotting abnormalities in X-rays or MRA scans that the physicians themselves may have missed. A.I. can also help physicians by analyzing data and, through the use of algorithms, produce possible diagnoses. The freed up time, as doctors make their rounds, can help physicians establish better connections with their patients, which in turn can lead to better treatment plans.
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Biology, Medicine, Innovation, Machine Learning, Health Care, Ai, Eric Topol, Machine Intelligence




Julianna Margulies on her shocking Ebola drama: 'I panicked in my hazmat suit!'

The star of ER and The Good Wife is back – as a doctor fighting to save humanity. She gives her bodyguard the slip to talk about our imperilled planet – and her love of Sussex A-roadsBefore I meet Julianna Margulies, I spend three days staring at her bodyguard. He’s impossible to miss: one of those men whose every attempt to blend in flounders. Margulies and I are in Lille, judges at the Series Mania television festival, although our experiences differ a little. My cloak of anonymity allows me t...
Tags: Health, Ebola, Science, Television, Drama, Africa, Society, World news, Medical Research, Culture, Infectious Diseases, Television & radio, Paris, Microbiology, US television, Epidemics


A Newly Discovered Mutation May Explain Why Some Dogs Can't Breathe Well

As wonderfully cute as dog breeds like the French Bulldog look (for some people at least), it’s long been thought that these dogs’ distinctively compact skulls also make them very vulnerable to severe health and breathing issues. But new research out of Europe suggests that smushy faces are only part of the problem…Read more...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Dogs


Despite the hype, the CBD molecule is actually pretty amazeballs

CBD is definitely screaming up toward the peak of inflated expectations, but it's not pure grift: the actual molecule and the way it interacts with our bodies is pretty amazing. Writing in the New York Times Magazine, Moises Velasquez-Manoff dives deep into the history of therapeutic uses of CBD (which are necessarily small-scale and inconclusive, thanks to both legal prohibition and centuries of intense selective breeding to increase the THC content of marijuana, which downregulates produ...
Tags: Health, Post, Science, News, Hype, Weed, Canada, Fda, New York Times Magazine, Cbd, Mount Sinai, Hurd, MeFi, Yasmin Hurd, Moises Velasquez Manoff, Jeremy Kemp


The Evolution of Online Eating Disorder Communities From Tumblr to Twitter Meme

Online eating disorder subculture, pockets of the internet where largely young women and girls share inspiration and information on ED behaviors, has always been a black hole of calorie counting and exercising. Little has fundamentally changed since the days of pro-anorexia Livejournal communities, forums, and blogs…Read more...
Tags: Health, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Mental Health, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Anorexia, Mental Illness, Tumblr, Bulimia, LiveJournal, Body positivity, Ed Twitter


Wish Your Pup Could Tell You How He’s Doing? Check His Poop

Everybody poops — me, you, and our furry friends. Most dog lovers are more familiar with dog poop than human poop. We scoop poop on walks, clean up indoor accidents, and search through mounds for lost treasures. Poop management isn’t everyone’s favorite part of pet parenthood, but it is a vital aspect of productive and health-focused pet care. As a result, pet parents shouldn’t be afraid to get up close and personal with their pup’s poop. You can learn plenty while you’re tidying up Toto’s turds...
Tags: Health, Science, Rover, Lifehacks, Don, Toto


Cambridge scientists create world’s first living organism with fully redesigned DNA

Researchers create altered synthetic genome, in move with potential medical benefitsScientists have created the world’s first living organism that has a fully synthetic and radically altered DNA code.The lab-made microbe, a strain of bacteria that is normally found in soil and the human gut, is similar to its natural cousins but survives on a smaller set of genetic instructions. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, UK News, Genetics, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, E Coli, Synthetic Biology


Monsanto Loses Another Roundup Cancer Trial, With Jury Awarding Over $2 Billion

Monsanto Co. lost a legal battle over its massively popular Roundup herbicide on Monday to the tune of $2.055 billion, with a jury in San Francisco ordering the court to pay out the stunning sum to a couple that said it caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Roundup, Cancer, Agriculture, Lawsuits, Courts, Monsanto, Carcinogens, Bayer


Busting the myth that depression doesn't affect people in poor countries – podcast

For decades, many psychiatrists believed depression was a uniquely western phenomenon. But in the last few years, a new movement has turned this thinking on its head• Warning: this article contains discussion of suicide• Read the text version hereIf you have been affected by anything you have heard in this episode, in the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 1...
Tags: UK, Science, Medicine, Australia, Africa, US, Mental Health, Depression, Psychiatry, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Lifeline


Ancient Psychedelics, Robocall Scams, and Space Bezos: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

This was one heck of a week in the tech and science world. Ridesharing giant Uber finally launched its long-awaited IPO, which was a major flop, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes asked the Federal Trade Commission to break up the company, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tried his damnedest to convince humanity to colonize the…Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Gaming, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Wearables, Eyes, Space, UK, Science, Technology, Fitness, Video Games, Climate Change, Drugs


Science of anger: how gender, age and personality shape this emotion

What purpose does anger serve? Are men angrier than women? Can it affect our mental wellbeing? Science is beginning to uncover some of the answersAnger is the flash of fire that sparks in your brain when you feel you have been shortchanged. Perhaps a stranger has nipped into the parking space that you had been about to occupy, or a lazy work colleague has landed you with a thankless task. Or maybe you have been confronted with a deep, hurtful betrayal by someone you love.Anger is one of the most...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Designing an Italian icon, a mirrored hot air ballon, 3D-printed organs and plenty more inspiration and oddities The Impending Death of the Password Thanks to companies like MobileIron, device passwords (believed to date back to the 1960s, thanks to an MIT time-shared computer) may be on their way out once and for all. Since most people use weak passwords for the majority of their logins …
Tags: Psychology, Coffee, Art, Music, Science, Design, Technology, Internet, Cars, Tech, Computers, Architecture, 3d Printing, Italy, Public Art, Linkaboutit


Meditation Really Freaks Some People Out, Study Finds

One of the most stereotypical relaxing things to do—meditation—may actually cause distress for some people, according to the findings of a survey released this week. It found that more than a quarter of regular meditators have had bad experiences related to their meditation.Read more...
Tags: Science, Meditation, Mindfulness, Mental Health


Teenager recovers from near death in world-first GM virus treatment

Bacteria-killing viruses known as phages offer hope of solution to antibiotic resistanceA British teenager has made a remarkable recovery after being the first patient in the world to be given a genetically engineered virus to treat a drug-resistant infection.Isabelle Holdaway, 17, nearly died after a lung transplant left her with an intractable infection that could not be cleared with antibiotics. After a nine-month stay at Great Ormond Street hospital, she returned to her home in Kent for pall...
Tags: Health, Science, US, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Great Ormond Street, Kent, Antibiotics, Isabelle Holdaway


Bummer: Denver Voters Reject Magic Mushroom Decriminalization Measure

An ordinance to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms in Denver that the Denver Post reported was “the first of its kind put to a vote in the nation” failed on Tuesday, with results showing it failed 48 to 52 percent.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Drugs, Depression, Psychiatry, Denver, Hallucinogens, Denver Post, Psilocybin, Drug Legalization, Magic Mushrooms, Denver Voters Reject Magic


A cold-water cure? My weekend with the ‘Ice Man’

Wim Hof claims cold-water immersion can help fight modern diseases. As outdoor swimming becomes ever more popular in the UK, photojournalist Jonny Weeks joined him for a weekend to experience it firsthand“Look at this beautiful tree. An oak, Quercus robur. It’s yelling at us, ‘Helloooo!’” says Wim Hof, the doyen of cold endurance stunts, as we head across Hampstead Heath, north London, for a swim in one of the ponds.Soon he’s catapulting himself into a gaping hole in its trunk, peeping out excit...
Tags: Psychology, UK, Science, London, Fitness, Life and style, UK News, World news, Health & wellbeing, Swimming, Hampstead Heath, Wim Hof, Jonny Weeks


Britons having less sex and digital life may be to blame – study

Research finds drop in sexual activity steepest for married and cohabiting couplesSex is on the decline in Britain, particularly among married and cohabiting couples, according to a major study that suggests the increasingly busy lives we lead and distractions of the internet may be partly to blame.The data comes from more than 34,000 people in the UK who took part in three waves of a large study called Natsal (national surveys of sexual attitudes and lifestyles). It shows a fall in sexual activ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Sex, Relationships, Life and style, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain


Damn, Donald, Back At It Again With the Gross Pools

The president of the United States may be an infamous germophobe, but he is also an infamous cheapskate whose business ventures regularly attract the attention of health authorities. The latter of these two impulses appears to have won out by far with respect to pools at his resorts in Florida, which Quartz reported…Read more...
Tags: Health, Florida, Science, Safety, United States, Donald Trump, Pools, Mar a Lago, Dive Right In


Telecom Giant Orange on Trial in France After 19 Employees Died by Suicide

Orange, a French telecom giant, is being sued for moral harassment, among other charges, after 19 employees died by suicide and another 12 attempted to kill themselves over a three-year span. Over 100 people have claimed work culture at the company, contributed to employees’ mental health issues.Read more...
Tags: Science, France, Suicide, Mental Health, Telecom, Telecom Giant Orange on Trial



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