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Bad at parties? Your oxytocin levels could be to blame

Hate parties? Feel socially anxious? Never know the best thing to say to other people and want to become a hermit after at least half the time you spend having to make polite conversation? Turns out you’re not antisocial, misanthropic, or weird. You just don’t have enough oxytocin. Scientists had been studying this hormone, which promotes bonding and feelings of …

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Diane ShipleyBad at parties? Your oxytocin levels could be to blame
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This chip could turn any item of clothing into an activity tracker

Motion sensing chips could soon be monitoring everything we do. (Well, everything we do with our clothes on, anyway.) A company called mCube has designed a new type of accelerometer that for the first time combines a motion detector with the chip’s circuitry. That makes it much more efficient and cheaper to produce than existing options, in part because it’s …

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Diane ShipleyThis chip could turn any item of clothing into an activity tracker
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Light beam therapy provides new hope for strokes

Shooting beams of light into the brains of people who have had a stroke may help them recover, according to a new study. As the BBC reports, a team from Stanford University School of Medicine have trialled a technique called optometrics, which uses an optic fibre to transmit light to part of the brain. By sending it to the motor …

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Diane ShipleyLight beam therapy provides new hope for strokes
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Fitbit Flex Review: A light-weight, well-rounded & oh-so comfy fitness tracker

So what’s a Fitbit Flex? My first ever wearable fitness tracking device was the Fitbit Ultra way back in 2012 (I reviewed it on one of shinyshiny’s past projects, Connected Health), so you could say I have a soft spot for the brand and its range of subtle, colourful fitness gadgets. Needless to say, Fitbit’s product line has come on …

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Becca CaddyFitbit Flex Review: A light-weight, well-rounded & oh-so comfy fitness tracker
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Could our gut bacteria be ruling our minds?

Scientists have discovered that our gut microbes influence our moods and food choices, according to a new article in the journal BioEssays. Researchers from UC San Francisco, Arizona State University, and the University of New Mexico reviewed a range of recent studies and came to the conclusion that the bacteria living in our digestive tracts doesn’t just feed on whatever …

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Diane ShipleyCould our gut bacteria be ruling our minds?
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‘Text Neck’ is a real thing, and you should be worried, according to doctors

If you’re constantly texting friends from your phone, beware, as you could be giving yourself a condition called ‘text neck’, according to doctors. However, an app, Text Neck Indicator, can stop it. Chiropractic physician, Dr. Dean Fishman claims that the craning of our neck, as we text is damaging our posture and contorting the way our bodies grow, and even …

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Hayley Minn‘Text Neck’ is a real thing, and you should be worried, according to doctors
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A new implant makes it easier to sleep

A small new implantable device is providing an alternative treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). This condition causes people to stop breathing for short periods during the night, and as well as causing daytime sleepiness, has been linked to heart disease and lower life expectancy. The Inspire has a sensor to track breathing and a stimulator in the neck which …

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Diane ShipleyA new implant makes it easier to sleep
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Bacteria could treat cancer

A form of bacteria that causes infections could provide a new treatment option for cancer. As Gizmodo reports, according to a study from the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, once Clostridium novyi has been modified to remove a gene that can be toxic, it can be injected into a tumour. There, it makes enzymes that allow it to …

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Diane ShipleyBacteria could treat cancer
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Tiny gold balls can kill brain cancer cells

New research suggests that gold could be the key to killing off brain cancer. Scientists from Cambridge University made miniature golden balls (not that kind) and coated each one with cisplatin, a chemotherapy drug. Then they infused those into cancer cells taken from patients and used conventional radiotherapy on them. This activated the gold to release electrons, damaging the cancer …

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Diane ShipleyTiny gold balls can kill brain cancer cells
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Could this sweat-powered tattoo power our gadgets?

In future, if you want to turn on your phone, you might have to start paying. In sweat. Yes, as unladylike as it might sound (everyone knows we only glow), researchers from the University of California in San Diego have come up with a temporary tattoo that can power electronics based on how sweaty you can get. As PhysOrg reports, …

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Diane ShipleyCould this sweat-powered tattoo power our gadgets?
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10 impressive ways cameras are changing medicine (including tiny microscopes, venom-powered cancer scans, and 3D surgery goggles) #PhotoWeek

Using cameras for medical purposes is nothing new: X-rays, MRI scans, and -scopes of various kinds all use imaging techniques. But with advances in digital photography and smartphone specs, there are now more ways than ever for healthcare to merge with technology. This is true for both the consumer market – where, as we’ve already explored, health-tracking apps and wearables …

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Diane Shipley10 impressive ways cameras are changing medicine (including tiny microscopes, venom-powered cancer scans, and 3D surgery goggles) #PhotoWeek
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Wearables could monitor Parkinson’s patients in real time

The Michael J Fox Foundation has teamed up with Intel to test using wearable technology to keep track of the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Earlier in the year, the charity ran a small trial monitoring the symptoms of 16 people with the disease using Intel’s Basis smartwatch. This collected a gigabyte of data per patient every day, which was uploaded to …

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Diane ShipleyWearables could monitor Parkinson’s patients in real time
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Want to spontaneously try aerial trapeze? Viva la Vita is the app for you!

It can be really hard to find the time to exercise in London. With long commutes, and long hours at work, the last thing you generally want to do is head out to the gym. A new app Viva la Vita gives you the ability to spontaneously pick a gym class when you want, working by distance, meaning you can …

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Hayley MinnWant to spontaneously try aerial trapeze? Viva la Vita is the app for you!
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Now computers can predict heart attacks more quickly than doctors

The team behind a new algorithm claims that it can predict someone’s chance of having a heart attack up to four hours before doctors see the early warning signs. Heart attacks are hard to forecast, but doctors rely on a scorecard system called the Modified Early Warning Score which looks at indications like a patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, and …

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Diane ShipleyNow computers can predict heart attacks more quickly than doctors
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Scientists have grown their own 3D brain tissue (that actually works)

Scientists have created lab-grown 3D tissue that resembles a human brain and can replicate some of its functions. Not only that, but they’ve kept it alive for over two months. (Which should probably strike me as a bit creepy, but I’ll be honest – after lunch some days, I could do with a few extra brain cells, fake or not.) …

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Diane ShipleyScientists have grown their own 3D brain tissue (that actually works)
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These ultra-thin new nanosheets can protect against infection

Japanese researchers have developed a new, extra thin material called a nanosheet that covers and clings to wounds in order to accelerate healing and prevent infection. It will be particularly useful for burns victims, whose injuries need to be protected from exposure to air in order to avoid bacteria. Yosuke Okamura and his team from Tokai University make the nanosheets …

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Diane ShipleyThese ultra-thin new nanosheets can protect against infection
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No one knows how we should be brushing our teeth

You know how to brush your teeth, don’t you? Squeeze toothpaste onto the brush, stick it in your mouth, and then… Well, then it turns out nobody’s exactly sure what to do for the best, so I guess maybe wing it? Yep, all these years of human development, and no one has the definitive answer on how we should be …

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Diane ShipleyNo one knows how we should be brushing our teeth
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Scientists can manipulate bacteria to kill cervical cancer

Researchers have manipulated the body’s natural defences in order to nip cervical cancer in the bud. Scientists from Duke University in the US were able to destroy genes which trigger the spread of the disease. Because it’s caused by a virus, human papillomavirus (HPV), which also causes half of all head and neck cancers, the scientists came up with the …

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Diane ShipleyScientists can manipulate bacteria to kill cervical cancer
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INSIGHT – Wearables and mindfulness: Should we really be outsourcing our sense of wellbeing and awareness to a gadget?

The latest wave of fitness trackers claim to be able to help you achieve magical things, like lose weight, get motivated and exercise more. However, the fundamental idea behind most of these gadgets and services is that the more you know about how you’re living your life, the more you can identify the changes you need to make and make …

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Becca CaddyINSIGHT – Wearables and mindfulness: Should we really be outsourcing our sense of wellbeing and awareness to a gadget?
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Timex launches Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch for fitness lovers

Stand down tech giants, it looks like watch manufacturer Timex might also be vying for a slice of the wearable fitness pie with its latest gadget, the Ironman One GPS+. This rather serious-looking device is a smartwatch built for fitness and handily doesn’t need a phone nearby for it to function properly. If you’re a fan of running (or any other …

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Becca CaddyTimex launches Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch for fitness lovers