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Energy-efficient housing increases the risk of asthma

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Things that are good for the environment often turn out to be good for our health as well, but that’s not always the case. In fact, a new study’s found that when it comes to energy-efficient housing, people are actually more at risk of developing asthma. A research team from the University of Exeter Medical…

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Jawbone unveils UP3: its most advanced fitness tracker yet

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Jawbone has unveiled a new activity tracker today called the UP3. The brand's most advanced device yet, the UP3 is built for fitness with a heart rate monitor and sensors capable of recording different stages of sleep. Described by Travis Bogard, the VP of Product Management at Jawbone, as 'the world's most powerful tracker in the smallest…

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Insomnia’s linked to an increased risk of dying accidentally

Diane Shipley Health & Fitness 1 Comment

If you have trouble falling and staying asleep, you should probably watch where you step and think about getting the bus or train to work. Seriously. According to new research reported in Psych Central, insomnia doesn’t just make you grumpy and absent-minded, but actually increases your risk of injuries and fatal accidents. (Sweet dreams!) Lars…

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Ten wonderful women who changed medicine for the better #InspriringWomenWeek

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Women may have been discouraged from entering the medical profession for most of history, but whittling this list down to ten still wasn't easy: our gender's made up for being ostracised for so long by achieving some incredible things in a short space of time. Some of the women on this list changed medicine by…

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Ten wonderful ways wearables are changing medicine for the better #WearablesWeek

Diane Shipley Health & Fitness, Wearables Week 4 Comments

When you think about wearables and health, you might think of devices that measure how well you sleep or how fast you run. And they can be great: there's no doubt many people find them motivating and enjoy having more insight into their habits. But the health benefits of wearables go further than you might…

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shinyshiny speaks to Bangs about running motivation, fitness tech and why mentoring is so important #RunningWeek

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Here at shinyshiny I get the opportunity to speak to inspiring people from the worlds of tech, design and fitness on a daily basis. But the interview today holds a very special place in my heart because it's with a blogger I've followed, admired and learned a hell of a lot from over the past few years,…

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Welcome to #RunningWeek – the world of fitness tech, workout gear & interviews with inspirational women

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Over the next week, the shinyshiny team will be exploring all things running, workouts and getting active. We'll help you choose the right running shoes, bras and accessories for you, explore the merging of fashion and fitness, provide you with some much-needed Pinterest and YouTube-related motivation, take a look at some of the best (and worst!)…

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Star.21: The £19 fitness tracker that aims to make you healthier in just 21 days

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Even though we've all got arms full of fitness trackers, the Star.21 is a wearable with a difference. Not only does this basic band help you form healthy habits really slowly over 21 days (rather than throwing you in at the deep end like other wearables), it also costs just £19. Launched on crowd-funding website…

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NHS tests patient-monitoring Wi-Fi patches

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First we told you about smart bandages, now plasters get their turn to show off. The NHS is about to trial a small, wireless patch designed to monitor patients’ health. Made by Oxford-based firm Sensium Healthcare, the plaster-sized patch is battery-powered and stuck on just above the heart, where it collects information on pulse, breathing…

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TAKE OUR QUIZ – Which fitness tracker should you buy?

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Here at shinyshiny we're dedicated to bringing you news, reviews and tips about the coolest tech, lifestyle products and must-have apps on the market. But no matter how clued up you are, sometimes figuring out which gadget, product or service is right for you can still be confusing -  especially when there's so much to choose…

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Will Adidas beat Nike in the wearables game with its new miCoach Fit Smart Band?

Becca Caddy Health & Fitness 2 Comments

Over the past few days there have been a whole host of leaks, providing anxious wearable-lovers with photos and specs about Adidas' latest foray into the activity tracking market: the miCoach Fit Smart band (or at least that's what the rumours suggest it's called). It looks like the huge sporting brand has taken advantage of…

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WedMD app launches Healthy Target to track your data and wearable activity

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Just weeks after the announcement of Apple's all-singing, all-dancing health and fitness tracking platform, HealthKit, popular diagnosis app WebMD has launched Healthy Target, a new programme that works with all kinds of third party apps and wearable devices to pull your data together into one central hub. Launched this week, Healthy Target will work with…

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Oops, sorry Apple: HealthKit might need a name change as it already exists

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Looks like HealthKit, the software that runs Apple's new health and fitness tracking app Health, might have had a last-minute name change - one they forgot to check isn't already in use. I guess it's easily done. You know how it is when you're preparing for a keynote presentation that's attended by thousands of tech…

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Will the Sony SmartBand shake up the wearable fitness market?

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The Sony SmartBand SWR10 fitness tracker launched in the US this week and some industry commentators are suggesting it could blow the rest of the wearable competition out of the water. The device was first announced at CES 2014, but up until this week we've heard a relatively small amount about its specs or availability.…

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Misfit Shine's Bloom necklace wearable accessory comes to the UK

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We're big fans of wearable activity trackers here at shinyshiny, and although we felt the Misfit Shine was outperformed by the Jawbone Up 24 in our battle of the wearables, it ticks all of the boxes when it comes to style and versatility. Well, it looks like the Shine is about to become even more…

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Health and HealthKit: Apple unveils its fitness tracking, mobile health app

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At the WWDC 2014 developer conference on Monday, Apple's senior vice president Craig Federighi unveiled the tech giant's highly-anticipated mobile health offerings: the Health app and the HealthKit toolkit. Federighi explained that Apple doesn't want to reinvent the wheel - it knows there are some awesome health and fitness tracking apps and devices out there…

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Scientists could soon re-grow teeth with lasers

Diane Shipley Health & Sport 4 Comments

There are few things more terrifying than climbing into the dentist's chair before a root canal treatment. But thanks to a new breakthrough in laser technology, that particular terror could become a much less common occurrence. Researchers at Harvard University have successfully used lasers to partially regenerate teeth. In tests on mice and rats, they…

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Samsung unveils the Simband wearable health tracker

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This week Samsung unveiled a new wearable health tracking device called the Simband. Designed to be worn around your wrist, the Simband can take all kinds of readings about your body from a relatively teeny tiny package. At a press event in San Francisco, Samsung also revealed details of Sami, short for Samsung Architecture Multimedia…

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