Apple Watch Users Can Now Enrol in Stanford Irregular Heart Rate Study

Apple Watch Users Can Now Enrol in Stanford Irregular Heart Rate Study

Apple’s trying out something entirely new starting Thursday: a medical study. Apple Watch users are now able to enroll in a new study Apple is conducting with Stanford University School of Medicine, which uses the device’s heart-rate monitor to check for an irregular heart rate. While others have used Apple’s software and devices in medical studies, this is the first time that it’s actually sponsored one itself. The move underscores Apple’s focus on using its products for health care. “Working alongside the medical community, not only can we inform people of certain health…

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Apple Watch Gets First EKG Reader in AliveCor KardiaBand

Apple Watch Gets First EKG Reader in AliveCor KardiaBand

HIGHLIGHTS AliveCor KardiaBand approved by FDA It detects irregular heartbeat, cause of stroke KardiaBand costs $199 AliveCor’s KardiaBand has become the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch, after being approved by the US’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The KardiaBand is an electrocardiogram (EKG) reader, which means it can check heart rhythm and irregular heartbeat. The latter is medically known as atrial fibrillation, and can increase the risk of stroke and heart disease. To use it, Apple Watch owners must replace their existing wrist band with the KardiaBand, and…

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Dear parents, watch out for these 9 signs that indicate your kid needs an eye test

Dear parents, watch out for these 9 signs that indicate your kid needs an eye test

With the proliferation of screens in our lives – phone screen, tablets, Kindles, computers – television isn’t the only source of eye strain for kids and adults. But, unlike in case of adults, it is harder to gauge when children develop vision issues. “More often than not, vision problems go unnoticed until children begin school,” said associate professor of Ophthalmology Marcela Frazier, “Children grow up naturally adapting to vision issues, so when they get into school and start reading and learning, that is when parents and teachers begin to notice…

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Do You Watch TV for More Than 10 Hours a week? You Need to Stop!

Do You Watch TV for More Than 10 Hours a week? You Need to Stop!

  Television or TV viewing is one of the most common pastimes for many. We consume any and every form of information from this so-called “idiot box” hours at end, without even realizing our limit. As soon as the television is turned on, our eyes are glued and we just can’t seem to get ourselves to turn the power button off. Excessive television watching has already been linked to a variety of health problems as well as an increase in snacking tendencies. This holds especially true for the youth of…

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Kids Watch Out: Obesity Can Raise Cardiovascular Risks Even In Young

Kids Watch Out: Obesity Can Raise Cardiovascular Risks Even In Young

Obesity occurs when there is an accumulation of excess or abnormal amounts of fat in the body. At a time when the world is grappling with the rampant condition, it is important to distinguish between obesity and being overweight. People are considered to be obese when their body mass index is more than 30 kg/m2, when the normal range is 25-30 kg/m2. Obesity ties alongwith it multiple risks such as diabetes, high blood pressure etc. According to a new study, it can also act as a clarion call to a…

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Apple Watch Gets New Bands; iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Get New Colour Cases

Apple Watch Gets New Bands; iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Get New Colour Cases

In addition to a red colour variant of the iPhone 7, Apple is also giving some cosmetic upgrades to the Apple Watch, with a series of new bands across all types, be it sport, woven nylon, or classic buckle, available in a variety of colours. Plus, the Nike+ watch bands are also coming to the standard Apple Watch, should you wish to cover your arm in hollow polka dots. Some of the new colour options will also be available as cases for your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Unfortunately,…

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Watch Out: Popping Balloons Could Be As High Powered As a Shotgun

Watch Out: Popping Balloons Could Be As High Powered As a Shotgun

One of the fondest childhood memories for most of us would be bursting balloons towards the end of a birthday party. Something about the act brought immense joy as we would pull down the strings, place the balloons on the floor and jump on them. As grownups, we now of course have a different perception. We finally know how annoying a habit it is, plus all that deafening noise! As much fun as it may be, popping balloons could have some setbacks too. According to a study done by University…

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Watch Titanic for fab abs and an army of friends

Watch Titanic for fab abs and an army of friends

Shedding tears over Devdas or Titanic can pay dividends in the gym. Researchers at University of Oxford got people to do wall-sits-the squat equivalent of a plank–after watching sad movies. The idea was that endorphins released on crying would increase the subjects’ pain threshold. And sure enough, the study found that people who watched a sad film-Stuart: A Life Backwards, chronicling the life story of a disabled child abuse survivor who eventually kills himself–could hold a wall-sit 13.1% longer than volunteers who watched documentaries that were about far less emotive…

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In ‘awake’ surgeries, surgeons must watch what they say

In ‘awake’ surgeries, surgeons must watch what they say

The surgeons talked about many surgical procedures, ranging from biopsies to abortions to cataract surgery. A growing number of surgeries performed with only local anesthesia create new challenges for surgeons, according to interviews with U.S. doctors. Surgeries using new local anesthestics that numb an area of the body but leave patients awake, tend to have a shorter recovery time, but can also cause distress and anxiety for patients, researchers write in the American Journal of Surgery. These “awake surgeries” also raise new issues for surgeons, who must balance the needs…

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