Google doesn’t want to let Apple run away with the health-tracking market, but it may be too late

Hardware is increasingly becoming a commodity, where devices with nearly identical features end up competing mainly on price. But for big consumer technology companies like Apple and Google, it’s still important to have a foothold in the wearable devices market because it’s the key way to get information about users on the go, as well as to gather potentially lucrative biometric data about the human body. Apple, with its health-tracking smartwatch, is dominating the market, especially in North America. That has rivals scrambling to catch up. Google parent company Alphabet, which has historically struggled…

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So, You Want A Career in Marketing?

Almost every week, without fail, I get this question. It is ever present in my Instagram DMs, my LinkedIn messages, my Twitter feed, and at almost every keynote I present. Shama Hyder, CEO of Zen Media, getting ready to speak to students on a career in marketing. DANNY CAMPBELL “How do I get started with a career in marketing?” You might think this question comes from college students or recent graduates, but more often than not, it comes from seasoned professionals who are looking to change career tracks. And, the…

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India’s poor don’t want money — they want health care

It’s an important question, because India makes widespread use of cash transfers and is contemplating a universal basic income — cash for everyone. One of the things that appeal to development experts and donors about direct cash transfers is that they’re not paternalistic. Instead of deciding how money is spent, you give people the money, trusting that they have a better idea of their needs than you do and that they’ll spend it wisely. This mostly holds up; studies have found that cash transfers are largely spent on food, housing, and education, and don’t…

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3 Things To Get If You Want To Travel In Style

The Swirlster Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Swirlster has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Travel in style to make heads turn wherever you go Winter is here! And apart from the glorious fact that we get to indulge in some winter fashion, another thing we are thrilled about is that this is the perfect weather to those places which were too hot to travel to in summer months. So a weekend trip or two is not a bad…

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Want to keep heart healthy and strong? Avoid travelling to high altitudes

While the mountain air may be refreshing and offer respite from the heat, it is not so good for your heart. A new study improves our understanding of how the human body adapts to high altitude areas. It reveals that at high altitudes (over 3000 m), the lower amount of oxygen in the air leads to a decrease in the volume of blood circulating around the body, and an increase in blood pressure in the lungs.The findings are important for people who live, travel and exercise at high altitudes. The…

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Want to avoid risk of bowel cancer? Cut processed red meat, alcohol from your diet

Are you a meat lover? We have some important news for you. According to a new study, a group of researchers have found strong evidence of links between lifestyle and colorectal cancer risk. Physical activity and whole grains lowers risk of this cancer; too much alcohol and red meat, processed meats and obesity increase the risk. Eating whole grains daily, such as brown rice or whole-wheat bread, reduces colorectal cancer risk, with the more you eat the lower the risk and there was strong evidence that physical activity protects against colon cancer. Edward…

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Eat fatty foods like cheese and butter if you want a long, healthy life

People who consume foods that are low in fats but high in carbohydrates may be at an increased risk of an early death as compared to those who consume fat-rich foods such as cheese and butter, a study has claimed. The findings, published in the journal Lancet, showed that contrary to popular belief, consuming a higher amount of fat – about 35% of energy – is associated with a lower risk of death compared to lower intakes. The association was seen for all major types of fats – saturated fats,…

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Want a healthy heart? Eat small portions of dark chocolate having extra virgin olive oil every day

Dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil may improve your heart health by increasing good cholesterol levels and preserving the ‘repairing cells’ critical for maintaining blood vessels, a study has found. “A healthy diet is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” said Rossella Di Stefano, a cardiologist at the University of Pisa in Italy. “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols, which are found in cocoa, olive oil, and apples,” Di Stefano. “Research has found that the Italian Panaia red apple has very high…

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Want to keep dementia away? Make sure you get a good night’s sleep every day

Older adults who get a good night’s sleep with the least disturbance and are able to dream well may be at a lower risk of developing dementia later, says a recent research. The study showed that spending less time in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep – which is when most of our dreaming occurs – and taking longer to enter REM sleep can both raise the risk of dementia. Each percentage reduction in REM sleep was associated with a nine per cent increase in the risk of all-cause dementia and…

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Want to cut back on alcohol consumption? 11 minutes of mindfulness is all you need

A brief training in mindfulness strategies may help heavy drinkers cut back on alcohol consumption, claim researchers (including one of Indian origin). After an 11-minute training session and encouragement to continue practising mindfulness — which involves focusing on what is happening in the present moment — heavy drinkers drank less over the next week than people who were taught relaxation techniques, researchers said. “We found that a simple exercise in mindfulness can help drinkers cut back, and the benefits can be seen quite quickly,” said Sunjeev Kamboj from University College London (UCL) in the…

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