When you are concerned with mosquito-borne illnesses like the West Nile virus present here in Texas, finding effective ways to repel mosquitoes in addition to the standard repellent sprays (containing DEET) is of great importance. The Thermacell Mosquito Repellent appliance is an outdoor device used to repel mosquitos within a 15' x 15' area. I found [...]

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Within the first few months of her life, my daughter exhibited asthma and an array of allergies, including one to peanuts.  We had to give her treatments several times a day to protect her lungs and minimize asthma episodes, and we also had to protect her from exposure to foods and inhaled allergens that could potentially [...]

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Well, it doesn't actually distinguish red from green, but it does indicate the amount of redness in red, orange, and purple objects by a series of stripes superimposed over the object.  The Red Stripe app uses the device's camera to view the objects in question and overlays stripes on those objects with a red component. [...]

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You've probably heard of SAD, seasonal affective disorder, which is a type of depression that affects some people because of their reduced exposure to light in the darker months of the year (fall and winter in the Northern hemisphere).  It can affect some people at other times of the year if they don't tend to [...]

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The Ticked Off plastic spoon may remind you of the sporks KFC used to use, but don't use this to eat with!  This little tool is the easy way to remove ticks that have bitten a human or an animal.  You just place the slot near the tick and slide the implement forward.  It will [...]

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We've talked about various electronic gadgets to help our elders stay in touch without overwhelming them with technology, but we haven't really discussed other ways to make their lives easier.  The Sock Aid with Foam Grip is a device to help people with arthritis of the hips or knees, back pain, or other physical limitations [...]

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I'm not a smoker and have never been a smoker, but I do know that it's an extremely unhealthy and risky habit. It's a habit that is very hard to kick without the help of drugs or strong will power. The new fad is to switch from regular cigarettes to electronic cigarettes also know as [...]

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A few days ago I posted a review of the Varidesk Pro Plus standing desk. I'm enjoying the versatility of this desk and the ability to easily go from standing to sitting in just a few seconds. But after a couple weeks of standing, I've started noticing some problems with my knees hurting from standing in [...]

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Pyle Audio just introduced a new Bluetooth Infrared Ear and Body Digital Thermometer that easily and accurately reads your body temperature from the ear canal or the top of the forehead.  The thermometer has a digital display to show the temperature reading, and it can wireless send the information to your mobile phone (devices with [...]

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How's that new year's resolution to lose weight going for you? Give up already? Maybe eating healthy and being more active hasn't worked and you need some extra help. Here's an idea, wear the Cold Shoulder vest. It's a vest with ice packs arranged on the back and shoulders that you keep in the freezer. [...]

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Did you make a new year's resolution to eat better and get fit? Yeah me too. So far I'm doing pretty good but there are times when I want a snack it's tough to find something healthy - especially if I'm at work. Vending machines are a no go zone for me because they are [...]

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For a lot of people, a new year means resolutions to start getting healthier. To do that you just need to eat better and be more active right? Of course doing those two things are very important, but what about potential issues going on inside your body that you don't know about which could be effecting your health? [...]

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If your hands are always cold as ice, you need one of these rechargeable hand warmers.  (My daughter needs one; her hands are always as cold as ice.)  Its lithium-ion battery charges from USB power, and then it can provide you with up to 6 hours of heat (up to a maximum of 130oF) to [...]

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We all want to be healthy and fit, but it takes effort to get that way and to stay that way. Most of the time it might feel like it's too much effort to even bother. That is unless you have help like a Vida health coach. Vida is an iOS app that lets you [...]

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Medicine won't do its job unless you take it when you're supposed to take it. If you or a loved one is prone to forgetting to take medications, the Liif pillbox looks like a useful gadget that will remind you and alert caregivers when doses are missed. The Liif comes in two versions. One with four pill [...]

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