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Your heart rate, blood oxygen and blood flow levels are important indicators of your overall heart health. MOCAheart is a standalone handheld tester that can be used with your smartphone to quickly and accurately record these measurements in less than 30 seconds. But is it worth paying $149 for it? Let's check it out. Note: [...]

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Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Company has announced in a press release the FDA approval of the first 3D printed medication, Spritam levetiracetam, which is an oral medication used in conjunction with other medications to treat seizures in adults and children with epilepsy. What's so interesting about this? Well, some of those who suffer from epilepsy need a high [...]

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There are a lot of people who believe the 8 glasses of water a day rule is silly. They say don't worry about it and only need to drink when you're thirsty. Others feel differently and say the more water you drink (within reason of course), the healthier you will be. What do you think, [...]

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Alcon. All opinions are 100% mine. Are you at an age where you need reading glasses or bifocals in order to read or see things up close? Do these glasses make you feel older when you're using them? I know that it took me [...]

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Scientists Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (Whew, that was a mouthful!) have developed microchip-like devices called Organs-on-Chips. These devices are transparent, flexible polymers (plastic) that contain microscopic channels. When living human cells from different organs like the lungs, gut, kidney, and liver are introduced through [...]

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One of the latest crazes in the fitness world is "functional fitness" (strength, mobility and endurance training for real-world use rather than very specific gym-type exercises) and one of the tools that is growing in popularity for functional fitness training is the humble sandbag. Sandbags can be made in varying weights and sizes, plus they are [...]

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Texas is blazing hot in the summertime and thus many homes are sealed up tight with their air conditioners constantly running recirculating indoor air.  According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission on indoor air quality, In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other [...]

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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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