California advises against keeping your phone in your pocket

The jury is still out on whether or not cellphone radiation is bad for you, but California's Department of Public Health isn't taking any chances. The agency just issued an advisory that suggests residents should take steps to limit their exposure t…

Crunch Report | Go-Jek Buys Three Startups

Go-Jek buys three startups, the California Department of Public Health warns against being on your phone for too long and AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Cities do want to rethink regulations and avoid tech clashes, and here’s some proof

 In Jakarta, Indonesia, only 50 percent of the population has access to the piped sewerage system. More than 500,000 residents practice open defecation, and more than one million people discharge wastewater directly into the river, resulting in deteriorated groundwater quality and putting residents at risk to waterborne diseases. The better news: The city has a master plan to improve the… Read More

Top 10 Gifts for Health Nuts & Fitness Freaks


Only weeks before Christmas, and in a mad rush; you realized your best gift ideas weren’t up to much. You’ve bought for the children, and diminished your wealth; but what do you buy for a fit freak who’s focused on health? Terrible, clichéd Christmas rhymes aside, buying a suitably techy gift for those obsessed with health and fitness shouldn’t be a chore. It’s time for the MakeUseOf health and fitness gift guide. Activity Trackers & Trainers Wearable activity trackers are the obvious choice for anyone who likes to stay in shape and monitor their fitness level from the comfort of a smartphone. However, the recipient may already own one, so…

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Report: Many Over-the-Counter Decongestants Are Basically Useless

Remember a few years back, when relieving your stuffy nose was a simple matter of going to your local pharmacy and buying Sudafed? And then one day Sudafed just….stopped working? You weren’t imagining it. According to new research, phenylephrine—the active ingredient drug makers swapped into over-the-counter decongestants when they took out pseudoephedrine—is basically useless.

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Sounds Gross, But Intestinal Worms Can Actually Be Good For You

Intestinal worms have an incredibly bad reputation. The thought of them sneaking around inside our bodies and eating us from the inside is pretty unpleasant. But for decades, results coming out of lab after lab have shown that some kinds of helminths can be extremely beneficial to their host, and aren’t parasites at all.

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This Test For Heart Disease in Newborns Costs Less Than a Diaper Change

Congenital heart disease is one of several ailments, including pneumonia and sepsis, that kill eight babies every minute, every day. But a decades-old technology, combined with a smartphone app, can tell doctors in less than 60 seconds if a baby is at risk for any of these asymptomatic, hard-to-detect killers. And in developing nations like China, it costs less than a diaper change.

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Garmin’s Updated Fitness Tracker Gives You Extra Credit For High-Altitude Adventures

Following in the footsteps of Polar and Sony , Garmin has upgraded its vívosmart fitness tracker with a built-in heart optical rate monitor. At the cost of a tiny hit in battery life, the new vívosmart HR means there’s one less accessory to bring with you on a run.

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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Panic Over Processed Meats Causing Cancer

A startling report by an international team of scientists suggests that processed meats like hotdogs and bacon are a definite cause of cancer, while red meat is a probable cause. Here’s what this means to your health and why you have no reason to panic.

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23andMe Is Back in the Genetic Testing Business With FDA Approval

Genetic testing company 23andMe is back in the business of direct-to-consumer health testing kits, after a two-year hiatus at the behest of the Food and Drug Administration. That makes 23andMe the first such company to win FDA approval for taking its products straight to the consumer, with no need for a physician’s approval.

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The Metropolis and Mental Health: Are Big Cities Making Us Sick?

It is often said that we are living through another period of mass urbanisation – an age in which more and more people, in all regions of the world, are moving from rural towns and villages and trying to make their lives in cities – often megacities with upwards of 25m inhabitants. Indeed, the United Nations now predicts that by 2050 two-thirds of the global population will live in cities.

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Antioxidants Might Actually Make Cancer Worse

Antioxidants have made a fortune for the dietary supplement industry, but how many people really know what they are and why they’re supposedly good for you? One common claim is that the these molecules can protect you from cancer. This is supposedly because they can counteract other molecules known as “reactive oxygen species” or “free radicals” that can be created in our cells and then damage DNA, potentially leading to cancer.

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There’s a Reliable Therapy for Sex Offenders — But Nobody Wants Them to Get It

In June of 1994, a convicted child molester named Charlie Taylor moved into a small apartment in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, across the street from a community center. He had no family. He had no parole officer. At the time, sex offenders deemed too dangerous to be let out of prison early were, paradoxically, released at the end of their sentences with no ongoing oversight or treatment from the Correctional Services of Canada.

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Ebola Chip Will Help Doctors Contain Future Outbreaks

In the highly unfortunate case you’re infected with Ebola, you really need to catch it ASAP so that you can quarantine yourself and get treated. That’s why scientists are now developing a portable ‘Ebola chip’ that optically analyzes fluid samples and sniffs out nasty virus particles within minutes.

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