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The best Apple Watch alternatives for iOS

If you're an iPhone owner and you want to join the wearable revolution, the Apple Watch isn't your only choice – there are a bunch of iOS-compatible …

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Blue Bloater vs. Pink Puffer

Warning Signs and Symptoms for Asthma

Asthma attacks or episodes hardly ever happen without warning. The warning signs for an attack are not the same for everyone. They may be mild, and …

Asthma Slideshow Pictures

Pictures of the Anatomy of an Asthma Attack

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Healthy Eating

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

How to Avoid an Asthma …

Tracking Asthma Symptoms: Key to Control

How Cuba Could Help Prevent Lung Cancer In The U.S.

Cigars aren't the island nation's only export

For the U.S., reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba means more than imports of the world’s best cigars—it could mean a better way to stop their damage. Cuban scientists spent decades developing a lung cancer vaccine, called Cimavax. Now …


Surge in US 'brain-reading' patents

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of technology patents filed that relate to reading brainwaves.

Fewer than 400 so-called neuro-technology patents a year had been filed in 2000-09, research company SharpBrains said. But that had doubled to 800 in 2010. And 1,600 such patents had been …

The Brain

Malaria 'viral' vaccine shows promising early results

A trial of a malaria vaccine that targets the most dangerous variety of parasite that causes the disease has shown some positive early results.

The vaccine, developed at Oxford University, was 67% effective in a study of 121 men in Kenya, it found.

Encouraging results have now been recorded for two …


Ebola lives on in survivor's eye

Dr Ian Crozierwas given the Ebola all-clear, but months on the virus seems to be lurking in his eye - turning one from blue to green

Ebola virus has been detected for the first time in an eye of a patient months after it vanished from his blood - and in a bizarre medical twist, the virus also …


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World Health Organization

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Air pollution

7 milliondeaths caused by air pollution in 2012, covering both household and ambient air pollution

Household air pollution

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World Health Organization

Health statistics and information systems

The goal of WHO's work in health statistics is to improve country, regional and global health information. This information is vital for public …


WHO | Download the raw data files of the WHO Mortality Database

These files do not constitute a user-friendly data collection which the average user can download and access. These are the basic underlying raw data …


Want A Healthy Brain? Better Avoid These 7 Habits

Why are some people sharp as a tack at 95 years old, while others begin struggling with mental clarity in their 50s?

A lot of it has to do with genetics, but certain lifestyle factors also play an important role in how our brain ages. So while you can't control your genes, you can take advantage of …

The Brain

Case study: Big data improves cardiology diagnoses by 17%

The human brain may be nature’s finest computer, but artificial intelligences fed on big data are making a convincing challenge for the crown. In the …


New Smart Sensor Sniffs Out Decaying Meat Before You Can

Carbon nanotubes help you decide when it's better to stick with your veggies

Foul smells are generally good indications of food gone bad, and now MIT chemists have developed a new sensor that does all that nasty smelling work for you. The portable and inexpensive device detects gases from meat, …

Carbon Nanotubes

Top 10 Things You can Do Today to Be More Happier, Backed by Science

I would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are …


Why happiness is infectious: you can actually smell joy

Utrecht University in the Netherlands found that odours produced by our bodies can communicate happiness to others

It is said that happiness is contagious and now scientists believe they may know why.

For the first time researchers have found that humans can pick up whether a person is feeling joyful …

Scientific Research

Scientists find key to 'turbo-charging' immune system to kill all cancers

Imperial College scientists are developing a gene therapy designed to boost immune cells

A protein which ‘turbo-charges’ the immune system so that it can fight off any cancer or virus has been discovered by scientists.

In a breakthrough described as a ‘game-changer’ for cancer treatment, researchers …


Holding a Grudge Produces Cortisol and Diminishes Oxytocin

Are you currently holding a grudge against someone? Is someone holding a grudge against you? This blog post offers scientific reasons and some basic …


Pollution levels linked to stroke-related narrowing of arteries

Air pollution has been linked to a dangerous narrowing of neck arteries that occurs prior to strokes, according to researchers at NYU Langone Medical …

The Electric Mood-Control Acid Test

A startup called Thync will sell electrodes that you put on your head to improve your mood. The results may vary to a surprising degree.I’m working …

Scientific Research

The IoT Of Health: Big Data Can Make Us Healthier

The fact that you can now use your smartphone to unlock your front door, turn on the lights, adjust your thermostat, and set your DVR is all thanks to the unprecedented levels of connectivity emerging in what’s generally called the Internet of Things. Not only are we connected to the internet, but …

How Pfizer Is Using Big Data To Power Patient Care

Not so long ago, nearly every encounter with a doctor started with a receptionist waving a clipboard and asking me to take a seat. When I got into my doctor’s office, we‘d discuss the results from the blood test I’d taken the week before, my history and what I remembered to tell him. He’d write …

Health Care

Tracking parasites with satellites

Scientists are teaming up to use satellite data to target deadly parasites to help predict patterns of parasitic diseases such as malaria, worms and …


Peek's smartphone eye team in crowdfund appeal

The team behind a portable eye examination kit that uses smartphones is crowdfunding to raise funds for its new innovation.

Peek Retina is a smartphone camera adapter engineered at the University of Strathclyde and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Peek's apps and adapter tackle avoidable blindness by …

Do dreams occur in slow motion?

When we dream, does time pass at a different pace? David Robson investigates.

When my alarm wakes me up, I’ll often hit the snooze button before returning to the warmth and safety of my duvet for another quick doze. But although what follows can seem like a short dream – perhaps a single …

The Brain

I Asked 20,000 Doctors About Fitbit And Apple's HealthKit, And Here's The Answer

Practice Fusion, a fast-growing provider of free electronic health records, threw a brilliant pitch at me. Would I like to pose a question to their doctors? More than 112,000 medical professionals use Practice Fusion’s cloud-based software, and every week the company taps into its community of …