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Is that chest pain serious? New blood test could tell

Every day, a slew of previously healthy people experience chest pains and go to the emergency room. But a whole range of events can then follow; some of these people may be having a heart attack and may die later that day, while others will be sent home with medications and live decades longer.<p>Now, …

How to change Alexa's name

By default, saying "Alexa" near an Alexa speaker will activate the voice assistant and it will begin listening for your requests or commands. It takes some getting used to, but after a while, talking to a speaker and calling it by a human name begins to feel fairly natural.<p>That said, if you have …

When The Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them

When Samantha Deffler was young, her mother would often call her by her siblings' names — even the dog's name. "Rebecca, Jesse, Molly, Tucker, Samantha," she says.<p>A lot of people mix up children's names or friends' names, but Deffler is a cognitive scientist at Rollins College, in Winter Park, …

Siblings

Canine episodic memory: Your dog remembers more about what you do than you think

<b>TOPSHOT - Mixed-breed dog Frida comes out of the see in Timmendorf, Northern Germany on September 23, 2016. / AFP / dpa / Jens Büttner / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read JENS BUTTNER/AFP/Getty Images) (Afp/getty Images)</b><p>Now we know dogs might share some of the rich memories of our lives together<p>…

Pets

Want to Fly Better? Follow These 11 Steps

Smart preparation can take the pain and frustration out of business travel - whether you're flying one hour or 20.<p>To say that I travel for work is a bit of an understatement. As an executive coach and speaker who specializes in cross-cultural management, I usually make an average of three trips a …

Flying

Outer layer of human heart regrown using stem cells

A multidisciplinary team working at Pennsylvania State University claim to have used human stem cells to regenerate the cells that cover the external …

4 Keys to Writing Content That Readers Will Love

Writing content that readers will love isn't only about what you write, but how you write it.<p>4 min read<p>This story originally appeared on PR Newswire's Small Business PR Toolkit<p>If your content doesn’t provide readers with value, solve a problem, answer a question or entertain, then it doesn’t really …

Creative Writing

Love, sex and death: What my fiancé’s death taught me about the afterlife

<b>(Thomas Spayth via Shutterstock)</b><p>“He isn’t dead, he’s right beside me” doesn’t go over well, but this isn’t grief-induced delirium, it’s a full life<p>Karen F. McCarthy<p>January 16, 2017 12:30am (UTC)<p>Seeing the spirits of the dearly departed didn't bode well for me living a normal childhood. While it …

That Sushi May Contain a Tract-Invading Parasitic Tapeworm

In health updates that absolutely no one wants to hear, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning that a tapeworm that was …

Asia Pacific

The science of touch: why physical contact can make you happier and more successful

"What is the good life?" is one of life's most vexing questions. Knowing what makes us happy, and how to bring happiness to others, has been the …

Protect your phone from secret spyware

The smartphone has become one of the most important tools in millions of Americans’ lives. It tracks your movements, displays emails and text messages, and notifies you of every birthday and appointment. Every second, information floods your smartphone. Unless you switch them off, your apps work …

Cure For Cancer Found? Brain Tumors Disappear In Patient Receiving CAR-T Cell Therapy

2016 brought along a bevy of medical research breakthroughs among the international scientific community, from HIV and AIDs prevention to new …

The Mysterious Virus That Could Cause Obesity

Randy is 62 years old and stands tall at six foot one. He grew up on a farm in Glasford, Illinois, in the 1950s. Randy was raised with the strong …

Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes

Ever heard of Thich Nhat Hanh? If you haven’t, he is a master Buddhist teacher who is renowned for his amazing wisdom on self-compassion, mindfulness …

Laser therapy blasts early-stage prostate cancer without killing patient's mojo

To get rid of the cancer cells or to let them be? That is the question men must grapple with when diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer. While …

Cancer

Eight Fruits and Veggies that Boost Your Brain Health

There are an estimated 47.5 million (World Health Organization: Dementia Fact Sheet) people worldwide who currently suffer from dementia. The latest …

There’s a very deep reason why you can’t kick that bad habit

Chances are, you’re still doing whatever bad habit you tried to quit for last new year’s resolution. The months and years go by and, perhaps your job or relationships change, but your routines and behavior likely stay overwhelmingly the same. That’s because the vast majority of our actions aren’t …

Self Control

Simple Web Tool Teaches Beginners How to Use Manual Settings on a DSLR

Simon Roberts, a London-based animator and designer, has created a great photography resource for beginners that is both simple and useful. It’s …

One Drop is revolutionizing diabetes care through an app

The tech revolution in healthcare has so far focused on people who are already pretty healthy. FitBits, Apple Watches and the like are useful if …

Apple shares tips on getting the most out of Portrait mode photos on iPhone 7 Plus

Rejoice, iPhone photography fans, as Apple shares useful tips from professional photographers on using Portrait mode with iPhone 7 Plus dual cameras …

Novartis' drug tops chemotherapy in untreated lung cancer patients

Dec 6 (Reuters) - Novartis AG said its cancer drug, Zykadia, was twice as effective as chemotherapy in slowing the progression of a rare form of lung cancer in a late-stage study.<p>Patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive (ALK+) advanced non-small cell lung cancer treated with Zykadia had a …

Cancer

Most Popular How-To Guides of 2016

Step-by-step guides are our bread and butter here at Lifehacker, and you seem to enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy writing them. From start to …

Everything You Need To Start: Meditation

The secret to sculpting a firm, toned and strong body is constantly varying your workouts so your muscles and mind won’t get bored. And now is the …

Meditation

Family History of Heart Disease? You Can Still Cut Risk 50 Percent

DNA isn’t destiny when it comes to heart attacks. That's at least the takeaway from a new study of more than 55,000 adults published in the <i>New</i> …

With these tricks, your home could be clean in just 3 hours!

Cleaning a house can seem like a never ending chore, but if you follow these tips that we are bringing you today, you could have a sparkling abode in …

Deep Learning Reinvents the Hearing Aid

My mother began to lose her hearing while I was away at college. I would return home to share what I’d learned, and she would lean in to hear. Soon …

Machine Learning

What to Do If Your Thyroid Is on the Fritz

From weight gain (or loss) to exhaustion, brain fog, depression, anxiety, and dry skin, thyroid dysfunction causes a wide range of symptoms, which …