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Beat wrinkles with ‘Walkman-like’ device


Skin gurus StriVectin will soon launch a device, which looks like a walkman, and will help people erase their wrinkles. This contraption promises to help decrease the signs of wrinkles, based on medial machines that have helped victims of facial trauma.


Users have to wear the facial toner on their face while it delivers currents through their skin via the gel pads resting against the cheeks. It has been approved by Food and Drug Administration. It claimed to be different as it directly targets facial nerves and muscles, utilising 30 milliamps, which would be equivalent to 30,000 microamps instead of just increasing blood flow.  


BiliCam app to instantly detect jaundice in newborns


A team of US engineers have developed a smartphone app that checks for jaundice in newborns and can deliver results to parents and pediatricians within minutes. It could serve as a screening tool to determine whether a baby needs a blood test - the gold standard for detecting high levels of bilirubin.


The team ran a clinical study with 100 newborns and their families at University of Washington's medical centre. BiliCam uses a smartphone’s camera and flash and a colour calibration card the size of a business card.


A parent or health care professional would download the app, place the card on the baby’s belly and take a picture with the card in view. The card calibrates and accounts for different lighting conditions and skin tones. Data from the photo are sent to the cloud and are analysed by algorithms, and a report on the baby’s bilirubin levels is sent almost instantly to the parent’s phone.


“This is a way to provide peace of mind for the parents of newborns. The advantage of doing the analysis in the cloud is that our algorithms can be improved over time,” said Shwetak Patel, an associate professor of computer science and engineering.

Regular physical activity advised for delayed ageing

Daily exercise and a healthy food regime helps minimise bone and joint health decline. According to new research on senior elite athletes, being physically active may significantly improve musculo-skeletal and overall health and delay the effects of ageing.

“A lot of the deterioration we see with ageing can be attributed to a more sedentary lifestyle instead of ageing itself,” said orthopaedic surgeon Bryan G. Vopat. The positive effects of physical activity on maintaining bone density, muscle mass, ligament, tendon function and cartilage volume are keys to optimal physical function and health.

“Prolonged, intense resistance training can increase muscle strength, lean muscle and bone mass more consistently than aerobic exercise alone,” Vopat observed. Sustained and at least moderately intensive aerobic training promotes heart health an increases oxygen consumption. Flexibility exercises, too, are strongly recommended for active older adults along with proper nutrition.

Consume tomato-rich diet to reduce risk of prostate cancer

A new study has found that men who take over 10 portions a week of tomatoes have an 18 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer.

The study, the first study of its kind to develop a prostate cancer ‘dietary index’ which consists of dietary components like selenium, calcium and foods rich in lycopene, has found that men who had optimal intake of these three dietary components had a lower risk of prostate cancer.

 According to it, tomatoes and its products like tomato juice and baked beans, were shown to be most beneficial with a nearly 20 percent reduction in risk of the second most common cancer in men worldwide.

Lead researcher Vanessa Er said that while tomatoes may be important in prostate cancer prevention, studies need to be conducted to confirm the findings, especially through human trials.

She also advised men to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight and stay active to prevent the deadly cancer, and highlighted the need for developing additional dietary recommendations.

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