Health

  • Review: Yes, the Perfect Pushup

    About two years ago I first started seeing commercials for The Perfect Pushup on TV. The pitch was impressive and seemed perfectly tailored to someone like me: a 20-something, who, while not out of shape by any means (owing to a meek, Third World diet consisting primarily of rice and beans and water for flavor) didn’t quite have the physique that Hollywood presented as, I don’t… Read More

  • Swedish group: World of Warcraft is worse than crack cocaine

    “World of Warcraft is the crack cocaine of the computer gaming world. Some people can’t drag themselves away and will play it till they drop.” This chilling warning comes from the Swedish Youth Care Foundation, which swooped into action after a 15-year-old boy “collapsed” (says The Sun, which is quite sensational) after playing the game for 24 hours straight. Read More

  • Shock: New hand disorder linked to prolonged video game playing

    A new, sinister study has shone the black light of shame upon video game controllers. Doctors have identified a new ailment called PlayStation palmar hidradentitis, which is a skin disorder that comes about as a result of squeezing video game controllers very hard while simultaneously pressing buttons. One small problem: the study was based on only one person, so… Read More

  • Retractable safety syringe gets FDA approval

    Revolution Medical has just won FDA approval to market their Rev Vac Safety Syringe and Phelobotomy (blood drawing) device. What’s unique about this syringe is its vacuum-like functionality. The needle is retracted directly from the patient into the barrel of the of the syringe. Read More

  • CleanFUZE technology could save hospitals $150 million annually

    DiFusion Technologies, a medical device company based out of Austin, Texas, has developed a silver ion technology called CleanFUZE, designed to prevent infection after orthopedic procedures. Dr. Matthew Geck, the company’s founder, explained that “five out of 100 spine cases result in Surgical Site Infections (SSI) often leading to second surgeries that are extremely costly and… Read More

  • Tattoo ink monitors blood glucose levels

    Cambridge, Massachusetts’ Draper Laboratory has developed a special tattoo ink that changes colors based on a person’s blood sugar levels. As CrunchGear’s resident diabetic and as someone who lives right down the street from Draper, I’d say that I’m “quite interested” in something like this. Now I just need to think up an awesome tattoo design. Read More

  • Perhaps pizza vending machines are why America is so fat

    Let’s not split hairs: the United States of America is an awesomely fat country. A full 26 percent of Americans were considered obese in 2007—by 2048 nearly every single American (statistically, at least) will be obese. We’re not even talking about “yeah, I can stand to lose a few pounds,” but medically obese. And this is just a guess, but could things like this… Read More

  • What's just as effective as Brain Age but costs a lot less?

    A pen and a piece of paper. That’s what a British study has concluded, saying that the $40 Nintendo DS game is no better at keeping your brain “in shape” than doing a crossword puzzle, playing Sudoku or watching a documentary. (I recommend The Ascent of Money—it saves you from having to read the piece-of-junk book.) Now your children can’t pull this ol’… Read More

  • News flash: You had better have decent eyesight if you want to fully appreciate HDTV

    The Daily Mail (now home to the best sports columnist writing in the English language, Martin Samuel) has a healthy reminder for those of you about to take the plunge into high-definition: be sure to have your vision checked. Vision Express, an optometry chain in the UK, found that 60 percent of Britons haven’t had an eye exam in the past two years—breaking that number down a bit… Read More