Health

  • PureCart makes food safe again (or not)

    Did you know that there are a million germs on just one shopping cart handle? I hate to imagine how many are living and crawling on the actual inside of the cart… you know where you put your food. Never mind the fact that it’s the food itself (spinach, tomatoes, beef…) that has posed all the recent dangers. The fact that I know creepy-crawlies are on my shopping cart makes me want… Read More

  • Study shows business travelers prefer their BlackBerry to their loved ones


    Outside of Thanksgiving, does this scene even remotely exist anymore? How much do you love your BlackBerry? Like, say, more than you love your spouse? As crazy as that sounds, it’s not too uncommon. A recently conducted study by Sheraton suggests that, if given the choice, some 35 percent of business travelers would rather pal around with their BlackBerry than their spouse. Just as… Read More

  • Will WebMD Lose Its Stranglehold Over Health Information?

    Rumors are back suggesting Revolution Health is looking to merge with another company. Only this time, it’s with another health information portal: Everyday Health. And together, the companies believe they can finally supplant WebMD as the most trafficked site in that space. According to the Washington Post, the companies are still engaging in negotiations and no firm plans have… Read More

  • 911ICE.org takes ICE a step further

    Ice, In Case of Emergency is a simple idea that has some far reaching consequences. Conceived by British paramedic Bob Brotchie several years ago, the ICE initiative is simply a contact programmed into your cell phone. When first responders get to an emergency, they simply look in your cell phone for your ICE contact. Simple, easy and effective. The website 911ICE.org not only alerts your one… Read More

  • iRobot has two new Roombas for your cleaning needs: One for pets, one for offices


    Sorta like this, but not really because iRobot still doesn’t have the proper photos up yet IRobot has a couple of new Roombas for you pet owners. Two, to be exact. There’s the Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot and the Professional Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot, both of which sound like a real hoot. The Pet Series has a few things that make cleaning up after your pets a little… Read More

  • Giro Sponge sops up plaque

    Fabio Dabori, an industrial designer based in Brazil has softened up the toothbrush game with his new toothbrush concept, Giro Sponge. The powered toothbrush is takes the concept of using bristles and completely throws that out the door, instead replacing the ‘brush’ head with a small sponge. Made with both adults and kids in mind, Fabio imagines the toothsponge to be useful for… Read More

  • Software helps deaf ‘see’ sound

    The University of London is currently testing software that takes sound waves and turns them into visual representations. The software is called Lumisonic, and is designed to help the deaf ad hard-of-hearing “see” sounds. There’s a video on the BBC’s Web site showing it in action. Sadly, I can’t embed it here, so you’ll have to click through. Basically, as… Read More

  • Study: Cell phone users have troublesome kids


    From the “Third Variable” department:
    Researchers at my alma mater, UCLA, have conducted a study that shows a strong correllation between cell phone use by a parent (pre- and post-natal) and behavior problems in their kids. Their findings: Children with both prenatal and postnatal cell phone exposure were 80 percent more likely to have abnormal or borderline scores on tests… Read More

  • Weird study of 21 people says that cell phones cause depression and poor concentration

    A very thorough study (of 21 people) in Sweden found that people who use their cell phones excessively can be prone to sleep problems, fatigue, and stress, which can lead to depression and concentration issues. Hey, there’s a cat near me! I hate cats. I hate me! Where was I? Oh yeah, so Sweden. What’s up with Sweden? It’s like, we get it! You have great healthcare! Oh no… Read More

  • Despite record profits, Apple stock slides over Jobs' health fears

    Those rumors of Steve Jobs being in ill health aren’t doing the company any favors. Apple’s stock dropped some 11 percent overnight, despite the fact that the company pulled in $9 billion in profits, primarily fueled by record Mac sales. That Steve Jobs himself wasn’t present at the conference call raised investors’ suspicions. The company’s CFO called… Read More