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That Scary Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug Is Now In The US

Earlier this month, a frightening report warned of an antibiotic-resistant superbug which might kill as many as 10 million people worldwide by 2050. Now it looks like the first case of that superbug has been documented in the US.

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Alissa Walker

May 26th

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CDC study finds America has never been more obese

Obesity Statistics 2016
There are more tools now at the disposal of people trying to lose weight and get in shape than there have ever been in the past. But unhealthy food is also more abundant than ever before, and the number of Americans who lead a sedentary lifestyle continues to grow. I know how difficult it can be to lose weight. I spent most of my life as an obese American before losing 50 lbs in just 3 months on the way to my target weight. Unfortunately, not all Americans have found the motivation to shed excess weight and improve their health — according to the CDC's most recent National Health Interview Survey, America has never been more obese than it is right now.

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Zach Epstein

May 26th

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New FDA rules require nutrition labels to show how much sugar was added

FDA 2016 Nutrition Facts Label Changes
Nutrition facts labeling will now contain a new category called “Added Sugars” that’s supposed to better portray reality, the government announced. That way, you’ll know exactly how much extra sugar was added to any type of food or beverage. But that's not the only change you can expect from the upcoming new nutrition label requirements.

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Chris Smith

May 24th

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Fitbit finally gets design with the Alta sports tracker

fitbitalta3 For me, fitness trackers are all about motivation. I used to go for a run every single day, and then quit, and then went to yoga every single day, and then I did nothing every single day. Now, a little older and a little more sore, I find myself worried less about working out all the time and am more focused on eating healthy and taking enough steps throughout each day. This can be… Read More

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Jordan Crook

May 20th

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The Europas — It’s time for different type of tech conference

awards3 (1) Let’s face it. Some tech conferences have lost their way. While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conferences have really gone for scale. A minimum of 15,000 people, thousands of companies, echoing halls — and a lot of investors (and journalists) turning their badges around so they don’t… Read More

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Mike Butcher

May 20th

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3D-printed bespoke wheelchair debuts at Design Week in London

GO-home-page-01 For all their being motion-enabling platforms, wheelchairs are themselves rather static. A frame of steel and aluminum supporting foam-filled leather or plastic, with a handful of settings that may or may not accommodate the user’s specific condition. A London design firm has worked for two years to create an alternative: a 3D-printed wheelchair made to fit the shape and needs of its rider. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 19th

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Allurion offers gastric bypass surgery in a pill

839d5334-f27c-4a55-97f6-8fab1fca8b7b Just swallow a pill and it expands into a balloon in your stomach so you don’t feel hungry. No gastric bypass, no surgery required. Sounds magical, but Boston-based Allurion has created the only non-invasive gastric balloon for obesity. Gastric balloons are nothing new, but you usually need anesthesia and a doctor to insert them. That makes the whole process expensive and prohibitive… Read More

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Sarah Buhr

May 17th

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Tylenol Could Be Making You Less Empathetic 

Every week, a quarter of Americans take a painkiller that could be dampening our collective feelings of empathy. In a paper published online this week, scientists claim that acetaminophen, Tylenol’s main ingredient, makes people more likely to think that other people’s pain isn’t a big deal.

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Angela Chen

May 14th

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IBM helped develop a ‘magic bullet’ that might kill Zika, Ebola and other viruses

IBM Drug Zika Ebola Herpes
IBM isn’t just a computer company anymore. The IBM Research arm partnered up with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore to create a chemical macromolecule that acts as a “magic bullet” capable of killing all sorts of viral infections. The substance could be used in the future to stave off a wide range of diseases, including Ebola, Zika, herpes, influenza and other viral threats.

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Chris Smith

May 12th

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WaterO brings reverse osmosis drinking water to the kitchen table

WaterO A month before Disrupt, Yu Zhou sent us an email titled, “We want to help solve the Flint water problem.” WaterO’s CEO wasn’t claiming to have the catchall solution to the lead problem plaguing the Michigan city, but his company was in a unique position to lend a hand. Since then, the Los Angeles-based startup announced it has teamed up with the charity WATERisLIFE to… Read More

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Brian Heater

May 9th

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