Tag Archives: health

  • Infographic: Properties and Side Effects of Artificial Preservatives

    In a previous article entitled, Why preservatives are bad for your health, we presented scientific evidence that linked two well-known preservatives to obesity and gut disease. Here, we highlight some of the most common artificial preservatives used within the food and beverage industry and illustrate the di .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vasambal Manikkam
  • Microplastics in bottled water: There is a problem but what’s the solution?

    The World Health Organization (WHO) launches a review after microplastics have been found in over 90% of the world’s most popular bottled water brands. Scientists at the State University of New York Fredonia (SUNY Fredonia) in collaboration with .. ... READ MORE

    By: K. Gopi
  • The doctor’s office of the future: AI, big data and no wait times!

    A Silicon Valley startup launched by ex-Google and Uber employees aims to combine annual health check with artificial intelligence and big data analytics to increase patient health outcomes. Patience test: A true story Imagine your appointment at the doctor’s office for the annual health exam. The spacious waiting rooms, health motivation posters .. ... READ MORE

    By: K. Gopi
  • Non-Invasive Biosensing Companies to Look Out for in 2018

    Wearable, non-invasive biosensors combine the innovations in wearable electronics with miniaturized biosensing technology. They are typically offered in the form of small, portable objects that can be worn on the body, integrated into clothing or integrated into handheld devices. Such biosensors must be able to accurately measure analytes that are .. ... READ MORE

    By: Daniel Morales
  • PreScouter Case Study: “Clean Label” Ingredients for Flavor Enhancement

    The following is a case study report of the work that was carried out by PreScouter for a Fortune 500 client in the food manufacturing industry. About the Client: The Client, a Fortune 500 leading food manufacturer, came to PreScouter seeking information around fermentation-based flavor enhancements. The Client's interest was in response to the demands of consumers for "clean label" ingredients. Inquiry: Clean l .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • What is personalized nutrition bringing to our plates?

    Personalized nutrition is not a new idea, but the ease of accessing it is. From websites offering assistance on social media to supplement manufacturers offering assistance to their customers, personalized nutrition is available on a variety of fronts. Tailor-made diets can be designed to help with gut health, food allergies and other dietary restrictions, as well as weight-loss goals. Personalized nutrition is the ... READ MORE

    By: Kristen Bentley
  • A New, Simple Test to Predict Heart Disease Risk

    Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. It accounts for about 1 of every 3 deaths in the United States. Epidemiological and interventional studies have demonstrated the existence of .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vishal Kothari
  • Mini Electronic Biosensor for Point-of-Care Devices and Wearables

    There’s a completely electronic method for barcoding particles according to researchers at Rutgers University. Unlike standard approaches, this method allows for multiplexed bioassays that can be miniaturized down to the size of a micro-chip. Thus, this technology could be .. ... READ MORE

    By: Charles Wright
  • Why Obesity Is Still a Problem and How the Gut Microbiome Factors in

    Have you ever wondered why two people can eat the same amount of food, but weigh differently? This may be due to the gut microbiome, the taxa of microorganisms residing in the gut and their genes. Many people have tried to find correlations (and remedies) to obesity, a health problem that affects 13 percent of the global population. Studies from ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • The Dangers of Palm Oil: Why Nutella is Being Removed From Shelves

    Supermarkets in Italy, including the country’s biggest supermarket chain, Coop, have removed popular hazelnut spread, Nutella, from their shelves. The reason? Recent studies have linked refined palm oil, which is used in Nutella and various other food and cosmetic products, with cancer. Nutella Fights Back Nutella maker, Ferrero, launched an advertising .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • How Private and Public Health Sectors Can Work Together

    For many years, the objectives between pharmaceuticals and public health sectors have not been aligned. After all, developing drugs is ultimately a business for pharmaceutical companies; however, public health professionals aim to achieve an overall health equity regardless of household income. In this highly regulated industry, the gap between two sectors has distanced them from collaborating. I .. ... READ MORE

    By: Lan Duan
  • Technological Advances in the Healthcare Sector

    The healthcare sector is advancing by leaps and bounds thanks to the latest technological developments. Many applications and gadgets are being designed to make the healthcare experience more feasible and convenient. An analysis of some of the most groundbreaking advancements is given below: Mobile Stroke Units ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Apps for Basic Health Issues

    It can take quite a while to book an appointment with a doctor for a routine checkup. Sometimes, you have to wait for at least a month for your scheduled appointment. At times, you might find yourself stranded some place with no access to a clinic or a hospital. You could even be at home and notice an abrasion or unusual rash on your skin wondering what it could be. All these scenarios can be scary, but there is no need to panic. Countless phone applications are now availa .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Pharmaceutical Cleaning: A Short Review

    Apart from being a core aspect of current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) and Good Validation Cleaning Practice (GVCP) in the pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical cleaning validation procedures are a necessary regulatory condition that must be met by pharmaceutical companies in getting safe and effectual drug formulations to pat .. ... READ MORE

    By: Adeyinka Aina
  • Biomass Storage: Small Solutions for a Big Problem

    Whilst concerns of energy security, climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the demand and use of biomass for energy generation is on the rise. To meet this demand, biomass needs to be stored for extended periods of time in the form of pe .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ezinne Achinivu
  • Weight Loss Technologies Train the Brain to Resist Temptation

    Can a computer game train your brain to resist sweets? That’s the question Drexel University researchers hope to answer with one of two new studies launching this month. They have developed a computer game and smartphone app to help people control unhealthy eating habits and ultimately lose weight. The game is designed to improve a person’s “inhibitory control,” the part of the b .. ... READ MORE

    By: Drexel University
  • Fuel Additives: An Innovation Or Burden?

    Fuel additives are considered to be a modern day innovation of liquid engineering. According to U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in the past, the registration process for fuel additives was fairly simple. However, with the passage of time, in order to assess the probable impact of these additives on public health, it has to undergo complex testing. The History Of Fuel Additives The history of fuel additives can be trace .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • New Devices, Wearable System ِAim To Predict, Prevent Asthma Attacks

    Researchers have developed an integrated, wearable system that monitors a user’s environment, heart rate and other physical attributes with the goal of predicting and preventing asthma attacks. The researchers plan to begin testing the system on a lar .. ... READ MORE

    By: NC State University
  • The Little Big Microbiota

    The microorganisms within us form our essential, yet medically underexploited, microbiota. Our understanding of the diversity and significance of the microbiota has vastly increased with the development of modern laboratory techniques to the point where it has been referred to as our microbial organ. Perhaps this is not surprising as, at the cellular level, these microorganisms out-number our own cells by a number of times.  While the microbiota stretches out to most corners .. ... READ MORE

    By: Minttu Kansikas
  • Rise up and walk: An electronic dura mater talks damaged neural tissues into working again

    Every year, up to 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI), which most likely leads to a life-long disability- or at least, that’s what was thought up until now. A new kind of implant, called “electronic dura mater” or “e-Dura”, recently presented in a paper published in Science, promises to open the way to innovative therapies to help people that have had a SCI walk again. Developed by a group of researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology .. ... READ MORE

    By: Giulia Pacchioni
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