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29 Sep

4 Ways Drinking Coffee Can Benefit Your Health

For many individuals, the only thing that successfully gets them out of bed in the morning is the promise of that steaming hot, velvety cup of their favorite brew. While sometimes you might bemoan your caffeine addiction (especially when it comes to your wallet), imbibing a mug's worth or two of coffee can actually be quite beneficial to your overall health and wellness in the long run. To celebrate National Coffee Day, here are four ways your daily roast can actually give your body a boost. 1. Cardiovascular Protection While you shouldn't completely eschew a solid cardio workout, coffee can be quite the heart booster. A Japanese study reveals that getting in your daily dose of coffee can be key to heart...
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17 Jul

Sensaura AI Software Wants to Track Your Emotions Through Your Wearable

Most wearables are focused on the physical fitness vertical – monitoring things like how many steps you take, what your heart rate is, how many calories you burn during a workout, etc. However, as studies have shown, mental health is just as important, if not more, than physical health. Despite this, there’s a startling lack of wearables out there that track any sort of data or metric relating to one’s mental or emotional state of being. That’s where Sensaura comes in. As an artificial intelligence software program, Sensaura will tap into the wearables and fitness trackers you already own in order to track and monitor your emotions. To get to the heart of what you’re feeling, the Montreal-based startup software firm...
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2 Jun

Mindset Provides Stress Relief Using Wearables

Mental health and fitness is arguably just as, if not more, important than physical. However, most wearables on the market seem to be focused squarely on improving and bettering aspects of one’s physical fitness. The funny thing is, most wearables are already equipped with the technology needed to detect, track and monitor our mental state – they just need apps and other outside help to quantify and analyze this sort of data. That’s where Missouri startup Mindset comes into play. Developed by engineering students at Washington University in St. Louis, Mindset is an app that complements wearables and fitness trackers to help users with monitoring and managing their stress levels. Tapping into the technology built into wearables, Mindset can read and...
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25 Nov

Fear Of Missing Out: How Social Media Could Be Triggering Anxiety and Depression

I've argued before that we have become over-connected (myself included) because of social media. My own Facebook account and the 1,352 people that are exposed to my daily thoughts has grown into a sprawling megalopolis of people's selfies, videos, links, photos, political discussions, unexpected John Cenas, drama, and everything that people just want to get off of their chest and out into the world. Social media is a double-edged sword. It can be used to tear people down. It can be used to build people up. It can be used to store great memories that you had with your relatives and friends. It can be used to showcase your travels. However, the last thing could unintentionally spark something called fear of...
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1 Oct

Could facial recognition software help diagnose social & mental health issues?

We spend a sickening amount of time on our smartphones, gadgets and social media, texting, swiping and, updating our statuses, posting selfies and doing other benign millennial tasks that keep us at arms length from one another. A lot of the time, we leave many of the notifications we receive unread (as I write this post, there are over a dozen unread notifications on my own Facebook account). Many commentators have said that in the 21st century, we're not just connected to one another—we're over-connected. A company called Social Clinic is staffed by doctors who want to find out how social (or anti-social) we are outside of the cozy glow of social media. Interactive designers Chang Liu, Oryan Inbar and Ava...
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