Contact Lenses That Measures Blood Sugar Levels

This technological advance was too interesting not to share.  Google has developed a new smart contact lenses could help millions of diabetics worldwide.

The lenses have glucose sensors , very small wireless chips that are sandwiched between two lenses and a wifi antennae that is smaller than a human hair.  They can monitor blood sugar levels once per second and send a wireless signal. Google is working to integrate LED lights that would flash to indicate high or low blood sugar levels.

The product is still is still being tested, but Google has run clinical research studies.  Google estimates that it will take five years before the product will reach consumers.

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Link Found Between Paternal Diet and Health of Offspring

fatA report published  online in The FASEB Journal, shows a link between weight, paternal diet,  and health at conception and the health of offspring.  In a study involving rats, researchers found that if the male rats ate a high fat diet, were obese and had diabetes, their offspring had altered expression in pancreatic and fat tissue. The altered  gene expression increased the risk of obesity.

The female rats they were mated with were lean and healthy.  Researches found that the female offspring born of obese fathers on a high fat diet, had difficulty in a glucose challenge test, even while eating a healthy diet themselves.   There were gene expression changes present in pancreatic islets, which produce insulin to control blood glucose and the fat tissue.

“While scientists have focused on how the maternal diet affects children’s health, this study is part of exciting new research exploring the impact of paternal diet on offspring risk of obesity,” said Margaret Morris, Ph.D.,  Pharmacology School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. “The fact that similar gene markers were affected in pancreas and fat tissue tells us that some of the same pathways are being influenced, possibly from the earliest stages of life. It will be important to follow up these findings, and to learn more about when and how to intervene to reduce the impact of poor paternal metabolic health on offspring.

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Another Piece of the Puzzle – New Autism Study Shows Hearing is Out of Sync With Vision

New reseautismarch from Vanderbilt University on children with autism shows their hearing is out of sync with what they see.

The research indicates that autistic children cannot immediately connect sound with visual stimuli.  The study examined the behavior of 32 high functioning children with autism.  They were placed in front of a TV and asked to press a button when they heard the sound that matched what they were seeing.  The children with autism took longer.  This gap was substantial, sometimes up to half a second.

“Children with autism have trouble integrating simultaneous information from their eyes and their ears,” said study researcher Stephen Camarata, professor of hearing and speech sciences at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. “It is like they are watching a foreign movie that was badly dubbed.”

“When audio and visual signals happen during word learning, they don’t get linked properly,” said Camarata. “For example, when I point to a cup on my desk and say ‘cup’, the word gets bound to the image of the cup. But in children with autism, they might be looking at something else, and then the word cup comes and gets bound to the hat they are looking at.”

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Top 5 Health and Fitness Gadgets

Whether you are looking for a health conscious gift or want to start 2014 off on the right foot, you should pass the sporting goods and head straight for the electronics.  Bluetooth and wireless technology now make it possible to track your activity, weight, blood pressure, sleep patterns, oxygen level and other indicators on your smart phone and then manage your data, track your progress and share it with others.

fitbit bandFit Bit

This device comes in a clip on and band format.  It measures your activity as steps taken, calories burned, stairs climbed and distance traveled.  It also tracks your sleep and wake patters and can wake you with a silent vibrating alarm.  It is a Bluetooth device and shares data with your phone and/or computer.




scaleAria Wifi Smart Scale

This wireless scale shares data with the Fit Bit App allowing you to track your weight, BMI and percentage of body fat.  It syncs data automatically through your wifi network.  The scale can be used for up to 8 users.




ihealthiHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

This wireless blood pressure monitor has never been easier to use. You slip the blood pressure cuff on and the data transfers to your iphone or ipad. The information is then stored, graphed and can be emailed to your doctor.




zeo Zeo Sleep Monitor

Zeo is a sleep monitoring system that uses a headband to track your sleep patterns.  The information is sent to your smartphone app and tracks the length of time spent in deep, REM and light sleep and give you a score to the quality of your sleep.  The Smartwake alarm feature uses the data to wake you at the optimal point of your sleep cycle.





Tinke is a device that plugs into your phone and measures your heart rate, blood oxygen level and respiratory rate.  It has a “zen measurement” feature that provides one minute breathing exercises and checks your level of relaxation on the end of the exercise.  The Tinke app allows your to monitor and chart your progress and to share your results with others through social media platforms.

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Meditation to Treat Inflammation

meditationThe benefits of meditation have been studying for many years but for the first time a study has shown the effect of meditation on genes.  The study conducted by researchers in France, Spain and Wisconsin shows that mindful meditation can alter the expression of genes that relate to inflammation, specifically those targeted by anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs.

The study compared a group of experienced meditators practicing mindfulness to that of a control group of others engaged in non-meditative activities.  At the commencement of the study, there was no difference between the groups. After an 8 hour period, the group that mediated shows a suppression of inflammatory genes.  The gene suppression was associated with increased cortisol recovery time when exposed to a social stress test.

“The regulation of HDACs and inflammatory pathways may represent some of the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic potential of mindfulness-based interventions,” Kaliman says. “Our findings set the foundation for future studies to further assess meditation strategies for the treatment of chronic inflammatory conditions.”

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