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Smart Speakers May Detect Cardiac Arrest

Smart Speakers May Detect Cardiac Arrest

Home devices that use A I may be able to pick up signs of distress and call for help. Amazon Alexa and Google Home could be lifesavers — quite literally. A team at the University of Washington (UW) created a new tool that can monitor people for cardiac arrest through your at-home smart speaker. When someone experiences cardiac arrest, they become unresponsive and may stop breathing or gasp for air. The tool can detect that gasp, known as agonal breathing,…

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Does Oral Health Predict Overall Health?

Does Oral Health Predict Overall Health?

August 3, 2012 | By Katherine Schreiber, Greatist.comUpwards of 6 billion bacteria live inside the average human mouth. (Kiss me, now?) The wrong buildup of microorganisms in the mouth can lead to infections, tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Oral bacteria can also travel into the blood stream, causing or contributing to an array of diseases that affect more than just that smile. Regular dental upkeep—flossing, brushing, mouthwashing, waterpicking, and chewing sugar-free gum—keeps these bad boys under control. Say “ahhh” –…

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Insomnia May Boost Heart Attack Risk

Insomnia May Boost Heart Attack Risk

By Matt McMillen MONDAY, October 24, 2011 (Health.com) — People who struggle with insomnia appear to be more prone to heart attacks than those who typically get a good night’s sleep, a large Norwegian study has found. In the study, published today in the American Heart Association journalCirculation, researchers conducted a comprehensive health survey of more than 52,000 adults, which included questions about slee p quality. Over the next 11 years, roughly 5% of the participants had a heart attack…

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