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Mar 29, 2011
Every parent knows how difficult is to make your child eat those veggies and beat the junk food addiction. In many cases, actions are much better than words, especially when you use a hi-tech way to persuade your child into eating healthier.

Count your peas is an iPad application developed by Design Seedling that is aimed at making healthy eating fun for children. This app uses interactive games and lots of useful information that help kids organize their eating better. The Count your peas app features a calculator to count servings, based on the Food Pyramid groups. Parents together with their children can view how much calories their food contains and how much they actually need to eat. They can find out the key recommendations on each food group to become nutritionally smarter.

There is also a variety of fun games and tools that makes the learning more entertaining, including the tic tac toe game with whole grain cereals or completing a dried bean mosaics.

Mar 28, 2011
If you've decided to start using cloth diapers that are not only easy on your wallet, but on the environment too, FuzziBunz can help you keep the amount of diapers to a minimum.

FuzziBunz One Size eco-friendly diapers come in one size that can be adjusted as your baby grows. This green diaper has numerous snap settings, including 8+ button settings at the legs and 4+buttons at the waist. This allows you to adjust the diapers on babies from 7 to 35 pounds. The snaps themselves are sturdy enough to resist more than 3 years of use. The button-adjusted elastic can be replaced and it does not require sewing.

The FuzziBunz diapers fit your baby snuggly, preventing leakage, which makes them just as reliable as non-cloth diapers.

Besides, these diapers come in a huge variety of colors, making them look stylish and cheerful. Each diaper has inserts that are made of hemp and organic cotton that also have anti-microbal properties and provide great absorbability.

Mar 25, 2011
Nowadays many diseases can be prevented, if you know what's in your DNA. If you are really interested in your health and well-being, you can order a DNA Testing Kit to find out more about your genetic makeup.

The DNA Testing Kit by 23andMe is designed to make things clear for you. All you have to do is to order the kit and send the saliva sample to the company's lab, where your DNA will be analyzed. After registering your kit online and sending the saliva sample, you get the results in about 6-8 weeks and can start exploring your genome.

The DNA analysis of the 23andMe Kit can help you find out more about your risk factors for up to 95 diseases, your traits, your body's response to various drugs and your ancestral origins.

The 23andMe Kit includes all the essential instructions and materials for genetic analysis for easy use. All the information can be viewed and stored online. You have a chance to learn about your risk factors for diseases, including different types of cancer, Parkinson's disease, asthma and many others. Traits analysis will discover things like muscle performance or pain sensitivity.

Knowing your genetic makeup can help you take defensive measures early to prevent a host of diseases.

Mar 24, 2011
Parents, expecting their first child, often want to know every detail of their baby's growth. The developers of the PreVue eTextile Device wanted to give parents the possibility to get familiar with baby's growth when it is still in the womb.

The PreVue created by Melody Shiue, an industrial designer of the University of New South Wales, that looks like a pregnancy belt, features a electronic textile screen with a specially designed ultrasonic layer that shows the image of the baby, baby's movements, kicks and smiles during its fetal development.

This innovative gadget concept was created to help parents bond with their child, making both parents, especially fathers see what's going on with their child even before it is born.

While this great device is not available yet, the idea of developing a device that makes "fetal visualization" so easy is incredible and quite difficult to implement.

Mar 23, 2011
If you suffer from sleep apnea, a dangerous sleep condition, using specially designed nasal pillow masks can relieve the symptoms and make your sleep better.

The nasal pillow masks or PAP (positive air pressure) masks prevents sleep apnea that causes narrowing of the upper airways, delivering compressed air through a hose and helping you breathe better.

Philips Respironics has released the positive air pressure pillow that is developed specifically for men. The GoLife for Men mask conforms to the larger contours of the man's face, providing comfort and secure seal during sleep.

Unlike other nasal pillow masks, the new one does not require chin support band, but fits your face perfectly. The mask fits easily with pre-formed headgear and self-adjusting pillows that reduce adjustment of the mask to a minimum.

Mar 21, 2011
Few people realize how many harmful bacteria is lurking on their kitchen utensils, where we deal with various types of foods, such as meat, fish, eggs and other products.

Joseph Joseph Food Station is a set of flexible cutting boards that are designed to prevent cross-contamination of different foods, while you are cooking. The unit consists of 3 removable chopping mats of different colors on the glass board that makes its use more hygienic. The distinct color of each cutting mat helps you to distinguish the board for different uses, like green for vegetables or red for meat.

The glass board serves as a base, where flexible mats are placed, creating non-slip surface and can also be used as a trivet, withstanding temperatures up to 280ºC/530ºF. It also saves your kitchen space, still proving large cutting areas.

Mar 21, 2011
Checking your blood pressure regularly is essential for health and is a lot more difficult for blind people.

Tensio blood pressure monitor designed by Diana Dumitrescu is a concept now, but will soon become more than just a nice health gadget. This blood pressure monitor in a form of an electronic wristband tracks your blood pressure without the necessity to use your sight for this purpose.

The flexible wristband is made of inflatable foam, where the results appear on a display in Braille form, the system that lets blind people read using their tactile sensation.

The Tensio Blood pressure monitor is also a great first aid device that can wirelessly call for help in case of emergency.

Mar 18, 2011
Writing is a difficult task for blind people. Stephen Brewster, a professor at University of Glasgow, has created a haptic system that teaches visually impaired children to write.

The haptic system called McSig uses the device Phantom Omni, a force-feedback pen that has a motorized arm that can move in three dimensions, guiding child's hand for writing.

Stephen Brewster together with the University of Auckland has tested the haptic device on blind children in Auckland schools and the results are quite good. After just 20 minutes of practicing with this device, the children were able to write quite well. The gadget can direct or restrain the movements, which allow the students to feel the right movements and learn the letters.

Mar 18, 2011
Recently, more efforts have been done in the area of blood glucose monitoring. Since millions of people suffer from diabetes around the world, checking the blood glucose level is essential part of keeping the disease under control.

Currently, most people use blood glucose meters that require you to prick the finger many times a day, which is not so pleasant for the sufferers of this disease.

Scientists at Arizona State University together with the Mayo Clinic decided to design a monitor that is far less painful. The innovative device requires you to touch your tear ducts, which is less uncomfortable than finger pricking.

To get the test sample, you need to take the fluid from the eyes, absorbing small amounts of fluid to measure the glucose level. Scientists say that glucose in tears tells about glucose levels just as accurately as during a blood test.

Researchers hope that the new method will encourage people to check their blood sugar level more often.

Mar 16, 2011
Couples, who are trying to conceive, know the difficulties of going through the fertility treatment. Now, you can make this big task a little easier, using Apple's App for that.

"IVF Baby in the Making" application was developed by Kim Konopa, a mother and designer, who knows, what it's like to undergo invitro fertilization. She designed the iPhone app together with her 22-year old son, who is also one of her work partners.

The application consists mainly of a calendar, where you can organize all the doctor's appointments, medications and other important things when you are trying to get pregnant.

Women can also share their experience with other people in the built in blog and find out lots of useful information like how to inject in a resource section. The IVF Baby in the Making app also helps couples organize their budget since the IVF treatment is not quite cheap. The budget tracker monitors the remaining budget and keeps a running balance.

You can also upload the first photos of your unborn baby and share it on Facebook or send it via email. Konopa picked up the sound of lullaby as a ring tone alert for future parents so that they will feel more motivated.

Kim Konopa consulted her reproductive endocrinologist while developing the baby making application.

Mar 15, 2011
An innovative device that stimulates natural bowel movements can soon become available for the treatment of constipation.

The capsule called Vibrant that was developed by Israel researchers starts vibrating once swallowed, helping you deal with constipation problem. The miniature battery-powered health gadget consists of a very small electrical motor and micro-battery with the motor placed asymmetrically, so that it could vibrate, wobble and jolt six hours after it has been taken. The novel capsule is 15,5mm long and weighs about 10g.

The Vibrant is safe to use, does not have side effects and is usually excreted after it has done the job.

Constipation is a common problem that is defined as a difficulty passing stools or infrequent bowel movements. It is caused by unbalanced diet, dehydration, use of certain medicine and other factors. Usual treatment includes the changes in diet, use of different laxatives, exercising and in rare cases surgery. The new method will stimulate bowel movements naturally just as it happens during the massage of the abdomen. The device will undergo human trials next month.

Mar 14, 2011
We all know how difficult it is to make your children follow good hygiene rules. That's why little motivation is always helpful, when it comes to your child's brushing teeth or washing hands.

The Lancer & Loader Intellitec Wash and Brush Timer makes this task a lot easier, teaching your child to keep to those required 2 minutes of brushing teeth and other hygiene rules. All you have to do is to set the timer at 2 minutes for teeth brushing and 20 seconds for hand washing, just like doctors recommend. The LED light on timer will flash green to start the timing. Once the time is over, the light turns red.

The timer can be easily mounted to the mirror in the bathroom or tile for easy access. This health gadget will be especially helpful for children, who need some encouragement to keep themselves clean, making the brushing and washing process a lot pleasant and fun.

Mar 11, 2011
If you are a fitness enthusiast, you may have already faced the problem of knee injures. Usually these type of injures require weeks, before you can lead an active lifestyle again.

Scientists at Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart came up with a new health gadget that can help patients and their doctors track the healing process of the knee injures and make necessary adjustments.

The innovative bandage has specially designed sensors that measure and record the movements of the joints. This helps to watch over the patient's movements and progress and record it for further evaluation. The bandage fits perfectly, so that the patient won't feel any discomfort during movements.

Specialists say that this system is not only useful for doctors, who can adjust the treatment, but also may encourage the patients, by showing their gradual improvements.

The Fraunhofer researchers plan to apply this technique to other parts of the body. The mobile joint monitoring bandage will be presented at the MEDTEC Europe trade show.

Mar 09, 2011
Scientists discovered the novel way to predict whether a man has greater chances to experience fertility problems, by measuring the anogenotal distance.

Anogenital distance or AGD is the distance between the anus and the underside of the scrotum. Men with AGD that is shorter that 2 inches are more likely to have low sperm count, which becomes the most common cause of male fertility problems.

During the study conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center, the scientists took measurements of the AGD in 126 men born in or after 1988. The results showed that shorter AGD increases male fertility problems by seven times.

It is still not clear what is the cause of short AGD in men, but previous studies suggest that exposure to certain chemicals such as phthalates during pregnancy may result in shorter AGD in boys.

Mar 03, 2011
Everyone knows that it is important to wash your hands regularly to prevent a host of illnesses, especially during the cold and flu season. But not all people realize that even their soap pumps can be the dirtiest places, where germs live.

LYSOL has released its innovative soap dispenser LYSOL No-Touch Hand Soap System that was named the 2011 Product of the Year among other hand soaps. Washing your hands with this system does not require any direct contact with the dispenser. The LYSOL No-Touch Hand Soap System senses hands and automatically dispenses the necessary amount of soap. The soap is claimed to kill 99.9% of bacteria on hands, such as E.coli, MRSA, strep and others.

The system includes a dispenser, one hand soap refill and four AA batteries. The soap itself is enriched with moisturizers to keep your hands healthy.

This hand soap is a must-have in the kitchen, where you often deal with raw foods and cooking. It is useful for all family members to help them maintain good hygiene routine after using restroom, before eating or treating a wound. This is especially important when someone is sick, as such simple measures as hand washing may help you prevent serious illnesses.

Mar 02, 2011
We all know that it's easier said than done, when it comes to living healthier way of life. Sometimes, all that is needed is little encouragement. San-Francisco company GreenGoose developed a new lifestyle tracking platform for this purpose. The platform is aimed to help you set lifestyle goals, tracking your progress with wireless sensors.

The wireless sensors monitor your actions as you try to reach your goals. There are different sensors for different things that are attached to objects, like water bottle, toothbrush, vitamin container as well as exercise sensor. The sensors communicate with the base-station.

The points that you get while performing the daily activities that you have set turn these improvements into a game. Though currently the developers did not come up with the idea of the reward you get from receiving the points, they are currently working on it to improve the program.

The inventors of this health gadget say that it can be especially helpful for families as well as for health companies.

Mar 01, 2011
Many women, who gave birth, know that along with joy of motherhood, they often get unpleasant surprises, like hemorrhoids. This often happens due to the prolonged labor and increased pressure on the anus.

Plexus Biomedical Inc.. received FDA approval of the first device that prevents external hemorroids during vaginal childbirth. The Hem-Avert Perianal Stabilizer was developed by David Blurton, the company's CEO, who decided to create a gadget that could help women during childbirth after he faced his wife's problem.

The Hem-Avert Perianal Stabilizer is made of medical grade polycarbonate with a cushion pad in the center of the device, which is placed inside with the help of lateral hook and loop fasteners attached to adhesive tape.

The Hem-Avert device is applied externally and non-invasively, supporting the perianal region during labor and delivery. This tool is recommended to use only during vaginal deliveries. During the clinical trials the novel device helped all women avoid hemorrhoids, when compared to 25 percent of women in the control group that had hemorrhoids during vaginal delivery.

Feb 25, 2011
Many scientists say that birth is a shocking experience for a baby, who was living in safe and warm environment of the mother's womb. First month of a baby's life are especially difficult for parents as the baby accommodates to a new world.

Feb 23, 2011
If you feel painful unpleasant sensations, while eating hot or cold or acidic food, due to increased sensitivity of your teeth, there is no need to suffer in silence.

Feb 22, 2011
Soon checking your blood pressure could become even easier with a new device developed by researchers at the University of Leicester and the Singapore-based medical technology company HealthSTATS International.