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August 24, 2016

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

Philips selling newest health gadgets

On August 1, Dutch electronics giant Philips started selling its four newest retail health gadgets.  Besides the $250 Health Watch, which monitors wearers’ all-day activity, sleep and heart rates, consumers can also buy a smart” Internet-connected body analysis scale for $100, a data-sharing ear thermometer for $60, and connected blood-pressure monitor for the upper arm ($100) or wrist ($90).

Drug reduces chemo daze for days

The “C disease” is dreaded not just because of its grim reputation but also because of the terrible nausea caused by one of its most effective treatments, chemotherapy.  Up to 80 percent of patients treated with chemotherapy experience that debilitating side effect, and it remains the leading reason for discontinuing chemo treatment.

But chemo patients may now have a new option with Sustol, a drug approved August 10 by the FDA.

While a handful of medications do exist to reduce chemo-induced nausea, none boast benefits as long-lasting as Sustol, according to maker Heron Therapeutics.  Other chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) drugs like Aloxi are generally effective for 48 hours or less, while Sustol can protect patients for up five days, the company said.

However, the FDA only approved Sustol in combination with other CINV preventatives—and excluding those that are platinum-based.

Yup, exercise is good for you…

Yet another study has concluded that exercise is good for you.  This one, actually a study of 174 others studies between 1980 and 2016, found a correlation between higher levels of weekly physical activity and lower risks of diabetes, heart disease and stroke, among other things.

The study, published Aug. 9 in the journal BMJ, found that what seemed most beneficial was the weaving of physical activity into daily routines, like ten minutes of climbing stairs, 15 minutes of vacuuming, or 20 minutes of gardening.