“Quick & Healthy” offers some highlights from the world of health and wellness which you may have missed this week:
- One day your phone may be able to sniff out the onset of Parkinson’s Disease, based solely on the way you type. Researchers are currently developing software that can monitor the rate at which users tap on their keyboards and make assessments as to how well a typist’s central nervous system is functioning. It’s an exciting development, but for now, anyway, the software cannot distinguish between someone with Parkinson’s and someone who’s simply sleep deprived.
- Green tea is the gift that just keeps on giving. The antioxidant-loaded, bacteria-battling, fat-burning substance just got yet another boon: According to a new study, a regular green tea habit correlates to a lower risk of dementia. The study found no such link with black tea and coffee, although those drinks have plenty of well-known health benefits on their own.
- And we have a winner! Researchers have amassed results from several studies conducted on commercial diet and weight-loss programs, and have determined that Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers are the most effective.
- A new startup is setting its sights on revolutionizing in-home health care for seniors. The Silicon Valley-based service is called Honor, and it’s designed to bring seniors the best in in-home care, while also allowing family members to stay in close contact, even and especially while they’re remote.
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