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We're still waiting to see exactly how Google's acquisition of Fitbit will affect its future wearables, but it seems increasingly likely that the next version of Wear OS is going to be a lot more focused on your health.

Google Fit already does a decent job of activity and stat tracking on Wear OS, but a user survey spotted by Droid Life suggests that lots more is on the way in the next version of the software that Google puts on its smartwatches.

The survey, sent out through the Google User Experience Research program, polls participants about what they'd like to see included in future Wear OS upgrades, whenever they might happen to arrive.
Included in the options are SPO2 (oxygenation) tracking, sleep apnea detection, sleep analysis, heartbeat alerts, recovery time monitoring, stress tracking, pairing for medical devices and gym equipment, rep detection and more.

The survey also mentions water, food and calorie tracking, as well as logging elevation and flights of stairs climbed. If all of these new features get included when the next version of Wear OS rolls around, we could be talking about some serious upgrades.

Wear OS doesn't currently track sleep, for example, though you can import this data from other apps. One new feature proposed by the user survey is a smart alarm setting that wakes you up when it best suits your natural circadian rhythms.

Of course just because these options are mentioned in a user survey doesn't mean that Google is going to include them in the next version of Wear OS – but it does at least give us a few clues about the areas that might be improved upon.

We could well hear more about the future of Wear OS and Google's wearables in general at Google IO 2020, the developer conference which is scheduled to take place between May 12-14 later this year.


The legendary NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson died Monday at the age of 101, the U.S. space agency has announced. Johnson developed mathematical equations that were essential to NASA’s early efforts to send astronauts into space and then to the moon—and the principles discovered in her work remain at the core of manned space travel today. Her trailblazing career was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated 2016 film Hidden Figures, which told the story of the black women whose work at NASA went uncelebrated at the time but was integral during the Space Race. She wasn’t well-known by the public until President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the country’s highest civilian honor—in 2015. Bill Barry, NASA’s chief historian, said of Johnson: “She had a singular intellect, curiosity and skill set in mathematics that allowed her to make many contributions, each of which might be considered worthy of a single lifetime.” He went on to say that Johnson’s work was “critical to the success of the early U.S. space programs.”


It is a few months since Microsoft first unveiled the new look icons for Windows 10 and various applications.

Now, having started the roll out of the new icons to Windows Insiders, the company is giving everyone access to the new designs. At the moment, it seems to be people running Windows 10 version 1909 that are affected, and this means they can enjoy new icons for Mail, Calendar, Calculator, Photos and more apps.

Back in December, Microsoft explained the aesthetic changes it was going to be making, saying: "With the newest wave of icon redesigns, we faced two major creative challenges. We needed to signal innovation and change while maintaining familiarity for customers. We also had to develop a flexible and open design system to span a range of contexts while still being true to Microsoft".

Initially it was only those involved in the Insider program that had access to the new icons but, as noted by Techdows -- and confirmed by BetaNews – the new look is now being delivered to non-Insiders.

While updates to the Calendar and Mail apps seem to have been pushed out automatically to everyone, in order to see the new icons for the Calculator and Movies & TV apps, you'll need to update the apps via the Microsoft Store.

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If sperm was an animal, science might worry that it's heading toward extinction in Western nations.

Total sperm count in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand dropped by up to 60% in the 38 years between 1973 and 2011, research found -- an acceleration of a trend that began in the 1940s. More recent studies show the trend is continuing.

At the same time, studies show a concurrent decline in testosterone levels -- the hormone needed to build a man's muscle and bone mass and boost his sex drive. ame
Why? No one knows for sure. Debate rages about the role of radiation, air pollution and chemicals in our food, clothes and water. Smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity likely all play a role.
So could the lower nutritional quality of the typical Western diet, according to a new study published Friday in JAMA Urology.
"This study is the largest study to date to examine the diet pattern with men's testicular function," said study author Feiby Nassan, a research fellow at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The study found that, on average, men who typically ate a Westernized diet of pizza, snacks, sweets and processed foods produced around 68 million fewer sperm upon ejaculation than men who ate a more healthy, balanced diet.
A man is considered to have a low sperm count if he has less than 39 million sperm per ejaculation or fewer than 15 million sperm per milliliter. A low sperm count can negatively impact a man's ability to get a partner pregnant, and it can be a key marker for overall male health.
"Fertility is not just important to make babies," Nassan said, adding that new research recently shows fertility is related to a man's general health and life expectancy.
A huge difference
The study looked at 2,935 Danish men of normal weight -- with a median age of 19 -- who were undergoing a physical to determine their fitness for military service (something all men in Denmark have to do after they turn 18).
Blood and semen samples were taken, and the men completed a questionnaire that asked how often they had eaten 136 food items in the prior three months.
The study looked at four food patterns:
The "prudent," healthy pattern, in which fish, chicken, vegetables, fruit and water were mostly consumed.
The "open-sandwich pattern," a more typically Danish diet with a greater intake of cold, processed meats, whole-grain breads, mayonnaise, cold fish, condiments and dairy.
The vegetarian-like pattern, with a high intake of vegetables, soy milk and eggs, with little to no red meat or chicken.
And the "unhealthy" Western pattern, with more pizza, snacks, french fries, sweets, sugar-sweetened drinks, processed and red meat, snacks and highly processed grains.
Men who closely followed the prudent pattern of eating -- characterized by lots of fish, chicken, vegetables, fruit and water -- were associated with the highest sperm counts. This was followed by the semi-vegetarian and then the "smørrebrød," or Danish, eating style.

"The median sperm count of men who had the highest adherence to the 'prudent' pattern was 68 million higher than men who had the highest adherence to the 'Western' pattern," Nassan said, with 95 percent confidence intervals of 43 and 93.
In addition, the median sperm count of men who had the highest adherence to the vegetarian-like pattern was nearly 33 million higher than men who mostly ate the less nutritious Western diet.
CNN wrote about the study's preliminary results last year. At the time, Charles Lindemann, a professor emeritus and researcher at Michigan's Oakland University who did not participate in the research, said the study's findings "could be an important clue if it holds up to scrutiny."

A diet high in processed foods, he said, "may be responsible for the known trend that has been recorded over the recent past of progressively decreasing sperm counts."
Nassan said her findings show eating seafood, poultry, nuts, whole grains, fruits and vegetables give the body the antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids " essential for good sperm production."
"Changing diet pattern may be a simple and inexpensive change" to protect a man's testicular function, Nassan said.
"I believe that it is not only 'you are what you eat' but it is also 'your sperm is what you eat.' "

The world’s first toothpaste that identifies dental plaque could also help reduce rates of heart attack and stroke, says this new study.

The patented Plaque HD toothpaste was initially developed by an orthodontist in 2009 to provide a safe, at home plaque-reduction program for patients. Plaque HD utilizes Targetol Technology, a gluten-free coloring agent, to provide a more efficient way to highlight and clean harmful plaque from patients’ teeth and gums.

This unique plant-based concentrated combination of cleaning agents has been proven to remove more than twice the amount of plaque than conventional toothpastes.

Additionally, results published this week from a randomized trial of subjects with dental plaque confirms that Plaque HD produces statistically significant reductions in inflammation throughout the body.
For decades, researchers have suggested a link between oral health and inflammatory diseases affecting the entire body—in particular, heart attacks and strokes. Inflammation is measured by high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP). Hs-CRP is a sensitive marker of inflammation, but it is also an accurate predictor of future heart attacks and strokes.
These results are published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Medicine.

In this trial, all randomized subjects were given the same brushing protocol and received a 30-day supply of toothpaste containing either Plaque HD or an identical non-plaque identifying placebo toothpaste. To assess hs-CRP, levels were measured by Quest Diagnostics using an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay.
“The current findings show that Plaque HD significantly decreases hs-CRP in subjects with elevated levels at baseline, which is similar to the findings in our previous trial,” said Dr. Charles H. Hennekens, senior author and the First Sir Richard Doll Professor in Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.

“These results provide a strong rationale to conduct a large-scale randomized trial whose results could have significant clinical and public health implications,” added Hennekens.

Two years ago, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine ranked the original manuscript published in 1997 by Hennekens and colleagues on aspirin, inflammation and cardiovascular disease, as their most influential original report of the last 20 years.
The data derived from the landmark Physician’s Health Study, in which Hennekens was the founding Principal Investigator, indicated that hs-CRP predicted future heart attacks and strokes.

A report from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 47.2% of American adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease, a pathological inflammatory condition of the gums and tissues surrounding the teeth.

Periodontal disease increases with age affecting more than 70% of adults 65 years and older. Prior research has suggested that periodontal disease may be connected to variety of other diseases, including heart disease and stroke and other inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation throughout the body may be a crucial link between periodontal and other systemic diseases.
Based on the findings of this trial performed at the Marshfield Clinic Research Center, Hennekens and colleagues are drafting an investigator initiated research grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

This randomized trial will test whether the reduction in inflammation throughout the body by Plaque HD leads to decreases in progression of atherosclerosis in the coronary and carotid arteries for which systemic inflammation is a crucial precursor.

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