TRACKING YOUR BABY’S MOVEMENTS

The “Bellabeat Tracking System” for Android or iPhone lets expecting parents listen to their unborn baby’s heartbeat. It also has tracking tools for things like fetal movement and pregnancy weight gain.

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RAISING MONEY TO PAY FOR CANCER TREATMENTS

Healthline.com is a top site for medical information and they’ve recently launched a new tool called “FundRazr.” It provides a way for cancer patients to “crowd-fund” money to cover their medical bills. Read more about it at healthline.com/health/cancer-crowdfunding.

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YOUR OWN RAIN MACHINE

We used to have one of those “nature sounds” machines that played rain or waves to lull you to sleep. It worked well for a few years but finally started making very odd sounds (we must have gotten the alien version). So we went to the library and got three CDs full of nature sounds.

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HIGH TECH MED

— Tiny robots the size of a human cell can carry drugs to the brain and eye. Beats surgery. Chinese researchers have developed micro robots for curing strokes and eye diseases without an operation. A thin layer of nickel on the robots allows them to be controlled magnetically. (There’s more info about this on the web. Search on the phrase “Chinese scientists build tiny robot to battle human diseases.”)

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INTERNUTS: HEALTH

Healthline.com/health/online-medical-fundraising allows patients to solicit funds to help with their medical expenses. The site is operated by Healthline Networks, a website featured in Yahoo Health, the Huffington Post and some newspapers. One of the families featured on the site raised $16,000 for their young child’s leukemia treatment.

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TRACKING YOUR STEPS

We’ve tried several of the new watches that count your steps and measure your fitness , but the one we stuck with turned out to be the least difficult to use and the least expensive. It’s the “Omron Digital Pocket Pedometer,” which was $22 at Amazon. (Amazon’s prices fluctuate, so while you’d think they were always the best deal, often they’re not. Check other discount stores as well.)

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SCIENCE BOOKS

“Survive! Inside the Human Body,” by Suk Young Song, is a series of three 180-page comic books, each of which is $18 from NoStarch.com. The books were originally published in Korea and have now been translated for the American market. They sold more than 20 million copies in Korea and they are terrific.

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WHO’S DRUNK?

We wrote about the Breathometer when it was engaged in a crowd-funding campaign. Now they’ve raised enough money to put it on the market. It’s a $50 gizmo that plugs in to your iPhone or Android phone for an instant breath analysis.

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EAR HERO

Is it just us, or have other people noticed that emergency vehicle sirens are a lot louder than they used to be? Well, the police, fire and ambulance services don’t want to talk about it, but it’s because so many people are plugged in and can’t hear what’s coming.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

EatThisMuch.com is a nutritional robot. You tell it your goals, it produces meal plans. It tells you how much they cost, counts the calories and offers nutritional info.

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