In 2013, we saw the continuation of health trends that have been building up for the past few years. Futuristic health-tracking technology continues to provide hope to an overextended health care system. In addition to new product offerings from wearable mainstays like Jawbone and Fitbit, Misfit Wearables released one of the most attractive fitness trackers available. Meanwhile, multiple organizations are working on real-life tricorders that can track all sorts of vital signs–like heart rate and temperature–in real time.
We also mapped out the long-standing problems plaguing human health, like obesity and smoking. Companies, scientists, and nonprofits are banding together to tackle many global health issues, like STDs and overpopulation (with new condom concepts) and alcoholism (with a vaccine).
Check out our full list of 2013’s top health posts below.
Would people use condoms more if they felt better when you were having sex? That’s the million dollar bet that the foundation is making in its contest to redesign the rubber, with innovations like condoms that tighten while you have sex.
Boy wonder Jack Andraka is creating a dream team of young scientists to work on creating a Star Trek–like handheld device that can diagnose disease just by scanning your skin.
Nothing says you’ve got a few pounds to lose like looking in the mirror. Here, an artist holds up a mirror to America’s expanding waist line.
See just how damaging (and how hard to shake) smoking is in this new series of infographics.
You, too, could look like the pictures for gym ads–without any Photoshop. All it takes is a few of these little tricks of light and perspective. Or we could just agree to not feel bad about ourselves.
Your entire bathroom routine is about to change. The Blizzident 3-D printed toothbrush works because it is custom molded to your teeth.
These maps rank 25 different health factors on a very local level. See how your community compares to your neighbors. You might be surprised.
A new site called LabDoor can help give you some transparency, with data on ingredients, efficacy, and safety for supplements.
What you put in your mouth can make you fat. But so can the way your neighborhood is designed.
The Scanadu Scout, which you can use to measure your vital signs by just holding it to your temple for 10 seconds, was recently made available for $150 on Indiegogo.
After getting an injection, this new drug makes just one drink give you an instant, horrible hangover.
Jack Andraka, a young scientist who has already created a cheap and accurate version of a major cancer test, is back with a new invention.
From our genomes to Jawbones, the amount of data about health is exploding. Bringing on top Silicon Valley talent, one NYC hospital is preparing for a future where it can analyze and predict its patients’ health needs–and maybe change our understanding of disease.
The TellSpec could be the missing link for people watching their weight or trying to avoid certain ingredients–if its creators can manage to bring it to the market.
As legalized marijuana becomes more prevalent, it’s becoming more important to hold it to the same quality and safety standards that we use for anything else we put in our bodies. Take a trip inside medical cannabis testing company CW Analytical, which tests weed for potency and contamination.
The quarter-sized Shine seamlessly tracks your activity, without being as obvious as other fitness trackers. We took it out for a test drive.
Soda feels so good when it hits your lips, but the rest of your body isn’t so happy.
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