Rare blue pigment found in medieval woman’s teeth rewrites history

(CNN)The discovery of a rare, expensive blue pigment in the dental plaque of a medieval woman’s skeleton is shedding light on hidden chapter of history, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. But blue flecks were embedded in her teeth. Multiple spectrographic analyses revealed the blue pigment to be ultramarine, a rare pigment made from crushed lapis lazuli stones. It was as expensive as gold at the time, mined from a single region in Afghanistan and …

If you have a problem with the ‘snooze’ button, this alarm clock is for you

Image: Henrique Simplicio/Flickr When your alarm went off this morning, did you leap cheerfully out of bed like some kind of psychopath… or did you do the predictable thing and hit that snooze button?  Love it or hate it — or even love to hate it — the snooze button is as much a part of our modern morning routine as breakfast radio shows and scoffing cereal. SEE ALSO: 5 ways to clean your computer keyboard — Clarification Please But …

American doctor will be monitored in US after possible exposure to Ebola in Congo

(CNN)An American was possibly exposed to Ebola while recently providing medical assistance in Congo, according to a release from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health. The World Health Organization said protests in Congo over election delays and a deteriorating security situation are interfering with their field teams’ ability to carry out Ebola vaccinations in some areas. The American, the Nebraska release states, is not an official patient and is being taken privately to the medical center. …

The all-male group tackling toxic masculinity

(CNN)On a warm Saturday afternoon, more than a dozen young men and teenage boys sit on plastic chairs in a yard in their neighborhood. “There’s a lot of toxic masculinity,” Chabalala, 27, told CNN of the stereotypes portrayed around masculine gender roles in his country. He believes that some of this is down to many young men in South Africa growing up without good role models. “I realized that growing up without a father figure in my life could have …

A guide to the pros and cons of the weighted blanket

Weighted blankets are essential.Image: Vicky Leta / Mashable Essentials Week spotlights unexpected items that make our daily lives just a little bit better.  From Twitter to Reddit to Instagram, tons of internet folks are raving about a glorified tarp.  Weighted blankets, also known as gravity or anxiety blankets, gained the attention of the self-care community late last year and have been picking up widespread (and emphatic) support ever since. Purported to assist with stress and sleep, weighted blankets are exactly …

CherryHome raises $5.2M to apply AI to home care cameras, detecting behavior changes

A new startup using AI to look after elderly people at home has raised a new round of funding to apply its platform to detect changes in gait or behavior, falls or stumbles. In other words, it could start to predict changes in long-term health. CherryHome, the home AI security system created by startup Cherry Labs, has raised $5.2 million in funding from GSR Ventures to drive the technology’s use for in-home senior care. CherryHome uses its proprietary computer vision …

Save $110 on the Garmin Vvoactive 3 smartwatch and get a rock bottom price

A top-notch fitness tracker and smart watch in a wearable that matches everything? We're in.Image: garmin/mashable photo composite Editor’s Note: PCMag and Mashable are both owned by Ziff Davis. Working out is great and all, but come December it’s hard to find the inspiration. Those inevitable days of stress, plus cold weather, plus the fact that it gets dark at 4:30 make this time of year the hardest to stay motivated. Meet the Garmin Vívoactive 3 Smartwatch: The wrist candy …

The parents’ guide to avoiding ‘Fortnite’ scams

You were just getting used to your kid’s obsession with “Fortnite,” and now, all you hear about is V-Bucks. V-Bucks, like Robux on Roblox, are “Fortnite’s” in-game currency. Players use them to buy the fun “skins” (characters and outfits) and “emotes” (those hilarious dances like “Flossing” and “Take the L”) that kids will say they totally need to make “Fortnite” even cooler. For the record: You don’t need V-Bucks to play “Fortnite,” and if you do spring for them, they …

Record number of cases of polio-like illness AFM in US this year

(CNN)With 24 newly confirmed cases of the polio-like illness acute flaccid myelitis announced Monday, 2018 has become a record year for the illness. This is the highest number of confirmed cases in a single year since the CDC began tracking cases in August 2014. Since then, there have been a total of 484 confirmed cases of AFM, according to the CDC. Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health …

How far will you go to reduce your beef intake?

(CNN)The news of a “bleeding” burger with zero meat hitting supermarket shelves in the UK last month was divisive. Passionate carnivores cried out that they wanted real meat, while some vegans and vegetarians complained that veggie alternatives shouldn’t have to dress up as meat. In October, a landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that we have 12 years to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, or we will face devastating consequences. The …

Dr. Sanjay Gupta tests the Apple Watch’s new ECG heart monitor

(CNN)Since the Apple Watch Series 4 was announced in September, one of its most anticipated functions has been the promise to perform a mobile electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) whenever a consumer wants. The feature becomes available in the United States on Thursday via a software update. But Apple is not the first to offer an over-the-counter consumer ECG device. A company called AliveCor released a version of this technology in November 2017, called KardiaBand, that can be used with previous …

Pig hearts can function for months in baboons, study shows, bringing us closer to their use in humans

(CNN)A new paper details how genetically modified pig hearts transplanted into baboons could support life and function for up to 195 days. The finding, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, takes scientists a small step closer to the possibility of using donor animal organs for human patients in need of a heart transplant. “Despite 25 years of extensive research, the maximum survival of a baboon after heart replacement with a porcine xenograft was only 57 days and this was …

Measles cases surged globally in 2017 due to gaps in vaccine coverage, health agencies say

(CNN)Measles cases around the world surged 31% from 2016 to 2017, according to a new report jointly published by the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Measles, a viral illness, can be prevented through two doses of a vaccine, and measles vaccination prevented an estimated 21.1 million deaths from 2000 to 2017, according to the report. Vaccine coverage increased globally from an estimated 72% to 85% from 2000 to 2017, according to the report, …

Save over $100 on a smart electric toothbrush from Oral B as part of Walmart’s pre-Cyber Monday sale

Say hello to that just-left-the-dentist feeling every damn day.Image: oral b The quest for whiter teeth feels never-ending. “Nah, I don’t want whiter teeth,” said no one ever.  You could get one of those laser whitening machines that Instagram bloggers shove in your face or you could keep whitening your teeth in pictures with FaceTune  — or you could just get a toothbrush that actually works. The smart Oral-B Pro 6000 toothbrush is basically the pinnacle of electric toothbrushes — …

Common myths about bloating, deflated

(CNN)Thanksgiving is upon us, which means in just a couple of months, it will be time to deflate from holiday calorie overload. But before you feast, consider this: Though excess calories consumed during meals can certainly contribute to a “bloated” or full feeling, along with weight gain, there are many other possible reasons why you may feel like you’ve gone up a jeans size after eating. For these causes of bloating, the popular advice you might find on a Google …

Experimental treatment helps 2 out of 3 peanut allergy sufferers, study finds

(CNN)Sometimes, Ellis Glover would be forced to leave her friends and sit at a lunch table where no one was eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Glover seized the opportunity to participate in a study on the safety and effectiveness of an experimental treatment that could give her daughter protection against accidental exposure to peanuts. Despite the risk, it was “a gift,” she said, adding that her family hoped their efforts might help “lots of other children.” The risk paid …