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The scanner harnesses the power of physics and chemistry to figure out everything from the sugar content of a given apple to whether or not that drink you left on the bar has been drugged.
The device, called SCiO, actually uses a technology similar to the one that helps astronomers figure out the make-up of the stars — called spectroscopy.
SCiO detects the molecular “signature” of your food and then sends the details to your smartphone through its Bluetooth connection. SCiO’s database translates that signature into nutritional content.
In addition to food apps, early apps will include those for plants (Does it need watering?) and medicine. Consumer Physics, a company based in Tel Aviv, Israel and SCiO’s creator, suggests that the device’s future capabilities are only limited by our imagination. Upcoming applications could include those for makeup, precious stones, leathers, “and even you or your pet!” according their Kickstarter FAQ.
How it works
SCiO uses a beam of light and reads the unique interactions that different types of molecules have with that light — using its spectrometer.
The spectrometer “reads” the different wavelengths present in the light reflected back from the food. By comparing the light that was sent to the sample with the light reflected back off of it, the device creates a bar-code-like rainbow for the sample.
Analysis of this barcode gives away the food’s molecular makeup. The molecular makeup can then be used by the app to determine its nutrition information.
From prototype to shipment
While the technology itself is not new — it has been utilized by everyone from border patrol agents to people analyzing sewage — the handheld size is. You can see the current working prototype in the middle below, as well as the SCiO, which is the reward for pledging $149 or more (sold out) to the Kickstarter, to the right.
Still the company promises that “out of the box, your SCiO will support a large database containing many materials and applications,” according to their FAQ. Items not in the database, may come up “unknown,” or with a “value estimation.” In the video they show it reading watermelons, apples, and avocados.
GIF from SCiO Prototype Demo
As far as accuracy goes, that will depend on the application you are using (users will also be able to make their own for specialized purposes), and the size and quality of the given database, said SCiO. However, the more users scan, the more Consumer Physics builds up a “matter database” which the company can use to increase its available food information for consumers. Users can also choose to share their own data on social media.
With all of its promise, the device still comes with a few footnotes. Since the only part of the food analyzed by SCiO is the illuminated part (about half an inch in diameter and 1/10th of an inch deep), it is not analyzing the food as a whole and is therefore not foolproof as an allergy detective. It also does not reveal food components with concentrations less than 1%.
Consumer Physics has already reached over four times its $200,000 goal, but you can still shell out $200 for an early-adopters kit.
Check out their Kickstarter campaign video below:Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/scio-handheld-food-scanner-calorie-counter-2014-5#ixzz31Msu1mdp
(NaturalNews) Men with a less healthy diet have lower levels of testosterone, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Kentucky and the University of North Texas and published in the Journal of Primary Care and Community Health on April 22. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health. Testosterone is a sex hormone typically found in all human beings, the highest levels being found in post-pubescent males. It is known to play important roles in male sexual development and puberty, development of bone density and muscle mass, as well as libido and sexual function. Testosterone also plays important roles in maintaining several different organ systems. According to a 2009 study by the National Institutes of Health, five million men suffer from low testosterone nationwide. Low testosterone has been shown to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and early death.
Poor diet, low testosteroneTestosterone naturally declines about 1 percent per year in men over the age of 39, which is not necessarily a cause of concern. Testosterone levels are not considered low enough for concern until they dip below 300 nanograms/deciliter.
In the new study, researchers interviewed 147 men above the age of 44 who lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. The men ranked their own diets as either healthy, defined as having high levels of fruits, vegetables, poultry and fish; or unhealthy, defined as having high levels of red meat, fast food and fried food. The researchers also measured the testosterone levels in each man’s blood.
As expected, testosterone levels decreased with age. An unhealthy diet, however, was also associated with decreased hormone levels.
“The study implicates that diet, in addition to advanced age, is a possible risk factor for developing reduced testosterone levels,” wrote researchers Roberto Cardarelli and Jason Meyer.
The researchers noted that while low testosterone levels are a risk factor for certain diseases, they are not necessarily immediately dangerous. Because the risks of hormone treatments are not well understood, most doctors recommend testosterone replacement therapy only for men who are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone. For example, while 39 percent of men in the study had testosterone levels below 300 nanograms/deciliter, only a few showed any symptoms.
“More research will be required to fully understand the relationship between diet and testosterone levels,” Cardarelli and Meyer wrote. “Still, our findings point to evidence that diet is a major indicator when it comes to overall health and wellness.”
Improve your diet, avoid hormone replacementIndeed, the study may provide a great benefit to men concerned about low testosterone levels. It suggests that improving your diet may boost levels of the hormone, without risky and unproven hormone replacement therapy.
Although testosterone replacement therapy is developing into a major health craze, with “low-T” clinics springing up across the country and the number of testosterone prescriptions tripling in the past three years, many health experts warn that the therapy is risky and overused.
A recent study found that older men who used testosterone therapy were twice as likely to have heart attacks as men who did not get the therapy. It also increased the risk of heart attacks in younger men with a history of heart disease.
Many doctors also worry that serious underlying health problems such as sleep apnea, depression, and heart disease are being misdiagnosed as low testosterone, because they can have the same symptoms.
“Any man who presents, especially in his 40s and 50s, with new onset erectile dysfunction is at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and even heart attack or myocardial infarction,” said urologist Edward Karpman, director of the Men’s Health Center at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, Calif. Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/045026_testosterone_junk_food_diet_mens_health.html#ixzz31MrvZCH4