New Amazon Halo fitness band is designed to track health

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Amazon.com Inc. today jumped into the fitness band market with Halo, a subscription service and fitness band of the same name that is designed to help customers improve their health.

Amazon Halo combines a suite of artificial intelligence-powered health features, including the Amazon Halo App and the Amazon Halo band. That band uses multiple advanced sensors to provide highly accurate health information, the company said. The band stands out from the competition by having no screen, an arguably bold move that Amazon pitches as being comfortable, stylish and distraction-free.

On the tech side, the Halo Band includes an accelerometer, a temperature sensor, a heart rate monitor, two microphones, an LED indicator light and a button to turn the microphones on or off, among other functions. Along with being water-resistant, the device sports a battery that lasts up to seven days and charges in under 90 minutes. For those who like

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Foundation Medicine’s cancer-profiling blood test approved by FDA

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The FDA has approved Foundation Medicine’s liquid biopsy blood test, allowing oncologists to profile the genomic mutations found within any solid tumor without needing to remove and analyze small slices of tissue, and to help assign an individual cancer patient their most correct treatment.

The comprehensive FoundationOne Liquid CDx test returns reports on more than 300 alterations in cancer-related genes, as well as biomarkers such as tumor mutational burden and microsatellite instability to predict a person’s response to certain therapies.

“Many cancer patients are unable to have a tissue biopsy,” said Foundation Medicine co-founder Levi Garraway, who currently serves as chief medical officer and head of global product development at Roche, its corporate parent.

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Tanya Zuckerbrot and an Instagram Crusade Against the F-Factor Diet

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Much of this summer, an influencer named Emily Gellis Lande has been on a campaign, posting on Instagram dozens of times a day about the dangers of a diet called F-Factor.

Ms. Gellis, 34, has never been on the diet. She relays anonymous stories from women who say that after beginning the diet they experience long-lasting rashes, intense cramps, even indications of metal poisoning, and that the diet encourages disordered eating.

The stories are anonymous, she said, because the women are afraid to criticize Tanya Zuckerbrot, the Instagram-famous registered dietitian who created the diet.

Ms. Zuckerbrot, 48, has built a substantial business around the diet, with clients who have paid as much as $25,000 for her help in getting on the high-fiber diet. She has a product line of powders and bars and books that lay out her systems.

And she has extreme wealth that she puts on ample display.

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