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Introducing Cold Medicine That Comes in K-Cup Form

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When you’re really sick, the prospect of opening up a packet of medicine and mixing it with hot water into a soothing elixir sounds like hard work. Thankfully, Refinery 29 reports, CVS Health just announced a new product that’s designed for the days you can barely get out of bed: cold medicine packaged in single-serve pods for Keurig coffee machines.

The pods contain your typical CVS-brand cold and flu medicine, so don’t expect a new-and-improved version of your standard pharmacy staple. The real genius lies in its packaging: Simply pop one of the capsules into your Keurig, and within a minute you’ll have a soothing, warm drink that eases your sore throat and sinus congestion. 

If you’re familiar with Theraflu’s single-serve packets of powdered cold medicine, which dissolve into a mug of hot water, you know that the idea of an easy-to-make flu brew isn’t a new one. But according to a CVS press release, they’re the first company to offer medicine in Keurig form, The Huffington Post reports.   

Dr. Mohamed Jollah, a spokesperson for the American Pharmacists Association, told HuffPost that K-Cup cold medicine might soon become a trend. “This is going to make it easier for people to take cold medicine, especially if they have trouble swallowing whole pills,” Jollah said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if other companies follow suit.” Plus, studies show that drinking hot liquids helps provide relief from runny noses, coughing, sneezing, and sore throats. 

The new pods are now available for purchase in all CVS stores for around $10 per package. Cold and flu season is swiftly approaching, so if you own a Keurig machine, stock up for a rainy day. And if you want to make your machine do double duty on a sick day, consider pairing a dose of CVS's new cold medicine with a soothing bowl of K-Cup chicken soup.

[h/t Refinery 29]

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Interactive Chart Tells You How Long It Takes to Get Frostbite
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For many people, winter means dry skin and high heating bills. But if you find yourself outdoors in the right conditions, it can also mean frostbite. Frostbite occurs when the skin and the tissue beneath it freezes, causing pain, loss of sensation, or worse. It's easier to contract than you may think, even if you don't live in the Siberian tundra. To see if frostbite poses a threat where you live, check out this chart spotted by Digg.

The chart, developed by Pooja Gandhi and Adam Crahen using National Weather Service data, looks at three factors: wind speed, air temperature, and time spent outdoors. You can hover your cursor over data-points on the table to see how long you'd need to be exposed to certain wind chills for your skin tissue to freeze. If the wind chill is -22°F, for example (10°F air temperature with 5 mph winds), it would take 31 minutes of being outside before frostbite sets in. You can also look at the time scale above the chart to calculate it a different way. If you bring your cursor to the 40-minute mark, a window will tell that frostbite becomes a risk after exposure to -17°F wind chill for that amount of time. You can play with the interactive table at Tableau Public.

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If you can't avoid being outside in extreme wind and cold, there are a few steps you can take to keep your skin protected. Wear lots of layers, including multiple socks, and wrap your face with a scarf or face mask before venturing into the cold. Also, remember to stay hydrated. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, drinking at least one glass of water before going outside decreases your risk of contracting frostbite.

[h/t Digg]

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Stop Your Snoring and Track Your Sleep With a Wi-Fi Smart Pillow
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Everyone could use a better night's rest. The CDC says that only 66 percent of American adults get as much sleep as they should, so if you're spending plenty of time in bed but mostly tossing and turning (or trying to block out your partner's snores), it may be time to smarten up your sleep accessories. As TechCrunch reports, the ZEEQ Smart Pillow improves your sleeping schedule in a multitude of ways, whether you're looking to quiet your snores or need a soothing lullaby to rock you to sleep.

After a successful Kickstarter in 2016, the product is now on sale and ready to get you snoozing. If you're a snorer, the pillow has a microphone designed to listen to the sound of your snores and softly vibrate so that you shift positions to a quieter pose. Accelerometers in the pillow let the sleep tracker know how much you're moving around at night, allowing it to record your sleep stages. Then, you can hook the pillow up to your Amazon Echo or Google Home so that you can have your favorite smart assistant read out the pillow's analysis of your sleep quality and snoring levels the next morning.

The pillow is also equipped with eight different wireless speakers that turn it into an extra-personal musical experience. You can listen to soothing music while you fall asleep, either connecting the pillow to your Spotify or Apple Music account on your phone via Bluetooth or using the built-in relaxation programs. You can even use it to listen to podcasts without disturbing your partner. You can set a timer to turn the music off after a certain period so you don't wake up in the middle of the night still listening to Serial.

And when it's time to wake up, the pillow will analyze your movements to wake you during your lightest sleep stage, again keeping the noise of an alarm from disturbing your partner.

The downside? Suddenly your pillow is just another device with a battery that needs to charge. And forget about using it in a place without Wi-Fi.

The ZEEQ Smart Pillow currently costs $200.

[h/t TechCrunch]

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