Morning Medical Update: Apple AI health coach; New COVID-19 strain Arcturus; Some melatonin gummies may be dangerous

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Apple AI health coach

Apple is developing an AI-driven health and wellness feature that will take data from the Apple Watch. The service (called Quartz for now) will curate wellness plans for users and suggest health tips for a monthly fee. It is expected to launch next year.

New COVID-19 strain Arcturus

The new COVID-19 strain Arcturus is spreading rapidly, but experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) say not to worry. “This strain is just another small step in the slow evolution of the virus to keep up with the human immune system,” Dr. Brian Labus, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Public Health, said in an article.

Some melatonin gummies may be dangerous

A new study of 25 brands of sleep aid gummies found out that some brands are not what they are advertised to be. One brand studied had 374% more melatonin than was advertised on the bottle. Other brands that claimed to have melatonin had none and instead contained CBD. It is illegal to market CBD by adding it to food.

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