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Apple Watch has new features to detect heart problems, monitor falls

This story is from Kaiser Health News. For more than a decade, the latest Apple products have been the annual must-have holiday gift for the tech-savvy. That raises the question: Is the newest Apple Watch on your list — either to give or receive — this year? At first glance, the watch appears to be an ideal present for Apple’s most familiar market: the hip early adopters. Its promotional website is full of svelte young people stretching into yoga poses, kickboxing and playing basketball. (MORE: 2 high blood pressure medications added to recall of heart drug) But when Apple unveiled...
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