Covid-19 has taken global health care by storm, and is showing up weaknesses like never before. But it has also upped the popularity of gadgets such as fitness trackers, smart watches, pressure monitors, and smart scales, as well as niche tools such as pulse oximeters.Consumers are also benefiting from other preventive health-care measures that bring cutting-edge tech to testing and treatment. A few years ago, DNAlysis introduced DNA health and diet testing locally for individuals to get tailored results on how best to prevent future diseases, by changing their diets and lifestyles.Now a new gut microbiome test called Viome is available in SA for the first time, after its June launch in the US. Its CEO, Naveen Jain, believes it has the power to "digitise the human body".Viome believes it is able to convert information about the microbes that exist in our gut to a digital form in the way of genetic code (of the microbiome), to analyse and understand the biochemical pathways in the bo...

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