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From thermal imaging to identify your percentage of 'Good' fat to a 3D model of the common cold we bring you the most innovative stories from the world of wellness research.

PSFK has partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim to bring you a snapshot of Ten Innovative Ideas each week that are reshaping the health care industry. Continue reading below for the most exciting ideas from the past seven days.

Thermal Imaging Can Tell Your ‘Good’ Fat From The ‘Bad’ In an effort to tackle the global obesity epidemic, scientists at the University of Nottingham in the UK have identified a technique to distinguish how much healthy ‘Brown’ fat a person has in their body. There are two types of fat in the human body; White fat, which stores calories and can lead to weight gain, and Brown fat which burns calories and generates heat in the process. The method leverages a thermal imaging camera to determine how much healthy fat a person has based on the amount of heat they are radiating. The method avoids harmful techniques, which use radiation, and enables detailed studies of larger groups of people.

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