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New internal data from Sleep Cycle, a smart alarm clock application, reveals how different seasons affect our sleep patterns. The data also reveals in which U.S. states people are experiencing the best—and worst—sleep.

Q&A: Patient monitoring sensors are set to improve healthcare Special

VivaLNK, who are developing remote patient monitoring sensors, has shaken up the digital health market by opening up its platform for health tech solution providers to develop a new generation of wearable health items.

Separated Bangladeshi twins stable: doctors

Conjoined Bangladeshi twins who were separated last week are in a stable condition, the team of Hungarian and Bangladeshi doctors who carried out the marathon operation said Saturday.

Major investment in AI to support UK health service

The U.K. National Health Service has announced a major plan to establish a national artificial intelligence lab. This will include seeking digital advances to improve the detection of diseases and to predict which people are most likely to develop them.

New Study: Marijuana legalization reduces opioid deaths

States that legalize recreational marijuana see a reduction of at least 20 percent in fatalities linked to opioid overdoses, according to a study published Wednesday that is likely to be welcomed by the cannabis industry.

'We are scared': Deadly dengue outbreak overwhelms Bangladesh

Five-year-old Mohammad Ahnaf lies in a makeshift bed in the balcony of a major hospital in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, fighting for his life as dengue fever ravages his little body.

New tech calculates blood pressure via a selfie video

Scientists have developed a straightforward way to assess blood pressure where the user takes a selfie video. The technique works well with some people, but it is less effective with certain skin tones.

Majority of expats opt for virtual health care services

For those electing to living abroad, accessing health services can be challenging, not only in terms of cost but also due to cultural differences and language barriers. A new survey finds 78 percent of expats are now likely to use virtual health services.

Philippines rejects dengue vaccine as outbreak leaves hundreds dead

The Philippines stood firm Tuesday on its ban on the world's first dengue vaccine while declaring a nationwide epidemic from the mosquito-borne disease that it said has killed hundreds this year.

1,800 dead as malaria 'epidemic' rages in Burundi: UN

Malaria has killed more than 1,800 people in Burundi this year, the UN's humanitarian agency says, a death toll rivalling a deadly Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Australia cancer sufferer first to use new assisted dying law

A 61-year-old cancer patient has become the first person in over two decades to die under controversial assisted dying laws in Australia, a charity said.

Vacation tip: don’t travel east if you want quality sleep

According to a new report from Sleep Cycle, which looked at more than 1.5 million nights’ worth of sleep data through different time zones, traveling east (forward in time) results in poorer quantity and quality of sleep and worse wake-up moods.

Study: The most and least stressed U.S. cities revealed

With workplace-related stress alone costing society more than $300 billion per year, understanding and addressing stress levels is important. A new survey from WalletHub presents the most stressed and least stressed cities in the U.S.

Canadian officials surprised over U.S. medicine imports

The U.S. government plans to allow its citizens to legally import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada. The problem is, they neglected to tell Canadian officials about the scheme.

Hungarian doctors separate Bangladeshi twins joined at head

Bangladeshi twins who were joined at the head were recovering Friday after Hungarian surgeons performed a marathon 30-hour operation to separate their skulls and brains.

Microsoft helps to develop the ‘high-tech’ hospital of the future

Microsoft is working with a U.S.-based healthcare network to develop the hospital of the future. The technology firm has paired up with Providence St Joseph to develop a health-space in the Seattle area.

No risk to sleep from bright smartphones at night

A new study explains why one night of smartphone gazing might make a person feel tired the following day, but that this activity does not carry any long-term effects.

DR Congo Ebola epidemic widens on eve of first anniversary

An Ebola epidemic in eastern DR Congo sharply widened Wednesday, the eve of the first anniversary of the outbreak, with one death and another diagnosis reported and the quarantining of 15 people in a previously unaffected province.

Meal timing strategies can lower appetite and aid weight loss

New research finds that meal timing strategies can help with weight loss by lowering appetite. Selective timing of meal times can also help to improve fat burning.

Humans are resilient, but how much heat can the body stand?

A research paper on the potential for a catastrophic cyclone-heatwave combo in the global south has prompted a discussion by various media outlets over the unfolding heatwaves in Europe and North America and climate change.

Microfluidics device diagnoses sepsis in minutes

Time matters greatly in hospitals and this includes undertaking diagnoses as rapidly as possible. A new automated system can detect an early biomarker for the potentially life-threatening condition sepsis within a few minutes.

Packaged food in the U.S. remains over-processed and unhealthy

A new study finds that U.S. citizens remain overexposed to processed (and ultra-processed) pre-packed food products that are high in calories, saturated fat, sugar and salt. Health warnings and promises from food producers appear to have gone unheeded.

Breakthrough with music therapy in tackling mental health issues

Scientists have made a major breakthrough with music therapy using a process called brain hyperscanning. This reveals how the brains of patient and therapist work in sync during music therapy, and this could lead to improved treatments.

Vaping suspected in severe lung damage in eight Wisconsin teens

Eight teens from southeastern Wisconsin were hospitalized over the last month with severe lung damage believed to be linked to vaping.

Honduran hospitals overrun by dengue fever epidemic

Of Honduras' 32 public hospitals, 26 are overflowing with patients due to what health authorities are calling the worst dengue fever epidemic in the past half century.

World Bank deploys $300 mn to DR Congo to contain Ebola outbreak

The World Bank announced Wednesday it was deploying another $300 million in crisis aid for DR Congo to help contain the Ebola outbreak.

Scans on US diplomats in Cuba show 'something happened to the brains'

Brain scans of about 40 US diplomats injured in mysterious circumstances in Cuba reveal visible differences compared to those in a control group, researchers who analyzed them said Tuesday.

Smoking giant China planning e-cigarette regulation

China is planning to regulate e-cigarettes in an attempt to stave off a new gateway addiction in what is already the world's largest smoking population.

EPA refuses to ban pesticide tied to childhood brain damage

The Environmental Protection Agency, citing a lack of scientific evidence, has decided against a ban of the widely-used pesticide chlorpyrifos, which critics say is associated with neurological problems in children.

New app aims to make CBT more accessible to people

A startup called Quirk has developed an app designed to make Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) more accessible to people, aiding those who suffer from anxiety or depression.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak 'health emergency' of international concern: WHO

The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a "public health emergency of international concern," a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics.

Ebola patient in DR Congo city of Goma has died: governor

The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma has died, the governor of North Kivu province said on Tuesday.

Ebola case in DRC's Goma 'a warning': WHO

A confirmed Ebola case in the key Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma is "a warning" about the dangers of the outbreak, a top UN official said Monday.

20mn children not vaccinated in 2018: UN warns against 'stagnation'

Almost 20 million children missed out on potentially life-saving vaccinations last year, the UN said Monday, as surging measles cases highlighted "dangerous" gaps in efforts to shield kids from preventable illness.Last year, 19.

Pastor confirmed with Ebola as disease spreads in DR Congo

The first case of Ebola has been confirmed in Goma, the biggest city to have been affected by the disease since its outbreak in eastern DR Congo last August, the health ministry said on Sunday.

Canadian startup Deep Genomics uses AI to speed up drug discovery

One of the biggest challenges pharmaceutical companies face is with the time taken to discover new drugs, develop them and get them to market. This lengthy process is punctuated with false starts. Startup Deep Genomics uses AI to accelerate the process.

Health service partners with Alexa to provide medical support

The U.K. National Health Service (NHS) is to partner with Amazon’s Alexa in order to provide health information. This is being piloted as an alternative to medical advice helplines and to reduce the number of medical appointments.

'Alexa, my head hurts': UK health service signs up Amazon

"Alexa, what are the symptoms of flu?"The UK government said Wednesday that Britons will be able to get an answer to this and other simple medical questions from the National Health Service (NHS) using their Amazon smart speakers.

Op-Ed: The science of boredom, explained

Is your brain as inactive and irritated as it seems when you’re bored? Does the tedium have you climbing the walls, as it makes you feel? Well, yes, to a point, but your brain is more active in other ways, too.

Latin America faces obesity-food insecurity paradox: report

Latin America and the Caribbean is facing an obesity epidemic while paradoxically the number of people facing food insecurity in the region continues to rise, the OECD and FAO warned in a report on Monday. "In Latin America and the Caribbean ...

Malaria surges back in crisis-hit Venezuela

The sweltering heat of the Venezuelan forest makes no difference to Jose Gregorio, who trembles with a cold chill. "I have pain everywhere, fever," he stammers.
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