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Cypriot legislators on Friday voted to approve the cultivation and use of medical cannabis, joining a growing trend among other European Union nations.

Innovation in remote patient monitoring

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust Hospital's at-home team are deploying a new AI-enabled wearable device to remotely monitor patients after they are discharged from the hospital.

Turn down the volume: WHO takes aim at harmful smartphone use

More than one billion young people risk damaging their hearing through excessive use of smartphones and other audio devices, the UN warned Tuesday, proposing new safety standards for safe volume levels.

Smart bed designed to help you sleep better

Bryte Labs has debuted the first smart bed that combines artificial intelligence technology with the latest sleep science. The BRYTE Bed has been designed with guidance from internationally recognized sleep scientist, Dr. Matt Walker.

Avoiding the falsification of medicines with blockchain

Counterfeit medicines are a problem around the world, with many producers of false medicines attempting to illegitimate drugs from pharmaceutical companies. Blockchain could be the answer to stem the tide and the U.S. FDA are interested.

Fury at HIV data leak in conservative Singapore

Rico has lived with HIV for almost a decade, confiding in only a small number of people in socially conservative Singapore, fearful of the reaction. Last month, he got a phone call saying information about his condition had been published online.

DR Congo Ebola death toll passes 500: health ministry

More than 500 people have died from the latest outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo, but a vaccination programme has prevented thousands more deaths, the country's health minister told AFP.

Q&A: Improving healthcare with the IoT Special

The Internet of Things has numerous applications in healthcare, ranging from remote monitoring to smart sensors and medical device integration. Such technology can aid patients to keep safe and healthy.

Measles outbreak hits Val-Thorens ski resort in French Alps

French health authorities warned Friday of a surge in measles cases at the Val-Thorens ski resort, one of the highest in the Alps and a popular destination for both French and foreign tourists.

Miracle treatment or dangerous drug? Indonesia cashes in on Kratom

The sweltering backwaters of Indonesian Borneo have become the unlikely ground zero for the global production and export of Kratom, a tree leaf hailed by some as a miracle cure for everything from opioid addiction to anxiety.

Deadly drug-resistant TB a 'blinking red' global threat

Deadly, drug-resistant tuberculosis -- as lethal as Ebola and tough to treat in even the best hospitals -- is a "blinking red" worldwide threat, the head of a global health fund warned in an interview with AFP.

Saudi team ready to treat conjoined Yemeni twins

A Saudi medical team has offered to treat Yemeni conjoined twins following a plea from doctors in Yemen's blockaded rebel-held capital for the newborns to receive specialist care abroad.

Op-Ed: Cannabis OK for sperm count, says Harvard

The endless Puritanism on the subject of cannabis, a stimulant for thousands of years, has produced some fascinating, always negative, findings. It’s a study in “hoe research”. Recent medical research out of Harvard shows signs of a new trend.

New fitness-in-a-box launched for workplaces

The company Espresa are to launch a new Fitness in a Box package, with the aim of providing human resource and benefits teams with services so that will help employees to stay healthy.

Chris Hemsworth launches Centr, new digital health app

In February of 2019, world-renowned actor Chris Hemsworth and his wife, actress, and fitness author Elsa Pataky, launched their new health and wellness app, Centr.

Emergency calls for pets eating cannabis have increased 765%

Just as parents should keep marijuana-dosed candies out of reach from unsuspecting children, pet owners should take every precaution to keep edibles away from treat-seeking dogs.

Women's brains appear 'years younger' than men's: study

Women tend to outlive men and stay mentally sharp longer, and a new study out Monday could explain why: female brains appear on average about three years younger.

Obesity-linked cancers on the rise in young adults

A sharp increase in the rate of obesity-linked cancers among young adults in the United States could foreshadow a reversal in the overall decline in cancer mortality, researchers warned Monday.

Comparing dental health rates across U.S. states

Dental health rates vary considerably across the U.S., with different levels of health for citizens and varying costs for dental treatment. The personal-finance website WalletHub ha issued a report assessing the data and resultant tissues.

Key trends shaping digital health

The healthcare sector has been subject to a rocky disruption during the past decade due to the advent of new digital technologies. The application of wearable monitors and artificial intelligence are changing the way human health is assessed.

Do fitness trackers and apps work? It depends on you

There are good and bad fitness trackers and apps out there (with ‘bad’ being inaccurate in terms of medical data). How well do the ‘good’ trackers work? New research says it is down to the user.

Study shows 45% of patients end benzodiazepine use with cannabis

On Thursday, Canadian cannabis company, Aleafia Health Inc. released what it believes is the first study reporting reduced benzodiazepine use among patients initiated and monitored on medical cannabis.

Medical pot can now be used to treat opioid addiction in N.J.

On Wednesday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a broad attack on opioid addiction by adding it to the list of illnesses that qualify residents for medical marijuana.

French watchdog sounds alert over chemicals in diapers

A French public health watchdog warned Wednesday about the risks of several chemicals found in disposable nappies, leading the government to demand that manufacturers withdraw them from their products.

Musculoskeletal risks linked to recycling waste

Recycling is beneficial to the planet, whether conducted by the average home owner or by waste collection teams. There are aspects that need to be taken care of, however, such as avoiding musculoskeletal disorders, as a new study points out.

Don McLaughlin opens up about his new sports medicine book Special

Don McLaughlin, the founder of PurePower Botanicals, chatted with Digital Journal about his new sports medicine book, "Plants, Performance and the Endocannabinoid System: 21st Century Sports Medicine."

Taiwan's traditional medicine stores struggle on life support

Traditional medicine store owner Gu Cheng-pu knows her dispensary can only stay open as long as her ailing father-in-law lives, their careers hostage to a quirk in Taiwanese law that is killing off the industry.

Swine flu kills 40 in western India

At least 40 people have died and more than 1,000 have tested positive for swine flu since the beginning of this year in a western Indian state popular with foreigners, authorities said Friday.

The real cost of smoking in the U.S.

Smoking tobacco products is not only bad for your health it is also expensive to the health system and to indirect services designed to offer support and care. A new survey assess the impact across the U.S.

You have greater chance of dying of an overdose than a car crash

For the first time on record, the odds of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are now greater than those of dying in an automobile accident.

Increased use in cannabis could be bad for dental hygiene

Canadian dental hygienists are calling for a new cannabis conversation centered around dental hygiene. This arises following the legalization of recreational cannabis in the country and an increase in the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Best and worst U.S. cities for an active lifestyle

Getting fit is a New year goal for many. The likelihood of being encouraged to do so and keeping to the plan has a link to geography and the resources provided by a give locale, according to analyst at WalletHub.

New materials promote natural healing methods

Medical researchers have demonstrated how the use of new materials can be used to treat wounds by enhancing the body's natural healing processes.

Q&A: New robotics being adopted for physical therapy Special

The robotics company BIONIK Laboratories is to work with Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services on 21 BIONIK InMotion Arm Robotic Systems to help patients regain mobility. CEO Eric Dusseux discusses how robots can assist with physical therapy.

Why 2018 was a bad year for food poisoning

Outbreak data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that 2018 was a bad year for food safety outbreaks, one of the worst on record. The CDC investigated 28 outbreaks, much more than the eight outbreaks in 2017.

Too many sugary drinks leads to higher kidney disease risk

A new study finds a connection between sugar-sweetened beverages and higher kidney disease risks. This relates to both soda and to sweetened fruit drinks.

Post-Christmas cholesterol levels revealed

It might be assumed that after eating plentiful quantities of rich food over the Holidays that cholesterol levels are high. A new study from Denmark reveals just how high cholesterol levels elevate following the end of the festive season.

E-device can address hunger pangs

Trying to diet but finding it hard to resit those hunger pangs? A new electronic device could be the solution. The tiny, implantable device manages to short-circuits hunger pangs and it can aid weight loss.

Jennie O Turkey — Salmonella outbreak reported in US and Canada

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, Inc., is recalling approximately 164,210 pounds of raw ground turkey products due to the possibility of salmonella contamination, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says.

How to be mentally and emotionally prepared for the New Year Special

People set resolutions at New year with good intentions, especially those centered around health and well-being, but then struggle to see them through. This can be overcome, and behavioral psychologist Dr. Lara Fielding offers some advice.

AI program aims to power-up medical research

A new venture called the Open aiForward program has called upon medical researchers to ‘power up’ and advance research into new medicines and diseases using artificial intelligence for no additional cost.
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