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CDC says flu widespread in US: 21 states have high case numbers

CDC says flu widespread in US: 21 states have high case numbers

The Centers for Disease Control has released a new report indicating that the flu is off to a strong start in the US this year. Influenza-like activity has been reported as widespread across 36 states, with 21 of those states having a large number of flu-related cases. The reason for the widespread presence, according to the CDC, is this year's flu vaccine having a low effectiveness rate.

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Gaming addiction may be the WHO’s next official disorder

Gaming addiction may be the WHO’s next official disorder

Gaming addiction could be an official disease, with the World Health Organization mulling adding an uncontrollable need to play video games to its official International Classification of Diseases. "Gaming disorder" has been added to the latest draft of the new ICD, the reference document which healthcare professionals use to diagnose diseases in individuals and groups.

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California to mobile phone owners: use a headset to avoid radiation

California to mobile phone owners: use a headset to avoid radiation

The early days of cell phone ownership were rife with conspiracy theories about major health effects caused by exposure to radio frequency (RF) energy, or as it is more generally referred to, radiation. While many of those warnings were overblown or outright nonsense, the idea of limiting exposure to the RF energy from a cell phone isn't a bad one. The State of California recently released guidelines for mobile phone owners on reducing this exposure, and one big recommendation is to avoid putting the phone against your head entirely when possible.

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FDA warns biohackers over DIY gene therapy

FDA warns biohackers over DIY gene therapy

Biohackers were on the receiving end of an FDA warning this week, one that advised DIYers that publicly available gene therapy kits are illegal. Gene therapy is the process of using genetic material for manipulating or in some way modifying the expression of a gene. Brave -- or foolish, perhaps -- biohackers have taken to self-administering their own gene therapies, and the FDA isn't happy about it.

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BioMimics 3D printed organs usher in a new era of doctor training

BioMimics 3D printed organs usher in a new era of doctor training

Stratasys has unveiled 3D-printed organs and bones called BioMimics, and with them doctors can train without using cadavers, animals, and other hard-to-obtain materials. The 3D printed models are said to be highly realistic both in how they look and how they feel, and will soon be joined by vascular structures for further medical training.

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Kevlar cartilage uses nanofibers to imitate the real thing

Kevlar cartilage uses nanofibers to imitate the real thing

Researchers with the University of Michigan and Jiangnan University have developed a synthetic cartilage they've dubbed "Kevlartilage." The name is a joining of the words cartilage and Kevlar, the latter being the material this synthetic material is made from. As with the real thing, Kevlartilage is made mostly from water and it is incredibly strong.

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FDA approves Abilify MyCite, a digital pill with a sensor that tracks doses

FDA approves Abilify MyCite, a digital pill with a sensor that tracks doses

The FDA has announced a new approval that marks a first for the agency: Abilify MyCite. This medication is described as a 'digital pill,' one that features both the medicine and an embedded sensor. Thanks to that sensor, patients and, more importantly, their doctors, are able to track when the medication has been taken. The pill works with a related wearable, but some worry about the privacy implications.

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10,000 Fitbits will help the government gather vital health data

10,000 Fitbits will help the government gather vital health data

The government has a massive health research project in the pipeline called All of Us, that itself being the new name given to the Precision Medicine Initiative announced by President Obama back in 2015. This initiative will help the National Institutes of Health gather a mass of data that'll ultimately help inform researchers across a spectrum of categories.

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This AI uses brain scans to figure out if someone is depressed

This AI uses brain scans to figure out if someone is depressed

Diagnosing depression is tricky and usually boils down to patients providing their doctor with a list of problems. Diagnosing the condition in the future may be far faster, though, as one AI has learned to identify depressed people using nothing more than their brain scans. The AI was trained to identify the brain patterns of individuals who are depressed versus those who aren't, something itself achieved using fMRI machines while quizzing people on how they think and feel about certain words.

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Surgeon detects his own cancer with iPhone ultrasound device

Surgeon detects his own cancer with iPhone ultrasound device

An upcoming iPhone-based medical device seems to have proven its usefulness ten-fold when a US vascular surgeon discovered cancer in his own neck while testing it. Earlier this year, Dr. John Martin was using a new portable ultrasound device called the Butterfly iQ, a scanner the size of an electric razor that can display black-and-white imagery of the body on a paired iPhone, and ended up finding a cancerous mass after noticing discomfort in his throat.

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Amazon gets pharmaceutical wholesaler licenses in a dozen states

Amazon gets pharmaceutical wholesaler licenses in a dozen states

Amazon has received licenses in at least a dozen states to function as a pharmaceutical wholesaler, according to a new report, fueling rumors that the company is looking to sell medication online. Recent reports claim that Amazon has been considering entering the online pharmaceutical sales business for years, using that time to consider all the particulars about whether it wants to make this leap. Sources claim the company will make its final decision about the business move next month.

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Soylent banned in Canada over its meal replacement claim

Soylent banned in Canada over its meal replacement claim

Soylent founder and CEO Rob Rhinehart has announced that his company's 'meal replacement' drink has been banned in Canada. The ban comes from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, essentially Canada's equivalent to the US's FDA, which found that Soylent doesn't meet the nation's requirements to be labelled as a 'food replacement' product. Rhinehart indicated that the ban will be a temporary one as the company works out the regulatory problem.

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