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Sony brings its 3D imaging tech to microscopes to help save lives

Sony brings its 3D imaging tech to microscopes to help save lives

Sony is perhaps best known for a wide range of electronics including TVs, the PlayStation, and, of course, cameras. All of these, though varied, have one underlying theme: faithfully and correctly reproducing and efficiently transmitting visual data. At CEATEC 2019, Sony wants to demonstrate its pursuit of delivering social value through its technologies in light of the Society 5.0 thrust. It turns out, it indeed already has the technologies need not only to better the human condition but also save lives.

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Kyocera unveils world’s first gyro-based portable carbohydrate monitor

Kyocera unveils world’s first gyro-based portable carbohydrate monitor

When talking about the convergence of consumer electronics and health, most will probably think of wearables like fitness trackers and smartwatches. These do often have a variety of sensors used to track vitals like heart rate or, in the case of the Apple Watch 4, ECG. But while these devices do give wearers an idea of their activity and heart health, they lack data on one important factor in fitness. That is why Kyocera has made a new system that can monitor your carbohydrate intake but is also small enough to slip into your pocket.

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CDC names vaping lung injury EVALI, offers precise case numbers

CDC names vaping lung injury EVALI, offers precise case numbers

The lung condition impacting vapers across the nation now has an official name, at least according to a guidance published by the CDC over the weekend: EVALI. The term stands for 'electronic cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury,' which is a long way to refer to someone who developed the condition after vaping. In addition, the CDC is offering more precise numbers for more than 1,000 related cases.

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CDC’s latest vaping update: More than two dozen deaths, 1,200 cases

CDC’s latest vaping update: More than two dozen deaths, 1,200 cases

The Centers for Disease Control has published its most recent update on the vaping lung injury outbreak, reporting that the number of probable and confirmed cases have increased to 1,200. In addition, the agency says it has confirmed 26 deaths in 21 states that directly resulted from this outbreak. The common factor between all these cases is the use of vaping products.

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CDC warns STD cases in the US reached an all-time high in 2018

CDC warns STD cases in the US reached an all-time high in 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published its latest report on the state of STDs in the United States. According to the agency, three sexually-transmitted diseases in particular reached a combined all-time high in the US last year, including tragic cases of newborns who died as a consequence of congenital syphilis. All three diseases can be cured with antibiotics, but only if the patient seeks medical help.

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CDC warns pregnant women in the US aren’t getting vital vaccines

CDC warns pregnant women in the US aren’t getting vital vaccines

The majority of pregnant women in the United States haven't received two vaccines that could greatly reduce their risk of developing two common illnesses widely found in hospitals. Both whooping cough and the flu can be contracted by new mothers and their newly born babies, putting both the mother and infant at risk of hospitalization or, in a worst-case scenario, death.

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FDA issues strong warning to avoid all THC and ‘street’ vapes

FDA issues strong warning to avoid all THC and ‘street’ vapes

In a statement published on Friday, the Food and Drug Administration warned the public to avoid all vaping products that are sold privately, including homemade offerings, which it collectively refers to as 'street' vapes. As well, officials are warning the public to avoid vaping products that contain THC, the compound in marijuana that causes one to become 'high.'

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Lung injury cases climb to 1,080 as CDC warns public to stop vaping

Lung injury cases climb to 1,080 as CDC warns public to stop vaping

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published its latest update on the vaping lung injury cases, revealing that nearly 300 new cases were reported over the last week. As of October 3, the number of probable and confirmed cases across the United States have climbed to 1,080, underscoring a startling increase in a condition that some researchers speculate may be caused by toxic fumes.

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Lung biopsies hint toxic fumes may cause severe vaping disease

Lung biopsies hint toxic fumes may cause severe vaping disease

A study on lung samples taken from patients suffering from a mysterious vaping-related lung disease may offer a clue about the cause of the condition: toxic chemical fumes. The discovery was announced by the Mayo Clinic in a newly published study detailing the analysis of 17 lung biopsy samples. Though the disease resembles lipid pneumonia, which is caused by inhaling oils, the study didn't find any evidence of oil accumulation in the patients' lungs.

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Fish oil found to significantly reduce heart attack risk

Fish oil found to significantly reduce heart attack risk

A new study from the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) looked into the potential cardiovascular and cancer-related health benefits associated with fish oil and vitamin D. Past research has implicated both substances as potentially beneficial in these areas of health, something that spurred the researchers behind this latest study to further look into the matter. Though the substances weren't found to offer benefits in certain ways, they were linked to benefits in other aspects of cancer and heart health.

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Second Ebola vaccine will be deployed in the DRC next month

Second Ebola vaccine will be deployed in the DRC next month

An experimental Ebola vaccine from Johnson & Johnson will be deployed in mid-October to treat at-risk populations in regions that don't have active Ebola transmission, according to the World Health Organization. This vaccine is the second to be used in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has been dealing with a deadly Ebola outbreak for more than a year.

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High blood pressure drug recall expands again over cancer risk

High blood pressure drug recall expands again over cancer risk

The FDA has advised consumers that Torrent Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily expanding its blood pressure medication recall over the presence of an impurity that may trigger the development of cancer in some patients. The expansion covers another two lots of Losartan Potassium / Hydrochlorothiazide tablets USP, as well as three lots of Losartan Potassium tablets USP.

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