When Apple announced two major new healthcare features this week, it billed them both as terrific innovations that may well keep us alive. Later this year, its Watch will be able to automatically call emergency services if it detects you have suffered a fall and are no longer moving. And it will also let you know if you have heart problems and should perhaps visit your doctor as soon as possible. Other devices have offered similar functions in the past, albeit in less elegantly presented gadgets. But with an estimated 50 million Apple Watches out there already, there are concerns about the pressures it may bring to already-strained healthcare systems. The result may be even more calls to emergency services and, according to one of Britain’s leading surgeons, a new wave of technology-driven hypochondria. "Medical professionals will also need to be vigilant to the risk of misdiagnosis and overtreatment that this proliferation of personalised health information could bring,” … [Read more...] about Can health services handle the Apple Watch?
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Jim Henson Company CEO, Lisa Henson, pictured in 2012, is backing the animated children’s series "Splash and Bubbles". — AFP Photo Viet Nam News CANNES — Coral reefs may be dying off at an alarming rate and pollution and overfishing emptying the seas. But fear not. Help is at hand in the form of a new wave of cartoon superheroes determined to save the oceans. While Disney blockbusters Finding Nemo and Finding Dory have been attacked for sparking a spike in the poaching of tropical fish, Muppets creators the Jim Henson Company said Sunday that their new animated children’s series Splash and Bubbles would help mobilise a new generation to save the undersea world. The big-budget 40-episode series, which will screen on PBS in the United States next year, aims to "turn the tide of our world to save the planet". Boss Lisa Henson, daughter of Jim Henson, the puppetry genius behind The Muppets and Sesame Street, said the series, which was premiered at the … [Read more...] about New wave of TV cartoons urge children to save seas
Talk Around Town (01-04-2007) New wave of hip mums redefine parenting by Kieu Van At a packed concert of Korean pop star Bi-Rain, 42-year-old Nguyen Kim Thanh blended into a sea of screaming, dancing teenagers. She was squealing and swaying right along with them in HCM City's Military Stadium No 7, wearing a strappy tanktop, low-waisted jeans and heels, a get-up resembling that of her daughter at her side. Thanh is representative of a new wave of me sanh dieu, roughly translated as fashion-conscious mothers. The practice has less to do with being fashionable, however, than with taking an active role in their children's interests. "Before the show, I didn't know who Bi-Rain was," she said. "The only popular singers I had heard of were Thanh Lam, My Linh, My Tam and Lam Truong. Now I understand what draws Vietnamese fans to Bi and why my daughter and her friends like him." Her efforts to follow her daughter's interests stem from her belief that teenagers are vulnerable to the … [Read more...] about New wave of hip mums redefine parenting
Fond farwell: After sending Tet gifts to soldiers at the Truong Sa Archipelago, the boat heads back home. — VNA/VNS Photos Xuan Truong With Tet only a few weeks away, the soldiers protecting the nation's waters have not been forgotten by the people they protect, Quang Vu reports. The sea is rough and a boat carrying 12 people runs silently in the rain. The voice of Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Nguyen Hong Quan roars above the waves: "We must weather this storm and try our best to reach our last two destinations to deliver gifts to our soldiers in time for the New Year." Quan is head of a delegation to the Da Tay Islands which are part of the country's Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago. The crew jumps to the alert at the sound of his voice and concentrate on navigating the vessel safely to shore. There is only a light rain but the wind is strong enough to blow a grown man off his feet. As we turn into the wind, the prow of the boat is forced up by oncoming waves to a height of two … [Read more...] about Soldiers receive gifts before New Year
Five people were swept away by floods in the CentralHighlands and heavy rainfall continued to hit the northern region as authorities prepared for the fifth tropical storm poised to hit Vietnam this year. As of Friday evening, rescue agencies had not been able to find four men and a woman missing since Thursday after their car had been caught by floods in LamDongProvince. The missing men are workers and officials of the CAVICO VN construction company, which is building the Dam B'ri hydropower plant in Lam Dong's Bao Lam District, while authorities have yet to identify the woman, known only as Oanh. Ha Mau Long, the only survivor from the car, told authorities that when sudden flooding on the Dam Br'i Stream hit the car, he and two other men jumped out to escape but only Long could reach the shore. The National Hydrometeorology Forecasting Center (NHFC) said Friday the low pressure, which has caused downpours and whirlwinds in the northern region for the past several days, have moved … [Read more...] about Floods, rains wreak havoc as new storm approaches