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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Very little progress has been made in reducing levels of inactivity worldwide, experts have warned. A WHO report estimates that more than a quarter of people worldwide - 1.4 billion - are not doing enough physical exercise, a figure that has barely improved since 2001. The transition towards more sedentary jobs in wealthier countries is likely to be making people less active, experts say -- Photo: THINKSTOCK Inactivity raises the risk of a raft of health problems, such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes and some cancers. High-income countries, including the UK, were among the least active. And women were found to be more sedentary throughout the world, with the exception of two regions of Asia. 'Major concern' They found in high-income countries, which include the UK and the USA, the proportion of inactive people had risen from 32% in 2001 to 37% in 2016, while in low-income countries it had remained stable at 16%. Those who were classed as inactive did less than 150 … [Read more...] about Lack of exercise puts one in four people at risk, WHO says
Viet Nam News It’s a familiar idiom: One’s man trash is another man’s treasure. A few decades ago, when both Vietnamese industrial production and economic integration were at a nascent stage, there was a trend wherein enterprising Vietnamese, lucky enough to go to Japan for study, work or just a visit, could make a quick buck or save money on buying new items by bringing back discarded Japanese electronic devices that are piling up in junkyards throughout the country. From rice cookers and microwave ovens to televisions and even motorbikes, the much-cherished made-in-Japan products were salvaged from hundred thousands of used-but-still-usable items that were no longer wanted by their previous owners. In this case, the idiom was true, and literally so. However, sometimes trash is just trash. In recent months, Việt Nam has found itself grappling with the dilemma of having to deal with “another man’s trash”, but this time … [Read more...] about Importing scraps as production feedstock and protecting the environment: A delicate balancing act