Technology 

CES 2018 gets serious about health, wellness and medical tech – CNET

When “health tech” first started popping up at CES a few years ago, it was mostly centered on step counters, digital workout coaches and heart-rate trackers. These days, of course, that technology is widely available in consumer wearables from the likes of Fitbit, Garmin and Apple. But the devices we saw at the 2018 iteration of the world’s biggest electronics show raised the bar for health, fitness, wellness and medical technology in some surprising new ways — and for an audience that reaches far beyond runners and gym addicts.  This…

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Top Stories World 

Trump’s bright spot, jobs, facing challenges

Despite a bumpy first year, President Donald Trump can point to at least one important success: the number of jobs grew and the unemployment rate fell in 2017. Friday’s government jobs report showed 148,000 new jobs created and the unemployment still at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent. How big of an accomplishment was that? That’s a question that can be answered in a lot of different ways. By the most basic measure, 2017 was a good year for job creation under Trump. The U.S. economy added more than 2…

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Science 

End of the superbug? Boffins launch DOOR HANDLE which could hold key to beating bacteria

Developed by former Oxford University students, the product known as ‘PullClean’ – which has just been launched in the UK – doubles as a door handle and a hand sanitiser. It is being heralded as a ‘smart handle’, which also acts as a monitor that provides feedback on how clean a person’s hands are. The device will be used in places where diseases are prominent, such as hospitals, care homes, schools and universities. According to Dr Jake McKnight, co-inventor of the device and General Manager at Altitude Medical UK: “Our…

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Lifestyle 

Soapstar Claire King urges fellow carers to get a flu jab this winter

REX Claire King s urging fellow carers to get a flu jab this winter She is so good at playing bad girls that complete strangers have walked up to Claire King and berated her. She has even been hit over the head with a brolly “for being awful to Frank”, her Emmerdale husband at the time. The actress who gave life to the soap’s arch villain, Kim Tate, Bad Girls’ feisty governor Karen Betts and Corrie’s man-eating Erica Holroyd says: “It’s much more fun to play a villain than a…

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Entertainment 

Sanctuary review: A sweet, smart and funny film that feels true to life

Until a recent change in the law, people with an intellectual disability were banned from having sex in Ireland unless they were married.  In Galway, Larry (Kieran Coppinger), a young man with Down’s syndrome, is desperate to spend some private time with Sophie (Charlene Kelly), a young woman with severe epilepsy, so care worker Tom (Robert Doherty) has booked them a hotel room for an afternoon.  During a trip to the cinema, Tom’s charges settle down to watch the film while Larry and Sophie sneak off to the hotel.   Their…

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Lifestyle 

Back pain agony cure: One-off 10minute treatment helps cure lower back pain

Scientists have devised a one-off procedure which they claim provides long-term relief long-term relief for sufferers.  The procedure can take as little as 10 minutes and is painless.  Last night the team behind the study said they were extremely excited by the results.  In tests the majority of patients were pain-free after receiving the “image-guided pulsed radio frequency treatment” for their lower back pain and sciatica.  Study lead investigator Dr Alessandro Napoli, a radiologist at Sapienza University in Italy, said: “The nerve root is a sensitive structure that when pinched…

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Sport 

Robert Kubica ‘one of F1’s greatest talents’: Driver to test for Williams in Abu Dhabi

Kubica is a veteran of 76 Grands Prix but quit the sport in 2010 to pursue a career in rally driving. The former BMW Sauber and Renault F1 star subsequently suffered a life-threatening 2011 crash but made a startling recovery to return to competitive driving. He was even given a test drive by Renault earlier this year and while they instead chose to replace Jolyon Palmer with Carlos Sainz Jr, Williams are now interested in his services as they look to put a new figure into retiring Felipe Massa’s seat.…

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Technology 

Andy Serkis on his Star Wars villain, how you too can play an ape – CNET

From Gollum in “Lord of the Rings” to Caesar in “Planet of the Apes,” he’s done more than any actor to conjure unbelievably realistic animated characters in the movies. Now Andy Serkis brings his skills at motion capture performance to video games in a new title based on the “Apes” movies. I caught up with the affable British actor to talk about the game and get some hints about his other big blockbuster projects, Marvel’s “Black Panther” and his role as the galaxy’s biggest bad guy in “Star Wars: The…

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Science 

Squirrels could hold secret to preventing brain damage for stroke patients

Squirrels have a cellular process which prevents them getting brain damage when they hibernate  – Copyright (c) 2016 Rex Features. No use without permission. More Squirrels could hold the key to helping stroke patients avoid brain damage, scientists believe. Researchers in the US have discovered that when squirrels hibernate a protective process occurs in their cells which allows their brain to function with reduced blood flow and oxygen. When they awaken the animals suffer no ill-effects despite being deprived of essential nutrients.   During an ischemic stroke the blood supply,…

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