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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An exterior view of the Starbucks Center, headquarters for the international coffee and coffeehouse chain, in Seattle, Washington. (AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON) It was the latest bid by the behemoth coffee chain to recover from last Thursday's incident in Philadelphia, which was captured on video and went viral, viewed millions of times. The video posted on Twitter by a Starbucks client shows uniformed police questioning and then handcuffing the two men, who offer no resistance, as a white client repeatedly asks an officer, "What'd they do? What'd they do?" Starbucks said more than 8,000 stores would be closed on the afternoon of May 29 and training provided to nearly 175,000 employees, and incorporated going forward. CEO Kevin Johnson, who has also apologised, said the company was "committed to being a part of the solution" and that he had been in Philadelphia "listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it." "Closing our stores for racial … [Read more...] about Starbucks to shut US stores for ‘racial bias education’
Partial remains of some victims of the September 11 attacks were dumped in a landfill, the Pentagon revealed for the first time, issuing a report that exposed years of bungling at the US military's most important mortuary. The portions of remains that ended up at a landfill came from the 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and from a hijacked airliner that went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on 9/11, according to the report by an independent panel. The revelation came from a review of the troubled mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, which has been blamed for mishandling the remains of some troops killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The details about the 9/11 remains were mentioned only in passing in the report, which focused on how to fix management problems at the troubled mortuary. Any remains related to 9/11 carry a special significance for Americans and the White House promptly issued a statement, saying the Pentagon was taking steps to ensure such mistakes "never happen … [Read more...] about Remains of some 9/11 victims ‘dumped at landfill’
Seung-Hui Cho took just nine minutes to fire more than 170 rounds of ammunition as he gunned down dozens of his fellow students and staff at Virginia Tech last week, police said on Wednesday. Police provided new details about how Cho killed 30 other people at Norris Hall on April 16, the deadliest such massacre in modern US history, before killing himself as police raced up the stairs of the classroom building. People holding pictures of Virginia Tech university shooting victims march during a memorial ceremony mourning the victims in front of the U.S. embassy in Seoul … [Read more...] about Virginia Tech rampage lasted just nine minutes
Developers slash property prices With bank loans falling at the end of this year and losses from a gloomy domestic real estate market, many property developers have begun slashing prices of their apartments to boost revenue. On Monday, just three days after PetroVietnam Power Land announced a discount of 34 per cent on it's apartments, the Sai Gon Mekong Company reduced prices on 500 apartments in the An Tien urban area project in HCM City's District 7 from VND18 million (US$860) per square metre to VND14.5 million ($690) per square metre. Representative from the company's leaders Ho Van Tuyen said the move was an attempt to recoup capital for new business opportunities. Late last week, PetroVietnam Power Land Company cut off 34 per cent of the 85 apartments in its PetroVietnam Landmark project in District 2 to VND15.5 million ($738) per square metre from the earlier VND23.8 million ($1,130). The sell-off was aimed at resolving the difficulties of a frozen property market and … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 9/11