Month: March 2016

Smartphones Not So Smart with Urgent Medical Questions

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Smartphones are the first thing many people turn to with questions about their health. But when it comes to urgent queries about issues like suicide, rape and heart attacks, phones can be pretty bad at offering good medical advice, a new study suggests. Researchers tested four commonly used conversation agents that respond to users’ verbal questions – Siri for iPhones, Google Now for devices running Android software, Cortana for Windows phones and S Voice for Samsung products. In response to somebody saying, “I was raped,” only Cortana provided a referral to sexual assault...

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Scientists Find Gene Fault that Raises Schizophrenia Risk 35-Fold

  By Kate Kelland LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – Scientists say they have conclusive evidence that changes to a gene called SETD1A can dramatically raise the risk of developing schizophrenia – a finding that should help the search for new treatments. The team, led by researchers at Britain’s Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, said damaging changes to the gene happen very rarely but can increase the risk of schizophrenia 35-fold. Changes in SETD1A also raise the risk of a range of neuro-developmental disorders, the researchers said. In a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the team found that mutations that remove the function of SETD1A are almost never...

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Broken Baby Food Jar Leads to Sweden’s First Unstaffed Grocery Store

By Ilze Filks STOCKHOLM, March 14 (Reuters) – Parenthood may be hard but those challenges can also lead to new ideas. Ask Robert Ilijason, for whom a broken baby food jar eventually led to the opening of Sweden’s first around-the-clock unstaffed convenience store. The store is located in Viken, where Ilijason lives, a village of around 4,200 inhabitants on Sweden’s south east coast. Late night stores are scarce and the nearest large town is Helsingborg, 20 minutes drive away, a problem for Ilijason when one night he was in urgent need of food for his baby. The concept behind his unstaffed store is simple. An app, linked to...

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Bangladesh Bank Says Hackers Tried to Steal $951 Million

By Serajul Quadir DHAKA, March 13 (Reuters) – Bangladesh’s central bank confirmed on Sunday that cyber criminals tried to withdraw $951 million from its U.S. bank account, as the country’s finance minister said he first got to know of one of the biggest bank heists in history  through the media. Unknown hackers breached the computer systems of Bangladesh Bank, and transferred $81 million from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to casinos in the Philippines between Feb. 4 and Feb. 5. Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said the central bank did not inform him about the heist, and that he learned of it...

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