Author: Mike Harrison

The Food and Drug Administration authorized booster doses for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, following its authorization of a third Pfizer / BioNTech shot in September. The agency also said today that it will allow “mix-and-match” boosters — eligible people who are already fully vaccinated can get a booster dose of any of the three vaccines, regardless of which they started with. As with the Pfizer / BioNTech booster, the FDA cleared third Moderna shots for vulnerable groups, including people 65 years of age and older, those who are at high risk of severe disease, and people…

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The Food and Drug Administration approved a virtual reality-based treatment for children with the visual disorder amblyopia, or lazy eye, the company behind the therapy announced today. Patients watch modified TV shows or movies through a virtual reality headset to improve their vision. “We’re proud to be part of the FDA’s groundbreaking decision today, to approve a first-of-its-kind digital therapeutic that allows patients to watch their favorite TV shows and movies to improve their vision,” Scott Xiao, chief executive officer of Luminopia, the company that developed the tool, said in a statement. Around 3 percent of children have amblyopia, which…

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For the first time, surgeons successfully attached a kidney from a genetically modified pig to a human patient — a major scientific breakthrough, and one that could open up a new way to provide organs to sick people. Scientists got the kidney from a pig genetically engineered so that it wouldn’t produce a sugar called alpha-gal, which the human immune system attacks and would trigger the body to reject the organ. Surgeons at NYU attached the organ to a brain-dead patient on a ventilator whose family agreed to the experimental procedure. It was connected outside of her body to blood…

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Third-party health apps that pull patient data from electronic health record systems are vulnerable to hacks, according to a new report. The electronic health records themselves, which are housed at health centers and subject to the federal privacy law HIPAA, are well protected. But as soon as a patient gives permission for their data to leave the health record and head toward a third-party app — like programs that track people’s medications, for example — it’s easy for hackers to access. Hospitals and health care systems are a major target for hackers, and attacks have only escalated over the past…

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Cryptocurrency investors are looking for the best digital currencies that will make rounds this month. Usually, some investors would seek crypto with high gains that come with great risk. So much for that, there are already more than 10,000 coins that you can choose from. Our list will help you sort out the best choices out of them. To know the most ideal cryptocurrencies that you should purchase right now, here’s a shortlist of them. Investment-Worthy Cryptocurrencies this October 2021 (Photo : Executium from Unsplash )Best cryptos to invest for the month of October Ethereum One of the most popular…

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(Photo : Software License Management: Why Does it Matter?) IT teams perform various tasks when it comes to managing and tracking asset adoption or usage. One of the most important functions performed by these professionals, involves tracking the license lifecycles of essential software investments. Over the years, the use of technology to efficiently manage software licenses has grown more essential, as companies continue to shift from hardware-based investments to software. In the past, many discussions of IT asset management revolved almost entirely around physical resources like endpoint devices and vehicles. However, the pervasiveness of software in virtually every industry is…

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People with high blood pressure who used a smartphone app and at-home monitor were able to drive down their blood pressure, a new study showed. The program, called Hello Heart, lets people track their blood pressure, weight, and physical activity and offers tips on how to manage blood pressure. Around half of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, but only around a quarter of those people have the condition under control. It can be a tricky condition to manage, particularly if people are only getting measurements taken in the doctor’s office — where it can be higher…

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Apple is reportedly exploring new health-focused features for its AirPods, according to The Wall Street Journal. Features might include using the earbuds to take wearers’ temperature, monitor their posture, and improve their hearing. The WSJ notes that it’s not clear if the latter function differs significantly from AirPods’ existing “Conversation Boost” feature. According to the WSJ, these functions “aren’t expected by next year and might never be rolled out to consumers or the timing could change.” In other words, it sounds like the iPhone maker is just exploring these new health features, rather than actively working on integrating them with…

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Tesla came up with its plans of installing Megacharger for the upcoming Tesla Semi electric truck. The deployment of the more powerful Superchargers was seen at the Gigafactory Nevada earlier this week. Tesla Semi Electric Truck Finally Gets Megacharger (Photo : Sawyer Merritt from Twitter )Tesla was spotted to be deploying the mega chargers on the Semi electric truck at its factory in Nevada. How Tesla arrived at this plan? According to the latest report by Electrek, Tesla wants to explore prolonging the range of the vehicle to only 30 minutes. The company aims to pile up an extra 400 miles…

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After rejecting over one million e-cigarette related products, the Food and Drug Administration announced today that it authorized its first e-cigarette: the Vuse Solo, made by R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company. The agency is allowing the company’s tobacco-flavored e-liquid pods on the market but rejected its flavored pods. It’s been over a month since the FDA’s deadline for its review of vapes and e-cigarettes. Early September marked the end of a yearlong period where companies were allowed to keep selling their products, even though agency regulations said that any new tobacco products need authorization before they can be marketed. Now, anything…

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