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Thursday, September 30, 2010

HealthCare Droid From Panasonic Washes Hair Of Patients.

Panasonic robot development engineer Tohru Nakamura displays a prototype model of hair-washing machine that makes 3D scanning of the user's head, shampoos and massages with 16 'fingers' at the annual Home care and Rehabilitation exhibition in Tokyo. -- PHOTO: AFP
'With 16 fingers, the robot washes hair and rinses the shampoo bubbles with the dexterity of human fingers,' the company said in a statement.
Panasonic unveiled on Thursday a robot who scans a client's head using 3D technology, then shampoos their hair and massages the scalp with 16 rubbery 'fingers'. The machine was developed to help the Japanese healthcare facilities now are filling with aging populace and diminishing healthcare personnel. The robot was at the annual Homecare and Rehabilitation exhibition in Tokyo.
HCR 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Rogue Online Phamacies Taken To Court By Google.

Google advertising is as wide as Google search and there will always be rogues playing for their place. Some times we wonder how come these spammy ads appear on our sites, specially from Google, endangering lives with unauthorized pharmaceuticals sales, which can be dangerous without the right prescription.
Google is telling us that it has been fighting these rogues with extensive verification procedures, automated keyword blocking, to changing our ads policies but still those bad people managed to sneak in.
So Google has;
" filed a civil lawsuit in federal court against advertisers we believe have deliberately broken our rules. Litigation of this kind should act as a serious deterrent to anyone thinking about circumventing our policies to advertise illegally on Google. As we identify additional bad actors, we will add them to the lawsuit. Rogue pharmacies are bad for our users, for legitimate online pharmacies and for the entire e-commerce industry—so we are going to keep investing time and money to stop these kinds of harmful practices."
Good one Google, How about those spammers with similar informatio asking us to visit those sites. You can find them in any GMail Spam folder! :)

Official Google Blog: Taking rogue pharmacies to court

Friday, September 17, 2010

FDA Extends The Review Of Avastin For Breast Cancer By Another 3 Months.

Avastin, a cancer fighting drug is under examination and FDA has announced today that the review will be extended by another 90 days. The review is to decide if the drug should be used in treatment of breast Cancer. The expensive drug seem to have not worked very well on breast cancer patients.
Avastin was approved by FDA in 2008 for breast cancer patients based on a trial. As a condition of approval, Roche, parent company of Genentech was required to conduct follow-up studies to demonstrate further the benefits of adding Avastin to conventional chemotherapy.In July an FDA advisory committee recommended the FDA, to revoke the Avastin's approval for breast cancer.

If the FDA revokes the approval, it's believed insurance companies will stop paying for this drug, which could cost more than $8,000 a month. Only the very rich will be able to afford the treatment.

Wellness, Fitness Features Enhances Google Health

Google Health launched about two years ago, provide users to have their health record in one accessible place. Health Records on Google Health are protected and only available to approved entities to view digest and help the user, like personal physician or a doctor in distant land while you are holidaying.
The new features on Google Health focuses on Wellness and fitness by adding new features and collaborating with industry leaders in providing additional services to Google Health users.
The Google Health team has developed an easier-to-use dashboard that brings together even more of users health and wellness information in one place, making it easier to organize and act on that information.
Users are now able to collect the data they need to track wellness, fitness goals and their progress with,
Fitbit, maker of a wearable device that captures health and wellness data such as steps taken, calories burned and sleep quality
CardioTrainer, one of the top mobile apps for tracking fitness activity and weight loss.

The new design also brings user ability to take notes and keep a journal of their progress through health conditions or medications response.
Google has also added more healthcare data providers, like Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Sharp HealthCare.
Official Google Blog: A Google Health update


Friday, September 10, 2010

Stand Up To Cancer

There is no telling how much we help someone or ourselves, by standing up to cancer. I am working in the field, everyday, in the computing, moving vast data about cancer treatments leaves me in wonderment. I get frustrated everyday seeing how hospitals drug companies, treat people like money making machines.
But I am now watching "Stand Up To Cancer" and gives me the strength to stand up, to cancer and all the evil. Just one gesture can change a lot!
Join Stand Up To Cancer You can donate with facebook credit.


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