App to treat substance abuse gets FDA nod

Washington, Sep 15 : In a first, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved marketing of a novel mobile medical application designed to help treat people with substance use disorders such as addiction to alcohol, cocaine and marijuana. The “Reset” app developed by Pear Therapeutics — a US-based Prescription Digital Therapeutics firm — […]

Global hunger on rise, say UN food agencies

Rome, Sep 15 : After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, Rome-base UN food agencies said on Friday. The warning was made by Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) […]

This DNA robot can transport molecular cargo in bloodstream

New York, Sep 15 : Scientists have developed a nano “robot” made of a single strand of DNA, which can autonomously “walk” around a surface, pick up certain molecules using “arms” and “feet” and drop them off in designated locations. “Just like electromechanical robots are sent off to faraway places, like Mars, we would like […]

High salt intake linked to diabetes risk: Study

London, Sep 15 : Besides high blood pressure, high intake of salt — main source of sodium — may be associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes, researchers have found. The findings showed that for each 2.5 extra grams of salt (equivalent to each extra gram of sodium) consumed per day, there was an […]

Google Glass app helps autistic kids have conversations

Toronto, Sep 15 : An app to be used with wearable technology such as Google Glass — a head-mounted display in the shape of eyeglasses — can coach children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in everyday social interactions, new research has found. A defining feature of ASD is difficulties with social communication — which can […]

Write about your feelings to cool brain on stressful tasks

New York, Sep 15 : If the anxiety of performing an upcoming task is giving you stress, simply writing about your feelings may help you perform the task more efficiently, suggests new research. The research – published online in the journal Psychophysiology — provides the first neural evidence for the benefits of expressive writing, said […]