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Gambling, IT, booze addictions rife in Japan: study

Nearly five percent of Japanese adults are addicted to gambling, a rate of up to five times that of most other nations, according to a study.

Digital doctors: China sees tech cure for healthcare woes

Liu Chunming almost died after a car crash in July in Taihe, a remote county in China's southeast Jiangxi province, but survived serious abdominal injuries thanks to specialist doctors who led his treatment from 1,000km (621 miles) away.

French watchdog urges no 3D for under sixes

A French health watchdog has recommended that children under six be denied access to 3D films, computers and videogames, and that those up to 13 have "moderate" access.

Deregulation at heart of Japan's new robotics revolution

Neurosurgeon Tetsuya Goto had just begun testing a robot to perform brain surgery when he discovered Japan was moving to tighten regulations that would shut down his seven-year project.

Health checks by smartphone raise privacy fears

Authorities and tech developers must stop sensitive health data entered into applications on mobile phones ending up in the wrong hands, experts warn.

India bets on mobiles in battle on maternal, child deaths

India is betting on cheap mobile phones to cut some of the world's highest rates of maternal and child deaths, as it rolls out a campaign of voice messages delivering health advice to pregnant women and mothers.

Indian drug retailers protest against e-pharmacies

Indian drug retailers shut up shop for the day on Oct 14 to protest against the country's growing online pharmacy industry, and threatened to close indefinitely if the federal government did not shut down e-pharmacies.

Traffic app says not at fault for Israel troops losing way

Google-owned traffic app Waze hit back at suggestions its directions led Israeli soldiers into a Palestinian refugee camp where they were attacked, sparking bloody clashes.

Google teams with UNICEF to map Zika virus spread

Google said that it is working with UNICEF to map the spread of Zika and pitching in a million dollars to support the group’s efforts on the ground.

Brazil to launch anti-Zika app for Olympics

Brazil’s health ministry said it will launch a smartphone application to track the Zika virus during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and help visitors detect the disease.