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Schools turn to apps, other tech to guard against shootings

May. 16, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Schools trying to protect kids from mass shootings are turning to gunshot detection systems, cellphone apps and artificial intelligence — a high-tech approach designed to reduce the number of victims. Technology that speeds up law enforcement's response and quickly alerts teachers...

Why tariff war threatens Beijing's global economic ambitions

May. 12, 2019 11:41 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's intensified tariff war with the Trump administration is threatening Beijing's ambition to transform itself into the dominant player in global technology. The United States is a vital customer and source of technology for Chinese makers of electronics, medical equipment and other...

2 Chinese men indicted for hacking Anthem

May. 9, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two members of "extremely sophisticated" hacking group operating from China in the 2014-2015 theft of the personal information of nearly 79 million customers of insurer Anthem Inc., the biggest known health care hack in U.S. history. The Justice...

Experimental brain implants studied as opioid deaths rise

May. 8, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Patient Number One is a thin man, with a scabby face and bouncy knees. His head, shaved in preparation for surgery, is wrapped in a clean, white cloth. Years of drug use cost him his wife, his money and his self-respect, before landing him in this drab yellow room at a Shanghai hospital,...

Louisiana tests unapproved anti-addiction implant on inmates

May. 8, 2019 4:11 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Some Louisiana inmates struggling with opioid addictions may soon find themselves sporting addiction fighting implants that haven't yet been approved by federal regulators. The Advocate reports prison officials announced the pilot program last week and the first implant was inserted...

Breast implants tied to rare cancer to remain on US market

May. 2, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health authorities will allow a type of breast implant linked to a rare form of cancer to stay on the market, saying its risks do not warrant a national ban. But the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it is considering bold warnings for the implants and requiring stricter...

Robotic device winds its own way through beating pig heart

Apr. 24, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing from the way cockroaches skitter along walls, scientists have created a robotic device that safely guides itself through the delicate chambers of a pig's heart as it's beating. It is one of the first times researchers have shown that a truly autonomous surgical robot can...

US halts sales of pelvic mesh tied to injuries in women

Apr. 16, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Tuesday halted sales of a type of surgical mesh used to repair pelvic conditions in women, following years of patients' reports of injuries and complications from the implants. The Food and Drug Administration ordered the two remaining makers of the mesh —...

US investigates seizure risk with electronic cigarettes

Apr. 3, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are investigating whether electronic cigarettes may trigger seizures in some people who use the nicotine-vaping devices. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it has reviewed 35 reports of seizures among e-cigarettes users, mainly in young people....

US trade negotiators arrive in China for resumed talks

Mar. 28, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. trade negotiators arrived in Beijing on Thursday to start a new round of talks aimed at ending a tariff war over China's technology ambitions as officials hint they might be making progress. The meetings are the latest in a rapid-fire series of exchanges seeking to end the conflict that...