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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Digital heart health

Published 24/02/2014 | 02:30

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A new device which lets doctors monitor a patient's heart problems through email will be launched next week.

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The new electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor made by Aerotel records the electrical activity of the heart and uses mobile phone data to send information back to doctors. The ECGs can detect abnormal heart rhythms, damage caused by heart attacks or an enlarged heart.

TUTU'S UGANDA APPEAL

South Africa's retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni not to sign into law the harsh Anti-Homosexuality Bill that would give up to a life sentence in jail for some same-sex relations.

Mr Tutu, a Nobel peace prize winner, said in a statement that Mr Museveni a month ago had pledged not to allow the anti-gay legislation to become law in Uganda.

MEAL-TIME MATTERS

Children are bored by their parents' meal-time banter and least like being asked about their school day, according to a survey for Goodfella's Pizza.

Video games, pop bands and social media were the subjects children most wanted to talk about. Goodfella's suggests parents engage their children by asking questions like: "I heard you playing Justin Bieber's new song earlier – are you and your friends all Beiliebers?"

VIDEO CHARGE DROPPED

The owner of a now-closed video store in South Carolina has decided to drop charges against a woman accused of failing to return a movie nearly a decade ago.

Pickens County sheriff's deputies said the owner decided to not pursue the charge because of the media attention that 27-year-old Kayla Michelle Finley's arrest received. She spent the night in jail before she was released.

'FORK OUT' FOR CHARITY

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to use cutlery to eat pizza at a Staten Island restaurant has benefited a charity. A charity auction website shows the fork that he used sold for $2,500 (€1,800) to an anonymous bidder.

Proceeds will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation for emergency responders.

ARMY DOG JOINS NYPD

The New York Police Department is welcoming a newcomer that is the first of his kind for the nation's largest police department: a former military service dog.

The four-year-old German shepherd named Caeser served three tours of duty overseas. Now he will be patrolling the city subways.

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