Neti pot nightmare: BRAIN-EATING amoebas from tap water attack elderly woman

A woman who met a tragic fate after routinely rinsing out her sinuses is thought to have died because she put tap water in her neti pot. That tap water was filled with tiny amoebas that ate away at her brain cells. The 69-year-old Seattle woman stumped doctors earlier this year, when she was admitted […]

People want self-driving cars to prioritize young lives over the elderly

Today, MIT released the results of a global survey on the moral and ethical decisions that autonomous vehicles should be programmed to make. The survey reveals that general preferences include prioritizing human lives over animals, younger and healthier people over the elderly and saving more lives over fewer lives. People also preferred to spare bystanders […]

Ars on your lunch break, part two: History, reality, and robots for the elderly

Enlarge / Robots are everywhere. (credit: NBC Universal) Today we present the second installment of my wide-ranging interview with the world-renowned roboticist and AI pioneer, Rodney Brooks. Part one ran yesterday—so if you missed it, click right here. Today’s installment starts with the new robotic era that dawned when Rodney’s latest company—Rethink Robotics—launched its Baxter […]

9yo girl, elderly man killed as 6.1 quake strikes Japan

At least three people have been confirmed killed and more casualties are feared, after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit north of Osaka Prefecture in western Japan, local media report. An 80-year-old man and a young 9yo girl were killed in Japan, crushed by collapsing walls, public broadcaster NHK reported. Several others are reported in a state […]

Elderly to receive 'MoT' grants to improve homes in bid to save NHS money

Cold housing can lead to chronic conditions, like lung and heart diseases and poor mental health, as well as heart attacks, strokes and falls. As part of the NHS’s Integrated Care System, residents who qualify will be offered stair lifts, boilers, insulation, heating and grants. Among the local authorities in England taking part in the […]

Israel needs to kick out 450 elderly people to make room for new US embassy

Israeli authorities would need to relocate some 450 USSR immigrants, many of whom are in their 80s, from a plot of land to facilitate the construction of a new US embassy. And there is no solution in sight. The plot in Jerusalem’s predominantly Jewish Arnona neighborhood is owned by the United States and currently accommodates […]