After a huge three-day gaming binge, 26-year-old Xiao Qiang suffered a brain hemorrhage while sitting at his seat in his local Internet cafe. Qiang sat there for three days and three nights gaming away, and now suffers from partial paralysis.
Qiang was reportedly rushed to the Hunan Brain Hospital in Changsha, where doctors stated he had suffered a brain hemorrhage. Xiong Zhiwei, the resident supervising doctor, has said that the 26-year-old gamer should recover most of his motor function, but he will suffer from impaired speech and some mental difficulties.
Cocaine, it's a helluva drug - a drug that is used so copiously in the UK that it has contaminated the drinking water supply. A new report has shown the dangers from pharmaceutical compounds appearing in drinking water, with scientists seeing trace amounts of cocaine in the UK water supply, even after it had gone through intensive purification treatments.
Experts from the Drinking Water Inspectorate found water supplies contained benzoylecgonine, which is the metabolized form of cocaine that appears once it has passed through the body. This is the same compound companies and authorities look for when running drug tests to detect cocaine use. What is worse, is the use of cocaine in Britain, according to Steve Rolles from the drug policy think tank, Transform.
Rolles said: "We have the near highest level of cocaine use in western Europe. It has also been getting cheaper and cheaper at the same time as its use has been going up". According to the charity DrugScope, there are around 180,000 addicted to crack cocaine in England, and close to 700,000 people aged between 16-59 that use the drug every year.
Researchers from the University of Southern California are using virtual reality to help treat soldiers returning from Afghanistan and other combat regions suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
As part of research to address prolonged exposure therapy, which has been widely investigated by doctors and researchers, soldiers can recover faster with a mix of virtual immersion and therapy.
"The sad part of war is, of course, it sucks, but if you can pull anything good out of it, it's that the urgency of war drives innovation," said Skip Rizzo, leader of the research team at the Institute for Creative Technologies, in a statement to Vice. "Soldiers are the test case, and when we move on to the next thing, it'll be using this kind of technology with civilians. Making a difference for everybody."
Military researchers already utilize virtual reality to help train soldiers before they are deployed to the battlefield, and continue to look for other advantages technology can be used to help save lives in combat.
In a world of developed medical and mental health research, Internet addiction is a cause for concern, especially younger demographics, medical researchers indicate.
Internet addiction isn't specific just to the Web, with growing concern of overindulgence with smartphones, tablets, computers, and other forms of technology - while medical researchers continue to debate how serious the problem is.
To battle addiction, there are customized special camps hosted in Japan, which has an estimated eight percent of Japanese school children addicted to the Internet. The Japanese Ministry of Education hopes to help children improve on verbal and non-verbal communication during sports and games - and will be staffed with clinical psychoterhapists and psychiatrists, according to The Tokyo Times.
Similar camps are now being rolled out in the United States and China.
Prison inmates doing life sentences might not be good enough in the future, with scientists from Oxford University exploring new controversial technologies that would see them extending human life, in a way.
Their research could see prison firms developing drugs that make time pass slowly, something that could make an inmate feel like they're living out consecutive life sentences - lasting up to 1000 years. Dr Rebecca Roache spoke with Aeon magazine, where she said: "Some crimes are so bad they require a really long period of punishment, and a lot of people seem to get out of that punishment by dying."
Dr Roache used the example of two parents murdering their own four-year-old son, saying that the 30-year sentence they received was "laughably inadequate." In her Practical Ethics blog, Dr Roache notes that the parents would receive a humane treatment, unlike their son. She wrote: "They will, for example, be fed and watered, housed in clean cells, allowed access to a toilet and washing facilities, allowed out of their cells for exercise and recreation."
Wearable technology products are increasing at a rapid pace, with manufacturers catering to a niche consumer market that is going mainstream - and will reach more than 250 million on the market in the next three years, analysts predict.
There are a number of different casual fitness wearables for consumers to choose from, including the Zackeers Turn Signal Gloves, Garmin Vivofit activity tracker, Sensoria Smart Shirt, FitBit, Scosche, and others crowding into the market.
Just a few years ago, GPS and heart-rate monitors were designed for sports enthusiasts, but now just walking around the block with your dog can be easily tracked and cataloged.
Stanford University surgeon Dr. Homero Rivas and other medical experts across the country hope to use Google Glass and augmented reality solutions to aid in medical procedures.
Dr. Rivas and his assistant demonstrated, for example, how Glass can be used to enhance medical procedures with step-by-step images and demonstrations - during a presentation that was streamed to medical experts across the world.
"You don't need to go in blind anymore," said Dr. Rivas in an interview with VentureBeat. "Now, we have an educated impression of where a mass is. We can better understand exactly where to make an incision so we can create less trauma."
Health company Healbe recently unveiled the GoBe, a 100 percent automatic body manager, streamlining calories consumed and burned.
The system uses three sensors to measure intake by checking the amount of glucose in cells, along with monitoring heart rate, providing a more accurate caloric intake.
"We live in an age of information, and yet 98% of diets fail," said Artem Shipitsyn, Healbe founder and CEO, in a press statement. "Wearable technologies are trying to solve this problem, but I found that none had succeeded in making it easy for people to know whether they're getting the right amount of food, water, exercise and sleep."
For people who suffer from medical conditions, being able to help their condition using gadgets rather than medications can be a big deal. A medical gadget called the Cefaly headband has received FDA approval recently to treat pain associated with migraine headaches.
The Cefaly headband is a device that is worn on the head and has tips that go behind the ears like glasses. The device is positioned on the forehead above the eyes and features a self adhesive electrode.
The headband is able to deliver an electrical current to the skin and underlying tissues in the area. The positioning of the headband and electrode allow the electrical signal to stimulate the branches of the trigeminal nerve that are associated with migraine headaches.
With a passion for testing themselves both mentally and physically, along with relatively deep pockets, triathletes can call on technology to help drive the sport forward.
Training and racing in triathlons is an expensive endeavor, and average income of triathletes is in the neighborhood of $126,000 per year, according to USA Triathlon. It's not uncommon to visit triathlons and see people wearing $750+ wetsuits, riding $5,000+ bikes, and wearing running shoes that cost $125+ per pair.
At the very least, many athletes depend on GPS, whether for running, riding or swimming, to help accurately monitor time elapsed, distance, speed, cadence, and other critical information. Using a heart rate monitor also is important, so athletes can easily check to make sure heart rate and breathing levels are appropriate.
Visit an organized running event, such as the races hosted by Brazen Racing, it's unlikely to find many athletes without a heart rate monitor and GPS hitting the trails.