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Talking appliances soon to be a reality

With so much hype around touch-free gadgets, soon appliances in the house would be connected to the Internet leading to what is dubbed as ‘The Internet of Everything’ and paving way for communicating devices.

A non-profit organization, Linux Foundation has reportedly formed the AllSeen Alliance, including companies like Qualcomm, LG, Panasonic, Haier, Silicon Image and TP-LINK, which is a new communication protocol to get the connected doorbell talking to the lights, microwave, oven and smoke detector.

According to Fox News, the AllSeen Technology is based on a protocol by Qualcomm that allows devices to discover each other and negotiate over a variety of connections, including Wi-Fi and Ethernet. The alliance said that using the tech, a family that installs a smart lock for their front door will be able to connect it to smart lights and security cameras from other manufacturers.

Long-term use of antacids linked to vit-B12 deficiency

A new study has found that people who took commonly prescribed heartburn and ulcer medications for long term were at higher risk of vitamin B12 deficiency.

Left untreated, vitamin B12 deficiency can increase the risk of dementia, nerve damage, anemia, and other medical complications, some of which may be irreversible. Stomach acid aids in vitamin B12 absorption; suppressing the acids can lead to the health-threatening vitamin deficiency.

Researchers examined the electronic health records (including diagnoses, pharmacy orders, and laboratory results) of 25,956 adult Kaiser Permanente patients diagnosed with vitamin B12 deficiency in Northern California between January 1997 and June 2011, and compared them with 184,199 patients without B12 deficiency during the same time period.

“Patients who took PPI medications for more than two years had a 65 percent increase in their risk of B12 deficiency,” Douglas A. Corley, MD, PhD, a gastroenterologist and research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, said.

Sweetener aspartame declared safe to drink

European Food Safety Authority has ruled out any ‘potential risk of aspartame’, claiming that the artificial sweetener is safe and poses no threat to health.

The EFSA said breakdown products of aspartame, which is used in many foods and soft drinks, are safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure, the BBC reported.
For most products containing aspartame, consumption would need to be exceptionally high and regular over a person’s lifetime, in order to exceed the ADI.

Dr Alicja Mortensen, who chaired the EFSA’s aspartame review panel, said that this study is a step forward in strengthening consumer confidence in the scientific underpinning of the EU food safety system and the regulation of food additives.

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