Doctors have warned for years that obesity can have unhealthy consequences, increasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. All of that can contribute to an early death. Now, a study published in the Lancet shows being overweight—not just obese—is associated with a higher risk of dying early of any cause.…

via How Body Fat Can Shorten Your Life — TIME

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Earlier this week, Facebook gave a small group of reporters a tour of its Prineville, OR data center. In the process, the company also showed off its mobile device lab for testing on physical devices new iOS and Android versions of the Facebook app, Messenger and Instagram. The mobile device lab currently occupies 60 racks in the…

via Facebook lifts the veil on its mobile device testing lab — TechCrunch

In states where medical marijuana is legal, prescriptions for drugs for conditions where pot could serve as an alternative have dropped significantly, according to a recent report published in the journal Health Affairs One of the most stunning drops in the report was in prescriptions of painkillers, which are currently in the spotlight due to…

via Legal Marijuana Linked to Fewer Opioid Prescriptions — TIME

First Baby in Texas With Zika-Caused Microcephaly Is Born

A baby born in Texas is confirmed to have microcephaly due to an infection with the Zika virus. The child was born with the birth defect in Harris County, Texas, a region that includes Houston. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced that they received laboratory confirmation of a past Zika infection in…

via First Baby in Texas With Zika-Caused Microcephaly Is Born — TIME

Nissan’s highway self-driving system hits Japanese roads in August — TechCrunch

Nissan has a new autonomous driving system called ProPILOT, and it’s coming to its first production vehicle in August. ProPILOT, a self-driving feature designed for use in single-lane highway driving situation, arrives in the Nissan Serena first, which is currently set to go on sale next month. Likely in light of recent events faced by…

via Nissan’s highway self-driving system hits Japanese roads in August — TechCrunch