The Finnish telco is the first national network to move from legacy systems to an IP-based network for voice traffic. Although others in the industry will be watching like hawks for signs of problems with the system's technological and commercial viability, most of the issues that once dogged voice over IP networks have now been resolved. Sonera's move should be a success.
A long-term Finnish study has found that metabolic syndrome, which is similar to pre-diabetic conditions, is associated with an increased risk of mortality cardiovascular disease. Pharmacological therapy targeting metabolic syndrome may reduce this associated risk, but this has yet to be demonstrated in clinical trials.
According to a new study, giving probiotics to babies while they are being weaned may reduce their chances of developing allergic conditions such as eczema. Although further research is required, probiotics may have a significant role to play in several conditions caused by allergic inflammation. This represents both a threat and an opportunity to pharma companies.
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