Kyodo news summary -2-
(Japan Economic Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TOKYO, Aug. 21 -- (Kyodo) _ ---------- Tokyo stocks lower on weaker Asian stocks, jitters over Fed tapering
TOKYO - Tokyo stocks fell Wednesday morning, with the Nikkei index hitting a fresh two-month low on weaker Asian stocks and lingering jitters about an early tapering of the U.S. Federal Reserve's massive stimulus program.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average fell 106.33 points, or 0.79 percent, from Tuesday to 13,290.05, the lowest intraday level since June 27. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 9.91 points, or 0.88 percent, at 1,115.36.
---------- Sony's PS4 console to be launched Nov. 15 in North America
NEW YORK - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said Tuesday it will start selling its PlayStation 4 gaming console on Nov. 15 in the United States and Canada.
The successor to the PlayStation 3 console will also hit the European market, Australia and Latin America on Nov. 29, the gaming unit of Sony Corp. said.
---------- Osaka University kit diagnoses new flu varieties in 5 minutes
OSAKA - A team of researchers at an Osaka University institute said Tuesday they have developed a kit that can diagnose infection with new strains of flu in about 5 minutes through identification of genes and proteins in the virus.
The university's Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research designed the kit for the H1N1 strain of flu virus, but it can also be used for other varieties of flu. The researchers hope the kit will be utilized at international airports during flu epidemics.
---------- Successful transplant marks new treatment for pancreatitis patients
OSAKA - Doctors at Osaka University Hospital last month successfully removed a chronically inflamed pancreas from a pancreatitis patient before separating the organ's insulin-producing islets and transplanting them back into the patient, marking a new form of treatment, hospital officials said Wednesday.
Since the transplant the patient in her 30s, who had been unable to eat due to her dysfunctional pancreas, has recovered well enough to eat normally, with her body producing insulin to control blood sugar, they said, adding she will leave the hospital soon.
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