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Using full-body MRIs, Ezra can now detect 11 cancers in men and 13 in women

When Ezra first launched about six months ago, the company was using magnetic resonance imaging machines to test for prostate cancer in men. But the company’s founder, Emi Gal, always had a larger goal. “One of the biggest problems in cancer is that there’s no accurate, fast, painless, way to scan for cancer anywhere in the body” Gal said at the time of his company’s debut. Ezra raises $4M to diagnose cancer with MRIs, not painful biopsies Now he’s several steps closer to a solution. Ra...
Tags: TC, Cancer, Co-founder, Credo Ventures, Disease, Esther Dyson, Ezra, Fda, Gal, Insurance, Los Angeles, Machine Learning, Medicine, Mri, National Institute Of Health, New York

Medicinal Plants Used During the U.S. Civil War Are Surprisingly Good at Fighting Bacteria

With conventional medicines in short supply during the Civil War, the Confederacy turned to plant-based alternatives in desperation. New research suggests some of these remedies were actually quite good at fighting off infections—a finding that could lead to effective new drugs.Read more...
Tags: Medicine, Microbiology, Antibiotics, History, Civil War, Infectious Diseases, Science, Plants

How the Healthcare System Fails People Who Don't Speak English

When Samia Ali worked as a medical scribe in Rhode Island—assisting doctors by writing down what happened during patient visits—she saw everything there is to see about the intimacies of a patient-physician relationship.Read more...
Tags: Medicine, Language, Lifehacks, Rhode Island, Caregivers, Samia Ali, Language Barriers In Healthcare, Healthcare System Fails People Who Don

These Johns Hopkins students are slashing breast cancer biopsy costs

Over 2 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. And while the diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence for women in countries like the United States, in developing countries three times as many women die from the disease. Breast cancer survival rates range from 80% or over in North America, Sweden and Japan to around 60% in middle-income countries and below 40% in low-income countries, according to data provided the World Health Organization. And the WHO blames these low sur...
Tags: Health, TC, Medicine, Breast Cancer, California, Cancer, Tech, Mit, United States, South Africa, Long Beach, Disease, Peru, Head, Co-founder

How A.I. will liberate doctors from keyboards and basements

Machines can help doctors by spotting abnormalities in X-rays or MRA scans that the physicians themselves may have missed. A.I. can also help physicians by analyzing data and, through the use of algorithms, produce possible diagnoses. The freed up time, as doctors make their rounds, can help physicians establish better connections with their patients, which in turn can lead to better treatment plans.
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Biology, Medicine, Innovation, Machine Learning, Health Care, Ai, Eric Topol, Machine Intelligence

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Insight into the Whitney Biennial, a win for sex-tech, tips for ethical tourism and more Lora DiCarlo’s Pleasure Toy Award Reinstated at CES Earlier this year, sex-tech company Lora DiCarlo was awarded a Robotics Innovation Award at CES, then the award was revoked. Now, CES has again changed their collective minds, and reinstated the women-centric Osé pleasure toy the honor, with the Consumer Technology Association …
Tags: Health, Art, Gender, Design, Medicine, Animals, Tech, Cta, Ces, Wildlife, Tourism, Robots, Disease, Sex Toys, Art Shows, Linkaboutit

UV-activated superglue could literally help to heal broken hearts

Scientists at China's Zhejiang University have developed a UV-activated adhesive glue that is capable of efficiently healing damage to organs, including the heart. Here's how it works. The post UV-activated superglue could literally help to heal broken hearts appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Medicine, China, Trends, Health & Fitness, Emerging Tech, Glue, Zhejiang University

Nanotechnology vs. cancer: How tiny particles sniff out the deadly disease

Cancer is an aberrant function of a normal cell, where the regulators of that cell's dividing are broken and the cell starts to divide without regulation. Left to its own devices, that dividing without regulation will overcome the entire body.Until we have a cure, early detection is the holy grail. MIT professor Sangeeta Bhatia is currently devising a simple urine test that works just like a pregnancy test to detect cancer the moment it starts.How does it work? Nanoparticles are injected into th...
Tags: Science, Technology, Biology, Medicine, Cancer, Mit, Medical Research, Innovation, Disease, Human body, Susan Hockfield, Sangeeta Bhatia

How Some Generic Drugs Could Do More Harm Than Good

For the 16 years that Dr. Brian Westerberg, a Canadian surgeon, worked volunteer missions at the Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, scarcity was the norm. The patients usually exceeded the 1,500 allotted beds. Running water was once cut off when the debt-ridden hospital was unable to pay its bills. On some of his…
Tags: News, Medicine, Uncategorized, Medication, KAMPALA Uganda, Mulago National Referral hospital, Generic Drugs, Brian Westerberg

50 years ago today — Robert Rayford died, perhaps the earliest known victim of the disease that would become known as AIDS.

From "A mystery illness killed a boy in 1969. Years later, doctors learned what it was: AIDS/Robert Rayford challenged the narrative about the epidemic" (WaPo):The 16-year-old boy had the kind of illness that wouldn’t be familiar to doctors for years: He was weak and emaciated, rife with stubborn infections and riddled with rare cancerous lesions known as Kaposi’s sarcoma, a skin disease found in elderly men of Mediterranean descent. The boy, Robert Rayford, died on May 15, 1969, in St. Louis......
Tags: Medicine, Law, St Louis, Mediterranean, 1960s, Chicago Tribune, Tulane, St Louis Post, Garry, Kaposi, Robert Garry, Witte, Rayford, Ann Althouse, Robert Rayford, Elvin Lewis

Think your kid might have an ear infection? This app can confirm it

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new A.I.-powered smartphone app that’s able to listen for ear infections with a high level of accuracy. Here's how it works. The post Think your kid might have an ear infection? This app can confirm it appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, Apps, News, Medicine, Trends, Health & Fitness, Emerging Tech, University of Washington, Ear Infection

Nanotechnology vs. cancer: How tiny particles sniff out the deadly disease

In the United States, smoking cessation has resulted finally in a reduction of deaths from cancer. However, even if we were to have all the vaccines that are prescribed, and exercise all of the preventions, cancer would still be with us.Cancer is an aberrant function of a normal cell, where the regulators of that cell's dividing are broken and the cell starts to divide without regulation. Left to its own devices, that dividing without regulation will overcome the entire body.Early cancer detecti...
Tags: Science, Technology, Biology, Medicine, Cancer, Medical Research, United States, Innovation, Disease, Human body, Susan Hockfield, Sangeeta Bhatia

"Many people have become captivated by the idea of using stem cells to fix their damaged joints, and some claim to have been helped."

"But there is no clear evidence that these treatments work, and their safety has yet to be established. Most researchers, including those at the National Institutes of Health, think that efforts to sell therapies involving adult stem cells, which can develop into different types of cells to replenish tissue, have gotten way ahead of the science. Even so, hundreds of clinics have popped up around the country to meet the demand. Some of the clinics also inject joints with platelet-rich plasma, a s...
Tags: Medicine, Law, National Institutes of Health, Bad Science, Ann Althouse, University of California Davis He, Paul S Knoepfler, Knoepfler, Donna Messner, Center for Medical Technology Policy

Busting the myth that depression doesn't affect people in poor countries – podcast

For decades, many psychiatrists believed depression was a uniquely western phenomenon. But in the last few years, a new movement has turned this thinking on its head• Warning: this article contains discussion of suicide• Read the text version hereIf you have been affected by anything you have heard in this episode, in the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 1...
Tags: UK, Science, Medicine, Australia, Africa, US, Mental Health, Depression, Psychiatry, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Lifeline

Dr. Leonard Bailey, Loma Linda University surgeon who transplanted baboon heart into infant ‘Baby Fae’, dies at age 76

Dr. Leonard Bailey, the surgeon who controversially transplanted the heart of a baboon into an infant called Baby Fae in 1984, then performed the first successful human infant-to-infant heart transplant the next year, died Sunday, Loma Linda University announced. He was 76 and had cancer, the university said on its website. Bailey’s work at what was then called Loma Linda University Medical Center “spawned human-to-human infant heart transplants and other cardiac treatment breakthroughs,” the un...
Tags: Health, News, Medicine, Washington Post, Uncategorized, Toronto, Sport, Soccer, Higher Education, Obituaries, Associated Press, Time Magazine, Breaking News, Connor, Local News, Maria

Helium Shortage Is Hurting Parties and the Pharmaceutical Industry

Party City announced last Thursday it was closing 45 stores
Tags: News, Medicine, Uncategorized, Helium, Onetime

Bummer: Denver Voters Reject Magic Mushroom Decriminalization Measure

An ordinance to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms in Denver that the Denver Post reported was “the first of its kind put to a vote in the nation” failed on Tuesday, with results showing it failed 48 to 52 percent.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Drugs, Depression, Psychiatry, Denver, Hallucinogens, Denver Post, Psilocybin, Drug Legalization, Magic Mushrooms, Denver Voters Reject Magic

3D-Printed Organ Capable of “Breathing”

Bioengineers at Rice University and the University of Washington crafted a first-ever 3D-printed “breathing” organ. Developing an organ that can maintain (aka breathe and transmit oxygen) has proven to be the most difficult part of the research: growing living cells is simple, researchers argue, but keeping them alive is much more difficult. This lung is 3D-printed from soft gels which allow it to expand and …
Tags: Science, Design, Medicine, Tech, Medical Research, 3d Printing, Linkaboutit, University of Washington, Rice University, Organs, Organ Transplants

Batwoman, Failed Airlines, and Height Enhancement Scams: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s been a busy week for our friends at Facebook: Amid showing a bunch of loser far-right trolls and also Louis Farrakhan the door, kicking off an unhinged Twitter spree by the president, the company announced a confusing pivot towards being a privacy-first platform while also announcing other features designed to…Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Facebook, Wearables, Twitter, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Air Travel, Medicine, Labor, Environment, Cars, Social Media, Brands

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Contraceptive jewelry, a credit card that limits your carbon footprint, and more clever advances in our look around the web The Lifelong Benefits of a Single Psychedelic Trip For decades, numerous scientific studies have set out to determine the benefits of psychedelic trips. From stabilizing moods to boosting creativity, substantial findings support the positive impact of psilocybin. But, a slew of recent work—specifically a survey …
Tags: Health, Wellness, Jewelry, Gaming, Design, Medicine, Video Games, Banks, Environment, Tech, Nature, Alzheimer's Disease, Vr, Oculus, Ar, Iceland

Depression is a silent killer. A.I. is turning up the volume.

Artificial intelligence can digitize a person's state of mind by gathering data from their social media feeds and listening to them talk.The filters you use on photos, the kinds of content you post, as well as your speech (your tone, sighs, and rate of speech) are just a few ways AI can detect depression or evaluate whether medications are working or not.Furthermore, research shows people would rather confide their deepest feelings to an avatar than a human being. AI mental health coaches are al...
Tags: Health, Technology, Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, Mental Health, Brain, Depression, Medical Research, Innovation, Ai, Mind

HIV Treatment Can Keep You From Infecting Your Partner

If you have HIV, but your viral load tests show that the virus is undetectable, you can’t transmit it to other people. That fact is the basis of the “U=U” awareness campaign, and it was just further confirmed in a new study.Read more...
Tags: Health, Medicine, Hiv, Lifehacks, Sexual health

Why asking doctors to prescribe fewer antibiotics is futile

An 85-year-old woman with dementia is admitted to hospital with worsening confusion, new urinary incontinence, and constipation.These symptoms suggest a urinary tract infection, but the doctor treating her has a dilemma because the symptoms also suggest her dementia may be worsening or she has simple constipation. Sending a sample to a lab for analysis could confirm bacteria in the urine, but getting a result takes days, so the doctor decides to play it safe and prescribe antibiotics.Scenes like...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Bacteria, Public Health, Innovation, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Antibiotics

First drone delivery of organ for human transplant

My late brother Mark was a transplant surgeon. He told me how sometimes he'd be woken up in the middle of the night to fly to a nearby city to retrieve, say, a kidney, from someone who had just died (frequently in a motorcycle crash), then carry the organ on a plane to another city where he'd install the kidney into a waiting patient, and then fly back home. (He felt it important to personally retrieve the organ that he'd then be transplanting.) I thought of that process while reading about the...
Tags: Video, News, Medicine, Alabama, Drones, New York Times, Surgery, University Of Maryland, Mark, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Transplants, Organs, Scalea, Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, Joseph R Scalea

You Can Now Get Anti-Anxiety "Beta-Blockers" Online - Are They Safe?

Sitting next to me on an airplane is a specific kind of misery. At the first sign of turbulence, I'm shaking uncontrollably, white-knuckling both armrests in an effort to hang on for dear life. If things get really bumpy, I'm flinging my body over your seat mid sob to get my hands on miniature wine bottles by whatever means necessary. Since that's obviously not an ideal coping routine, I've begun researching other, medically approved methods to address what a therapist informed me is not j...
Tags: Health, Medicine, Religion, Tech, Mental Health, Anxiety, Fda, Health Care, Schneier, Mayo Clinic, Bailey, Lago, Medical Services, Popsugar, Rawlinson, Franklin Schneier

FDA Clears Horrible-Sounding 'Heat Not Burn' Tobacco Vape Made By Phillip Morris for Sale

The Food and Drug Administration has cleared for sale tobacco giant Phillip Morris International (PMI) and its sister company Altria’s baffling, “heat not burn” iQOS dry tobacco vaporizer on Tuesday, Bloomberg reported, handing Big Tobacco a major win despite there not actually being any evidence it is safer than…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Tobacco, Smoking, Medicine, Bloomberg, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Vaping, Altria, Phillip Morris, Vapes, IQOS, Literally Just Smoking With Extra Steps, Phillip Morris International PMI

FDA Approves a Cigarette Alternative That Heats Tobacco Without Burning It

Officials haven't yet decided if it can be advertised as less harmful
Tags: News, Smoking, Medicine, Uncategorized, Healthcare, Fda, Onetime

Alzheimer’s-Detecting VR Game

VR game Sea Hero Quest—developed by game studio Glitchers, Deutsche Telekom (a German telecommunications company) and several European universities—is capable of identifying the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease in players. The game takes players on an ocean voyage, during which they are tasked with controlling the ship and navigating a specific route—first with a map, and then without. Apparently, “every two minutes spent playing the …
Tags: Health, Science, Design, Medicine, Video Games, Tech, Alzheimer's Disease, Vr, Virtual Reality, Linkaboutit, Sea Hero Quest, Glitchers Deutsche Telekom