AI can spot disease as accurately as medical professionals, study says

(Tyler MacDonald/ Inquistr) — A new study in The Lancet Digital Health reveals that artificial intelligence (AI) might be able to detect diseases from medical imaging as accurately as humans, Newsweek reports. According to the study, which reviewed 14 existing studies that compared AI and human performance between January 2012 and June 2019, deep learning […]

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French researchers build massive new scanner to tackle brain disease

(Reuters) — French researchers are developing what they say is the most powerful Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner in the world which will use a supermagnet the weight of a blue whale and should allow earlier diagnosis of diseases such as Parkinson’s. “We can potentially detect the disease in its earlier stages and, consequently, monitor […]

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Designing a blood test that can predict lifespan

(Tim Newman/ Medical News Today) — The ability to predict how long someone is likely to live would help doctors tailor treatment plans. A new study looking at biomarkers in the blood concludes that more accurately estimating mortality might soon be possible. Researchers analyze blood in the search for markers of mortality risk. As it […]

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Newly discovered organ may be lurking under your skin

(National Geographic) — Most people who’ve been jabbed by a needle know the drill: First the pierce, then the sharp, searing pain and an urge to pull away, or at least wince. While the exact circuitry behind this nearly universal reaction is not fully understood, scientists may have just found an important piece of the […]

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Scientists develop 3D printed pill that samples bacteria found in the gut

(Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo/ Medical Life Science News) — The gut microbiome is made up of trillions of living microbes, and more than a thousand species of bacteria. It has been known that the gut plays major roles in the body’s health. A team of university engineers may have developed a way to study and […]

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Are our brains addicted to information?

(Maria Cohut/ Medical News Today) — According to new research, human brains really are hungry for information, and this hunger can devolve into unhealthful snacking-like behaviors now that we have unfettered access to random information. Humans are naturally curious beings. We constantly seek to learn, explore, and understand. However, curiosity may not always be a […]

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We finally know why arteries harden with age, and there could be a surprising fix for it

(David Nield/ Science Alert) — The hardening of our ageing arteries has been a tricky process to pin down, but new research might finally have the answer. It might even take us closer to treatments that limit this blood vessel condition, which can increase the risk of heart attack, dementia and stroke. While it’s already […]

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How 3-D printing could help shape surgery

(Sarah Webb/ Knowable Magazine) — What you see in the image above is a lobe of a liver, times two — on the right, a flesh-and-blood one, removed from a transplant donor, and on the left, one created from plastic to represent bile ducts, arteries and veins, laid down, layer by layer, by a 3-D […]

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Scientists discovered how to convert Type A blood into Type O

(Roxana Ion/ TechTheLead) — Statistically speaking, every two seconds, an American needs a blood transfusion. However, for a successful one, the patient and donor blood types must be compatible. Nowadays, researchers have discovered that microbes in the human gut produce two enzymes able to convert type A into a more universally accepted type, type O. […]

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Enzyme in blood of young mice slows aging in older ones

(Julia Evangelou Strait-Wustl/ Futurity) — Scientists have discovered a potential way to stave off the detrimental effects of aging, according to their research in mice. The study suggests that a protein that is abundant in the blood of young mice plays a vital role in keeping them healthy. With age, levels of this protein decline […]

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