Last week, The Washington Post reported that pharmaceutical firm Pfizer has data showing that an arthritis treatment it owns called Enbrel may also lower the risk of getting Alzheimer’s by 64 per cent. But, according to critics, Pfizer has elected not to develop the drug for this condition because the patent on it will soon expire, meaning the company won’t profit from pursuing it further.
All of humanity save for a handful of astronauts have the advantage of living inside the protective bubble of Earth’s magnetic field. As space agencies and private companies look toward a future of people living on the moon and Mars, we have to contend with an unpleasant reality: the radiation out there is lethal. Any attempt to send humans to Mars right now would undoubtedly result in severe health problems, but scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) are studying the issue in hopes of making space safe for humanity.
A research report from HDI about information technology in government, education, and healthcare finds that these sectors are ahead of all industry sectors when it comes to IT Service Management (ITSM) Maturity. The government, education, and healthcare sectors are under pressure to deliver in an environment of rapidly increasing technology spending.
A Mayo clinic study found that only 12 percent of second opinions from the clinic agreed with the original diagnosis. Some of these mistakes are because clinicians are overworked and have limited time to really study particular cases. But some of these mistakes stem from the fact that health care is so complicated. As Topol notes, there are over 10,000 different diseases and not even the best doctor “who could recall a fraction of them.” This is where AI could come in.
"2019 is the year when the training wheels come off and the world gets to see what CRISPR can really do for the world in the most positive sense," says Fyodor Urnov, a gene-editing scientist at the Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences in Seattle and the University of California, Berkeley. Here are highlights of the year ahead in CRISPR research, and answers to common questions about the technology.
The Livio AI, as the new device is called, uses tiny sensors plus, as its name suggests, artificial intelligence to selectively filter noise and focus on specific sound sources—for instance, the person across the table in a busy restaurant—while also tracking various health metrics, including steps walked, stairs climbed, and cognitive activity, such as how much the wearer is talking and engaging with other humans.
Cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at PMCC are the first to use true holographic imaging in real time during a medical procedure. The technology was produced in Israel and brought to Canada to be used at Toronto's UHN. "This unique and unprecedented event represents a breakthrough in our ability to see inside the heart without making an incision, and will allow our physicians to treat heart disease with exceptional confidence and accuracy," said Medical Director of the PMCC, Dr. Barry Rubin.
The Starkey Livio AI is the first hearing aid to introduce multiple sensors. These sensors mean that the hearing aid can track your daily activity such as how many steps you take, along with other features like fall detection and social engagement.
On the 20th March 2019 Starkey launched the Livio AI hearing aid. This was the biggest event of the year because it is the first hearable hearing aid. What I mean by this, is that the Starkey Livio AI is the first hearing aid to introduce multiple sensors. These sensors mean that the hearing aid can track your daily activity such as how many steps you take, along with other features like fall detection and social engagement. [See related Video]
Professor Mashudu Tshifularo and his team at the University of Pretoria performed the world’s first middle-ear surgery using 3D technology! They effectively replaced the hammer, anvil, stirrup and the ossicles that make up the middle ear. The surgery, which can be performed on everyone including newborns, has benefitted two patients already. The 3D-printing technology is used to print these bones, and is also used in surgery to reconstruct the ossicles.