health

July 10, 2019

Worldwide research coalition offers new guidelines for healing oral mucositis in head, neck cancer patients

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A worldwide coalition of researchers and clinicians has agreed that light therapy is among the most effective interventions for the prevention of oral mucositis, painful ulcers in the mouth resulting from cancer therapy.

July 04, 2019

For the first time, researchers have eliminated HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from the genomes of living animals -- a major accomplishment along the path to freeing the world of this deadly disease. For the study, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, researchers from Temple University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center started by engineering mice to produce human T cells susceptible to HIV infection.

July 01, 2019

As the U.S. unemployment rate dips to the lowest it's been in a half-century, Americans seeking work can find opportunities in the booming health care and technology sectors in 2019. Those two areas were the leaders among the top 10 jobs over the past six months, according to a report released Thursday by job search company Monster.

June 26, 2019

"Trying to make medications more affordable is important, but if Washington isn't careful, we might leave innovation behind." This is the message the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) heard from Amy, a Voters for Cures advocate from South Carolina who reminds us what's at stake in the broader public policy debate around medical innovation, access and affordability.

June 13, 2019

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.

June 06, 2019

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.

May 06, 2019

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.

May 01, 2019

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.

April 24, 2019

"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.

April 22, 2019

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.

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