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Deep Learning AI diagnosed Alzheimer’s 6-years earlier than conventional methods

Deep Learning AI diagnosed Alzheimer’s 6-years earlier than conventional methods

One of the most important things for combating Alzheimer's disease is early diagnosis so treatments for the condition can start before damage is severe. The earlier interventions start, the better the outcome for the person suffering from the condition. A new study was published to the medical journal Radiology has found that early prediction for Alzheimer's disease later in life can be made using PET brain scans and AI technology.

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Trio of paraplegics walk again thanks to electrical stimulation

Trio of paraplegics walk again thanks to electrical stimulation

Medical researchers around the world are working hard to develop new treatments and technology that could one day help those suffering from paraplegia to walk again. In a new study called STIMO (STImulation Movement Overground) three paraplegics who sustained cervical spinal cord injuries many years ago can walk again using crutches or a walker. The recovery of the ability to walk with aids is thanks to a rehab protocol that uses targeted electrical stimulation of the lumbar spinal cord and weight assisted therapy.

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MIT AI learns to spot breast cancer risk factor like an expert

MIT AI learns to spot breast cancer risk factor like an expert

A newly developed deep-learning system is capable of identifying a breast cancer risk factor in mammograms with the same level of accuracy as expert radiologists, according to MIT. The university teamed with Massachusetts General Hospital to develop what they call an automated model that is able to analyze mammograms and make assessments of the tissue that was captured.

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Apple Watch and iPhone tapped for major joint replacement clinical study

Apple Watch and iPhone tapped for major joint replacement clinical study

Musculoskeletal healthcare company Zimmer Biomet has teamed with Apple to use the Apple Watch and iPhone as part of a clinical study. The work involves a new app called mymobility, which enables hip and knee replacement patients to directly connect with their healthcare professionals. The study aims to determine the app and devices' effectiveness on cost and outcomes for these patients.

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Paralyzed spinal injury patients walk again thanks to epidural stimulation

Paralyzed spinal injury patients walk again thanks to epidural stimulation

The University of Louisville (UofL) has announced that two people who suffer from spinal cord injuries that left them unable to walk are taking steps again thanks to breakthrough research. The two research participants both had motor complete spinal cord injuries and can walk over the ground again thanks to epidural stimulation combined with daily locomotor training. UofL notes that two other participants also were able to independently stand and gained trunk stability when using the stimulation tech.

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Apple Watch 4 fall detection disabled by default

Apple Watch 4 fall detection disabled by default

Apple has made it no secret that it wants the Apple Watch to be the health wearable you’d ever want (and, in consequence, require you to purchase an iPhone to go along with it. But while the new ECG heart monitoring is definitely interesting, it is actually the fall detection feature that’s piquing the curiosity of consumers and especially YouTubers. And while it does sound like a life saver, it won’t be unless you explicitly enable it, as it is turned off by default for anyone younger than 65.

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Apple Watch Series 4 ECG: What you need to know

Apple Watch Series 4 ECG: What you need to know

The Apple Watch Series 4 may have a big, beautiful new screen, but it's the wearable's healthcare features which will arguably make it a must-have gift this holiday season. As well as tracking when you may have fallen over, the smartwatch also adds heart health monitoring, with the ability to take an electrocardiogram directly form the wearable itself.

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Theranos loses blood, will finally dissolve

Theranos loses blood, will finally dissolve

Silicon Valley is best known for being the home of dreams, startups, and unicorns. It also sometimes happens to be home to scams and scandals. There is perhaps no bigger example of both than Theranos, the blood-testing company that turned out to be a money-sucking fraud instead. Or so says the charges hurled against it. While its executives continue to deny the accusations, the company itself is finally calling it quits and will soon formally dissolve. And whatever it has left will be used to pay unsecured creditors.

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Simple eye test may diagnose Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear

Simple eye test may diagnose Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear

New research indicates that a simple non-invasive eye exam may one day offer the solution to detecting Alzheimer's disease before symptoms appear. The secret lies in the center of the retina, which may thin considerably in individuals with high levels of proteins associated with the disease. Researchers found signs of reduced blood flow, as well.

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MIT ReMix system could usher in new era of cancer treatment

MIT ReMix system could usher in new era of cancer treatment

MIT researchers led by Professor Dina Katabi are working on a new system called ReMix that is described as a GPS system for the human body. The system is meant to allow the precise location of ingested markers inside the body. Those sensors can be very tiny because they need no internal power source and don’t have to make the wireless signals on their own.

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Researchers say e-cigarette vapor boosts inflammation and disables protective cells

Researchers say e-cigarette vapor boosts inflammation and disables protective cells

Lots of people out there have moved from normal cigarette smoking to puffing on e-cigs or vaping as it's commonly known. The thought by many of these folks is that vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes. New research conducted by scientists at the University of Birmingham has found that e-liquid that is vaporized in an e-cigarette has a similar effect on the lungs and body as seen in normal cigarette smokers.

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Probiotic supplement use may cause debilitating brain fog

Probiotic supplement use may cause debilitating brain fog

Probiotics, an increasingly popular supplement, may cause debilitating brain fog in some individuals. The findings are detailed in a study newly published in Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology, which explains that some subjects had to quit their jobs due to mental cloudiness. D-lactic acid produced by the large bacteria colonies in the patients' small intestines may have been the cause.

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