Drones: For When Medical Intervention Has to Get There Before an Ambulance Can

Medical drones carrying emergency supplies can reach 911 callers in New York City significantly faster than ambulances, according to new research. The study pitted commercial drones against emergency medical service  (EMS) serving part of Brooklyn, New York. First responders from EMS arrived on the scene of emergencies in about 9.5 minutes on average during the study period, while the drones arrived in about 6.5 … Continue reading Drones: For When Medical Intervention Has to Get There Before an Ambulance Can

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Online Tool Spotted Vaping Illness Before Gov't Alerts on e-Cigarette Lung Disease

Web-scouring algorithms are aiding the surveillance of a deadly vaping-related lung disease. The online tool, called HealthMap, first spotted the disease on 25 July, according to its curators. That’s nearly a month before U.S. federal officials announced an investigation into the e-cigarette–related illness.   Since then, HealthMap’s case counts have lined up closely to that of the feds at the U.S. Centers for Disease … Continue reading Online Tool Spotted Vaping Illness Before Gov't Alerts on e-Cigarette Lung Disease

App Detects Eye Disease in Personal Photos

A smartphone app that monitors personal photos can spot eye diseases more than a year before doctors do, according to a new report published today in the journal Science Advances.  Using machine learning, the app searches casual portraits for signs of leukocoria: the appearance of a white reflection in the pupil of the eye. Leukocoria, or “white eye,” looks … Continue reading App Detects Eye Disease in Personal Photos

Fujifilm SonoSite Wants to Bring AI to Ultrasound

Have you ever needed an IV and had to undergo multiple pricks before the nurse could find a vein? Technology to avoid that painful trial and error is in the works. Fujifilm’s ultrasound diagnostics arm SonoSite announced yesterday that it had partnered with a startup company to develop artificial intelligence that can interpret ultrasound images on a mobile phone. The companies say … Continue reading Fujifilm SonoSite Wants to Bring AI to Ultrasound