With This AI, 60 Percent of Patients Who Had Surgery Could Have Avoided It

Machine learning algorithms that combine clinical and molecular data are the “wave of the future,” experts sayA man walks into a doctor’s office for a CT scan of his gallbladder. The gallbladder is fine but the doctor notices a saclike pocket of fluid on the man’s pancreas. It’s a cyst that may lead to cancer, the doctor tells … Continue reading With This AI, 60 Percent of Patients Who Had Surgery Could Have Avoided It

Smart Speaker Listens for Cardiac Arrest

This AI system detects unique gasping sounds that occur when the heart stops beatingWhen a person’s heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating, death can occur within minutes—unless someone intervenes. A bystander administering CPR right away can triple a person’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest. Last July, we described a smart watch designed to detect … Continue reading Smart Speaker Listens for Cardiac Arrest

Scanning Your Eyes for Alzheimer’s

Gates/Bezos-funded charity champions research into methods for early detection of Alzheimer’s diseaseThe Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), a public charity co-founded by Bill Gates, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, and former Estée Lauder CEO Leonard Lauder, just announced the first award recipients of their $50 million Diagnostics Accelerator research program. The four recipients, chosen from a pool … Continue reading Scanning Your Eyes for Alzheimer’s

DARPA Funds Ambitious Brain-Machine Interface Program

The N3 program aims to develop wearable devices that let soldiers to communicate directly with machines.DARPA’s Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program has awarded funding to six groups attempting to build brain-machine interfaces that match the performance of implanted electrodes but with no surgery whatsoever. By simply popping on a helmet or headset, soldiers could conceivably command … Continue reading DARPA Funds Ambitious Brain-Machine Interface Program

KidneyX Prize Winners Rethink Dialysis

Artificial kidneys and a wearable that prevents blood clots were among the winning designsIn the 1960s, a pacemaker was the size of a microwave and a dialysis machine was the size of a refrigerator. Today, a pacemaker is the size of a vitamin and a dialysis machine is, well, the size of a refrigerator. They do … Continue reading KidneyX Prize Winners Rethink Dialysis