Why So Many Medical Advances Never Make it to Mainstream Medicine

Eric Topol on why promising technologies like smartphone ultrasound struggle to achieve widespread adoption For more than a decade, engineers have been innovating their way through the nascent field of digital medicine: creating pills with sensors on them, disease-detecting facial recognition software, tiny robots that swim through the body to perform tasks, smartphone-based imaging and diagnostics, and … Continue reading Why So Many Medical Advances Never Make it to Mainstream Medicine

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

Laser Destroys Cancer Cells Circulating in the Blood

The first study of a new treatment in humans demonstrates a noninvasive, harmless cancer killerTumor cells that spread cancer via the bloodstream face a new foe: a laser beam, shined from outside the skin, that finds and kills these metastatic little demons on the spot. In a study published today in Science Translational Medicine, researchers … Continue reading Laser Destroys Cancer Cells Circulating in the Blood

Engineering a Medical Revolution

Manufacturing immunotherapies in machines, instead of by hand, could reduce errors and improve access to these promising cancer drugsWhen Novartis’s cancer treatment Kymriah was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2017, it signaled the arrival of CAR-T, a much-hyped form of therapy that proved stunningly effective at curing some hard-to-treat forms of … Continue reading Engineering a Medical Revolution

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