Thursday , September 20 2018

Medicine

MIT Creates AI to Optimize Brain Cancer Treatment

Advances in medical science have resulted in higher cancer survival rates, but the treatments consisting mainly of chemotherapy and radiation are still rough on patients. A team of researchers from MIT has devised an AI platform that can help. The software takes into account important metrics based on the clinical …

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IBM Watson Recommends Unsafe Cancer Treatments

About a year ago, IBM began prominently promoting Watson as a potential means of fighting cancer. IBM has been working on this technology for years, and by last summer felt confident enough to start advertising it. Follow-up reporting, however, indicates that IBM’s Watson advertisements may have been more than a …

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CRISPR Gene Editing May Have Unanticipated Side Effects

The CRISPR/Cas9 system, typically abbreviated to just CRISPR, has been used to edit genomes with increasing frequency over the past few years. The name refers to specialized stretches of DNA that we can cut using an enzyme (Cas9) that functions like a molecular pair of scissors. The enzyme can be …

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Study: Cytomegalovirus Infection May Enhance Immune System

In search of a way to rejuvenate the immune system of older adults, a team of scientists from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and elsewhere has found that the cytomegalovirus, a common viral infection affecting between 60% and 99% of adults worldwide, may not weaken, but actually boost …

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Study Shows How Caffeine Protects and Repairs Heart Muscle

Caffeine consumption has been associated with lower risks for multiple diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, but the mechanism underlying these protective effects has been unclear. A new study, published in the journal PLoS Biology, shows that a caffeine concentration equivalent to four cups of coffee promotes …

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