Consumer Health


DNA test data may not alter a person's health habits

The Japan Times

The field also gained a new entrant in July, when a company called Helix launched an online marketplace for DNA tests, including some for genetic health risk. Last year, researchers published an analysis that combined 18 studies of people who got doctor-ordered DNA test results about disease risks. In an interview, Dr. James Lu, a co-founder of Helix, agreed that the evidence on whether people change their lifestyles in response to DNA information is mixed. " Dr. Robert C. Green of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, whose research indicates DNA test results can change health behavior, said cases like Collins are just the point.


Industry and academia – the recipe for AI innovation

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I'm Professor of Computer Science at the University of San Francisco as well as Chief Scientist at SnapLogic, a provider of application and data integration software. For the first 10 to 15 years of my career I was on the traditional academic track, and whenever we were undertaking research or publishing papers, there was always one consistent stumbling block – we lacked real world data. Ph.D.s in academia started going into industry and working with real data, fuelling further theoretical developments and so on and so forth. I'm now teaching some of the realities of building production software, which many academics might forego.


Google used chocolate chip cookie recipes to train an AI

Daily Mail

Google has turned to an unusual source to train its high-tech AI: chocolate chip cookie recipes. 'The cookies improved significantly over time; later rounds were extremely well-rated and, in the authors' opinions, delicious,' reads a paper on the test. 'The cookies improved significantly over time; later rounds were extremely well-rated and, in the authors' opinions, delicious,' reads a paper on the test. 'The cookies improved significantly over time; later rounds were extremely well-rated and, in the authors' opinions, delicious,' reads a paper on the test The experiment also gave insight into a few capabilities of Vizier, such as the way it was able to quickly understand the difference between what's needed for different batch sizes and the fact that too little butter would result in a crumbly cookie.


Meet the 'doctors' who will talk to you whenever you like - BBC News

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Joy might appear to be my counsellor or my life coach, but the conversation I'm having is actually with a chatbot that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to track emotions and provide mental health support - all through Facebook Messenger. Dr Ali Parsa, founder and chief executive of digital healthcare app Babylon, sees the m-health trend as an undoubted force for good. It offers a free pre-primary care information service based on a user's medical history; symptoms; and personal factors, such as age and gender. "Babylon scientists predict we will shortly diagnose and prevent personal health issues better than doctors in most cases," he says.


Tough love from mothers helps puppies become guide dogs

Daily Mail

The study, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was conducted at The Seeing Eye, an organization in Morristown, New Jersey, that breeds, raises and trains dogs to guide visually impaired people. The study, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was conducted at The Seeing Eye, an organization in Morristown, New Jersey, that breeds, raises and trains dogs to guide visually impaired people. A cognitive problem-solving test involved a game where the dog had to solve multi-step task to obtain a treat, while the temperament test involved observing the dogs' reactions to certain situations - for example, how long they took to bark at an umbrella being opened, or how they reacted when they entered a room with a robotic cat they'd never seen before. A cognitive problem-solving test involved a game where the dog had to solve multi-step task to obtain a treat, while the temperament test involved observing the dogs' reactions to certain situations - for example, how long they took to bark at an umbrella being opened, or how they reacted when they entered a room with a robotic cat they'd never seen before.


To Make Better Guide Dogs, Watch Hours of Cute Puppy Videos

WIRED

At The Seeing Eye guide dog facility in Morristown, New Jersey, puppies spend the first three weeks of their life in plastic kiddie pools--the blue kind, speckled with colorful undersea cartoons. So researchers are searching for ways to predict which young dogs will make the cut--by watching hours and hours of guide dog puppy bowl. She was a bit worried that such selective breeding might produce canine Stepford Wives, with similar mothering styles, and puppies with uniform, robotic responses to toys, treats, and obstacles. It's worth noting that all the moms at the guide dog breeding facility are pretty good--only dogs with the calmest personalities and best behavior become breeders.


Future Of Health: Voice-Activated Devices Provide Diagnoses At Home

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The following is a concept our friends at Dieste, who developed the concept for an AI plug-in for voice-activated devices that provides first-step diagnostics in the comfort of your home. Early signs of health issues often go unnoticed by consumers and only get recognized once they have developed into severe symptoms. In order to improve overall health and prevent the occurrence of illness, consumer vitals need to be monitored more closely. Laliá is a plug-in for Siri, Alexa and Google Home programmed to listen continuously to the household members and identify inconsistencies in speech and predict early warning signs of illness.


Hello World - Machine Learning Recipes #1

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Six lines of Python is all it takes to write your first machine learning program! In this episode, we'll briefly introduce what machine learning is and why it's important. Then, we'll follow a recipe for supervised learning (a technique to create a classifier from examples) and code it up.


Using Artificial Intelligence we can made a Photographic analysis about a food

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It tells you what's in the food based on the photo. The aim of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) experts is to help the algorithm determine how much calories we consume with the given food. Nick Hynes and colleagues presented the algorithm with a million recipes from dozens of gastronomic websites, each with an illustration of the end result. You can not tell how they made the food, for example, that the onions were steamed or baked, but Hynes hopes to get this knowledge as well.


How To Protect The Future Of Human Fertility

International Business Times

To date, most research on the significance of edible algae to fertility has involved animal studies. For instance, two studies found enhanced male reproductive function for boar when spirulina was incorporated into their feed, while a third found this same effect for bulls. Other studies showed spirulina minimising the adverse effects of chemotherapy on testicular function of both rats and mice, while yet another study showed spirulina protecting the reproductive function of male mice from gamma radiation. The provisional take home message from the early research is nonetheless clear: various studies give cause for hope that edible algae could significantly boost reproductive function in men, notably where it is threatened by industrial toxins.