China Breakthroughs: AI "assistant doctors" rush to the rescue - CCTV News - CCTV.com English

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China faces an acute shortage of doctors. Even in China's first-tier cities - Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Shenzhen and Tianjin - many Chinese must wait in long lines at hospitals and clinics to receive examinations, diagnosis and treatment. The World Health Organization issued a report in 2016 disclosing that in China, there's a ratio: 1.5 doctors for every 1,000 people, while in the United States, it's 2.4 per 1,000 and in the United Kingdom, 2.8 per 1,000. Apparently, new solutions are required to help Chinese doctors reduce workloads. Hence, Chinese developers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) may have found the answer.


Amazon weight loss product reviews 'positively misleading' customers, say researchers

The Independent - Tech

Customers should approach online reviews of health products with caution, say University of Aberdeen researchers. An analysis of clinical trial data and user-generated online reviews has shown that customers are prone to exaggerating the effects of weight loss and cholesterol treatments, especially when they have positive results. The researchers examined more than 1,600 Amazon.com The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo.


Daily Digest October 21, 2018 – BioDecoded

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Silicon Valley is in the midst of a health craze, and it is being driven by "Eastern" medicine. It's been a record year for US medical investing, but investors in Beijing and Shanghai are now increasingly leading the largest deals for US life science and biotech companies. In fact, Chinese venture firms have invested more this year into life science and biotech in the US than they have back home, providing financing for over 300 US-based companies, per Pitchbook. Chinese capital's newfound appetite also flows into the mainland. Business is booming for Chinese medical startups, who are also seeing the strongest year of venture investment ever, with over one hundred companies receiving $4 billion in investment.


Big Data and Machine Learning Take on HIV

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A vaccine still isn't in sight, though a lot of progress has been made in controlling the disease by harnessing broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) that can mute many of its variations. To build a better bnAb, or create the right combination of them, researchers must find ways to counter those mutations. For that, a team from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), alongside collaborators from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have turned to big data. Using data from 20,000 sequences drawn from nearly 2,000 HIV-positive patients, they were looking to map out the virus's "spike," or the protein protrusions on the surface of its molecules that bnAbs are designed to target. The researchers sought "An accurate representation of viral fitness as a function of its protein sequences (a fitness landscape), with explicit accounting of the effects of coupling between mutations."


Two in China receive kidney transplants, contract rabies and die

Los Angeles Times

Two men in China died of rabies after receiving kidney transplants from an infected donor, according to Chinese medical researchers. Last summer, a 55-year-old man from Hebei province near Beijing and a 43-year-old man from Liaoning province in the country's far northeast died after receiving organs from the cadaver of a 6-year-old boy who had suffered from undiagnosed encephalitis, the researchers reported in the most recent issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Rabies transmission through organ transplantation has also occurred in the United States, but it is extremely rare. "I think, personally, this case just highlighted some of the fractures in the system," said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine. "When I looked at the report, my first reaction was, 'This is really rare, and also kind of unfortunate,'" he said.