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Google admits its diabetic blindness AI fell short in real-life tests


The AI Google trained to catch diabetic blindness exhibited 90 percent accuracy in the lab, but it unfortunately didn't perform as well in real life. Google tested the AI in 11 clinics in Thailand over the course of eight months, evaluating the feasibility of the technology by using it on willing patients. In Thailand, it could take up to 10 weeks to confirm diabetic blindness from the time a medical practitioner takes photos of the patient's eye. The AI was designed to speed the process up with its capability to come up with a result in 10 minutes. However, the team found that the algorithm couldn't even recognize quite a few of the photos, because it was trained on high-resolution images.

Coronavirus doctor's diary: How gardening could help in the fight against obesity

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Being overweight puts you at greater risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19, experts say - and now new anti-obesity strategies have been launched around the UK. In Bradford, community schemes to promote healthy lifestyles offers a novel approach to the problem. Dr John Wright of the city's Royal Infirmary explains why radical thinking is necessary. Our complete concentration on Covid-19 has concealed another global pandemic that has been more insidious but much more harmful: obesity. Early in the pandemic, we spotted common patterns in our sickest Covid-19 patients - they were more likely to have diabetes and heart disease and, in particular, to be obese.

Starvation clinics: The dangerous new trend in Russia

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Most fasting clinics offer calming exercises, natural scenery and spa features to keep patients' minds off food. Losing weight is always in vogue in many parts of the world. But in Russia, people take dieting and weight loss to the extreme--with starvation diets. Not only that, those adhering to the starvation diet will often go to a clinic or "fasting spa" for support. Yep, people pay money so that someone else can help them go without food for an entire week or longer.

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Around the UK, trusts are coming up with innovative ways of relieving the pressure on the NHS and improving people's health - in hospitals, in GP surgeries, in care homes and in accident and emergency units. In May last year, the A&E department at Queen's Hospital, Romford, Essex, started a six-week trial to divert patients away from the department. Patients that attended A&E would be seen as soon as they walked into the department by either a consultant or a GP. "The doctors would review them, and if appropriate they would redirect them to a more appropriate setting," says Sarah Tedford, chief operating officer at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. "For a lot of patients that actually meant self care - so these were patients who, with the right reassurance, could actually manage the condition themselves."

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