Computers Match Accuracy of Radiologists in Screening for Breast Cancer Risk

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Women with dense breasts have a greater risk of undergoing mammogram screenings that miss signs of breast cancer. That's why 30 U.S. states legally require that women receive some notification about their breast density. A new study suggests that commercial software for automatically classifying breast density can perform on par with human radiologists: a finding that could encourage wider use of automated breast density assessments. Increased breast density represents "one of the strongest risk factors for breast cancer," because it makes it more difficult to detect the disease in its early stages, explained Karla Kerlikowske, a physician and breast cancer researcher at the University of California, San Francisco. Dense breast tissue may also carry a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Judge Tosses Massachusetts Lawsuit Over Birth Control Rules

U.S. News

A federal judge has tossed the Massachusetts attorney general's lawsuit against President Donald Trump's administration over rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.

Judge Rejects Massachusetts Challenge to Trump Birth Control Rules

U.S. News

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit by Massachusetts' attorney general challenging new rules by President Donald Trump's administration that make it easier for employers to avoid providing insurance that covers women's birth control.

Most Effective Birth Control Methods: Does Natural Cycles Contraceptive App Work?

International Business Times

More than 50 women in Sweden who said they used the Natural Cycles app as contraception ended up pregnant and reported their cases to the Medical Product Agency, according to a statement from Natural Cycles. The app, a certified contraceptive in Europe, has about the same failure rates as the pill, but only under certain circumstances, according to experts.

Robot implant is created to treat baby eating defect

Daily Mail

Scientists have created a robot that is implanted into the body to treat a rare birth defect which prevents food reaching a baby's stomach.

A Machine-Learning Approach to the Detection of Fetal Hypoxia during Labor and Delivery

AI Magazine

In this article we focus on detecting hypoxia (or oxygen deprivation), a very serious condition that can arise from different pathologies and can lead to lifelong disability and death. We present a novel approach to hypoxia detection based on recordings of the uterine pressure and fetal heart rate, which are obtained using standard labor monitoring devices. The key idea is to learn models of the fetal response to signals from its environment. Then, we use the parameters of these models as attributes in a binary classification problem. A running count of pathological classifications over several time periods is taken to provide the current label for the fetus.

New Birth Control Method For Men Uses Sperm-Reducing Topical Gel

International Business Times

A simple birth control method for men is about to begin testing, with researchers hoping a new topical gel will give men an alternative to contraceptive method outside of vasectomies and condoms.

Artificial Intelligence Promising for Breast Cancer Metastases Detection


A deep learning algorithm can detect metastases in sections of lymph nodes from women with breast cancer; and a deep learning system (DLS) has high sensitivity and specificity for identifying diabetic retinopathy, according to two studies published online Dec. 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.