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World University Medical School - World University and School Wiki

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Dr. Judy Palfrey is moving to Washington DC from the Boston area to help further Universal Health Care in the Obama administration, I think. WUaS is planning for a "Admitted Students' Day" for the first, matriculating Bachelor's degree class, on or around Saturday, April 14th, 2014, and the second Saturday of April for other degrees in the future. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure. Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease: The Only System Scientifically Proven to Reverse Heart Disease Without Drugs or Surgery. They highlight cutting-edge research, innovative education programs, and trends in biomedicine through interviews and analysis).


How Your Phone Can Predict Depression and Lead to Personalized Treatment

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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the World Health Organization, depression affects 16 million Americans and 322 million people worldwide. Emerging evidence suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic is further exacerbating the prevalence of depression in the general population. With this trajectory, it is evident that more effective strategies are needed for therapeutics that address this critical public health issue. In a recent study, publishing in the June 9, 2021 online edition of Nature Translational Psychiatry, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine used a combination of modalities, such as measuring brain function, cognition and lifestyle factors, to generate individualized predictions of depression. The machine learning and personalized approach took into account several factors related to an individual's subjective symptoms, such as sleep, exercise, diet, stress, cognitive performance and brain activity.


Vita Mobile Systems Announces LOI to Acquire an Artificial Intelligence Software Company

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IRVINE, CA, June 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NewMediaWire -- Vita Mobile Systems, Inc. (OTC PINK: VMSI), a technology company focused on digital imaging in mobile devices, collection and management of big data and development of artificial intelligence, today announced it has signed a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) to acquire a technology company with proprietary Artificial Intelligence software. The acquisition would see VMSI absorb a company with a proprietary Artificial Intelligence (AI) Resource Engine designed to analyze geolocation-based information and trends to address many of the economic and social concerns the world is facing as it transitions into a new post-pandemic society. "As we emerge from an unprecedented year, we are excited and optimistic for this acquisition and for the future on VMSI. The pandemic reshaped the world, its industries and how people interact and connect. One of the most significant changes the pandemic brought was a revolution in technology used to bring people together virtually. VMSI's products originally had a focus on events where people would come together physically, but the pandemic changed the way people interact and we changed with it. We re-aligned our technology suite to meet the changes and, today, VMSI is well positioned to capitalize on the need for immediate geolocation-based information that has been re-enhanced by the pandemic. During the past months, management has also worked on developing strategic partnerships and evaluating acquisition candidates that would complement our technology foundation," stated Sean Guerrero, CEO of Vita Mobile Systems.


Lexus and Toyota Want You To Know That You Don't Need Apple Or Google Anymore

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There's a new Lexus NX around the corner that's sporting a mild redesign, but the big news revolves around the all-new infotainment system inside. This new system is called Lexus Interface, for better or worse, and it's a shot across the bow in the battle for your in-car infotainment needs. That means the interface was produced in North America, which Toyota says is the first time this has happened. But it makes sense, given that this interface is going up against the tech giants from Silicon Valley, namely Apple and Google. The Japanese carmaker doesn't want to mirror your smartphone; it plans to replace it.


How your phone can predict depression and lead to personalized treatment

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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the World Health Organization, depression affects 16 million Americans and 322 million people worldwide. Emerging evidence suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic is further exacerbating the prevalence of depression in the general population. With this trajectory, it is evident that more effective strategies are needed for therapeutics that address this critical public health issue. In a recent study, publishing in the June 9, 2021 online edition of Nature Translational Psychiatry, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine used a combination of modalities, such as measuring brain function, cognition and lifestyle factors, to generate individualized predictions of depression. The machine learning and personalized approach took into account several factors related to an individual's subjective symptoms, such as sleep, exercise, diet, stress, cognitive performance and brain activity.


On the podcast: Autonomous finance's obstacles and opportunities

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Autonomous finance uses AI to make financial decisions on behalf of consumers without the need for direct human input. The service has become especially relevant over the last year as consumers have struggled to maintain financial health during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, Paul Condra, head of emerging technology research, and Robert Le, senior emerging tech analyst, discuss how autonomous finance helps consumers better manage their financial health and performance, as well as the challenges for the technology--including computing costs, consumer trust, regulations and transaction categorization. Listen to all of Season 3 and subscribe to get future episodes of "In Visible Capital" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you listen. For inquiries, please contact us at podcast@pitchbook.com. Transcript Adam Lewis: Welcome back to "In Visible Capital," a show that discusses the inner workings of the private markets. Today, we'll be sharing a fascinating conversation on autonomous finance from a recent webinar with Paul Condra, our head of emerging tech research and Robert Le, a senior emerging tech analyst who focuses on fintech and insurtech. Adam: Alec, would you believe it if I told you that you could purchase a robot to run your personal finances and wealth management? Alexander: Well, normally, Adam, the skeptic in me would say that that's probably just a little impossible-sounding. The Silicon Valley fintech mavens, you never know what they're going to come up with. The fact is that millions of dollars of venture capital are being bet on apps that can do all of those things and more.


News at a glance

Science

SCI COMMUN### Climate change The United States submitted its new goals to the Paris climate agreement last week, pledging to cut its planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions 50% to 52% below 2005 levels by 2030. The nonbinding pledge, made on Earth Day at an online climate summit convened by President Joe Biden, is one of the most aggressive targets of any wealthy country. The cuts are also higher than the 26% to 28% reduction by 2025 pledged by former President Barack Obama when the United States first joined the agreement in 2015. In the past month, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom have also committed to cuts steeper than their earlier pledges; other large polluters, such as China, India, and Russia, have yet to increase their goals ahead of a critical U.N. climate meeting this winter in Glasgow, U.K. The U.S. pledge has a long road to reality. It will require immediate increases in renewable energy, widespread adoption of electric vehicles, and other steps, many of which will require laws that could be difficult to pass, such as Biden's climate-focused infrastructure bill. > “It is our policy … not to employ anyone who has taken the experimental COVID-19 injection.” > > Miami-based private school Centner Academy in a letter to parents this week, citing discredited claims that vaccinated people can transmit harmful substances to others. ### Biomedicine ![Figure][1] CREDITS: (GRAPHIC) J. BRAINARD/ SCIENCE ; (DATA) ASGCT/INFORMA The number of new clinical trials for gene, cell, and RNA therapies has almost tripled in the past 4 years, the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy said this month in its first ever quarterly trends report. As of 31 March, nearly 3500 of these experimental treatments were in development, most of which (53%) consist of altered genes or genetically modified (GM) cells, such as cancer-fighting T cells with modified receptors. Cancer is the target for the largest number (1200) of therapies under development. Among RNA therapies, many were vaccines (35) or COVID-19 treatments (30). The United States has more clinical trials underway in each of the three types of therapies than any other country: 1400 overall. Globally, 16 gene therapies (including GM cells), 53 non-GM cell therapies, and 15 RNA therapies have been approved for use so far. ### Vaccination The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week killed a rule that would have made it much more difficult for people who sustain shoulder injuries during vaccination to win compensation from a $4.1 billion government fund. The rule had been finalized on 19 January, the last day of former President Donald Trump's administration. But President Joe Biden's administration froze its implementation on 20 January. The new administration said the previous one had been “irregular in its haste” when it moved to remove shoulder injuries from a list of injuries in which the petitioner does not have to prove a vaccine caused the injury, making it easier to win a government payout ( Science , 10 April 2020, p. [121][2]). Shoulder injuries accounted for nearly 55% of more than 2400 claims filed with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in the past 2 years, most of them after flu shots. COVID-19 vaccines fall under a different HHS program, but if they win formal approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, they could in principle be added to the national compensation program. ### Publishing Sixteen journals, including BMJ Open Science and Royal Society Open Science , say they will accept articles reviewed by the nonprofit Peer Community In Registered Reports (PCI RR). The organization, launched last week, will review one type of article: “registered reports,” describing studies for which detailed experimental plans are peer reviewed before research begins. Once the research is complete, PCI RR will do a second round of peer review including results and analysis. Papers it recommends can then be published in any of the 16 journals without further review as long as they meet a journal's normal criteria. The organization, funded by donations, will provide peer review free to authors and journals in any discipline. ### COVID-19 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) last week announced it would launch a large study repurposing existing drugs for patients with mild COVID-19 symptoms who don't need hospitalization. The $155 million trial, which aims to recruit 13,500 participants, will open in a few weeks at several research centers. It will test up to seven medications already approved for other conditions, but NIH hasn't yet named them. A recent, similar trial at the University of Oxford that has so far enrolled about 4800 patients has found that the asthma drug budesonide lessens symptoms and speeds recovery in certain COVID-19 patients. ### Medicine A large study has firmed up earlier evidence that SARS-CoV-2 increases the rate of complications for pregnant women and their babies. The study followed 706 pregnant women with COVID-19 and 1424 uninfected pregnant women at hospitals in 18 countries. Infected women had a 76% higher risk of developing problems caused by pregnancy-associated high blood pressure and a 59% higher risk of preterm birth. They were also five times more likely to be admitted to intensive care than uninfected women. Eleven women with COVID-19 died, compared with one uninfected woman, researchers report in JAMA Pediatrics . Infected women with fever and shortness of breath had babies with a fivefold increased risk of complications such as immature lungs, eye disorders, and brain damage. The coronavirus may affect pregnancy via changes in a woman's heart, lungs, and immune system. The results show pregnant women should be among priority groups for COVID-19 vaccines, the authors say. A separate study last week found no obvious safety problems in more than 800 U.S. women who gave birth after receiving messenger RNA vaccines. ### Community The American Humanist Association has decided to withdraw Richard Dawkins's 1996 Humanist of the Year award as a result of his “history of making statements that use the guise of scientific discourse to demean marginalized groups.” The decision came soon after the evolutionary biologist and former University of Oxford professor wrote a tweet comparing transgender people to Rachel Dolezal, a civil rights activist who for years posed as Black. The association said the tweet “implies that the identities of transgender individuals are fraudulent, while also simultaneously attacking Black identity as one that can be assumed when convenient.” In 2015, Dawkins argued that trans women are not women based on their chromosomes, but said he would use the pronoun “she” out of courtesy. ### Seismology The first large-scale, phone-based earthquake early warning system will be deployed in Greece and New Zealand, Google announced this week. Since last year, the company has been testing the use of data compiled from its more than 2 billion active Android phones to pinpoint the location and strength of earthquakes. The measurement comes from the built-in Android phones' accelerometers, which sense movement just like seismometers. When the phones detect earthquakelike signals, they alert a server that combines information from many phones. If enough phones corroborate the result, an alert goes out. The cellphone results compared well to those from seismometer-based warning systems in Japan and the United States. Google chose New Zealand and Greece, both countries with high earthquake hazards and many Android phones, to premier the system because they lack operational warning systems of their own. Eventually, phone-based alerts could be available worldwide. ### Biotechnology Genetically modified mosquitoes designed to prevent the spread of viruses such as Zika and dengue are set to be released in the United States for the first time. Starting this week, the company Oxitec will free fewer than 12,000 transgenic Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, all of them nonbiting males, in the Florida Keys as part of a pilot study, the company announced on 23 April. They are engineered to carry a gene that kills their female offspring, reducing the population of mosquitoes capable of transmitting diseases. Field tests outside the United States have shown dramatic population drops, though the company has not published definitive evidence that the strategy reduces disease in humans. The project, which has long faced public opposition in Florida, won approval in May 2020 from the Environmental Protection Agency, which predicted no adverse effects on people or local wildlife. ### Science policy President Joe Biden last week picked two veterans of government service and a newcomer to fill top science positions. He named soil scientist Asmeret Asefaw Berhe of the University of California, Merced, to lead the Department of Energy's Office of Science. Berhe, born in Eritrea, has little government experience but has won accolades for her research and efforts to promote diversity in science. She would become the first Black woman to lead the science office if confirmed by the Senate. Oceanographer Rick Spinrad of Oregon State University, Corvallis, who has held numerous posts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is Biden's choice to lead that agency. To run the State Department's science bureau, he chose Monica Medina, an ocean policy expert and attorney at Georgetown University. Confirmation hearings for the three nominees could come as early as next month. ### Regulation In one of the broadest attempts to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) to date, the European Commission on 21 April proposed new rules for algorithms that power everything from medical device and credit scoring software to chatbots and facial recognition systems. The rules divide AI technologies into risk categories, and put outright bans on some, such as systems that would score individuals' “social credit.” Other “high-risk” systems, including those that collect biometric data, would require a strict vetting process. However, there are exceptions for national security, and it could take years before the rules become law: They must first pass the European Council and the European Parliament and be adopted by member countries. ### Community An effort to increase gender, racial, and geographic diversity in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has begun to bear fruit. Nearly half of the 120-member 2021 class announced last week are women, compared with one-quarter in 2011. The new cohort includes nine Black scientists; NAS officials say previous classes never had more than three and often had none. “We need to do better, but I'm amazed at how far we've come,” says plant geneticist Susan Wessler, NAS home secretary. The academy's governing council has begun to give more slots to disciplinary units that present candidate slates less skewed toward older white men. To reduce its geographic imbalance, NAS is also prohibiting members from nominating someone from their own institution. Today, 18 U.S. states have two or fewer members, whereas a handful of elite academic institutions each have more than 100. [1]: pending:yes [2]: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/368/6487/121


Podcast 12: Real world tech: Edge AI drives car-making, healthcare and retail - VanillaPlus - The global voice of Telecoms IT

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Artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge is changing healthcare, retail and Audi cars, as Intel's IoT Group vice president, John Healy tells Jeremy Cowan and George Malim. Plus we learn how chipmakers globally are tackling supply problems that have halted vehicle production. The semiconductor industry is facing an "awakening", says Healy, as it shape-shifts to meet "insatiable demand" for silicone. Finally, we hear which African country is a leader in satellite cartography, and how Amazon is playing games with its warehouse staff. Hi, and welcome to the latest Trending Tech Podcast brought to you by The Evolving Enterprise, IoT Now, and VanillaPlus.com. This is Jeremy Cowan, and I want to thank you for joining the latest, sometimes serious, sometimes light-hearted look at enterprise digital transformation. I am delighted to welcome today two guests, who are John Healy, from California-based international technology company, Intel, known among other things, for the processors that power so many of our devices. John is vice president of the IoT Group. John, thank you very much for making the time to be here. Good to have you on again, George. Okay, today, we'll be looking at some key tech news stories that deserve a bit of a deeper dive.


How to watch Apple's spring event on 420

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Tuesday is not only 420, but Apple's big spring event where new iPads, AirPods, and maybe even AirTags could be unveiled along with other new products. The "Spring Loaded" event starts at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday, and will be completely livestreamed from Apple Park thanks to the pandemic. Usually Apple holds an IRL event at company headquarters in Cupertino, California. Like all Apple events, you'll be able to tune in a few different ways.


Here's when Apple will hold its next event, according to Siri

ZDNet

Prompt Siri and ask, "When is the next Apple event?" Follow along as we break down each iPad model. "The special event is on Tuesday, April 20, at Apple Park in Cupertino, Calif. You can get all the details on Apple.com." I've asked Siri the same question on two different iPhones, an Apple Watch, and an iPad Pro this morning, but they all failed to give me more than a generic answer to check Apple's website. However, when I asked Siri on my HomePod, it spilled the beans.