Collaborating Authors


Large expert-curated database for benchmarking document similarity detection in biomedical literature search


Document recommendation systems for locating relevant literature have mostly relied on methods developed a decade ago. This is largely due to the lack of a large offline gold-standard benchmark of relevant documents that cover a variety of research fields such that newly developed literature search techniques can be compared, improved and translated into practice. To overcome this bottleneck, we have established the RElevant LIterature SearcH consortium consisting of more than 1500 scientists from 84 countries, who have collectively annotated the relevance of over 180 000 PubMed-listed articles with regard to their respective seed (input) article/s. The majority of annotations were contributed by highly experienced, original authors of the seed articles. The collected data cover 76% of all unique PubMed Medical Subject Headings descriptors. No systematic biases were observed across different experience levels, research fields or time spent on annotations.

An Inside Look at Apple's Biggest Step Yet in Health Care

TIME - Tech

Captain America and Black Panther were about to defend Earth from the villain Thanos when Kevin Foley first noticed something was wrong. Foley, a 46-year-old information-technology worker from Kyle, Texas, was heading into the theater to see Avengers: Infinity War when he realized he was having trouble breathing normally. The sensation struck again during another movie the following night, but more severe this time. Once the credits on the second film rolled, Foley took action: he looked at his wristwatch. It was a bigger step than you might imagine, because Foley was wearing an Apple Watch equipped with medical sensors and experimental software to track basic functions of his heart. And the watch was worried.

Stethee reinvents the stethoscope to build a cardiac data cloud


Playing House: How IBM's Watson is helping doctors diagnose the most rare and elusive illnesses Marburg Hospital's Centre for the Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases is using the cognitive computing system to solve some of the most complex medical cases. In my last column, I wrote about two devices -- one wearable -- that are improving consumers' ability to monitor their intake of food and medication. While currently most of the health tracking gadgets in the marketplace have been sold directly to consumers, there are significant benefits to improving the tools used by physicians. To address this, Dr. Nayyar Hussain, who has a background spanning sports medicine and engineering, has worked with health and technology experts from Texas A&M University, MIT and the Mayo Clinic to create a product that challenges what he calls unmotivated monopolistic medical device companies. Targeting a tool synonymous with doctors, Stethee is a digital stethoscope that sends amplified heartbeat sounds to a companion app in real time.

5 important stories you may have missed

PBS NewsHour

An X8.2 class solar flare flashes in the edge of the Sun on Sept. 10, 2017. There were seven such solar flares in seven days, beginning last week. All eyes were on Hurricane Irma last week as the storm roared across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, flattening buildings and tossing debris across homes and streets, killing at least 47 and putting hundreds of thousands in shelters. Though analysts had expected the storm to cause the most damage in Florida, it devastated islands like St. Martin and Barbuda, which officials say will take years to rebuild. It's not yet clear how much the damage will cost -- either in Florida, where millions remain without power, or in Texas, which is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey -- or how much more money Congress can free up to help.

SXSW Is Still The Best Brainfood

Forbes - Tech

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. Elon Musk, the South African-born CEO of Tesla and SpaceX deep in thought during his 2013 SXSW keynote. While Austin is known for its BBQ, this week the tech industry descends on the Texas capital for the best brain food on the tech conference circuit, the South By South West (SXSW) festival which starts on Friday.