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Bringing machine learning to last mile health challenges

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A new microscope will use image recognition software and machine learning technology to identify and count malaria parasites in a blood smear. The EasyScan GO, announced at MEDICA, the medical industry's leading trade fair, is the result of a partnership between the Global Good Fund, a Seattle-based group funded by philanthropist Bill Gates, and Motic, a China-based company that specializes in manufacturing microscopes. Field tests have demonstrated that the machine learning algorithm is as reliable as an expert microscopist in fighting the spread of drug resistant malaria. EasyScan GO is the latest example of Global Good's partnering to bring emerging technologies to health systems in low resource settings. Based at the invention company Intellectual Ventures, Global Good is focused on developing and deploying technologies for the poorest parts of the world.


This new FDA-approved Apple Watch band measures the electricity in your heart

Mashable

The Federal Drug Administration just cleared a new band for the Apple Watch that monitors the electrical rhythms in your heart. After a two-year process to satisfy the FDA's stringent requirements, AliveCor announced today that the Kardia Band is now available for purchase for $199. It's a mobile electrocardiogram (EKG), which measures a heart's electrical activity and has traditionally been used by doctors to identify abnormal cardiac rhythms. "It's a regulated measure of physiology by the FDA. Doctors can recognize over 100 conditions when they see an EKG," AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra told Mashable.


Biodegradable Nanobots May Help Doctors Treat, Diagnose Diseases Better

International Business Times

One of the biggest experiments being conducted in the medical field is the possibility of deploying nanobots to treat diseases. In a major breakthrough, a team of researchers from the University of Manchester and the Chinese University of Hong Kong has created biodegradable nanobots, whose degradation can be controlled by doctors, making it possible to use them in medical applications involving non-invasive surgery. "Creating robotic systems which can be propelled and guided in the body has been and still is a holy-grail in the field of delivery system engineering. Our work takes advantage of some elements offered by nature such as fluorescence, degradability, shape. But we add engineered features such as magnetization and biological activity to come up with a proof-of-concept behind our bio-hybrid, magnetically propelled microrobots," professor Kostas Kostarelos, one of the researchers on the project, said in a press release.


Artificial Intelligence May Be Able To Detect Suicidal Tendencies From Brain Scans

International Business Times

The clinical assessment of suicidal tendency is currently done only by a psychological assessment which essentially involves asking the question -- Are you suicidal? According to a clinical research published by United States National Library of Medicine in a study called "Clinical Correlates of inpatient suicide," four in five patients who died by suicide had denied such tendencies in psychological assessment. According to a new study titled "Machine learning of neural representations of suicide and emotion concepts identifies suicidal youth" by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, artificial intelligence models may succeed where psychologists don't in detect such tendencies. The researchers put 17 adults with suicidal ideation using 17 control subjects who were not known to have such tendencies and put them in fMRI scanner to measure which areas of the brain would be activated when the subjects would be thinking about those keywords. For example, the study states that words like death and cruelty activated left the superior medial frontal area of the brain and the medial frontal/anterior cingulate respectively.


The Better World Tour comes home to Boston

MIT News

On Sept. 28, the Better World tour was back in MIT's own neighborhood, at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in downtown Boston. More than 1,000 MIT alumni and friends were in attendance to celebrate the MIT Campaign for a Better World, a galvanizing effort that has gathered momentum and participation since the its public launch in May 2016, at events around the world. Guests who might have thought that listening would be their only role in the program were in for a pleasant surprise. Eran Egozy '95, MNG '95, MIT professor of the practice in music technology, a cofounder of Harmonix Music Systems, and the creator of "Guitar Hero," kicked off the evening by inviting the audience to join him in a classic MIT experiment. Using a new music application called "Tutti" (Italian for "together") and audience members' cell phones, Egozy transformed the audience into an orchestra for a rendition of "Engineered Engineers," a composition created for the event by Evan Ziporyn, the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor and Music and Theater Arts chair.


Robots Help Teach Social Skills to Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder - News Center - The University of Texas at Dallas

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Now, a UT Dallas researcher is giving the fantasy of robotic friends a practical edge with a robot that teaches social skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). "It's not to replace therapy with humans, but you can deliver a social skills lesson in a less threatening way, and the robot can deliver the same lesson multiple times," Rollins said. During a lesson, the robot explains a social situation to the child with ASD. Media Contact: Ben Porter, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2193, [email protected] or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].


Robots Help Teach Social Skills to Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder - News Center - The University of Texas at Dallas

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Now, a UT Dallas researcher is giving the fantasy of robotic friends a practical edge with a robot that teaches social skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). "It's not to replace therapy with humans, but you can deliver a social skills lesson in a less threatening way, and the robot can deliver the same lesson multiple times," Rollins said. During a lesson, the robot explains a social situation to the child with ASD. Media Contact: Ben Porter, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2193, [email protected] or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].


Diabetes Data Platform Leader Glooko Raises $35 Million in Series C

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The company will also increase commercialization efforts in France, Germany, the U.K., Asia and the Middle East, and further development efforts in data analytics and artificial intelligence to provide personalized insights that drive meaningful behavior change. Glooko provides payers, employers, pharmaceutical companies and health systems with a diabetes digital health platform that delivers personalized and actionable insights to people with diabetes and their care teams that aim to drive improved outcomes at a lower cost. "With this capital, we will accelerate our investments in clinical solutions that aim to increase medication adherence, provide personalized insights and prompts that drive behavior change for people with diabetes, and deliver clinical decision support to thousands of clinicians and coaches so they can better support people with diabetes in between office visits." Georgian Partners is a thesis-driven growth equity firm investing in SaaS-based business software companies exploiting applied artificial intelligence, security first and conversational business.


Leading Institutions to Focus on Improving Type 1 Diabetes Care with Machine Learning

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Children's Mercy is advancing care for children with diabetes through the Children's Mercy Diabetes Center by providing comprehensive care for children as well as support and resources for family members. About Joslin Diabetes Center Joslin Diabetes Center is world-renowned for its deep expertise in diabetes treatment and research. Joslin is an independent, non-profit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and one of only 11 NIH-designated Diabetes Research Centers in the U.S. About Cyft Based in Cambridge, Mass., Cyft partners with leading care organizations to identify opportunities to optimize care management efforts for chronic / complex, behavioral health, and dual-eligible populations. About the Helmsley Charitable Trust The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective organizations in health and select place-based initiatives.


Inova Translational Medicine Institute Partners with Cloudera to Advance Genome-Based Machine Learning Initiatives and Save Lives

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PALO ALTO, Calif., June 06, 2017 --Cloudera, Inc., (NYSE: CLDR), the leading provider of the modern platform for machine learning and advanced analytics built on the latest open source technologies, announced that Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI), a global leading medical research institute, has deployed Cloudera Enterprise to securely analyze massive collections of clinical and genomic data at unprecedented speeds and scale for faster innovations in translational medicine research. As part of the Inova Center for Personalized Health (ICPH), ITMI's team of leading scientists, researchers, analysts and collaborators use machine learning algorithms on terabytes of clinical and genomic information to identify the genetic links to diseases. This genomic data analysis allows a bioinformatics scientist to study genomic correlations from people with conditions like arthritis, autoimmune diseases or cancer. Working with Cloudera, ITMI built a world-class bioinformatics infrastructure for the Institute's massively growing data collection of genomes paired against the clinical record.