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ai predicts death

Scientists created an AI that can predict when a person will die

March 29th, 2019

Fears of an AI-controlled robot takeover aside, artificial intelligence has provided mankind with an incredible opportunity to leverage incredible computational power for use in a variety of ways, including things like cancer detection. But can a computer tell us when we’re likely to meet an untimely end? Researchers from the University of Nottingham decided to …

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Nurse that cared for Stephen Hawking cited for ‘misconduct’

March 13th, 2019

It’s been about a year since the world lost one of its brightest minds. Stephen Hawking, who devoted his life to science while battling a debilitating motor neuron disease for over half a century, passed away in his home in Cambridge, England, and now his nurse is under extreme scrutiny for how she cared for …

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New at-home test can tell you if you have colon cancer

February 27th, 2019

Early detection is paramount to effect treatment of life-threatening diseases like cancer, but going to the doctor for a screening can be time-consuming and, for some, a bit scary. At-home tests for cancer aren’t exactly common, but a new study suggests a novel at-home screening may be suitable for some specific types of cancers, specifically …

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New tests suggest link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s

January 24th, 2019

Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that often requires early diagnosis in order to be effectively treated, but there is still no cure for the disease and very little evidence as to its cause. Now, a new research effort is pointing to a link between Alzheimer’s and something you might not expect: gum disease. The study, …

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Yet another blood pressure medication has been recalled over cancer-causing impurity

January 22nd, 2019

Last year, the FDA announced a whole bunch of recalls related to blood pressure medication over fears that an impurity created during the manufacturing process could lead to cancer. The compound in question was found in dozens of prescription medications that contained the active ingredient valsartan, prompting several distributors and manufacturers to issue voluntary recalls …