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Can AI learn how to understand radiologist reports?

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 16:42
Can artificial intelligence (AI) technology learn how to understand radiologist...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: AI, radiomics help distinguish lung nodules on CT scans AI-based chatbot answers routine radiology questions AI's role in radiology evolving toward a promising future Machine learning could reduce inappropriate knee MRI scans Can radiology ever be more like widget manufacturing? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

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A first birthday made possible by cardiac tumor surgery

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:37
Today is Oliver Cameron’s first birthday and he and his parents have a lot to celebrate. After a year of uncertainty, they will be enjoying a quiet dinner with family at their home in Wantage, a town in Oxfordshire, England. “Having him home and healthy is the best present ever,” says his mom, Lydia. She and her husband, Tim, are looking forward to some quiet time alone with Oliver and their family after spending much of the last year fighting for his life. Oliver was born with a large, non-cancerous tumor, called a cardiac fibroma, inside his heart. It was so rare that only a handful of doctors in the U.K. had ever seen one, and none were able treat it. The tumor caused Oliver’s heart to beat dangerously fast, and his parents often had to rush him to the hospital for emergency tre...

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AI, radiomics help distinguish lung nodules on CT scans

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 06:00
The combination of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and radiomics can...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Quantitative analysis may help classify thyroid nodules Machine learning can help predict KRAS mutation status Deep-learning algorithm can stratify lung nodule risk MRI, radiomics help diagnose, discern ADHD subtypes How will AI affect radiology over the next 20 years? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

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Google claims new AI-powered EHR tech can predict hospital patient outcomes, including death

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 14:31
Artificial intelligence researchers at Google (NSDQ:GOOG) claim they have used new software to more accurately predict hospital patient outcomes, including death, discharge and readmission, than is currently possible with existing software, according to a Quartz report. In the newly released, non-peer-reviewed research paper, study investigators at the tech giant used de-identified data from collected from 216,221 patients over 11 years from both the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medicine hospital to create a system looking to predict medical outcomes for hospital patients. Google claims that the results, which have not yet been validated by independent sources, showed significant improvements over traditional models, including the ab...

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Study: Hospital Patients Still More Likely To Die On Weekends

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Sat, 01/27/2018 - 14:17
By Michael Nedelman, CNN (CNN) — Doctors call it the “weekend effect.” Patients in the hospital are more likely to die off-hours — whether it’s due to a brain bleed, a heart attack or a clot in the lungs. New research on cardiac arrest in the hospital now asks: Has the “weekend effect” changed in recent years, as treatment has gotten better? “We know that survival trends have improved in past decade or so,” said Dr. Uchenna Ofoma, assistant professor of medicine at Temple University and a critical care physician at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. “The question now becomes … what happens to the disparities? Has it remained the same? Is it narrowing?” Ten years after a 2008 study showed lower survival ...
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Study: Hospital Patients Still More Likely To Die On Weekends

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Sat, 01/27/2018 - 14:17
By Michael Nedelman, CNN (CNN) — Doctors call it the “weekend effect.” Patients in the hospital are more likely to die off-hours — whether it’s due to a brain bleed, a heart attack or a clot in the lungs. New research on cardiac arrest in the hospital now asks: Has the “weekend effect” changed in recent years, as treatment has gotten better? “We know that survival trends have improved in past decade or so,” said Dr. Uchenna Ofoma, assistant professor of medicine at Temple University and a critical care physician at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. “The question now becomes … what happens to the disparities? Has it remained the same? Is it narrowing?” Ten years after a 2008 study showed lower survival ...

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M3DICINE's Stethee stethoscope adds connected analytics, ditches the tubes

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 16:32
Brisbane, Australia-based M3DICINE is the latest device maker looking to distance physicians from their signature rubber-tubed stethoscopes. Today, the company announced the launch of Stethee, a wireless, artificial intelligence-boosted stethoscope that pairs with an iOS or Android app to quickly capture and analyze heart and lung data. (Source: mobihealthnews)

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M3DICINE's Stethee stethoscope adds connected analytics, ditches the tubes

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 16:32
Brisbane, Australia-based M3DICINE is the latest device maker looking to distance physicians from their signature rubber-tubed stethoscopes. Today, the company announced the launch of Stethee, a wireless, artificial intelligence-boosted stethoscope that pairs with an iOS or Android app to quickly capture and analyze heart and lung data. (Source: mobihealthnews)

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M3dicine launches Stethee ‘ smart ’ stethoscope

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 14:44
Intelligent medical device developer M3dicine yesterday announced the launch of its Stethee AI-enabled stethoscope system designed to amplify, filter, record and analyze heart and lung sound. The newly launched, FDA-cleared Stethee Pro features technology to capture and analyze heart and lung sounds and data via Bluetooth, operating around smartphone applications for both Apple iOS and Google Android devices, the Brisbane, Australia-based company said. “The Stethee system has the potential to transform healthcare. We are on the forefront of a new era in healthcare driven by artificial intelligence and its ability to significantly improve our ability to care for patients. This innovative technology can significantly help drive efficiency and productivity and empower healthcare provide...

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M3dicine launches Stethee ‘ smart ’ stethoscope

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 14:44
Intelligent medical device developer M3dicine yesterday announced the launch of its Stethee AI-enabled stethoscope system designed to amplify, filter, record and analyze heart and lung sound. The newly launched, FDA-cleared Stethee Pro features technology to capture and analyze heart and lung sounds and data via Bluetooth, operating around smartphone applications for both Apple iOS and Google Android devices, the Brisbane, Australia-based company said. “The Stethee system has the potential to transform healthcare. We are on the forefront of a new era in healthcare driven by artificial intelligence and its ability to significantly improve our ability to care for patients. This innovative technology can significantly help drive efficiency and productivity and empower healthcare provide...
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Herbal Supplements May Be Dangerous When You Take Certain Prescription Drugs

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 18:37
A number of common herbal supplements, including green tea and Ginkgo biloba, can interact with prescription medications, according to a new research review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. These interactions can make drugs less effective—and may even be dangerous or deadly. Doctors know that herbs can affect medication regimens, wrote the researchers, from the South African Medical Research Council, in their new paper. But because people often don’t disclose to their healthcare providers what over-the-counter drugs and supplements they’re taking, it’s difficult for scientists to keep track of which drug and supplement combinations should be avoided. The new review analyzed 49 case reports of adverse drug reactions, along with two observa...

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Herbal Supplements May Be Dangerous When You Take Certain Prescription Drugs

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 18:37
A number of common herbal supplements, including green tea and Ginkgo biloba, can interact with prescription medications, according to a new research review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. These interactions can make drugs less effective—and may even be dangerous or deadly. Doctors know that herbs can affect medication regimens, wrote the researchers, from the South African Medical Research Council, in their new paper. But because people often don’t disclose to their healthcare providers what over-the-counter drugs and supplements they’re taking, it’s difficult for scientists to keep track of which drug and supplement combinations should be avoided. The new review analyzed 49 case reports of adverse drug reactions, along with two observa...

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Powerful food-derived antioxidant can halt, prevent fatty liver disease in mice

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 04:00
(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) As obesity continues to rise in the US, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become a major public health issue, increasingly leading to cancer and liver transplants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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The Ilford woman who carries her heart in a rucksack

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 10:14
Selwa Hussain is the first woman in the UK to leave hospital with an artificial heart. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
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Brave toddler meets 24 strangers who saved her life

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:51
It took a team of UCLA medical professionals and the generosity of 71 strangers to save 2-year-old Skye Savren-McCormick ’s life.The toddler from Ventura, California, required frequent blood and platelet transfusions, often on a daily basis, while undergoing  three grueling bone-marrow transplants, surgery to remove her swollen spleen and seven rounds of chemotherapy for leukemia and lymphoma. She received 77 units of blood and platelets during a 10-month stay at UCLA Mattel Children ’s Hospital.  Recently Skye ’s family got to meet and thank two dozen of the 71 strangers whose blood and platelet donations sustained their toddler’s life during her fight with two rare types of cancer. The introduction took place at a special luncheon organized by the UCLA Blood and Platelet Cen...

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Liver transplant saves life of Sydney girl Erika Vidaic

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 02:26
A mother has spoken of the terrifying moment her baby daughter's condition deteriorated when she suffered a rare liver disease. Here, she reveals how a transplant saved her daughter's life. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Skinny pigs? Low-fat craze gone too far

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:19
Let’s face it. You and I both know most Americans are struggling with their weight. I see it in my practice every day. There’s not one study that will tell you otherwise. What’s more, there’s been an explosion of not only obesity, but of related diseases like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. But did you realize that the rates of obesity and disease in America began rising at the exact same time the health authorities told us to eat a low-fat diet? It started in 1977 when George McGovern led a Senate Committee that released its “Dietary Goals for the United States.” According to this report, fat was the cause of illnesses sweeping the nation. Then the National Institutes of Health jumped on the “low-fat” bandwagon and announced that Americans must cut their fat inta...

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3D printing and cryogenics could create new potential for artificial organs

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:40
[Image from Imperial College London]Researchers at Imperial College London have developed a technique to replicate biological structures using cryogenics and 3D printing. The research is a first from the university to create structures that are soft enough to replicate the mechanical properties of organs like the brain and lungs. The 3D printing technique could create replica organs and assist with tissue regeneration. Structure and softness of body tissues can be difficult to match, but when they are matched, the structures could be used in medical procedures to form scaffolds that can be a template for tissue regeneration. Damaged tissues would be bolstered to regrow, allowing the body to heal without issues like rejection from the body. Get the full story on our sister site, Medical Des...

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Cardiac, Pulmonary Vascular Disease in Liver Transplantation Cardiac, Pulmonary Vascular Disease in Liver Transplantation

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 04:39
This article provides recommendations for the diagnosis and management of cardiac and pulmonary vascular disease in liver transplant candidates.American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)

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British surgeon fined, avoids jail after burning initials onto livers of patients

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 13:49
A British surgeon who burned his initials onto patients' livers during transplant operations has been fined the equivalent of $17,100 Cdn and ordered to perform community service. (Source: CBC | Health)
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