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IBM Watson Shows Us How Machine Learning Is Transforming Cancer Care

In PSFK's Future of Health report, we spoke with Andrew Norden from IBM Watson Health to discuss both current and potential future uses for …

Digital Health

​How Space Crystals Are Helping Researchers Treat a Genetic Disorder

Research aboard the International Space Station may enable patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy to live longer, healthier lives.<p>The positive power of "healing crystals" has been a staple of New Age pseudoscience for decades. But as it turns out, crystals might actually have some real world …

Space

A DNA App Store Is Here, but Proceed with Caution - MIT Technology Review

A Silicon Valley startup called Helix is betting on the notion that not only do people want to learn more about their DNA, but they'll also pay to …

DNA

How Good Bosses Build Trust and Empathy (and How Bad Bosses Destroy It)

It's a walk on a tightrope for most employees. A bad boss only cares about how that makes him or her look when the employee fails. A good boss knows that failure is a way to learn the ropes.<p><b>"Why do you trust us so much?"</b><p><b>This was an actual question from a college student who is in a leadership and</b> …

Leadership

How to Become a More Well-Rounded Leader

For years, when I spoke with CEOs or senior leaders, it was because they were interested in how my consulting firm could help their employees become more engaged, or innovative, or sustainably high-performing. During the past year – and especially the past six months – I’ve been hearing a different …

Leadership

Three visual illusions that reveal the hidden workings of the brain

Visual illusions show us that we do not have direct access to reality. They can also provide an inkling of the mental processing that delivers our …

Neurology

Hunt for HIV cure turns to cancer drugs

<b>The outstanding progress in boosting the immune system to treat cancer may help unlock a cure for HIV, according to scientists meeting in Paris.</b><p>The body's normal defences struggle to clear the body of HIV and cancer.<p>But the rapidly emerging field of immunotherapy has seen some patients with …

Cancer

The Potential for Blockchain to Transform Electronic Health Records

A vexing problem facing health care systems throughout the world is how to share more medical data with more stakeholders for more purposes, all while ensuring data integrity and protecting patient privacy.<p>Traditionally, the interoperability of medical data among institutions has followed three …

Bitcoin

Clinical trials for cancer could use more older people

More than 60 percent of cancer patients are older adults — and that will rise to 70 percent by 2040. Yet seniors are underrepresented in clinical trials, making it difficult to assess how treatments are likely to help or harm them.<p>The newest evidence of the imbalance comes from a Food and Drug …

Cancer

Glioblastoma: New tools against brain cancer

<i>The Hippocratic Oath advises doctors to first DO NO HARM … so imagine intentionally using a virus that causes paralysis in hopes of treating the</i> …

Cancer

Bringing Precision to Screening for Cancer

November 17, 2015, by NCI Staff<p>Precision medicine is most often discussed in the context of treatment, but cancer control and prevention researchers …

What AI-enhanced health care could look like in 5 years

This summer, KPCB partner Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends report singled out healthcare as a sector ripe with opportunity. The report proposed that the healthcare market, driven by a number of converging technologies, is approaching a “digital inflection point” and is currently positioned for …

Health Care

Companies Rush to Develop ‘Utterly Transformative’ Gene Therapies

The approval of gene therapy for leukemia, expected in the next few months, will open the door to a radically new class of cancer treatments.<p>Companies and universities are racing to develop these new therapies, which re-engineer and turbocharge millions of a patient’s own immune cells, turning them …

Cancer

When genetic testing throws up more questions than answers

Bringing genetics into medicine leads to more accuracy, better diagnosis and personalised treatment – but not for all.<p>AnneMarie Ciccarella, a …

Genetics

Two Babies Have Been Cancer-Free After Receiving Treatment Created With Gene Editing

A Novel But Promising Therapy<p>Cancer continues to be one of the major diseases that plagues humanity. Around the world, approximately 1 in 6 deaths is …

Cancer

What I learned from home DNA testing

They promise to reveal everything from our ancestry to our chances of serious illness. But are DNA tests accurate and do they tell us anything worthwhile?<p>There may come a time in everyone’s life when they find themselves sitting at the kitchen table on an otherwise unexceptional weekday morning, …

DNA

First gene therapy could hit the market in January

Dive Brief:<p>Spark Therapeutics announced Monday morning that its application for approval for its gene therapy for blindness has been accepted by the …

Study Affirms Cancer Risk for Women with BRCA Mutations

July 12, 2017, by NCI Staff<p>An international team of researchers has published results from the first large prospective study of breast and ovarian …

Cancer

Enlisting Virtual Reality to Ease Real Pain

Putting on VR goggles and virtually swimming with dolphins can ease some patients’ pain, new research shows. Hospitals across the country are giving VR a try.<p>In a Los Angeles hospital a short drive from Hollywood, some patients are tapping into virtual reality. But at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, …

Virtual Reality

No dye: Cancer patients’ gray hair darkened on immune drugs

JAMA via APThis undated combination of photos provided by the Journal of the American Medical Association in July 2017 shows a cancer patient with …

Cancer

How our immune system causes heart disease

Heart disease is among the leading causes of death globally and imposes a significant burden on the health-care system. We know some of the causes of …

Medicine

Dr. Smartphone: The Medical Profession's Digital Revolution

The health care sector is facing a far-reaching and unpredictable revolution. Smartphones are capable of replacing many devices that have become …

Medical Technology

One-Third of Cases of Dementia May Be Due to Lifestyle

Rising rates of dementia have frustrated medical experts for years, but a new report suggests that adopting certain lifestyle changes could prevent …

Dementia

These Personalized Vaccines Might Mean The End Of Cancer

The phrase "cure for cancer" is practically synonymous with the next great human endeavor. When President Obama announced a national effort to cure …

Cancer

Millions of Brits switch off social media amid fears of mental health damage with “compare and despair” syndrome

Soaring numbers of Britons are switching off “anti-social media" for fear it damages their mental health , a study revealed.<p>More than 9.1million …

Mental Health

Long work hours tied to irregular heart rhythm

(Reuters Health) - People who typically work much more than 35 to 40 hours a week may be at heightened risk of developing atrial fibrillation, an irregular rapid heartbeat that can lead to strokes, heart failure and chronic fatigue, a recent study suggests.<p>For the study, researchers followed more …

Digital Health

Medical Researchers Reverse Brain Damage in Drowning Victim

Brain Damage Reversed<p>Doctors recently reported the reversal of brain volume loss in an unresponsive two-year-old cold water drowning victim who had …

Medicine

Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories

Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child's face; the day you realized you had fallen in love. It's not …

The Brain

Fight Dementia With Food: Following A Mediterranean Diet May Improve Brain Health, Studies Suggest

Following the Mediterranean diet may help keep memory sharp and fight off dementia, according to new studies.