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Meet Atul Gawande, the Surgeon Who Will Lead the Amazon-JPMorgan-Berkshire Health Venture

Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett have made up their minds: Renowned surgeon and public health intellectual Dr. Atul Gawande will be the …

Health Care

Parkinson’s disease symptoms tracking is coming to Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch will soon be able to track symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, thanks to a new API from Apple.<p>Details of Apple’s big software updates are still flowing out of the San Jose convention center as Apple dives into the details during sessions. During its session on advances in research and …

Apple Watch

73,000 Companies Now Deregistered Deposited Rs 24,000 Crore Post Demonetisation: Government Data

As many as 73,000 companies that have been deregistered deposited Rs 24,000 crore in bank accounts post demonetisation, according to government …

India

Scientists Discover A Second Brain In Human Body, And It’s Located In The Butt

The 'gut feeling' could be your second brain thinking.<p>It turns out those gut feelings or pits in your stomach may actually come from your second …

Neuroscience

The space between Earth and the moon is mind-boggling. This graphic reveals just how big it is — and what's out there.

Sitting low on the horizon, a full moon sometimes look close enough to reach out and grab. But our worldly perceptions deceive us.<p>The airless chasm between Earth and the moon is so vast, stretching an average of 239,200 miles wide, that it'd take a 747 jet airplane flying at top speed more than 14 …

Space Science

Samsung phones will offer AI-powered medical consultations in the UK

Samsung phones sold in the UK will soon come with Babylon's AI-powered medical consultation technology within the built-in Health app, according to <i>Financial Times</i>. The Korean tech giant has reportedly forged a deal with the startup, which you might know for its partnership with the UK's NHS called …

Babylon

India Proposes Law To Give Citizens Complete Control Of Their Digital Health Data

India

Try This 10-Minute Yoga Routine to Help Increase Your Hip Flexibility

The hips are a large joint in your body and support a great range of motion. Because of the amount of time most of us spend sitting in chairs, it’s …

Yoga

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

Purdue Pharma, the company that planted the seeds of the opioid epidemic through its aggressive marketing of OxyContin, has long claimed it was unaware of the powerful opioid painkiller’s growing abuse until years after it went on the market.<p>But a copy of a confidential Justice Department report …

Corruption

STAMPEDE wins the Society for Clinical Trials ‘Trial of the Year Award’

The STAMPEDE trial has received the '2017 David Sackett Trial of the Year Award' from the Society for Clinical Trials (SCT).<p>Each year since 2008, the …

The Modi wave: How one man turned BJP's fortune

Since the BJP won the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, it has expanded its base, perhaps for the first time capable of challenging the Congress party on …

Black Hole At Center Of Galaxy Close To Being Imaged In Event Horizon Telescope Project

The telescope may give us a long-awaited glimpse at what lies behind the cosmic veil of the Milky Way's super-massive black hole.<p>Scientists have used …

A Randomized Trial of a Family-Support Intervention in Intensive Care Units

Approximately one in five persons in the United States dies in or shortly after discharge from an intensive care unit (ICU), typically after a …

Intensive Care

Gynaecologist breaks down as she relives delivery that led to decapitation of unborn baby

A gynaecologist accused of causing an unborn baby to be accidentally decapitated broke down as she told a disciplinary tribunal she may have tried "too hard" to complete the delivery.<p>Dr Vaishnavy Laxman, 43, who was nearing the end of a 24-hour shift, should have given the 30-year old patient an …

Crime

Defence pamphlet shows how population can prepare in event of attack and contribute to country’s ‘total defence’<p>The Swedish government has begun sending all 4.8m of the country’s households a public information leaflet telling the population, for the first time in more than half a century, what to …

War

Let’s Pray for India Before 2019 Polls: Delhi Archbishop’s Letter

In a letter addressed to all parish priests in the capital, Archbishop of Delhi Anil Couto called for a year-long prayer campaign to save India from …

Mumbai: Another doctor threatened by patient s family member at Sion hospital

Dr Amit Ilamkar, 28, told mid-day, "Nearly 20 relatives were in the ICU when I went to inform the family about the patient's demise<p><i>Representational</i> …

New smartphone-based app can detect urine blockage using high-speed photography

Surgeons are developing a new smartphone-based tool that can detect urethral or urine blockage, potentially making it easier for patients to test …

Routine DNA Screening Moves Into Primary Care

If you have a genetic mutation that increases your risk for a treatable medical condition, would you want to know? For many people the answer is yes. But typically such information has not been a part of routine primary care.<p>For patients at Geisinger Health System, that could soon change. Starting …

Health Care

How a Pioneer of Machine Learning Became One of Its Sharpest Critics

Judea Pearl helped artificial intelligence gain a strong grasp on probability, but laments that it still can't compute cause and effect.<p>Artificial intelligence owes a lot of its smarts to Judea Pearl. In the 1980s he led efforts that allowed machines to reason probabilistically. Now he’s one of the …

Machine Learning

A longtime Google investor draws this simple chart on a napkin to explain health tech to company founders

Krishna Yeshwant, a doctor and investor with GV, Alphabet's venture firm, takes a lot of meetings with entrepreneurs that have lofty goals to fix …

Health Care

The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect

Overview<p>The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect by Judea Pearl, Dana Mackenzie<p><b>A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician</b> …

Google Should Have Thought About Duplex's Ethical Issues Before Showing It Off

When Google (googl) unveiled its Duplex “AI” earlier this week, it sparked massive ethical concerns. Belatedly, the company seems to have recognized …

PODCAST: CNBC’s Christina Farr Dives into the New World of Digital Health

<i>CNBC</i>’s health technology reporter Christina Farr is no stranger to getting “scoops” on some of the biggest digital health stories that have been …

R and Python are joining forces, in the most ambitious crossover event of the year—for programmers

Hadley Wickham is the most important developer for the programming language R. Wes McKinney is among the most important developers for programming language Python. The two languages, which are free to use, are often seen as competitors in the world of data science. Wickham and McKinney don’t think …

Scientists Have Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down For 14 Generations

The past lives on.<p>The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. But the environment …

This Shape-Shifting, Pin-Headed Robot Lets You Feel Virtual Objects With Your Bare Hands

Virtual reality headsets today use your eyes and ears to make simulated experiences seem more real, but what about your other senses? Researchers at …

Hubble Just Blew Our Minds Yet Again With These New Photos Of A Nebula

Feeling small yet?<p>After 28 years in space, you'd think the Hubble Telescope would have exhausted its ability to completely blindside us with stunning photographs. And then <i>bam</i>, you get this picture.<p>Hubble hitched a ride into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery on 24 April, 1990. Now, every …

Watch how quickly humans are changing the planet in these animations of NASA satellite images

From rising sea levels to an increase in wildfires.<p>A new website, EarthTime, aims to shows how humans have dramatically changed the planet — such as how glaciers are melting and where refugees are migrating — through time-lapse satellite photos.<p>The site’s interactive maps use images taken by NASA …

Alzheimer's: Scientists find the cause of evening agitation

A new study has uncovered a biological clock circuit that may explain why people with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia can become more …

Neuroscience