Google’s New AI is Great at Spotting Breast Cancer in X-Rays

By Victor Tangermann – Re-Blogged From Futurism

Could this AI reduce our dependence on human radiologists?

A team of UK researchers at Google Health and Google’s AI lab DeepMind has created a tool that can successfully identify breast cancer in X-ray mammograms, Wired reports.

It’s so successful, according to the paper published in the journal Nature this week, that it could one day rival or even outperform human radiologists.

The researchers trained their AI using mammograms from nearly 91,000 women in the US and UK — and the results were impressive. Compared to human radiologists, the AI model flagged 9.4 percent fewer false negatives and 5.7 percent fewer false positives in the US dataset, and 2.7 and 1.2 percent respectively for the much larger UK dataset.

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Study: MRI Better Than Mammogram for Detecting Breast Cancer

By Lynn Allison  – Re- Blogged From Newsmax Health

Serena Williams kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness month by performing topless to bring awareness to the importance of breast self-examination. Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam singles tennis titles, posted a video of herself singing “I Touch Myself.”

“Early detection is key,” she wrote on Instagram.” It saves so many lives. I just hope this helps remind people of that.” Statistics show that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and about 40,920 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2018 from the disease, according to Breastcancer.org.

Breast cancer study.

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Coming Soon, Computers That Will Read Your Heart Tests

By HealthDay – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Tapping into the technology behind facial recognition programs and self-driving cars, researchers in a new study have taught computers key elements of assessing echocardiograms.

The advance might simplify an otherwise extensive process now done by humans.

Researchers created algorithms to recognize images and potential heart problems that echocardiograms commonly capture, including enlarged chambers, diminished pumping function, and even some uncommon diseases.

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First Blood Test for Melanoma Developed

By AFP – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Australian researchers said Wednesday they have developed a blood test for melanoma in its early stages, calling it a “world first” breakthrough that could save many lives.

The scientists, from Edith Cowan University, said the new test could help doctors detect the skin cancer before it spreads through a person’s body.

“Patients who have their melanoma detected in its early stage have a five-year survival rate between 90 and 99 percent,” lead researcher Pauline Zaenker said in a statement.

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Wearable, At-Home Patch Could Spot Your A-Fib Early

By HealthDay – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

The common but dangerous heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation — or a-fib — can go undetected for years.

Now, research suggests a high-tech, wearable patch might spot the condition early.

Use of the Zio XT wireless patch, made by iRhythm, produced “an almost threefold improvement in the rate of diagnosis of a-fib in those actively monitored compared to usual care,” said study lead author Dr. Steven Steinhubl. He directs digital medicine at the Scripps Translational Science Institute, in La Jolla, Calif.

Image: Wearable, At-Home Patch Could Spot Your A-Fib Early

Japan to Trial Urine Test to Spot Cancer in Humans

Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening for the deadly disease.

Engineering and IT conglomerate Hitachi developed the basic technology to detect breast or colon cancer from urine samples two years ago.

Image: Japan to Trial Urine Test to Spot Cancer in Humans
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Pin-Prick Blood Test Spots Deadly Sepsis

Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Scientists on Monday unveiled a quick, cheap way to detect sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which the body is attacked by its own immune system.

In clinical trials at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the researchers — analysing a single drop of blood with a thumb-size filtering device — singled out sepsis patients in a matter of hours with 95 percent accuracy.

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88 Percent MD Diagnosis Challenged

By Adrian Vance – Re-Blogged From iPatriot

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New Dialysis-Style Treatment ‘Washes’ Blood of Cancer Cells

By June Javelosa – Re-Blogged From https://futurism.com

In Brief

A significant milestone in cancer research sees the development of a new system that can dramatically pull down the cost of cancer treatment and reduce risk of cancer spreading by cleaning cancer from the blood.

Milestone

A team of researchers from the University of New South Wales (NSW) have developed a new system that can potentially lower the cost of cancer treatment using biochip filters that identify and remove cancer cells. The team refers to the process as “dialysis for cancer.”

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