MIT Scientists Can Look at Your Insides From a Distance

By Dan Robitzski  Re-Blogged From Futurism
A series of lasers acts like an ultrasound without requiring physical contact.

Scientists have developed a system of lasers that can probe inside the human body, much like an ultrasound, but from a distance.

The system can accurately image what’s going on inside a person’s body up to a depth of about six centimeters, according to an MIT press release. While that may not seem like much, it’s still an important first step in removing physical contact from ultrasound scans, as that can sometimes introduce variability in a doctor’s readings.

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This AI Can Detect ADHD Better than Humans

The same approach could be applied to other neurological conditions as well.
By Victor Tangermann – Re-Blogged From Futurism

A team of researchers used a type of artificial intelligence to predict attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in patients by having it analyze magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. According to a new paper published in the journal Radiology: Artificial Intelligence, their technique could also be used to spot other neurological conditions.

Health care professionals have increasingly been relying on MRI scans to understand ADHD, a brain disorder that often causes patients to be restless, and makes it more difficult for them to pay attention. More than eight percent of children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with the condition according to The American Psychiatric Association (APA).

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Are Imaging Scans Worth It?

By Jacob Teitelbaum – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

We’ve known for decades that spinal X-rays, MRIs and CT scans add very little information about back pain. They most often don’t tell doctors whether the pain is coming from the spine or from disc, arthritic or bone disease (though they may reveal if the problem can be fixed with a chiropractic adjustment.)

Research also shows that, if back pain is present, radiologists tend to interpret x-ray results as confirming the presence of a host of horrific (and scary-sounding) problems. Yet remarkably, if those same radiologists are shown X-rays and MRIs from both healthy people and those with back pain, they can’t tell one group from the other!

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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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Is Canada’s Health Care System Better Than Ours in the US?

By Carlin Becker – Re-Blogged From IJR

Health care is always on Americans’ minds, and the politics around keeping people insured and healthy, cutting costs and providing high-quality care remains a critical issue.

While some have argued for deregulating the health care industry, insisting less red tape and more competition would yield better results, others on the political spectrum have pushed for a government-run system reminiscent of our neighbors to the north — but is Canada’s health care system really better than ours?

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