The rise and rise of algorithms in the treatment of patients.

https://qz.com/1189730/google-is-using-46-billion-data-points-to-predict-the-medical- outcomes-of-hospital-patients/

The title of the article on the quartz website is  Google is using 46 billion data points to predict the medical outcomes of hospital patients’.   This includes the claim by Google that they have …. ‘the ability to predict patient deaths 24-48 hours before current methods… ‘

The research paper from Google apparently hasn’t been peer reviewed yet and it will be very interesting to see how this all plays out.

 

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Four new subtypes of white blood cells discovered.

https://wellcome.ac.uk/news/new-types-blood-cells-discovered

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Credit: NIH/Wikimedia Commons
A magnified dendritic cell.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust, researchers from the Broad Institute spanning MIT and Harvard, have discovered four new subtypes of white blood cells using single cell genomics. The image above, from the Wellcome announcement is of a beautiful almost fungal shape, an expression of the body’s defence system.

This work is part of an ongoing project to map every cell type in the body.

 

The drawing of blood by robot.

From someone who has had more than their fair share of failed attempts by staff to get blood out for testing this sounds like a great medical advance to me. On the flip side it does raise issues about how well it could be set up for the farming of humans.

Video credit – The National Science Foundation

Battery powered means of detecting malaria in the bloodstream while the blood is still within the body.

What a fantastic way of making the cost of testing so cheap and so flexible in terms of conditions of use that its really, really useful.

https://www.monash.edu/news/articles/scientists-a-step-closer-to-fighting-malaria-with-world-first-diagnostic-tool  

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Associate Professor Bayden Wood and members of the No Road Expeditions group.

Photo credit: Steve Morton

 

Images courtesy of the Monash website