The impact of AI

Radiology and radiologists: a painful divorce

Artificial intelligence based applications will replace radiologists in some areas, the physicist Bram van Ginneken predicts. ‘The profession of radiologist will change profoundly,’ predicts Gram…

Rare cancer

A simple blood tests could improve diagnosis of myeloma

A pioneering study into myeloma, a rare cancer, could lead to General Practicianer (GPs) using simple blood tests to improve early diagnosis. The study investigated the best combination of blood…

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Olympus BX46 microscope – Protecting operators with ergonomics

In microscopy, ergonomics is particularly important as long periods at the microscope put unusually specific constraints on posture. In certain roles, such as in pathology, microscopy forms a…

Gaining ground

MRI advances approach the realm of precision medicine

MRI has developed rapidly over the past decade in Poland, where clinicians are combining MRI with PET and CT to highlight tumour growth or regression and perfusion. ‘The fact that MRI offers new software and programmes means we can diagnose pathologies more precisely and make a diagnosis faster than a few years ago,’ explained Poland’s national advisor on radiology and diagnostic imaging Jerzy Walecki. ‘What is so special about the value of modern MRI programmes,’ he added, ‘is that MRI offers structure and functional studies, and the combination and fusion of methods.’

Cerebrovascular disease

Stroke deaths decrease all over Europe – but it's too early to cheer

New research, published in the European Heart Journal, has shown deaths from conditions that affect the blood supply to the brain, such as stroke, are declining overall in Europe but that in some…

New study

Rethinking the six-hour rule for stroke victims

Neurologist who coined the phrase "Time is Brain" says message is not so simple anymore. Rather there should be no hard-and-fast rule governing when therapy can be given because strokes…

Brain tumors

Researchers find missing immune cells that could fight glioblastoma

Glioblastoma brain tumors can have an unusual effect on the body's immune system, often causing a dramatic drop in the number of circulating T-cells that help drive the body's defenses. Where the…

Reinforced learning

AI masters tightrope walk of cancer treatment dosage

Using a new approach called 'reinforced learning', researchers have taught an artificial intelligence (AI) to responsibly choose the right amount of chemo- and radiotherapy for glioblastoma patients.…

Latest headlines

EU devises six-year Action Plan on childhood obesity

Childhood obesity remains a big public health issue in the European Union. In the European region it is estimated that 1 in 3 11 year olds is overweight or obese. 7% of national health budget across Europe is spent on diseases linked to obesity. To address this alarming issue, the EU envisaged a six year Action Plan on Childhood Obesity (2014-2020). The plan aims at demonstrating shared commitment among EU Member States, setting priority areas for actions and collectively keeping track of the progress. An international symposium on October 30, in Brussels offers an opportunity for all relevant stakeholders to engage with the EU Action Plan. Detailed information on the Action Plan and symposium can be found at Public Policy Exchange.


Siemens Healthineers reports strong comparable revenue growth

After its admission into TecDAX, Siemens Healthineers AG posted solid growth in revenue for the third quarter: Supported by the robust increase in the Imaging segment, revenue rose by five percent on a comparable basis over the third quarter last year; in absolute figures revenue was stable at EUR 3.3 billion. Adversely affected by significantly negative currency effects, the adjusted profit margin was 16.0 percent. Adjusted profit amounted to EUR 528 million, with adjusted net income reaching EUR 334 million. Earnings per share are at EUR 0.29. Atellica Solution deliveries are being accelerated and remain on schedule with more than 560 systems delivered up to the end of the third quarter. More details on the Q3 report on the Siemens Healthineers website.


David Westgate new Chairman, President and CEO of Carestream Health

David C. Westgate has been named the new Chairman, President and CEO of Carestream Health, a provider of medical imaging systems and healthcare IT solutions. Mr. Westgate previously served as CEO of Jason Industries, Inc., where he led successful efforts to diversify the company’s portfolio while emphasizing a culture of growth and innovation. “Dave has an impressive record of success in corporate leadership roles and his vision for Carestream is clear: move the company toward long-term growth and market leadership, and drive continuous innovation across the company’s broad portfolio of products,” said Robert Le Blanc, a Senior Managing Director of Onex Corporation. Mr. Westgate replaces Kevin Hobert who had decided to leave the company and will assist with the transition.


US: Rapid rise in deaths from liver disease over the last decade

Researchers detected a rapid rise in deaths due to liver disease in the US since 2009, especially in young people, driven predominantly by alcohol use. They point out a possible correlation with the global financial crisis and subsequent economic recession in the US, which began in 2008. After the examination of death certificate data for nearly 600,000 adults, the researchers found that deaths due to cirrhosis increased by 65% (from 20,661 in 1999 to 34,174 in 2016) and deaths due to liver cancer doubled (from 5,112 in 1999 to 11,073 in 2016). Men had twice as many cirrhosis related deaths and four times as many liver cancer related deaths than women. The study can be found on the website of the British Medical Journal (BMJ).


Mobile devices are taking over healthcare

Medical device company Carestream Health has published an interesting piece about the increasing capabilities of mobile devices in healthcare. Click here to read the article on Carestream's "Everything Rad" blog.

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AI approach to help myeloma patients

A multidisciplinary team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) technology platform that could potentially change the way drug…

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Why getting rid of tighty-whities is good for your fertility

Researchers have discovered a good reason to not wear tight-fitting underwear – beyond the obvious aspect of fashion: According to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, men…

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CMT: Unlikely ally against deadly neuropathy

Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is the most common hereditary neuropathy and affects more than two million people worldwide. In Germany, at least 30.000 people suffer from CMT which belongs to the…

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Sodium consumption

Daily salt intake: How much is too much for our heart?

New research shows that for the vast majority of individuals, sodium consumption does not increase health risks except for those who eat more than five grams a day, the equivalent of 2.5 teaspoons of…

Autophagy

Pathway Ebola virus uses to enter cells pinpointed

The new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus declared just last week in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to have claimed more than 30 victims so far, highlighting the continued urgency…

Wearables

Smart wristband could monitor personal health

Rutgers University–New Brunswick engineers have created a smart wristband with a wireless connection to smartphones that will enable a new wave of personal health and environmental monitoring…

Hospital hygiene

Will resistant bacteria be the end of alcohol hand sanitizers?

Alcohol-based hand sanitisers have been a mainstay in hospital hygiene for decades. But now, strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria show signs of overcoming these handwashing agents as well. Does…

Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis

Taking a pill can effectively treat brutal lung disease

Researchers Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center report that they figured out why air sacs in the lungs clog up with a thick substance called surfactant in a brutal disease called Pulmonary…

Mysterious illness

Potential diagnostic test for Kawasaki disease

For the first time, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Imperial College London, with international collaborators, have determined that Kawasaki disease (KD) can…

Henipaviruses

Lethal viruses hijack cellular defences against cancer

Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) researchers have identified a new mechanism used by Henipaviruses in infection, and potential new targets for antivirals to treat them.…