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Bombshell Stanford study finds ChatGPT and Google’s Bard answer medical questions with racist, debunked theories that harm Black patients

As hospitals and health care systems turn to artificial intelligence to help summarize doctors’ notes and analyze health records, a new study led by Stanford School of Medicine researchers cautions that popular chatbots are perpetuating racist, debunked medical ideas, prompting concerns that the tools could worsen health disparities for Black patients. Powered by AI models trained on troves of text pulled from the internet, chatbots such as ChatGPT and Google’s Bard responded to the researchers’ questions with a range of misconceptions and falsehoods about Black patients, sometimes including fabricated, race-based equations, according to the study published Friday in the academic journal Digital Medicine and obtained exclusively by The Associated Press. Experts worry these systems could

The Benefits of AI in Healthcare

Artificial Intelligence is being used in healthcare for everything from answering patient questions to assisting with surgeries and developing new pharmaceuticals.
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Health Systems Struggle to Balance Technology with Human Touch, Contributing to Workforce Exodus

In a recent study conducted by the CU Denver Business School's Health Administration Research Consortium (HARC), significant concerns have emerged regarding the evolving landscape of healthcare delivery. While technological advancements have facilitated easier access to healthcare services, they have also been cited as a contributing factor to the departure of professionals from the industry. The 2023 Health Systems Climate Study sheds light on the challenges faced by healthcare providers in navigating the delicate balance between leveraging technology and preserving the personal touch in medicine.​ Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the healthcare sector has experienced a rapid transformation, particularly with the widespread adoption of telehealth services. While these
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Revolutionizing Stroke Rehabilitation: The Promise of Telerehabilitation

In the aftermath of a stroke, individuals often confront formidable challenges, particularly in the restoration of lower body mobility and the pursuit of regained independence. These obstacles not only encompass physical limitations but also extend to mental well-being and overall quality of life. Recognizing this urgent need, researchers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan have embarked on a pioneering endeavor to redefine stroke rehabilitation through the innovative application of telerehabilitation. Addressing Post-Stroke Recovery Challenges Shortened inpatient stays and limited access to continued stroke rehabilitation services present significant hurdles for lower extremity recovery post-stroke. Patients grapple with issues such as balance, stability, and gait coordination,
Medical Equipment

Pulmonary embolism startup Flow Medical raises $2M in friends-and-family round

Flow Medical has recently secured $2 million in a funding round primarily from friends and family. The Chicago-based company is actively engaged in the development of an innovative thrombolysis catheter designed to address acute pulmonary embolism (PE). The secured funds will be directed towards research and development initiatives, as well as regulatory endeavors. Jennifer Fried, the co-founder and CEO of Flow Medical and former CEO of Explorer Surgical, expressed her appreciation for the support received, emphasizing the significance of the investment in validating the potential of their groundbreaking technology. The startup, led by Fried, collaborates with renowned venous thromboembolism physicians Dr. Jonathan Paul and Dr. Osman Ahmed at The University of Chicago Medical Center. The

Olympus Announces Launch of Next Generation Electrosurgical Generator

Olympus Corporation, a global medical technology company committed to making people's lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling, announced market availability of its newest electrosurgical generator for use in the treatment of bladder cancer and enlarged prostate. The ESG-410 Electrosurgical Generator supports options

Algae-Based Microrobots Deliver Antibiotics within Lungs of ICU Patients

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a microrobot system to treat bacterial pneumonia. The microrobots consist of living algal cells that can swim very effectively in biological fluids, allowing them to navigate throughout the lungs and deliver drugs to difficult-to-reach areas. The
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FDA clears next-generation cardiovascular, thoracic CT scanners

Arineta Cardio Imaging has recently announced a significant milestone with the FDA 510(k) clearance and the subsequent launch of its advanced cardiovascular CT scanners. The cutting-edge system, named SpotLight, has been meticulously crafted to cater specifically to cardiovascular CT imaging needs. What sets this technology apart is its ability to provide a broad 25 cm field of view, boasting an impressive 120 msec temporal resolution, one-beat whole heart coverage, and spatial resolution featuring a 0.5 mm detector. Additionally, the system incorporates a powerful 139kW effective X-ray tube, contributing to its high-performance capabilities. In a press release, Arineta Cardio Imaging revealed that the next-generation product, SpotLight Duo, expands the system's capabilities further by

Laser-assisted robotic knee surgery advances orthopaedic treatment

Robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery with laser technology is garnering attention as a groundbreaking advancement in orthopaedic care. With its array of benefits for patients and surgeons alike, this cutting-edge approach is transforming the landscape of knee surgeries. In an interview, Dr. Anush Rao, Specialist
Pharmaceuticals

TL1A Protein Causes a Significant Shift in Immunology

Revolutionizing IBD Treatment: The Rise of TL1A Drugs In the landscape of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) treatment, a seismic shift is underway as pharmaceutical giants invest billions into developing drugs targeting TL1A, a protein found in elevated levels in IBD patients. Recent acquisitions and partnerships, such as Merck's $10.8 billion acquisition of Prometheus Biosciences and Sanofi's $1.5 billion partnership with Teva, underscore the intense competition and high stakes involved in this burgeoning field. TL1A: A Promising Target for IBD and Beyond TL1A has emerged as a promising target for new drugs, with the potential to impact not only ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease but also a spectrum of other inflammatory conditions including arthritis, skin diseases, and lung diseases.
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Breakthrough AI Algorithm, DeepSTI, Revolutionizes Brain Imaging for Neurological Diseases

A recent study highlights the development of DeepSTI, an AI-assisted MRI algorithm capable of producing high-resolution 3D brain images from a single head orientation. This innovation holds promise for reducing the number of scans required to observe neurological changes linked to conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS). In contrast to susceptibility tensor imaging (STI), which demands multiple scans at various head orientations, DeepSTI generates a comprehensive brain "super-scan" with fewer images, offering a quicker and more patient-friendly process. Jeremias Sulam, PhD, the study's senior author at Johns Hopkins University, explained that traditional STI imaging necessitates at least six scans at different head orientations for effective reconstruction, hindering its widespread use.
Diet & Nutrition

Food SENSE offers new ways of assessing and tackling malnutrition in Uganda.

CGIAR’s Sustainable Animal Productivity and Livelihoods, Nutrition and Gender inclusion Initiative (SAPLING) has developed a tool for assessing, identifying and responding to food and nutrition security problems in developing countries. The Food Security, Environments and Nutrition: Structured Evidence (FoodSENSE), is a decision support process developed by SAPLING researchers to aid decision makers in identifying barriers to improved food security and nutrition, and then to structure dialogue for prioritization of appropriate solutions for target demographic groups. The tool provides site-specific information on foods consumed, where they are sourced and the nutritional outcomes. It is also used to evaluate food systems and environments, including markets, value chains and socio-cultural

What Are The Signs That Iron Pills Are Working?

The signs that iron pills are working vary from person to person. Some people may notice an improvement in energy and other anemia symptoms. People without noticeable anemia symptoms may see little change. People often begin responding to iron pills within 2 weeks. A doctor can monitor if supplementation is working by

The “Medical Bypass”: New Drugs to Strike Obesity

The FDA has granted Mounjaro, drug that showed comparable potential to gastric bypass surgery, a Fast Track designation to treat obesity. In what’s being called a “medical bypass”, new anti-obesity drugs are almost matching efficacy rates in weight loss that have previously only been seen with weight loss surgeries. In
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South Korean Junior Doctors' Strike Intensifies Amidst Government-Proposed Solutions

South Korea grapples with a pressing healthcare crisis as junior doctors continue their strike, leaving essential medical services in limbo. The core issue revolves around the government's proposed solution to address the critical shortage of doctors, particularly in vital specialties and rural regions. Junior doctors voice concerns regarding the effectiveness of the government's plan, which aims to increase medical school enrollment by 2,000 students. They argue that this strategy fails to address the root cause of the problem, as new doctors are likely to gravitate towards specialties offering better work-life balance and higher compensation. In response to the proposed solution, doctors demand better pay and improved working conditions for those in essential specialties. Sooho Joo,

Philippines' to introduce Pharmaceutical Ecozones Backed by PEZA

The Philippines faces significant challenges concerning access to affordable medicines, prompting President Marcos Jr. to introduce a strategic initiative aimed at revolutionizing the pharmaceutical landscape through the establishment of Pharmaceutical Ecozones (PEZs). With a comprehensive set of goals, involving
Events

Arab Health anticipates 3,000 companies from 70 countries for its next edition in January

The 2023 edition of Arab Health will return to the Dubai World Trade Centre from 30th January – 2nd February under the show's theme, 'Innovation and Sustainability in Healthcare', the organizers said. Exhibitor companies are also anticipated to rise, increasing from 2,828 to over 3,000 from 70 countries, according to Informa Markets. Arab Health has underscored its position as the epicenter of healthcare trade and reaffirmed its support for global businesses and governments by securing AED2.8 billion worth of healthcare industry-related contracts, according to a GRS Explore Exhibitor Survey during the 2022 edition, which was held in Dubai in January. The exhibition plays an integral role in supporting UAE Government initiatives such as ‘Make it in the Emirates’, a platform for developing