Beating the Bloodsuckers: How AI Takes a Swat at Mosquitoes and Malaria

When it comes to advancing science, Marianne Sinka has some skin in the game. Some itchy skin. The Oxford University entomologist has regularly sacrificed her flesh (and blood) as mosquito bait to further her research. Now she’s using AI to track the irksome insects and battle the deadly diseases they carry. “Today, the best way Read article >

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Out of the Bone Age: AI Modernizes 60-Year-Old Test for Assessing Kids’ Growth

Doctors Alexander Bilbily and Mark Cicero spent years training to be radiologists. But the two believe their biggest impact will be outside their medical offices. Bilbily and Cicero are founders of 16 Bit, a Toronto-based startup that intends to reinvent radiology with GPU-accelerated deep learning. The 18-month-old company recently took a big step in that Read article >

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Down So Long: AI Offers Hope for More Effective Depression Treatments

Thinking about depression treatment is likely to depress you. The disease, which is the world’s leading cause of disability, affects an estimated 300 million people globally. Although there are plenty of possible treatments, doctors have no reliable way to know what’s best for each patient. Many people struggle with depression for years — enduring medication Read article >

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Startup Uses AI to Spot Lung Cancer Early

Lung cancer has long been one of the most difficult forms of the disease to diagnose. Episode 3 of our “I Am AI” docuseries introduces 12 Sigma Technologies, a San Diego-based startup that’s applying GPU-infused AI and deep learning to change that. Doctors typically use their eyes to examine CT scan images, looking for small Read article >

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How Deep Learning Could Catch Breast Cancers that Mammograms Miss

Mammograms save lives by detecting breast cancer early, except when they don’t. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and the second leading cause of cancer death. But mammograms, the standard screening for the disease, miss one in five cancers, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Or they may indicate cancer when Read article >

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Harvard Researcher Uses AI to Tackle Common Cause of Childhood Blindness

Doctors can prevent one of the most common causes of blindness in young children — but only when they can detect it. The disease, called retinopathy of prematurity, or ROP, affects the youngest, smallest and most vulnerable infants. These are preterm babies born before 31 weeks who weigh less than 2¾ pounds. Doctors can treat Read article >

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Getting to the Heart of Arrhythmia with GPU-Powered AI

Artificial intelligence is quickly evolving into a lifesaver. Two separate efforts in the commercial and academic arenas have inched us closer to taking a bite out of heart disease — the world’s no. 1 killer. A Stanford University team led by Andrew Ng and a Silicon Valley startup are tapping the power of AI to Read article >

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