AI-analyzed blood test can predict the progression of neurodegenerative disease

Evaluating the effectiveness of therapies for neurodegenerative diseases is often difficult because each patient’s progression is different. A new study shows artificial intelligence (AI) analysis of blood samples can predict and explain disease progression, which could one day help doctors choose more appropriate and effective treatments for patients. Scientists at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital) of McGill University […]

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Artificial intelligence predicts treatment outcome for diabetes-related vision loss

A new approach that uses artificial intelligence to analyze retinal images could one day help doctors select the best treatment for patients with vision loss from diabetic macular edema. This diabetes complication is a major cause of vision loss among working-age adults. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents are widely used as the first line of therapy for diabetic macular […]

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Medical emergency observation unit reduces length of stay and raises patient satisfaction

It’s a quandary facing many busy emergency departments (EDs) across the country: how to treat young patients who require emergency care and a brief stay, while reserving limited inpatient beds for the most acute cases. In winter, when respiratory cases compound the rising patient census, limited resources are stretched even thinner. In one urban ED that sees approximately 12,000 pediatric […]

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Biomarkers of brain function may lead to clinical tests for hidden hearing loss

A pair of biomarkers of brain function—one that represents “listening effort,” and another that measures ability to process rapid changes in frequencies—may help to explain why a person with normal hearing may struggle to follow conversations in noisy environments, according to a new study led by Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers. Published online last week in the scientific journal eLife, […]

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