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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Philips CTO outlines ethical guidelines for AI in healthcare

The use of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms in healthcare is poised to expand significantly over the next few years, but beyond the investment strategies and technological foundations lie serious questions around the ethical and responsible use of AI. In an effort to clarify its own position and add to the debate, the executive vice president and chief technology […]

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Discovery could help slow down progression of Parkinson’s disease

A collaboration between scientists at Rutgers University and Scripps Research led to the discovery of a small molecule that may slow down or stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s, which affects 1 million people in the United States and over 10 million worldwide according to the Parkinson’s Foundation, is a neurodegenerative disorder with no cure. Symptoms develop slowly over […]

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Company blamed for opioid crisis 'cynical' for selling overdose cure

Pharmaceutical empire behind addictive painkiller OxyContin blamed for US opioid crisis is slammed for selling its overdose cure around the world The Sackler family makes millions selling prescription painkillers in the US Their company Purdue Pharma makes the high-strength opioid OxyContin Affiliated companies sell the OxyContin overdose antidote around the world  Experts said it is ‘deeply cynical’ for the companies […]

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Stopping cholera and saving lives

Daniele Lantagne is dedicated to combating infectious diseases, such as diarrhea, cholera, and Ebola. At the School of Engineering’s Environmental Sustainability Lab, her approach encompasses laboratory, field, and policy implementation-based research. Lantagne, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and her team focus on reducing diarrheal diseases, the second most common cause of death among children worldwide through improved […]

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