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Democratizing artificial intelligence in health care

Hackathons promote doctor-data scientist collaboration and expanded access to electronic medical-records to improve patient care. An artificial intelligence program that’s better than human doctors at recommending treatment for sepsis may soon enter clinical trials in London. The machine learning model is part of a new way of practicing medicine that…

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Thomas Heldt named IEEE EMBS 2019 Distinguished Lecturer

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named IMES core faculty member and W.M. Keck Career Development Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Thomas Heldt, an Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Distinguished Lecturer for 2019. Lecturers serve one-year terms and are selected from around the world to speak…

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3Q: Eric Alm on the mysteries of the microbiome

Eric Alm is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and biological engineering at MIT and co-director of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics. He also serves on the board of directors for the non-profit stool bank, OpenBiome, and clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company Finch Therapeutics. His work focuses on understanding and engineering the…

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With these nanoparticles, a simple test could diagnose bacterial pneumonia

Results could also indicate whether antibiotics have successfully treated the infection. Pneumonia, a respiratory disease that kills about 50,000 people in the United States every year, can be caused by many different microbes, including bacteria and viruses. Rapid detection of pneumonia is critical for effective treatment, especially in hospital-acquired cases…

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