AI has learnt to predict heart attacks more accurately than doctors

AI has learnt to predict heart attacks more accurately than doctors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year millions of people die from heart disease and this new system could save thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of extra lives   Every year an estimated 20 million people die from heart disease, but now, hot on the heels of an artificial intelligence (AI)...

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Artificial womb gives new meaning to Lamb in a Bag

Artificial womb gives new meaning to Lamb in a Bag

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hundreds of thousands of babies are born prematurely and, one day, this breakthrough will offer parents new hope, it could also signal the beginning of humanity’s ability to create huge Star Wars like clone armies…   In February a team of researchers from the UK’s Cambridge...

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Scientists discover that a virus might be triggering Coeliac disease

Scientists discover that a virus might be triggering Coeliac disease

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Coeliac disease affects millions of people around the world, and in extreme cases cause a lot of pain and distress and this discovery could pave the way for new cures and treatments.   Coeliac disease, which is bought about by an intolerance to Gluten, can...

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3D printed cartilage breakthrough offers millions of suffers new hope

3D printed cartilage breakthrough offers millions of suffers new hope

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cartilage is unique in that it doesn’t grow back, leaving Arthritis patients, and cancer and injury victims with no option but surgery, now though 3D bioprinting offers them all new hope.   Loosing a part of your body, such as an ear, knee or a...

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Second anti-aging pill that extends lifespans by a quarter heads to human trials

Second anti-aging pill that extends lifespans by a quarter heads to human trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A bacterium found on Easter Island is the source of a drug that extends life in lab animals, and researchers want to know if it could do the same for humans, but research and regulatory hurdles may make the road ahead a long one.  ...

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New spinal chord treatment lets paralysed man walk again for the first time

New spinal chord treatment lets paralysed man walk again for the first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Put simply paralysis may no longer be a life sentence   In the past paralysis meant just that, and it was forever. But now we are witnessing amazing breakthroughs in treating, and curing, paralysis that include the development of artificial neurons and cyborg implants, to brain chips and new...

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World first as scientists turn your DNA into a disease fighting computer

World first as scientists turn your DNA into a disease fighting computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s first DNA computer just broke cover, and it could revolutionise healthcare by detecting disease the instant it appears and helping turn bacteria into complex, disease fighting drugs factories.   In the past we were told that we were made up of DNA, but...

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Healthcare breakthrough turns bacteria into cyborgs and drug factories

Healthcare breakthrough turns bacteria into cyborgs and drug factories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When bad bacteria multiply people get sick, but now scientists are getting closer to being able to just “switch” them off and it could lead to a healthcare revolution.   For some time now many experts have believed that one of the ways we can,...

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Promising anti-aging treatment that extends lifespans by a third heads for human trials

Promising anti-aging treatment that extends lifespans by a third heads for human trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Anti-aging research has been going through a renaissance over the past few years, and now scientists plan on starting the first human trials.   Over the past few years there has been more investment, and more interest in anti-ageing technologies, and while some scientists have...

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Lifting the curtain on NeuraLink, Elon Musk’s adventure to connect humans and machines

Lifting the curtain on NeuraLink, Elon Musk’s adventure to connect humans and machines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As artificial intelligence gets better at out performing humans visionary entrepreneurs like Elon Musk want to make sure humanity isn’t left on the sidelines, a footnote in an AI history book.   Earlier this week wannabe Mars explorer, Tesla and SpaceX CEO, founder and billionaire...

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Stem cell breakthrough paves the way for mass produced artificial blood

Stem cell breakthrough paves the way for mass produced artificial blood

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hundreds of millions of people each year need some form of blood transfusion and supplies are always stressed, this latest breakthrough could let doctors produce any type of blood on demand and save countless lives.   Researchers at the University of Bristol (UB) have made a...

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Solar powered artificial skin gives prosthetics a sense of touch

Solar powered artificial skin gives prosthetics a sense of touch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many amputees complain of “Phantom limb” syndrome but now a new breakthrough could help them finally feel again, for real.   UK researchers have developed a synthetic skin for prosthetic limbs that can generate power and return the sense of touch to amputees. Researchers from...

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Gene therapy successfully cures two babies of cancer

Gene therapy successfully cures two babies of cancer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New gene therapy treatments could spell the end of painful and exhausting chemotherapy treatments, and give patients new hope, but there’s a long road ahead still.   Just think of living in a world where people don’t have to go in for chemotherapy treatment any...

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A cure for millions as gene therapy cures patient with Sickle Cell disease

A cure for millions as gene therapy cures patient with Sickle Cell disease

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sickle cell disease is a painful and debilitating disease that affects millions of people worldwide, but everything seems to indicate researchers have found a cure.   In the first success of its kind, a teenage boy with Sickle Cell disease, an inherited, painful disease, where...

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Cryonics breakthrough could one day end transplant waiting lists

Cryonics breakthrough could one day end transplant waiting lists

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Freezing objects is easy, defrosting them so they’re alive, or functional, is the hard part but now we’ve just made a giant leap forward.   Recently we’ve seen breakthroughs in suspended animation, which one day might allow humanity to travel across galaxies and live to...

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Scientists discover a giant  neuron around the brain that could explain conciousness

Scientists discover a giant neuron around the brain that could explain conciousness

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One of life’s mysteries is why life exists in the first place, and the mystery of consciousness comes a close second, but the latter might be about to be solved.   Consciousness has long baffled, well, everyone. Let’s face it – noone really knows why...

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The Terminator bought to life, researchers want to put artificial human skin onto robots

The Terminator bought to life, researchers want to put artificial human skin onto robots

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots with human skin are nothing new, at least in sci-fi terms, but we now have the technology and a reason to make it happen…   This week researchers Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy and Andrew Carr from the University of Oxford announced that they believe robots dressed...

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US Army to develop artificial human skin and powdered blood

US Army to develop artificial human skin and powdered blood

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blood has to be stored carefully, and skin is in short supply but new developments would mean they’re available anywhere, anytime.   Researchers, doctors and bio-technicians at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research are working on new, more efficient ways to administer blood to...

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Scientists have 3D printed functioning artificial human skin

Scientists have 3D printed functioning artificial human skin

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to print artificial human skin, on demand will change the lives of burns victims and reduce the need for animal testing.   A few months after Stanford University announced it had created the world’s first artificial skin substitute, now researchers in Spain have...

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New brain reading computer lets paralysed patients communicate by thought

New brain reading computer lets paralysed patients communicate by thought

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people take the ability to communicate for granted, but millions of people aren’t as fortunate, but new computing systems are breaking down the walls.   Those crazy researchers at Stanford University have done it again – not content building virtual reality avatars with three arms...

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