Healthcare

Research and innovation addressing today's greatest health challenges

Publishing in Science: Predicting how molecules smell

Although the Roman philosopher Lucretius was right when he wrote that odors were caused by a flow of atoms emitted by objects, smell may still be the least understood of our five senses. While we use it every day, science has not fully understood how molecules produce an odor, or how to determine what they […]

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New IBM research: Making silicon biochips to stretch single DNA for future disease detection

Just last month, IBM released its “5 in 5” predictions, an exercise to identify five innovations that will have an impact on society in five years. Among the five, it was predicted that, with the help of IBM “lab-on-a-chip” technology, doctors could have a device that isolates tiny bioparticles from bodily fluids to reveal signs […]

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Of Big Brains and Tiny Devices: Here Comes the Internet of the Body

How does a gifted student in Switzerland in the 1980s apply his talents? On precision mechanics and watchmaking, of course. Before becoming the multifaceted scientist he is today, Bruno Michel started out as a watchmaking apprentice. But at the time the watch industry was facing a challenging period and its four-century dominance was coming to […]

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Improving Healthcare in China with Cognitive Analytics

With the world’s largest population, China generates an unprecedented amount of medical data. It’s an ideal harvest ground for the development and application of cognitive solutions that extract insights from data to improve medical management. The landscape of Chinese healthcare has undergone huge transformation over the past 20 years. The digitization of medical records resulted […]

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Cognitive tech in drones could reduce infectious outbreaks

In 2012, neuroscientist, TEDTalker, inventor James Kozloski’s wife Sumali was in nursing school in Connecticut – just when the state was struggling to deal with some of the highest rates of hospital-acquired infections in the country. The outbreak, for example, contributed 914 cases of “super bug” Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus to the some 80,000 annual cases […]

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IBM 5 in 5: Medical labs “on a chip” will serve as health detectives for tracing disease at the nanoscale

The earlier a disease is diagnosed, the more likely it is to be cured or successfully managed. For example, breast cancer and prostate cancer detected and treated at stage one have five-year survival rates of nearly 100 percent. At stage four, this rate drops to around 26 percent for breast cancer and 28 percent for […]

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IBM 5 in 5: With AI, our words will be a window into our mental health

As a neuroscientist, I want to understand the brain. Beyond just the physical structures of neurons and the synapses, but how it works. How is it that we think? How is it that two pounds of protein and water can produce this amazing, complex organ that literally drives humanity? Ultimately, behavior is what the brain […]

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Building cognitive IoT solutions using data assimilation

How can we predict, with certainty, the motion or direction of clouds in the sky? How can we track an oil spill in the ocean, locate a gas leak in a city, or identify an arterial blockage in our bodies? Data assimilation methods can be used across a range of cognitive IoT applications to do […]

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IBM Researchers Bring AI to Radiology at RSNA 2016

“When my father was misdiagnosed and administered the wrong medication placing him in a coma nearly 20 years ago, I saw firsthand the need for technology to help physicians make accurate decisions,” said Tanveer Syeda-Mahmood, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist of the Medical Sieve Radiology Grand Challenge Project at IBM Research – Almaden in San […]

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Pathologists Look Forward to a Future with Deep Learning and Neural Networks

Deep learning and neural networks are making significant progress in identifying cancer mitosis. A critical step in the diagnosis of cancer is the analysis of a patient’s biopsy tissue sample, which sometimes can be as small as a pinhead. Even with such a small sample, pathologists can test for the absence or presence of tumor cells […]

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Identifying skin cancer with computer vision

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Over five million cases are diagnosed each year, costing the U.S. healthcare system over $8 billion. More than 100,000 of these cases involve melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, which leads to over 9,000 deaths a year, and the numbers continue to […]

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Cracking the Cancer Code with Watson Genomics

Since the time of Egyptians building pyramids, we’ve known about the impact cancer has on humankind. It is the second leading cause of death in the US1, based on data from 2010 through 2012, nearly 40 percent of Americans will develop it in their lifetime; one in four men and one in five women are […]

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