healthcare

A second set of eyes – Using computers to aid melanoma detection

The deadliest skin cancer is melanoma, which will be responsible for over 9,000 deaths in the United States in 20171. Melanoma is unique among cancers in that it arises as a visible and identifiable mark on the surface of the skin – unlike cancers of the breast, lung, or colon that develop hidden from our […]

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Solving AI’s moving-target search problem at IJCAI 2017

As we look to get from point A to point B, people increasingly have options that go beyond the typical bus or taxi. Various flavours of ride and car sharing are now available in cities worldwide, making getting around more convenient than ever. Yet, as anyone that uses such services knows, it can be difficult […]

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IBM Research-China Showcases 8 Papers at Medinfo 2017

Using cognitive computing to improve healthcare in China has been one of the main focus areas for the IBM Research-China organization. With 7 billion hospital visits per year, the country’s healthcare systems have the opportunity to tap into that data and uncover new insights for disease management and population health.  Collaborations with 15 leading Chinese […]

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JDRF and IBM piece together the puzzle of type 1 diabetes

Health-related information is the new frontier of data, and machine learning is one of the most powerful data-analysis tools available. When you put them together, you can glean valuable insights about health and human disease. JDRF and IBM announced today they are collaborating to focus this power on preventing the autoimmune disease type 1 diabetes […]

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Combating the Opioid Epidemic with Machine Learning

The opioid epidemic has become one of the worst health crises in US history.  In 2015, more than 90 Americans died every day from opioid overdoses, a number comparable to deaths in car accidents and projected to have risen further in 2016 and 2017. 1,2 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate the […]

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A new method for materials simulation

The ability to predict the properties of materials before they are fabricated, or to explore their behavior under conditions which are impractical to replicate under laboratory conditions (eg extreme temperatures or pressures) is critical for next generation materials design. Improving the predictive power of materials modelling guides planning and design, saves money, and can accelerate […]

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Monitoring Parkinson’s disease with sensors and analytics to improve clinical trials

One year ago, IBM and Pfizer announced a partnership, Project BlueSky, aiming to develop a system to improve how clinical trials are conducted for Parkinson’s disease (PD) drugs in development. Over the last 12 months, the interdisciplinary team from both companies has made great strides in building and deploying new technology to automatically assess the […]

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Healthcare research: IBM uncovers new way to stimulate the body to fight disease

Using nanomaterials to carry drug molecules to specific cells in the body is a relatively new field in healthcare research. But it’s an important one. For example, in order to target therapies to tumors, scientists have developed techniques to attach drug molecules (or vaccines) to nanomaterials like graphene sheets, a single-atom-thick sheet of carbon that […]

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How Big Data is Making Scientists Smarter about Ebola

The 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak was a tragedy of enormous proportions. It caused the death of over 11,000 people, while more than 28,000 cases have been reported. From a socioeconomic, perspective, it has brought close to collapse the three African countries most directly impacted: Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. During the outbreak and immediately […]

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Watson’s detective work could help stop the silent thief of sight

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. The disease progresses very slowly and destroys vision gradually, starting with the side vision and narrowing over time.  It often remains undetected until irreversible eye sight is lost at later stages. It’s no surprise then, that glaucoma has earned a reputation as the silent thief of […]

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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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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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