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Deep brain stimulation and exercise restore movement in ataxia

Deep brain stimulation and exercise restore movement in ataxia

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Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain New research from Baylor College of Medicine scientists shows that a combination of deep brain stimulation (DBS) and exercise has potential benefits for treating ataxia, a rare genetic neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive irreversible problems with movement. Working with a mouse model of the human condition, researchers at Baylor and the…
Atherosclerosis can accelerate the development of clonal hematopoiesis, study finds

Atherosclerosis can accelerate the development of clonal hematopoiesis, study finds

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Credit: CC0 Public Domain Billions of peripheral white blood cells are produced every day by the regular divisions of hematopoietic stem cells and their descendants in the bone marrow. Under normal circumstances, thousands of stem cells contribute progeny to the blood at any given time, making white blood cells a group with diverse ancestry. Clonal…
Research reveals how bacteria defeat drugs that fight cystic fibrosis

Research reveals how bacteria defeat drugs that fight cystic fibrosis

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UM researcher Laura Jennings helped discover a strategy used by bacteria to defeat antibiotics and other drugs used to fight infections caused by cystic fibrosis. Credit: University of Montana University of Montana researchers and their partners have discovered a slimy strategy used by bacteria to defeat antibiotics and other drugs used to combat infections afflicting…
Push for better vaccine access as world cautiously looks ahead

Push for better vaccine access as world cautiously looks ahead

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Some of the world's most powerful countries issued a rare unified call for better vaccine access for poorer nations on Friday, as inoculation campaigns strengthened and governments cautiously envisioned a post-COVID future. The unanimous support for the resolution at the UN Security Council came as G20 nations sought to align plans to relaunch economies when…
Slide show: Labor positions

Slide show: Labor positions

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Slide show: Labor positions Previous Next 1 of 9 Pregnant woman kneeling with birthing ball There's no perfect position for labor. However, trying different positions can help you feel more in control and cope with the pain. Research suggests that certain positions can also enhance the progress of labor. By involving your labor partner, you…
Video: The epidural block

Video: The epidural block

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An epidural block is a common type of anesthesia for labor and delivery. During labor, a needle is placed in the epidural space, which is just outside the spinal canal. A small, hollow tube called a catheter is inserted through this needle. Once the catheter is in place, the needle is removed and medication is…
USDA invests $42M in telehealth infrastructure

USDA invests $42M in telehealth infrastructure

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In a move to help rural residents gain access to healthcare and educational opportunities, the United States Department of Agriculture is investing $42.3 million in telemedicine and distance learning infrastructure. WHY IT MATTERS Rural areas have greater infection and death rates from COVID-19 because of several factors, including a much higher percentage of underlying conditions,…
An Epic cognitive computing platform primer

An Epic cognitive computing platform primer

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In production machine learning systems, the model itself is only a small part of the implementation. The "scaffolding" required to run machine learning models, also called machine learning operations or MLOps, is another crucial component. This scaffolding includes configuration, data collection, feature extraction, data verification, machine resource management, analysis tools, process management tools, serving infrastructure…
Automating ‘high level’ healthcare tasks can create high value savings

Automating ‘high level’ healthcare tasks can create high value savings

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Busakorn Pongparnit/Getty ImagesWith the recent influx of data across the healthcare industry, the time to fully implement artificial intelligence and machine learning is now, according to Brandon Sim, the chief technology officer and chief operating officer at ApolloMed, a tech-powered healthcare management company. "Especially because recent CMS regulations are going to force electronic health record…
Advancements in automation are cutting into the rising costs of manual healthcare transactions

Advancements in automation are cutting into the rising costs of manual healthcare transactions

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Inefficiency is an issue that continues to plague many areas of healthcare, particularly when it comes to manual administrative functions. While the industry is increasingly harnessing technology – evidenced by the use of telehealth and the push for electronic health record interoperability – administrative complexity continues to be burdensome, and largely paper- and fax-driven. This…