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Saving lives in the ICU through artificial intelligence

Saving lives in the ICU through artificial intelligence
Two years ago, Gal Salomon’s mother developed sepsis during a stay in the hospital. “It was a big hospital with a lot of patients and no one saw or understood it was happening,” Salomon recalls bitterly. “We lost her after two days.”

So when Salomon, then a partner at Israeli venture capital firm Pitango, was introduced to Clew Medical, he knew immediately that he had to get involved. Clew develops software that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to predict which patients in a hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) are at the highest risk of imminent deterioration, and it alerts staff so they can intervene early.

Researchers bring high res magnetic resonance imaging to nanometer scale

Researchers bring high res magnetic resonance imaging to nanometer scale
A new technique that brings magnetic resonance imaging to the nanometer scale with unprecedented resolution will open the door for major advances in understanding new materials, virus particles and proteins that cause diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo used a new type of hardware and numerical algorithms to implement high-precision spin control, which allowed them to image proton spins with a resolution below 2nm.

Pope Francis using respected charity foundation to bail out corrupt medical institute

Pope Francis using respected charity foundation to bail out corrupt medical institute
Last summer, Pope Francis asked the U.S. based Papal Foundation to direct $25 million to the Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI), a dermatological hospital in Rome that has been plagued with corruption and financial scandal for years.

Founded in 1990, the Papal Foundation has a noble record of assisting popes in helping the poor in under-developed countries. Therefore, the $25-million grant requested by Francis has lay members of the Foundation up in arms, seeing that the money is going to the corruption-plagued, Church-owned dermatological institute accused of money laundering and which has liabilities of over $1 billion USD – an amount larger than the national debt of many nations.

By David Martin - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - -- Lifestyles

Behold history’s worst Olympic halfpipe run. ...Also, oddly, one of history’s best

Meet Elizabeth Swaney
Meet Elizabeth Swaney.  She’s a thoroughly average skier, probably no better than anyone you could find at your average, regional, Mount Trashmore.  Unlike your average skier, she just competed in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in women’s ski halfpipe.

Thanks to her ability to read the rules, she figured out a way to qualify while having little actual ability.

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - -- Lifestyles

A Great View, But Will it Kill You?

A Great View, But Will it Kill You?
What is the greatest threat to having a heart attack, the nation’s number one killer? Ask this question and most people will answer it’s having high blood cholesterol. Or they respond, it’s due to hypertension, obesity, diabetes, or a stressful lifestyle.

But suppose you ask what things will improve the chance of surviving coronary attack? I’d predict that after some hesitation the answer will be having someone nearby to administer cardio-pulmonary respiration (CPR).  But how many will know it depends on the floor you’re living on in a high rise building? And what should you know about the 26th floor?

A Crawfish Cook Calamity

A Crawfish Cook Calamity

That warm, spring Mississippi Delta Saturday was ideal for doing anything outdoors, but the calamitous way it turned out was less than ideal.

When it comes to preparing delicious, deep-south cuisine, nobody outperformed my lifelong best friend and mentor, the old black man known affectionately by all as Jaybird. When we asked him to boil several hundred pounds of crawfish, he said, “Sho’ — get the water boilin’; let’s enjoy some country-style cuttin’ up.”

By Jimmy Reed - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - -- Lifestyles

The 2018 Canadian Car of the Year is a Honda - and the Best Utility Vehicle is a minivan

Honda's all-new Accord sedan
Looks like Honda might be wise to buy a bigger display case to hold all the international awards its new Accord is receiving.

That’s because, after being named 2018 North American Car of the Year at the car show in Detroit, as well as scoring its way onto the Car & Driver 10 Best Cars list yet again (for about the 1,000th time) Honda’s all-new Accord sedan has won the 2018 Canadian Car of the Year award, presented under the auspices of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).

By Jim Bray - Sunday, February 18, 2018 - -- Automotive

Nanotechnology could redefine oral surgery

Nanotechnology could redefine oral surgery
A trip to the dentist or orthodontist usually instills a sense of dread in most patients, and that’s before the exam even begins. Add to that the fear of oral surgery with a painful recovery, and many people will avoid these visits at all costs. Now, one group reports a pre-clinical study in ACS Nano showing that they could potentially reduce pain and recovery time with the aid of specialized nanotechnology.

One drug could treat Alzheimer’s, MS, Crohn’s and more

One drug could treat Alzheimer’s, MS, Crohn’s and more
Could one drug effectively treat incurable inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis as well as neurodegenerative maladies such as Alzheimer’s disease?

Yes, says Prof. David Naor, speaking with ISRAEL21c at the Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology in Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem.

A step toward sensitive and fast gluten detection

A step toward sensitive and fast gluten detection
For people with celiac disease and gluten-sensitivities, the number of food options in the stores is growing. But current tests for gluten are not finding all of the substance in foods, resulting in some products being labeled “gluten free” when they really aren’t. Now researchers reporting in ACS Sensors say they have developed a fast gluten detector that has the potential to detect and quantify different sources of gluten than those on the market today.

Bryce Dallas Howard’s New Zealand Escape

Cape Reinga – Bryce Dallas Howard walks along Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean
Cape Reinga – Bryce Dallas Howard walks along Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean.

For Bryce Dallas Howard, an escape to New Zealand’s sub-tropical Northland offers the chance for self-discovery and reflection. Bryce, who has had a close connection with New Zealand since childhood, says she finds the epic coastal landscapes on the narrow northern tip of New Zealand to be transformative. Sandwiched between the mighty Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea, this has been home since ancient times to the Maori tribe that first settled the shores of New Zealand.

“Visiting Northland gave me a different appreciation of New Zealand because that’s where I discovered how special and unique Maori culture really is. Meeting the locals has given me a deep sense of connection to the spirit of the land.”

By Travel New Zealand - Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - -- Travel

What I Learned Watching My Wife’s Cataract Surgery

What I Learned Watching My Wife’s Cataract Surgery
As a surgeon, giving medical advice to a family member, particularly to your wife, is a difficult task. Moreover, since she’s also my editor, Susan is well aware of my advice to readers. Namely, that it’s prudent never to agree to surgery for a painful hip or any chronic condition until it affects your quality of life. So, how did I react to her cataract surgery?

According to The National Eye Institute, by age 80 half of North Americans have a cataract, or have required the operation to replace a foggy lens. In Canada 250,000 such surgeries are performed each year and an estimated 1.5 million worldwide.

Many people are unaware they have cataracts in the early stages of growth. Since cataracts grow slowly some people can live for years without significant effect on vision.

Canadian Car of the Year gets down to the best of the best

Mazda CX-9
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s Best Car award is now down to three finalists.

Well, six, technically - but that’s a pretty steep winnowing from the 182 vehicles that were eligible for this year’s Canadian Car of the Year Awards. And it means there are now only three contenders (or a contender and two pretenders?) for the titles of Canadian Car of the Year and the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.

Mazda leads the way with three vehicles that are still in the running - and as a Mazda fan I’d be happy with any of them taking their categories. Alas, the prevailing “wisdom” seems to be aimed elsewhere, at least in the “car” of the year category.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, February 11, 2018 - -- Automotive

“Tio Amo”,  Two Words that Lasted a Lifetime for my Grandparents

Ti Amo
Pietro Menotti stood on a ship’s deck among throngs of weary, penniless immigrants like himself. Staring into the haze of a hot summer day, he saw the first of two women who would determine the course of his life.

She was the mighty lady with a torch whose message to foreign lands had attracted millions: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

The Mother of Exiles brought tears to Pietro’s eyes. Another woman brought his heart into his throat. She was the petite, raven-haired beauty standing next to him on Ellis Island. The name on her tattered suitcase was Videlma Zepponi. In his eyes, she was an angel sent to earth by the God they both worshipped. 

By Jimmy Reed - Saturday, February 10, 2018 - -- Lifestyles

Bermuda Reverses Marriage Decision

Bermuda Reverses Marriage Decision
HAMILTON, BERMUDA - The governor of Bermuda signed a law that reverses an earlier law and will no longer recognize marriage between two people of the same sex. The law, known as the “Domestic Partnership Act 2017,” passed the legislature by a 2-1 margin in both the Bermuda House and Senate. It will allow domestic partnerships for same and opposite sex couples, but will no longer permit same-sex couples to be married. The Bermuda Supreme Court in May 2017 issued an opinion in favor of same-sex “marriage,” but that opinion was met by opposition.

By Liberty Counsel - Friday, February 9, 2018 - -- Lifestyles