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Here’s an Alexa Idea I Actually Like

While it’s hard not to roll your eyes at voice assistants getting added to every single thing in the smart home, a hospital in the US city of Los Angeles is actually putting Amazon Alexa to good use. About 100 patient rooms at Cedars-Sinai will now be equipped with Amazon Echos to help patients and caregivers interact more efficiently. Read More >>

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Google Translate Can Help Doctors Bridge the Language Gap With Patients – But it’s Not Flawless

Doctors who serve diverse communities often face the challenge of communicating effectively with patients who don’t share their language. Some doctors are bridging this gap with help from Google Translate, an AI-driven app that has become increasingly sophisticated in recent years. But while a new study from California shows that the app can definitely help non-English speaking patients and their doctors, it isn’t flawless – rarely, the translations could even cause harm. Read More >>

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Facebook Is Still Thirsty for Your Health Data

Facebook already has a veritable treasure trove of data on anyone who uses the site, including stuff users do on the web outside of it. It still has an appetite for even more. Read More >>

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Fraudulent Blood-Testing Firm Theranos, Which Is Still Somehow a Company, Will Soon Be No More

Theranos, the fraudulent blood-testing startup which despite an incredible amount of wrongdoing has managed to remain an extant corporate entity until now, will soon dissolve. Read More >>

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IBM Watson Reportedly Recommended Cancer Treatments That Were ‘Unsafe and Incorrect’

Internal company documents from IBM show that medical experts working with the company’s Watson supercomputer found “multiple examples of unsafe and incorrect treatment recommendations” when using the software, according to a report from Stat News. Read More >>

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A ‘Superbug’ Fungus Is Spreading Across the US

Over the past nine months, the number of US cases of an emerging, multi-drug resistant fungus has ballooned from 7 to more than 122. What’s more, the fungus, Candida auris, seems to be spreading, according to a field report the Centers for Disease Control released Thursday. Read More >>

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US Hospitals are Using Credit Card Data to Predict People’s Health

So, this sounds creepy: Some hospitals in the US are identifying high-risk patients by buying loads of consumer data (i.e. credit card purchases, store loyalty programs, etc.) and plugging it into algorithms so they can step in before the customer gets sick. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, it's currently being used by Carolinas HealthCare System, which is using that type of data to survey the health of its two million members. Read More >>

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Hats Off to Bill Gates: A Polio-Free India is £137 Million Well Spent

India is now officially polio free according to the country's health officials, and that's in no small part due to the philanthropic work of Bill Gates. He and his wife's charity donated $225 million (£137,340,000) to the cause, with the disease's eradication now the ex-Microsoft man's proudest achievement. Read More >>