Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI President Trump's executive order directs federal agencies to support AI research and commercialization. The White House says it will ask agencies in areas such as health and transportation to release data that could advance AI research, using mechanisms that protect privacy.

The Push to Legalize Magic Mushrooms for Depression and PTSD

The Push to Legalize Magic Mushrooms for Depression and PTSD

But his doctors are aware and supportive of his psychedelic drug use, he says, which may legally exempt him under the federal Right To Try Act for terminally ill patients, signed by President Trump last May. Indeed, magic mushrooms are having a therapeutic moment.

They were defrosting leopard seal poo...you won't believe what happened next!

They were defrosting leopard seal poo...you won't believe what happened next!

That’s why a local vet, out checking on the health of a skinny leopard seal resting on Oreti Beach, Invercargill, picked up a scat sample, packaged it up and sent it to Dr Hupman who popped it in the freezer. For more information on leopard seals and how to report a sighting see www.leopardseals.org

The World Bank’s role in SDG monitoring

The World Bank’s role in SDG monitoring

Four years after their launch, the World Bank’s expertise in development data and its large repository of development indicators has played an important role in helping track progress made towards the achievement of the SDGs. How does SDG monitoring work and how is the World Bank involved?

Day of the (Turtle) Dogs

Day of the (Turtle) Dogs

“Getting that smell out of their coats is going to be a project.” Rucker gives a few quick commands and his field assistants – four female Boykin spaniels – finish their impromptu break, and get back to the job at hand: namely, tracking and retrieving every ornate box turtle they can find in these restored and remnant native prairies.

A Controversial Fertility Treatment Gets Its First Big Test

A Controversial Fertility Treatment Gets Its First Big Test

The fertility tech firm is collaborating with the Institute of Life to conduct the first known human trial of the procedure, called mitochondrial replacement therapy, for treating infertility.

Watching Our Weight Could Be Killing Us

Watching Our Weight Could Be Killing Us

The work of the antidiet crowd asks anyone touched by diet culture to entertain the possibility that body weight doesn’t, in itself, cause health issues.

We Can Still Avoid a Repeat of Last Year's Deadly Flu Season

We Can Still Avoid a Repeat of Last Year's Deadly Flu Season

Getty Images As flu season nears its annual peak, between eight and nine and a half million people in the US have already been sickened by various strains of the respiratory virus, according to new estimates released Friday by federal health officials.

The VA Wants to Use DeepMind's AI to Prevent Kidney Disease

The VA Wants to Use DeepMind's AI to Prevent Kidney Disease

In a project that drew on roughly 700,000 medical records from US veterans, the agency worked with Google parent Alphabet’s DeepMind unit to create software that attempts to predict which patients are likely to develop AKI.

Colloidal Silver Turns You Blue—But Can It Save Your Life?

Colloidal Silver Turns You Blue—But Can It Save Your Life?

Stan Jones, a libertarian politician from Montana, started taking colloidal silver in advance of Y2K, assuming the new millennium would cause a shortage in antibiotics. Oz told Paltrow he uses colloidal silver as a daily throat spray, and so do his kids.

The Best of Breastfeeding Tech in 2019: Medela, Willow, Lilu

The Best of Breastfeeding Tech in 2019: Medela, Willow, Lilu

The Best of the Breast: Pumping Tech Is Better than Ever Amy Lombard The big buzz in "baby tech"—the cottage industry of gadgets to aid fertility, pregnancy, and the first six months of infancy—looks like a simple black bra.

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

If they’re pessimists, they tend to find negative ones." LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction In the latest issue of Nature Human Behavior , Przybylski and coauthor Amy Orben use a novel statistical method to show why scientists studying these colossal data sets have been getting such different results and why most of the associations researchers have found, positive and negative, are very small—and probably not worth freaking out about.

Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop

Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop

Rather than trying to develop a wildly expensive, highly speculative therapy that will likely only benefit the billionaire-demigod set, Barzilai wants to convince the FDA to put its seal of approval on an antiaging drug for the rest of us: A cheap, generic, demonstrably safe pharmaceutical that has already shown, in a host of preliminary studies, that it may be able to help stave off many of the worst parts of growing old.

Women's Sexuality Is Still Taboo for Tech—at Least at CES

Women's Sexuality Is Still Taboo for Tech—at Least at CES

“By excluding female-focused Sex Tech, CES and CTA are essentially saying that women’s sexuality and sexual health is not worthy of innovation,” Lora Haddock, the CEO of Lora DiCarlo, wrote on her website after news of the controversy broke.

The Buzz Behind an App That Can Monitor Beehives Remotely

The Buzz Behind an App That Can Monitor Beehives Remotely

The gadget also has a few sensors, but what sets ApisProtect apart, Sueme says, is that instead of monitoring bees from outside the hive, the company embeds its technology inside the hive itself.

Why Your Doctor Should Also Be a Scientist

Why Your Doctor Should Also Be a Scientist

WIRED OPINION ABOUT Kurt Amsler , PhD, is a professor of biomedical sciences at the New York Institute of Technology's College of Osteopathic Medicine. These specialized health care providers treat patients while also conducting research to develop new medicines and procedures.

Oh, Lovely: The Tick That Gives People Meat Allergies Is Spreading

Oh, Lovely: The Tick That Gives People Meat Allergies Is Spreading

With that mystery solved, Platts-Mills turned to figuring out what made patients so sensitive to alpha-gal.The best hint he had was the geographic overlap between the cetuximab patients and previously reported meat allergies.

The DRC's Ebola Outbreak Is an End-of-Year Nightmare

The DRC's Ebola Outbreak Is an End-of-Year Nightmare

“We are working closely with the supplier to make sure that by the time we’re close to using most of the stockpile, the outbreak will be under control,” says Fall.John Wessels/AFP/Getty ImagesHealth care workers also worry that the upcoming Christian holiday, when many people travel to be with their families, will spread the infection to new areas.

A New Disease Is Testing Us for the Next Global Epidemic

A New Disease Is Testing Us for the Next Global Epidemic

But it highlights how much variation there can be in what front-line physicians know about any new disease.“With any emerging infection, one of the problems we face is getting communication out to the physicians who might be seeing these cases,” says Priya Duggal, a genetic epidemiologist and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who, since the first outbreak in 2014, has been running a study of AFM victims and their families, with several colleagues.

Manufacturing Group Supports New Clean Water Rule

Manufacturing Group Supports New Clean Water Rule

“Our proposal would replace the Obama EPA’s 2015 definition with one that respects the limits of the Clean Water Act and provides states and landowners the certainty they need to manage their natural resources and grow local economies,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a statement announcing the rule.

Apple Watch: How to Take an ECG Reading

Apple Watch: How to Take an ECG Reading

Apple knows this, and, as part of an effort to make the Apple Watch a more alluring accessory for iPhone owners, the company is focusing intently on building advanced heart-rate monitoring into its best-selling wearable.A software update rolling out today will include an optional app for Apple Watch Series 4 that takes ECG (electrocardiogram) readings through the new device's specially designed sensors.

Evidence Principles for Sustainability Challenges

Evidence Principles for Sustainability Challenges

Using a medical standard to assess evidence on environment outcomes, for example, would mean ignoring much available evidence (for instance, studies that are observational rather than experimental), reducing the ability to choose among interventions and likely missing key insights about whether and where an intervention will lead to the desired change.

The Era of Cheap and Easy STD Treatment Is Over. What Went Wrong?

The Era of Cheap and Easy STD Treatment Is Over. What Went Wrong?

Thus people with STDs received drugs that couldn’t cure their infections, allowing resistant strains to spread as if they’d never been treated at all.About 10 years ago, highly resistant gonorrhea began to spread from the Pacific Rim to California and Europe, forcing STD clinics to change treatment regimens from a single round of cephalosporin pills to an injection, bolstered by several days of a second oral antibiotic, azithromycin.

The Science Is Clear: Dirty Farm Water Is Making Us Sick

The Science Is Clear: Dirty Farm Water Is Making Us Sick

coli standards.That means full compliance with the safeguards wouldn’t come until 20 years after three people died from eating California spinach, 15 years after Congress signed the Food Safety Modernization Act and eight years after Whitt and more than 200 others were sickened by romaine lettuce.While the delay is just a proposal for now, the FDA has assured growers that it will not enforce the requirements in the meantime.FDA officials declined interview requests.

The Doctor Prescribes Video Games and Virtual Reality Rehab

The Doctor Prescribes Video Games and Virtual Reality Rehab

The FDA's clearance makes reSET one of the first prescription “digital therapeutics”—an emerging class of evidence-based interventions that are predominantly driven by software rather than drugs.WIRED OPINIONABOUTAndy Coravos is is the CEO of Elektra Labs and a member of the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science.Earlier this year, digital medicine company Akili Interactive announced that its video game for children with ADHD demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in a randomized, controlled clinical trial.

Now You Can Sequence Your Whole Genome for Just $200

Now You Can Sequence Your Whole Genome for Just $200

“It’s important to note that, right now, the medical profession is not recommending this for healthy patients,” Green says.And while Veritas’ test covers 200 genetic predispositions for disease compared to 23andMe’s nine, customers might decide that information isn't worth $1,000—Veritas will be competing with companies like 23andMe on the perceived value of all that genetic information until it can accomplish the sub-$200 genome.To get ahead in that regard, Veritas wants to integrate genetic data into the everyday.

These DNA Startups Want to Put All of You on the Blockchain

These DNA Startups Want to Put All of You on the Blockchain

“They’re rare, but extremely impactful if they hit you.”Nebula is joining another genomic data platform, called EncrypGen, which launched the first blockchain-enabled DNA marketplace on November 6.

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare Push

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare Push

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare PushTim Pannell/Corbis/Getty ImagesAlphabet’s London-based AI lab DeepMind made history in 2016 when its AlphaGo software defeated a champion at the complex board game Go. On Tuesday the company said it was handing off a seemingly much simpler software challenge: a healthcare app for hospital staff called Streams being tested by UK hospitals.That project and its staff will be transferred to DeepMind’s much larger sister Google.

Poor sanitation is stunting children in Pakistan

Poor sanitation is stunting children in Pakistan

The intended benefit of ending OD was to ensure the safe removal of fecal waste away from human settlements and waterways, in order to contain the bacterial contamination of water, soil, and food.

The Flu Shot Needs Fewer Stats and More Stories

The Flu Shot Needs Fewer Stats and More Stories

But flu changes all the the time, mutating just enough from season to season that it requires a new vaccine formula, and a fresh shot, every year.The annual repetition means that people think about flu vaccines differently: less like a medical and legal necessity, and more like a seasonal product, the health care equivalent of a pumpkin spice latte, that they can take or leave.An optimistic view is that flu vaccine is only a failure compared to other vaccines.

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