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Artificial Intelligence can Predict When You Will Die

New technology has been developed which can accurately predict when patients with a heart condition will die.
A team from the UK’s medical research council were investigating patients with pulmonary hypertension. This is caused by high blood pressure in the lungs putting too much strain on the heart. Typically patients die within 5 years of diagnoses.

However, there are treatments available. Drugs, injections and lung transplants are all available to sufferers. However, doctors need to know how long the patient has left before they can prescribe the correct treatment.

But now, thanks to the technology and software developed by the MRC this might be far easier than ever before. Some new software was given MRI scans of 256 patients hearts and blood test results. It also measured 30,000 different points of the hearts structure during a heartbeat. When combined with the 8 years of patient health records the software learned which abnormalities predicted when a patient might die.

The software guessed which patients would still be alive after a year, and was 80% accurate, compared to doctors who were only 60% accurate.

Dr Declan O’Regan, one of the researchers said: “The AI really allows you to tailor the individual treatment.
“So it takes the results of dozens of different tests including imaging, to predict what’s going to happen to individual patients very accurately.

“So we can tailor getting absolutely the right intensive treatment to those who will benefit the most.”
The team want to carry out further testing, on different patients and in different hospitals, before releasing the software to other doctors.

This is an incredible achievement and could go on to change the lives of millions of people. Heart related issues are one of the largest killers in the UK. If you want to be part of discoveries like this then you can be. Nearly all medical research teams will have trained phlebotomists among them as the taking of blood is vital in medical research and development. To find out more just give us a call on 01609 751 610.

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Drone-based blood deliveries in Tanzania to be funded by UK

Blood transfusion and donations will now take advantage of modern technologies in Tanzania, Africa.

The scheme is similar to a service that a Silicon Valley start-up began running in Rwanda in October.

The UK government has funded a trial of drone-based deliveries of blood and other medical supplies in a bid to radically reduce the amount of time it takes to send stock to health clinics in the African nation by road or other means.

It has long often been a long and tedious journey to transport blood in third world countries and this modern technique is an innovative way to combat such issues.

The Department for International Development (DFID) has not said how much money will be invested in the Tanzanian effort or for how long, but it has announced plans to fund tests of drones in Nepal to map areas of the country prone to damage from extreme weather, so help prepare for future crises.

“This innovative, modern approach ensures we are achieving the best results for the world’s poorest people and delivering value for money for British taxpayers,” commented the International Development Secretary Priti Patel.
DFID estimates that flying blood and medical supplies by drone from out of Tanzania’s capital, Dodoma, could save $58,000 (£47,400) a year compared to sending them by car or motorcycle.

But a spokeswoman suggested that the time savings were more crucial.

“Flights are planned to start in early 2017, and when they do it is estimated that [the] UAVs could support over 50,000 births a year, cutting down the time mothers and new-borns would have to wait for life-saving medicine to 19 minutes – reduced from the 110 minutes traditional transport methods would take,” she explained.

The use of drones is now able to make the transition to benefit humanitarian bodies and aid relief. Increasing accessibility of blood supplies especially in Africa is a fantastic use of this emerging technologies.

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