Neuroscience

Why naming neurons can help cure brain disease

The human brain has about 100 billion neurons, linked in intricate ways, that the Spanish neuroanatomist Ramón y Cajal compared to "the impenetrable jungles where many investigators have lost themselves."

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Maps, pandemics and reckoning with history

As cholera claimed hundreds of thousands of lives during the 1846–1860 pandemic, John Snow was the first person to figure out how the deadly disease was spreading. By plotting the locations of deaths in London's Broad Street, ...

Oncology & Cancer

New method to help spot gastric cancer cells

Gastric cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death worldwide, accounting for over 1,000,000 new cases and nearly 800,000 deaths per year. The poor prognosis of gastric cancer is largely due to the difficulty in early ...

Radiology & Imaging

Artificial intelligence to improve the precision of mammograms

Artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, used in combination with the evaluation of expert radiologists, improve the accuracy in detecting cancer using mammograms. This is one of the main conclusions of an international study ...

Health

The risks of algorithmic (il)literacy on healthcare platforms

The use of wearable technologies, mobile health applications and online health platforms is on the rise, allowing us to track and share our health data, and engage in online discussion forums to ask about health-related questions. ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

New research finds text messages can predict suicide attempts

Nearly 130 people in the United States commit suicide every day. New work at the University of Virginia suggests that language used in text messages may one day help clinicians predict an increased risk of a suicide attempt ...

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