Building an ethics framework for Big Data in health care

Big Data in health care is growing, and it is coming from an increasing number of sources, including electronic health records, patient monitors and physical activity trackers, and smartphone applications. How accurate is this data? What biases does it contain? How do errors and biases ultimately affect patients? Health data models have the potential to…

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Protein in blood may predict prognosis, recovery from stroke

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida and collaborators have found that a biomarker in the blood may determine the extent of brain injury from different types of strokes and predict prognosis in these patients. Their findings are reported in Science Translational Medicine. The blood biomarker is a protein known as neurofilament light…

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Smell and taste changes provide early indication of COVID-19 community spread

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Self-reports of smell and taste changes provide earlier markers of the spread of infection of SARS-CoV-2 than current governmental indicators, according to an international team of researchers. The researchers also observed a decline in self-reports of smell and taste changes as early as five days after lockdown enforcement, with faster declines…

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‘Smart Wrap’ implant may help people better control their bladders

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An implantable smart wrap that fits safely and securely around the bladder may one day help people who have under-active bladders, a condition that hinders patients from urinating regularly and comfortably, according to an international team of researchers. In a study, the implant, which combines sensors and a polymer wrap, is…

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Patti LaBelle, Twitter and a Fake Account Mystery

Dean Browning is a white former Republican congressional candidate for the dynamic commonwealth of Pennsylvania. His pinned tweet suggests that “What Trump built in 4 years, Biden will destroy in 4 months.” Earlier today, he issued a tweet that confused most people who saw it. It began with “I’m a Black gay guy” and went…

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4 Ways to Be a More Eco-Conscious Consumer

It’s common knowledge that consumer behavior and industrialization have a major impact on the environment; as consumers, we’re responsible for both the current and future condition of our planet. We may think that our small, individual actions won’t have an immediate or major impact on the environment, but we all need to start somewhere. First…

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New Type of Test May Better Discern Immunity to the Coronavirus

A new type of test can detect a person’s immune response to the coronavirus better than a widely used antibody test, according to research released on Tuesday. The test, if authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, would be the first commercial product to detect the response of a T cell — a type of…

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Brazil Halts Trial of Chinese Coronavirus Vaccine, CoronaVac

Brazil halted a late-stage trial of a Chinese vaccine on Monday that had been considered a global front-runner in the race to develop a protective shot for the coronavirus after a “serious adverse” reaction in a participant. The decision provoked a political firestorm on Tuesday after President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been critical of China…

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Mark Strausman, Chef of Fred’s at Barneys, Opens His Own Spot

Headliner Mark’s Off Madison The chef Mark Strausman was on the verge of opening his own restaurant in the former A Voce space at Madison Square Park when the pandemic struck. Plans were not just delayed: They were adjusted to accommodate required safety protocols and to adapt to what Mr. Strausman saw as long-term changes…

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