AI beats human diagnostics

A team of researchers from Google Health, working closely with researchers from North America, published a report recently in JAMA Oncology that showcased how their Artificial Intelligence (AI) diagnostic systems outperformed general pathologists in determining the degree of advancement...

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Researchers say that our pain threshold can be linked to Neanderthal DNA

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Germany) and the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) say that our pain threshold can be linked to Neanderthal DNA. Neanderthals, or Homo neanderthalensis, lived in Eurasia up until 40,000 years ago. Current thinking...

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Trials of a vaccine and a new drug raise hopes of beating Covid-19

Oxford University published a paper in the Lancet on their trial of a Covid-19 vaccine on the 20th of July 2020. Even though Oxford University has been researching a vaccine since January 2020 and AstraZeneca (AZN.L) rushed to get...

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Trump’s 4 Exec Orders to lower drugs prices and save $17bn – not what it seems

US President Trump signed four executive orders on the 24th July 2020 aimed at lowering drug prices and setting an International Price Index (IPI) for drugs. While the Covid-19 pandemic has muted calls for drug price reductions over the...

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Behavioural health coding double-accounted for in US official reports

In a University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) recent publication in the American Journal of Public Health, it was reported that the US federal public health expenditure has been overestimated by at least 2x. In 2019, the US...

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What can ants and bees teach us about containing disease

Nathalie Stroeymeyt, a senior lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol, drew parallels from the guides to social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic and how ants behave in a recent research study. The research was...

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Will the UK see medical cannabis prescribed instead of expensive and more damaging opioid drugs

A recently published white paper on medical cannabis from the Journal of Psychopharmacology has been produced and published recently presenting essential points on prescription of medical cannabinoids. See our exhibit 1 below for the 2019 value of the total...

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Have diagnostic sector producers hit the ‘jackpot’ with the Covid-19 tests

● Abbott Laboratories (ABT.IXIC) had sold over 40m Covid-19 diagnostic-tests by mid-July 2020. As the virus infected cases rise globally demand for tests is soaring. But are the tests efficacious and is this a new dawn for diagnostics companies...

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Europeans aren’t really using Covid-19 contact-tracing apps

12 out of the 28 European countries have released Covid-19 tracing apps in June 2020, however it seems that no one is using them.   Exhibit 1 - EU Covid-19 Tracing app usage Source: ACF Equity Research, VICE Germany's Corona-Warn app is only...

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Horseshoe crab blood is key to making a Covid-19 vaccine – but the ecosystem may suffer

In 2016 a synthetic alternative (rFC) to horseshoe crab blood, used in bacterial infection detection for injectable procedures, was licensed. And yet horseshoe crabs are both threatened with extinction and in line for preservation due to Covid-19 and its...

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