AI May Be on Its Way to Your Doctor’s Office, But It’s Not Ready to See Patients

What use could health care have for someone who makes things up, can’t keep a secret, doesn’t really know anything, and, when speaking, simply fills in the next word based on what’s come before? Lots, if that individual is the newest form of artificial intelligence, according to some of the biggest companies out there. Companies […]

California Debates Extending PTSD Coverage to More First Responders

If you or someone you know may be experiencing a mental health crisis, contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing “988” or the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741. A paramedic for about 30 years, Susan Farren knew all was not well with first responders: Eight of her colleagues had died […]

On the Night Shift With a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

MISSOULA, Mont. — Jacqueline Towarnicki got a text as she finished her day shift at a local clinic. She had a new case, a patient covered in bruises who couldn’t remember how the injuries got there. Towarnicki’s breath caught a familiar feeling after four years of working night shifts as a sexual assault nurse examiner […]

Sloth Fur Yields Potential Antibiotic Compounds for Human Medicine

Antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” have emerged as a significant global health issue. On the other hand, a discovery by researchers at the University of Costa Rica gives us reason to be optimistic about our ability to tackle these deadly diseases. Antibiotic-producing bacteria have been discovered in the fur of Costa Rican sloths, which could lead to the […]

New Varicella Vaccine Candidate Shows Promise in Phase 1 Clinical Trial

A phase 1 clinical trial has evaluated the safety and immunogenicity of a new varicella vaccine candidate, v7D, which has potential advantages over the current vOka varicella vaccines. v7D has a severely impaired ability to infect human skin and neuronal cells, reducing the risk of varicella-like rashes and vaccine-associated herpes zoster (HZ). The study included […]

Sublobar Resection May Be Equally Effective as Lobar Resection for Early-Stage Lung Cancer

Advancements in lung cancer diagnosis, staging, and treatment, and sublobar resection outcomes have improved over decades. For a long time, lobectomy was the standard gold therapy for early-stage lung cancer. Stub-lobar resection has been shown to enhance survival rates and oncologic outcomes on par with lobectomy when performed on the right individuals. This necessitates a […]

To Combat Gun Violence, This Artist Turns Ammunition into Art

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — As a child, Mykael Ash enjoyed picking up seashells near the Mississippi Gulf Coast. His grandfather lives there, so trips to the beach were a regular part of life. “It’s peaceful energy,” Ash said. “Especially when you put that seashell to your ear.” At age 32, he still collects shells. […]