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Jan 24, 2019

Drug companies are teaching old drugs new tricks, and it could upend how we find new treatments for superbugs and a devastating lung disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education

  • In an age where innovative technologies like gene and cell therapy are transforming how we think about medical treatments, some CEOs are wondering what’s being left on the table.
  • Business Insider spoke to three companies developing new uses for old drugs, and they told us now might be a good time to rethink what we consider innovation.
  • Simply changing how drugs are dosed or delivered could open up the doors to more uses for existing medications in tough-to-treat conditions like female sexual arousal dysfunction or antibiotic-resistant infections.

The key to tackling hard-to-treat diseases could have less to do with flashy new technologies than with finding new uses for old drugs.

A range of smaller drugmakers are exploring the back catalogs of big pharma companies to discover old drugs that could be used in new ways, they told Business Insider. They’re seeking treatments for conditions including a rare lung disease, antibiotic-resistant infections, and female sexual arousal disorder. Along the way, they’re seeking to redefine what we think of as medical innovation.

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Jan 24, 2019

Silicon Valley Start-Up Hopes to Deliver Precision Cancer Medicine to Dogs

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Promoters hope efforts will also offer insights into treatments used for humans.

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Jan 24, 2019

Machine learning cuts false alarms in I.C.U

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Medical devices send a warning almost 700 times per ICU patient per day. Machine learning could help distinguish real problems from false alarms.

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Jan 24, 2019

NASA: Astronaut immune system cells affected by long-term trips

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, space travel

NK-cell function appears to be impaired during spaceflights over long durations according to a new study published this week. This means that immune systems could be broken down somewhat during the long trips NASA hopes to take with astronauts in the distant future. The research here was done by a team of researchers at the University of Arizona, the University of Houston, Louisiana State University, and NASA-Johnson Space Center.

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Jan 24, 2019

Anti-Vaccine Hotspot Near Portland Declares Emergency as Measles Cases Rise

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

“Vaccine hesitancy” is giving preventable diseases a foothold.

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Jan 24, 2019

Machine Learning and Medicine: Is AI the Future of Psychiatry?

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, life extension, robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence, or AI is something we hear a lot about today. In this interview with Life.

Extension’s Michael A. Smith, MD, Kristen Willeumier, PhD, provides some insight into AI technology and its relationship with psychiatry which, along with neurology, studies and treats diseases of the brain. Dr. Smith predicts that AI will soon be an important part of how we understand and treat disease. According to Dr. Willeumier, some of that technology is now “ready for prime time.” Download this Live Foreverish podcast episode for FREE on iTunes!

Artificial intelligence is, simply, the intelligence of machines as opposed to human or animal intelligence. According to the New World Encyclopedia™, “Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science and engineering that deals with intelligent behavior, learning, and adaptation in machines. John McCarthy coined the term to mean ‘the science and engineering of making intelligent machines.’”.

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Jan 24, 2019

Japan’s approval of stem-cell treatment for spinal-cord injury concerns scientists

Posted by in category: futurism

Chief among their worries is insufficient evidence that the therapy works.

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Jan 24, 2019

Endangered tree offers new weapon against cancer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

There are only three trees of the species Abies beshanzuensis left, but one of its molecules may pave the way for new cancer treatments.

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Jan 24, 2019

Eve of Destruction: Doomsday Clock Hovers at 2 Minutes to ‘Midnight’

Posted by in category: existential risks

Today (Jan. 24), experts with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) updated the imaginary timepiece, which measures the proximity of humanity’s destruction based on the position of the clock’s hands relative to midnight — the hour of the impending apocalypse.


The hands on the hypothetical Doomsday Clock suggest the world is still in dire risk of apocalypse.

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Jan 24, 2019

First geoengineering experiment to dim the sun on track for 2019

Posted by in categories: climatology, engineering, particle physics, space

© Getty Harvard scientists will attempt to replicate the climate-cooling effect of volcanic eruptions with a world-first solar geoengineering experiment set for early 2019.

The Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx) will inject calcium carbonate particles high above the earth in an attempt to reflect some of the sun’s rays back into space.

It will likely mark the first time the controversial concept of dimming the sun — more scientifically known as stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI) — will be tested in the real world.

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