Open source machine learning tool could help choose cancer drugs

The selection of a first-line chemotherapy drug to treat many types of cancer is often a clear-cut decision governed by standard-of-care protocols, but what drug should be used next if the first one fails? That’s where Georgia Institute of Technology researchers believe their new open source decision support tool could come in. Using machine learning to analyze RNA expression tied […]

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Cancer drug insight tactic could spell double trouble for tumours

A new way of identifying potential cancer drugs could streamline the development of therapies, following a discovery by scientists. Researchers have devised a way to screen potential drug compounds to select those that interfere with tumour cells in two ways. Their study seeks to build on an existing approach of identifying drugs that target an essential protein in cancer cells, […]

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Is it brain infection or cancer? A new rapid test could hold the answer

When patients present with neurologic symptoms such as severe headaches or seizures, the symptoms could suggest anything from infection, cancer, or an autoimmune disease of the brain or spinal cord, leaving physicians scrambling to find the cause in a short amount of time. The differences in diagnosis can mean having mere hours to act or being able to take days […]

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Gender inequality could be driving the deaths of girls under five

Levels of gender inequality across the world are associated with disproportionate death rates among girls under five years old, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London. The analysis of data from 195 countries suggests that the unequal treatment of females in society could be interfering with the natural biological advantage they have over males for survival. […]

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Could Chinese takeaways help fight dementia?

Could Chinese takeaways help in the fight against dementia? Controversial additive MSG improves the memory of patients, claim scientists It’s a popular treat on a Friday night for many after a tough week at work  But a Chinese takeaway could actually have a medical benefit, experts say  Japanese researchers conducted tests on 200 patients battling dementia  Participants were split into […]

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