Microsoft buying speech recognition firm Nuance in $16B deal

Microsoft, on an accelerated growth push, is buying speech recognition company Nuance in a deal worth about $16 billion. The acquisition will get Microsoft deeper into hospitals and the health care industry through Nuance’s widely used medical dictation and transcription tools. Microsoft will pay $56 per share cash. That’s a 23% premium to Nuance’s Friday closing price. The companies value […]

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Redfield Joins Big Ass Fans, Which Promotes Controversial Covid-Killing Technology

Dr. Robert Redfield, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has joined Big Ass Fans, lending his scientific credibility to a company division that says its ion-generating technology kills the coronavirus. The company charges $9,450 for a fan with technology that academic air quality experts question. As strategic health and safety adviser, he follows Dr. Deborah Birx, […]

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A new technology to see tubes in 3-D in mice shows how the liver can recover in Alagille syndrome

Many diseases affect different vessels in our body, such as blood vessels, bile ducts or airways. Visualizing these in animal models of disease, to better understand what is actually going wrong form a structural point of view has been an area of intense research. We developed a new method, independent of antibodies or microscopes, to visualize multiple vessels at the […]

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As Technologies Evolve, Opportunities Abound for Beauty Brands

In the beauty industry, the demand for greater personalization was on an upward trajectory well before the COVID-19 pandemic. And the technology that facilitates personalization — such as virtual try-on — has been around a long time, too. For Sampo Parkkinen, chief executive officer and cofounder of AI and AR beauty technology provider Revieve, there were several questions that needed […]

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How parents can manage children and their technology use

Teenagers spend an average of nine hours a day online, and many parents worry about the impact of screen time on their children. There is no need to worry, said digital experts Urs Gasser and John Palfrey, authors of the newly released book “The Connected Parent: An Expert Guide to Parenting in a Digital World.” The Gazette spoke with Gasser, […]

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World-first technology breathes new life into cystic fibrosis detection and treatment

World-first research led by Monash University could hold the key to better monitoring and treatment of lung disease associated with cystic fibrosis (CF) – a condition thousands of people are diagnosed with each year. Using X-ray velocimetry (XV), the multi-disciplinary collaboration of physicists, engineers, biomedical engineers and clinicians was able to measure the dynamics of airflow through the lungs during […]

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Using technology during mealtimes may decrease food intake, study finds

Being distracted by technology during mealtimes may decrease the amount of food a person eats, nutrition scientists suggest in a new study. When 119 young adults consumed a meal while playing a simple computer game for 15 minutes, they ate significantly less than when they ate the same meal without distractions, said lead author Carli A. Liguori. Liguori conducted the […]

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Researcher’s technology differentiates between Parkinson’s disease and multiple system atrophy

Scientists have found a way to distinguish between two progressive neurodegenerative diseases, Parkinson’s disease (PD) and multiple system atrophy (MSA), using a technology developed by a researcher at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The discovery was published today in Nature. It is challenging to distinguish between the two diseases because the early signs are similar—disturbances […]

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Harnessing biology and technology to develop new depression treatments

New research into the biology of depression, along with new and evolving technologies, provides the basis for developing the next generation of treatments for major depressive disorder (MDD), according to the special January/February issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. “By embracing a multifactorial understanding of MDD, by attending carefully to the sex difference in its prevalence and manifestation, and by […]

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New technology allows control of gene therapy doses

Scientists at Scripps Research in Jupiter have developed a special molecular switch that could be embedded into gene therapies to allow doctors to control dosing. The feat, reported in the scientific journal Nature Biotechnology, offers gene therapy designers what may be the first viable technique for adjusting the activity levels of their therapeutic genes. The lack of such a basic […]

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