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Can Blockchain Fix the Opioid Epidemic?

May 15, 2018

From Bloomberg: Digital currencies have been accused of worsening the opioid crisis because they make it easier to buy and sell drugs anonymously. Now Intel Corp. and the pharmaceutical industry are planning to fight fire with fire. The chipmaker, working with health companies, aims to use so-called blockchain technology — similar to the one that underpins […]

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Just a Few of the Amazing Things AI Is Doing in Healthcare

May 3, 2018

From Singularity Hub: Among the examples cited in his interview, Jacobstein referenced a 2017 breakthrough at Stanford University where an AI system was used for skin cancer identification. To train the system, the team showed a convolutional neural network images of 129,000 skin lesions. The system was able to differentiate between images displaying malignant melanomas and […]

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Simondent Virtual Reality

May 1, 2018

Amazing. The next step will be actual virtual patients.

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Tooth-Mounted Sensor Offers New Method to Track Diet

April 30, 2018

From Healthcare Analytics News: Scientists at Tufts University have developed a tooth-mounted sensor that can automatically track a person’s glucose, salt, and alcohol intake as they are consumed, according to a new study… The sensor measures just 2 millimeters by 2 millimeters, but it’s capable of both identifying nutrients and sending intake information wirelessly to a […]

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VR is poised to revolutionize dentistry

April 26, 2018

From DrBicuspid: (login required) A complicated case is scheduled for tomorrow. You’ve already looked over the scans and come up with a treatment plan, but you still want a little extra preparation. So you load a file on your computer, slip on your virtual reality headset, and run through the case from start to finish. […]

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Google Launches Artificial Intelligence Microscope to Detect Cancer, AI Based on Machine Learning From Pathologists

April 19, 2018

On Monday, Google announced a new microscope that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) to identify cancer cells, enabling a speedy diagnosis that could save lives. To achieve this feat, Google hired a team of pathologists to train a computer, enabling the computer to learn what to look for to diagnose cancer early. […]

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Are You OK with Having a Robot Dentist?

April 12, 2018

From Healthline:: As eager as many sectors are to embrace artificial intelligence and robots, dental patients are only lukewarm to the idea of an autonomous machine operating within the tight confines of their mouths. In an online survey of more than 500 people, researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida asked people how they felt […]

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The world’s first blockchain toothbrush lets you mine coins by brushing your teeth

April 3, 2018

From TechNode: …we are just now beginning to see what silly creative ways will this technology be applied. The newest example from China is a blockchain-based toothbrush by Shenzhen-based 32Teeth, Source: The world’s first blockchain toothbrush lets you mine coins by brushing your teeth · TechNode This brush mines crypto-currency for you while you brush. It also […]

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From app store to drug store, digital health is redefining pharma’s pipeline

March 29, 2018

From STAT: Backed by a growing body of evidence, software is itself becoming a prescription for diseases ranging from depression to heart disease, and drug companies are starting to take notice. In the past couple years, many have quickly ramped up their investments in digital startups, infusing software-based therapies into pipelines once dominated by traditional […]

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STL (file format)

March 22, 2018

From Wikipedia: STL (an abbreviation of “stereolithography”) is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software created by 3D Systems.[1][2][3] STL has several after-the-fact backronyms such as “Standard Triangle Language” and “Standard Tessellation Language”.[4] This file format is supported by many other software packages; it is widely used for rapid prototyping, 3D printing and computer-aided […]

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3D printing advantages for dentistry

March 12, 2018

Both the material and the so-termed FAB family of printers have the aim of increasing efficiency and reducing the number of procedures necessary to produce dental prostheses. The printers can generate five-element precision bridges in less than 20 minutes. Source: 3D printing advantages for dentistry 3D is coming fast.

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A data driven revolution in health care is coming

March 1, 2018

From The Economist: Future AIs could, for instance, provide automated medical diagnosis from a description of your symptoms, spot behavioural traits that suggest you are depressed or identify if you are at special risk of cardiac disease. …The more patient data are analysed in the cloud or shared with different firms, the greater the potential […]

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This tiny robot could be the future of medication

February 20, 2018

From The Week: A minuscule new robot prototype, “small enough to move around in a stomach or urinary system,” can walk, jump, roll, and swim — and could soon be deployed to deliver drugs within the body, Source: This tiny robot could be the future of medication Is this the future of dentistry?

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Virtual Reality Allows Patients to Preview Their Own Surgery

February 12, 2018

Amazing! Part of Collins’ job is to create a “fly though” virtual reality video for patients. The night before Luna’s surgery, Collins gives her a headset to wear and lets her travel through her own brain. Luna admits being “a nervous wreck” before seeing the path Steinberg would take to locate the aneurysm. Source: Virtual […]

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Apple Adds Medical Records Feature for iPhone

February 5, 2018

From NYT: The feature is to become part of Apple’s popular Health app. It will enable users to transfer clinical data — like cholesterol levels and lists of medications prescribed by their doctors — directly from their medical providers to their iPhones,… Source: Apple, in Sign of Health Ambitions, Adds Medical Records Feature for iPhone […]

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What Hospitals Can Learn from Airlines About Buying Equipment

January 25, 2018

From Medtronic: One big reason why is that hospitals purchase technologies without requiring that they communicate with each other. The optimal air flow is based on a straightforward calculation using the height of the patient. Height data, however, resides in the electronic medical record, which typically does not communicate with the ventilator… …Because similar gaps […]

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More Dental 3D Printing; EnvisionTEC

January 23, 2018

Our materials are designed for a range of applications, for example: Dental and Orthodontic Models (E-Model and E-Appliance) Castable Crowns, Bridges, Copings and Partial Denture Frameworks (Press-E-Cast, E-Partial, PIC 100 C) Direct Crowns and Bridges (E-Dent 400 has been approved for long-term use in Europe and up to one year of use in the United […]

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Arizona dentist now accepting bitcoin

January 15, 2018

Hmmm Cash, credit and cryptocurrency are now being accepted by George Car, DDS, at Live to Smile in Tempe, Ariz.,… Dr. Carr works with exchange agencies to convert treatment prices cryptocurrency payments to U.S. dollars. He also has the option of keeping the bitcoin payment in his cryptocurrency account. Source: Cryptocurrency sneaks into dentistry – […]

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9 states with telehealth legislation taking effect in 2018

January 11, 2018

From MedCity News: But 11 pieces of legislation in nine states will officially take effect in 2018. Here they are: Source: 9 states with telehealth legislation taking effect in 2018 – MedCity News Related: Most of the new laws are intended to promote telemedicine. For example they remove rules requiring the practitioner to be in the […]

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The Digital Dentistry Movement

January 9, 2018

From TCT Magazine: That “goo” refers to the traditional process of creating a dental impression which has been used commonly, and continues to be, throughout dental practices and labs for centuries. Source: The Digital Dentistry Movement – TCT Magazine TCT is a magazine for the 3D printing industry. The linked article has a great deal of […]

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