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The Med & Mic™ 05.16.22

>> A key to predicting SIDS

>> AI can see race in a way the human eye cannot

>> New term for a natural process

The Med & Mic™ 05.16.22

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SIDS Breakthrough

Australian researchers have identified an abnormality that could be behind Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In their study, a lower level of an enzyme called butyrylcholinesterase was found on blood tests of newborns who died of SIDS. This enzyme is important to the parts of the brain responsible for wakefulness. This could potentially lead to screening and intervention. “An apparently healthy baby going to sleep and not waking up is every parent’s nightmare and until now there was absolutely no way of knowing which infant would succumb,” says study author Dr. Carmel Harrington, who lost a child to SIDS, in an article from Reuters, “But that’s not the case anymore. We have found the first marker to indicate vulnerability prior to death.”

AI can identify race by X-ray

An international study shows that artificial intelligence can accurately identify race on x-rays, but humans do not understand how. The study involved chest x-rays, mammograms, lateral cervical spine x-rays, and chest CTs. These were compared to the patient’s self-reported racial identity as Balck, Asian, or white. This goes against the widely held, but tacit, belief among radiologists that identification of race from medical images is impossible. Researchers tried to figure out specific image features that enabled AI to make the determination, but were unsuccessful. More in Psychology Today.

Britney Spears’ Miscarriage

Brittney Spears, 40, has announced a miscarriage after publically revealing her pregnancy in April. An alternative term to current terminology in modern medicine (miscarriage, spontaneous abortion) is pregnancy loss, to reduce the connotation of blame and to increase empowerment and well being. More from GMA and The Globe and Mail.

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