From coding to cancer: How AI is changing medicine

Early cancer diagnosis and treatment may be possible with AI  by @megtirrell

  • A professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her work focused on natural language processing – training computers to understand human speech – until a breast cancer diagnosis three years ago.
  • “Going through it, I realized that today we have more sophisticated technology to select your shoes on Amazon than to adjust treatments for cancer patients,” Barzilay said in an interview at her office in Cambridge.
  • Barzilay’s group, in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, is now applying their expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  • They’re asking questions like whether computers can detect signs of breast cancer in mammograms earlier than humans are currently capable of, and whether machine learning can enable doctors to use all the huge quantities of data available on patients to make more personalized treatment decisions.
  • For Barzilay, the ability of computers to scour images holds the potential of earlier detection.

Machine learning might help computers diagnose diseases, improve and suggest treatment, and even detect illnesses before they even start.
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CNN ‘terminates’ Kathy Griffin’s hosting duties on New Year’s Eve program

CNN 'terminates' @kathygriffin's hosting duties on New Year's Eve program

  • CNN announced Wednesday the network will be ending Kathy Griffin’s hosting duties for its New Year’s Eve program after the comedian’s disturbing photo shoot with a bloodied Trump mask.
  • “CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” the network announced Wednesday on Twitter.
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    Griffin has co-hosted CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live” with Anderson Cooper since 2007.

  • “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in.
  • MELANIA TRUMP QUESTIONS KATHY GRIFFIN’S ‘MENTAL HEALTH’ AFTER BLOODIED MASK PHOTO SHOOT

    Griffin received major backlash after a photo was published on Tuesday of her holding a bloodied mask that resembled President Donald Trump.

CNN announced Wednesday the network will be ending Kathy Griffin’s hosting duties for its New Year’s Eve program after the comedian’s disturbing photo shoot with a bloodied Trump mask.
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Hacked plastic surgery photos published online

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    More than 25,000 private photographs have been posted online following a data breach at a plastic surgery clinic in Lithuania in March.Passport and credit card details were also stolen from the Grozio Chirurgija clinic, Lithuanian police said.After the release of hundreds of photos from the clinic in March, the rest of the database was published on Tuesday.Patients in Denmark, Germany, Norway and the UK have received demands for ransoms of up to 2,000 euros (ÂŁ1,737).

  • Lithuanian police say it is unclear how many of the clinic’s clients have been affected but dozens have reported receiving such demands.Officers said a hacking group called Tsar Team was behind the theft and publication of the data.
  • ‘Penalty fee’In April, a group claiming to have carried out the theft sent the clinic a demand for 344,000 euros, calling it a “small penalty fee” for having vulnerable computer systems.The perpetrators decided to publish the data when the clinic refused to pay, according to the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).
  • When the database was published on Tuesday, Lithuanian news site 15min reported that the group was demanding 113,500 euros for the full database, as “a lot of people have paid us to delete their data”.
  • We’re talking about a serious crime,” Andzejus Raginskis, Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau’s deputy chief, told reporters.He warned that anyone who downloaded and stored the stolen data could be prosecuted and face a prison sentence of up to three years.The clinic’s website is advising people who receive ransom demands not to open them or click on any links contained in them, and to submit any messages they receive to the authorities for investigation.

Clients of a Lithuanian clinic from across Europe report receiving ransom demands for their data.
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‘What I’d change for mental health services’

This is what all the main parties are promising around mental health ahead of #GE2017

  • Charlotte Evans, 19, from Essex has experienced mental health services as both a child and an adult.
  • I went to call the [local mental health] crisis line as I had been told to.
  • Here are what all the main parties are pledging around mental health for the general election.
  • “A lot of people won’t even try get a job, because they are worried about what employers will say [about their health].”
  • You can get support and help on mental health issues via these BBC Advice pages.

Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.
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BBC Learning English

Which verb means start doing exercise?

A) take up
B) take on
C) take over

Answer:

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    A study says moderate exercise several times a week is the best way for the over 50s to keep their brains in good working order.
  • Australian researchers say combining aerobic activities, such as swimming, cycling or jogging, with muscle-strengthening exercises is most effective.
  • They support the idea that taking up exercise at any age is worthwhile.
  • Key words and phrases
    sharpmentally quick and intelligent
    keep (something) at bayprevent (something) from happening
    stintslimited periods of time spent doing an activity
    To do
    Try our quiz to see how well you’ve learned today’s language.

According to scientific research periods of exercise are not only good for your body, but for your brain too – helping to prevent memory loss and other mental conditions. Neil and Catherine teach you how to use the language the world’s media is using to discuss this story.
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Olivia Newton-John battling breast cancer again

Olivia Newton-John battling breast cancer again

  • (CNN) — Olivia Newton-John is postponing her tour as she battles breast cancer for the second time.
  • The singer, 68, was set to hit the road in June for concerts in the U.S. and Canada, after initially postponing the tour earlier this month.
  • “The back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour, has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum,” a statement posted on her official Facebook page read.
  • Newton-John had previously been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.
  • Since her own battle, Newton-John has been an advocate for breast cancer awareness.

The singer, 68, was set to hit the road in June for concerts in the U.S. and Canada, after initially postponing the tour earlier this month.
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Olivia Newton-John reveals she has breast cancer again

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    Olivia Newton-John has been suffering severe back pain

    Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John has revealed she has breast cancer again, 25 years after recovering from her original diagnosis.The Grease star has postponed upcoming tour dates after discovering that severe back pain she has been suffering is a result of the disease spreading to her spine.The 68-year-old was due to perform across the US and Canada next month.She will have treatment and expects to return to the stage later in 2017.

  • Last week, the four-time Grammy award winner cancelled planned meet-and-greet events for the upcoming tour dates due to “severe back pain”.
  • A statement on Tuesday said: “The back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour, has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum.
  • “After surviving her initial cancer diagnosis in 1992, Newton-John became a prominent campaigner for others facing the disease, as well as on other health issues.
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    As well as having a career spanning over 45 years, Newton-John is a health and environmental activist

    She set up the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness research centre in Melbourne, Australia.

The Grease star’s diagnosis comes 25 years after she first had the disease.
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