May 17, 2020

Google's New Wristband Could Treat Parkinson's and Cancer

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Google's patent explained its wearable could target any substances or objects that, when present in the blood, may affect the health of a wearer by transmitting energy into the vessels.
Earlier this year, Google unveiled plans for a cancer-detecting wristband that it was testing on moulds of human skin.

Now, the tech giant has been awa...

Earlier this year, Google unveiled plans for a cancer-detecting wristband that it was testing on moulds of human skin.

Now, the tech giant has been awarded a patent for the technology that will “automatically modify or destroy targets in the blood that have an adverse health effect.”

The wearable could target these cells using an “external energy source” such as ultrasound or radio frequencies.

“A number of scientific methods have been developed to examine physiological conditions of a person by detecting and measuring one or more analytes [chemicals] in a person's blood,” explained the Nanoparticle Phoresis patent. “Analytes indicative of a medical condition or health of the person' and could include 'enzymes, hormones, proteins, cells or other substances.”

"In one relevant example, certain proteins have been implicated as a partial cause of Parkinson's disease," the patent states. "The development of Parkinson's disease may be prevented or retarded by providing particles functionalised with a bioreceptor that will selectively bind to this target.

"As a further example, the target could be cancer cells; by selectively targeting and then modifying or destroying the cancer cells. The spread of cancer may be diminished."

The patent filing follows recent news that Google executive Bill Maris claimed that scientific advances will mean that in the future humans could live to be 500-years-old.

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Jun 24, 2021

Jvion launches AI-powered map to tackle mental health crisis

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Jvion's new interactive map uses AI to predict areas most vulnerable to poor mental health

Clinical AI company Jvion has launched an interactive map  of the US that highlights areas that are most vulnerable to poor mental health. 

The Behavioral Health Vulnerability Map uses Jvion's AI CORE™ software to analyse public data on social determinants of health (SDOH)  and determine the vulnerability of every US Census block group. 

Vulnerability refers to the likelihood that residents will experience issues like self-harm, suicide attempts or overdoses. The map also identifies the most influential social determinants in each region, to show the social and environmental conditions that contribute to mental illness. 

As an example, the map shows that Harrison County in Mississippi has a 50% higher suicide rate than the rest of the state. It also shows a high percentage of individuals in the armed forces at a time when active duty suicides are at a six-year high, along with a high prevalence of coronary artery disease, arthritis, and COPD, all chronic illnesses that are linked to a higher suicide risk.  

The map also shows Harrison County has a high percentage of Vietnamese Americans, who studies suggest have high rates of depression and may be less likely to seek help from mental health professionals. 

The map was built using the same data and analytics that Jvion used to create the COVID Community Vulnerability Map, which was launched towards the start of the pandemic. 

With this new map, Jvion is aiming to tackle the growing mental health crisis in the US. “At a time when so many Americans are struggling with their mental health, we’re proud to offer a tool that can help direct treatment resources to the communities that need it most,” said Dr John Showalter, MD, Jvion’s chief product officer, who led the development of the map. 

“For too long, the healthcare industry has struggled to address social determinants of health, particularly in the context of behavioural health. Our hope is that by surfacing the social and environmental vulnerabilities of America’s communities, we can better coordinate our response to the underlying conditions that impact the health and wellbeing of people everywhere.” 

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