(Atlanta, December 12, 2017) -- In four clinical trials being presented today during the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta, researchers report promising results suggesting patients with blood disorders and several types of cancer will soon have significantly expanded options for treatment. The announcements reflect the latest results from clinical trial data collected and analyzed within the past few months. "The purpose of accepting late-breaking abstracts is to make sure that ASH can bring the most exciting, up-to-date science to the world's attention," said press briefing moderator Robert Brodsky, MD, ASH Secretary and professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine. "We reviewed more than 75 abstracts to identify those that are presenting the breadth of the science at ASH, including groundbreaking studies in both malignant and nonmalignant hematology." The first study addresses the use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) to safely … [Read more...] about Late-breaking hematology abstracts signal new, near-term therapeutic options for patients
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Prey: Michael Crichton, US $27 HarperCollins , ISBN 0-0662-1412-2 "Things never turn out the way you think they will." So begins Michael Crichton's latest novel, Prey, an account of seven nerve-wracking days in which programmer Jack Forman deals with mischievous children, his possibly adulterous wife Julia, and malfunctioning robots. What makes the tale fascinating is that these robots are the minute products of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence (AI) all combined. What makes it chilling is that the robots start operating in ways their designers never anticipated. What makes it thrilling is that as Jack struggles to debug the miscreants, you can never be sure how things will turn out. This recipe would make Prey an entertaining read for almost anyone. But the author's skillful extrapolation of current technology and his examination of its unintended consequences makes this book especially thought-provoking for engineers and computer scientists. Crichton has a … [Read more...] about When Robots Turn Deadly…
I don't know about you, but I'm bushed. Zonked. Tuckered out. Well and truly knackered. National Robotics Week was tremendous, and we'll have piles of video for you over the next week or so from the conferences, forums, and events. Meanwhile, enjoy this Video Friday that's just as especially awesome as every Video Friday we've ever had up until now. A robot that can help you assemble Ikea furniture? Uh, yes please: This video shows the result of a learning by imitation approach that allows two users to demonstrate an assembly skill requiring different levels of compliance. Each item to assemble will have specific characteristic that needs that are transferred to the robot. Re-programming the robot for each new item to assemble would not be possible. Here, the robot can learn this skill by demonstration. One user is grasping the robot and moving it by hand to demonstrate how it should collaborate with another user (kinesthetic teaching). A force sensor mounted at the wrist of … [Read more...] about Video Friday: Anti-Drone Lasers, Robot Doctors, and Ikea Furniture Assembly
Eighteen million people in the United States suffer from diabetes, and the disease cuts their average life expectancy by ten years or more. To keep the condition under control, they need to juggle diet, medication and exercise. And that can be a huge struggle even with the best treatment available. But very few of those afflicted in this fast-growing epidemic get anything like the best treatment. Most patients don’t get care from a specialist, don’t take enough tests to properly track the disease, and fail to adopt changes in diet and exercise that can slow or sometimes stop the disease’s progress and the onset of ugly complications, say healthcare experts. The general quality of diabetes treatment is “pretty embarrassing,” says Alan Moses, senior vice president and chief medical officer for the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, the largest U.S. center of diabetes research.Ideally, a patient with an incurable, life-threatening disease such as diabetes … [Read more...] about Your Daily Digital Doctor
Martin Shkreli made news in September when his company Turing Pharmaceuticals, bought the rights to a drug for toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection, and raised the price from $13.50 to $750 a pill, only to back down when he realized such a move was incredibly unpopular. Earlier this month, Shkreli spent $2 million on RZA’s one-of-a-kind album, and later saying he hasn’t listened to it. Now he’s stoking the world’s hatred again, this time by planning to profit from a drug that treats Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that threatens the lives of millions of people worldwide.Chagas is transmitted by triatomines, insects that live in mud and straw housing. It can be transferred human to human through organ transplants or blood transfusions, via breastfeeding, and congenitally. As it’s generally found in rural areas and slums in South America, and the millions infected abroad are generally low-income or poor, Chagas is considered a neglected … [Read more...] about Shkreli’s at it again, plotting to make a windfall off a drug price hike
While shopping at one of my local Apple stores the other day, I overheard an earnest conversation about safeguarding Mac computers against things like viruses and trojans. The customer and companion were new to Mac life and were convinced that they should be very worried about viruses. The Apple salesperson on the floor repeatedly assured them that they would not need extra antivirus protection for their Mac. The customer then argued that Symantec makes an antivirus program for Macs, therefore, it must truly be a credible threat, otherwise there would be no such products. Some antivirus products are even sold in Apple stores. I’ve heard similar arguments before: if companies like Symantec or McAfee make antivirus applications for the Mac, then Macs must truly be vulnerable somehow, somewhere. Steve Jobs and the rest of the Apple cronies must be lying. I wondered why the Apple salesperson left the Norton AntiVirus argument alone. I’ve spoken with a number of Apple reps … [Read more...] about Antivirus Programs for Mac, Snake Oil or Public Service?
Recently, Apple's App Store -- the iTunes area designed to showcase and sell independent, third-party programs for the iPhone and the iPod touch -- hit an inventory of 1,001 applications. The store launched with a little more than half that number, and in the first weekend it served up 10 million downloads.Some reporters have likened the App Store to a candy shop, but I think it's more addictive than that. Every time I swing through to check it out, either via iTunes on my Mac or directly from my iPhone, I find myself struggling to exercise self-restraint, lest I burn through a hundred bucks without even thinking about it.True, most applications are $9.99 or less, and more than 300 of them are free, but it's the purchase method that's troublesome: It's so easy to use, you're hardly aware that you're spending real money at all. The App Store is a lot like iTunes' music and movie stores, and it's set up in a similar way to showcase what's available. You can sort by all iPhone … [Read more...] about PRODUCT REVIEW Warning: The App Store Is Dangerous
You have to love the irony. Manufacturing companies spend months and thousands of dollars to select a channel management application that will cure many of the ills that years of neglect have created.These manufacturers -- fighting with inconsistency of policies, lack of channel focus and leadership, and being beat on deals by competitors who study and work their channels -- are hoping to buy their way out of channel management hell.Lead management, escalation, pricing, order capture, integration with distributor's and reseller's ordering systems, the ability to handle warranty stock balancing -- these are just a few of the applications that manufacturers spend millions of dollars on, and many still don't know if they are getting an ROI or not, or even if channel partners are using them at all.Most ironic of all is the effort to mask these failures internally with self-promotion and spending on events, when, in fact, channel partners are confused, angry over having deals taken direct … [Read more...] about OPINION Earning Respect from Your Customer Channels
There's a very good reason why we call Internet memes and themes "viral." Good and bad information spreads on the Web in much the same way those nasty bundles of nucleic acid and proteins do when they attack your body's cells and make you sick.Some of the Internet news items I've seen related to the H1N1 swine flu virus are making me feel a little ill. I see nothing public service-related about the page view bait that has popped up since H1N1 started taking priority in newsrooms around the world. The Drudge Report, AOL, Yahoo -- they've all put some scary stuff on their front pages, all with the intent of keeping you trapped in that story long enough to be exposed to another Internet condition, online advertising-itis.I know this is the way the Web world works, and that it builds off of longstanding media traditions. I'm certainly not anti-information or anti-capitalist. I do, however, think it's more than a tad sleazy to take a serious public health issue -- one that is raising some … [Read more...] about OPINION Flu Fear Goes Viral on the Web
I don't know about you but I can't seem to get out of my head the image of that poor Asian doctor who, seemingly unconscious, was dragged off that United flight. The fact that the airline did that to a 69-year-old doctor just so it could save money moving employees around is nearly as unbelievable as the initialtone-deaf response from United's CEO, who blamed the passenger. (It was only after a tremendous backlash that the CEO offered an actual apology.)While the United debacle was going on, I happened to be reviewing Qualcomm's counterclaim against Apple, and holy crap. It alleges that Apple crippled the modems in some iPhones to cover up its use of cheap parts, and that it aggressively acted to prevent anyone, particularly Qualcomm, from pointing it out.I have the view that if you pay for a thing, you should get that thing -- and Apple customers, according to Qualcomm, are getting screwed. Given how we depend on our phones, my guess is that if this is true, it won't end well for … [Read more...] about OPINION Why Is It OK to Abuse Customers?