2017

AI used to detect breast cancer risk

US scientists are using artificial intelligence to predict whether breast lesions identified from a biopsy will turn out to cancerous. The machine learning system has been tested on 335 high-risk lesions, and correctly diagnosed 97% as malignant. It reduced the number of unnecessary surgeries by more than 30%, the scientists said. One breast cancer specialist said that the research was “useful”. The machine learning system was trained on information about

What can your period tell you about the state of your health?

Bodyform has broken convention: the feminine hygiene brand’s latest sanitary towel advert is the first to use red liquid. The fact that showing liquid that looks like blood to denote real blood counts as taboo-breaking is as ridiculous as the blue liquid inflicted on our fragile sensibilities for years. As Bodyform’s slogan declares: “Periods are normal. Showing them should be too.” This is about more than advertising. Making periods visible

Why cancer rates are increasing in the world's 'top' countries

Australians have access to some of the best healthcare in the world, allowing us to avoid many preventable illnesses, receive good care when we’re unwell and live longer. Ironically, this advantage may be fuelling an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and, according to new research, cancer. The University of Adelaide study found that the world’s wealthiest countries have much higher rates of cancer than much poorer countries. Looking at cancer rates

Education Ministry bans 'pass-out game', warns action

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry has banned the “pass-out game” that is gaining traction in schools with immediate effect, warning that students face action if they get themselves involved. Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the ministry would not hesitate to act against these students, after videos emerged online showing several students playing the game, which involves one person pressing another person’s chest until he or she is rendered unconscious.

The best shoes for healthy feet

Wearing a pair of ill-fitting shoes can make walking across the room uncomfortable. Mayo Clinic orthopaedic surgeon Dr Glenn Shi says shoes that are too tight, too small or don’t give enough support can cause pain and other issues. Poorly fitting footwear can cause foot pain, injuries, and even deformities. “Oftentimes, people wear shoes that are not fitted for them,” he says. Dr Shi says opting for style over a

5 Precautions to take if you have elderly at home

The elderly are weak and have no less strength even to stand on their own. Therefore they need the full-time assistance of either their loved ones which can be their children, friends or relatives or any caregiver. Having elderly at home brings lots of responsibility on you. To perform their daily tasks, they need help. It is important for them to have a responsible person around them who can take