New York University: Combination of Artificial Intelligence & Radiologists More Accurately Identified Breast Cancer

New York University: Combination of Artificial Intelligence & Radiologists More Accurately Identified Breast Cancer. “An artificial intelligence (AI) tool—trained on roughly a million screening mammography images—has identified breast cancer with approximately 90 percent accuracy when combined with analysis by radiologists.”

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: $3.7 million supports crowdsourced database of cancer genomics

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: $3.7 million supports crowdsourced database of cancer genomics. “The database’s name is CIViC, which stands for Clinical Interpretations of Variants in Cancer. According to its founders, it is the only entirely open-source online resource for querying tumor mutations — like a Wikipedia for cancer genomics. Comparing CIViC to Wikipedia — an online encyclopedia maintained by volunteers — the Griffiths, who are twin brothers, designed a system that allows anyone to create an account and contribute information to the database. Experts in the field serve as editors, curating data that is incorporated into the system. It is also free for anyone to use.”

University of Arkansas: Study Co-authored by UAMS Doctor Shows Benefit of Facebook Patient Support Groups in Rare Cancer Research

University of Arkansas: Study Co-authored by UAMS Doctor Shows Benefit of Facebook Patient Support Groups in Rare Cancer Research. “An article co-authored by Jerad Gardner, M.D., at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) demonstrates the ability to use international Facebook patient support groups to rapidly reach large numbers of rare cancer survivors.”

Pharmaphorum: IQVIA launches UK cancer database amid survival rate concern

Pharmaphorum: IQVIA launches UK cancer database amid survival rate concern. “As figures show the UK continues to lag behind other developed countries in cancer survival, a new project aims to create a national database with ambitious goals to challenge the variation in care standards in the NHS and encourage clinical trial research.”

BBC: YouTube advertises big brands alongside fake cancer cure videos

BBC: YouTube advertises big brands alongside fake cancer cure videos. “YouTube’s algorithm promotes fake cancer cures in a number of languages and the site runs adverts for major brands and universities next to misleading videos, a BBC investigation has found. Searching YouTube across 10 languages, the BBC found more than 80 videos containing health misinformation – mainly bogus cancer cures. Ten of the videos found had more than a million views. Many were accompanied by adverts.”

The Hindu: ‘India-specific cancer genome database being developed’

The Hindu: ‘India-specific cancer genome database being developed’. “The Union Health Ministry, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, is developing India-specific cancer genome database that will help identify biomarkers specific to the Indian population. This will help in early diagnosis, and also identify drug targets for the Indian population.”

University of California San Francisco: Chemical Exposure Web Tool Defines Risks Faced by Millions of California Women

University of California San Francisco: Chemical Exposure Web Tool Defines Risks Faced by Millions of California Women. “The tool, which was developed by researchers at UC San Francisco and the California Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Branch, is part of an ongoing study focused on understanding potential breast cancer risks related to workplace chemical exposures. Users can search the database by ethnicity/race, age, and occupation to see risk information on more than a thousand chemicals, sorted into 24 chemical groups, as well as which chemicals are likely to be present in various occupations.”