The mental condition defense in just the latest twist in the long, dramatic saga of Theranos and its darling-turned-pariah founder. Holmes, a college dropout, garnered glowing media attention after founding her startup in 2003 at the age of just 19. She was known for her Steve Jobs-like fashion choices and bold claims of technological prowess. In 2014, the company was valued at $9 billion. But according to multiple media investigations since, Theranos’ technology was faulty and much of the company’s claims were misleading or false. Behind the scenes, Balwani was co-leading the company with Holmes and was reportedly known around the office as “the enforcer.” … [Read more...] about Judge in Theranos fraud case orders 14-hour psychological test for Holmes
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The Wyss Institute at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., is developing a wide variety of organ-on-a-chip systems , funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Defense, all with the aim of replacing both chemical and drug testing on animals. … [Read more...] about Technology Should Replace Testing on Animals (Op-Ed)
Aftereffects The effects of a high from cannabis that's smoked or inhaled typically last for a few hours, though it can take edibles almost that long to start affecting users. And while cannabis isn't the dangerous substance it was made out to be in the 20th century, using it comes with some risk. For one, while cannabis is legal for recreational and medical use in some states, it's still illegal in many parts of the country. … [Read more...] about How does cannabis get you high?
Normally, most factor VIII is stabilized in the body by another protein, von Willebrand factor (VWF), which also protects the clotting factor from disintegrating. However, VWF sets a cap on factor VIII’s time in the body, limiting its half-life to about 15 hours. When factor VIII is infused, it typically latches on to VWF. But researchers at Sanofi and Sobi, the sponsors of the new study, developed a fusion protein that had one small portion of VWF already fused to it. Their hope was that it would be enough to stabilize the clotting factor and prevent it from binding to the body’s own VWF. “Just part of [VWF] stabilizes factor VIII,” Konkle said. “You don’t need the rest of the protein.” … [Read more...] about New fusion protein treatment holds promise for ‘royal’ blood clotting disorder
Medicine has been touted as one of the early success stories where humans augmented by machines could literally save lives. As one example, in North Central Pennsylvania, integrated health network Geisinger has developed AI machines that can outperform its cardiologists in analysing electrocardiograms. … [Read more...] about QUT researchers develop AI to improve accuracy around eye-testing