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‘A well-choreographed dance’

Science | Scientists discover the immune systems of newborn babies are almost identical
by Julie Borg
Posted 9/20/18, 12:03 pm

Researchers in Sweden were stunned recently to discover that even though newborn babies come in contact with vastly different microbes in their first few weeks of life, their immune systems follow a preset pattern of development, nearly identical from one baby to the next.

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A smarter scanner

Technology | Researchers believe artificial intelligence can improve MRI speeds
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 9/13/18, 03:14 pm

Magnetic resonance imaging, the gold standard of modern diagnostic imaging, provides doctors with greater detail than other imaging techniques, such as X-ray or CT scans. But MRI scans take a long time—anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or more. All the while, the patient must lie still inside a claustrophobia-inducing metal tube.

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Doctors in demand

Education | Medical schools are graduating more new physicians than ever, but America still faces a growing physician shortage
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/05/18, 04:28 pm

Finding a family doctor could get a lot more difficult in the next 10 years.

The United States already has a physician shortage—fewer doctors than are necessary to meet patient demand in a reasonable amount of time. But it’s about to get a lot worse. By 2030, the U.S. medical system will be short as many as 121,500 doctors, according to a recent estimate by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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