Canadian children’s mental health hotline turns to artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence - Help Phone for Kids

To keep up with the surge in demand for support, Kids Help Phone is using AI technology. Kids Help Phone, a mental health hotline for children and teens in Canada, has announced that it is using artificial intelligence to help respond to the “enormous need” as a rapidly growing number of people turn to the service for support. Since the pandemic, the number of people using the service has skyrocketed in the country. In 2019 Kids Help Phone received about 1.9 million calls, texts, live chats, or website visits. Since…

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Scientists use artificial intelligence to find antibiotic-resistant superbug treatment

Artificial intelligence - Antibiotic Drugs Research

Researchers at Canada’s McMaster University used AI to discover a promising new drug. Scientists from McMaster University in Canada have used artificial intelligence to discover a new antibiotic-resistant “superbug” treatment. This is a promising breakthrough in the treatment of one of the most difficult to treat and most dangerous antibiotic resistant diseases. The promising new treatment was discovered within a few hours of the use of the AI technology. The research team published a paper about their use of artificial intelligence to discover a superbug treatment in the Nature Chemical…

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Internet use could help older adults prevent dementia

Internet use - Seniors on the computer

Regular use of up to 2 hours per day was seen in a study as a sweet spot to protect against dementia. A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has shown that regular internet use among older people can provide a helpful protection against the development of dementia. Older people who go online regularly are almost half as likely to develop dementia as those who rarely use it. The researchers tracked the cognitive health of 18,154 adults without dementia for an average of 7.9 years…

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How much has your mobile phone altered your mind?

Mobile phone - Mind altering

Cellular devices have come a long way over the last fifty years, including changing how you think. The mobile phone has become ubiquitous in our society, and their use has gone well beyond simply talking to someone who isn’t physically present. These devices are used for a broad spectrum of purposes, to the point that they are altering the way we think of accomplishing tasks throughout our typical days. That said, many are starting to wonder if these devices are actually changing our brains. Many of us spend far too…

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Could your wearable technology stop your medical devices from working?

Wearable technology - Fitness Tracker - Workout

Should you be wearing a Fitbit if you’ve also got a pacemaker? Wearable technology such as fitness trackers and smartwatches have become extremely popular, as bioimpedance sensing tech help us to keep track of a number of helpful health stats. However, according to new research, that same tech could be affecting the way that implanted medical devices, such as pacemakers, function. Smartwatches, smart rings, smart scales, fitness trackers and other gadgets can all cause interference. The study was published in the Heart Rhythm journal showed that a broad spectrum of…

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