Tech

Hospitals Warn on Device Security

Hospitals are pushing medical- device makers to improve cyber defenses of their internet- connected infusion pumps, biopsy imaging tables and other health-care products as reports of attacks rise.
 Rattled by recent global cyberattacks, U.S. hospitals are conducting tests to detect weaknesses in specific devices, and asking manufacturers to reveal the proprietary software running the products in order to identify vulnerabilities. In some cases, hospitals have canceled orders and rejected bids for devices that lacked safety features.

Virus Therapy Saves Patient With An Antibiotic-Resistant Infection

Researchers said they treated a 15-year-old patient's antibiotic-resistant infection with the help of genetically engineered viruses. The effort points to a potential path for countering the growing threat of bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
 The researchers, in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, saved the patient with the help of bacteria-destroying viruses known as bacteriophages that occur naturally and are the most populous organisms on the planet. Using genetic engineering, the researchers tweaked some of the phages to specifically fight the patient's infection.

Brain Signals Turned Into Speech

Scientists have harnessed artificial intelligence to translate brain signals into speech, in a step toward brain implants that one day could let people with impaired abilities speak their minds, according to a new study.
 In findings published Wednesday in the journal Nature, a research team at the University of California, San Francisco, introduced an experimental brain decoder that combined direct recording of signals from the brains of research subjects with artificial intelligence, machine learning and a speech synthesizer.

'Bubble Boys' Cured in Medical Breakthrough Using Gene Therapy

An experimental gene therapy has cured eight infants with the so-called Bubble Boy Disease, an immune-system deficiency so severe that children with it were at one time kept in total isolation for fear that even a simple common cold could be deadly. 

In a major scientific breakthrough, researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis have developed a one-time, personalized treatment used to correct the genetic defect and build fully functioning immune systems in infants with the condition, formally known as X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID. 

The Cost Of Using Robots In Surgery

ROBOT-ASSISTED SURGERIES—a technology oft-touted by hospitals—are longer and more expensive than other types of minimally invasive surgeries, according to a growing body of studies. And in some types of surgery, they have a lower success rate. Two studies published online last week in JAMA compared robotic-assisted surgeries to laparoscopic surgeries. Both are minimally invasive procedures done ...