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AI and machine learning could halve preventable errors in medicine

Researcher Suchi Saria works to bridge the gap between AI solutions and implementation in healthcare

A breathing tube through the butt could be an alternative to mechanical ventilators

Inspired by animals that breathe through their butts, scientists show that mammals can also harness the incredible breathing ability of our butts

How scientists developed the most popular anesthetic used today, without totally knowing how it works

The "milk of amnesia" is relatively new, and is predated by centuries of weak attempts at pain relief

Artificial intelligence can help diagnose skin cancer, but only on white skin

A new image-based AI tool can suggest clinical next steps for melanoma, but for darker skinned patients, equal outcomes are lacking

Meet Virginia Apgar, the unlikely anesthesiologist who saved newborn babies

Apgar's simple, standardized score helped decrease the startlingly high infant mortality rate

A version of this article originally appeared on Undark

How should a COVID-19 vaccine be distributed?

With Pfizer and Moderna vaccines proving effective, how should a population get vaccinated?

Stress hormones and mitochondrial health determine who will lose muscle after surgery

New research uncovers the cellular and genetic risk factors of post-surgery muscle loss

Brain banks are key to understanding COVID's mysterious symptoms, but only if people are willing to donate

Some COVID-19 patients experience dizziness, loss of smell and even seizures, but we need brain donations from patients and healthy controls to understand why.

How did human butts evolve to look that way?

An evolutionary anthropologist tackles the mystery of the butt

A version of this article originally appeared on Undark

Is artificial intelligence worsening COVID-19's toll on Black Americans?

Experts are asking if biased algorithms exacerbate health disparities

Meet Merit-Ptah, the ancient Egyptian doctor who didn't exist

Though created by accident, her story fit neatly with burgeoning 20th century feminism

Racial injustice causes Black Americans to age faster than whites

The "weathering hypothesis" explains higher rates of chronic disease and infant mortality