Issue 2: U=U HIV Campaign, Watson and AI Startup, and more


U=U HIV Campaign  

A group of more than 500 high profile organizations in 67 countries are spearheading a movement to fight the stigma against HIV. They call it the U=U campaign, short for Undetectable = Untrasmittable. Meaning that patients with HIV loads that are below 200 copies per mL of blood and have been that way for at least 6 months have a 0% chance of transmitting the virus.

CDC and Lancet HIV agree on U=U

Last month the CDC dropped an absolutely fire letter effectively agreeing with the U=U movement. This month the Lancet HIV literally said the same thing as the CDC. Doctors are still advising their HIV patients to wrap that D and protect that V (translation= have sex with condoms), however HIV patients everywhere are feeling relieved that the stigma associated with HIV is decreasing.

What’s up with Watson and these AI Startups?

This month computer scientists at “we’re so cool” Stanford University announced that they created an artificial intelligence program that can diagnose pneumonia on chest x rays more accurately than radiologists. It’s not just the perennial innovators at Stanford that are changing the game tho. A host of more than 40 different venture backed AI startups along with old-school IBM’s Watson have their hats in the ring to provide more accuracy and reliability to image interpretation than traditional MD’s. Israeli startup Zebra Medical Vision is even selling its image reading algorithm for $1 per scan and to date they have done more than a million scans.

Robots + Radiologist = ROBO-RADIOLOGIST

Nerds in dark rooms everywhere are trembling that their jobs might be stolen by computers, but the numbers tell a different story. The American College of Radiology is predicting that 2017 will be the best year for hiring new radiologists in the last 7 years. It’s estimated that there will be a 14% increase in hiring compared to last year. As more AI startups and Watson drop their technologies into the market and more “vampire doctors” are hired, the future will likely see tech and man working side by side (in the darkness).  

PTSD and POT 

28 States including the District of Colombia now allow veterans suffering from PTSD to use medical marijuana. Sounds great right? One problem. The American Psychiatric Association is quick to say chill there’s not enough scientific evidence yet to condone blazing trees to alleviate that anxiety and PTSD homie (we paraphrased for them).

Red, White, and Very Blue

PTSD in vets is a serious issue that demands more attention. It’s estimated that more than 20 veterans commit suicide everyday and that is unacceptable. Recently the FDA approved clinical trials to test the use of cannabis to treat PTSD in veterans at the Scottsdale Research Institute in Arizona. Although results will likely take years to come back it represents a crucial development in helping finding a solution for the veterans that suffer as they defend our freedom.  

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