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Today’s Solutions: July 15, 2024

AI Brain

Listening AI could diagnose Alzheimer’s early

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease can be a tricky and lengthy process, with multiple in-person neuropsychological exams followed by even more tests. Diagnosis could very well cost a patient valuable treatment time, so speed is of the utmost importance.  Researchers from Boston University have Read More...

Heart research

BU-led team aims to treat heart disease by growing new heart tissue

The heart is arguably the hardest-working and most important organ in the body. Starting the moment it’s formed in the womb the heart has to keep working for the rest of our lives. What’s more daunting is that the heart can’t repair itself. Once a ventricle or aorta is damaged, the heart just Read More...

Pay Equality

Calculating fairness: BU’s new software shows workers their wage gap

While we have made many strides in the journey toward equal pay, wage inequality does still exist in many parts of the country. Legislatures, citizens, and even universities strive and innovate efforts every day to make sure that women and people of color earn as much as their white male Read More...

city trees

City trees may trap more CO2 than we thought

It’s becoming common knowledge at this point that trees greatly benefit cities and the people that call them home. City trees and urban green areas regulate temperature, improve mental health and reduce loneliness for urbanites, clean the air and even reduce crime rates. Our tall, green friends Read More...

Woman performing self breast examination

New online tool aims to improve early breast cancer detection for Black women

In America, Black women are more likely to have breast cancer and at early ages, but despite this increased risk, there is a critical gap in early detection rates between Black women and their white counterparts. To address this disparity, researchers from Boston University and Tufts University Read More...

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Could a ban on asking about salary history help close the wage gap?

Across the United States, men outearn women in comparable jobs by 15%, Meanwhile, white employees outearn their Black peers by 11%, even after accounting for such differences as education, experience, occupation, industry, region, hours worked, and union coverage says Jim Bessen, executive Read More...

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New AI algorithm effectively streamlines Alzheimer’s diagnosis

In our Optimist View yesterday, we discussed how one woman can smell out Alzheimer’s even years before diagnosis. Now, thanks to an AI algorithm, there is yet another way to diagnose the disease even earlier.  The algorithm uses a combination of factors including magnetic resonance imaging Read More...