The NSW state government will permanently fund screening for a rare but devastating genetic disorder with a high infant death rate, after a study conducted in Sydney showed early therapy could turn diagnosis from a “heart-sink” to a treatable condition.
Of the 29 babies with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) who took part in a global trial of a new gene therapy, including four treated at Sydney Children’s Hospital, all reached 18 months and the majority achieved their developmental milestones, such as sitting independently and walking.
As technology is evolving work/life balance is becoming more stressful. Neuroscientists and technology professionals are working together with AI to make bots that act as individual counsellors, guides or coaches to help with mental health. They can start by asking questions like, "How are you feeling?" or "What's bothering you?"
Users upload data from their healthcare provider – anonymously and for free – and receive a notification to say how many people are clinically alike, with each one scored out of 100 for “alike-ness”. Users can then reach out to each other and chat. The alternative – a simple internet search – may allow a fibromyalgia sufferer, for example, to find a relevant group or forum. But narrowing the field to find people who also have Crohn’s disease and anxiety would be tricky... Australia is tipped for expansion in the near future. Watch this space! https://nocamels.com/2022/11/healthcares-answer-to-facebook-waze-and-tinder/