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Detecting language problems early can help practitioners to improve conditions that can hamper a child’s progress, and now a team at San Diego State University is using advanced computer comprehension tasks to detect language problems a full two years earlier. We find out how the technology could impact treatment for children.

Also, we find out how companies can address the complex arrangements needed to store, keep and own patient data at all levels in order to empower patients by providing them with seamless access to their own medical data, take a look at a machine-learning model developed by researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital that could aid critical decisions in sepsis care, and explore the history and future of MRI machines with Avingtrans.

Plus, we examine a high-tech approach for seeking biomarkers for autism spectrum disorder, profile the life of innovator and Medtronic founder Earl Bakken, and as always, we round up the latest news from the medical device industry, and get comment and analysis from GlobalData’s healthcare analysts on market dynamics, product innovation, regional developments and regulatory issues.

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Detecting language problems: a tech-assisted vision for earlier diagnosis
A team at San Diego State University is using advanced computerised comprehension tasks to detect language problems in children. Using the computer program, the team has been able to spot problems a full two years earlier, a development which could lead to significant improvements for conditions that often hamper a child’s progress. Charlotte Edwards spoke to San Diego State University psychology professor Margaret Friend about the potentially life-changing technique.
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Democratising data: the key to better healthcare?
Giving patients access to their medical data offers an advantageous realignment of the doctor-patient dynamic. But with the benefits come complications, and progress towards digital health goals vary wildly. What are the obstacles still lying in the way of democratising healthcare data, and how can these goals be best pursued in the interest of patient care and sustainable health systems? Chris Lo reports.
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The critical moment: can machine learning save lives in sepsis care?
Researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a predictive model that could guide clinicians in deciding when to give potentially life-saving drugs to patients being treated for sepsis. Charlotte Edwards speaks to first author of the study Varesh Prasad to find out how the technology works.
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Exploring the past and future of MRI with Avingtrans
To further enhance its status in the MRI space, Avingtrans has acquired Tecmag, a US-based company, which designs and manufacturers consoles and probes for MRI and NMR probs. In the context of this acquisition, Allie Nawrat spoke to Peter Penfold, Avingtrans’ business development director, to find out how the company entered and then consolidated itself in the medical imaging space.
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The high-tech hunt for new biomarkers
Technology is pushing forward the search for new biomarkers to unlock new insights into disease progression and inform clinical research. From epigenetic screening to vocal biomarkers and data analysis powered by machine learning, what are some of the most promising technological talking points in the industry today? Chris Lo finds out.
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Earl Bakken and the story of Medtronic
Co-founder of Medtronic, Earl Bakken, passed away at the end of 2018. Over the 40 years that Bakken was at the helm, Medtronic developed from a medical equipment repair service based in a garage to a multimillion dollar company, which was to become the world’s largest medical device company in 2017. Allie Nawrat explores Bakken’s role in Medtronic’s achievement.
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Scientists are working to unlock greater detail of body composition monitoring in the hope that more comprehensive information could lead to new treatments. We take a look at the growing field.

Plus, we find out if personal medical devices play a part in mitigating the effects of poor air quality, profile the development of the TWIICE One exoskeleton, examine how technology is helping researchers to detect cerebral damage in malnourished children, explore the risks of complacency in robotic surgery, and take a look at a global cancer registry launched by Lancor Scientific.