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The controversial tech used to predict problems before they happen

The controversial tech used to predict problems before they happen

Technology
By Rowland Manthorpe, technology correspondent At least 53 councils are using computer models to detect problems before they happen, according to new research by Cardiff University and Sky News, which shows the scale of the controversial technology in UK public services.So-called predictive algorithms are being used by councils for everything from traffic management to benefits sanctions. The real figures could be much higher, as not every local authority responded fully to freedom of information requests.Almost a third of the UK's 45 police forces are also using predictive algorithms.:: Analysis - Hidden revolution is taking place :: Add to Apple podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker. Image: More than 50 lo...
New screening could accurately predict type 1 diabetes risk in babies

New screening could accurately predict type 1 diabetes risk in babies

Health
Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A new screening may forecast type 1 diabetes risk in babies, a new study says. The new risk score known as the T1DGRS2 showed twice the efficiency as existing tests in predicting the chance of babies developing Type 1 diabetes, new findings published Thursday in Diabetes Care. "Prediction of what diseases we might get in the future is an important area, and type 1 diabetes has a strong genetic element that we are now able to measure very well," Richard Oram, a researcher at University of Exeter, said in a press release. "Measurement of the type 1 diabetes genetic risk score could help predict who will develop the condition from early life could help with research into potential early life interventions, and with classifying diabetes correctly at diagnosis." Current type 1...
Artificial intelligence used to predict cancer growth

Artificial intelligence used to predict cancer growth

Health
Scientists have used artificial intelligence to predict how cancers will progress and evolve.This could help doctors design the most effective treatment for each patient.A team led by the Institute of Cancer Research London (ICR) and the University of Edinburgh developed a new technique known as Revolver (Repeated Evolution of Cancer).This picks out patterns in DNA mutation within cancers and uses the information to forecast future genetic changes.The researchers said the ever-changing nature of tumours was one of the biggest challenges in treating cancer - with cancers often evolving to a drug-resistant form.Breast tumoursHowever, if doctors can predict how a tumour will evolve, they could intervene earlier to stop cancer in its...
Study to help scientists predict climate change's impact on biodiversity

Study to help scientists predict climate change's impact on biodiversity

Science
Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A new study suggests a species ability to survive and adapt to climate change depends on the speed at which climate conditions shift. The climate has been changing for hundreds of millions of years. Along the way, plant and animal communities have adjusted and persevered. But anthropogenic climate change is different, it's happening at greater speeds and on a greater magnitude. To better understand how plants and animals will respond in the future, scientists need to more accurately characterize how climate change has impacted biodiversity in the past. A new survey of climate change throughout Earth's history suggests most plants and animals have shown the ability to move and adapt to climate change. However, the latest findings -- detailed this week in the journal Trend...
Wearable devices could predict risk for senior falls

Wearable devices could predict risk for senior falls

Health
July 12 (UPI) -- Wearable devices with motion sensors can predict older participants' risk of falling, according to a study. Researchers at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign found that measuring unsteadiness in standing and walking can predict the most common injury among adults 65 and older. Their findings were published Wednesday in npj Digital Medicine. Three million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That includes at least 300,000 older people hospitalized for hip fractures, of which 95 percent are caused by falling. Older and young people fall for different reasons. Younger people misjudge something, such as a slippery surface, and older adults are unstable, and lose...