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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-05-13 04:36
Subject: [links] Link salad wonders what's the fuss
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Save Trent's Teeth, Save His Life — Trent Zelazny needs help with a medical fundraiser of his own.

The Algorithm That Automatically Detects Polyps in Images from Camera PillsAnalysing the footage from camera pills is a time-consuming task for medical professionals. Now computer scientists are attempting to automate the process.

The British ‘Atlantis’ is mapped in detailUsing dual frequency identification sonar, the ruins of Dunwich rise again.

8BBC News - Close-up on Japan's amazing lunchboxes — Mmm, bento. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Watch 32 discordant metronomes achieve synchrony in a matter of minutes — Huh. (Via David Goldman.)

'Junk' DNA Mystery Solved: It's Not Needed — I am dubious of this story. National Geographic with more.

Happy whateverBlogess Jenny Lawson says some very important things about women in general and mothers in specific.

Transgender woman wins right to marry in Hong Kong — Not exactly a noted hotbed of progressivism, that.

Dalai Lama Calls For Care For Our 'Only Home' Earth

'Dramatic decline' warning for plants and animals — More of that liberal conspiracy to keep the climate change hoax going.

Researchers Create “Hate Map” of the U.S. With Twitter DataThe same researchers previously mapped racist Tweets about President Obama. In both cases there’s reason to be a little skeptical.

Pediatricians take on gun lobby – carefully — Well, the NRA is better armed, and unlike doctors, some NRA members have a habit of publicly threatening people.

QotD?: Tell me what's a-happening?

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User: autopope
Date: 2013-05-13 16:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm skeptical about the camera pills for polyp detection.

While the pill is less likely to cause a gut perforation than the endoscope (which has a 1 in 1000 rate), it's not going to get rid of the need for a really unpleasant laxative beforehand -- otherwise, what's it going to see?

And image recognition software is ... well, this is bet-your-life territory; false negatives are more dangerous than false positives, so it'll be configured to err on the side of false positives. Which will then require a human-administered endoscopy, in order to take biopsy samples and remove polyps.

So I'm not convinced this is going to help with routine polyp/cancer pre-screening. (It might have a role in ongoing monitoring of identified colon cancer patients, but I'm not even sure about that.) The only clear benefit is the reduced likelihood of a perforation during endoscopy. And sales of new hardware and software, of course ...
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