Cedars-Sinai utilizes Apple Vision Pro and AI to create mental health companion

Cedars-Sinai has introduced Xaia, a virtual psychotherapy companion accessible on the Apple Vision Pro headset. Xaia aims to assist people with anxiety, addiction, depression, and pain management through spatial-computing and AI technology. The experience, called “generated reality,” merges technology and therapy and uses mixed-reality environments to augment emotions and provide therapeutic techniques. Xaia remembers and…

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Supreme Court to hear if Covid misinformation is protected speech

Biden officials urged social media platforms to remove misleading posts about vaccine safety, mask effectiveness, Covid-19 origins, and federal shutdowns. The Supreme Court is set to decide whether the government violated First Amendment rights with these actions. The case, Murthy v. Missouri, alleges that federal officials coerced social media and search giants to remove or…

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After covid-19: the case for optimism for US leadership in global health

The United States’ global leadership in health, including pandemic preparedness, faces uncertainty as the 2024 elections approach. Attention and policy are dominated by geopolitical crises, climate issues, and humanitarian crises, making it unlikely that global health will play a prominent role in the campaign. However, amidst the pessimism, there is hope. The US has contributed…

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Pomegranate seed oil boosts brain function in mild cognitive impairment study

A recent study investigated the effects of pomegranate seed oil (PSO) on mild cognitive impairment (MCI) outcomes. The study included 80 participants with half consuming PSO and a Mediterranean diet and the other half only following the diet. The findings revealed that participants consuming PSO displayed significantly better cognitive outcomes compared to those only following…

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Innovations in Treating Vitiligo

Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease that causes depigmentation of the skin, affecting 0.5% to 2% of the population. It can have a significant psychological impact on patients and affects people of all ethnic groups. Treatments include immunosuppressant medications, phototherapy, and laser treatments. Recent research has led to the development of promising new drugs that target…

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