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New Tech Allows Faster Breast Cancer Detection In Middle East

Breast cancer is the most common form of the disease for women in the Arab world. But now, AI screening solutions, precision medicine and molecular imaging are fighting back.

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An estimated 2.26 million women worldwide are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. In the Arab world, nearly 20% of all new cases turn out to be breast cancer, making this form of the disease the most common for women in the region.

To tackle this problem, several medical tech companies have developed screening tests to avoid misdiagnosis and late diagnosis. From AI to 3D imaging, each solution strives to improve the screening process, making it more accessible and affordable to Middle Eastern patients.

Early Detection Improvements

Mammogram diagnostics have evolved dramatically over the years. 3D scanning allows oncologists to detect small masses in dense breast tissue much earlier than traditional imaging tools allow.

“Using 3D mammograms, we can see lumps hidden within breasts accurately. By limiting the effect of covering the breast tissue, 3D mammography can make tumor detection easier. Looking into various pictures has helped specialists discover a larger number of cancer growths which was not possible with 2D scans,” says Dr. Timor Al-Shee, Surgical Consultant of Breast Oncology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Saudi Arabia.

Despite their advancements, 3D mammograms are costly and still risk the possibility of false-positive results. To minimize unnecessary biopsies and increase the accuracy of decisions, researchers from New York University and NYU Abu Dhabi have devised a method to identify cancers using AI.

Devised by a team led by Farah Shamout, Yiqiu Shen and Jamie Oliver, the AI tool offers “radiologist-level accuracy” and promises to improve the consistency and efficiency of ultrasound diagnosis.

So far, the findings have been promising, with AI able to play a complementary role as a decision-making tool during the early stages of screening, aiding clinicians when forming a diagnosis.

Genetic Testing And Molecular Imaging

As well as 3D imaging and AI, genetic testing can also achieve reliable and accurate results. Although most breast cancers are not thought to be caused by inherited mutations, the tests can be helpful for women with a family history of breast cancer.

“The UAE uses the latest technologies to drive innovation in healthcare. We are part of the DoH-led Personalized Precision Medicine Programme for oncology in the region that specifically targets breast cancer. The treatment is based on a patient’s genetic makeup and genetic changes in cancer cells,” says Dr. Fahed Al Marzooqi, COO of G42 Healthcare.

Molecular breast imaging, on the other hand, can be used alongside a mammogram and involves a radioactive tracer with a nuclear medicine scanner. The tracer is injected into a vein, and if cancer cells are detected, the tracer will light up.

As well as helping to diagnose cancers earlier, these new technologies could also be used to tailor precision medicines for treatment. Scientists already know that breast cancer is treatable if spotted early, so it seems that the future of cancer medicines is all about evaluation — from genes and environment to lifestyle factors. Meanwhile, technological advances are beginning to allow oncologists to tailor highly individual treatment plans for patients.

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Lebanese Newspaper Builds AI President To Beat Political Crisis

The move by media outlet AnNahar comes after 13 failed attempts by the Lebanese parliament to elect a new leader.

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In a world first, Lebanon’s AnNahar Newspaper has built an artificial intelligence model designed to carry out presidential duties for the politically troubled country. Lebanon has been without a sitting president for two years after thirteen failed attempts by the nation’s parliament to elect a suitable candidate.

The new AI President’s deep learning algorithm was fed over 90 years of impartial journalism from AnNahar’s archive stretching back to the 1930s. The AI leader analyzes not only historical data but also current events and is able to formulate solutions for all manner of political, legal, and governmental questions. By tapping into such a vast knowledge base, Lebanon’s AI President will have a deep understanding of the country’s past, as well as an unbiased take on the challenges the nation faces going forward.

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The new AI President was unveiled in a recent live broadcast. Nayla Tueni, editor-in-chief of AnNahar Newspaper conducted an interview with the digital leader, asking relevant questions about the current state of Lebanon, and how to fix the country’s difficult political situation. AnNahar has also converted its print newspaper to focus entirely on the new president’s guidance on issues spanning everything from the economy to sustainability and the environment.

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After the interview, Nayla Tueni commented: “As Lebanese people, and especially at AnNahar, we refuse to sit back and allow things to go on as they have. To not have a president for this long is unacceptable and has impacted the country negatively. If the parliament will not do its job to elect a president, then the people will bring to Lebanon a president”.

The AI President will soon be accessible to everyone at OurPresident.ai, Users will be able to ask questions in a similar manner to the likes of ChatGPT and Google Gemini. It is also understood that government officials will also use the tool to help devise new directives.

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