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Potential baldness cure from hairy moles; Healthcare costs may rise 7% next year; AI may detect early dementia in speech patterns - Morning Medical Update

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Potential baldness cure from hairy moles

Molecules found in hairy moles may soon be used in treatment for baldness. Scientists theorize they could extract these molecules and then inject it into the scalp like Botox. If successful, the treatment could be a major breakthrough. So far, the treatment has only been done on mice.

Healthcare costs may rise 7% next year

Healthcare costs are expected to rise 7% as inflation drives providers to seek rate increases and drugs become more expensive. This is the highest predicted rate in the last few years. Predictions for cost increases for 2022 were 5.5%. For 2023 they were 6%.

AI may detect early dementia in speech patterns

AI used in talk therapy may be able to detect early symptoms of dementia. The system is called CognoSpeak and was developed at the University of Sheffield in the UK. In early trials the tool showed a 90% accuracy rate. This is the same level of accuracy from pen and paper tests. Developers say the goal of CognoSpeak is to be a “middle-man” between the physician and patient.

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