Should Coma Patients Live or Die? Let Machine Learning Decide?

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When somebody falls into a coma, they lose all motor functions.And is is very difficult to determine their future state.

Will they ever wake up again?

Chinese neurologists at the Academy of Sciences and the PLA General Hospital in Beijing fed fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) data from thousands of coma patients into a machine learning algorithm. That helped them understand how likely a particular patient would be to recover.

As it turns out, the results are very promising: “We have successfully predicted a number of patients who regained consciousness after being initially determined to have no hope of recovery,” the researchers told the South China Morning Post.

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