New tool converts breath of paralysis victims into words; Automatic speech-analysis program predicts schizophrenia in young people;

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> A new device developed by researchers at U.K.-based Loughborough University can transform the breath of paralysis victims into words, the school has announced. The tool analyzes changes in breathing patterns and converts "breath signals" into words via pattern recognition software and a digital converter, which a speech synthesizer can read out loud. Announcement

> An automated speech-analysis program correctly was able to predict schizophrenia in young people 100 percent of the time, according to research published recently in the journal Schizophrenia, the Atlantic reports. The model outperformed other screening technologies, including biomarkers from neuroimaging and EEG recordings of brain activity, the article notes. Article

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