Health Care

Study: AI could improve doctors' treatment of sepsis

A new AI tool improved doctors' decisions in treating patients with sepsis.
An AI tool shows promise in improving treatment of sepsis. Photo: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence tool that improved doctors' treatment of patients who developed sepsis, a deadly blood infection that can quickly shut down vital organs if not treated swiftly and correctly, according to a new report published in Nature Medicine Monday.

Why it matters: Nearly 270,000 Americans die every year from sepsis — it's the third leading cause of death — and "improving treatment even by a couple percentages [improvement] will save tens of thousands of lives each year [globally]," study author Anthony Gordon says.

Nearly 2.5 million pounds of taquitos recalled

A taquito on a plate with Mexican sides
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Ruiz Food Products, Inc. has recalled 2,490,593 pounds of meat and poultry taquitos due to concerns that the onions used in the filling could have salmonella or listeria bacteria, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday.

Don't eat: Any "Beef Taco & Cheese,” “Buffalo Style Cooked" or "“Chipotle Chicken Wrapped in A Battered Flour Tortilla” taquitos in 24-count, 4.5-pound cardboard cases with case codes 86183, 86006 or 86019.

Correction: The original story incorrectly stated the Food and Drug Administration ordered the recall.