In our weekly ‘good news round-up’, we feature three positive stories from across the week that showcase incredible innovation, significant breakthroughs, and exciting progress within the realms of healthcare, climate and sustainability, equity and inclusion, workplace wellbeing, social impact and more.

Here are our favourite positive stories of the week, April 29 to May 3, 2024.

  1. New healthcare AI technology warns physicians to check on patients with concerning heart test results

An AI system which warns physicians to check on patients whose heart test results indicate a high risk of dying, has been proven to save lives.

In a randomised clinical trial with almost 16,000 patients, the AI reduced overall deaths among high-risk patients by 31%.

“It’s very rare for any medication to [produce] a 31% reduction in mortality, and then even more rare for a non-drug,” said Eric Topol, a professor at Scripps Research Translational Institute in California. “This is just monitoring people with AI.”

AI tech could have a positive impact in early prediction of a number of diseases and cancers, and even social and health problems – according to recent research from the Technical University of Denmark. A team has used a dataset that covers education, visits to doctors and hospitals, any resulting diagnoses, income, and occupation for 6 million people from 2008 to 2020.

Read more here.

RELATED: Learn more about our upcoming In a Heartbeat programme.

Our Advancing Healthcare programme launching in June 2024, will showcase the growing role of AI technology in delivering high quality healthcare in the UK.

2. Retellings of fairytales include experiences of disabled people

‘And They Lived … Ever After’, a south Asian book of reworked European classics.

A new book by an Indian feminist disability rights group has been published, featuring retellings of classic fairytales that reframe the stories of characters to include experiences of autism, blindness, neurodivergence and more.

And They Lived … Ever After’ includes stories such as Snow White, Cinderella and Rapunzel – as written by south Asian women with disabilities.

“When disabled people don’t see themselves in the world, it tells us that we don’t deserve to exist, that these stories are not for us, that stories of love and friendship are not for us, and certainly not happy endings,” says Nidhi Ashok Goyal, the founder of Rising Flame.

Goyal hopes that the collection will provide a voice and visibility to women with disabilities.

Read more on the story here. 

View our Talking Trailblazers film here, featuring Alexandra Rickham and Donna Fraser.

3. Drones used to help locate landmines

A small group of technicians has found an innovative use for AI drone technology; to save people around the world from being killed by landmines and unexploded ordnance.

The group, named Safe Pro AI, has been piloting a number of drones which carry advanced computer vision software technologies, using them to sweep the ground for landmines that are littering the Ukraine, to then defuse them.

Landmines and leftover bombs contaminate over 50 nations and regions, from the conflict zones of the Ukraine and Afghanistan, to those further back in history, such as the Falklands War and Laos.

Read more on the story here.

Our AI programme for 2024, AI & Big Data: Empowering Tomorrow

AI is impacting our lives in an increasing number of ways, and if it’s developed safely and ethically, and the regulation is strong, there is a general air of optimism for its future.​

News-style programme AI & Big Data: Empowering Tomorrow will explore the importance of ensuring responsible practices are in place, and the organisations using AI and big data as a force for good.

The programme will be premiered at TechEx Europe, 1st-2nd October, in Amsterdam and will feature thought leaders TechUK.