November 18, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data in research, Data analytics, Healthcare big data analysis

Casting a data analytics eye over glaucoma

Understanding more about the genetics underlying glaucoma, where increased pressure within the eye can lead to irreversible blindness, could lead to personalised medicine for different forms of the disease. Researchers at the University of Liverpool, in the UK, have used data analytics and genome sequencing to find out more about

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November 07, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data mining

Bringing big data to neuroscience

Investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute have joined a five-centre consortium to collect and analyse data to help to develop a better understanding of motor neurone disorders, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; Lou Gehrig’s disease) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The team will be funded work

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October 31, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Drug development, Healthcare big data analysis

Investment in big data for cancer research at Oxford Uni

A £22 million Centre for Molecular Medicine at Oxford University, created as part of a partnership with the US-based Chan Soon-Shiong Institute, will focus on cancer genomics and molecular diagnostics. The aim of the project will be to understand more about the genetic and molecular changes underlying cancer, in order

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October 28, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research

Big data supports pain decisions

Chronic pain is hard to treat, and is becoming more complex as more treatment options come onto the market. Big data research under way at the University of Texas at Arlington could help doctors make better decisions about personalised treatment and pain management, allowing them to make the best use

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October 19, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data mining, Drug development

Finding the way: A bacterial genome road map leads to drug discovery

The fight against antibiotic resistance might seem to be a losing one at the moment, but a team of US researchers is hitting back using a bacterial genome road map based on data mining to find new drugs. Many antibiotics are derived from natural products created by bacteria and other

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October 10, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data mining

Data mining leads to Alzheimer’s discovery

As part of an international research project, scientists have used data mining to find another piece of the Alzheimer’s disease jigsaw. The aim of the study, published in BMC Genomics, was to try to find the genetics underlying variations in the hippocampus, and see how this ties in with an

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September 30, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics, Data mining, Healthcare big data analysis

Data mining critical care data: SSRIs and mortality in ICU

Patients in ICU (intensive care units) are particularly vulnerable, and any clues to ways of improving their outcomes are important. Mined data from patient records suggests that previous use of certain drugs could have an effect on outcomes for patients, showing that having access to large databases of medical records

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September 23, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics, Healthcare big data analysis

Bioinformatics creates psychosis risk diagnostic

Certain types of psychosis can be prevented or managed, but it is hard to identify who is at risk. A group of US researchers, part of the North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study consortium, has created a blood test that has potential to pick out those who could benefit from prevention

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September 15, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics, Data mining

Mining the medical literature with added automated reasoning

How fast can you read? Probably not fast enough to keep up with scientific papers published at a rate of almost two a minute, or catch up with the around 50 million papers sitting waiting to be perused in public databases worldwide. All is not lost, though – a team

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September 06, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics

Big data tags human and animal pathogen risk

Knowing more about the risk that pathogens present is important to understand how to maintain biosecurity or control and treat infection. A team of researchers from the UK and France has carried out big data analysis to look at pathogen impact for animal and human disease, seeking to find a

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