April 18, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics, Data mining, Drug development, Healthcare big data analysis

Liverpool leads the way in big data collaboration for health

The demand for healthcare is rising across the world, which means that costs are climbing. By supporting the shift in emphasis from intervening in illness to promoting health, big data could allow continued improvements in healthcare while managing the spiralling outlay, according to the partners behind the UK’s Liverpool Big

Read More →
April 04, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics, Data mining

Tracking the big data of food could help combat obesity

Supermarket checkouts generate huge amounts of data every day, and it’s generally used to direct marketing to individual shoppers, encouraging them to spend more. However, this data could have a healthier use, as a way to target messages about healthy eating. Diet is a key part of healthy living, and

Read More →
March 31, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics, Healthcare big data analysis

Using big data for better breast cancer diagnosis

Knowing what’s behind a breast lump – whether it’s a benign tumour or a fast- or slow-growing cancer, is vital. Researchers in the US are looking at using big data analytics to tell the difference between MRI results, which could help doctors get the right treatment to the right women.

Read More →
March 29, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics, Data mining, Healthcare big data analysis

Data mining EMRs to predict infection risk

Electronic medical records (EMRs) are a huge resource of data, but it needs to be filtered carefully to get to the nuggets of information amongst the noise. Researchers from UC Davis have mined through mountains of data to find that just a small handful of routine pieces of information can

Read More →
March 28, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics

The big data concept takes on the truly tiny

Molecular motors or motor proteins are complex proteins that have a range of roles within a cell, such as moving substances around or helping muscles to contract. However, the fact that these molecules have moving parts makes them hard to study. Biophysicists at Rice University in the US have used

Read More →
March 20, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics, Data mining, Healthcare big data analysis

Tracking HIV outbreaks using Twitter

Every day, Twitter generates vast amounts of data, and as well as being a way to keep up to date on news or spread gossip, a big data analysis of tweets has potential to track the outcomes of HIV risk behaviour, according to some research coming out of the University

Read More →
March 02, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics

The long game: Bringing together PCR and big data

Improving techniques in PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and next-generation sequencing are increasing the amount of data generated (see this post on the xxpress PCR blog). The use of better and quicker big data techniques and data analytics will help researchers make the most of this data, for example in increasing

Read More →
February 28, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics

Big data hunt for Alzheimer’s disease precursors

Over the next 30 or 40 years, cases of Alzheimer’s disease are likely to almost treble globally, rising to 277 million, according to the World Alzheimer Report 2013. Early diagnosis can help doctors look after Alzheimer’s disease patients and support families, particularly in aging populations such as Japan. Researchers in

Read More →
February 21, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics, Drug development

Big data steps towards the creation of personalised medicine

Personalised medicine, the ability to tailor treatment to an individual, is a growing arena. Because it has the potential to make clinical trials more effective, or make it easier for physicians to pick the best treatment first time, it could improve outcomes for patients and cut costs for pharmaceutical companies

Read More →
February 14, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics, Data mining

Dating and data mining

St Valentine’s Day is touted as the most romantic day of the year, but not everyone has a date for the big night. Dating sites, such as Match.com, have lots of data, and individuals are beginning to use data mining skills to improve their chances. For example, Chris McKinlay is

Read More →