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

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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

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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

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February 06, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data mining

Brain scan data banks could be a big data tool for doctors

Brain scans are a window into the world inside, pointing out physical changes, both large and small. However, it’s not always easy to know what’s normal and what’s abnormal. A searchable digital library of MRI scans collected from children and older people with normal and abnormal brains being created at

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