June 29, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics, Data mining, Healthcare big data analysis

Mining into the depths of health record data

There is a wealth of data in medical records, but the difficulty is finding the essential nuggets of information that can guide research and decisions in precision medicine. Researchers in the US and Denmark have teamed up to find more out about the progression of common diseases by mining data

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

Data mining and feature selection: Cutting the cost of big data

Big data can help make decisions on public health, but it can be complex and costly to collect, which is an important factor as healthcare and public health costs increase and research funding levels decrease. To be really useful, it also needs to be relevant, timely and accurate. In a

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June 11, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Healthcare big data analysis

Alzheimer’s Disease Big Data DREAM Challenge launches

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect around 44 million people worldwide, and this could rise to 135 million people by 2050. A new challenge launched by the Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease (CEOi), Sage Bionetworks and DREAM Project is hoping to improve diagnostic innovation and find new

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June 04, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research

Protein Data Bank gets its 100,000th molecule and meets data challenges

The Protein Data Bank (PDB), a data repository for the structures of biological macromolecules including nucleic acids, has archived its 100,000th (actually its 100,147th) molecule structure. This freely accessible data bank, used for pharmacology biomedicine, agriculture, ecology and bioinformatics research, has doubled its size in just six years. “The PDB

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