August 14, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics, Data mining

Researchers use big data to learn more about stroke risk

Atrial fibrillation (AF), a disorganised beating of the heart, increases the chance of blood clots and stroke, but it is not entirely clear when the patient is at most risk. US researchers, including the Stanford University School of Medicine, have used continuously-recorded medical information from patients with cardiac implantable electronic

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August 10, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Drug development

Big data unpacks blood pressure reduction role of drug combination

Doctors often prescribe triamterene along with the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide in high blood pressure because it protects the body’s levels of potassium. However, its role could be more important than that – in a recent big data study, triamterene boosted the blood pressure impact of hydrochlorothiazide alone. The results were published

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