March 16, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Drug development, Healthcare big data analysis

Digital hearts catalogued for big data study

As part of an effort to create new drugs for heart conditions, researchers are combining 3D videos of beating hearts with genetic information from 1600 volunteers in a big data project, according to a BBC News report. The research is being carried out at the Medical Research Council’s Clinical Sciences

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March 11, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Drug development

Big data portal launched for Alzheimer’s drug discovery

Alzheimer’s disease is a frightening diagnosis, and its numbers are rising. While there are treatments available, these temporarily improve symptoms or slow development, but do not stop or reverse the disease. A public-private partnership led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) could speed the rate of research and drug

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February 28, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics

Using data analytics to improve diabetes prevention

Many companies and research groups are working to treat diabetes, but preventing the disease will have a greater impact on health in at-risk groups. A team of US researchers are using data analytics to create a precision medicine approach to prevention of diabetes that steers efforts towards those who are

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February 01, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics

Using big data to forecast the flu

Understanding more about flu trends could reduce disease spread, but big data efforts have overestimated cases. Researchers at UC San Diego are working to combine traditional data sources with big data to improve the quality of prediction. Even though the flu season is generally starting to abate around now, it

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January 30, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics, Data mining

Major analysis of scans and DNA cracks brain’s genetic code

The brain is a very complex organ, and its structure is largely shaped by genetics. To understand more about how changes in the brain’s structure can lead to disease or alterations in behaviour, researchers analysed data from genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in the largest collaborative study of the brain to

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January 25, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data mining

Sorting noise in data to shed a light in breast cancer

Pooling gene expression data from large studies provides some incredible insights into the biology behind disease, but analyzing this kind of information can be difficult because the data is noisy. Researchers from Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center have used denoising autoencoders to unpack the key information hidden in amongst all

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January 16, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data mining, Drug development

Mining the human genome could spot Ebola targets

The Ebola virus causes a serious and often fatal infection, and has led to around 20,700 cases and over 8000 deaths in West Africa, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. US researchers have been mining into the human genome to see if they can find clues there to target

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December 20, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data

A fashion for big data

As a little bit of festive fun, here is some news from the fashion world. According to Heng Xu, associate professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State, big data can be used to identify a network of influence among major designers and track how these style trends move

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

Mining Twitter data opens a window on mental health

Social media generates a lot of information every day, from pictures of cats to discussions of science and politics. However, it can also been used to monitor outbreaks of disease, including infectious diseases such as flu and the winter vomiting virus. In some of the latest reports on the medical

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December 07, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data mining, Drug development

Data links gene to tamoxifen resistance

The hormone treatment tamoxifen is used to treat estrogen receptor-alpha (ER) positive breast cancers and to prevent their recurrence, but the lack of response in some tumors is an unmet medical need. Through data mining, researchers have made a link between the resistance and overexpression of a gene, MACROD2, which

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