November 24, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics, Healthcare big data analysis

New drugs for old: Big data pinpoints a way to prevent stent disease

Patients who have had their arteries unblocked using stents or balloon angioplasty can find that their arteries become obstructed again, sometimes after only a few months. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have used big data to repurpose a marketed cancer drug. This has potential to create a better

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November 18, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data in research, Data analytics, Healthcare big data analysis

Casting a data analytics eye over glaucoma

Understanding more about the genetics underlying glaucoma, where increased pressure within the eye can lead to irreversible blindness, could lead to personalised medicine for different forms of the disease. Researchers at the University of Liverpool, in the UK, have used data analytics and genome sequencing to find out more about

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September 30, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics, Data mining, Healthcare big data analysis

Data mining critical care data: SSRIs and mortality in ICU

Patients in ICU (intensive care units) are particularly vulnerable, and any clues to ways of improving their outcomes are important. Mined data from patient records suggests that previous use of certain drugs could have an effect on outcomes for patients, showing that having access to large databases of medical records

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September 23, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics, Healthcare big data analysis

Bioinformatics creates psychosis risk diagnostic

Certain types of psychosis can be prevented or managed, but it is hard to identify who is at risk. A group of US researchers, part of the North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study consortium, has created a blood test that has potential to pick out those who could benefit from prevention

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

Mining the medical literature with added automated reasoning

How fast can you read? Probably not fast enough to keep up with scientific papers published at a rate of almost two a minute, or catch up with the around 50 million papers sitting waiting to be perused in public databases worldwide. All is not lost, though – a team

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September 06, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics

Big data tags human and animal pathogen risk

Knowing more about the risk that pathogens present is important to understand how to maintain biosecurity or control and treat infection. A team of researchers from the UK and France has carried out big data analysis to look at pathogen impact for animal and human disease, seeking to find a

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August 31, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics, Data mining

The complexity and simplicity of the brain: Neuroscience and big data

The brain is a very complex organ, with most sensory, cognitive and motor functions depending on the interactions of many neurons. As science advances, researchers can record the activity of more and more of these neurons, but this generates huge amounts of data that can be hard to analyse and

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August 27, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics, Data mining, Drug development, Healthcare big data analysis

Data mining creates new cancer classification system

Data mining information from more than 3500 tissue samples has found a way to classify cancer into 11 subtypes, finding characteristics that are shared between tumours that arise in different tissues. These findings could help doctors predict patients’ outcomes and choose treatments, as well as guiding researchers in developing new

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August 04, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics, Data mining, Healthcare big data analysis

Researchers hunt through gene chip data for Parkinson’s clue

A team of researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has used data from over 18,000 patients to find more than two dozen genetic risk factors involved in Parkinson’s disease, including six that had not been previously reported. Parkinson’s disease affects millions of people worldwide, and can lead

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July 31, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data analytics

Big data tools speed large-scale neuroscience research

Researchers looking into the brain are generating vast amounts of data, but it’s hard to find the useful information in amongst all the noise. Researchers at Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute are working on ways that could help speed research. Neuroscience research is moving ahead fast, with

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