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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July 20, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Data analytics, Data mining, Healthcare big data analysis

Using Twitter data to predict A&E visits in asthma

A model using big data from asthma-related tweets could help doctors target treatments and hospitals plan and make better use of resources by predicting asthma-related accident & emergency (A&E; emergency room) visits. The results are being published in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. Asthma is a common,

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June 30, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Data mining

Mining data from 100,000 people builds a genetic research tool

By collecting saliva samples from tens of thousands of Californians and combining genomic data with medical records, researchers are creating a medical research tool that could help understand more about the genetics of disease. The study was part of the Kaiser Permanente Research Program on Genes, Environment and Health (RPGEH)

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June 25, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data mining

PPI datamining suggests a link with heart attack

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are used by many millions of people every day to treat heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, according to a study in PLoS One, they could increase the risk of a heart attack by up to a fifth. There have been concerns about clinical outcomes

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June 21, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data mining

Is your disease risk written in your date of birth?

Astrologers believe that your fate is written in the stars at the time of your birth goes back to the third millennium BCE or before. While this view isn’t supported by science, there is evidence from datamining that the month of your birth could actually have an impact on your

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June 05, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data mining

Using data mining to understand cell function and disease

Knowing how genes work together in different cells and tissues would be a step forward in the study of health and disease. According to some recent research at from universities, foundations and medical schools across the US, big data and data mining could be bringing us closer to understanding, according

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April 19, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data in research, Data mining

Big data ‘Wikipedia’ for neurones

One of the challenges with big data in the biological and medical sciences is dealing with the inconsistencies in collecting and reporting. A literature-based database developed at Carnegie Mellon University, described as a ‘Wikipedia’ for neurones, could help researchers to understand neuronal diversity, one of the bigger big data problems

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March 31, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data mining

Big data bet on the gephyrin gene reveals secrets about human history and disease

Gephyrin is a protein that multitasks – it regulates receptors in the brain, it has been linked with epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and other neurological diseases, and it means that the body can synthesize an essential trace nutrient. Using big data, computer scientists at Washington University in St. Louis’ School

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February 25, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data in research, Data mining, Drug development

Combination data finds a possible path to personalised medicine

Personalised medicine is the Holy Grail of many drug development programmes, particularly in cancer medicine, where different drugs can be combined to improve efficacy and battle the development of resistance, which is the cause of 90% of the cases where metastatic cancer treatment fails. However, finding the right combination and

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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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