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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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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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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October 31, 2014 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Drug development, Healthcare big data analysis

Investment in big data for cancer research at Oxford Uni

A £22 million Centre for Molecular Medicine at Oxford University, created as part of a partnership with the US-based Chan Soon-Shiong Institute, will focus on cancer genomics and molecular diagnostics. The aim of the project will be to understand more about the genetic and molecular changes underlying cancer, in order

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

Taking away heartache through health data: Data analysis looks at aspirin dose in heart disease

Analysis of health data in a new clinical trial could help researchers find out more about the best dose of aspirin in heart disease. Aspirin has been used to treat and prevent heart disease since the 1970s, but the best dose is in question. Too high a dose can cause

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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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