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AARDA: An Idea Ahead of Its Time

An Overlooked Disease Autoimmune disease (AD) is a drastically underappreciated problem. There are 80-100 ADs, and researchers suspect that 40 additional diseases have an autoimmune element. AARDA estimates that 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease, but there appears to…

The Celiac Disease Foundation: Raising Awareness and Promoting Research

Elaine Monarch suffered from a mysterious illness for most of her adult life.  It was only in her 50s that she received an accurate diagnosis: celiac disease (CD). CD is an autoimmune disease that causes damage to the small intestine…

Smart Patients: Harnessing the Exponential Power of Patient Microexperts

Roni Zeiger MD is a physician who thinks that doctors have a lot to learn from their patients.  As the former Chief Health Strategist at Google, Roni spent a great deal of time thinking about how people search for medical…

Zephyr Health: Variety and Visualization Creates Useful Information

The dimensions of Big Data can be summed up by The Four Vs: Volume, Variety, Velocity, and Veracity.    But however large or diverse one’s data, it can often be hard to find exactly what one needs. As a researcher,…

Tidepool – Elegant visuals tell an important story for people with Type 1 diabetes

Have you ever noticed a problem and wondered why no one fixed it sooner? That is exactly what Howard Look, who has been the Vice President of Software and User Experience at TiVo, Pixar and Amazon, was thinking when his…

Patient Communities Come in Many Flavors

Each day there seems to be a new type of patient community popping up. A good place to start to learn about these new approaches is a “Report on the Use of Social Media to Prevent Behavioral Risk Factors Associated…

Using Big Data to Personalize the Healthcare Experience: Clinical Trials and Cancer

How Big Data is Changing Current Research Methodology: Cancer Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Current treatments are ineffective with over 75% of patients not responding to treatments, despite the $50 billion pharmaceutical companies…

The Role of Big Data Personalizing the Healthcare Experience: Genomics

  Genomics is making headlines in both academia and the celebrity world.  When genetic tests revealed that Angelina Jolie was predisposed to breast cancer, intense media cover ensued. Since then, genetic testing and genomics have been propelled to the front of…

Seeing Inside the Chemical Reactions of Our Body

Three main components lead to a better understanding of disease mechanisms and subsequently creating more effective treatments; genes, proteins, and metabolites.  But what are metabolites and what role do they play in human disease? What are Metabolites? Metabolites are small…

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