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Why Has Big Data Forgotten Autoimmune Diseases?

What are Autoimmune Diseases? Over 50 million American’s suffer from autoimmune diseases, making it the third most common disease, after heart disease and cancer.  There are over 80 types of autoimmune disorders targeting women 75% of the time, as the graph above shows. Autoimmune Diseases…

Seeing Inside the Chemical Reactions of Our Body

There are three main components that 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?…

Can We Measure the Mind-Body​ Connection?

Smoking, obesity and inactivity, together, account for 40% of the preventable premature deaths in the United States. New devices using biofeedback and neurofeedback may allow individuals to improve their positive behaviors which could decrease the number of premature deaths. What…

A Dentist’s Thoughts on Salivary Diagnostics

             Salivary diagnostics may be a cheaper, faster, better way to diagnose certain diseases. Already effective in oral cancer and Sjogren's syndrome, researchers are looking to expand the potential of using saliva. Blood tests and…

Neuroplasticity and Brain Fitness

Everyone knows the importance of keeping their body healthy; websites like Pinterest have sections dedicated to health, workout sensations Shawn T. and Billy Blank are making cardio workouts fun, and even the Food Network has changed their shows to cater…

Bringing Citizen Science to Genomics

Open Data Open data is the movement that encourages public sharing of data to promote collaboration and reduce costs.  Similar to data sharing, open data is the movement to free data from the confines of private institutions so it can be…

Will Nutrigenomics Give Us “Personalized” Nutrition?

Obesity was recently classified as a disease by the American Medical Association. Ranking 5th in global obesity, over 30% of the US adult population is considered obese.  Everyone knows the traditional pyramid of nutrition, but new studies show that an…

Moving From Sick Care to Wellcare

As shown above in 2009, I began to notice an expanding definition of health and wellness which included habit design and self-care.  Albeit slowly, I think we are beginning to see a societal shift in the importance of health and…

Ayasdi – Using the Power of Math to Solve Medical Mysteries

Do you have a friend who has beaten the odds and survived cancer? I do. When I was in dental school, my best friend’s husband was diagnosed with melanoma and given 6 months to live.  Today, over twenty years later,…

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