IBM Information on Demand Conference (Part 2)

By Ellen M. Martin In Post 1, I discussed the IT-focused sessions. On the other hand, there were the “business” sessions. I spent one day sessile in the healthcare track room listening to a series of “use cases” that amounted to…

IBM Information on Demand Conference (Part 1)

By Ellen M. Martin For me (lapsed scientist, MBA, life science communications), the most memorable moment at IBM’s November 2013 Information on Demand conference happened at the outset of a Pure Systems (formerly known as Netezza – IBM’s commercial Big Data…

From StrataRx to Habit Design and the Center For Body Computing

It has been a whirlwind few weeks attending attending a variety of conferences- all attaching the problems in healthcare from a different vantage point. The variety of key takeaways represents some of the unconnected pieces of the very complex health…

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…