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Posted:
Oct 19, 2016

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Christina

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The Cure for Cancer Is Data—Mountains of Data

A FEW YEARS ago Eric Schadt met a woman who had cancer. It was an aggressive form of colon cancer that had come on quickly and metastasized to her liver. She was a young war widow from Mississippi, the mother of two girls she was raising alone, and she had only the health care that her husband’s...

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Jun 14, 2016

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Deirdre

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Can Web Search Predict Cancer? Promise And Worry Of Big Data And Health

"Big data" is a very 21st-century kind of buzzword, which ambiguously invokes the idea of using large sets of data to draw computer-assisted conclusions about trends, patterns and correlations, often about people and their behavior. But if you wanted to trace the origin of using big data for health...

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Posted:
Jun 9, 2016

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Emily S

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Microsoft Finds Cancer Clues in Search Queries

Microsoft scientists have demonstrated that by analyzing large samples of search engine queries they may in some cases be able to identify internet users who are suffering from pancreatic cancer, even before they have received a diagnosis of the disease.

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VR Live Streamed Surgery Brings You Straight to the Operating Room

LONDON — Now anyone can be fully immersed in the Royal London Hospital's operating theatre — without having to become a patient.

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Mar 23, 2016

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Deirdre

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Suit claims Facebook mines private cancer data

Facebook and several prestigious cancer organizations and health systems have been mining private healthcare data on cancer patients to sell advertising, a class-action suit claims. Facebook denies the charges and plans on fighting the suit, filed last week in federal court in San Jose, California...

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Twitter Social Media is an Effective Tool for Breast Cancer Patient Education and Support: Patient-Reported Outcomes by Survey

Despite reported benefits, many women do not attend breast cancer support groups. Abundant online resources for support exist, but information regarding the effectiveness of participation is lacking. We report the results of a Twitter breast cancer support community participant survey. The aim was...

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Jul 24, 2015

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Deirdre

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Doctors Plan Database On Cancer Drugs, Showing Effectiveness And Cost

A group of cancer doctors is trying to create a database on cancer drugs. It would give a score for each drug, reflecting how well the drug works. It would also list how much the drug costs.  Listen to the story

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Cambridge company launches 'Tinder' for cancer trials

As an employee with genetics company Life Technologies, Martin Naley would receive calls from friends and acquaintances looking for guidance on their cancer.  While he was able to connect them to clinical trials with experimental treatments, or help them understand the genetics of their cancer, he...

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Jun 16, 2015

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Deirdre

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Wearable Devices to Prevent Sunburn

Could new technology succeed where years of public health messages, doctor warnings and nagging moms have failed — to keep us safe from too much sun?

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Jun 2, 2015

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Deirdre

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Oncology hashtag project offers way to use social media to make finding accurate cancer info easier

A physician unveiled a poster at ASCO15 that demonstrated the interest in oncology on Twitter with the development of hashtags dedicated to specific types of cancer. The goal was to help stimulate and direct twitter conversations to provides another source of information, boost patient education...

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