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Aug 29, 2016

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Emily S

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Why every clinical trial should have an app for participants

We are well into the era of the engaged consumer. By now, many companies have recognized that traditional selling tactics like advertising and discounting only take them so far. Consumers want deeper connections, and companies ranging from Amazon and Apple to Spotify and Zappos have been happy to...

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Jul 18, 2016

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Remi

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Apple Partners with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline for first clinical study

In March last year, Apple unveiled ResearchKit — a medical platform designed to turn the iPhone into a diagnostic tool for clinical trials and studies. Now, Apple has found its first ever partnership with a drug company. British firm GlaxoSmithKline has announced it will be using ResearchKit to...

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Drug Tests Take Cue From Travel Site to Fix Industry Headache

Pablo Graiver aims to make signing up for a drug study as easy as booking a flight on the Web.  The 47-year-old Argentinian entrepreneur, a former executive at the airfare search engine kayak.com, has designed a new tool that draws from the travel industry to match scientists looking to test...

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Mar 4, 2016

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Deirdre

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Could Twitter Be a Recruitment Tool for Cancer Trials?

Twitter might help boost the number of cancer patients who enroll in clinical trials of potential treatments, a new study suggests. A number of cancer centers and cancer care groups use Twitter, the online social networking service, to provide health information and education. But it wasn't known...

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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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Sep 15, 2014

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Maggie

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IBM's Watson Will Match Cancer Patients With Trials at Mayo Clinic

In 2011, IBM’s Watson supercomputer bested 74-time "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings. The machine, which had taken four years to develop, was a first of its kind: a computer that could understand complex questions, answer them and learn from its mistakes. 

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Jul 30, 2014

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Maggie

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Researchers Fret as Social Media Lift Veil on Drug Trials

Drug makers and researchers are increasingly concerned that online chatter could unravel the carefully built construct of the clinical trial, and perhaps put patients in danger. They worry that patients may drop out if they suspect they aren't getting the drug being tested, or may report symptoms...

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#trial: clinical research in the age of social media

Research programmes, data analysis, and conduct of clinical trials have traditionally been the preserve of clinicians and researchers. Now, however, social media and crowdsourcing are becoming ever present and widely used. For example,Crowdsourcing Cancer Research: The Role of Quantitative...

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May 8, 2014

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Maggie

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Straight talk with...Jamie Heywood

Last month, Genentech launched an unusual five-year research pact. The San Francisco subsidiary of the drug giant Roche partnered with Cambridge, Massachusetts–based PatientsLikeMe to mine the online patient network's database of real-world experiences. In exchange for an undisclosed fee, Genentech...

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