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Primary category: Big Data

Is Big Data Good for Our Health? You Bet. Here’s Why.

The term “Big Data” is increasingly used in our everyday lives.  But each mention of it means something different, unique to what we use it for and how we interact with it. Big Data is not information.  It’s the raw resource that people can use to discover new insights. Just … (read full article)

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New Series: Big Data in Health Care

Welcome to 2016! The staff and sponsors of Real World Health Care wish you all a Happy & Healthy New Year. We look forward to another year of sharing ideas and insights from researchers on the forefront of real-world medical breakthroughs. Next week, we’ll be kicking off a new blog … (read full article)

Primary category: Personalized Medicine

The State of Cystic Fibrosis and Precision Medicine

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is reprinted with permission from BioTechPrimer.com. During President Obama’s State of the Union address earlier this year, a cystic fibrosis patient named Bill Elder sat beside First Lady Michelle Obama. Diagnosed with the disease at 8 years old, Mr. Elder is “healthier now than ever before” … (read full article)

Primary category: Personalized Medicine

Personalized Medicine & Companion Diagnostics: Speaking with Dr. Razelle Kurzrock

Real World Health Care recently sat down with Dr. Razelle Kurzrock, Director, Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy & Clinical Trials Office, University of California San Diego Moores Cancer Center, to discuss the present state and future direction of genomics and immunotherapy. Real World Health Care:  Why was the Center for … (read full article)

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Personalized Medicine & Companion Diagnostics: Speaking with Keith Stewart, Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine

Editor’s Note: This week, we sit down with Keith Stewart, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. Real World Health Care:  Why was the Center for Individualized Medicine formed at the Mayo Clinic? What were its initial goals and how have those goals changed? Keith Stewart:   The Center … (read full article)

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Targeting Breast Cancer: The Subtypes of Breast Cancer

Editor’s Note: Based on an article originally published in Biotech Primer Weekly. Hearing your doctor utter the words HER2-positive, HR-positive, triple-negative or BRCA mutation can be devastating — even for the most resilient person. Simply put, all are linked to breast cancer. Breast cancer is complex, and a diagnosis can … (read full article)

Primary category: Personalized Medicine

Personalized Medicine & Companion Diagnostics: Speaking with Dr. Joshua Cohen, Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development

Editor’s Note: In August, the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD) hosted a roundtable of R&D leaders focused on development of companion diagnostics that can show their use in conjunction with personalized therapeutics that will lead to positive health outcomes. We spoke with Joshua P. Cohen, Ph.D., … (read full article)

Primary category: Personalized Medicine

Personalized Medicine & Companion Diagnostics: What You Need to Know

Personalized medicine – also referred to as precision or stratified medicine – is already changing the way we diagnose and treat disease. As our ability to obtain and analyze large amounts of genetic data increases, so too will the range and power of these personalized tools. The idea of personalized … (read full article)

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New Series: The Value of Personalized Medicine

For more than two years, the staff of and contributors to www.RealWorldHealthCare.org (RWHC) have been proud to share stories about proven healthcare solutions that lower costs, improve access to care, and lead to better patient outcomes. Starting this Fall, RWHC will embark on a new mission. Each quarter, we will … (read full article)

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HCUP: Potentially Preventable Pediatric Inpatient Stays for Asthma and Diabetes

A statistical brief from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) addresses one of the key issues in the healthcare industry today: preventing hospitalizations. HCUP examined trends in the rates of potentially preventable pediatric visits for asthma and diabetes, which have increased by 21 percent in recent years after seven … (read full article)