First map of all known proteins in human body is goldmine for drug discovery

The Human Protein Atlas is an open source interactive map showing all the known proteins in the human body and how they are distributed in tissues and organs. It gives a detailed picture of the proteins that are linked to cancer and the targets for all approved drugs on the market.

An image from the Human Protein Atlas

Time spent on electronic devices linked to teen sleep problems
The time spent looking at screens throughout the day and before going to bed is directly related to poor quality sleep according to a large study of teenagers published in the online journal BMJ Open. 30 Jan 2015

A fruit flyLifespan extended by 50% by activating gene that kills unhealthy cells
Research at the University of Bern has found a way to considerably prolong lifespan, but only in fruit flies so far, by activating a gene which destroys unhealthy cells. The results could also be applicable to humans as we have the same gene. 19 Jan 2015

Bone repair technology reconstructs Irish racehorse jaw
An Irish racehorse successfully returned to racing after jaw reconstruction using a new bone repair material made from collagen and hydroxyapatite developed by the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research Centre (AMBER) in Dublin. 23 Jan 2015

Optical sensor measures blood glucose through skin
Swiss research institute Empa and University Hospital Zurich have developed an optical sensor that measures blood sugar levels through the skin, without taking any blood. 23 Jan 2015

European research initiative to test novel treatments for Alzheimer's disease
The EPAD project has announced the start of a novel collaboration between 35 academic and private sector partners from Europe and the US to test innovative treatments for the prevention of Alzheimer’s dementia.

Moderate alcohol intake linked to reduced risk of heart failure
Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol — a small glass of wine or half a pint of beer a day — is associated with a 20% lower risk of men developing heart failure and a 16% reduced risk for women. 20 Jan 2015

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Applying big data analytics to improve patient-centric care
The changing economic, regulatory, technological and healthcare environment has given rise to a strategic shift from product and physician-centric strategies to a ‘patient centric’ approach. Sumit Prasad of Mu Sigma discusses the opportunities of this shift for the pharmaceutical sector. 7 Jan 2015

The barriers to tapping into Big Content and how to overcome them
The healthcare sector, like every other industry, is creating not just more data, but ever increasing amounts of information on diagnoses, treatment options, new medications, trials and research, as well as general health factors. Jeremy Bentley, Chief Executive of Smartlogic takes a look at the problems of making use of the unstructured side of Big Data.

How Big Data is being used in healthcare today
We are being bombarded from all directions with information about "Big Data" and how it will change our lives, especially as it pertains to our health. But what is Big Data, and how is it actually being used in the healthcare system today, asks Uri Laserson, Data Scientist, Cloudera.

Protecting critical healthcare data in the era of Big Data
The Internet of Things, Big Data and cloud storage have transformed the way in which data is accessed, processed and stored. As a result, the pressure is on for all organisations to develop a data-centric security approach. By Martin Sugden, Managing Director, Boldon James.




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