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Computational genomics drives personalized cancer care
Software engineers are emerging as key players in the drive to translate massive amounts of genomic data into drugs that target specific genetic mutations. Using about the same amount of computing power as is available on the average personal computer, computational biologists are developing algorithms to identify recurring genetic patterns in tumors. Drugmakers will increasingly work with software developers, such as Microsoft, to develop new algorithms, methodologies and even therapies, says Les Jordan, chief technology strategist at Microsoft's Life Sciences unit. Reuters
Survey shows how patients use Web for health care
A Manhattan Research survey revealed 54% of respondents turn to the Internet to determine the services they may need and the right health care personnel to provide them. Data also showed 79% of patients diagnosed with chronic disease in the past three months went online for their health care decisions, compared with 53% of patients diagnosed a year earlier. However, only 20% of Internet-savvy patients use the Web to choose a primary care physician, researchers said. American Medical News (free content)
Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 address at Rice University, the MD Anderson Cancer Center developed a new program called Moonshots. Its goal is to locate at-risk populations for eight forms of cancer and to have a positive impact on those patients’ outcomes, survival rates, quality of life, and to learn about the results of the new treatment methods and research. Just like the space program’s breakthroughs, national unity and collaboration between researchers across the country will be critical to the success of this program and the overall goal of making advancements in the fight against cancer. Read more on the LIVESTRONG blog.
Pain associated with cancer can last beyond treatment. To help survivors cope with this challenge and others, the LIVESTRONG Foundation and the American Society of Clinical Oncology teamed up to create Moving Forward, a series of videos that offer help and advice for living with the aftereffects of cancer treatment. To learn more, visit the LIVESTRONG blog.
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