As we wrote about earlier today, a group of Stanford researchers recently used computerized data mining techniques to uncover dangerous side-effects of certain drug combinations. (Their study appears in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.) Shots' Scott Hensley also covered the story, and he sheds light in his blog entry on one of the surprisingly basic tools used for the work:
Did it take some ultraslick supercomputer to do the job? Nope. [Lead author Nicholas Tatonetti] says his MacBook Pro was up to the task. It's just a matter of training the right software algorithm to look for specific side effects and turning it loose, he says. The analysis only takes a few minutes.
Previously: Unexpected drug interactions identified by Stanford data mining
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