Big data yields surprising connections between diseases

IMAGE: New disease classifications created by analyzing genetic and environmental correlations among family members. view Using health insurance claims data from more than 480,000 people in nearly 130,000 families, researchers at the University of Chicago have created a new classification of common diseases based on how often they occur among genetically-related individuals. Researchers hope the work, published this week in Nature Genetics, will help physicians make better diagnoses and treat root causes instead of symptoms. "Understanding genetic similarities between diseases may mean that drugs that are effective for one disease may be effective for another one," said Andrey Rzhetsky, PhD,...

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