• Question: what kind of data to you colect

    Asked by erhpls123 to Kate on 23 Jun 2014.
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      Kate Niehaus answered on 23 Jun 2014:


      I use several different types of data, most of which is collected by the doctors that I work with.
      – I look at genetic data, which means that I am looking at mutations that might explain why some people get diseases and other people don’t.
      – I look at the results from blood tests – these say how much of different proteins and cells are in your body, and might be able to help us predict when someone’s disease is going to get worse
      – I also use data that is generally collected in the hospital, like patients’ age, symptoms, surgeries they’ve had, medications they’ve taken, and other things that might help us to figure out what sorts of treatments will work best.

      Let me know if that doesn’t make sense, or whether you’d like more details!