Genome center, Simbiot team up on 'big data' in genomics; EU project to help people who suffer from chronic liver failure;

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> In a new partnership, the National Center for Genome Resources and Simbiot are going to work together to create solutions for handling "big data" in the genomics space. They are launching a software program called Lumenogix NGS, which will offer researchers mining and control over sequencing data. "We are excited to partner with Simbiot and help researchers handle genomic data on their own without specialized bioinformatics expertise," Callum Bell, president of NCGR, said in an announcement. Announcement

> An European Union project, d-Liver, will use telemedicine to help people who suffer from chronic liver failure receive medical care at home. The Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT is working with European partners to develop the IT- and cell-based system. Announcement

> People use mobile apps, websites and electronic wearables to count calories, and now GE might be taking it a step further, MedCity News reported. The company has announced a prototype device that can measure calories in solid foods and send it to users' smartphones. Article

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> The success of healthcare reform depends on more than enrollment numbers. If customer satisfaction is any indication, the law is working pretty well. The Commonwealth Fund surveyed 4,425 working-age adults and found that overall, 78 percent of people who signed up for new plans were very or somewhat satisfied with their purchases. Article

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> Hospitals underuse minimally invasive surgery, even though for most patients, it's a better option than open surgery, a new study found. Article

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