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Medical Research Summarizer

Translate complex research into easy to read summaries

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Kumar Thangudu@datarade · Technologist
We've built a system that allows us to translate difficult to read research abstracts and convert them into 4 to 8 bullet point descriptions that are readable by the common person. It's like Blinkist, but for complex research. Our backend consists of a ton of med school PhD's and researchers. I myself had an autoimmune disorder for 10 years, well I still have it, but I've been in remission for the last 2 years. Making sense of the research out there is a tall order without an organic chemistry background. When I was first diagnosed, I ended up spending hours trying to read research I barely understood, but that was relative child's play for a PhD to clarify. It's called Ulcerative colitis and has no known cure. Some of the most intriguing research that I'd wish I had been cognizant of and had a way to read is this article(Http://bit.ly/fodmapfree) on FODMAPS (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols Saccharrides) and their impact on those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Had I known, I would have experimented with something like it to see outcomes. Keep in mind, there's no such thing as an FDA approved diet.
Sam Doshi@samir_doshi · Co Founder @ Relayo.com
@datarade Have family in the healthcare field -- they'll love this!
Kieran Chase@kieranchase
@datarade UC'er here too. Amazing work on the project so far!
Kumar Thangudu@datarade · Technologist
@samir_doshi Would love to hear their feedback on it.
Kumar Thangudu@datarade · Technologist
@kieranchase Thanks! Feel free to submit any research you find. As well, check out the latest research on UC here: https://www.hdphealth.com/2016/0...
Gabriela Hromis@ghromis · WisePeach.com
@datarade This looks really useful. I really like that it's human powered since AI attempts at this I've seen didn't work so well. I really hope it also addresses the quality of the particular paper (such as size, whether the findings are preliminary, whether other papers mostly support or contradict the conclusion of this paper etc.), since this is very important metadata.
Kumar Thangudu@datarade · Technologist
@ghromis Thanks for the feedback. For our tracker where you can tell us which disease to monitor for new research, our plan is to rule out low quality journals. Unfortunately, the methodology for defining low quality is somewhat consensus driven. We hope to change that over time with more feedback from our writers. (Med School students and PhDs). Thanks for taking the time comment. Very insightful. Will share with our writers to see what they think on the metadata notion.
Gabriela Hromis@ghromis · WisePeach.com
@datarade But you don't necessarily need to filter it for me. You can just add that to the output (just say, this research was done on X subjects and the effect was small, or we found these methodological problems, or in addition to this research there has been a meta-analysis of X number of papers that came to this conclusion etc.).
Kumar Thangudu@datarade · Technologist
@ghromis Ooh nice. Going to share this with our writers. @rrhoover I love how PH threads become useful for team training. Like a timeline/blip in a product's lifecycle that has a ton of tertiary feedback that's useful for future people who join the company.
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Kumar Thangudu
Maker
@datarade · Technologist
We've built a system that allows us to translate difficult to read research abstracts and convert them into 4 to 8 bullet point descriptions that are readable by the common person. It's like Blinkist, but for complex research. Our backend consists of a ton of med school PhD's and researchers. I myself had an autoimmune disorder for 10 years, well I still have it, but I've been in remission for the last 2 years. Making sense of the research out there is a tall order without an organic chemistry background. When I was first diagnosed, I ended up spending hours trying to read research I barely understood, but that was relative child's play for a PhD to clarify. It's called Ulcerative colitis and has no known cure. Some of the most intriguing research that I'd wish I had been cognizant of and had a way to read is this article(Http://bit.ly/fodmapfree) on FODMAPS (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols Saccharrides) and their impact on those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Had I known, I would have experimented with something like it to see outcomes. Keep in mind, there's no such thing as an FDA approved diet.
Sam Doshi@samir_doshi · Co Founder @ Relayo.com
@datarade Have family in the healthcare field -- they'll love this!
Kieran Chase@kieranchase
@datarade UC'er here too. Amazing work on the project so far!
Kumar Thangudu
Maker
@datarade · Technologist
@samir_doshi Would love to hear their feedback on it.
Kumar Thangudu
Maker
@datarade · Technologist
@kieranchase Thanks! Feel free to submit any research you find. As well, check out the latest research on UC here: https://www.hdphealth.com/2016/0...
Gabriela Hromis@ghromis · WisePeach.com
@datarade This looks really useful. I really like that it's human powered since AI attempts at this I've seen didn't work so well. I really hope it also addresses the quality of the particular paper (such as size, whether the findings are preliminary, whether other papers mostly support or contradict the conclusion of this paper etc.), since this is very important metadata.
Kumar Thangudu
Maker
@datarade · Technologist
@ghromis Thanks for the feedback. For our tracker where you can tell us which disease to monitor for new research, our plan is to rule out low quality journals. Unfortunately, the methodology for defining low quality is somewhat consensus driven. We hope to change that over time with more feedback from our writers. (Med School students and PhDs). Thanks for taking the time comment. Very insightful. Will share with our writers to see what they think on the metadata notion.
Gabriela Hromis@ghromis · WisePeach.com
@datarade But you don't necessarily need to filter it for me. You can just add that to the output (just say, this research was done on X subjects and the effect was small, or we found these methodological problems, or in addition to this research there has been a meta-analysis of X number of papers that came to this conclusion etc.).
Kumar Thangudu
Maker
@datarade · Technologist
@ghromis Ooh nice. Going to share this with our writers. @rrhoover I love how PH threads become useful for team training. Like a timeline/blip in a product's lifecycle that has a ton of tertiary feedback that's useful for future people who join the company.
Hiten Shah
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@hnshah · Crazy Egg, Quick Sprout & Draftsend
Make sense of complex lingo that's in research paper. This is awesome. I used to have to Google a bunch to help me understand some of the medical research out there, especially when someone is sick and needs some clarity. Now I can use this!
Great idea. Are there plans for support in other languages than English?
Kumar Thangudu
Maker
@datarade · Technologist
@kexino Could you clarify your question? Do you mean the output summary or the article you put in? (I'd actually be curious to see research papers in languages other than English.)
@datarade Yes, to have the output summary in other languages.
Kumar Thangudu
Maker
@datarade · Technologist
@kexino Ooh. not sure. Depends on the output language. What languages were you interested in?
@datarade French and German.
Kumar Thangudu
Maker
@datarade · Technologist
@kexino if you plan on those languages, simply email me kumar@hdphealth.com and let us know. We'll do what we can to push it out in German or French as per your request.
Akshay Patel@mrakshaypatel · Product Manager
Love the idea of making this information more accessible. For years, have waited to see medical systems translate medical/lab results in a similar way. For instance, give patients the cholesterol numbers but explain what that means in a real world way that doesn't require a provider explanation or a Google search later.
Kumar Thangudu
Maker
@datarade · Technologist
@mrakshaypatel Oooh. One of my favorite research articles that came out recently on cholesterol and eggs was really intriguing. Here it is: https://www.sciencedaily.com/rel...
Akshay Patel@mrakshaypatel · Product Manager
@datarade Thx. Actually a topic I've specifically wondered about and an opportunity to try the Summarizer. I particularly like that you can subscribe to a topic like Diabetes.
Kumar Thangudu
Maker
@datarade · Technologist
@mrakshaypatel 1 Billion of the 10 billion patient recruitment slots on ClinicalTrials.gov are for Diabetes. Diabetes is a huge issue in the USA. In my opinion we should develop drugs for this population AND we should fix our flawed food policy. I think Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF puts it best: “Ascribing personal responsibility to the obese individual is not a rational argument for an eminently practical reason: it fails to advance any efforts to change it. The obesity pandemic is due to our altered biochemistry, which is a result of our altered environment.”
Kumar Thangudu
Maker
@datarade · Technologist
@mrakshaypatel are you interested in type 1 or type 2 diabetes?
Akshay Patel@mrakshaypatel · Product Manager
@datarade Being of South Asian descent, Type 2. A number of my family members have been diagnosed with it. That study population is bigger than I could have imagined.
Rishi Shärma@irishisharma · General Manager, Q-See
Love this Idea, Makes so much easier to get the information I need and puts in way I can understand.
Kumar Thangudu
Maker
@datarade · Technologist
@irishisharma Curious, any research you're looking into at the moment.