Your Medical Records May Unlock Disease Secrets for All

The scheme sounded too good to be true: with a few simple clicks researchers could identify thousands of people who would be a good fit for trials testing certain drugs or therapies, thanks to their geography, rare disease or risk factors like obesity. The promise of this method, researchers crowed, would allow them to leapfrog over the gaping chasm between the number of people typically needed for clinical trials and how many stumble across relevant advertising or meet with recruiting doctors. Gone would be the days where as much as 20 percent of officially listed clinical trials would not be completed due to inability to recruit participants.

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