Friday, November 09, 2007

Finding solutions to Pulmonary Hypertension

Last weekend I went to a 5K race held at Stanford to benefit Pulmonary Hypertension (PH). This is a very serious disease that requires a heart and lung transplant in some cases. I actually met a survivor of such a transplant at the race, it was awe inspiring to find out that someone who looks so healthy could have undergone such a traumatic operation.

One of the speakers who kicked off the race was one of the preeminent medical researchers for this disease. What caught my attention was him saying there were only 6 known treatments for PH and no cure. That caught my interest because right now I'm doing a lot of testing of my company's software for finding solutions to problems.

I found out what the known treatments are and raced home to look for solutions to Pulmonary Hypertention on Accelovation. I was hoping we'd miss something so I could file some juicy bugs for our engineers. I just love filing bugs. But drat, Accelovation nailed the search! It found all six of the known treatments including who manufacturers them, their alternative names, and hundreds of other partial treatments.

While I didn't get to file any bugs, I was--of course--pleased to validate that Accelovation's tool is doing such an excellent job at finding solutions to problems.

Anyone who reads this post who has Pulmonary Hypertension can contact me for the result set from this search, particuluarly if you're interested in knowing what's on the cutting edge in the solution space for this disease. More general information about the disease can be found at www.phassociation.org.

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