Get your tissue boxes ready: It's just a few weeks before we hit peak flu. In preparation, a group at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital are testing a novel way to track the virus in real time, and are calling on sniffly and sneezing New Englanders for help. Read Moresmall wondersKid-friendly health apps emerge at Boston Children's hackathon
A robotic doctor built for space travel and a camera that can track your body’s health by peering into your retina are two finalists in the Nokia Sensing XChallenge. Both technologies are built in Cambridge.Read More
There are opinions and opinions about the link between sleep and creativity — there's evidence that insomnia and 8 solid hours can both do wonders.
For a city that prides itself on creative output, Boston is a city of midnight-oil burners, but it still catches a few more winks than other big cities in it class. Read More
Since March, a group of data-savvy epidemiologists at Boston Children’s Hospital have watched Ebola slowly spread through West Africa, ominously lighting up their dials first as a trickle, then a torrent of mentions on social media and online news reports.
The group, HealthMap, has been steadily ahead of the curve tracking this year’s outbreak. One day, they hope to be a step ahead of the next big disease.
Read Moresick reviewYelp reviews and Twitter can track food poisoning sources, Harvard study finds
On New Year’s Day in 2010, a group of three friends in Worcester visited a popular pizzeria for lunch. But by the next morning, all three regretted that trip.
“Today, I woke up deathly ill, and proceeded to kick off 2010 by vomiting,” one member of the group wrote on Yelp on Jan. 2. “The three of us had different items—not sure what took us all down—but we suspect Zorba's as we all went our separate ways and are all deathly ill today.”
Posts like that, it turns out, can prove quite valuable to health officials. Read MoreCurrent progressMagnetic pulses to the brain improve memory