The National Institutes of Health is spending big bucks on research that will make sense of the torrent of data from wearables like the Fitbit and the Apple Watch and use those insights to predict when the body is about to fail.
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
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