#Internet-based data can help track the #flu when official data lags

A new paper from a team led but Mauricio Santillana, a mathematician, and member of the computational health informatics team at Boston Children’s Hospital, offers this in a new paper: We show that information from Internet-based data sources, when combined using an informed, robust methodology, can be effectively used as early indicators of influenza activity … Continue reading #Internet-based data can help track the #flu when official data lags

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Patients advocates gone wild! Internet offers new tools to those who disagree with science in the news.

From our MIT friends over at Undark. Patient advocates and reporters take note.   On the "public radio show Science Friday, host Ira Flatow and his guest, Popular Science senior editor Sophie Bushwick, built on Chodosh’s (cell phones and health) story. “There’s no strong evidence to suggest that these devices aren’t safe,” said Flatow. “It's creating … Continue reading Patients advocates gone wild! Internet offers new tools to those who disagree with science in the news.

Events this week: #Healthcare, #diversity and #selfdrivingcars

In Somerville tonight  The Scientists of The Fenway Institute On Diversity and Doctors: The Science of Inclusive Healthcare Monday, January 29th, 6:30-8:00pm at The Burren (247 Elm St, Somerville MA 02144) (directions) People are diverse; healthcare should reflect that diversity. Founded in 1971 on the belief that “healthcare is a right, not a privilege”, Fenway … Continue reading Events this week: #Healthcare, #diversity and #selfdrivingcars

#Flu cases are #declining in #Massachusetts while they are rising nationally.

Massachusetts January 19 report. Provider offices across the US report the amount of influenza‐like illness (ILI) they see in their patients each week during regular flu season.  These outpatient providers’ offices, which include doctors' offices, school health services, and community health centers, are called 'sentinel sites.’  Here we present Massachusetts sentinel site data.  Please note that the data … Continue reading #Flu cases are #declining in #Massachusetts while they are rising nationally.

Jonathan Fine, MD, of Cambridge, one of the founders of Physicians for Human Right, died last week: “We’re never going to be deprived of an opportunity to combat injustice.”

The Globe reports the death of Jonathan Fine, MD, one of the founders of Physicians for Human right, which the paper describes as a "worldwide advocacy organization." Over the past three decades, the organization has investigated and documented the medical effects of war crimes and mass atrocities in more than 60 nations around the world … Continue reading Jonathan Fine, MD, of Cambridge, one of the founders of Physicians for Human Right, died last week: “We’re never going to be deprived of an opportunity to combat injustice.”

Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that flu cases are going down. But, they warn that the flu is “unpredictable.”

This following an early spike. The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness have dropped in the past seven days. However, flu is unpredictable and it’s too soon to know whether we’ve seen its peak this season. The one thing we know for sure is that it’s not too late to get a flu … Continue reading Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that flu cases are going down. But, they warn that the flu is “unpredictable.”

In The New Yorker, Partners in Health co-founder Dahl on impoverished Haiti: “To have seen this and to not do anything, I knew wasn’t an option.”

The New Yorker offers a profile of Ophelia Dahl, the daughter of celebrity parents who want on to help found Boston-based Partners in Health. That group describes its mission this way: "We go. We make house calls. We build health systems. We stay. " Development organizations will donate something finite, even if it’s redundant, rather … Continue reading In The New Yorker, Partners in Health co-founder Dahl on impoverished Haiti: “To have seen this and to not do anything, I knew wasn’t an option.”