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Using Fitbit to track and control influenza outbreaks through heart rate and sleep

Influenza is a sneaky virus to track. Now, researchers are mining people’s Fitbits to predict flu outbreaks in real time. In a new study, the team harnessed FitBit users’ sleep and heart rate data to pinpoint how hard certain states were getting hit by the flu.

How is one of the most advanced countries in the world so bad at health care?

Getting health care in this country is still so circuitous it often does feel like a secret — a maze deciphered in private that’s never quite mastered.

Source: Opinion | How is one of the most advanced countries in the world so bad at health care?

The science of sewage: What your wastewater could reveal about population health 

In a way it seems so obvious: find out what kinds of things people are putting into their bodies by studying what comes out the other end. These do sound like muddy waters, but with some clever science researchers are able to draw some clear insights about the habits of different demographics of the population. And with their methods improving all the time, some see a bright future for this dark corner of science that involves real-time health monitoring, predicting disease outbreaks ahead of time and even tracking the rise of antibiotic resistance.

Source: The science of sewage: What your wastewater could reveal about you

Microsoft Ignite 2019: Meet Project Cortex, Office 365 knowledge-management service 

Ignite 2019: Microsoft is adding a new, Microsoft-Graph-powered knowledge-management service to Office 365. Here’s what ‘Project Cortex’ is and how it will work.

Source: Microsoft Ignite 2019: Meet Project Cortex, Office 365 knowledge-management service | ZDNet