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    Fit­ness trackers accounted for more than half of the 35 mil­lion wear­able devices in use at the end of 2014, according to a report by global ana­lyst CCS Insight. Here, Stephen Intille, the co-​​founder of Northeastern’s per­sonal health infor­matics doc­toral pro­gram and an asso­ciate pro­fessor with joint appoint­ments in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences […]

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    The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion recently declared a flu epi­demic in the U.S., with the virus appearing in 46 states so far. Many people have stayed home sick, while offi­cials have announced that this year’s vac­cine is not as effec­tive as in years past. Alessandro Vespignani—a world-​​renowned sta­tis­tical physi­cist and the Stern­berg Dis­tin­guished […]

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    A score of highly pub­li­cized data breaches in 2014 has moti­vated Pres­i­dent Barack Obama to announce that strength­ening cyber­se­cu­rity will be one of his administration’s top pri­or­i­ties in 2015, with a par­tic­ular focus on iden­tity theft and improving con­sumer privacy. We asked William Robertson, a web secu­rity expert and an assis­tant pro­fessor with joint appoint­ments in […]