Its information-gathering abilities are no doubt impressive, but how good is Google at tracking cases of influenza? Pop Center faculty member Gary King, who recently co-authored a paper critiquing the accuracy of Google Flu Trends. A subsequent New York Times article discussed King’s paper and raised interesting questions about the strengths and limitations of big data.
Andrew Papachristos, PhD, a scholar in the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program at the Pop Center from 2010- 2012, had a article titled “Network Exposure and Homicide Victimization in an African American Community” published in The American Journal of Public Health.
The socio-economic patterning of NCD prevalence differs markedly when assessed by standardized criteria versus self-reported diagnoses, concludes Harvard Pop Center faculty member SV Subramanian and his co-authors.
Amitabh Chandra, Pop Center faculty member, expresses concern that the high patient volume needed to pay for new expensive treatment centers such as proton beam therapy will fuel health care costs while adding little to patient benefit. Read more …