Matthew Bietz, Cinnamon Bloss, Job Godino, Kevin Patrick
Lifestyle and environment are important determinants of individual health and wellbeing. In the U.S., sedentary habits, poor diets, and a lack of sleep are widespread, contributing to the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Exposure to environmental pollution is on the rise, linked with increased risk for asthma, cancer, and a variety of other diseases and disorders. Studying these issues at the level of the individual has been a challenge for health researchers. However, new data streams and digital traces emerging from personal sensors and devices, social media, and other electronic systems have the potential to change this…
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