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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Using Google to Track Disease Outbreaks

ScienceDaily: Could Internet discussion forums, listservs, and online news outlets be an informative source of information on disease outbreaks? A team of researchers from Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School thinks so, and it has launched a real-time, automated data-gathering system called HealthMap to gather, organize and disseminate this online intelligence.

Lawyers use Google as evidence of a given commmunity's appetite for porn, so it only makes sense that doctors would use it to track the spread of disease.

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