11/17/2014, Wikipedia May Predict The Next Global Health Crisis


“Scientists may one day be able to predict epidemics simply by analyzing what people are searching on the Internet. Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico found that a surge in Wikipedia traffic for certain disease-related articles predicted the large-scale spread of illnesses in several world locations, sometimes as long as 28 days before official spikes were recorded. The findings were published online Thursday in PLOS Computational Biology.”

Hey, Wikipedia, what does your traffic say about the opioid “epidemic”?

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