As with a forest fire, if you can detect an epidemic early, it is much easier to control. Here are five good ideas for detecting epidemics (and diseases) before they spin out of control.
The Predict and Prevent Initiative at Google uses search analysis to detect epidemics at early stages. A Wired Magazine “smart idea” 2008. http://bit.ly/6nTYUu
Researchers have shown that combining an awareness of social networks with search data, better early detection systems for disease outbreaks can be designed. Economist.com http://bit.ly/dzowbl
Researchers can sample water at sewage treatment plants to detect drug epidemics and monitor progress in treatment – all anonymously. http://bit.ly/4YgWr0
New Canadian meat wrapping materials turn color in presence of certain pathogens. http://bit.ly/4TLzlM
Cough into your iPhone – new app will diagnose your ailment. http://ow.ly/B11E
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