The New York Times comments on the recent Google Flu Tracker.
Two recent studies have shown the promise of using data from search engines to provide early warning of influenza outbreaks — and the pitfalls and limitations, as well. Privacy considerations aside, it is a technology that will need refinement if it is to be used by public health officials for early warning duties.
Reuters Health cites a new study that questions user – edited Wikipedia.
Consumers who rely on the user-edited Web resource Wikipedia for information on medications are putting themselves at risk of potentially harmful drug interactions and adverse effects, new research shows.