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Avoid the Latest Sickness Going 'Round

Avoid the Latest Sickness Going 'Round

Is the flu lurking next door? In a massive undertaking, University of Pittsburgh researchers recently digitized the U.S. epidemic records from 1888–the first year diseases were surveyed–to 2013, entering 125 years’ worth of data for 56 diseases into 6,500 tables. And the resulting database, named Project Tycho, could have your answer.

“Over 125 years, there have been tremendous differences among disease reporting, like what the illness is called, or how often they are surveyed,” says Wilbert van Panhuis, M.D., Ph.D., Project Tycho’s lead investigator. “Our team wanted to digitize and streamline this information so officials can better track patterns …read more

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