Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital studied when flu-related Wikipedia articles were accessed from December 2007 to August 2013.
They found the articles were viewed during times of peak flu activity and they could accurately estimate flu levels two weeks sooner than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In other health news, finding a creative use for your time outside of work can have a positive impact on your work performance.
Researchers at San Francisco State University found employees who spent their free time working on creative activities were better problem solvers at work.
They say this creative outlet helps employees relax from the demands of their jobs, challenges them to learn a new skill and increases their sense of control.
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