The government is hoping to harness the power of Twitter to learn what health issues are trending in your area. Recent research shows trending topics on social media are often an early indicator of emerging health issues. A department of Health and Human Services has come up with the "now trending challenge," that asks computer savvy adults to develop a program that keeps track of trending illnesses on Twitter. They hope to customize the results by region, so users can learn the top five health concerns in their area. The submission deadline is the end of this month -- winners will receive a $21,000 prize. The United States Office of the Assistant Secretary for preparedness and response is sponsoring the challenge.
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