It’s a common lament, usually said with a stuffed-up accent: if we can land a man on the moon, why can’t we cure the common cold?
The Health Tracking Network wants to help. By crowdsourcing illness data, it aims to discover factors related to common illnesses, improve your health by enabling you to track your personal health and fitness easily, generate donations to charities; and provide researchers access to a high-quality sample of respondents for scientific survey questions.
Run by Interdisciplinary Scientific Research, a research and consulting firm in Seattle, the site aims to follow participants over long periods of time and assess individual and other factors that might be related to illness. To participate, you simply sign up here, fill out the initial survey, and then return once a week for a ‘one-minute survey’ that will track how you feel over the long term. The data you contribute is kept anonymous.