Digital Health

How Social Media is Changing the Life of Patients and How it Could Help Research As Well

How Social Media is Changing the Life of Patients and How it Could Help Research As Well

Facebook helps patients with rare diseases to break out of their isolation. It also provides unique, new opportunities for research, especially study participant recruitment.

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Predicting Disease Prevalence In Real Time Using Twitter

Predicting Disease Prevalence In Real Time Using Twitter

Adam Sadilek from Fount.in and his co-developer from the University of Rochester created a tool that tracks diseases based on the location of Twitter messages and keywords (e.g., ‘I feel sick’, ‘I have a sore throat’ or ‘My body aches’). According to the developers, previous methods such as Google Flu Trends and government data entail time lags from days to years. Here […]

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Self-Tracking: Measuring & Collecting Personal Data To Improve Peoples’ Heath

Self-Tracking: Measuring & Collecting Personal Data To Improve Peoples’ Heath

Jeffrey Norris wrote an interesting summary article on self-tracking based on talks presented at the MedX conference 2012 at Stanford University. Self-trackers are using these tools to monitor sleep, food intake, exercise, blood sugar and other physiological states and behaviors. In some cases, they are using the data to identify what triggers or worsens flare-ups of […]

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