News tagged with public health officials

Estimating county health statistics by looking at tweets

A researcher at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has found that Twitter knows if you're obese—or at least, if your county is. Tweets can accurately predict a county's rates of obesity, diabetes, teen births, health ...

Mar 27, 2014
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Controversial research on bird flu

In a top-security lab in the Netherlands, scientists guard specimens of a super-killer influenza that slays half of those it infects and spreads easily from victim to victim.

Dec 28, 2011
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US tells 23andMe to halt sales of genetic test

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is ordering genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test kits, saying the company has failed to show that the technology is backed by science.

Nov 25, 2013
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