Medical research

Finding real value in big data for public health

Media reports of public health breakthroughs made possible by big data have been largely oversold, according to a new study, published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Workshop gives web-based disease tracking a checkup

Web-based disease trackers like Google Flu Trends are supposed to revolutionize public health response to outbreaks, but how well do they actually work, and can they be made to work better? SFI Omidyar Fellows and epidemiologists ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Tweets can help track national health trends—and now local ones too

(Medical Xpress)—When Twitter recently unveiled a new grant program that will allow outside researchers to mine its stockpile of tweets, the social media site pointed to Johns Hopkins' flu tracking as one example of the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

First real-time flu forecast successful

Scientists were able to reliably predict the timing of the 2012-2013 influenza season up to nine weeks in advance of its peak. The first large-scale demonstration of the flu forecasting system by scientists at Columbia University's ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Flu watchers tap social media might

Dr. Andrea Dugas recalled widespread skepticism at a medical conference a few years ago when a colleague suggested that social media mentions and search volume could one day forecast flu activity.

Other

WHO's Chan re-elected for second term

The World Health Organisation on Wednesday re-appointed Margaret Chan as its chief, who declared universal health care as her top priority.

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