Health

Twitter a hotbed of anti-vaccine sentiment, study finds

Anti-vaccine sentiment is alive and growing in social media, with California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania showing the most negative tweets of any states, according to a new five-year CU Boulder study.

Health

Physicians tweeting about drugs may have conflict of interest

(HealthDay)—Most physicians on Twitter with a financial conflict of interest (FCOI) and frequent tweets mention specific drugs for which they have a conflict, according to a study published in the September issue of The ...

Medications

Opioid misuse can be tracked using Twitter

Social media such as Twitter can be a useful tool to find out how widespread the misuse of prescribed opioid drugs is in a particular state or town, or to track the dynamics of opioid misuse in a given locality over time. ...

Health

'That pizza was #delish!' What do Tweets say about our health?

"Coffee" was the most tweeted food in the continental U.S. between mid-2014 to mid-2015 followed by "beer" then "pizza". Besides hinting at which foods are popular, tweets may reveal something about our health. Communities ...

Cardiology

Researchers mine Twitter for cardiovascular disease research

For years, marketers and other commercial data-miners have been using Twitter's vast database of "tweets" to gauge consumer attitudes and track events. Now medical researchers are getting in on the trend. Researchers from ...

Overweight & Obesity

New study explores weight stigmatization on Twitter

A new study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, Yale School of Medicine and American University has found that weight stigma—or negative attitudes about people simply because they are overweight—is ...

Other

Twitter data may help shed light on sleep disorders

Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital and Merck have built the beginnings of "digital phenotype" of insomnia and other sleep disorders based on data from Twitter. This study, published today in the Journal of Medical ...

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