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Monday, December 02, 2013

Twitter, Not Just Google, Can Predict Flu and other Health GIS News

Researchers at San Deigo State Unversity looked at tweets with the terms flu and influenza in them with 27k of 11 U.S. cities.

They discovered that of the 11 cities where tweets were examined, there was a "significant" correlation between tweets about flu and the rates of flu-like illnesses in nine of the cities.

In several cases the data were predictive, showing the higher flu rate before the CDC reported it. The research is detailed in the Journal of Medical internet Research.

- Herald Sun

Where seniors live makes a difference not only in how much health care they receive but also in the medications they’re prescribed — as some miss out on key treatments while others get risky ones, new research has found.

That's the latest from a study from October, from the Dartmouth Atlas.

- AP, press release (pdf)

A new map of demenia across Britain suggests many with the disease are left undiagnosed and untreated. 

In Portsmouth, 63.9 per cent of cases are recognised. But in coastal West Sussex, the rate is only 41.9 per cent.

Why? The National Heath Service suspects doctors are declining to formally diagnose sufferers to avoid undo stress and stigma for the patient and his or her family.

- The Telegraph

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/02 at 04:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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