Twitter, Facebook–The new disease fighting tools

From Kaiser Health News comes stories of how social media tools are being used to discover health information.

Tweeting Your Health Woes Could Help Fight Disease, a story on the PBS Newshour, details how discussions on social media sites can be used to track the spread of disease.  A University of Iowa study showed that “tweets from people experiencing flu-like symptoms tracked closely with the information collected by the Centers for Disease Control, … they were highly accurate in terms of both time and location. The CDC results were much slower — arriving two to three weeks after the patients began feeling sick.”

More Consumers Turn To Social Media For Health Care Information, from Fox News, describes how Facebook is being increasingly used to find health information.  In the latest survey by National Research,  “96 percent of respondents said they used Facebook to gather information about health care while 28 percent used YouTube and 22 percent used Twitter.”


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