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Twitter Social Media is an Effective Tool for Breast Cancer Patient Education and Support: Patient-Reported Outcomes by Survey

Despite reported benefits, many women do not attend breast cancer support groups. Abundant online resources for support exist, but information regarding the effectiveness of participation is lacking. We report the results of a Twitter breast cancer support community participant survey. The aim was...

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The bittersweet world of mental health online

A new film executive-produced by Kim Kardashian examines social media and mental health, but being a mentally ill person who's active online can be a bittersweet experience, says Charlotte Walker who has bipolar disorder.

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Posted:
Mar 19, 2015

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Deirdre

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You're The Doctor Now, And Your Office Is In Your House

Perhaps this sounds familiar: you spent 45 minutes waiting for a doctor's appointment, only to be seen (and if you're lucky, diagnosed) in five. Why, you might wonder, did you need to go into the office at all? In many cases, you probably didn't. As doctors and patients become more comfortable with...

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Posted:
Oct 31, 2014

Author:
Emily S

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For Mental Health, Social Media Removes the Silence

Social media was at first considered unique, then accepted, and now it's pervasive in our culture, with an unheralded capability to foster communication and empower people. More recently, that power is being turned towards mental health. It's a topic Americans rarely talk about, and the silence can...

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Posted:
Aug 15, 2014

Author:
Maggie

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Strangers Diagnose Your Illness and Get Cash in Return

The website CrowdMed lets you outsource your medical diagnoses to users competing for points and cash. Is it the solution to online hypochondria, or part of the problem?  The Internet has only a few unspoken rules, but they’re best followed closely: Don’t post lewd photos with your face showing....

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#trial: clinical research in the age of social media

Research programmes, data analysis, and conduct of clinical trials have traditionally been the preserve of clinicians and researchers. Now, however, social media and crowdsourcing are becoming ever present and widely used. For example,Crowdsourcing Cancer Research: The Role of Quantitative...

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Posted:
Apr 7, 2014

Author:
Maggie

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The Cofounder of 23andMe's Next Project: Mining Your Quanitifed Self

Online forums are overflowing with people’s burning health questions and anecdotal advice: “What are the long-term effects of running?” and “Can I turn myself into a morning person?”

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The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) is Penn's center for research, policy analysis, and education in health systems. Its 200 Senior Fellows analyze the medical, economic, and social issues that influence how health care is organized, financed, managed, and delivered across the U.S.

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