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Using Twitter to Tackle Cardiovascular Disease

When you think of Twitter, a zillion things probably come to mind — breaking news, personal rants, life observations — but health research probably isn’t one of them. However, the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab is changing that, one tweet at a time… or rather, millions of tweets at a...

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Sep 23, 2014

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Defibrillation in the movies: A missed opportunity for public health education

Defibrillation with manual defibrillators in the health care setting and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public areas can decrease mortality from cardiac arrest.  Public knowledge of how to use AEDs is limited and prior work has demonstrated that the public has concerns about using AEDs...

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Aug 21, 2014

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What's behind the challenge

By now, most people have seen friends or celebrities pour buckets of ice water over their heads as part of the "ice bucket challenge" for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the neurodegenerative condition also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Aug 20, 2014

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What an Introvert Sounds Like

Do our Facebook posts reflect our true personalities? Incrementally, probably not. But in aggregate, the things we say on social media paint a fairly accurate portrait of our inner selves. A team of University of Pennsylvania scientists is using Facebook status updates to find commonalities in the...

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Aug 12, 2014

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Crowdsourcing and Social Media in Times of Crisis

In a recent talk to the SUMR scholars, Dr. Raina Merchant described her work in the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab. One project involved a crowdsourcing challenge in which people sent pictures and the location of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the city of Philadelphia.

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May 8, 2014

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Insourcing Health Care Innovation

Many health care professionals find it irritating when management gurus recommend solving health care's problems with approaches they would “copy and paste” from unrelated industries — a former chief executive of a manufacturing company claims that the same simple lessons that enabled him to...

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May 1, 2014

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Penn doctor develops smartphone app to help in treating stroke

Thanks to one University of Pennsylvania neurologist, there's now an app to help doctors treat stroke patients. The app is one of the innovations debuting this week at the American Academy of Neurology meeting in Center City.

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