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Twitter coverage of Demi Lovato's overdose

Missed opportunities in overdose coverage

January 14, 2019

Only 216 of the 42,500 news reports about Demi Lovato’s alleged overdose this past summer included mention of the national addiction hotline, 1-800-662-HELP, a free service that connects callers with lifesaving addiction resources.

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Social media conspiracy theories could undermine efforts to combat Zika virus, experts caution

May 25, 2016

Social media users who share conspiracy theories and pseudoscientific claims about the Zika virus may undermine upcoming efforts to keep the disease from spreading, according to a study published online today by the journal Vaccine. The researchers behind the study—from Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and the University of Georgia—say the misinformation they detected […]

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Do health awareness days have an impact on our behavior?

April 1, 2016

Take a glance at the calendar: World Autism Awareness Day is just around the corner. As are World Health Day, World Lupus Day, and many more. One federal catalog lists 212 separate health-focused awareness days. Health awareness days are ubiquitous. But does dedicating a day to a serious disease or to healthy living habits actually […]

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Researchers look to Twitter to better understand vaccine refusal

February 24, 2015

A Johns Hopkins computer scientist is part of a team of researchers that has developed a new way to understand vaccine refusal by studying an unlikely resource: Twitter. The researchers will combine Twitter analyses with traditional survey techniques to study why people refuse vaccines and how these reasons vary among communities. The focus on vaccination […]

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Twitter posts provide fresh insight into mental illness trends

December 9, 2014

Johns Hopkins computers scientists, who have already used Twitter posts to track flu cases, say their techniques also show promise as a tool to gather important information about some common mental illnesses. By reviewing tweets from users who publicly mentioned their diagnosis and by looking for language cues linked to certain disorders, the researchers say, […]

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