Navigation Links
Game-based economics research explains why we roll the dice on flu shots
Date:1/11/2013

With 41 states having reported widespread and severe outbreaks of flu this season, timely new research sheds light on why less than half of the American population has gotten a flu shot.

Despite widespread knowledge that a vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances of catching and spreading the flu, even three of the four main TODAY show anchors recently admitted they had not gotten a flu shot (until they did so live on the air).

Using an online computer game that simulates the spread of an infectious disease among its players, researchers at Wake Forest University learned more about what motivates people to protect themselves from infection from the flu to whooping cough.

The study, the first in the economics of disease control using virtual diseases, was conducted by economists Fred Chen, Allin Cottrell and Amanda Griffith, and computer scientist Yue-Ling Wong.

"When it comes to policies for disease control, one size does not fit all. Some people are very risk tolerant and some are super risk averse. Our research shows that to prevent an epidemic, there is a need to tailor a menu of options for different kinds of people," said Chen, who studies economic epidemiology.

When studying how best to contain epidemics, scientists and policy makers often must make assumptions in mathematical models about how many people will or will not take preventive measures to keep from getting sick. The virtual epidemic experiment allowed first-hand observation about how people really behave when faced with choices about whether or not to self-protect during a widespread occurrence of infection in a community.

Rolling the dice to stay healthy

The multiplayer game simulates an epidemic among the players over several weeks. At the beginning of each day of the game, healthy players have the option to choo
'/>"/>

Contact: Kim McGrath
mcgratka@wfu.edu
336-758-3209
Wake Forest University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Sociology, economics researchers receive grant to study development across the human lifespan
2. Classifying neural circuit dysfunctions using neuroeconomics
3. Neuroeconomics to study decision-making in anxious individuals
4. Hospital readmission rates linked to availability of care, socioeconomics
5. Experts aim to redefine healthcare and research ethics
6. Heart Muscle Cells Regenerate in Kids, Research Shows
7. Research Reveals Which Learning Methods Get an A
8. Researchers use iPSCs to define optimal treatment for managing life-threatening arrhythmias
9. Dental Implants Market - New Industry Research Report is Now Available for Pre Order at Transparency Market Research
10. UT Arlington receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant for research in global health
11. Book co-authored by USF Nursing Dean named 2012 Nursing Research Book of the Year
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/1/2014)... encourages people to keep their "eyes on the prize" ... When walking, staying focused on a specific target ahead ... help people walk there faster, psychology researchers have found. ... looking around the environment naturally, offers a new strategy ... less interested in exercise if physical activity seems daunting, ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... Lifeinsurance-policy.com has released a new blog post explaining ... smokers. , Smoking will always have a negative impact ... best method to find affordable coverage. Insurance brokerage websites ... , Whole life insurance premiums will be fixed ... coverage is permanent, the initial rates are very ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... Join the more than 80 golfers who already ... ever charity golf tournament to benefit Project HEAL, a not-for-profit ... cannot afford treatment. The tournament will be held Monday, Oct. ... , The day-long event starts with 10:30 a.m. check-in and ... will begin at 5 p.m. and will include an auction ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... Jersey City, NJ (PRWEB) October 01, 2014 ... sticking with their intentions to lose weight and their dieting ... in unhealthy, fatty foods. Including hormone diet treatments ... not only allows patients to see fast and effective weight ... diet and begin forming healthy habits to maintain their weight ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... Today in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, at the occasion ... has gathered some 150 African and international leishmaniasis ... treatment safety and efficacy monitoring plan, carried ... Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, and Ethiopia, were presented to ... access to treatment of kala-azar with the combination ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Keeping your eyes on the prize can help with exercise, NYU study finds 2Health News:Keeping your eyes on the prize can help with exercise, NYU study finds 3Health News:Affordable Whole Life Insurance Premiums for Smokers! 2Health News:Project HEAL Benefit Golf Tournament Gaining Momentum 2Health News:Project HEAL Benefit Golf Tournament Gaining Momentum 3Health News:Diet Doc Announces Their New Version of the Hormone Diet Plan to Target, Attack and Burn Fat Without Dangerous Side Effects 2Health News:Diet Doc Announces Their New Version of the Hormone Diet Plan to Target, Attack and Burn Fat Without Dangerous Side Effects 3Health News:Diet Doc Announces Their New Version of the Hormone Diet Plan to Target, Attack and Burn Fat Without Dangerous Side Effects 4Health News:Results of large-scale roll out of combination treatment for kala-azar in Eastern Africa 2
... helps people who cannot swallow because of paralysis. Swallowing is ... of the cranial nerves. One of these, the vagal nerve, ... tract// - that is, above the esophagus, but below the ... to the lungs, and swallowing difficulties may occur. ...
... a huge men population, which evaluated more than 14,000 sperm ... reducing their numbers as well as their crucial ability to ... as the ozone level went up, the sperm concentration went ... and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Southern California's ...
... long-awaited treatment for lymphoma - a drug that uses ... cells. Idec Pharmaceuticals' Zevalin becomes the first radioimmunotherapy drug ... ,It's a new approach, adding radiation to antibodies that ... cells. The antibodies attach to the cells, flagging them ...
... that helps form blood clots, may also be involved in ... to new strategies for repairing diseases of the nervous system, ... on the basic science level.// ,In multiple sclerosis, the ... fibers in the brain and spine can lead to numbness, ...
... According to a new study, filtering out the antibodies that ... with live donor transplants. Many patients need a kidney transplant ... found. Body organs, from dead bodies, are in short supply, ... they must be of a compatible blood group. ...
... the symptoms of Lyme disease linger despite antibiotic treatment.,Lyme ... ticks, sometimes produces very long-lasting fatigue and cognitive problems. ... feel that this treatment would not be enough to ... Lyme patients, some of whom were assigned to the ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Elevated Ozone Levels Hurt Sperm Count 2Health News:Clotting Protein plays a role in nerve repair 2
(Date:10/1/2014)... ANDOVER, Mass. , Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... ; AEX: PHIA) today announced its eCareCoordinator and ... the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A ... of telehealth programs , eCareCoordinator and eCareCompanion are ... are the first clinical applications to be available ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... 2014 Ardelyx, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... focused on cardio-renal, gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases, ... patient Phase 2b clinical trial evaluating tenapanor ... (IBS-C).  Results from this study demonstrated statistically ... symptoms for tenapanor-treated patients compared to patients ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... 1, 2014 Sophia Genetics, ... domaine de l,analyse des données issues du SNG ... de diagnostic in vitro (IVD) du gène CFTR ... la mucoviscidose dans un seul essai SGN. La ... les types de variantes par l,intermédiaire d,un seul ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Philips Secures 510(k) Clearance to Market the First Clinical Applications for its new Digital Health Platform 2Philips Secures 510(k) Clearance to Market the First Clinical Applications for its new Digital Health Platform 3Philips Secures 510(k) Clearance to Market the First Clinical Applications for its new Digital Health Platform 4Ardelyx Reports Positive Results from Its Phase 2b Clinical Trial Evaluating Tenapanor in IBS-C Patients 2Ardelyx Reports Positive Results from Its Phase 2b Clinical Trial Evaluating Tenapanor in IBS-C Patients 3Ardelyx Reports Positive Results from Its Phase 2b Clinical Trial Evaluating Tenapanor in IBS-C Patients 4Ardelyx Reports Positive Results from Its Phase 2b Clinical Trial Evaluating Tenapanor in IBS-C Patients 5Ardelyx Reports Positive Results from Its Phase 2b Clinical Trial Evaluating Tenapanor in IBS-C Patients 6Sophia Genetics lance une analyse complète du gène CFTR dans un essai clinique SGN 2Sophia Genetics lance une analyse complète du gène CFTR dans un essai clinique SGN 3
... Calif., Sept. 19, 2011 Amgen (NASDAQ: ... Drug Administration (FDA) approved two new indications for Prolia® ... women at high risk for fracture receiving adjuvant aromatase ... to increase bone mass in men at high risk ...
... Sept. 19, 2011 Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: ... a highly deliverable and ultra-low profile 0.014 inch balloon ... procedures below the knee.  The Company has begun marketing ... markets.   Boston Scientific developed the Coyote ...
Cached Medicine Technology:FDA Approves New Indications for Prolia® (Denosumab) for the Treatment of Bone Loss in Patients With Prostate or Breast Cancer Undergoing Hormone Ablation Therapy 2FDA Approves New Indications for Prolia® (Denosumab) for the Treatment of Bone Loss in Patients With Prostate or Breast Cancer Undergoing Hormone Ablation Therapy 3FDA Approves New Indications for Prolia® (Denosumab) for the Treatment of Bone Loss in Patients With Prostate or Breast Cancer Undergoing Hormone Ablation Therapy 4FDA Approves New Indications for Prolia® (Denosumab) for the Treatment of Bone Loss in Patients With Prostate or Breast Cancer Undergoing Hormone Ablation Therapy 5FDA Approves New Indications for Prolia® (Denosumab) for the Treatment of Bone Loss in Patients With Prostate or Breast Cancer Undergoing Hormone Ablation Therapy 6FDA Approves New Indications for Prolia® (Denosumab) for the Treatment of Bone Loss in Patients With Prostate or Breast Cancer Undergoing Hormone Ablation Therapy 7FDA Approves New Indications for Prolia® (Denosumab) for the Treatment of Bone Loss in Patients With Prostate or Breast Cancer Undergoing Hormone Ablation Therapy 8Boston Scientific Launches Coyote™ Balloon Catheter 2Boston Scientific Launches Coyote™ Balloon Catheter 3Boston Scientific Launches Coyote™ Balloon Catheter 4
Femoral selective diagnostic catheter. The material used is nylon (VESTANTM). All selective shapes have thrulumen design. Guidewire campatibility is 0.038". Packaging 5/Box....
Cordis DUCOR Catheters are available in a broad variety of French sizes and configurations. These catheters combine an atraumatic tip with either a braided or non-braided body....
Coronary angiographic catheter...
Leksell Neuro Generator is a complete system for stereotactic lesioning, pain treatment, stimulation and bipolar coagulation. It features a radio frequency (RF) energy source with sophisticated, inte...
Medicine Products: