Navigation Links
Study Probes Internet Health-Related Search Patterns
Date:8/15/2008

Use of Google Trends mirrors data sought in other countries as well, researchers say

FRIDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- A new study says Google Trends has a potential as a scientific research tool that may help people better understand how the public uses the Web to find health information.

Despite the limitations of the tool, which provides access to worldwide public search data from 2004 to the present, Ball State University researchers issued a paper saying they have detected several trends.

"The first pattern we noticed was an annual cycle that appeared to be related to seasonal interests and events in search patterns," Peter Ellery, assistant director for the media of health of the university's Center for Media Design's Insight and Research, said in a news release issued by the school. "Search volumes for words like diet and exercise tended to increase sharply at certain times of the year, like right around New Year's, for example."

Other preliminary findings include:

  • Ties between search patterns and illnesses or diseases linked to celebrities in the news. Celebrity influence on search volume appears to be culture-specific.
  • The most frequently occurring cancers were not always the same as the types of cancer being most searched for.
  • Traditional search terms for health-related information prevailed over newer or trendier terms.
  • Search trends and patterns in the United States were similar to those in other countries and languages other than English.

"Initially, the goal of this study was to just look at the Google Trends service itself and report on its potential as a research tool," he said. "However, the appearance of patterns and relationships in the terms used to look at this service now has us asking many more questions and considering how Google Trends might best help us to answer them as well."

Future papers in will look
'/>"/>

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Penn study finds pro-death proteins required to regulate healthy immune function
2. New study shows promise in reducing surgical risks associated with surgical bleeding
3. Study, meta-analysis examine factors associated with death from heatstroke
4. Study suggests loss of 2 types of neurons -- not just 1 -- triggers Parkinsons symptoms
5. Study says COPD testing is not measuring up
6. Preclinical study suggests organ-transplant drug may aid in lupus fight
7. Ability to cope with stress can increase good cholesterol in older white men, study finds
8. High alcohol consumption increases stroke risk, Tulane study says
9. Mailman School of Public Health study examines link between racial discrimination and substance use
10. Pitt study finds inequality in tobacco advertising
11. Stanford study highlights cost-effective method of lowering heart disease risks
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/18/2014)... It’s been just a few short weeks since ... splint to website visitors, but already the response has been ... delighted. It is perfect and I find it sooo much ... YOU FOR LISTENING!!!" Another user compared the original design ... to slip to the end of my toe. Now that ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... LAKE, Wis. (PRWEB) September 18, 2014 It ... and engage in health and wellness. Once again, Evensong ... in Spa Week by offering three services at a special ... Evensong Spa, managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts , ... a national event encouraging Americans to embrace health and wellness ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Daily supplements of selenium or ... development of age-related cataracts among men, a new study ... or both could help prevent cataracts. To investigate this ... Harvard Medical School in Boston, and his colleagues examined ... vitamin E. The trial was initially designed to study ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... In 2003, the government ... Barrio Adentro), which it hoped would increase ... Section 6.1.3.). In 2009, it invested VEF28 ... of Pharmaceutical Elaborations (Servicio Autónomo de Elaboraciones ... at a cheaper rate than private pharmaceutical ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... (PRWEB) September 18, 2014 Qualis Health, ... has published a white paper, “Advancing Primary Care ... Health Information Technology.” , Authors Jeff Hummel, MD, ... provide guidance to organizations engaged in the work of ... health IT can bolster PCMH objectives, such as generating ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Feedback for the New Bunion Bootie Design Feedback is Already Pouring In, and Bunion Sufferers Love It 2Health News:Feedback for the New Bunion Bootie Design Feedback is Already Pouring In, and Bunion Sufferers Love It 3Health News:Evensong Spa Celebrates Spa Week with $50 Services 2Health News:Evensong Spa Celebrates Spa Week with $50 Services 3Health News:Vitamin E, Selenium Supplements Don't Seem to Prevent Cataracts 2Health News:Venezuela Pharmaceutical Market worth $22.2 billion with 12% CAGR by 2020 Says a New Report Available at MarketOptimizer.org 2Health News:Venezuela Pharmaceutical Market worth $22.2 billion with 12% CAGR by 2020 Says a New Report Available at MarketOptimizer.org 3Health News:Venezuela Pharmaceutical Market worth $22.2 billion with 12% CAGR by 2020 Says a New Report Available at MarketOptimizer.org 4Health News:Advancing Primary Care Through PCMH and HIT: New White Paper Connects the Dots 2
... Reduce Stiffness for Better Health with,Innovative ,Sleep and ... FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 9 Contour ... people implement an,ergonomic makeover into their life for ... well being. By aligning the body, relieving,pressure points ...
... Makes Available New Daily Dosing Option for the Treatment ... and Company,(NYSE: LLY ) announced today that the ... for once daily use (2.5 mg and,5 mg), an ... dysfunction,(ED). When Cialis for once daily use is taken ...
... private equity, public offering, ... Irell represents leading clients in gaming, green tech, ... construction, LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 Irell & Manella ... corporate deals,valued at more than $7 billion., The firm ...
... years, The Leukemia &,Lymphoma Society has organized "Team ... achieve personal goals and most of all, raised,over ... video from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at:, ... In Training" helps,individuals prepare for a full marathon ...
... Red Cross,announced today that J. Chris Hrouda has ... for the organization,s Biomedical Services., Hrouda will ... Each year the American Red Cross collects approximately ... million blood products to,patients at approximately 3,000 hospitals ...
... 8 Conseco, Inc. (NYSE:,CNO) announced that Todd M. ... senior vice president and treasurer. He will report to ... Hacker joins Conseco from YRC Worldwide, where he was ... treasurer from,2004-2005. From 2005-2006, he was senior vice president, ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Renew, Relax & Align the Body with an Ergonomic Makeover 2Health News:Renew, Relax & Align the Body with an Ergonomic Makeover 3Health News:FDA Approves Cialis(R) (tadalafil) for Once Daily Use for the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction 2Health News:FDA Approves Cialis(R) (tadalafil) for Once Daily Use for the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction 3Health News:FDA Approves Cialis(R) (tadalafil) for Once Daily Use for the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction 4Health News:FDA Approves Cialis(R) (tadalafil) for Once Daily Use for the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction 5Health News:Irell & Manella Posts Strong Year for Corporate Transactions 2Health News:Irell & Manella Posts Strong Year for Corporate Transactions 3Health News:Irell & Manella Posts Strong Year for Corporate Transactions 4Health News:Irell & Manella Posts Strong Year for Corporate Transactions 5Health News:Irell & Manella Posts Strong Year for Corporate Transactions 6Health News:American Red Cross Announces New Leader for Biomedical Services 2
(Date:9/18/2014)... Pharma IQ, after ... successful Serialisation Countdown calendar to cover the years 2014 ... pharmaserialisation.com shows the serialisation requirements around the globe ... into force. For companies dealing with international ... but "when" they will have to comply with new ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... 2014 MiMedx Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... marketer of patent protected regenerative biomaterials and bioimplants ... it has entered into a distribution agreement with ... its dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane ("dHACM") allograft products ... a private label basis. The MiMedx ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... 2014  Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured ... Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting ... the blog include the Avanir Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: AVNR - ... Free Report ), Orexigen (Nasdaq: OREX - Free ... ) and Gilead (Nasdaq: GILD - Free Report ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Pharma IQ Displays Worldwide Serialisation Deadlines in their 2014 - 2018 Countdown Calendar 2MiMedx Signs Distribution Agreement With Zimmer 2MiMedx Signs Distribution Agreement With Zimmer 3The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Avanir Pharmaceuticals, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Orexigen, Medivation and Gilead 2The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Avanir Pharmaceuticals, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Orexigen, Medivation and Gilead 3The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Avanir Pharmaceuticals, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Orexigen, Medivation and Gilead 4The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Avanir Pharmaceuticals, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Orexigen, Medivation and Gilead 5The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Avanir Pharmaceuticals, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Orexigen, Medivation and Gilead 6
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference laboratory ... research and development. ARUP offers an extensive ... medical tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. ... Laboratories' clients include more than half of ...
... national reference laboratory and a worldwide leader ... offers an extensive test menu of highly ... and anatomic pathology. Owned by the University ... than half of the nation's university teaching ...
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference ... laboratory research and development. ARUP offers an ... unique medical tests in clinical and anatomic ... ARUP Laboratories' clients include more than half ...
... reference laboratory and a worldwide leader in ... an extensive test menu of highly complex ... anatomic pathology. Owned by the University of ... half of the nation's university teaching hospitals ...
Medicine Products: