Navigation Links
Twitter Adding to Stigma of Epilepsy, Study Says
Date:3/2/2012

FRIDAY, March 2 (HealthDay News) -- The social networking service known as Twitter seems to have become a platform for derogatory comments about epilepsy and seizures, researchers say.

In a study published in the February issue of Epilepsy and Behavior, Canadian researchers analyzed nearly 11,000 seizure-related "tweets" and deemed 41 percent of them as offensive. The study authors pointed out that the messages on this social networking service could reinforce negative perceptions of the neurological disorder.

"While we are well aware of the stigma faced by people with epilepsy, we were shocked to see just how pervasive the problem is in social media. It certainly emphasizes a need for public campaigns to combat these negative attitudes," the study's corresponding author, Dr. Paula Brna from the Dalhousie University in Canada, said in a journal news release.

In collecting tweets that made reference to seizures over the course of one week in April 2011, the researchers found that there were a few tweets that criticized people for joking about epilepsy and seizures.

However, the study authors said, more people should speak out against negative stereotypes associated with epilepsy and their message must be stronger. Brna and colleagues concluded that more awareness is needed about epilepsy to foster better understanding of the disorder.

In an editorial accompanying the study, Dr. Joseph Sirven, a professor of neurology and chair of the department of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, stated: "It is now time for the epilepsy community to rise up, have our own Twitter revolution, and alter the way the condition is perceived. There is too much suffering and too great a burden for this to go unchecked."

Sirven suggested that "by taking charge, we can potentially change the equation and allow the silent voices of individuals with epilepsy to rise up, revolt, and finally correct the misperceptions and eliminate the stigma associated with the condition once and for all."

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about epilepsy.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Epilepsy and Behavior, news release, Feb. 29, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. More Patients Seek Plastic Surgery Advice From Facebook, Twitter
2. Can Twitter save lives?
3. Twitter Reflects Worlds Changing Moods
4. IADR/AADR publish study on use of Twitter for public health surveillance of dental pain
5. You are what you tweet: Tracking public health trends with Twitter
6. Twitter and natural disasters
7. Some Docs May Use Twitter for Unprofessional Messages: Report
8. Undergrads Who Twitter May Do Better, Study Finds
9. USA TODAY Announces Results Of Twitter Hashtag Campaign For Charity
10. Misinformation about antibiotics can travel to large audience via Twitter: study
11. Misinformation About Antibiotics Can Travel to Large Audience Via Twitter: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Twitter Adding to Stigma of Epilepsy, Study Says
(Date:2/11/2016)... , ... February 11, 2016 , ... Dickinson Insurance & ... by announcing a new fundraiser in support of a local boy named Barrett, who ... campaign will bring awareness to, and rally support for, all local families dealing with ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Be Well Medical ... in the heart of Old Town at 108 South Columbus St, Suite 201, Alexandria, ... highest level of medical care in the convenience of their homes, offices or at ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Husted Kicking has completed its ... on February 6th & 7th, 2016 according to kicking coach Michael Husted. , “This ... to the NFL’s combine in Indianapolis,” says Husted. “The NFL uses a third party ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Ore. (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... Medicaid coverage results in significantly higher rates of several common cancer screenings, especially ... resulting in better outcomes and survival rates. , The study,“What Does Medicaid ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... City, California (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 ... ... Imaging Society (WMIS), known as the World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC), will be ... theme for the 2016 meeting is “Imaging Biology…Improving Therapy.” The congress will highlight ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... -- Aytu BioScience, Inc. (OTCQX: AYTU), a specialty healthcare company ... announced today that the Company will present its operational ... Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. ET.  The ... of its business and growth strategy, as well as ... 2015. --> --> ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Colo. , Feb. 11, 2016  Ampio Pharmaceuticals, ... 10, 2016, it entered into a Controlled Equity Offering ... ("Cantor Fitzgerald"). Michael Macaluso , Chairman and ... stated that we are not currently raising money and ... 2016 and into 2017 and still complete all of ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... February 11, 2016 North America ... published by MarketsandMarkets, The global market is expected to reach USD ... at a CAGR of 10.2%. --> North America ... 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, The global market is expected to reach ... growing at a CAGR of 10.2%. --> According to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: