Navigation Links
Using Twitter to track the flu: A better way to screen the Tweets
Date:1/28/2013

Sifting through social media messages has become a popular way to track when and where flu cases occur, but a key hurdle hampers the process: how to identify flu-infection tweets. Some tweets are posted by people who have been sick with the virus, while others come from folks who are merely talking about the illness. If you are tracking actual flu cases, such conversations about the flu in general can skew the results.

To address this problem, Johns Hopkins computer scientists and researchers in the university's School of Medicine have developed a new tweet-screening method that not only delivers real-time data on flu cases, but also filters out online chatter that is not linked to actual flu infections. Comparing their method, which is based on analysis of 5,000 publicly available tweets per minute, to other Twitter-based tracking tools, the Johns Hopkins researchers say their real-time results track more closely with government disease data that takes much longer to compile.

"When you look at Twitter posts, you can see people talking about being afraid of catching the flu or asking friends if they should get a flu shot or mentioning a public figure who seems to be ill," said Mark Dredze, an assistant research professor in the Department of Computer Science who uses tweets to monitor public health trends. "But posts like this don't measure how many people have actually contracted the flu. We wanted to separate hype about the flu from messages from people who truly become ill."

Dredze, who also is a research scientist at the Johns Hopkins Human Language Technology Center of Excellence, led a team that in mid-2011 released one of the first and most comprehensive studies showing that Twitter data can yield useful public health information. Since then, this strategy has become so popular that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last summer sponsored a contest challenging researchers to design an online application that c
'/>"/>

Contact: Phil Sneiderman
prs@jhu.edu
443-287-9960
Johns Hopkins University
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. MU receives national award for using mind-body approach to improve health
2. More Teen Girls Using Contraceptives: CDC
3. Using Earplugs Eases ICU Patients Confusion: Study
4. 16 years old is peak risk for teens misusing prescription drugs
5. Kids Most Likely to Start Abusing Painkillers at 16: Study
6. Breathing during radiotherapy - how to hit the treatment target without causing collateral damage
7. Report using private health claims data shows prices are driving health spending growth
8. Type of viral infection of eye associated with disease causing blindness in the elderly
9. Hepatitis C Causing Liver Damage in Greater Numbers: Study
10. Pivotal role for proteins -- from helping turn carbs into energy to causing devastating disease
11. Population displacement during disasters predicted using mobile data
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Using Twitter to track the flu: A better way to screen the Tweets
(Date:7/30/2014)... Hawley, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) July 30, 2014 ... and have contributed over $8,500 to ensure its protection. ... Resort, presents a check to the Delaware Highlands Conservancy ... Partnership program. The small $2-per-stay donations add up fast, ... future of the Upper Delaware River Region. , The ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... West Orange, NJ. July 30, 2014. A new network ... the NIH Stroke Trials Network (NIH StrokeNet) is ... in the U.S. Despite advances of the last ... Each year, stroke causes death or disability for 795,000 ... the aging of the population. , To accelerate ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... 2014 LTC Consumer, an independent, free online ... insurance, features an Instant Quote tool on its website, ... LTC Consumer. Quotes are free and unlimited. , The ... seven areas – including age, gender, and state of residence ... (you don’t need to enter any contact information to get ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... July 30, 2014 The Institute for ... pleased to announce that Arianna Huffington has joined as a ... the Health Coach Training Program . , Arianna Huffington ... a world-renowned news and blogging site that won a Pulitzer ... of fourteen books and was included on the Forbes “Most ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with asthma, ... to trigger airway inflammation for at least 24 hours, ... you smell, but also what you think you smell," ... Senses Center in Philadelphia, said in a Monell news ... and fragrances. When we expect that an odor is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Pocono Mountain Resort Guests Contribute Over $8500 to Protect Land in 6 Short Months 2Health News:Kessler funded as satellite site for NIH Stroke Trials Network 2Health News:LTC Consumer Launches Online Tool for Getting Instant Long Term Care Insurance Estimates 2Health News:Arianna Huffington Joins Integrative Nutrition as a Guest Speaker 2Health News:Arianna Huffington Joins Integrative Nutrition as a Guest Speaker 3Health News:Even Thinking an Odor is Harmful May Spur Asthma Symptoms 2
... a PET scan may interfere with the results seen, says ... emission tomography (PET) or computed tomography (CT) scan is done ... evaluate the effect of treatment on an already diagnosed malignant ... in the body that can be traced with the help ...
... have reportedly succeeded in generating sperm// and ovarian cells ... for Stem Cell Biology in Sheffield said that "the ... sperm and eggs to use in assisted conception treatments". ... with infertility. This research will allow embryonic stem cells ...
... processed meat can increase your chance of having colorectal ... the National Cancer Institute. ,Colon and rectum together ... cancer is also called colorectal cancer. Cancer of the ... malignant cells within the lining of colon or rectum. ...
... in schizophrenic patients with the help of seroquel ... is a chronic severe disabling mental illness. Some ... seen or heard, feelings of being persecuted, becoming ... symptomatically, but only one in five patients have ...
... Researchers had been able to find out why the diabetes ... University of Utah had found that the drug TZDs activates ... This is situated in the collecting duct of the kidney. ... in the body and causes edema. ,TZD drugs are ...
... inflammations of the gum may increase the risk of ... early in life. ,According to a research study ... Conference on Prevention of Dementia held in US, periodontal ... people. ,Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain cells and ...
Cached Medicine News:
(Date:7/30/2014)... 2014  Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD ) ... Premier will end on September 30, 2014.  Customers ... able to continue their relationship with Cepheid through ... and ROi, in addition to the recently announced ... "Cepheid has always recognized and supported the ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... CUPERTINO, Calif. , July 30, 2014 ... ) second quarter 2014 financial results press release, you ... will be broadcast live over the internet on Thursday, ... pm Pacific Time). A live audio webcast ... homepage at http://www.durect.com and clicking "Investor Relations."  ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... , July 30, 2014 The ... Care Pharmacy (AMCP) last evening expressed support for ... the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP).  As ... organizations over a two-year period to develop a ... pharmacists.  "Pharmacists are fast becoming ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Cepheid Updates Status Of Premier Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) Agreement 2Cepheid Updates Status Of Premier Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) Agreement 3DURECT Corporation Invites You to Join its Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call 2AMCP Endorses JCPP "Pharmacists' Patient Care Process" 2
... SIPP International Industries Inc. (OTCBB: SIPN), ... hospitality and medical technology industries announced today that they ... Japanese Consulting firm based in Osaka Japan. Upon completion ... residual revenues within three months.  FVJ ...
... Jan. 17, 2012 Bayer HealthCare today announced latest ... the Phase III CORRECT ( Co lo r ectal ... ebo after failure of standard t herapy) trial. ... improvement in overall survival (OS) by 29% (HR=0.77, p=0.0052, median ...
Cached Medicine Technology:SIPP International Industries, Inc. to Acquire Controlling Interest in FVJ Holdings out of Osaka Japan 2Phase III Data Show Bayer's Investigational Compound Regorafenib (BAY 73-4506) Met Primary Endpoint Showing Statistically Significant Improvement in Overall Survival in Patients with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Refractory to Standard Approved Thera 2Phase III Data Show Bayer's Investigational Compound Regorafenib (BAY 73-4506) Met Primary Endpoint Showing Statistically Significant Improvement in Overall Survival in Patients with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Refractory to Standard Approved Thera 3Phase III Data Show Bayer's Investigational Compound Regorafenib (BAY 73-4506) Met Primary Endpoint Showing Statistically Significant Improvement in Overall Survival in Patients with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Refractory to Standard Approved Thera 4Phase III Data Show Bayer's Investigational Compound Regorafenib (BAY 73-4506) Met Primary Endpoint Showing Statistically Significant Improvement in Overall Survival in Patients with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Refractory to Standard Approved Thera 5
... parafollicular C-cells of the thyroid gland and ... action of calcitonin is to lower plasma ... in decreased mobilization of calcium from bone ... conditions associated with high levels of bone ...
Calcitonin RIA Kit...
... The Matrix Perimeter utilizes Welch ... a significant breakthrough in visual field ... capabilities, tools to characterize glaucoma and ... Humphrey FDT Perimeter, the Matrix doubles ...
... digital camera system by KARL STORZ, a ... camera systems. Digital Source Sampling technology, applied ... fully digital transfer of information with no ... as well as loss-free data storage on ...
Medicine Products: