The Scientist: Can Social Media Inform Public Health Efforts?

The Scientist: Can Social Media Inform Public Health Efforts?. “On March 14, 2014, HealthMap—an online database created by researchers at Boston’s Children’s Hospital in 2006 to collect accounts of disease cases from various online sources—notified scientists of an article written in French about cases of a ‘strange fever’ in Macenta, Guinea. Nine days later, the World Health Organization officially announced an Ebola outbreak in the area.”

BelfastLive: Queen’s University finds social media is actually good for young people’s health

BelfastLive: Queen’s University finds social media is actually good for young people’s health. “Despite numerous reports about the negative impact the online world can have on users, a new study has found the sites have a significant positive effect on a range of teenage health behaviours. The research team from Queen’s University , in partnership with University of Southern California, has found social media messaging, such as Facebook posts and sponsored ads, have a significant positive effect.”

‘Alexa, Monitor My Heart’: Researchers Develop First Contactless Cardiac Arrest AI System for Smart Speakers (Newswise)

Newswise: ‘Alexa, Monitor My Heart’: Researchers Develop First Contactless Cardiac Arrest AI System for Smart Speakers. “Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new tool to monitor people for cardiac arrest while they’re asleep without touching them. A new skill for a smart speaker— like Google Home and Amazon Alexa — or smartphone lets the device detect the gasping sound of agonal breathing and call for help..”

EurekAlert: Johns Hopkins researchers publish digital health roadmap

EurekAlert: Johns Hopkins researchers publish digital health roadmap. “In the dizzying swirl of health-related websites, social media and smartphone apps, finding a reliable source of health information can be a challenge. A group of researchers from the Johns Hopkins University schools of medicine and public health, as well as the university’s Applied Physics Laboratory, have mapped out a course to navigate that complicated landscape.”

TechCrunch: Want to know where epidemics are flaring up around the world? Metabiota has the tool for you

TechCrunch: Want to know where epidemics are flaring up around the world? Metabiota has the tool for you. “In an effort to inform the public of the health risks breaking out all over the world (or just to scare the bejeezus out of already paranoid people) the startup Metabiota has released a free-to-use epidemic tracker for all of the outbreaks monitored publicly around the world.”