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.”

Tracking a sensitive topic: Menstrual health in women (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Tracking a sensitive topic: Menstrual health in women. “Girls in low- and middle-income countries lack information about puberty and periods, and affordability, availability and disposal challenges mean that many ­people go without adequate ­hygiene during menstruation. It’s an issue in the United States, too, where ‘menstrual equity’ is a growing policy issue. The website gathers information on menstrual health education and products and innovations designed to address these challenges. Highlights include a database of research studies related to menstrual health management and a thoughtful roundup of settled issues and ongoing debates in the field.”

Engadget: Don’t trust all of those health articles you see in your Facebook feed

Engadget: Don’t trust all of those health articles you see in your Facebook feed. “Facebook’s battle with fake news stories goes beyond the world of politics. According to fact-checking site Health Feedback, seven of the 10 most shared health stories on Facebook in 2018 contained false or misleading information. The top 100 stories fared slightly better, but stories with misinformation were shared 12.3 million times. Well-sourced and accurate stories were shared 11 million times.”

Ubergizmo: Google Fit Will Introduce Monthly Challenges For A Healthier 2019

Ubergizmo: Google Fit Will Introduce Monthly Challenges For A Healthier 2019. “The new year is nearly upon us which means that there is almost a guarantee that we will see people making resolutions about getting in shape, although the question is whether or not these resolutions will be kept is a different story. However if you use Google Fit, it looks like Google wants to help you stick to your goals.”

PR Web: Yelp’s Hygiene Data Partner, HDScores LLC, Launches First Nationwide Restaurant Health Inspection App (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Web: Yelp’s Hygiene Data Partner, HDScores LLC, Launches First Nationwide Restaurant Health Inspection App (PRESS RELEASE). “Consumers can now see over 1.1 million health inspection ratings for any establishment including; restaurants, childcare, schools, hospitals, health clubs, coffee shops, gas stations, drive-thru, and stadiums. The app allows you to search locally as well as across the nation, with the ability to ‘favorite’ establishments you will always be updated on their most recent health inspection score. The scoring is done based off a percentage from 0-100, the closer to 100% the cleaner the establishment.”

Facebook Status: Sick. How People Use the Internet to Cope with Illness (University of Arizona)

University of Arizona: Facebook Status: Sick. How People Use the Internet to Cope with Illness. “In his new book, ‘Coping with Illness Digitally,’ University of Arizona communication professor Stephen Rains explores how people use digital tools like social media, online health forums, medical information websites and even email correspondence with physicians to cope with illness.”

Improving Info on Women’s Health: National Network of Medical Librarians Wants Your Help (National Library of Medicine)

National Library of Medicine: Improving Info on Women’s Health: National Network of Medical Librarians Wants Your Help. “Your research skills can help make Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource for people looking for information on women’s health. Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on November 7 as medical librarians add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on women’s health using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.”

EurekAlert: New tool developed at UBC screens online health ads for deception

EurekAlert: New tool developed at UBC screens online health ads for deception . “The internet is rife with ads for health products, from weight-loss systems to arthritis cures–but whether they actually work can be difficult to discern. Now, experts at the University of British Columbia have devised a simple screening tool to evaluate if the products popping up on your newsfeed are likely to be scams.”

EurekAlert: Online searches about cardiovascular disease follow strong seasonal and geographical patterns

EurekAlert: Online searches about cardiovascular disease follow strong seasonal and geographical patterns . “There is a strong seasonal pattern in seeking cardiovascular health information on Google, with higher search activity during winter months, according to a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Investigators also found that US states with higher deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) have higher CVD-related search volumes compared with regions with lower CVD mortality. By integrating artificial intelligence in healthcare research, the data generated by online cardiovascular health searches could be leveraged in the future to estimate disease activity in the community.”