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JMIR-Characterizing Sleep Issues Using Twitter June 14, 2015

Sleep issues such as insomnia affect over 50 million Americans and can lead to serious health problems, including depression and obesity, and can increase risk of injury. Social media platforms such as Twitter offer exciting potential for their use in studying and identifying both diseases and social phenomenon.

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‘Second Screen’ for Health Care Messaging: Looking for Lessons from #CancerFilm June 9, 2015

An estimated 746 doctors joined in a twitter chat with the hashtag #cancerfilm in an extended conversation with more than 500 self-described patients, as well as about 12,000 other people who didn’t fit either of those labels (but fit 13 other categories.) This three-night, multiplayer dialogue began March 31 and created an “unprecedented” event according to one data junkie, Audun Utengen, of Symplur, LLC. Utengen runs the site www.symplur.com, which provides analytics on healthcare related hashtags.

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An academic conference where everyone is included May 28, 2015

What’s important is not to simply make an effort to include patients, but to actually foster collaboration among all stakeholders while expecting patients to co-design the experience with all other stakeholders. And that’s what Medicine X does so well.

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Using Social Media to Share Your Radiology Research: How Effective Is a Blog Post? May 17, 2015

Dissemination of scientific material on a radiology blog promoted on social media can substantially augment the reach of more traditional publication venues. Although peer-reviewed publication remains the most widely accepted measure of academic productivity, researchers in radiology should not ignore opportunities for increasing the impact of research findings via social media.

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Disease-specific hashtags for online communication about cancer care May 17, 2015

2015 ASCO Annual Meeting Abstract:
We have demonstrated the feasibility and growth of organized, cancer-specific hashtags on Twitter used by a variety of stakeholders in cancer care. Use of the CTO indicates potential value of online interaction. Further study is needed to determine whether the CTO has any impact on access, outcomes or as a model for other areas of medicine.

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A 12-Word Social Media Policy May 12, 2015

Don’t Lie, Don’t Pry
Don’t Cheat, Can’t Delete
Don’t Steal, Don’t Reveal

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Why Does a Twittering Doctor Tweet? May 10, 2015

I borrowed the title from Dr. Anne Marie Cunningham (@amcunningham). It’s from her Slideshare presentation. She lists 10 reasons why doctors should try Twitter.

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MD degree may not teach doctors how to tweet May 5, 2015

National and international medical congresses have been encouraging attendees to “tweet” about the conferences on Twitter, but doctors are finding it’s not that easy to accurately share the meetings’ news on social media.

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How Twitter can help predict asthma-related emergency room visits April 29, 2015

Researchers created a model that was able to predict with 75 percent accuracy how many asthma-related emergency room visits a hospital could expect on a given day

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Urologists in the Yellow Submarine April 22, 2015

Social media platforms come and go but the ability to live stream is an exciting new development. For Periscope, it is my belief that the potential application for a use in medical education seems boundless. Live broadcasting is no longer the exclusive domain of television and cable networks.

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Social media in emergency medicine studies April 13, 2015

The proliferation of resources such as blogs and podcasts has been driven in part by the popularity of the Free Open-Access Medical Education (FOAMed) movement.  This prompted researchers to develop a set of quality indicators by which to evaluate credibility, content and design of online resources for medical education. Researchers whittled a list of 152 indicators down to the most important quality indicators: 14 for blogs and 26 for podcasts.

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Scientists find link between heavy Facebook use and depressive symptoms April 13, 2015

It doesn’t mean Facebook causes depression, but that depressed feelings and lots of time on Facebook and comparing oneself to others tend to go hand in hand.

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Twitter 103: Trolls, Malware and Spam (slides) April 1, 2015

Your account is set up. But trolls, malware and spam may lead to missteps that damage your reputation. Most of your experience online can be positive, but chance favors the prepared tweeter. Here are some tips that may help.

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Social media reacts to “Emperor of All Maladies” – Ripples of cancer film – money, policy or literacy? April 1, 2015

Janet Freeman-Daily is currently NED (no evidence of disease) and is participating in a clinical trial based on the particular genetic signature of her lung cancer. She posted this Monday evening:

"As #cancer patient, I’m encouraged to see so many people watching #CancerFilm and realizing the value of clinical trials."

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The Twitter Superuser Guide for Healthcare March 30, 2015

I created this guide for my social media training at the 2014 RWJF Clinical Scholars Program National Meeting. It’s for the novice all the way to the superuser!

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