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When Facebook created a way for users to share their organ donor status and added links to make signing up as an organ donor easy, the social media site saw a 21.2-fold increase in new online registrations in a single day.

While very impressive, the results posted by Johns Hopkins University researchers in the American Journal of Transplantation really show the huge potential for social media as a public health tool.[…] Continue Reading »

Twitter is growing up, evolving from a simple message system into a public health research tool.

Computer scientists at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore are using Twitter to track fluctuations in influenza activity in the U.S.

JHU doctoral candidate Michael Paul said Twitter will never be able to provide hard and fast statistics the way hospitals do when they report flu admissions to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but monitoring tweets can show trends at a broader population level.[…] Continue Reading »