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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428164/zika-in-twitter-temporal-variations-of-locations-actors-and-concepts
#1
Anthony Stefanidis, Emily Vraga, Georgios Lamprianidis, Jacek Radzikowski, Paul L Delamater, Kathryn H Jacobsen, Dieter Pfoser, Arie Croitoru, Andrew Crooks
BACKGROUND: The recent Zika outbreak witnessed the disease evolving from a regional health concern to a global epidemic. During this process, different communities across the globe became involved in Twitter, discussing the disease and key issues associated with it. This paper presents a study of this discussion in Twitter, at the nexus of location, actors, and concepts. OBJECTIVE: Our objective in this study was to demonstrate the significance of 3 types of events: location related, actor related, and concept related, for understanding how a public health emergency of international concern plays out in social media, and Twitter in particular...
April 20, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428163/public-response-to-scientific-misconduct-assessing-changes-in-public-sentiment-toward-the-stimulus-triggered-acquisition-of-pluripotency-stap-cell-case-via-twitter
#2
Alberto Gayle, Motomu Shimaoka
BACKGROUND: In this age of social media, any news-good or bad-has the potential to spread in unpredictable ways. Changes in public sentiment have the potential to either drive or limit investment in publicly funded activities, such as scientific research. As a result, understanding the ways in which reported cases of scientific misconduct shape public sentiment is becoming increasingly essential-for researchers and institutions, as well as for policy makers and funders. In this study, we thus set out to assess and define the patterns according to which public sentiment may change in response to reported cases of scientific misconduct...
April 20, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428162/the-use-of-intervention-mapping-to-develop-a-tailored-web-based-intervention-condom-him
#3
Joyal Miranda, José Côté
BACKGROUND: Many HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) prevention interventions are currently being implemented and evaluated, with little information published on their development. A framework highlighting the method of development of an intervention can be used by others wanting to replicate interventions or develop similar interventions to suit other contexts and settings. It provides researchers with a comprehensive development process of the intervention. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this paper was to describe how a systematic approach, intervention mapping, was used to develop a tailored Web-based intervention to increase condom use among HIV-positive men who have sex with men...
April 19, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404541/making-air-pollution-visible-a-tool-for-promoting-environmental-health-literacy
#4
Ekaterina Galkina Cleary, Allison P Patton, Hsin-Ching Wu, Alan Xie, Joseph Stubblefield, William Mass, Georges Grinstein, Susan Koch-Weser, Doug Brugge, Carolyn Wong
BACKGROUND: Digital maps are instrumental in conveying information about environmental hazards geographically. For laypersons, computer-based maps can serve as tools to promote environmental health literacy about invisible traffic-related air pollution and ultrafine particles. Concentrations of these pollutants are higher near major roadways and increasingly linked to adverse health effects. Interactive computer maps provide visualizations that can allow users to build mental models of the spatial distribution of ultrafine particles in a community and learn about the risk of exposure in a geographic context...
April 12, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400357/health-care-professionals-evidence-based-medicine-internet-searches-closely-mimic-the-known-seasonal-variation-of-lyme-borreliosis-a-register-based-study
#5
Samuli Pesälä, Mikko J Virtanen, Jussi Sane, Jukkapekka Jousimaa, Outi Lyytikäinen, Satu Murtopuro, Pekka Mustonen, Minna Kaila, Otto Helve
BACKGROUND: Both health care professionals and nonprofessionals seek medical information on the Internet. Using Web-based search engine searches to detect epidemic diseases has, however, been problematic. Physician's databases (PD) is a chargeable evidence-based medicine (EBM) portal on the Internet for health care professionals and is available throughout the entire health care system in Finland. Lyme borreliosis (LB), a well-defined disease model, shows temporal and regional variation in Finland...
April 11, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389417/determinants-of-participants-follow-up-and-characterization-of-representativeness-in-flu-near-you-a-participatory-disease-surveillance-system
#6
Kristin Baltrusaitis, Mauricio Santillana, Adam W Crawley, Rumi Chunara, Mark Smolinski, John S Brownstein
BACKGROUND: Flu Near You (FNY) is an Internet-based participatory surveillance system in the United States and Canada that allows volunteers to report influenza-like symptoms using a brief weekly symptom report. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to evaluate the representativeness of the FNY population compared with the general population of the United States, explore the demographic and behavioral characteristics associated with FNY's high-participation users, and summarize results from a user survey of a cohort of FNY participants...
April 7, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385679/using-google-trends-data-to-study-public-interest-in-breast-cancer-screening-in-brazil-why-not-a-pink-february
#7
Paulo Roberto Vasconcellos-Silva, Dárlinton Barbosa Feres Carvalho, Valéria Trajano, Lucia Rodriguez de La Rocque, Anunciata Cristina Marins Braz Sawada, Leidjaira Lopes Juvanhol
BACKGROUND: One of the major challenges of the Brazilian Ministry of Health is to foster interest in breast cancer screening (BCS), especially among women at high risk. Strategies have been developed to promote the early identification of breast cancer mainly by Pink October campaigns. The massive number of queries conducted through Google creates traffic data that can be analyzed to show unrevealed interest cycles and their seasonalities. OBJECTIVES: Using Google Trends, we studied cycles of public interest in queries toward mammography and breast cancer along the last 5 years...
April 6, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347974/whiplash-syndrome-reloaded-digital-echoes-of-whiplash-syndrome-in-the-european-internet-search-engine-context
#8
Michael Noll-Hussong
BACKGROUND: In many Western countries, after a motor vehicle collision, those involved seek health care for the assessment of injuries and for insurance documentation purposes. In contrast, in many less wealthy countries, there may be limited access to care and no insurance or compensation system. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this infodemiology study was to investigate the global pattern of evolving Internet usage in countries with and without insurance and the corresponding compensation systems for whiplash injury...
March 27, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356240/the-annual-american-men-s-internet-survey-of-behaviors-of-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-the-united-states-2015-key-indicators-report
#9
Maria Zlotorzynska, Patrick Sullivan, Travis Sanchez
The American Men's Internet Survey (AMIS) is an annual Web-based behavioral survey of men who have sex with men (MSM) living in the United States. This Rapid Surveillance Report describes the third cycle of data collection (September 2015 through April 2016; AMIS-2015). The key indicators are the same as previously reported for AMIS (December 2013-May 2014, AMIS-2013; November 2014-April 2015, AMIS-2014). The AMIS survey methodology has not substantively changed since AMIS-2014. MSM were recruited from a variety of websites using banner advertisements and email blasts...
March 25, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336508/using-web-based-search-data-to-study-the-public-s-reactions-to-societal-events-the-case-of-the-sandy-hook-shooting
#10
Nir Menachemi, Saurabh Rahurkar, Mandar Rahurkar
BACKGROUND: Internet search is the most common activity on the World Wide Web and generates a vast amount of user-reported data regarding their information-seeking preferences and behavior. Although this data has been successfully used to examine outbreaks, health care utilization, and outcomes related to quality of care, its value in informing public health policy remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of Internet search query data in health policy development...
March 23, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336503/tweet-for-behavior-change-using-social-media-for-the-dissemination-of-public-health-messages
#11
Aisling Gough, Ruth F Hunter, Oluwaseun Ajao, Anna Jurek, Gary McKeown, Jun Hong, Eimear Barrett, Marbeth Ferguson, Gerry McElwee, Miriam McCarthy, Frank Kee
BACKGROUND: Social media public health campaigns have the advantage of tailored messaging at low cost and large reach, but little is known about what would determine their feasibility as tools for inducing attitude and behavior change. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to test the feasibility of designing, implementing, and evaluating a social media-enabled intervention for skin cancer prevention. METHODS: A quasi-experimental feasibility study used social media (Twitter) to disseminate different message "frames" related to care in the sun and cancer prevention...
March 23, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270381/self-reported-psychosomatic-complaints-in-swedish-children-adolescents-and-young-adults-living-in-rural-and-urban-areas-an-internet-based-survey
#12
Katarina Laundy Frisenstam, Matilda van den Bosch, Yun Chen, Peter Friberg, Walter Osika
BACKGROUND: Frequencies in reported psychosomatic illnesses have increased in Sweden among children, adolescents, and young adults. Little is known about demographic differences in self-reported psychosomatic complaints, such as between urban and rural areas, and whether surveys launched on the Internet could be a useful method in sampling such data. OBJECTIVES: This study examines the connection between psychosomatic illnesses and demographics in Swedish children and youth...
March 7, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264795/detailed-knowledge-about-hiv-epidemiology-and-transmission-dynamics-and-their-associations-with-preventive-and-risk-behaviors-among-gay-bisexual-and-other-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-the-united-states
#13
Akshay Sharma, Stephen P Sullivan, Rob B Stephenson
BACKGROUND: Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) in the United States remain disproportionately affected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Yet their testing frequency is suboptimal and condomless anal sex (CAS) is increasing. Behavioral theories posit that information about HIV is a pivotal construct in individual risk reduction. However, measurements of knowledge have traditionally focused on ever hearing about HIV and being aware of the most common routes of spread...
March 6, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235749/analysis-of-patient-narratives-in-disease-blogs-on-the-internet-an-exploratory-study-of-social-pharmacovigilance
#14
Shinichi Matsuda, Kotonari Aoki, Shiho Tomizawa, Masayoshi Sone, Riwa Tanaka, Hiroshi Kuriki, Yoichiro Takahashi
BACKGROUND: Although several reports have suggested that patient-generated data from Internet sources could be used to improve drug safety and pharmacovigilance, few studies have identified such data sources in Japan. We introduce a unique Japanese data source: tōbyōki, which translates literally as "an account of a struggle with disease." OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the basic characteristics of the TOBYO database, a collection of tōbyōki blogs on the Internet, and discuss potential applications for pharmacovigilance...
February 24, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174149/smartmom-text-messaging-for-prenatal-education-a-qualitative-focus-group-study-to-explore-canadian-women-s-perceptions
#15
Sarah Munro, Amber Hui, Vanessa Salmons, Carolyn Solomon, Emily Gemmell, Nahal Torabi, Patricia A Janssen
BACKGROUND: We engaged Canadian women in the development of a prenatal education program delivered via one-way text messaging called SmartMom. SmartMom is the first peer-reviewed, evidence-based mHealth program for prenatal education in Canada and the first to be endorsed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. OBJECTIVE: To explore women's preferences for a prenatal education program by text messaging. METHODS: We conducted a qualitative focus group study in three Canadian communities in the Northern Health Authority...
February 7, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159730/hiv-trends-in-the-united-states-diagnoses-and-estimated-incidence
#16
H Irene Hall, Ruiguang Song, Tian Tang, Qian An, Joseph Prejean, Patricia Dietz, Angela L Hernandez, Timothy Green, Norma Harris, Eugene McCray, Jonathan Mermin
BACKGROUND: The best indicator of the impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention programs is the incidence of infection; however, HIV is a chronic infection and HIV diagnoses may include infections that occurred years before diagnosis. Alternative methods to estimate incidence use diagnoses, stage of disease, and laboratory assays of infection recency. Using a consistent, accurate method would allow for timely interpretation of HIV trends. OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to assess the recent progress toward reducing HIV infections in the United States overall and among selected population segments with available incidence estimation methods...
February 3, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148472/using-social-listening-data-to-monitor-misuse-and-nonmedical-use-of-bupropion-a-content-analysis
#17
Laurie S Anderson, Heidi G Bell, Michael Gilbert, Julie E Davidson, Christina Winter, Monica J Barratt, Beta Win, Jeffery L Painter, Christopher Menone, Jonathan Sayegh, Nabarun Dasgupta
BACKGROUND: The nonmedical use of pharmaceutical products has become a significant public health concern. Traditionally, the evaluation of nonmedical use has focused on controlled substances with addiction risk. Currently, there is no effective means of evaluating the nonmedical use of noncontrolled antidepressants. OBJECTIVE: Social listening, in the context of public health sometimes called infodemiology or infoveillance, is the process of identifying and assessing what is being said about a company, product, brand, or individual, within forms of electronic interactive media...
February 1, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137702/assessing-mobile-phone-access-and-perceptions-for-texting-based-mhealth-interventions-among-expectant-mothers-and-child-caregivers-in-remote-regions-of-northern-kenya-a-survey-based-descriptive-study
#18
Abdul Momin Kazi, Jason-Louis Carmichael, Galgallo Waqo Hapanna, Patrick Gikaria Wangoo, Sarah Karanja, Denis Wanyama, Samuel Opondo Muhula, Lennie Bazira Kyomuhangi, Mores Loolpapit, Gilbert Bwire Wangalwa, Koki Kinagwi, Richard Todd Lester
BACKGROUND: With a dramatic increase in mobile phone use in low- and middle-income countries, mobile health (mHealth) has great potential to connect health care services directly to participants enrolled and improve engagement of care. Rural and remote global settings may pose both significant challenges and opportunities. OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to understand the demographics, phone usage and ownership characteristics, and feasibility among patients in rural and remote areas of Kenya of having text messaging (short messaging service, SMS)-based mHealth intervention for improvements in antenatal care attendance and routine immunization among children in Northern Kenya...
January 30, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119277/hiv-care-and-viral-suppression-during-the-last-year-of-life-a-comparison-of-hiv-infected-persons-who-died-of-hiv-attributable-causes-with-persons-who-died-of-other-causes-in-2012-in-13-us-jurisdictions
#19
William K Adih, H Irene Hall, Richard M Selik, Xiuchan Guo
BACKGROUND: Little information is available about care before death among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected persons who die of HIV infection, compared with those who die of other causes. OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to compare HIV care and outcome before death among persons with HIV who died of HIV-attributable versus other causes. METHODS: We used National HIV Surveillance System data on CD4 T-lymphocyte counts and viral loads within 12 months before death in 2012, as well as on underlying cause of death...
January 24, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104577/investigating-subjective-experience-and-the-influence-of-weather-among-individuals-with-fibromyalgia-a-content-analysis-of-twitter
#20
Pari Delir Haghighi, Yong-Bin Kang, Rachelle Buchbinder, Frada Burstein, Samuel Whittle
BACKGROUND: Little is understood about the determinants of symptom expression in individuals with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). While individuals with FMS often report environmental influences, including weather events, on their symptom severity, a consistent effect of specific weather conditions on FMS symptoms has yet to be demonstrated. Content analysis of a large number of messages by individuals with FMS on Twitter can provide valuable insights into variation in the fibromyalgia experience from a first-person perspective...
January 19, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
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