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Diabetes, social media

Quynh C Nguyen, Dapeng Li, Hsien-Wen Meng, Suraj Kath, Elaine Nsoesie, Feifei Li, Ming Wen
BACKGROUND: Studies suggest that where people live, play, and work can influence health and well-being. However, the dearth of neighborhood data, especially data that is timely and consistent across geographies, hinders understanding of the effects of neighborhoods on health. Social media data represents a possible new data resource for neighborhood research. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to build, from geotagged Twitter data, a national neighborhood database with area-level indicators of well-being and health behaviors...
October 17, 2016: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
Gillian Fergie, Kate Hunt, Shona Hilton
Social media offer opportunities to both produce and consume content related to health experiences. However, people's social media practices are likely to be influenced by a range of individual, social and environmental factors. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore how engagement with user-generated content can support people with long-term health conditions, and what limits users' adoption of these technologies in the everyday experience of their health condition. Forty semi-structured interviews were conducted with young adults, aged between 18 and 30 years, with experience of diabetes or a common mental health disorder (CMHD)...
October 8, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
Andre Matthias Müller, Stephanie Alley, Stephanie Schoeppe, Corneel Vandelanotte
BACKGROUND: Promoting physical activity and healthy eating is important to combat the unprecedented rise in NCDs in many developing countries. Using modern information-and communication technologies to deliver physical activity and diet interventions is particularly promising considering the increased proliferation of such technologies in many developing countries. The objective of this systematic review is to investigate the effectiveness of e-& mHealth interventions to promote physical activity and healthy diets in developing countries...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Lauren Sinnenberg, Christie L DiSilvestro, Christina Mancheno, Karl Dailey, Christopher Tufts, Alison M Buttenheim, Fran Barg, Lyle Ungar, H Schwartz, Dana Brown, David A Asch, Raina M Merchant
Importance: As society is increasingly becoming more networked, researchers are beginning to explore how social media can be used to study person-to-person communication about health and health care use. Twitter is an online messaging platform used by more than 300 million people who have generated several billion Tweets, yet little work has focused on the potential applications of these data for studying public attitudes and behaviors associated with cardiovascular health. Objective: To describe the volume and content of Tweets associated with cardiovascular disease as well as the characteristics of Twitter users...
September 28, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
Zainab A AlQarni, Faisel Yunus, Mowafa S Househ
BACKGROUND: Increasingly, people are using Facebook (FB) to share health information. However, little is known about the type of information sharing and its potential health consequences in the Arabic speaking world. This study attempts to fill this knowledge gap for diabetes mellitus (DM). METHOD: We conducted a retrospective qualitative FB content analysis using predefined eligibility criteria. The analysis was restricted to diabetes related groups in the Arabic speaking world...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Infection and Public Health
Virginia Hagger, Steven Trawley, Christel Hendrieckx, Jessica L Browne, Fergus Cameron, Frans Pouwer, Timothy Skinner, Jane Speight
BACKGROUND: Type 1 diabetes is a complex and demanding condition, which places a substantial behavioural and psychological burden on young people and their families. Around one-third of adolescents with type 1 diabetes need mental health support. Parents of a child with type 1 diabetes are also at increased risk of psychological distress. A better understanding of the motivators, behaviours and psychological well-being of young people with diabetes and their parents will inform improvement of resources for supporting self-management and reducing the burden of diabetes...
2016: BMC Psychology
Pornpan Suntornsut, Nittayasee Wongsuwan, Mayura Malasit, Rungreung Kitphati, Susan Michie, Sharon J Peacock, Direk Limmathurotsakul
BACKGROUND: Melioidosis, an often fatal infectious disease in Northeast Thailand, is caused by skin inoculation, inhalation or ingestion of the environmental bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei. The major underlying risk factor for melioidosis is diabetes mellitus. Recommendations for melioidosis prevention include using protective gear such as rubber boots and gloves when in direct contact with soil and environmental water, and consuming bottled or boiled water. Only a small proportion of people follow such recommendations...
July 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Kimberly S George, Calpurnyia B Roberts, Stephen Beasley, Margaretta Fox, Kweli Rashied-Henry
PURPOSE: Design, implement, and evaluate a 6-week social marketing campaign (SMC) to raise awareness of obesity and increase involvement in type 2 diabetes prevention, nutrition, and fitness programs offered by the Brooklyn Partnership to Drive Down Diabetes (BP3D) in two low-income, urban communities. DESIGN: This was a nonexperimental, formative research, mixed-methods study. SETTING: The study took place in Central Brooklyn and East New York, two of the most impoverished, high-need communities in New York City...
March 2016: American Journal of Health Promotion: AJHP
Julia Hudnut-Beumler, Eli Po'e, Shari Barkin
BACKGROUND: The Internet is an increasingly popular platform for public health interventions due to its distinct ability to communicate with, engage, and educate communities. Given the widespread use of the Internet, these interventions could be a means of equalizing access to information to address health disparities in minority populations, such as Hispanics. Hispanics are disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes, including obesity, diabetes, and human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome...
2016: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
Luis Fernandez-Luque, Yelena Mejova, Miguel-Angel Mayer, Per Erlend Hasvold, Surabhi Joshi
Millions of people living with diabetes are using mobile phones, Internet and social media to socialize with other patients, share experience or search information relevant for their self-management. This phenomena is leading towards a new paradigm of hyper-connected diabetes digital self-management. This is also leading towards an explosion on data, a large amount of data is collected on populations around the world. This panel will address the opportunities this data presents, discuss the latest research that uses it, and the limitations and other concerns...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Eunjoo Jeon, Hyeoun-Ae Park, Soojung Jo, Hannah Kang, Joo Yun Lee
OBJECTIVES: This study developed and evaluated four mobile applications (apps) that provide tailored nursing recommendations for metabolic syndrome management. METHODS: Mobile apps for obesity, gestational diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia management were developed according to the system development life cycle and evaluations by experts and users. RESULTS: Six lifestyle management and five disease-specific knowledge domains were extracted...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Xiang Ji, Soon Ae Chun, James Geller
Many patients suffer from comorbidity conditions, for example, obese patients often develop type-2 diabetes and hypertension. In the US, 80% of Medicare spending is for managing patients with these multiple coexisting conditions. Predicting potential comorbidity conditions for an individual patient can promote preventive care and reduce costs. Predicting possible comorbidity progression paths can provide important insights into population heath and aid with decisions in public health policies. Discovering the comorbidity relationships is complex and difficult, due to limited access to Electronic Health Records by privacy laws...
May 5, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
Veronica Ramirez, Emily Johnson, Cesar Gonzalez, Vanessa Ramirez, Barbara Rubino, Gina Rossetti
BACKGROUND: There is significant potential for mobile health technology to improve health outcomes for patients with chronic diseases. However, there is a need for further development of mobile health technology that would help to improve the health of lower-income communities. OBJECTIVE: The study objective was to assess mobile phone and app usage among a culturally diverse patient population, and to determine whether patients would be interested in using mobile health technology to help manage their chronic diseases...
2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Jae Ho Chung, Seung Hwan Lee, Sook-Young Woo, Seon Woo Kim, Yang-Sun Cho
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) is a common infectious condition that can cause hearing loss and persistent otorrhea. The prevalence rates of CSOM in developed countries is typically <1%, whereas developing countries and some racial groups have shown higher prevalence rates exceeding 4%. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of CSOM in South Korea and associated factors using data from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey during 2009-2012...
October 2016: Laryngoscope
Ishveen Chopra, Avijeet Chopra
The social and economic burden of diabetes is large and growing. Diabetes is a significant public health issue in the Appalachian region; women constitute approximately 50% of those diagnosed with diabetes. This cross-sectional study examined the relation among sociodemographic, anthropometric, lifestyle, psychosocial factors (cognitive and affective representations) and perceived risk of diabetes in non-diabetic, non-elderly (21-50 years) Appalachian women residing in West Virginia (N = 202). Participants were recruited through social media, flyers, and newsletter from West Virginia University Extension...
April 11, 2016: Women & Health
L J Pereira, A van der Bilt
Eating is an essential activity to get energy and necessary nutrients for living. While chewing, the food is broken down by the teeth and dissolved by saliva. Taste, flavour and texture are perceived during chewing and will contribute to the appreciation of the food. The senses of taste and smell play an important role in selecting nutritive food instead of toxic substances. Also visual information of a food product is essential in the choice and the acceptance of food products, whereas auditory information obtained during the chewing of crispy products will provide information on whether a product is fresh or stale...
August 2016: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
Holly M Rus, Linda D Cameron
BACKGROUND: Social media provides unprecedented opportunities for enhancing health communication and health care, including self-management of chronic conditions such as diabetes. Creating messages that engage users is critical for enhancing message impact and dissemination. PURPOSE: This study analyzed health communications within ten diabetes-related Facebook pages to identify message features predictive of user engagement. METHOD: The Common-Sense Model of Illness Self-Regulation and established health communication techniques guided content analyses of 500 Facebook posts...
April 8, 2016: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
Barbara A Fowler
The "time bomb is ticking" because there is an obesity crisis associated with higher rates of chronic diseases such as stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer in African-American women compared to White women. African-American women incur higher medical costs from hospitalizations, decreased productivity in the work setting, lost wages, the needfor medical benefits and pharmacy-associated costs, and more time away from family than White women. Numerous factors, such as the socio-cultural context of eating, acceptance of a larger weight status, the emotionally liberating effects offood, and preference for highfat and high caloric, sugary-content, and sodium-laden food influences the obesity crisis in African-American women...
December 2015: Journal of National Black Nurses' Association: JNBNA
Yan Li, Donglan Zhang, José A Pagán
Consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of developing many chronic health conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. While five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day are recommended, only 50 % of New York City (NYC) residents consume two or more servings per day. In addition, there is wide variation in dietary behaviors across different neighborhoods in NYC. Using a validated agent-based model and data from 34 NYC neighborhoods, we simulate how a mass media and nutrition education campaign strengthening positive social norms about food consumption may potentially increase the proportion of the population who consume two or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day in NYC...
April 2016: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
Claudia Helena Marck, Sandra Leanne Neate, Keryn Louise Taylor, Tracey Joy Weiland, George Alexander Jelinek
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological disorder, often affecting young people. Comorbid disorders such as depression, anxiety and hypertension are common and can affect disease course, treatment, and quality of life (QOL) of people with MS (PwMS). The associations between comorbidities, body mass index (BMI) and health outcomes are not well studied in MS, although research shows most PwMS are overweight. Most data on the prevalence of comorbidities and obesity in PwMS comes from North American populations...
2016: PloS One
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