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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224349/mapping-the-health-information-landscape-in-a-rural-culturally-diverse-region-implications-for-interventions-to-reduce-information-inequality
#1
A Susana Ramírez, Erendira Estrada, Ariana Ruiz
The media is an important source of health information, especially critical in rural communities with geographically-dispersed populations that are harder to reach through other channels. Yet health information is unequally distributed; these information disparities are compounded in rural areas, which may contribute to health disparities. We identify and describe health-related news in a culturally-diverse rural California county characterized by high levels of poverty, unemployment, low educational attainment, and over half of Mexican-origin...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Primary Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187216/the-lexicocalorimeter-gauging-public-health-through-caloric-input-and-output-on-social-media
#2
Sharon E Alajajian, Jake Ryland Williams, Andrew J Reagan, Stephen C Alajajian, Morgan R Frank, Lewis Mitchell, Jacob Lahne, Christopher M Danforth, Peter Sheridan Dodds
We propose and develop a Lexicocalorimeter: an online, interactive instrument for measuring the "caloric content" of social media and other large-scale texts. We do so by constructing extensive yet improvable tables of food and activity related phrases, and respectively assigning them with sourced estimates of caloric intake and expenditure. We show that for Twitter, our naive measures of "caloric input", "caloric output", and the ratio of these measures are all strong correlates with health and well-being measures for the contiguous United States...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126155/social-media-as-a-platform-for-information-about-diabetes-foot-care-a-study-of-facebook-groups
#3
Tasnima Abedin, Mohammad Al Mamun, Mohammad A A Lasker, Syed Walid Ahmed, Nusrat Shommu, Nahid Rumana, Tanvir C Turin
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is one of the most challenging chronic health conditions in the current era. Diabetes-related foot problems need proper patient education, and social media could a play role to disseminate proper information. METHOD: A systematic search was performed on Facebook groups using the key words "diabetes foot care", "diabetes foot", "diabetes foot management" and "podiatric care". The search resulted in 57 groups and detailed activity information was collected from those groups...
February 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069667/from-loquacious-to-reticent-understanding-patient-health-information-communication-to-guide-consumer-health-it-design
#4
Rupa S Valdez, Thomas M Guterbock, Kara Fitzgibbon, Ishan C Williams, Claire A Wellbeloved-Stone, Jaime E Bears, Hannah K Menefee
BACKGROUND AND SIGNIFICANCE: It is increasingly recognized that some patients self-manage in the context of social networks rather than alone. Consumer health information technology (IT) designed to support socially embedded self-management must be responsive to patients' everyday communication practices. There is an opportunity to improve consumer health IT design by explicating how patients currently leverage social media to support health information communication. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine types of health information communication patterns that typify Facebook users with chronic health conditions to guide consumer health IT design...
January 9, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064028/resilient-empowered-active-living-with-diabetes-real-diabetes-study-methodology-and-baseline-characteristics-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial-evaluating-an-occupation-based-diabetes-management-intervention-for-young-adults
#5
Elizabeth A Pyatak, Kristine Carandang, Cheryl Vigen, Jeanine Blanchard, Paola A Sequeira, Jamie R Wood, Donna Spruijt-Metz, Robin Whittemore, Anne L Peters
OVERVIEW: This paper describes the study protocol used to evaluate the Resilient, Empowered, Active Living with Diabetes (REAL Diabetes) intervention and reports on baseline characteristics of recruited participants. REAL Diabetes is an activity-based intervention designed to address the needs of young adults diagnosed with type 1 (T1D) or type 2 diabetes (T2D) from low socioeconomic status or racial/ethnic minority backgrounds. The REAL intervention incorporates tailored delivery of seven content modules addressing various dimensions of health and well-being as they relate to diabetes, delivered by a licensed occupational therapist...
March 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062392/variations-in-facebook-posting-patterns-across-validated-patient-health-conditions-a-prospective-cohort-study
#6
Robert J Smith, Patrick Crutchley, H Andrew Schwartz, Lyle Ungar, Frances Shofer, Kevin A Padrez, Raina M Merchant
BACKGROUND: Social media is emerging as an insightful platform for studying health. To develop targeted health interventions involving social media, we sought to identify the patient demographic and disease predictors of frequency of posting on Facebook. OBJECTIVE: The aims were to explore the language topics correlated with frequency of social media use across a cohort of social media users within a health care setting, evaluate the differences in the quantity of social media postings across individuals with different disease diagnoses, and determine if patients could accurately predict their own levels of social media engagement...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061902/disposal-practices-of-unused-and-expired-pharmaceuticals-among-general-public-in-kabul
#7
Mohammadk Bashaar, Vijay Thawani, Mohamed Azmi Hassali, Fahad Saleem
BACKGROUND: Most of the medicine users remain unaware about the disposal of unused or expired medicines. The aim of this study was to know the disposal practices of unused and expired medicines among the general public in Kabul. METHODS: This was a descriptive, cross-sectional survey, conducted through face-to-face interviews using prevalidated structured questionnaire. Returned questionnaires were double-checked for accuracy. Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 23 was used for statistical analysis...
January 7, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013108/commentary-to-fergie-hunt-and-hilton-social-media-as-a-space-for-support-young-adults-perspectives-on-user-generated-content-about-diabetes-and-mental-health
#8
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979791/stigma-and-its-impact-on-glucose-control-among-youth-with-diabetes-protocol-for-a-canada-wide-study
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Anne-Sophie Brazeau, Meranda Nakhla, Michael Wright, Constadina Panagiotopoulos, Daniele Pacaud, Mélanie Henderson, Elham Rahme, Deborah Da Costa, Kaberi Dasgupta
BACKGROUND: Stigma in chronic disease involves unwarranted rejection, judgement, or exclusion by others based on the chronic disease itself. OBJECTIVE: We aim to determine the prevalence of stigma among youth and young adults with type 1 diabetes in Canada, to assess associations between stigma and glycemic control, and to explore ways to address stigma related to type 1 diabetes. METHODS: The study includes 3 distinct phases: (1) refinement of survey questions, (2) assessment of test-retest reliability, and (3) a data collection and analysis phase (online survey and mailed-in capillary blood sample to assess hemoglobin A1c)...
December 15, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884812/consumers-use-of-umls-concepts-on-social-media-diabetes-related-textual-data-analysis-in-blog-and-social-q-a-sites
#10
Min Sook Park, Zhe He, Zhiwei Chen, Sanghee Oh, Jiang Bian
BACKGROUND: The widely known terminology gap between health professionals and health consumers hinders effective information seeking for consumers. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to better understand consumers' usage of medical concepts by evaluating the coverage of concepts and semantic types of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) on diabetes-related postings in 2 types of social media: blogs and social question and answer (Q&A). METHODS: We collected 2 types of social media data: (1) a total of 3711 blogs tagged with "diabetes" on Tumblr posted between February and October 2015; and (2) a total of 58,422 questions and associated answers posted between 2009 and 2014 in the diabetes category of Yahoo! Answers...
November 24, 2016: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799136/the-use-of-ehealth-and-provider-based-health-services-by-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-protocol-for-a-cross-sectional-study
#11
Anne Helen Hansen, Meghan Bradway, Jan Broz, Tor Claudi, Øystein Henriksen, Silje C Wangberg, Eirik Årsand
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of diabetes and the use of electronic health (eHealth) resources are increasing. People with diabetes need frequent monitoring and follow-up of health parameters, and eHealth services can be of great significance in this regard. However, little is known about the extent to which different kinds of eHealth tools are used, and how the use of eHealth is associated with the use of provider-based health care services among people with diabetes. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this study is to investigate the use of eHealth and its association with the use of provider-based health care services...
October 31, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795223/impact-of-increasing-social-media-use-on-sitting-time-and-body-mass-index
#12
Stephanie Alley, Pauline Wellens, Stephanie Schoeppe, Hein de Vries, Amanda L Rebar, Camille E Short, Mitch J Duncan, Corneel Vandelanotte
Issue addressed: Sedentary behaviours, in particular sitting, increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and poorer mental health status. In Australia, 70% of adults sit for more than 8h per day. The use of social media applications (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) is on the rise; however, no studies have explored the association of social media use with sitting time and body mass index (BMI).Methods: Cross-sectional self-report data on demographics, BMI and sitting time were collected from 1140 participants in the 2013 Queensland Social Survey...
October 28, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27751984/building-a-national-neighborhood-dataset-from-geotagged-twitter-data-for-indicators-of-happiness-diet-and-physical-activity
#13
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27750067/social-media-as-a-space-for-support-young-adults-perspectives-on-producing-and-consuming-user-generated-content-about-diabetes-and-mental-health
#14
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)...
December 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27724911/the-effectiveness-of-e-mhealth-interventions-to-promote-physical-activity-and-healthy-diets-in-developing-countries-a-systematic-review
#15
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27680322/twitter-as-a-potential-data-source-for-cardiovascular-disease-research
#16
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...
December 1, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27618634/health-information-sharing-on-facebook-an-exploratory-study-on-diabetes-mellitus
#17
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...
November 2016: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27519408/diabetes-miles-youth-australia-methods-and-sample-characteristics-of-a-national-survey-of-the-psychological-aspects-of-living-with-type-1-diabetes-in-australian-youth-and-their-parents
#18
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...
August 12, 2016: BMC Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27472421/barriers-and-recommended-interventions-to-prevent-melioidosis-in-northeast-thailand-a-focus-group-study-using-the-behaviour-change-wheel
#19
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27404065/our-health-is-in-our-hands-a-social-marketing-campaign-to-combat-obesity-and-diabetes
#20
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
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