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Hana Alsobayel
BACKGROUND: Social media can be used in health care settings to enhance professional networking and education; patient communication, care, and education; public health programs; organizational promotion; and research. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the use of social media networks for the purpose of professional development among health care professionals in Saudi Arabia using a purpose-designed Web-based survey. METHODS: A cross-sectional web-based survey was undertaken...
September 12, 2016: JMIR Med Educ
Kar-Hai Chu, Jon-Patrick Allem, Tess Boley Cruz, Jennifer B Unger
INTRODUCTION: This study documented images posted on Instagram of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarette) and vaping (activity associated with e-cigarette use). Although e-cigarettes have been studied on Twitter, few studies have focused on Instagram, despite having 500 million users. Instagram's emphasis on images warranted investigation of e-cigarettes, as past tobacco industry strategies demonstrated that images could be used to mislead in advertisements, or normalise tobacco-related behaviours...
September 22, 2016: Tobacco Control
Pedro José Villamizar, Sandra Milena Moreno, Freddy Moreno
INTRODUCTION: The socio-demographic characterization of medical students at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Cali, Colombia, was made using a survey and focus group discussion to collect information on access to the Internet, management of electronic social networks and the dissemination of photographs with patients taken during medical teaching rounds, a practice that constitutes a breach of professional medical conduct.  OBJECTIVE: To identify the management of social electronic networks by students of medicine with respect to the publication of photographs with patients...
2016: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
Robert Medairos, Vicky Kang, Carissa Aboubakare, Matthew Kramer, Sheila Ann Dugan
INTRODUCTION: This study aims to identify patterns of use and preferences related to technology platforms that could support physical activity (PA) programs in an underserved population. METHODS: A 29-item questionnaire was administered at five health and wellness sites targeting low income communities in Chicago. Frequency tables were generated for Internet, cell phone, and social media use and preferences. Chi-squared analysis was used to evaluate differences across age and income groups...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Marika Tiggemann, Mia Zaccardo
'Fitspiration' is an online trend designed to inspire viewers towards a healthier lifestyle by promoting exercise and healthy food. This study provides a content analysis of fitspiration imagery on the social networking site Instagram. A set of 600 images were coded for body type, activity, objectification and textual elements. Results showed that the majority of images of women contained only one body type: thin and toned. In addition, most images contained objectifying elements. Accordingly, while fitspiration images may be inspirational for viewers, they also contain a number of elements likely to have negative effects on the viewer's body image...
March 31, 2016: Journal of Health Psychology
Zoe Brown, Marika Tiggemann
A large body of research has documented that exposure to images of thin fashion models contributes to women's body dissatisfaction. The present study aimed to experimentally investigate the impact of attractive celebrity and peer images on women's body image. Participants were 138 female undergraduate students who were randomly assigned to view either a set of celebrity images, a set of equally attractive unknown peer images, or a control set of travel images. All images were sourced from public Instagram profiles...
September 3, 2016: Body Image
Tatiana Bierut, Melissa J Krauss, Shaina J Sowles, Patricia A Cavazos-Rehg
With an increase in the legalization of recreational marijuana across the USA, advertising for marijuana products is more widespread, especially on the Internet where such practices pose a regulatory challenge. In this study, we examined the content of marijuana advertising on Weedmaps, a popular website that markets marijuana retailers online. A total of 146 recreational marijuana retailers in Colorado and Washington were examined on Weedmaps. We studied the age verification practices made in retailers' own websites, the presence of health claims they made about marijuana on Weedmaps, and the characteristics of followers of Weedmaps on social media sites...
August 17, 2016: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
Brian R Kinard
Each day, social networking sites become increasingly inundated with food imagery. Since many of these images are of fresh, vibrant, and healthy eats, photo sharing of food through social media should have a long-term positive effect on consumption habits. Yet, obesity rates in the United States continue to rise, suggesting that people are spending more time posting images of healthy foods and paying less attention to the actual foods they consume. This confounding relationship could be explained by consumer weight, in that overweight consumers desire to engage with social media maybe for the purpose of expressing, presenting, and identifying with a healthy lifestyle...
August 2016: Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
Linnea I Laestadius, Megan M Wahl, Young I Cho
BACKGROUND: The growth of social networking services has enabled the sharing of electronic cigarette opinions and experiences via user-generated content. OBJECTIVES: This exploratory study analyzed electronic cigarette content found on the visual social networking service, Instagram, in order to highlight public health challenges created by this content and support understanding of electronic cigarette promotion and usage. METHODS: A qualitative content analysis was performed on Instagram posts made with the hashtags #ecig or #vape in October 2014...
October 14, 2016: Substance Use & Misuse
Isaac Chun-Hai Fung, Carmen Hope Duke, Kathryn Cameron Finch, Kassandra Renee Snook, Pei-Ling Tseng, Ana Cristina Hernandez, Manoj Gambhir, King-Wa Fu, Zion Tsz Ho Tse
OBJECTIVES: We systematically reviewed existing research pertinent to Ebola virus disease and social media, especially to identify the research questions and the methods used to collect and analyze social media. METHODS: We searched 6 databases for research articles pertinent to Ebola virus disease and social media. We extracted the data using a standardized form. We evaluated the quality of the included articles. RESULTS: Twelve articles were included in the main analysis: 7 from Twitter with 1 also including Weibo, 1 from Facebook, 3 from YouTube, and 1 from Instagram and Flickr...
July 14, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
Lorna Myers, Jace Jones, Nadine Boesten, Marcelo Lancman
PURPOSE: The nature of the symptoms associated with PNES require a multidisciplinary health team. There are too few professionals with an adequate understanding of PNES and therefore many are not able to provide patients with necessary information. In the age of the internet, it is not surprising that patients or caregivers might look for answers online. The purpose of this project was to investigate the online representation of PNES and search frequency for PNES and its associated terms...
August 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Salwa Bahkali, Suha Alfurih, Maha Aldremly, Ma'an Alzayyat, Khaled Alsurimi, Mowafa Househ
The internet has become an important resource to help people search for online medication information. This study aims to report the prevalence and profile of Saudi online medication seeking behavior. Conducted via a web-based survey with Twitter participants between January-February, 2015, the primary outcome measures were the self-reported rates of using the internet to search for medication related information. A valid sample of 4847 participants was collected over the period of the study. Out of the total participants, 68...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
John D Boy, Justus Uitermark
We introduce Instagram as a data source for use by scholars in urban studies and neighboring disciplines and propose ways to operationalize key concepts in the study of cities. These data can help shed light on segregation, the formation of subcultures, strategies of distinction, and status hierarchies in the city. Drawing on two datasets of geotagged Instagram posts from Amsterdam and Copenhagen collected over a twelve-week period, we present a proof of concept for how to explore and visualize sociospatial patterns and divisions in these two cities...
2016: PloS One
Osman H Ahmed, Hopin Lee, Laura L Struik
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Recently image-sharing social media platforms have become a popular medium for sharing health-related images and associated information. However within the field of sports medicine, and more specifically sports related concussion, the content of images and meta-data shared through these popular platforms have not been investigated. The aim of this study was to analyse the content of concussion-related images and its accompanying meta-data on image-sharing social media platforms...
September 2016: Physical Therapy in Sport
Grace Holland, Marika Tiggemann
OBJECTIVE: Fitspiration is a recent Internet trend designed to motivate people to eat healthily and to exercise. The aim of the study was to investigate disordered eating and exercise in women who post fitspiration on Instagram. METHOD: Participants were 101 women who post fitspiration images on Instagram and a comparison group of 102 women who post travel images. Both groups completed measures of disordered eating and compulsive exercise. RESULTS: Women who post fitspiration images scored significantly higher on drive for thinness, bulimia, drive for muscularity, and compulsive exercise...
June 15, 2016: International Journal of Eating Disorders
Patricia A Cavazos-Rehg, Melissa J Krauss, Shaina J Sowles, Laura J Bierut
Instagram is a highly visual social networking site whose audience continues to grow, especially among young adults. In the present study, we examine marijuana-related content on Instagram to better understand the varied types of marijuana-related social networking occurring on this popular social media platform. We collected 417,561 Instagram posts with marijuana-related hashtags from November 29 to December 12, 2014. We assessed content of a random sample (n = 5000) of these posts with marijuana-related hashtags...
August 2016: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
Lauren E Sherman, Ashley A Payton, Leanna M Hernandez, Patricia M Greenfield, Mirella Dapretto
We investigated a unique way in which adolescent peer influence occurs on social media. We developed a novel functional MRI (fMRI) paradigm to simulate Instagram, a popular social photo-sharing tool, and measured adolescents' behavioral and neural responses to likes, a quantifiable form of social endorsement and potential source of peer influence. Adolescents underwent fMRI while viewing photos ostensibly submitted to Instagram. They were more likely to like photos depicted with many likes than photos with few likes; this finding showed the influence of virtual peer endorsement and held for both neutral photos and photos of risky behaviors (e...
July 2016: Psychological Science
Maren Y Fuller, Timothy Craig Allen
Social media use is very common and can be an effective way for professionals to discuss information and interact with colleagues. Twitter (Twitter, Inc, San Francisco, California) is a social media network where posts, termed tweets, are limited to 140 characters. Professional use of Twitter is ideal for physicians interested in both networking and education and is optimally used to facilitate in-person networking. Live-tweeting (posting real-time reactions to events) at professional meetings is also a popular and highly successful use of Twitter...
September 2016: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Jaime E Sidani, Ariel Shensa, Beth Hoffman, Janel Hanmer, Brian A Primack
BACKGROUND: The etiology of eating concerns is multifactorial, and exposure to media messages is considered to be a contributor. Although traditional media, such as television and magazines, have been examined extensively in relation to eating concerns risk, the influence of social media has received relatively less attention. OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between social media use and eating concerns in a large, nationally representative sample of young adults...
September 2016: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
P Gauthier Timothy, Bratberg Jeffrey, Loi Kaitlyn, V DiVall Margarita
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May 2016: Medical Education
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