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Disease Sleuths Surf For Outbreaks Online Most folks who wake up feeling crummy will sit down with a computer or smartphone before they sit down with a doctor. They might search the Web for remedies or tweet about their symptoms. And that's why scientists who track disease are turning to the Internet for early warning signs of epidemics. "Surveillance is one of the cornerstones of public health," says Philip Polgreen, an epidemiologist at the University of Iowa. Public health officials have been trying to speed up their responses to disease outbreaks since, well, they started responding to outbreaks. There's still plenty of room for improvement. The current system requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to compile reports about from physicians and labs all over the country and that can take a while. To get an early read on things, epidemiologists look for the first clues of illness a rise in thermometer sales or increased chatter on hospital phone lines. ah . . . ah . . . The principle is pretty simple.

Khush music apps Hotels: How do good hotels always feel so clean and fresh Hopkins researchers find 'Google Flu Trends' a powerful early warning system for emergency departments Public release date: 9-Jan-2012 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Mark 443-898-2320Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Monitoring Internet search traffic about influenza may prove to be a better way for hospital emergency rooms to prepare for a surge in sick patients compared to waiting for outdated government flu case reports. A report on the value of the Internet search tool for emergency departments, studied by a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine over a 21-month period, is published in the January 9 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The researchers reported a strong correlation between a rise in Internet searches for flu information, compiled by Google's Flu Trends tool, and a subsequent rise in people coming into a busy urban hospital emergency room complaining of flu-like symptoms. [ Print | E-mail AAAS and EurekAlert!

Pablo Álvarez - Arranquemos del Invierno en cinépata Arranquemos del Invierno Dirección La Tostadora Producciones | Tipo de Peícula Corto Cortometraje Chileno. Un corto de La Tostadora Producciones. Vemos a Pablo Alvarez (Niño Cohete) caminar con su guitarra por Contulmo, por caminos de tierra, bosques y en un bote sobre un lago. Sin importarle donde esté, toma su guitarra y se pone a cantar. No hay material que mostrar New study: Cholera in Haiti tracked more rapidly by social media than traditional methods Public release date: 9-Jan-2012 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Bridget DeSimone bdesimone@burnesscommunications.com301-280-5735 Contact: Preeti Singh psingh@burnesscommunications.com301-280-5722 American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Deerfield, Il -- Internet-based news and Twitter feeds were faster than traditional sources at detecting the onset and progression of the cholera epidemic in post-earthquake Haiti that has already killed more than 6500 people and sickened almost half a million, according to a new study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The lessons learned from Haiti's ongoing battle against cholera—the globally largest cholera epidemic in recent history—are included in a special section of AJTMH that looks back at Haiti two years after the earthquake to find infectious diseases looming large. Faster Response to Disease Outbreaks: Is There an App for That? Reason for Hope in the Midst of Misery

At The Pool - Meet Locals Who Love What You Love Social Media Tracks Disease Spread: Scientific American Podcast After Haiti’s earthquake two years ago, cholera swept the country. And within a month, the same strain had spread to the Dominican Republic and the U.S., and then to Venezuela, Mexico, Spain, and Canada. Fast and accurate tools are needed to help avoid such national and international epidemics. With data from more than 4,500 reports and nearly 189,000 tweets, they mapped the outbreak and determined its progress, via an application called HealthMap. The scientists say these methods could provide a faster response to an epidemic—and potentially help limit suffering such as Haiti’s in the future. —Cynthia Graber [The above text is a transcript of this podcast.]

Burning Man :: Welcome Home Crowdsourcing, citizen sensing and Sensor Web technologies for public and environmental health surveillance and crisis management: trends, OGC standards and application examples 1 Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA, UK 2 International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Commission IV - Geodatabases and Digital Mapping, WG IV/4 - Virtual Globes and Context-Aware Visualisation/Analysis, ISPRS Headquarters (2008-2012), National Geomatics Centre of China, Beijing 100048, PR China 3 SENSEable City Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA 02139, USA 4 Institute for Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing, University of Osnabrueck, 49076 Osnabrueck, Germany 5 School of Engineering and Informatics, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland 6 Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland 7 Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, York University, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Canada 9 Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA 99352, USA 10 InSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters), Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA

Outside Lands - 2012 : Music - Food - Wine - Beer - Art Feasibility study of geospatial mapping of chronic disease risk to inform public health commissioning -- Noble et al. 2 (1) -- BMJ Open Abstract Objective To explore the feasibility of producing small-area geospatial maps of chronic disease risk for use by clinical commissioning groups and public health teams. Study design Cross-sectional geospatial analysis using routinely collected general practitioner electronic record data. Sample and setting Tower Hamlets, an inner-city district of London, UK, characterised by high socioeconomic and ethnic diversity and high prevalence of non-communicable diseases. Methods The authors used type 2 diabetes as an example. Results Usable data were obtained on 96.2% of all records. Conclusions Producing small-area geospatial maps of diabetes risk calculated from general practice electronic record data across a district-wide population was feasible but not straightforward. Introduction Non-communicable disease Risk prediction of non-communicable disease Clinical commissioning of health services Geovisualisation Historically mapping has often been used in a public health context. Methods Setting

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