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IADR/AADR publish study on use of Twitter for public health surveillance of dental pain

from EurekAlert

The microblogging service Twitter is a new means for the public to communicate health concerns and could afford health care professionals new ways to communicate with patients. With the growing ubiquity of user-generated online content via social networking websites such as Twitter, it is clear we are experiencing a revolution in communication and information sharing. In a study titled "Public Health Surveillance of Dental Pain via Twitter" published in the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the International and American Associations for Dental Research, researchers demonstrated that Twitter users are already extensively sharing their experiences of toothache and seeking advice from other users. Researchers Natalie Heaivilin, Barbara Gerbert, Jens Page and Jennifer Gibbs, all from the University of California-San Francisco's Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences Department, authored this study. more


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