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Twitter data reduced influenza forecasting error

November 24, 2014

An influenza forecasting model that includes Twitter data could reduce errors in models that rely solely on historical records, according to recent data.

Researchers examined outbreak surveillance data from the CDC’s influenza-like illness (ILINet) system, along with prediction models based on the database. Using an influenza surveillance system based on Twitter data that was developed by others and filtered out media awareness campaigns and other confounders, the researchers created a predictive model combining the two. Prediction data also was collected from Google Flu Trends, a surveillance system based on Google search volume, for additional comparison.

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Postoperative radiation extended survival in resected NSCLC

November 24, 2014
Postoperative radiotherapy improved survival by approximately 4 months in patients with resected non–small cell lung cancer with pathologically involved N2 lymph nodes…
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10 clinical sites awarded NIH grant to study urban pediatric asthma

November 23, 2014
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded a 7-year, $70 million grant to 10 clinical sites to study urban pediatric asthma, according to a…
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UC Davis appoints chair of department of public health sciences

November 23, 2014
Brad Pollock, PhD, MPH, has been named chair of the department of public health sciences at UC Davis School of Medicine. Pollock, whose research focuses on the incidence…
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In Focus: Advances in AMD - Clinical Case: Long-term Management of Established Age-related Macular Degeneration

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.

Long-term management of wet age-related macular degeneration can be challenging, as medications and dosing schedules…
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Using a Dedicated Education Unit Clinical Education Model With Second-Degree Accelerated Nursing Program Students

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Online Advanced Release, November 20, 2014
Rising health care costs have underscored the need for new graduates to effectively transition to professional…
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Lack of effective strategies available to address vaccine-hesitant parents

Lack of effective strategies available to address vaccine-hesitant parents

November 23, 2014
NEW YORK — Sean T. O'Leary, MD, MPH, from the department of pediatrics at the University of Colorado, discusses…
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