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June 18, 2019 Tuesday 01:27:34 PM IST

FB Posts Indicator of Mental Health and Diabetes

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FaceBook posts can be a good indicator of a mental health of a patient and also of diabetes, according to a new research done by Penn Medicine and Stony Brook University Researchers. 
The researchers used automated data collection techniques to analyse Facebook posts of about 1000 patients who had agreed to link their electronic medical data with the FB profiles. The researchers examined the FB language used as well as demographics such as age and sex to find links between social media posts and health of an individual. The use of words 'drink' and 'bottle' were associated with alcohol abuse. Use of religious language such as 'God' or 'Pray' was indicate of diabetes. Certain use of word such as 'dumb' were likely to be associated with depressive symptoms in a patient. 
Analysis of FB posts can indicate three months earlier than a formal diagnosis in a clinic whether one suffers from depression. This finding illustrates the utility of using AI in the field of medicine to understand patient behavior.

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0215476



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