Social media analysis shows support for public health measures

Analysis of social media posts in October 2021 shows Australian users are fatigued with experiencing extended lockdowns, but understanding and support for the public health measures and vaccines. The TIGER C19 project, run collaboratively between Burnet Institute and the University of Melbourne has combined big data analytics of selected keywords and themes from Reddit and Twitter since the onset of […]

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Real-life social network in schizophrenia patients and individuals with social anhedonia

Schizophrenia is a complex brain disorder characterized by severe social dysfunctions. A similar but attenuated format of social dysfunction has also been found in individuals with subclinical features such as social anhedonia. Dr. Raymond Chan’s team from the Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has recently shown that both patients with schizophrenia and individuals with social anhedonia […]

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Social disadvantage in the UK has a lasting impact on childhood asthma

A study published in the journal Thorax has found that children experiencing social disadvantage in their first few years of life have a greatly increased risk of asthma persisting into adulthood. The study from University of Liverpool and Imperial College London researchers looked at the early life circumstances of thousands of UK children and their risk for persistent asthma as […]

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Social distancing measures in the spring of 2020 effectively curbed the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany

Early contact restrictions and school closures prevented over 80 percent of COVID-19 infections and over 60 percent of deaths in Germany within three weeks / quasi-experimental economic study published in PLoS ONE. The measures adopted in mid-March 2020 to contain the COVID-19 pandemic both greatly reduced people’s mobility and effectively prevented the spread of COVID-19 in the following three weeks. […]

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Social interaction can help fight depression in people with dementia

Social and group activities can help fight depression in people with dementia, new research has found. Researchers from the University of Sheffield and Brighton and Sussex Medical School, have analyzed the use of cognitive stimulation as an effective treatment for people with dementia. Cognitive stimulation is a nonpharmacological treatment for dementia which typically includes group activities emphasizing social interaction. The […]

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How social media could be affecting COVID vaccine hesitancy

A social media campaign could help to advertise the positives of COVID-19 vaccination and counter the negative posts and comments which are putting Australia’s vaccination program at risk, a UNSW researcher says. ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow in UNSW Science’s School of Psychology, Dr. Kate Faasse says social media is exaggerating COVID vaccine side effects and is playing a […]

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Social media ‘likes’ change the way we feel about our memories, new research shows

Memories are often considered very personal and private. Yet, in the past few years, people have got used to notifications from social media or phone galleries telling them they have a “memory.” These repackaged versions of the past affect not just what we remember but also the attachments we have with those memories. In a new study, we found social […]

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Social media use driven by search for reward, akin to animals seeking food, new study shows

Our use of social media, specifically our efforts to maximize “likes,” follows a pattern of “reward learning,” concludes a new study by an international team of scientists. Our use of social media, specifically our efforts to maximize “likes,” follows a pattern of “reward learning,” concludes a new study by an international team of scientists. Its findings, which appear in the […]

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Most teen bullying occurs among peers climbing the social ladder

Teens who bully, harass, or otherwise victimize their peers are not always lashing out in reaction to psychological problems or unhealthy home environments, but are often using aggression strategically to climb their school’s social hierarchy, a University of California, Davis, study suggests. These findings point to the reasons why most anti-bullying programs don’t work and suggest possible strategies for the […]

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Social and structural factors influence racial disparities in COVID-19 mortality

COVID-19 mortality racial disparities in the U.S. are associated with social factors like income, education and internet access, according to a Rutgers study. The study, published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, highlights the need for public health policies that address structural racism. The researchers investigated the association between COVID-19 cases and deaths in 2,026 U.S. counties […]

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