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Tweets and online searches provide a faster way to track alcohol use

December 2, 2019

Collecting rigorous public health data through large survey-based studies is a slow, expensive process.

New research from Boston Children's Hospital shows that mining people's alcohol-related tweets and online searches offers a more immediate, localized information source to complement traditional methods, offering public health professionals the opportunity to spot emerging trends and measure the effects of alcohol-related interventions.

Findings appear December 2 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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A nimbler way to track alcohol use: mining Twitter and Google searches

December 2, 2019

Large, survey-based studies are a slow, expensive way to collect rigorous public health data. New research, focusing on alcohol use, shows that mining Twitter and online searches could enable public health professionals to get immediate, localized insights, spot emerging trends, and even measure the effects of interventions.

The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, shows that online data closely match formal, large-scale surveillance data and could help monitor the effects of local alcohol control policies.

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Youth with chronic physical ailments more prone to mental illness

June 21, 2019

(Reuters Health) – Children and young adults with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, and ADHD may be more likely to develop mental illness than youth who don’t have physical health problems, a U.S. study suggests.

Researchers followed more than 48,000 youth without any diagnosed mental health disorders for two years, starting when they were between 6 and 25 years old. Overall, 14.7% had a chronic physical health problem that either limited their ability to navigate daily life or required ongoing treatment.

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Activity limitations increase risk for mental health conditions

June 14, 2019

Study Rundown: Youth with chronic physical conditions have been shown to be at greater risk for developing mental health conditions. However, less is known about the potential mechanisms for increased risk, and few studies have followed incidence over time. In this retrospective cohort study, researchers used national medical survey data to compare 2-year incidence of mental health conditions in youth with and without chronic physical conditions and/or activity limitations.

 

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On your parents' insurance? How to keep your health private

October 24, 2018

 

More than 2 million people ages 19 through 25 gained health insurance in the years following the passage of former President Barack Obama's health care law, which allows young adults to stay on their parents' plans until age 26.

Post-Obamacare, these young adults had access to health care, but it also risked exposing their private health information to the policyholders — their parents.

 

Read the full article here: https://www.policygenius.com/blog/on-your-parents-insurance-how-to-keep-your-health-private/ 

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Adolescent Health and Social and Psychiatric Epidemiology

February 20, 2018

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We are seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual who would like to complete a postdoctoral research fellowship. The research focus will be on the study of adolescent/young adult health and social and psychiatric epidemiology, primarily using data from a number of NIH and foundation-funded studies (including prevention-focused RCTs, multi-site observational studies, and “big data” projects including social media and administrative datasets) led by PIs at Boston Children’s Hospital and...

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Insurance billing notices threaten young adults’ confidentiality

January 15, 2018

Young adults can remain on their parents’ health insurance policies until they turn 26, but when they use it for counseling, pregnancy tests, addiction treatment or anything else, insurers frequently notify their parents.

These routine billing notifications to parents of teens and young adults pose “a pressing threat to confidentiality,” a Harvard Medical School researcher says in a new JAMA Pediatrics commentary.

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ACA age 26 provision leaves gap in young adults' privacy

January 15, 2018

Reuters reports young adults can remain on their parents’ health insurance policies until they turn 26, but when they use it for counseling, pregnancy tests, addiction treatment or anything else, insurers frequently notify their parents. These routine billing notifications to parents of teens and young adults pose “a pressing threat to confidentiality,” Boston Children’s Hospital’s Lauren E. Wisk, PhD, says in a new JAMA Pediatrics commentary.

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Insurance billing notices threaten young adults’ confidentiality

January 15, 2018

(Reuters Health) - Young adults can remain on their parents’ health insurance policies until they turn 26, but when they use it for counseling, pregnancy tests, addiction treatment or anything else, insurers frequently notify their parents.

These routine billing notifications to parents of teens and young adults pose “a pressing threat to confidentiality,” a Harvard Medical School researcher says in a new JAMA Pediatrics commentary.

 

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-confidentiality-young-adults/insurance-billing-notices-...

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