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Vaccine myths on social media can be effectively reduced with credible fact checking

Social media misinformation can negatively influence people’s attitudes about vaccine safety and effectiveness, but credible organizations—such as research universities and health institutions—can play a pivotal role in debunking myths with simple tags that link to factual information, University of California, Davis, researchers, suggest in a new study. Researchers found that fact-check tags located immediately below […]

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Social media can guide public pandemic policy: research

With 2020 hijacked by COVID-19, a team of QUT researchers in Brisbane, Australia, say social media analytics can capture the attitudes and perceptions of the public during a pandemic. They also suggest social media is now the best way to encourage people to follow measures and restrictions. Led by Associate Professor Tan Yigitcanlar from QUT’s […]

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Social isolation puts women at higher risk of hypertension

It’s no secret that loneliness and social isolation have a negative impact on the mental and physical health of older adults. Now, researchers at the University of British Columbia are discovering that social isolation affects the health of men and women in different ways—including placing women at higher risk of high blood pressure. In a […]

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A second COVID-19 wave could be avoided if social distancing and the use of face masks are maintained: study

Individual behavior will have a significant effect on preventing a large second wave of COVID-19 infections. In fact, maintaining social distancing and other interventions such as the use of face masks and hand hygiene could remove the need for future lockdowns, according to a modeling study performed by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), […]

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Social grooming factors influencing social media civility on COVID-19

A new study analyzing tweets about COVID-19 found that users with larger social networks tend to use fewer uncivil remarks when they have more positive responses from others. The study, which used computer-assisted content analysis, is published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. Bumsoo Kim, Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), is the author […]

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Which social distancing policies are actually working?

Bans on large gatherings. Restaurant and bar limits. Stay-at-home orders. School cancellations. Non-essential business closures. State governments across the United States are implementing policies to keep people in their houses to reduce the spread of COVID-19. But different states have chosen different tactics. Which of these policies are actually effective at keeping people home and […]

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How sleep helps teens deal with social stress

A new Michigan State University study found that a good night’s sleep does adolescents good—beyond helping them stay awake in class. Adequate sleep can help teens navigate challenging social situations. The study, which focused on ninth grade students, found that adequate sleep allowed students to cope with discrimination and challenges associated with ethnic or racial […]