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Mining Internet search and social media for epidemiology
Isaacs, K., C. Grulke, R. Brooks, M. Reich, R. Edwards, AND Rocky Goldsmith. Mining Internet search and social media for epidemiology. Chapter 222, McGraw-Hill Handbook of Science & Technology. McGraw-Hill Companies, New York, NY, , 222-227, (2014).
Many pervasive and multifactorial disorders of modern non-communicable and non-infectious diseases (i.e. obesity, asthma, migraine, autism) need to be better understood and explored. The cost of these disorders to the healthcare system and the general public’s quality of life are two great reasons to study a variety of chronic or acute health conditions that have been orphaned or underfunded. Recently, medical and public health researchers have begun to take advantage of the huge increase in the amount of information available via the internet and the concomitant advance in data science technology to explore potential disease-related factors and the temporal and spatial relationships among them at a variety of population levels.1
The National Exposure Research Laboratory′s (NERL′s) Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division (HEASD) conducts research in support of EPA′s mission to protect human health and the environment. HEASD′s research program supports Goal 1 (Clean Air) and Goal 4 (Healthy People) of EPA′s strategic plan. More specifically, our division conducts research to characterize the movement of pollutants from the source to contact with humans. Our multidisciplinary research program produces Methods, Measurements, and Models to identify relationships between and characterize processes that link source emissions, environmental concentrations, human exposures, and target-tissue dose. The impact of these tools is improved regulatory programs and policies for EPA.
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