Scientists Using Twitter?

Scientists Using Twitter To Discover Prescription Drug InteractionsUniversity of Vermont Scientists Using Twitter to Discover New Drug Interactions

The University of Vermont (UVM) recently reported on a new project that mines Twitter data to discover potentially unknown side-effects and dangerous interactions for various drugs.

The computer program, developed by a team of UVM computer scientists, searches millions of tweets for the names of drugs and medicines, and maps connections using hashtags. Findings from those connections can then be tested by researchers. In addition, findings can also be used to generate early public alerts, notifying patients and healthcare providers that a possible issue may exist, before research has begun and before that information appears in medical databases, such as PubMed.