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.

Fidgeting In Children With ADHD

Fidgeting In Children With ADHDFidgeting Shown to be a Good Thing for Children with ADHD

Sit still in class? Perhaps not if you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, more commonly known as ADHD.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 10 children and teens has been diagnosed with ADHD, a disorder that causes a wide range of behaviors ranging from distraction and inattentiveness to forms of hyperactivity such as fidgeting and nonstop talking. In addition, children and teens with ADHD may exhibit impulsive and impatient behavior.