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What’s going on with the flu ‘epidemic’? Tweet your way to understanding

29 Jan
This map indicates the prevalence of flu in the United States in the first week of January this year, 2013, as measured by the volume of flu-related tweets. States with higher flu rates are colored in a darker red. This year, in contrast to last January, the nation is awash in flu cases.Credit: Mark Dredze/JHU

This map indicates the prevalence of flu in the United States in the first week of January this year, 2013, as measured by the volume of flu-related tweets. States with higher flu rates are colored in a darker red. This year, in contrast to last January, the nation is awash in flu cases.
Credit: Mark Dredze/JHU

As if the¬†coworkers’ sniffles, friends’ Facebook posts and frantic news headlines about this year’s flu season haven’t been enough to either educate or cause paranoia, the microblogging site, Twitter is also responsible for the heavy news feed about the illness no one wants to catch.

But, how do readers distinguish between the actual “news you can use” and people merely talking about the illness? Researchers at John Hopkins University’s School of Medicine have an answer.

Mark Dredze, an assistant research professor in the Department of Computer Science, along with his colleagues, created a new tweet-screening method to provide updates on the flu infection, but filter out unrelated conversations that are not useful to someone trying to be educated and aware. Continue reading

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Immune Boosting Foods

27 Nov

It is that time of year again: every where you go there is someone sneezing, coughing or sniffling and, if your immune system isn’t as good as it could be, you may be the next one sitting on the couch with a fever, sore throat or stomach virus.

Good news, there are certain foods that can help boost your immune system and help you avoid catching the holiday plagues. Web-MD put together a slideshow explaining 15 foods and how they help: Immune Boosting Foods slideshow

Recipes: Here are a few links that provide recipes using these immune boosting foods so you can cook at home and stay health during the winter months:

eatingwell.com

wholeliving.com

lifescript.com

Start cooking and stay well!