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Social Media and Health Information

A new study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project examines The Social Life of Health Information. Findings show that health care professionals continue to be the preferred source for health information, more and more adults are turning to online resources for health information. Online sources include social networking sites and peer-to-peer sites for specific health concerns. According to the study, 18% of internet users have gone online to find others with similar health concerns.

For more information: http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Social-Life-of-Health-Info.aspx

What are they looking for?

According to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 80% of Internet users are searching for health information online. Popular topics include symptoms, treatments, food and drug safety and pregnancy. Women are more likely to look for health information online, as are those with some college education. New topics included in the survey include searching for food safety or recalls (29%), drug safety or recalls (24%). Survey results indicate that 59% of all American adults are looking for health information online.

For more information: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/HealthTopics.aspx.

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