Misinformation about antibiotics can travel to large audience via Twitter: study

Have a question about symptoms or medication? Just ask the Internet! We all know we shouldn't do it, as the Internet is filled with misinformation and misguided advice, and yet most of us still do. Even worse than Googling about medication, though, is asking about taking your meds on Twitter. A new report published in the April issue of AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control has discovered that, like on most topics, Twitter can be a pretty effective tool for spreading misinformation about antibiotics. Researchers from Columbia University and a company called MixedInk analyzed 52,153 tweets in order to see how Twitter users were disseminating information about antibiotics. The team extracted 1,000 relevant status updates and grouped them into 11 categories, which included (among other things) side effects, diagnosis, advice/information, misunderstanding/misuse, and animals. The second most popular category, after general use updates ("I just took some antibiotics!"), was advice/information given to othe

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