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Twitter Provides Informational Platform for Health Issues

According to a new study, Twitter is capable of saving lives by providing important information during an emergency.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania observed and evaluated discussions on health issues for more than a month and found that users of this microblogging site very often share important and vital information regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as well as automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Researchers said that trend shows Twitter is providing a good platform for responding to the queries of the public and also distributes information regarding CPR training and other life saving interventions like therapeutic hypothermia.

Assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, Raina Merchant said, "Twitter is an incredible resource for connecting and mobilising people, and it offers users a way to receive instant feedback and information. The potential applications of social media for cardiac arrest are vast," as reported by The Economic Times.

In the study, researchers pointed out 15,324 tweets related to information on cardiac arrest.

Out of that, 14 percent describe events of cardiac arrest and of those, five percent are related to personal experiences and nine percent give information of arrest locations, guidelines to be followed and also treatment interventions.