The Crisis in Youth Suicide

The death of a child is most parents’ worst nightmare, one made even worse when it is self-inflicted. This very tragedy has become increasingly common among young people in recent years. And adults — parents, teachers, clinicians and politicians — should be asking why and what they can do to prevent it. In October, the…

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A nimbler way to track alcohol use — by mining Twitter and Google searches

BOSTON (December 2, 2019) – Collecting rigorous public health data through large survey-based studies is a slow, expensive process. New research from Boston Children’s Hospital shows that mining people’s alcohol-related tweets and online searches offers a more immediate, localized information source to complement traditional methods, offering public health professionals the opportunity to spot emerging trends…

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