Unreported Side Effects of Drugs Are Found Using Internet Search Data, Study Finds

This is a fascinating post over on the NY Times:

Using data drawn from queries entered into Google, Microsoft and Yahoo search engines, scientists at Microsoft, Stanford and Columbia University have for the first time been able to detect evidence of unreported prescription drug side effects before they were found by the Food and Drug Administration’s warning system.

Using search logs to mine for this information is a fascinating idea.

No if only more researchers had access to this data and it wasn’t kept behind a walled garden.

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