Instagram is a diagnostic portal for depression (NYTimes)

From the colors and faces in their photos to the enhancements they make before posting them, Instagram users with a history of depression seem to present the world differently from their peers, according to the study, published this week in the journal EPJ Data Science.

I love work like this; the growing links between disparate databases that lead to innovative ideas, weird conjunctions (Conjunction Junction, anyone?). I could imagine asking our patients to grant us access to their twitter handles, their instagram posts for purposes of diagnosis, follow-up. These are fascinating, uncharted waters.

I look forward to more cool mash-ups like this in the future.

Author: CT Lin

CMIO, UCHealth (Colorado); Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

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