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Network Structure and the Spread of Disease

Contagious disease are spread (generally) when one person comes in contact with another. Thus, the number of links in a network (the number of connections one has) will go a long way to determining how fast diseases are spread. One question which needs to be answered is whether a hub-and-spoke network or a more diffused […]

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Using Social Networking Software to increase Blood Donation Rates

Takes All Types uses social networking software such as Facebook to reach out to donors when blood is needed in their local area.

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The Spread of Obesity in Social Networks

Are you friends members of the Marathon Runner’s of America club or the Bratwurst and Philly Cheesesteak club? If the answer is the later, you are much more likely to be obese than the former. This is the finding of a 2007 NEJM paper by Christakis and Fowler. Obese individuals are more likely to be […]

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Social Networks and Access to Care

On the news yesterday that Microsoft purchased a 1.5% stake in Facebook for $240 million, social networking appears to  highly valued commodity. “…[T]he strength of social networks among Mexican-Americans is positively related to access to care.” Is this true? That is hypothesis that a recent NBER working paper by Roan Gresenz, Escarce and Rogowski attempt […]

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