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Perspectives on Acne: What Twitter Can Teach Health Care Providers

Melissa Shive, BA; Mehul Bhatt, BA; Andrew Cantino, MSCS; Joseph Kvedar, MD; Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH
JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(5):621-622. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.248.
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Acne is one of the most common skin diseases, with an estimated prevalence of 50 million people in the United States alone, and has a significant impact on quality of life. The high prevalence and seriousness of acne makes crafting innovative avenues for patient education about this disease very important. Twitter has become a popular social networking phenomenon with a user base of over 140 million active users and 340 million tweets per day.1 Its popularity makes it a potentially powerful source of information and route of communication for acne, especially since the Internet can be an adolescent's primary sources of health information.2

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