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New York Times breaks embargo on study of web searches and drug side effects

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jamiaThe New York Times broke the embargo earlier today on a Stanford and Microsoft Research study of whether tracking Internet searches can help researchers identify drug side effects.

Here’s the story from the Times, “Finding Hidden Side Effects, With Web Search Data,” which went live sometime before 5:30 p.m. Eastern. The study, in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, was embargoed until 3:30 Pacific, or 6:30 Eastern.

And here’s the top of the press release:

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time to coincide with publication in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association

Print media contact: Bruce Goldman at…

Broadcast media contact: M.A. Malone at…

Mining consumers’ web searches can reveal unreported side effects of drugs, Stanford researchers say

STANFORD, Calif. – Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Microsoft Research have revealed that the Internet search history of consumers can yield information on the unreported side effects of drugs or drug combinations.

Stanford School of Medicine chief communications officer Paul Costello confirms that the Times did break the embargo.

Update, 8 p.m. Eastern, 3/6/13: Asked whether there would be sanctions, Costello said he would be talking to the Times.

Hat tip: Bob Finn

Written by Ivan Oransky

March 6, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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