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At least 25,000 upstate New York school children are not fully vaccinated against communicable diseases. So New York doctors have been using social media campaigns to spread facts about vaccination.

Health professionals from across the country have been creating a so-called twitter storm of information about the measles vaccine using the hashtag #measlestruth.

Elizabeth Murray is a pediatrician at the University of Rochester Medical Center explains why she participated.

Syracuse Mayor Miner hosts Twitter town hall

Oct 29, 2013
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A week before hoping to win re-election, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner hosted her first Twitter town hall, one of her few large public engagement efforts this campaign season.

Miner spent just under an hour Tuesday fielding questions on the social media site via the hashtag #AskMayorMiner and responded through the city's official account.

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Upstate researchers have found a way predict the likelihood of getting sick after visiting a particular restaurant. The system is called Nemesis and monitors tweets made by restaurant patrons on the popular social media website, Twitter. It then detects likely cases of foodborne illness in close to real-time.

Many people tweet on devices that are GPS enabled, and Nemesis uses this to figure out which restaurant they ate at. It continues to track their tweets for 72 hours after a restaurant visit, to detect whether or not they’ve become ill.

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Some graduate students at Syracuse University's Maxwell School will be tracking Twitter accounts and Facebook posts of presidential candidates as part of a new class on social media and politics this fall.  The idea is to see how politicians capitalize on the world of social media.