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The spread of obesity in a large social network over 32 years.
BACKGROUND The prevalence of obesity has increased substantially over the past 30 years. We performed a quantitative analysis of the nature and extent of the person-to-person spread of obesity as aExpand
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Factors considered important at the end of life by patients, family, physicians, and other care providers.
CONTEXT A clear understanding of what patients, families, and health care practitioners view as important at the end of life is integral to the success of improving care of dying patients. EmpiricalExpand
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The collective dynamics of smoking in a large social network.
BACKGROUND The prevalence of smoking has decreased substantially in the United States over the past 30 years. We examined the extent of the person-to-person spread of smoking behavior and the extentExpand
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In Search of a Good Death: Observations of Patients, Families, and Providers
Professional organizations and the public have recently made care of the dying a national priority (1-7). Despite this, however, we remain confused about what constitutes a good death (8). SomeExpand
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Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study
Objectives To evaluate whether happiness can spread from person to person and whether niches of happiness form within social networks. Design Longitudinal social network analysis. Setting FraminghamExpand
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Social Contagion Theory: Examining Dynamic Social Networks and Human Behavior
Here, we review the research we have conducted on social contagion. We describe the methods we have employed (and the assumptions they have entailed) to examine several datasets with complementaryExpand
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A Dynamic Network Approach for the Study of Human Phenotypes
The use of networks to integrate different genetic, proteomic, and metabolic datasets has been proposed as a viable path toward elucidating the origins of specific diseases. Here we introduce a newExpand
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Social Network Sensors for Early Detection of Contagious Outbreaks
Current methods for the detection of contagious outbreaks give contemporaneous information about the course of an epidemic at best. It is known that individuals near the center of a social networkExpand
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Response rates to mail surveys published in medical journals.
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to characterize response rates for mail surveys published in medical journals; to determine how the response rate among subjects who are typical targets ofExpand
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