Facebook profiles can predict medical conditions

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You may know your Facebook profile says a lot about you, but you probably didn’t realize just how revealing it can be.

In a new study, researchers were able to predict 21 types of medical conditions by analyzing people’s Facebook profiles. These conditions range from pregnancy to skin disorders.

Researchers found Facebook status updates were especially effective at predicting diabetes and mental health conditions. The study linked consenting patients’ electronic medical records and social media.

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