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Multiple Sclerosis International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 924029, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/924029
Research Article

Infodemiology and Infoveillance of Multiple Sclerosis in Italy

School of Public Health, Department of Health Sciences (DISSAL), University of Genoa, Via Antonio Pastore 1, 16132 Genoa, Italy

Received 10 February 2013; Revised 2 June 2013; Accepted 3 June 2013

Academic Editor: Francesco Patti

Copyright © 2013 Nicola Luigi Bragazzi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic debilitating disease of probable autoimmune inflammatory nature, whose aetiology is not fully understood, despite the many efforts and investigations. In this manuscript, we review the concept of “Multiple Sclerosis 2.0”, that is to say the Internet usage by MS patients, for seeking health and disease-related material for self-care and self-management purposes, and we introduce a Google Trends-based approach for monitoring MS-related Google queries and searches, called MS infodemiology and infoveillance. Google Trends has already proven to be reliable for infectious diseases monitoring, and here we extend its application and potentiality in the field of neurological disorders.