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Waste Watch: $1.4 million on Twitter study

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NASHVILLE, TN - A hash tag is worth a million dollars when tax payers are footing the bill.

The federal government is funding a three year project studying our tweets.

Already, more than $1.4 million of our tax dollars are funding this study, trying to find a link between your heart health and hash tags.

The study called Twitter and Cardiovascular Health is working to prove that users who post tweets with negative implications like #mondays and #grrrr are more likely to die from heart disease.

The National Institutes of Health is funding this study with a grant to the University of Pennsylvania.

A July 2015 announcement on the University's website says it's a 3 year, $668,000 grant.

But Fox 17 did some digging and found on usaspending.gov two additional awards for this same study in fiscal year 2016, bringing the total spending funded by tax payers so far to more than $1.4 million dollars.

And the project doesn't even end until 2017.

Fox 17 contacted the National Institutes of Health for explanation which they said they're working on.

We still have yet to get an answer.

The Journal of Psychological Science says negative language patterns are risk factors for atherosclerosis heart disease.

Though the National Institutes of Health has stated on its website "your doctor will diagnose atherosclerosis based on medical and family histories, an exam and test results."

This project isn't the first time our federal government has spent money studying this topic.

This is actually a follow-up to a previous study done finding a link to negative tweets and heart disease.

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