I recently concluded a trip down to Nashville, TN where I gave my talk on the health care-social media intersection at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. My audience normally consists of physicians and hospital staff, so talking to students was a refreshing change. I had the opportunity to have dinner the night before, and breakfast and lunch the ...

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Do you use Facebook to look for health information? If you said "yes," and use social networking sites to research your health, you could be in the minority, or majority, depending on which study you read. Recently, a survey released by the ...

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When undergoing surgery, would you want interns and residents present, and perhaps, assisting in the operation? That's a question patients face when going to an academic medical center.  Some won't mind the presence of house staff.  Some will. A recent study provides some details on the outcomes. In a column by ...

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The following op-ed was published on February 22nd, 2011 in AOL News. If you woke up one day with an earache, you could call your doctor's office for help. Or you could do what the majority of patients do today and Google what to do first. Type "earache" into your Web browser and the results can vary wildly. Search engines can return results saying that an earache can be from the common cold, ...

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How important is it for hospitals to engage in social media platforms, such as Facebook or Twitter? It's essential. Nowhere is that more evident than in the controversy concerning infant Joseph Maraachli. Without getting too involved in the politics or ethics ...

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Doctors are now incentivized to convert antiquated paper charts to electronic medical records. Despite a few doctors who love their EMR, most readers here at KevinMD.com are skeptical, as the difficulties in transitioning, along with questionable benefits, have been well chronicled. Recently, the Washington ...

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Match Day marks one of the most important days in a medical student's career. A computer algorithm "matches" prospective doctors with the residency program they're destined go to. It's also a look at the future trends for various specialties.  With a major part of health reform about to be implemented, one naturally gravitates towards primary care, where there currently is a ...

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People in the United States are rushing out to take iodine pills, specifically in the form of potassium iodide, to combat the threat of radiation spreading from the nuclear events stemming from the Japan earthquake and tsunami. There are numerous reports that pharmacies in California have run out of the drug. Potassium iodide works when the thyroid takes it up, instead of the potentially dangerous radioactive iodine that comes from a ...

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It's no secret that our health system encourages doctors to order too many tests.  Compounded with the widespread belief that more tests equates to better medicine, the reasons why health costs are spiraling out of control aren't a secret. In a perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine, physician Sean Palfrey notes our dire situation:

Recent advances ...

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Despite the advances in evidence-based medicine, not every patient benefits. In a recent column from the New York Times, Pauline Chen looks at a study showing exploring the issue:

For many patients, evidence-based medicine isn’t working. Two-thirds of patients with diabetes, a disease with some of the strongest evidence-based guidelines available, continue to have trouble controlling their blood sugar levels; and only half of all ...

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