by Ryan DuBosar “House, M.D.,” is the least realistic medical drama on television. That doesn’t bother Lisa Sanders, ACP Member, one of the show’s technical advisors. The lead character, Gregory House, MD, verbally abuses patients, goes overboard ordering tests and above all, he’s “a jerk,” Dr. Sanders said. But after all, it’s television, and the former CBS news producer turned med student turned Yale professor understands the difference between reality and good ...

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With Eva and Alicia, both women were very young, 25 and 28, respectively. And for anyone who knows the history of American bioethics will realize young women, severe illness and dying seem to bring about a intense focus of cultural awareness (see Schiavo, Cruzan, Quinlan). It struck me how the open sharing of the decline of their health towards death may signal a cultural revolution ...

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A patient apologized to me for asking so many questions. There is no need to apologize, I said to the patient; it’s wonderful that you have so many questions concerning your health care. I mentioned to her that she is an “empowered and engaged patient,” and that is a good thing. It’s no secret that health consumers are turning to the internet for health information. In a recent article from MediaPost News, ...

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In its current listing of online social networks, Wikipedia presents 156 major, active websites. A neighboring link to view "now-defunct" sites accompanies the listing -- a subtle reminder of the Internet's competitive and volatile environment where promising endeavors rise and fall overnight. But although the popularity of a specific website may fade with time, the practice of online social networking is here to stay. In its simplest form, online social networking is ...

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I recently watched The Vanishing Oath, a physician-directed documentary detailing the challenges impeding doctors to best care for their patients.   It follows the travels of Ryan Flesher, MD, an emergency physician who took time off and traveled the country talking to university economists, an Emergency Medicine trailblazer, a malpractice attorney, medical academics, a divinity professor, current physicians, former physicians about what ails our health system.   Here's a video excerpt: width="400" height="327" ...

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As more patients find themselves on Twitter, it's concerning the amount of medical misinformation that they can be exposed to. Now, in a study from the American Journal of Infection Control, we have some data to back up that assertion. Over a 4-month period in 2009, hundreds of Twitter users posted inaccurate antibiotic information, which, in turn, was re-tweeted to millions. According to the study's author, ""When we looked at tweets... we ...

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With the explosion of social media, I am amazed at how many doctors I encounter who know little to nothing about blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz and the like. "I'm too busy." "Who has time for that stuff?" "I wouldn't have time for anything else." "How can I possibly keep up?" And yet today, as more and more patients reach out to the web to find medical information or, more importantly, ...

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I am pleased to announce a partnership with MedPage Today. MedPage Today has supported my blog since its inception, and today's announcement is a logical progression forward. What this mean to you, the valued reader? I continue to maintain complete editorial independence, with zero outside influence on what I write and which articles I choose to republish. Guest authors retain all rights to their articles. I am now able to better share MedPage ...

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by John Gever As portrayed on popular television shows, physicians frequently deal with vexing ethical dilemmas -- perhaps more often than occurs in real life, researchers said. Doctors on TV also sleep around a great deal, with each other and with patients, and behave unprofessionally in a host of other ways, reported researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore who analyzed the content of a full season of "House M.D." and "Grey's ...

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As more and more pharmaceutical companies dip their toes into social media, one of the issues that surfaces regularly is this: do you put someONE in charge of a blog and/or Twitter account, or do you make it more anonymous? Or something else? I’ve always advocated that pharma companies should use social networks to humanize their companies, which means employing human faces and voices – having real, authentic, and effective communicators ...

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