Twitter has been making its way into the operating room. I recently wrote about it, saying, "It’s an efficient, and effective, way to transmit medical findings instantly, and to a wide audience." But patient privacy concerns remain, given the relative ease it takes to Tweet news. Cardiologist Wes Fisher, however, isn't convinced. He notes that when a hospital representative is sitting in the corner of the operating room providing ...

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Blogging is a great way to get things into an open forum for discussion.  But I still have nagging doubts about doctors who post blogs or replies about healthcare issues without giving their names. As a new blogger, I often look at those replies to my postings that are anonymous and think, “Who are you? Why do you think the way you do? Why will you not put a name and ...

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No words are needed in this graphic, high-impact public health ad. wear your seatbelt (via Street Anatomy, where you can find other shocking public health ads)

Originally published in MedPage Today by Kristina Fiore, MedPage Today Staff Writer Infants don't learn a great deal from language-acquisition DVDs, and may in fact be hindered from learning vocabulary, researchers have found. Tots who watched such DVDs over a six-week period didn't have better language knowledge scores than youngsters who didn't watch, and those who first tuned in at a younger ...

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At 3am on Jan 1st 2010 my cousin-brother stubbed his last cigarette. New Year’s resolutions to quit smoking, lose weight, or change another bad habit are certainly not uncommon. Having tried — and failed — to quit a number of times before, my cousin took a bold, new approach to quitting. Whether a cleverly devised plan, or just a whim, he decided to post his quitting on Facebook. On January 4th, ...

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Better Health bloggers Val Jones, Mike Sevilla, and Nick Genes will be conducting live interviews from HIMSS 2010 in Atlanta, the largest health IT conference of the year. Here's a summary of exclusive HIMSS 2010 social media coverage during the event. Stay tuned to this post, where video will stream live. id="utv896127" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="400" height="320" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0">
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Every television station has their own physician pundit commenting on medical news. But with some many different fields of medicine, how can a single physician claim to be an expert on every health topic? Surgeon Jeffrey Parks takes issue with ABC News' recent coverage on the tragic death of Senator John Murtha. Richard Bessler, a pediatrician who works at the CDC, was the on camera expert commenting on the surgical ...

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Here are the top posts from this past week, based on the number of times they were viewed. 1) Does your cardiologist deserve his salary? 2) What doctors do when they don’t know the answer 3) Why Medicare and health care should be deregulated 4) How the ER is now used to triage every patient 5) How pediatricians should handle families who refuse vaccines

There are some medical centers that are investing in the concept of group visits. The concept, as I wrote awhile back, involves shared medical appointments, comprised of patients with similar medical conditions. A medical team, typically including a doctor, nurse, and other support staff, would then counsel patients as a group, and address issues common to everyone in the room. Can the emergence of social media, like Facebook and Twitter, ...

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Originally published in MedPage Today by Cole Petrochko, MedPage Today Staff Writer Just over half of U.S. adults under 65 used the Internet to look up health information over the course of a year, according to the first National Health Interview Survey to collect data on health information technology. Although Americans are still concerned about security of medical information, the survey showed ...

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