Here are the top posts from the past month, based on the number of times they were viewed. 1. What Lego would look like in a CT scan 2. Did Nidal Malik Hasan suffer from compassion fatigue or vicarious traumatization? 3. How long should children stay out of school after H1N1 flu? 4. Discharged from the hospital without answers; the death of Jane Q. Patient 5. How training to become ...

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Recent data suggests that over 60 percent of American patients consult the web first before going to a doctor. That's all good, and even encouraged, but trouble comes when they feel that online health information can replace physician advice. Bryan Vartabedian talks about these so-called "amateur physicians," and how they think they know more than they actually do. There is a danger of knowing too much information, and being unable ...

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As both patients and doctors find themselves increasingly on Twitter and Facebook, more are wondering whether they should be talking to one another using social networking outlets. This issue has come up before, most recently when the New England Journal of Medicine asked whether doctors should friend their patients on Facebook. Pediatrician Bryan Vartabedian looks further at the issue, and sees it fraught with potential risk. He points out that sharing ...

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The other day I re-tweeted a tweet from someone whose Twitter activity I enjoy very much. I like where his links take me, and I appreciate the intellectual and emotional honesty of his own writing. The message I re-tweeted was about Gardasil, Merck’s HPV vaccine marketed in the US. Diane Harper of the University of Missouri is a prominent researcher who was heavily involved in the Gardasil development program. Over the ...

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Thank you for making the first Thanksgiving Drive a success. Thanksgiving Drive concludes, and KevinMD on your mobile phone I have received 592  new Twitter followers and 200 new Facebook fans during the Drive. A total of $1,000 was donated to the United Way of Greater Nashua, which includes a generous contribution by Joan Allen. I would like to thank Epocrates, for donating an ...

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Thank you all for participating in the Thanksgiving Drive. As of today, there have been 400 new Twitter followers, and 130 new Facebook fans since November 1st. I'm now raising the stakes. The contribution will now be doubled, meaning $1 for every new Twitter and Facebook follower will be donated to the United Way of Greater Nashua. Including a generous contribution from Joan Kelly, $730 has been raised thus far. $1 for every new Twitter and Facebook follower, raising the Thanksgiving Drive stakes
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by Robert Stern, MA, CCMEP Why is the American College of Rheumatology barring the media from adding CME? In our continuing saga with the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and their oppressive media policies, one of our readers kindly forwarded a letter received by her from the president of the ACR who provides his justification for attempting to restrict MedPage Today's access to their annual meeting. For context, let's begin with the letter from ...

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Originally published in HCPLive.com by Enoch Choi, MD Patients have embraced social networking tools that allow them to share information, offer support, and compare healthcare experiences. Physicians should also use these tools to connect with their patients and local communities and provide general medical information. Health care social networking basics for doctors Healthcare social networking has made impressive inroads into the mainstream, as like-minded folks find each other online and ...

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I'm happy to announce the KevinMD Twitter and Facebook Thanksgiving Drive 2009. KevinMD Twitter and Facebook Thanksgiving Drive 2009 My forays into blogging, along with Twitter and Facebook, have provided me with countless new opportunities that I'm tremendously appreciative of. Now, I want to use the power of social media to give back this Thanksgiving season. What is this? KevinMD Twitter and Facebook Thanksgiving Drive 2009 It's simple.  ...

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