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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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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