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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The patient-centered model of care is predicated among other things on physicians factoring in knowledge of the “person behind the patient” into their treatment. That’s means understanding and, where practical, honoring the patient’s beliefs, values and preferences. In order for a communication between a physician and person (patient) to be “patient centered,” it must be congruent with patient preferences for how they want their ...

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A version of this op-ed was published on January 27th, 2010 in the USA Today. Raise your hand if you've ever left a physician's office without fully understanding what the doctor just told you. Studies show that half of patients admit to not understanding what their doctor told them during an office visit; and more than 75% of emergency room patients acknowledge not fully grasping instructions given to them. As a ...

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Like most people, I’ve found the news and images coming from Haiti in the aftermath of the January's earthquake appalling and upsetting. The sheer amount of devastation and orders of magnitude loss of life make the story compelling by itself. Coupled on top of Haiti’s ignominious history, the situation touches us for its Job-like quality: ”How much misery can one people withstand?” I’ve been pleased at the outpouring of support for Haiti. ...

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