Posts of the year on, 2010 edition

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This year, had a regular rotation of 175 guest contributors, and surpassed 1.75 million visits, 2.95 million pageviews, 33,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter, and 40,000 RSS subscribers.

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In alphabetical order, here are the top posts from 2010, based both on traffic and my editorial judgment.

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend. Regular posting will resume Tuesday.

7 social media mistakes made in health care. If you’re a health care professional, chances are you know a bit about social media, possibly feel compelled to use it sometimes and you might actually be participating in the Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn/blog revolution.

10 cancer signs women shouldn’t ignore. If you’re relatively young and healthy, gynecologic cancers probably aren’t on your radar. But they should be.

Bret Michaels has a subarachnoid hemorrhage, and what that means. About 30,000 Americans suffer from a subarachnoid hemorrhage annually, which is caused by a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Catherine Zeta-Jones blames doctors for Michael Douglas’ throat cancer. Why is Catherine Zeta-Jones so mad? It’s a facetious question. Her husband, Michael Douglas, was recently diagnosed with throat cancer he described at “stage 4.”

CRNA salaries surpass those of primary care doctors. This isn’t really news, as CNRA salaries have been on a trajectory surpassing primary care physicians’ for a few years now.

Doctors make far less money than most people think. The take home pay of an average physician today can come out to less than $28 per hour.

Does your cardiologist deserve his salary? Herein lies the conflict. The heart business is hard.

iPad review for doctors: A hands on guide for medicine. I was pleased with what the iPad had to offer.  Does this mean medical professionals should go out and get the iPad for their clinic use? Not necessarily.

Open dialogue on medical malpractice and patient safety. A public airing of some of the key issues relating to the malpractice system (which is flawed in a number of respects) and the health care system (which is not free of its own flaws) would lead to improvement in patient safety and the betterment of both systems.

Physician assistant name change rubs doctors the wrong way. Apparently, after 40+ years of the profession’s existence, there is a grassroots effort afoot to upgrade the Physician Assistant name, and presumably the clout, to Physician Associate.

Tips for students who want to shadow doctors. Shadowing is an important part of learning what being a doctor is like and doctors need to provide students opportunities to do so.

Why the Mayo Clinic is refusing to see Medicare patients. Medicare, the government insurance company for everyone over age 65 (and for the disabled), pays fees to primary care physicians that guarantee bankruptcy.