Facebook, narcissism and low self esteem

by Walter van den Broek, MD, PhD

In normal every day life with face to face contact, the physical characteristics and knowledge about social background form the identity of your contact.

It’s stable and three dimensional. You know that person, it’s therefor very difficult for the other to claim another identity or create impressions inconsistent with how you know him or her. Online identity is a different …

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Doctors need to be aware of their office staff behavior

by June Parker Beck

At age 73 I have definitely seen the evolution of the whole “doctor” experience, from Ob/Gyn, to pediatrician (have 5 children) to specialist, to internist.

I’ve learned to accept the fact that in this high tech age, we aren’t going to be chatting with our doctor about the grade school bake sale.  The biggest lesson learned, however, was that if you are treated …

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Weekend video preview, October 22, 2010

Thoughts on my recent panel in BlogWorld 2010, discussing whether blogs were competitive or compatible with social networks, and a video preview of what’s coming up this weekend on KevinMD.com.

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How Percy Harvin struggles with chronic migraines

by Diana E. Lee

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has been struggling with chronic migraines.

If you don’t follow football you may not have heard of him. But let me assure you he is a high profile player in the National Football League and an important component of the Minnesota Vikings’ offense. Harvin has dealt with migraines since childhood (like me), but almost …

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How can doctors successfully engage their patients?

by Thomas Goetz

Enough about patients: What is a doctor to do?

In the past few months, since The Decision Tree book came out, I’ve had the privilege to talk with many doctors about the opportunity and challenge of engaging patients in their own health. Some physicians, not surprisingly, have been suspicious, and even hostile to the idea that patients have a …

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How to meet the primary care demand in the next decade

by Travis G. Bias, DO

Throughout my involvement in organized medicine, I’ve met friends who I hold in high regard, and colleagues for whom I hope to one day work.  One of my favorites, a neurosurgery resident buddy of mine, claims specialists should be paid more than primary care physicians.  But, I am a third-year family medicine resident, preparing to enter the practicing world.  And …

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The White Coat Ceremony and its effect on medical students

by Timothy Dempsey and Pamela Savitz

Last month, the National Football League inducted seven of its all-time great players into its Hall of Fame in a ceremony filled with nostalgia and memories of legendary careers long-finished.

While this was going on, there was another type of induction ceremony taking place around the country. Yet, these celebrations lacked recollections of past achievements by retired legends finally receiving …

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A physician’s worth doesn’t need a professional hierarchy

by Ruben J. Rucoba, MD

Has it come to this?  Do we really need, as a profession, to measure ourselves against others like a bunch of schoolboys?  After reading Dr. Son’s article, “Does being a lawyer or journalist stack up with being a physician?”, I feel compelled to reply.

As a practicing pediatrician, I, too, feel the nobility and privilege of my profession, and count myself lucky …

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Mobile health in developing countries

by Chad Hyett

Cell phone adoption isn’t just a phenomenon in the developed world. Developing countries, such as China, India and Africa, are adopting mobile phones at a startling rate. Many predict that by 2013, 95 percent of the entire world will have cell phones. The technology has become cheap and the infrastructure widespread. Even if a village in Africa shares just one or two phones …

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