Protecting kids in the world of social media, a Cybersafe excerpt

An excerpt from CyberSafe: Protecting and Empowering Digital Kids in the World of Texting, Gaming and Social Media.

by Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, MD, FAAP

Screen Time and Childhood

Have you ever tried to go “screen-less”? I often tell the story of taking my girls to New York City on an April vacation, looking forward to Turnoff Week. This is a semiannual event that encourages families to flip off the screens …

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Challenges facing patients adopting personal health records

by Kristina Fiore

They’re still there. Rows upon rows of number- and color-tagged manila charts, packed in so closely together that Fiore sometimes sticks to Fiori, or hides behind it.

None of my physicians has yet converted to electronic health records. I dream of the day when my PCP can pull up my chart on her iPad, accessing all of the important information (allergies, family history) before …

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Tips for questioning costs in today’s health care system

by Joanna Fief

About two years ago in the wee hours of the morning, I found myself in a local emergency room with severe stomach pain, incessant vomiting and dehydration.  It wasn’t pretty, and I was desperate for something – anything – to ease my pain and stop my vomiting.

Gratefully, within minutes of receiving an IV with medications for pain and nausea, my symptoms subsided.  After a couple of blood tests …

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Social Health track at BlogWorld 2010 today

Today, I’m in Las Vegas participating in BlogWorld 2010’s Social Health track.

I’ll be joined on a panel with my esteemed blogging colleagues, Kim McAllister of Emergiblog, Bryan Vartabedian of 33 Charts, and Kerri Morrone Sparling of six until me.

We will discuss the following issue — Social Networks and the Medical Blogosphere: Compatible or Competitive?

It will be held at 1:30pm PST in Tradewinds A & B / 10 at …

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One physician’s journey on social media

Wendy Sue Swanson, also known as Seattle Mama Doc, is a pediatrician in Seattle who recently gave a keynote at the Swedish Medical Center as part of their 2010 Health Care Symposium.

I was following it on Twitter, where it received rave reviews. The video is now up, and the accolades were truly well deserved. A gifted speaker, Dr. Swanson’s presentation should be required viewing for physicians and …

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Finasteride, fruit, and the matter of prostate health

by Arnon Krongrad, MD

The noose was loose on its neck. At first I worried, but then I relaxed. This was a bottle of pomegranate juice, the antioxidant superpower. As the billboard implied, it could cheat death. Perhaps if I consumed pomegranate juice, I could cheat death.

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission charged POM Wonderful, LLC, makers of pomegranate products, with deceptive advertising. …

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Selecting health insurance requires free choice for individuals

by William Bayer

Buying health insurance across state lines and health savings accounts are good – but they do not resolve the core issue.

The core issue is that the employer is making the main choice for the employees, leaving them essentially with a choice between small, medium or large. That may satisfy the most important needs, but it does not encourage competition because the …

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HIV sufferers benefit from the FDA’s unapproved drugs initiative

by Gary Puckrein, PhD

Unapproved drugs have never been tested by the Food and Drugs Administration for safety and efficacy. Prescribed by the million every year in the United States, these products pose a potential danger to all patients, but HIV/AIDS patients who suffer weakened immune systems are at an even higher risk as they are more vulnerable to injury due to their disease.

That’s why we …

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