Social media

Anti-smoking ads use a crying child, is it too much?

A three-year old boy is made to cry in this anti-smoking commercial, outraging viewers.

Advertising mogul Donny Deutsch applauded the spot, and dismisses the crying, saying, “Maybe sometimes they make a kid cry, but if it saves 20,000 lives for five seconds of crying, I’ll take it.”

So, how far should commercials go to implore smokers to quit?

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The American Medical Association investigates JAMA, should Catherine DeAngelis resign?

The water engulfing JAMA’s editor-in-chief Catherine DeAngelis is getting hotter.

A recap is here, but the Jonathan Leo flap, and subsequent response, is not going away as JAMA hoped it would.

The WSJ reports that AMA, which normally does not interfere in the editorial decisions of the journal, has asked its Journal Oversight Committee to look into the matter.

Over at Respectful Insulance, academic surgeon-blogger …

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Why can’t young doctors intubate patients correctly? Blame television

It seems that residents and medical students are having trouble intubating patients these days.

Apparently, one of the biggest mistakes is positioning the head incorrectly, and the problem is traced back to the television drama ER. When surveyed, most young doctors and medical students cited television as the main source of tips on how to intubate correctly, specifically, ER.

But when researchers …

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Create and control your online presence, and I answer 10 questions about heath care blogging

A couple of interviews I recently did have been published.

Over at Modern Medicine (via the Cosmetic Surgery Times, of all places), I talk about pro-actively creating an online presence, and how it can make or break the marketing of your practice:

“Patients are eventually going to find you on the Internet,” whether or not you have actively established your Web presence, Dr. Pho points out. …

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The JAMA versus Jonathan Leo debacle worsens, should Catherine DeAngelis apologize?

JAMA forcefully responded to the recent allegations of a small university professor going behind their back to mainstream media outlets.

As MedPage Today reports, JAMA sought to preempt any form of criticism, saying, “The person bringing the allegation will be specifically informed that he/she should not reveal this information to third parties or the media while the investigation is under way.”

I’m not sure how enforceable that …

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How to make money from physician discussions

Who knew that doctor chatter could be so profitable?

The two major physician-only social networking sites, Sermo and Medscape Physician Connect, are making news, as this piece in Newsweek notes how both the pharmaceutical and the financial industries are listening in on the conversations.

These sites, however, are a relatively new phenomenon, and some wonder what would happen if doctors post something unsavory, or even illegal, on the …

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JAMA crushes dissent and calls a critic a “nobody and a nothing”

Is the cover-up becoming worse than the proverbial crime?

According to the WSJ Health Blog, Jonathan Leo, a professor of neuro-anatomy from a small university in Tennessee, critiqued a study published in JAMA, and pointed out an association between the study’s author and a pharmaceutical company. He posted his thoughts on the website of the British Medical Journal.

None too happy, Leo then received calls from …

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Comparative effectiveness research in Newsweek, and parallels between real-life and NBC’s ‘ER’ in Variety

You can find some of my comments in recent magazine articles.

First, Newsweek’s Sharon Begley talks comparative effectiveness research and mentions that, “a younger generation of doctors, perhaps more comfortable with science and clinical studies, is embracing CER. Dr. Kevin Pho, who practices internal medicine in Nashua, N.H., says that at least once a day he has a patient for whom there are numerous treatment options””the new …

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Surgeons using Twitter during an operation, is live-tweeting medical procedures the future?

Social media is spreading to the operating room.

As you can see from this picture, surgeons at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital are using Twitter, via TweetDeck in this case, before, during, and after a procedure to broadcast their findings to other doctors in real-time. Here’s an example of such a Twitter feed.

It’s an efficient, and effective, way to transmit medical findings instantly, and to a wide audience.

The phenomenon …

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Routine screening test recommendations, and how newspapers often get it wrong

As a primary care physician, I generally follow the guidelines of the USPSTF, an entity that uses rigorous standards of evidence as the basis for their recommendations.

Sadly, however, major media publications fall short of such standards whenever they delve into “which screening tests should I get”-type of articles.

The latest example is this piece from the Washington Post, discussing recommended tests men should ask for.

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Profiled by the Nashua Telegraph

I was recently interviewed by my hometown newspaper, the Nashua Telegraph, talking about the blog, as well as the recent Medical Weblog Awards.

Thanks to correspondent Melanie Plenda writing the piece: Nashua-based doctor’s blog rated tops for ’08.

For those who found this page while looking for a Nashua, New Hampshire primary care doctor, I am accepting new patients.  Find out how to make an appointment with me.


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