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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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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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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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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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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