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Jul 25, 2016

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Emily S

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The Photo App Where Doctors Share Patients' Weird Injuries

Unless you've made the well-tempered decision to appear on Botched, you assume what goes on between you and your doctor doesn't leave the examination room… right? Turns out, random people might be getting an up-close look at your embarrassing rashes and suspect moles, thanks to a free app called ...

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The Stethoscope: Timeless Tool Or Outdated Relic?

To hear a patient’s heart, doctors used to just put an ear up to a patient’s chest and listen. Then, in 1816, things changed.  Lore has it that 35-year-old Paris physician Rene Laennec was caring for a young woman who was apparently plump, with a bad heart and large breasts. Dr. George Davis, an...

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A Med School Teaches Science And Data Mining

Medicine, meet Big Data.  For generations, physicians have been trained in basic science and human anatomy to diagnose and treat the individual patient.  But now, massive stores of data about what works for which patients are literally changing the way medicine is practiced. “That’s how we make...

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Sep 23, 2014

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Maggie

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Defibrillation in the movies: A missed opportunity for public health education

Defibrillation with manual defibrillators in the health care setting and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public areas can decrease mortality from cardiac arrest.  Public knowledge of how to use AEDs is limited and prior work has demonstrated that the public has concerns about using AEDs...

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Sep 5, 2014

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Maggie

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A Medical Consultation Service on Facebook: Descriptive Analysis of Questions Answered

Social media has changed the way the general public accesses health information [1]. With the increasing use of handheld mobile devices, health information may be readily available to an even larger public, as seen in the United States [2]. Facebook, the social media tool with the widest active...

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Jun 10, 2014

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Maggie

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Patient Survey Shows How Patients Use Online Information

A recent survey of cancer patients by Patient Power yielded amazingly powerful results.

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Posted:
May 22, 2014

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Maggie

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When Doctors Play This Game, You Get Better Medical Care

Doctors are required to keep current on best medical practices, but those efforts all too often often don't do a thing to improve patient care. But what if the class is a game — one that lets you compete against other doctors and show off your smarts? Plus you get funny emails. Oh, and your...

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May 2, 2014

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Maggie

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Mapping Physician Twitter Networks: Describing How They Work as a First Step in Understanding Connectivity, Information Flow, and Message Diffusion

Social media, including Facebook and Twitter, is fast becoming an important tool in health care. In editorials, essays, and blogs, physicians have been urged to become active participants in social media as a form of engagement with the larger health community, patients, and peers [1], and as a way...

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Apr 2, 2014

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Maggie

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Dr. Facebook gives contraceptive advice

Social media are particularly popular among young women; thus, a new study investigated whether providing young women with contraceptive advice via social media, specifically Facebook, would be effective for increasing their contraceptive knowledge and use. The study was published in the April...

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