Best of Medical Blogs - weekly review and blog carnival

The “Best of Medical Blogs - weekly review and blog carnival” is a weekly summary of the best posts from medical blogs. Feel free to send your suggestions to my email at Best of Medical Blogs (BMB) is published every Tuesday, just like the old Grand Rounds.

Top 9 tips for exercsing in the heat

A cardiologist’s top 9 tips for exercsing in the heat, also known as the Nine Mandrola rules for dealing with the heat:

1. Hydrate immediately upon awakening.
2. Drink an entire bottle of water BEFORE the run or ride.
3. Limit caffeine intake on hot days.
4. Talk to yourself during a hot ride/run. Keep telling yourself to drink fluids.
5. Colored water can help on long rides/runs on hot days (??).
6. Avoid Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). Do not take NSAIDs while dehydrated.
7. Don’t push through sickness. Never add inflammation.
8. Exercise in the morning.
9. Be alert for signs of heat-illness in yourself or your buddies.

Health Information on YouTube

When searching for heart health information on YouTube, patients have to sift through vast information and run the risk of being misinformed. and

Dr. Wes reiterates one more time: "Hence, why doctors need to be on social media. Another take-home message from this study: professional societies need to make their videos shorter and use patient experiences to bring their message home."

A Lithium Battery in a Hotdog

A Lithium Battery in a Hotdog: the picture burns itself into mind: From the official blog of the journal Pediatrics: Dr. Marcus placed a lithium battery inside a sliced hot dog and when both poles came in contact with the frankfurter, the result is a picture that burns itself into your mind — and perhaps your patients’ minds as well if you show it to them as a means of encouraging them to keep these batteries secured inside the small electronics, and to keep the spares out of reach of small children.

2012 Physicians Survey reveals dissatisfaction and gloomy outlook - Orthopedic surgeon Howard J. Luks, shows the way forward

Dr. Luks: "Establish a deep digital presence. 95% of online health related discussions take place without a physician being present. When ready and capable, root that presence deeply in social media. These enable the basic tenets of outbound marketing efforts. Take advantage of what a deep digital presence offers.  Humanize your Organization. Foster your relevance, Educate, Engage and help patients clear that windshield of doubt. Embed enabling technologies such as Zocdoc, Avado and Twistle to allow patients to schedule visits at a time of their choosing, enable them to manage their PHI online, communicate with your staff digitally and provide them with a secure, intelligent email system which will streamline the communication workflow within your practice. Physicians who are not interested in establishing their own digital presence, but want to try and build an online presence can consider participating in one of the many Q&A platforms like Sharecare, Avvo and Healthtap."

UMEM Emergency Physician and EKG enthusiast, Dr. Amal Mattu gives you weekly advice that will help you save lives

Evolution of the White Coat - A Cartoon Guide to Becoming a Doctor

Exclusive interview with NEJM Editor-in-Chief, Jeffrey Drazen, for MedGadget medical blog

Three things about Healthcare Social Media

Ed Bennett shares three things he's learned about Healthcare Social Media: Our patients are ahead of us, Real change start at the top, Social media is more than the sum of its parts

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