Best of Medical Blogs - weekly review and blog carnival

The “Best of Medical Blogs - BMB 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.

A Medical Educator Joins Social Media: One Year Later

Dr. Djuricich, Program Director in Medicine-Pediatrics at the Indiana University, shares what he has learned in one short year: If physicians and other health care professionals are not becoming involved in social media, they are missing out on a “place” where many of the patients already are. There is a lot of misinformation floating around on the internet. It is a duty of physicians to combat this and provide correct information. Do not let social media take over your life. The important things (family, friends, etc.) are still the important things, so don’t lose the priorities.

What explains blogging longevity? It's easy: blog for yourself, and share with others

Dr. Centor explains his blogging longevity after 10-years of blogging. I've been blogging for 8 years, and I agreee with him: Why you should write a blog for yourself rather than for a shifting audience

Here's Dr. Centor again: Explaining longevity is subjective. Mostly, I like blogging. Basically I blog with myself in mind, and am gratified that others find my comments interesting. Blogging is never a chore. One cannot last 10 years doing a chore.

Cardiologist Dr. Wes nominates the hardest to read Abstract of the Year at 2012 Heart Rhythm Society

What is the abstract that contributes the smallest amount to our field while demonstrating the worst grammar, the most bureaucratic lingo and, of course, verbosity. The sentence that clinched it? "Conclusions: The harmonization of endpoint definitions, terminology, and clinical trial design paradigms provides consistency across clinical trial studies that can facility (sic) clinician acceptance of results and the evaluation of safety and effectiveness of devices and medicines for atrial fibrillation."

Harvard Medical School Q&A blog doctor reflects on his readers’ feedback

Dr. Komaroff from the blog Ask Doctor K.: “Since I began this column last September, I’ve received a lot of mail — both emails and “snail mail.” Mostly it’s been health questions. I can’t answer them all, but I try to answer as many as I can. However, I’ve also received complaints. Sometimes they represent an honest difference of perspective. On occasion, they reflect the fact that I’m a man.”

A complete list of all academic medical journals available for the iPad

The omnipresent blog iMedicalApps makes a good use of Google Docs spreadsheet to list the apps of many academic medical journals available for the iPad. I still have personal preference for the open web rather than apps but that’s just me.

What is postinfectious cough and how to treat it?

From Dr. Matthew Mintz' blog: While the cause of the postinfectious cough is not known, it has been thought to be due to the extensive damage of cells lining the lung and widespread airway inflammation of the upper and/or lower airways. The good news is that this usually goes away by itself, the bad news is that it can take weeks or even months, and can be quite disruptive to patients lives. Since symptoms are caused primarily by inflammation and hyperresponsiveness/bronchoconstriction in the lungs (which is what we see in asthma), then treatment is likely best with something that treats both inflammation and bronchoconstriction in the lungs, such as an inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting beta agonist like Advair (which is commonly used in asthma). Use of Advair for postinfectious cough may be the single most common off-label use of any prescription product. Since inflammation can persist for weeks, it is important that Advair be used for at least 4 weeks. If symptoms return, the patient should be brought back for pulmonary function testing as this may be a new presentation of asthma.

Reality Social Media: Live Tweeting Brain Surgery. What is the downside of this marketing push? Dr. Wes explains:

"Healthcare Going To The Dogs" - a video for training hospital administrators and

Science blogging and self-promotion?

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