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Health 2.0 News: From Space Food to Eye Tracking and Hospital Blogs

Astronaut foods during the Gemini and Apollo programs were highly processed, because “low-residue” food meant fewer encounters with the dread fecal bag. To prevent crumbs, which could float into eyes and instrumentation panels, many foods – even “sandwiches” — took the form of bite-sized cubes lacquered with waxy, congealed oils. Rarely has anything so cute been so loathed. The coating stuck to the roof of the mouth and the cubes had to be rehydrated by “holding in the mouth for ten seconds.”

Hospitals don’t need Social Media. Nobody needs social media, actually.

What people need in today’s world is either to get information they don’t have or to control the over-load of information they do have.

Medscape Pre-Rounds interview with Nick Genes

After my Grand Rounds edition, here is the interview published on Medscape by Nick Genes:

Exploiting Web Resources to Make Medical Knowledge More Accessible

We talked about my US trip, the opportunities Second Life provides and the future of medicine.

Grand Rounds 4.22: The Future of Medicine

It’s a great pleasure for me to host Grand Rounds again after almost a year. The idea of Nick Genes shines more than ever so I hope I can show you plenty of useful and valuable submissions from the medical blogosphere. So this time, the topic is the future of medicine which means I’ll feature some blogposts about genetics and web 2.0 as medicine might be centered around these two terms in the future. Enjoy it!

Editor’s Choice (Genetics or Web 2.0):

Karina S. Descartin at The story of healing talked about Jay Parkinson, the web-savvy doctor and use of media in medicine.

At Scienceroll, I had an interview with Jay Parkinson, or if you would like to know more about web 2.0 and medicine, check out my recently published slideshow.

Joshua Schwimmer at Tech Medicine featured the impact of Google Book Search on medical education. At Efficient, MD (one of his 4 blogs), you can also send him your productivity tips for being on call.

Y. S. at My MD Journey gave all medical students the opportunity to promote their blogs by taking an interview.

Hsien-Hsien Lei at Eye on DNA examined the genetic differences between identical twins.

Paul Levy at Running a Hospital thinks the future of medicine in the UK should utilize the opportunities Second Life provides.

Steven F. Palter at Docinthemachine weighs in with How Smartdust, Souveillance, Web 3.0, and Personalized Genetics Will Transform the Future of Medical Diagnostics.

Steve Murphy at The Gene Sherpa talked about the fear of genetic discrimination.

John Sharp at eHealth found a new way to promote patient safety – talk to your doctor.

Imre Kissík and András Székely at Tomography Blog promoted 10 great Web 2.0 tools for Diagnostic Imaging Professionals.

Hamza Emadeen M. at GooMedic introduced web 2.0 as a research tool for collaborative softwares.

Bob Coffield at Health Care Law Blog mentioned the Google Health project as Google Partnered with Cleveland Clinic.

The Digital Pathology Blog says computer programs may help physicians avoid diagnostic mistakes — so why aren’t more doctors using them?

Abel Pharmboy at Terra Sigillata blogged live about a vasectomy from his Palm Treo 700. More than interesting!


Health and Healthcare:

David C. Harlow at HealthBlawg focused on preventing, reporting and not paying for hospital-acquired infections.

Sam Solomon at Canadian Medicine asked the question why the media mucks up health coverage? and presented “Canada’s Terry Schiavo” case.

David E. Williams at Health Business Blog is curious about how much we should expect from patients.

Louise at Colorado Health Insurance Insider wrote: “A list of eight preventable medical errors that result in extra medical charges will no longer be reimbursed by Medicare”.

According to Clinical Cases and Images, if you keep residents happy, it is better for patients.

Laurie Edwards at A Chronic Dose had a recent issue with her health insurance to explore preventative health and offer resources to think critically about the future of healthcare.

Michael C Hébert at Dr. Hébert’s Medical Gumbo pointed out the problem with Economics Stimulus Package is that, like taking antibiotics for a cold, it fails to properly address the problem.

Jan Gurley at Black Future Month stated that it’s a call for investing in a long-term, detailed cohort study of African Americans, like the Framingham study.


Medical Stories and Cases:

ER nurse tells us what it is like to start the day two nurses short.

Bongi at Other things amanzi shared a monstrous story with us; two experiences he had, both of which he found disturbin.

Keith at Digital Doorway helps us how to talk to a patient who is scared to die.

Doctor Anonymous described his own flu and the Flu Epidemic as well.

Thomas Robey at Medscape told us his first experience losing a patient after an attempt at resuscitation. He had another post mentioning some personal experiences with drug reps he has had as a medical student.

Paul S. Auerbach at Medicine for the Outdoors posted the second story about his recent volunteer work in Guatemala.

MC at Neurophilosophy introduced the man who never forgets. Check out the trailer of a forthcoming documentary focusing on him called Unforgettable:

Medical Research and Information:

Amy Tenderich at Diabetes Mine had a great list about 10 little-known facts about your immune system.

How to Cope With Pain reviewed what we know about chronic itch, an interesting symptom.

David Rothman shared the Human Brain Atlas, a useful educational resource with us.

Walter Jessen at Highlight Health presented ScienceCures, a new website dedicated to today’s science, tomorrow’s cures.

Kerri Morrone at SixUntilMe had plenty to say about the MiniLink trial. That’s how an honest opinion can be valuable to the community.

Matthew Mintz at Dr. Mintz’ Blog had a comment on an article that appeared in the Washington Post about studies of treatments.

Henry Stern at InsureBlog informed us about Swedish scientists who discovered fast food and the lack of exercise are not healthy.

Clinical Cases and Images presents all the 3 “organ”-renal syndromes.

Exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) could be a marker of bronchial inflammation? Check it out at Allergy Notes.

JC Jones at Healthline Connects says there is something we can all agree on – New Stem Cell Source.

The editors of talked about the Rife frequencies for treatment of Bartonella infection. Rife treatment is used by some Lyme disease patients who are coinfected with a species of Bartonella.

Medical research in a different way:

Other posts from the blogosphere: interesting surveys, interviews, speeches:

Vitum Medicinus, a Canadian medical student, shares a speech he gave to the families of his anatomy lab cadavers at a memorial service for body donors.

The bloggers at SharpBrains have come up with three interesting articles: Minding the Aging Brain and Maximize the Cognitive Value of Your Mental Workout and Self-Regulation and Barkley’s Theory of ADHD.

Barbara Kivowitz at In Sickness and In Health examines a strange question: Are Certain Illnesses More Likely to Lead to Divorce?

Kenneth F Trofatter at Fruit of the Womb addresses a query from a reader who wonders if abnormal sperm morphology, in the absence of other maternal or paternal indicators, might be associated with recurrent early pregnancy loss.

At you can read more about Dr. Silly Reba (AKA Reba Strong) – Hospital Clown and Magician.

The Samurai Radiologist at Not Totally Rad gave us some tips on how to surprise your loved one: with a skull.

David Bradley at ScienceBase is curious whether our doctor inhales or not. “A survey of medical students in Brazil found that more than 80% use alcohol, while cannabis use is limited to about one in four, a quarter use solvents and just over 25% use tobacco.”

Christine at interviewed Nick Genes about Grand rounds and his medical career.


That’s all for now. I always enjoy hosting Grand Rounds because I come across new blogs and make contact with great medical bloggers. Thank you, Nick Genes, for giving me the opportunity again. I hope to host a third one in 2009. The next edition will be hosted by ChronicBabe on the 4th of March.

Grand Rounds Again on Scienceroll

It’s a great pleasure for me to host Grand Rounds again. Grand Rounds is the blog carnival of the whole medical blogosphere and the project of Nick Genes. The next edition is due to be published on the 26th of February. The deadline is February, 25, 22:00 CET.

I actually hate themes so you can submit any kind of posts. But if you have written something about the future of medicine, I’d love to include it!

Send your submissions to berci.mesko [at]

7 Tips: How to track the information you need!

Recently, some of the researchers here in Debrecen have asked me how they could track the changes of their field of interest. Even in the field of medicine or science, it’s crucial to be up-to-date and to find methods/tools that can make your work easier and more comfortable. So here are some tips on how to track the information you need, how to be up-to-date in your field.

  • PubMed Save Search:

Most of the physicians and scientists I know, go back to PubMed time by time and search for the old terms to see whether there are new additions to the database. If you use the Save Search function, you can get your PubMed updates via e-mail or RSS. You don’t have to search again and again, just sit back and wait for the next letter containing the newest articles in your field. How? Create an NCBI account, make your regular search and click on the Save Search button:


Then edit the preferences, that’s all:


  • Third-Party PubMed tools:

I couldn’t come up with a better expression. These sites/tools are based on PubMed but try to open new ways in searching for different scientific/medical terms. For example, NextBio is a scientific data search engine with which you can use PubMed in a more dynamic way. The CureHunter provides interactive network graphs of related drugs, diseases and therapies. Or take a look at PubMed Reader, a free web-based research program for displaying PubMed / Medline search results on an individual basis. It means you can create your own up-to-date Medline and PubMed literature search.

David Rothman has a lot more!

Screenshot of CureHunter

  • Use RSS or webfeed!

If you have to track more and more papers and online journals, then you should start to use RSS. It’s the best and most comfortable way of getting the selected information automatically what means you can read the articles in one place. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at some of my interviews with famous bloggers and see how many blogs/journals they follow every day. How? All you need is a feed reader program (like or log in to your Bloglines, Google Reader or Netvibes account. Then open your favourite medical/scientific journal or blog and click on the feed icon:


Insert that link into your program; browser or online tool and you made it. Let the information come to you!

  • Use an even better RSS!

Alan at Science of the Invisible pointed out the features of Aide RSS, a new service which is actually a web 3.0 application.


The service filters the RSS noise by scoring each post by the number of comments it received, number of times it’s been tagged in, inbound links from a number of blog search engines, etc.

It will definitely improve your productivity and makes it even easier to track the content you like. For example, you can get only the good articles or the best ones of a blog or site via RSS, it depends on your decision.


  • Use tags!

Tags are one of the most important features of web 2.0. Tags help you how to find content absolutely relevant to your needs. If you want to track your field of interest like this, try If you’re a scientist or a physician, then your site is Connotea. Connotea can quickly save and organize links to your references, moreover you can follow the new additions to a tag by RSS. Here is the example: follow the best/selected articles about medicine 2.0.



I know BioWizard should be in the category of 3rd-party PubMed tools, but I think this service is much more than that. It keeps you up-to-date with the most important published literature as chosen by the global biomedical research community. How does it work?

BioWizard users submit relevant, timely research articles they have found to be useful and interesting. The articles you submit are then read by the rest of the community who promote articles they feel are deserving of recognition. The best articles in a research field are brought to the top page for all to read and discuss.


Through Biowizard, not just you can track all the papers writing in the field of yours, but you can get the best articles (selected by the scientific community) via e-mail.

  • Google Alert:

If none of these work for you, or you’d prefer an even simplier method, then use Google Alert. It will bring all the recent articles/blogposts to you, all the new results for your search term. Personally, I follow the term personalized medicine via this free service to know about all the new articles written on this topic.


As it’s so important to be up-to-date in your field, use these simple, free and comfortable methods to track the information you need. If you happen to know more tools/services, don’t hesitate to leave a comment for us.

Related links:

Grand rounds at Med Journal Watch: what is this all about?

carnival.jpgI always let you know about the new issues of Grand rounds, the blog carnival of the best of the medical blogosphere. This week, the host is Med Journal Watch and Christian Bachmann proved again his enthusiasm by creating a submission-full, cleary organized carnival edition. Don’t miss Kim’s funny comment as well!

But what is this all about?

For you, dear readers:

It’s easier to find the medical articles of the best quality in one place, so you don’t have to go through all the medical blogs. Every week, you will find the best works in one place  for sure.

For you, dear bloggers:

You get a safe and easy possibility to promote your best posts.

Thank you, Nick Genes, for maintaning the medical blogosphere’s most important event and for making it easier to spread the information.

Gene Genie at My Biotech Life and carnivals everywhere

Our favourite genetic blog carnival, Gene Genie is up at My Biotech Life. Gene Genie is a blog carnival on genes and gene-related diseases. Our plan is to cover the whole genome before 2082 (it means 14-15 genes every two weeks). But we also accept articles on the news of genomics and clinical genetics.

Next time, Gene Genie #13 will be hosted by The Genetic Genealogist on the 12th of August. Don’t forget to submit your articles via the official page.

Here are all the issues of Gene genie:

Also keep in mind that the next issue of Mendel’s Garden will be held at Scienceroll on the 5th of August. Send your submissions here: berci.mesko [at]!

Pediatric Grand Rounds 2.8 is up at Highlight HEALTH and Walter made a great job! A good example for all the next hosts. Check it out for more!


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