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Medicine and Social Media: Compilation

Social media is changing the way medicine is practiced and healthcare is delivered. Web tools, expert-based community sites, medical blogs and services can facilitate the work of physicians, scientists, medical students or medical librarians and can help patients find reliable medical information online. I regularly speak about the newest developments and future implications of medicine and health 2.0 at international events.

Medicine 2.0= web 2.0 + medicine (focusing on doctor-patient communication and technologies)

Health 2.0= web 2.0 + healthcare (focusing on shaping healthcare with web 2.0 tools and concepts)

Must-read posts?

My Slideshows:

What if Dr House used Twitter?  (TEDx, The Netherlands):

Webicina, curating social media

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The first Internet in Medicine University Course:

The Social MEDia Course main page

Second Life, the virtual world and medical education:


Education and RSS:


Wikis, medical databases:


Medical Communities:


Microblogging and communication:

Medical search engines, tools:


Podcast, Videocast:


Open access and journalism:


Sites, links, news, reviews:

Online Docs and Reputation:


165 Comments Post a comment
  1. JFG #

    Your blog, and the Blog Carnival are very interesting… more especially as I write a French blog on a close topic (ophthalmology and Web 2.0) !

    June 10, 2007
  2. Comme je parle francais un peu, je dois créer un RSS feed pour votre blog. :)

    C’est vraiment intéressant que notre subject est le meme…

    I hope it was understandable… I add you to my blogroll.

    June 10, 2007
  3. Will there be a Web 2.0 meltdown?

    Definition of Meltdown – 1. a state of complete network overload that grinds all traffic to a halt 2. a disaster comparable to a nuclear meltdown

    Considering content and community are king, I don’t think a Web 2.0 meltdown is on the horizon. It’s no secret that major players like Google, News Corp, Yahoo and MSN are steadily acquiring various Web 2.0 brands for very large sums of money. Predicting acquisition trends among these companies is not too difficult of a task for any web savvy marketer.

    Although I just recently started playing around with some different Web 2.0 brands, I quickly witnessed unlimited potential for their continued long-term success.

    Most current leading Web 2.0 brands fall into what I refer to as, general categories which are comprised of countless sub-categories. First, Web 2.0 brands introduced “categories”. Next, Web 2.0 brands will introduce “sub-categories”, which will allow Web 2.0 brands to stabilize their already firm positioning and ultimately become authoritative figures on the Internet.

    It’s no secret that “keyword phrases” carry much better CTRs (click-thru-ratios) and ROIs
    (return-on-investments) than “genearl keywords” do – when engaging in a PPC (pay-per-click) marketing campaign. For example, on the page I am originally posted this article on I notice the page’s title tag read “Web 2.0 Bubble Trouble?”. This title tag is much more suitable for this page’s topic, as opposed to something more general like, “Web 2.0”.

    The same applies to Web 2.0 brands as the diversify their portfolios introducing sub-categories of their already existing brand’s general or niche category. Google, News Corp, Yahoo and MSN are strategically acquiring emerging Web 2.0 brands for a reason. At the end of the day, we all know what that reason is – to make lots of money!

    My conclusion:

    As companies like, Google, News Corp, Yahoo and MSN pay BIG dollars to acquire Web 2.0 brands they are doing so for a few reasons. First they are looking for creative ways to push new, in-house products and services to targeted consumers and businesses alike. I would have to argue that Google is leading the pack in this arena.

    Next, they are trying to position their companies for rapid long-term growth, each headed in strategically aligned directions. In my opinion, all 3 are great companies and not any one of them is better than the other in regards to their directions. Rest assured that the overall concept, audience, and appeal of any recently acquired or soon to be acquired Web 2.0 brand is a solid reflection of the direction the acquiring company is headed in.

    Like it or not Web 2.0 is here to stay!

    January 7, 2008
  4. This is great list …. very usefull …

    July 30, 2008
  5. jkwaran #

    Here is something that i came across recently this web 2.0 based free service helps discovering newer scientific relations across abstracts. it provides manually curated and annotated sentences for the keywords of your choice.maps the extracted entities (genes, processes, drugs, diseases etc) to multiple ontologies. just play around with their gene, disease, etc entity types and you can actually track a gene or process across various diseases across abstracts :), check it out

    August 1, 2008
  6. This Is The Best Medical Site For Doctors And Medical Students

    January 6, 2009
  7. This is really Good site

    January 21, 2009
  8. really this is useful information.

    January 29, 2009
  9. is this magic lamp?

    February 16, 2009
  10. sam #

    really this looks great

    May 5, 2009
  11. I agree that the plethora of Web 2. websites is changing many industries and in particular medicine. Patients are much more likely to be well-informed about their issue and options for treatment than prior to the internet and Web 2.0. The downside is that there can be information overload and confusion can arise as much as enlightenment. On the whole though I welcome the opportunity to discover more about a medical condition and the options available to treat it.

    May 10, 2009
  12. I could not possibly conduct a case review with any accuracy without having seen the whole volume of notes. ,

    October 22, 2009
  13. Piper Warden #

    There is actually research being carried out at the University of Nottingham in Second Life to see if mood and anxiety could be improved using Second Life!

    Those carrying out the research need people who already use Second Life to spend some time in world and to complete a questionnaire before and after doing this. Personal details don’t even have to be given if you would prefer not to. It takes about 30-40 minutes.

    If you are interested in taking part please send an e-mail to and the investigators can send you more information about the research.

    November 17, 2009
  14. great post, thnaks for share this info ;)

    December 30, 2009
  15. I really Like Medical 2.0 Its Great For Medical web World To Supporting Medi Web M Writting Blog Please Veiw that Cancer : Obesity invites Cancer

    September 14, 2010
  16. I really admire the work you are doing through this website. Thank you for this information.

    March 1, 2011
  17. It is the hard and complicated work to be done to get updated with the new in the human health and become ready for any of the raised new problems with the people under any of the different conditions that could be passed. The studies and the researches will never stop to get know what is going on, and put the suitable solutions that work with that matter, whatever it is.

    March 2, 2011
  18. I have heard of Web 2.0 a lot but now there is medicine 2.0… I find so much precious info in this post… The video is so informative.

    May 13, 2011
  19. We had some discussion about “Medicine 2.0” while I was in training to be a medical assistant but you have clarified some points for me, thanks.

    June 12, 2011
  20. Good work over again. I am looking forward for your next post=)

    July 31, 2011
  21. The democratization effect of social media will invariably have a positive effect on the free-exchange of intellectual property and the collaboration of scholarship. Ultimately, inventions will result. One can imagine Pasteur and Koch conferring about immunology theories during the 19th century. Medical breakthroughs will inevitably ensue with the communication facility occasioned by social media.

    September 8, 2011
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    October 6, 2011
  23. Hi, real appreciation for the great article and the information, it is really goodand helpful.Thankyou

    November 6, 2011
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    December 1, 2011
  25. Medicine 2.0 Collection: I maintain the biggest collection of links and posts focusing on web 2.0 and medicine. […]

    December 13, 2011
  26. Now Social Media is the most important part of our life. Business, Education, communication, treatment, every way Social Media is helpful to us.

    February 14, 2012
  27. Web 2.0 properties are one of the great ways to blogging or marketing of Medicine. Very helpful post…Thank you

    February 27, 2012
  28. Wonderful! This really answered my problem, thank you!

    March 27, 2012
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    Medical researchers and scientists believe that stem cell therapy will, in the near future, advance medicine dramatically and change the course of disease treatment. This is because stem cells have the ability to grow into any kind of cell and, if transplanted into the body, will relocate to the damaged tissue, replacing it. For example, neural cells in the spinal cord, brain, optic nerves, or other parts of the central nervous system that have been injured can be replaced by injected stem cells. Various stem cell therapies are already practiced, a popular one being bone marrow transplants that are used to treat leukemia. In theory and in fact, lifeless cells anywhere in the body, no matter what the cause of the disease or injury, can be replaced with vigorous new cells because of the remarkable plasticity of stem cells. Biomed companies predict that with all of the research activity in stem cell therapy currently being directed toward the technology, a wider range of disease types including cancer, diabetes, spinal cord injury, and even multiple sclerosis will be effectively treated in the future. Recently announced trials are now underway to study both safety and efficacy of autologous stem cell transplantation in MS patients because of promising early results from previous trials.
    Research into stem cells grew out of the findings of two Canadian researchers, Dr’s James Till and Ernest McCulloch at the University of Toronto in 1961. They were the first to publish their experimental results into the existence of stem cells in a scientific journal. Till and McCulloch documented the way in which embryonic stem cells differentiate themselves to become mature cell tissue. Their discovery opened the door for others to develop the first medical use of stem cells in bone marrow transplantation for leukemia. Over the next 50 years their early work has led to our current state of medical practice where modern science believes that new treatments for chronic diseases including MS, diabetes, spinal cord injuries and many more disease conditions are just around the corner.
    There are a number of sources of stem cells, namely, adult cells generally extracted from bone marrow, cord cells, extracted during pregnancy and cryogenically stored, and embryonic cells, extracted from an embryo before the cells start to differentiate. As to source and method of acquiring stem cells, harvesting autologous adult cells entails the least risk and controversy.
    Autologous stem cells are obtained from the patient’s own body; and since they are the patient’s own, autologous cells are better than both cord and embryonic sources as they perfectly match the patient’s own DNA, meaning that they will never be rejected by the patient’s immune system. Autologous transplantation is now happening therapeutically at several major sites world-wide and more studies on both safety and efficacy are finally being announced. With so many unrealized expectations of stem cell therapy, results to date have been both significant and hopeful, if taking longer than anticipated.
    What’s been the Holdup?
    Up until recently, there have been intense ethical debates about stem cells and even the studies that researchers have been allowed to do. This is because research methodology was primarily concerned with embryonic stem cells, which until recently required an aborted fetus as a source of stem cells. The topic became very much a moral dilemma and research was held up for many years in the US and Canada while political debates turned into restrictive legislation. Other countries were not as inflexible and many important research studies have been taking place elsewhere. Thankfully embryonic stem cells no longer have to be used as much more advanced and preferred methods have superseded the older technologies. While the length of time that promising research has been on hold has led many to wonder if stem cell therapy will ever be a reality for many disease types, the disputes have led to a number of important improvements in the medical technology that in the end, have satisfied both sides of the ethical issue.
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    April 10, 2012
  30. Google the “new world order” please people! Spread the truth on…

    June 10, 2012
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    November 2, 2012
  32. I too believe that Web 2.0 will change the way medicine is practiced and healthcare information is delivered. More and more people turn to the web for information prior to a paying their doctor a visit. It is not too far fetched to assume that even selecting a doctor has a lot to do with his/her online presence and influence on the web. I am not sure if this is all good though; as long as the information is accurate and the influence is well deserved (and not artificially developed through web promotion practices), this could serve healthcare. If not, it could lead to people applying unreliable advice; a matter that deserves everyone’s FULL attention

    February 4, 2013
  33. Indeed, Web 2.0 entered the medical world, and social media will follow. I imagine patients and physicians discussing symptoms on Twitter, or posting pictures on Facebook in order to get a diagnosis. Why not?

    February 25, 2013
    • Because it’s not safe and lead to privacy/legal issues. There are private and better ways to do it online.

      February 25, 2013
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    May 9, 2013
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    December 29, 2014
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    December 29, 2014
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