From my funny colleagues over at ZDoggMD, slightly funnier than placebo. Talented guys, find their songs improving very fast. Be sure to vote for them on Medgadget vote’s for Best New Medical Weblog of 2010
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From a sample from 13 countries, the Internet doesn’t make us more lonely, the Internet improves our social lives. The critics of Internet suggesting that the Internet has a negative impact on us can be put at ease, the Internet doesn’t ruin our social lives.
Recent research took into account the different kinds of usage of the Internet. It can be used to as a supplement on the communication with friends and relatives but it also can be used as a substitute for more traditional forms of communication and traditional social ties.
This result is in contrast with previous research. In previous research Internet use was shown to have an anti social effect. According to these negative results time for interaction with family, friends or colleagues was diminished due to increase in time on the Internet. The finding that lonely people using the Internet were generally more sociable online than offline, lonely people more often use the Internet compared to non lonely people.
Moreover, research also confirms that Internet users have contact with a higher number of friends and relatives than non users. And
the degree of social isolation found in the United States has barely changed in the last 20 years.
Besides the diversity of Internet mediated social activities other variables are also important in their influence on the effects of the amount of Internet usage on users’ social lives: age, income and education. The researchers took these confounding factors into account in their research.
The researchers used data from the World Internet Project
This is a major international collaborative project looking at the social, political, and economic impact of the different media channels (http://www.worldInternetproject.net). This project provides a unique opportunity to gain an overall understanding of the impact of the Internet on social behavior.
Their findings are based on international data from 13 countries. Not only did they find positive effects of Internet on social contacts, they also found Internet use to be associated with several beneficial social activities such as interacting with friends and colleagues. They also claim that Internet use especially in heavy users may actually lead to more social interaction.
Amichai-Hamburger, Y., & Hayat, Z. (2010). The impact of the Internet on the social lives of users: A representative sample from 13 countries Computers in Human Behavior DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2010.10.009
Laika’s MedLibLog was nominated for the medical weblog award 2009. She didn’t make it to the final although I think her blog is an excellent mixture of librarian ship and web 2.0 with a lot of medical information well written and better to read than what I usually write.
Thanks for her mentioning that I’m in the finals otherwise I wouldn’t have known. Been nominated several times but never made it this far which probably explains my ambivalence towards these competitions.
The Dutch grand round had a short live. Nevertheless some medbloggers in The Netherlands produce interesting posts. Had lost track of most of them. Decided to produce a monthly selection as a kind of grand round. Choices are very biased and made by myself. If you feel left out, unappreciated or anything else please contact me.
Posts in English
Laika’s MedLibLog discusses the use of web 2.0 for personalized medicine. Personalized medicine can be a tool which lets you subscribe to journals, news, media and blogs and (straightforward) PubMed searches. She discusses several tools for personalized medicine or a efficient way to stay up to date. She evens shows how to do it yourself and make subscriptions really personalized. Once you know it is simple, believe me.
Cryptocheilus needs your help, he needs a title for this photo:
A summary of an European symposium on Electroconvulsive therapy in Lisbon is on Electroconvulsive therapy
Health Management RX writes about how to make Emergency Records On USB Thumb Drive. It is about making a small usb drive with all your important information, with slideshow and pdf.
Remember trying to pull info together for an application or form to fill out? A little stressful right? What if you house burned down, got copies of all your records?
I also considered putting all this information up in the cloud (the internet) but I’m not yet comfortable with the security aspect and one other important thing, you need a broadband connection, not available everywhere yet.
Jan at Medblog.nl has three interesting posts on his workflow as a scientist. How to obtain collect and store all the information found and needed for his PhD thesis. An interesting and useful post about the management of his pdf load. This post is followed by a post about his greasemonkey scripts he wrote for searching pubmed and retrieving the information and how to store all this information.
Posts in Dutch
De Gezonde Patient is worried about the prescription of Prozac to children
Bettine Pluut has a slideshow about patient doctor relationship and health 2.0
ECGGreetje has a post about Hyves, a social network. On Hyves there is now a group for worried nurses about all the cuts in health care.
Marjolein Fermie has a critical post about bestedokter.nl. A website were doctors can promote themselfs at the cost of 550 euro. Marketing has come to medicine in The Netherlands, low and behold.
Pictures on Paramedic from the recent plane crash near Schiphol Amsterdam.
Dr Lutser had me fooled, he changed his feed and blog lay out but found an interesting post about HPV vaccin
A day in the life of a shrink has a post about physician suicide
Dr Shock has been included in this list. It is on: Online Education Database.
Whether you are a specialist in the field of neuropsychology or just love reading about how the human brain works, there are plenty of interesting blogs on the Internet to help you find out more. In order to make it easier to for you to discover great blogs, the following list is categorized for easy browsing. With blogs by psychiatrists, scientists, psychologist, and even those dealing with mental disorders, you will find many thoughtful and thought-provoking blogs to keep your brain stimulated.
First the admissions to this grand round followed by an at random selection of interesting posts from the dutch medical blogopshere. It is amazing how many Dutch Medblog Posts are in English.
The first is about Lean Thinking in Healthcare by Marjolein Fermie on C3 weblog. Lean is basically about getting the right things to the right place, at the right time, in the right quantities, while minimising waste and being flexible and open to change.
Laika’s MedLibLog has two important posts about Addison’s Disease. The first is about the trouble diagnosing Addison’s disease, the second post is about the importance of early intervention in Addisonian Crisis. Her own experience with the disease is an extra dimension in these posts.
My own pick from Dutch Medblogs (in English)
On Digicm a post about an AIDS grant for Second Life Project Karuna. The project includes the creation of a new island in Second Life with a community AIDS/HIV library/resource center. The resource center will provide information support and outreach to the Second Life community and beyond about AIDS/HIV and its prevention.
Dokter Luster has a post about the financial cost of the Iraq war with the total cost to the U.S. economy estimated at $3 trillion. He explains how much 3 trillion really is. Oh and muhaha is Dutch for LOL.
Psychophysiology, the new kid on the blog has a link to a Nature publication on the neurobiology of depression.
Cryptocheilus has a stingy post with the US election in pictures, can you guess his preference?
My own pick from Dutch Medblogs (in Dutch):
Dr Confabula also loves dark chocolate. She writes about chocolate addiction.
Both 100% Mike and ECG Greetje write about the ideal song during resuscitation. “Staying alive” from the Bee Gees has the optimal beats per minute (100). I had a look in my iTunes library and found a more contemporary alternative:
Cees Sterk has a review on a new book: Ziekenhuizen veranderen by Leon Lodewick. Leon Lodewick is a hospital crisis manager with a large track record for managing hospitals in trouble. This post by Cees Sterk focuses on the role of medical specialists in hospitals.
On Huntington daily a post about a new unit were 16 patients with Huntington’s disease can live. With video of the unit.
On A Day in the Life of a Shrink his impression of the terracota army of the Chinese Emperor Xi’an.
Well that wraps it up for this week. Post your entries for the next Grote Visite here
- DR. SHOCK MD PHD http://www.shockmd.com/
- Focus: electroconvulsive therapy
- Hosted by: anonymous physician from the Netherlands
- Coverage: depression, psychiatry, neuroscience
- Advertisements: none
- David’s reasoning: I know I said I didn’t include anything written outside of the US but just take a look at the past posts listed under ’Categories’ (located on the right-hand side of the page in the gray column) and tell me I was wrong in including this site
On Carpenter Library News a review of medblogs for patients.
I took MedGadget’s (the internet journal of emerging medical technologies) 2007 MedBlog awards page and looked at all of the nominated sites (@100 unique sites). I immediately eliminated any blogs that were outside of the U.S. and blogs that were exclusively written for other physicians, medical students, or nurses. I evaluated the consumer-oriented blogs by noting who wrote them, what their coverage was and whether the blogs contained advertisements. Coverage info was gathered from the blog’s subjects over several months. I have listed the ones I found to be of interest below with their urls in case anyone would like to view them for themselves. The order in which I have placed them is alphabetical; I made no attempt to rank the ones I found to be of the most interest but I have included my reasons about each one to assist your evaluation.
It is an honor to be mentioned in his review together with other great medblogs, please let him know he wasn’t wrong including my blog. O, and by the way this blog isn’t anonymous.
Dr Shock appears in a grand round at Doc Gurley.
This week here at Doc Gurley is the Grand Rounds Smack Down edition, where the best contenders of the health care blogosphere wrestle down and dirty with tough, scary topics. Just like being in the ring, there’s no orderly progression of characters here – this ain’t ballet, folks. At any moment, something huge and impressive could come flying out of left field and hit you (ka-pow!) right between the eyes! There’s no first, no last – we’re here to entertain (and take out a few bad guys while we’re at it). We’ve got a lot of contestants, oops, I mean, submissions, vaulting into the ring. One thing’s for sure – if you hang with it to the end of this week’s match, right up to the point when the lights dim in the arena, you’ll be entertained.
And it is a Grand Round very well done, it covers all the best medblogs out there, go read it
Dr Shock is very honoured to be in the top 25 medblogs on number 13. My lucky number as well. The dutch website is called medgadget.nl
This blog also has en English version, with a ranking for English medical weblogs on which Dr Shock doesnot appear……yet.
But never mind, I write in English at least I try to write proper English.
I have been a big fan of Medgadget.com for a while now. You can read more about the founders at Planet.nl (dutch). That is why I thought it would be great to introduce a dutch alternative. At this site I will present the newest medical gadgets, medical technology and research. Now and then I will shine some philosophical light on some of the issues presented on this website.