Social Networks and Health – The Research and the Reviews

I’ve been increasingly interested in health-focused social networks. Why? Because several recent scientific studies have found that real-life social networks are quite relevant to health. Indeed, a study published earlier this year in the New England Journal of Medicine evaluated a large social network of over 12,000 people over 32 years to assess the person-to-person spread of obesity [1]. The study results suggest that friends, siblings and spouses have an even greater effect on a person’s risk of obesity than genetics.

What’s interesting is that this type of research is being done now, when the use of web 2.0 services facilitating collaboration and sharing between users on the internet is thriving. We’re witnessing an explosion of social networking sites, many of which are focused on health.

Elsevier’s Approaches to Public Access of Biomedical and Cancer Research

Elsevier, a leading publisher of over 400 medical and scientific journals serving more than 30 million scientists, students and health and information professionals worldwide, has initiated a beta test program called Patient Research. The program gives patients, family members and caregivers access to medical articles to help them understand their health issues.

Health Highlights – October 23rd, 2007

Health Highlights is a biweekly summary of particularly interesting articles from credible sources of health and medical information that we follow & read.

Health Highlights

Medicine 2.0 #10 – Medicine and the Second Generation of Internet-based Services

Medicine 2.0I’m hosting this weeks edition of Medicine 2.0, the bi-weekly blog carnival of the best posts pertaining to web 2.0 and medicine.

I’ve published Medicine 2.0 #10 – Medicine and the Second Generation of Internet-based Services over at the Highlight HEALTH Web Directory. I’m working a project there involving web 2.0 and health, fitness and medicine, and I thought it would be a great resource to supplement the other articles being developed. I’ll fill you in on the details of the project soon.

The past two weeks were rich with medicine 2.0-related articles and there are almost 40 blog posts included in this weeks edition. I intentionally kept my comments short so that you can focus on the content of each article. I’ve organized the articles into a number of categories, including:

  • Medicine 2.0, Informatics and Personal Health Records
  • Web 2.0 Tools: Blogs, Video and More
  • Health 2.0
  • Social Health Networking
  • Medical Science, Biotech and Healthcare

I hope you enjoy Medicine 2.0 #10 – Medicine and the Second Generation of Internet-based Services. The next edition of Medicine 2.0 will be hosted at The Health Wisdom Blog on Sunday, October 28th, 2007.

Health Highlights – September 30th, 2007

Health Highlights is a biweekly summary of particularly interesting articles from credible sources of health and medical information that we follow & read.

Health Highlights