Although chronic diseases with high morbidity and mortality such as diabetes and heart disease command the lion’s share of research dollars, people actually seek healthcare most often for skin issues such as actinic keratosis (a premalignant condition of thick, scaly, or crusty patches of skin) or acne, followed by joint disorders and back pain, according to a recent Mayo Clinic study .
Mitochondria are specialized subunits inside a cell that produce the cell’s energy and regulate its metabolism. Research suggests that mitochondria may play a central role in neuronal cell survival because they regulate both energy metabolism and cell death pathways. Using genetic mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers from Mayo Clinic have found that mitochondria in the brain are dysfunctional early in the disease. The findings were recently published in the open access journal PLoS ONE.
Health Highlights is an occasionally recurring series focused on particularly interesting articles from credible sources of health and medical information that we follow & read.
- Summer Solstice: "Hot" Grand Rounds on Shrink Rap | Shrink Rap
Shrink Rap – a blog by psychiatrists for psychiatrists – hosts a hot Summer Solstice edition of Grand Rounds.
- Why Do the Same Drugs Look Different? | Dr Shock MD PhD
Dr. Shock briefly reviews the problem with generic drugs looking different from brand-name medications.
- Using social media to improve awareness of clinical trials in rare lymphomas – PTCL | Pharma Strategy Blog
Social media is making its way into clinical trials. Sally Church shares an MD Anderson Cancer Center video that describes the new trials they have open for a rare form of lymphoma, Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma (PTCL).
- Mayo Clinic launches social network to connect global Mayo Clinic community | Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media
Mayo Clinic has been at the forefront of healthcare providers using social media. Now the organization has created an online site to connect the global Mayo Clinic community.
- Genomics and the Social Web: A Timeline | her Nature his Nurture
Genetics counselor Allie Janson Hazell provides a timeline on the social aspects of genomics that illustrates the relationship between genomics and social media.
- A Clinical Search Engine | Blitter
Blitter is a clinical search engine with content highlighted by clinicians who blog or tweet. If they think it's important enough to comment on, Blitter considers it great content.
Welcome to Medlib’s Round, edition 2.7, the monthly blog carnival highlighting excellent blog posts in the field of medical information. Just under a year ago, we hosted MedLibs Round 1.8: Finding Credible Health Information Online. For this edition, we wanted to focus on how social media is being used to promote health information online.
In the digital age, these are the characteristics of new media: recent, relevant, reachable and reliable.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the term mobile is being used quite often when discussing social media and health. Indeed, according to a recent Pew Internet report, 59% of adults are now accessing the internet wirelessly using a laptop or cell phone .
Keeping with this month’s theme, we’re tweeting and sharing posts using the Twitter hashtags #medinfo and #medlibs. If you like a particular post, share it with your friends and be sure to add both hashtags.