The Best of Highlight HEALTH 2012 – The Year in Review

As the year draws to a close, it’s become a tradition for us to take a look back at the top stories readers were interested in (this month, Highlight HEALTH celebrated it’s sixth year promoting advances in biomedical research). As we have in previous years, we’ve compiled two top ten lists of the most-viewed stories for 2012, one as measured by the absolute number of page views and the other as measured by the average number of page views per day posted.

Highlight HEALTH Top 10 for 2012

The Best of Highlight HEALTH 2011 – The Year in Review

This December (in fact just four days ago) Highlight HEALTH celebrated its fifth year promoting advances in biomedical research. To observe the event, for the next two months we’re holding prize pack giveaways.

Would you like to win two free books, two magazine subscriptions and a Webicina T-shirt? To enter the giveaway, simply subscribe to the Highlight HEALTH Network email updates.

As the year draws to a close, let’s take a look back at the top stories readers were interested in for 2011. We’ve compiled two top ten lists of the most-viewed stories for the year, one as measured by the absolute number of page views and the other as measured by the average number of page views per day posted.

2011 top 10 on Highlight HEALTH

The Best of Highlight HEALTH 2010 – The Year in Review

This holiday season, Highlight HEALTH is celebrating its fourth year promoting advances in biomedical research. As the year draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at the top stories readers were interested in.

We’ve compiled a list of the most-viewed stories for the year, both in terms of the absolute number of page views and average number of page views per day posted. Many of the stories that made the list were obvious contenders; however, a few were surprising. One thing we know is that readers enjoy discovering the science of health.

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Top stories for 2010

We’ve calculated the top stories for 2010 on Highlight HEALTH using two measures, either by the highest absolute number of page views for the year (shown in red) or by the average number of page views per day (shown in white).

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Top 10 stories by highest absolute page view for the year

  1. The 2010 NF Conference — Connecting the Public with the Research
    (article #65; 10,525 page views)
    Neurofibromatosis (NF) encompasses a set of genetic disorders that cause tumors to grow on nerves. The Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) annual NF Conference is being held from June 5th – June 8th. Although the conference is restricted to researchers, the CTF will update the public about the research presented with a series of blog posts and short videos from the conference floor.
  2. The Association Between Smoking and Back Pain
    (article #34; 6,470 page views)
    A new study published in The American Journal of Medicine highlights another reason not to light up that cigarette — smokers (current and former) are more likely to suffer from low back pain than people who have never smoked.
  3. Cancer Research Blog Carnival #38 – Breast Cancer
    (article #83; 6,053 page views)
    Welcome to the 38th edition of the Cancer Research Blog Carnival, the monthly blog carnival that discusses what’s new in cancer research. In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this edition’s focus is on breast cancer.
  4. Social Media in Health and Medicine: Medlibs Round 2.7
    (article #75; 5,836 page views)
    Welcome to Medlib’s Round, edition 2.7, the monthly blog carnival highlighting excellent blog posts in the field of medical information. For this edition, we wanted to focus on how social media is being used to promote health information online.
  5. The Link Between Positive Psychology and Cancer Survival
    (article #77; 5,747 page views)
    The seemingly common idea that a positive outlook will help someone in poor health is currently under scientific investigation. A special supplement of the Annals of Behavioural Medicine directly addressed this topic and a recent article in the Lancet explored the relationship between positive psychology and cancer pathology.
  6. Is Junk Food Addictive?
    (article #64; 5,460 page views)
    In a recent paper in Nature Neuroscience, two researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida report that obese rats with extended access to what they deemed “palatable food” — bacon, sausage, cheesecake, pound cake, frosting and chocolate — exhibited compulsive like eating behavior, much like rats with extended access to cocaine or heroin.
  7. Refusing Immunizations Increases Risk of Chickenpox in Children
    (article #11; 5,224 page views)
    According to a new study published in the journalArchives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, children of parents who refuse vaccines are over eight times more likely to get chickenpox compared to fully immunized children [1]. The study, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), it is the first to assess the relationship between parental vaccine refusal and the risk of chickenpox in children.
  8. The National Health Observances Toolkit
    (article #42; 5,103 page views)
    To help promote certain health observances, the National Health Observances Toolkit provides information and ideas to engage the public in health promotion activities.
  9. Scientists Find New Form of Prion Disease that Damages Brain Arteries
    (article #44; 5,046 page views)
    National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists investigating how prion diseases destroy the brain have observed a new form of the disease in mice that does not cause the sponge-like brain deterioration typically seen in prion diseases. Instead, it resembles a form of human Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, that damages brain arteries.
  10. Personalized Medicine Approach Provides More Benefit for Patients with High Cholesterol than Current Guidelines
    (article #36; 4,966 page views)
    A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that a simple tailored treatment for high cholesterol provides more benefit per person treated and prevented significantly more coronary artery disease morbidity and death than the currently recommended treat-to-target approaches.

Top 10 stories by average number of page views per day

  1. Avastin, the FDA and Breast Cancer Patient Survival
    (article #106; average: 156 page views/day)
    The issue surrounding the use of Avastin for breast malignancies has nothing to do with rationing healthcare and everything to do with patient survival.
  2. Grand Rounds: the Impact of Healthcare Reform
    (article #102; average: 151 page views/day)
    For this edition of Grand Rounds, we’re focusing on the impact of healthcare reform: what are the changes to healthcare delivery, utilization, quality, costs (either as a provider or a patient) and outcomes.
  3. Happy Holidays (and watch the cookies!)
    (article #109; average:147 page views/day)
    Families everywhere are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and the temptation to eat and drink in excess during the holiday season can be hard to overcome. For example, consider Santa Claus.
  4. Blood Protein Linked to Alzheimers Brain Abnormalities
    (article #108; average: 136 page views/day)
    Researchers report that a protein in the blood may reflect the levels of beta amyloid protein in the brain and eventually lead to a blood test that helps to predict the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
  5. The Benefits of Animal Research
    (article #107; average: 122 page views/day)
    Animals are our allies in the war against cancer and other deadly diseases. Animal research is saving and extending both human and animal lives.
  6. Genetic Link to ADHD Identified
    (article #107; average: 122 page views/day)
    A recent study published in The Lancet finds that children with ADHD are more likely to have small segments of their DNA duplicated or missing than other children that don’t have the disorder.
  7. Health in 200 Countries Over 200 Years in 4 Minutes
    (article #101; average: 93 page views/day)
    The story of world health in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers in just four minutes.
  8. Cancer Research Blog Carnival #38 – Breast Cancer
    (article #83; average: 70 page views/day)
    Welcome to the 38th edition of the Cancer Research Blog Carnival, the monthly blog carnival that discusses what’s new in cancer research. In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this edition’s focus is on breast cancer.
  9. The Flu and Your Health
    (article #105; average: 68 page views/day)
    It’s the gift-giving season. However, there’s one gift this time of year you don’t want to give or get: the flu virus.
  10. NIHSeniorHealth.gov Adds Topic on Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults
    (article #103; average: 63 page views/day)
    NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has added a topic about anxiety disorders.

Thanks for reading and Best of Health in the coming year!

The Best of Highlight HEALTH 2009 – The Year in Review

Three years and going strong!

This month, Highlight HEALTH celebrates its third year promoting advances in biomedical research to encourage health literacy. We’re also excited to introduce the NIH Newsbot, which will help us to keep you up-to-date with the latest research news from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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The Highlight HEALTH Network consists of three web sites:

Each of these sites has a different purpose. Here at Highlight HEALTH, we focus on evidence-based biomedical research to educate readers and empower patients (if you’re interested in contributing, please let us know). Highlight HEALTH 2.0, a group effort, follows the use of Web 2.0 in health and medicine. Lastly, the Highlight HEALTH Web Directory is an online reference guide for reliable health and medical information.

There are a number of ways to connect with the Highlight HEALTH Network, including email or RSS feed, Twitter, FriendFeed and Facebook. If you have an internet-enabled cell phone, Highlight HEALTH can also be accessed via the mobile web.

Most popular articles for 2009

We’ve calculated the most popular articles for 2009 using two measures, either by the highest number of page views for the year (shown in red) or by the average number of page views (shown in white and calculated as the number of page views/number of days posted).

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Top 10 articles by page view

  1. Lack of Sleep Increases Susceptibility to the Common Cold
    (article #4; 10,679 page views)
  2. H1N1 Vaccine Study Summaries: Single Dose Provides Protection
    (article #42; 10,232 page views)
  3. Lifetime Immunity From the Flu
    (article #10; 8,611 page views)
  4. Brain Toniq Review: The Science Behind the Think Drink
    (article #17; 8,458 page views)
  5. What You Need to Know About the H1N1 Vaccine
    (article #47; 8,053 page views)
  6. Cancer Research Blog Carnival #21 – National Cancer Research Month
    (article #21; 8,036 page views)
  7. Clearing Up Concerns Over Vicks VapoRub
    (article #6; 7,914 page views)
  8. New Genes Associated with Blood Pressure and Hypertension
    (article #25; 7,638 page views)
  9. Read Highlight HEALTH In Your Inbox
    (article #3; 7,384 page views)

Top 20 articles by average page views/day

  1. H1N1 Vaccine Study Summaries: Single Dose Provides Protection
    (article #42; average: 96 page views/day)
  2. What You Need to Know About the H1N1 Vaccine
    (article #47; average: 88 page views/day)
  3. Finding Credible Health Information Online: MedLibs Round 1.8
    (article #54; average: 55 page views/day)
  4. Chromosome Telomeres and the Nobel Prize for Medicine
    (article #48; average: 54 page views/day)
  5. Details of Critically Ill Patients with H1N1 in Mexico and Canada
    (article #50; average: 53 page views/day)
  6. Rehabilitation at Home Just as Good as Day Hospital Care
    (article #43; average: 47 page views/day)
  7. Medpedia Now Includes News & Analysis, Alerts, Q&A
    (article #58; average: 42 page views/day)
  8. Safety and Distribution of the H1N1 Influenza Vaccine
    (article #53; average: 42 page views/day)
  9. Book Review: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness
    (article #49; average: 41 page views/day)
  10. Health Highlights – October 30th, 2009
    (article #51; average: 37 page views/day)
  11. The Review Is In: Lifestyle Changes Prevent Breast Cancer
    (article #46; average: 36 page views/day)
  12. Physician Failure to Report Abnormal Test Results to Patients
    (article #32; average: 36 page views/day)
  13. New Genes Associated with Blood Pressure and Hypertension
    (article #25; average: 35 page views/day)
  14. Metabolic Discoveries Hidden In Our Genomes
    (article #39; average: 35 page views/day)
  15. The Spectrum Health Value Study: Insured vs. Uninsured
    (article #36; average: 33 page views/day)
  16. Cancer Research Blog Carnival #21 – National Cancer Research Month
    (article #21; average: 33 page views/day)
  17. Need For Less Sleep Associated with Gene Mutation
    (article #40; average: 33 page views/day)
  18. NIH to Hold Conference on Family History
    (article #38; average: 33 page views/day)
  19. Medpedia: Reliable Crowdsourcing of Health and Medical Information
    (article #34; average: 32 page views/day)
  20. Brain Toniq Review: The Science Behind the Think Drink
    (article #17; average: 32 page views/day)

Thanks for reading and Best of Health in the coming year!

The Best of Highlight HEALTH 2008 – The Year in Review

As Highlight HEALTH celebrates its second year promoting advances in biomedical research to encourage health literacy, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued readership.

Three websites make up the Highlight HEALTH Network:

Each of these sites has a different purpose. Here at Highlight HEALTH, we focus on evidence-based biomedical research to educate readers and empower patients (if you’re interested in contributing, please let us know). Highlight HEALTH 2.0, a group effort, follows the use of Web 2.0 in health and medicine. Lastly, the Highlight HEALTH Web Directory is an online reference guide for reliable health and medical information.

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