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Reading medical journals can actually be fun: how digital and social media transforms medical journal publishing

Last night, when I was searching online for an article published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), a message popped up on my screen, asking if I would like to install an app called “The JAMA Network Reader” in my Google Chrome browser. Out of curiosity, I downloaded the app and set up an […]

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Venture capital indicates trends of digital health

The pharmaceutical industry has been experiencing some fundamental changes–outstanding efficacy and cost-effectiveness is more essential than ever for a drug to gain market access; the traditional one-size-fits-all blockbuster strategy has been increasingly challenged by personalized medicine, and the use of medicine is declining. These changes suggest the pharmaceutical industry needs to transform from “drug maker” to […]

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Does online search really put patient privacy in danger?

A research letter published online this week in JAMA Internal Med reveals that several popular websites that provide medical information for consumers have either integrated third-party tracking elements or leaked search terms to third-parties. Those websites included some high-profile names such as the New York Times, WebMD, Weight Watchers and Men’s Health. The researcher looked […]

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Transforming buzzword to outcome: how social media can help to address the diabetes pandemic

This weekend, “diabetes” is a big buzzword in social media as the 73rd American Diabetes Association Scientific Session is taking place in Chicago. So far, there have been 3,500 tweets reporting on the congress. Of those tweets, a significant portion was generated by patient advocates who often refer to themselves as members of the “Diabetes […]

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How we communicate vaccine matters–another case of big data

A study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases found that the introduction of a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer in 2006 has reduced infections with HPV by more than half among girls and young women. Another recent study published online in PLOS ONE discovered vaccination prevented between 1.1 million and 5 million cases of the flu […]

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