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Facebook addiction more likely in men?

MEN may be more likely than women to become Facebook addicts, according to Australian researchers.

Social media policies could be harmful

SOCIAL media policies that recommend doctors separate their professional and personal content are operationally impossible and potentially harmful, bioethicists contend.

Doctors’ tweets ‘unprofessional’, study shows

Doctors’ tweets ‘unprofessional’, study shows

SWEDISH researchers have issued doctors and medical students a fresh reminder to “think before you tweet”, following a study examining physicians’ use of the social media site Twitter.

GPs should act as a ‘filter’ for Dr Google

FACEBOOK and Google are trusted sources of health information for many Australians, according to research that serves as a reminder of the ‘filter’ role GPs must play, an expert maintains.

Warning: doctors’ computers hacked

Warning: doctors’ computers hacked

A QUEENSLAND Police detective has warned GPs to make sure their computer security is in place after several medical centre business file servers around the country were attacked by cyber criminals.

AHPRA’s social media regulation questioned

A GP has questioned whether AHPRA should regulate practitioner use of Facebook and other social media sites, arguing extra regulation could mean more red tape, higher registration fees and less opportunity for patient feedback.

Draft social media policy 'stifling' and costly: critics

Draft social media policy 'stifling' and costly: critics

GPRA has raised concerns about AHPRA’s new draft social media policy, arguing that GPs need to “embrace” communication advances rather than “stifle” the progress and discussion that is possible using these platforms.

GP feedback wanted on draft social media policy

GP feedback wanted on draft social media policy

AHPRA has called for feedback on a draft policy for practitioners’ use of social media warning them about the legal and professional implications of making comments about patients in the public domain.

Social media: a new tool to curb smoking

HEALTH promotion experts are trying to turn the tables on peer pressure by using social media to foster an anti-smoking culture among young people.

Social media can protect patients

GPs who are yet to engage with social media are leaving their patients vulnerable to exploitation by those “who may not have the patients’ interests at heart”, according to a visiting US expert.

Are Facebook friendships changing our brains?

THE number of Facebook friends an individual has is linked to the amount of grey matter they have in specific regions of the brain, UK neuroscientists have shown. And while it is sometimes said that online social networking friends differ in intimacy and number from those acquired through other social interaction, the researchers showed variability in the size of Facebook networks was significantly correlated with the span of each individual’s real world friendships. Brain imaging of 125 avid Facebook-using university students found the number of social network ‘friends’ reliably predicted grey matter density in the right superior ...

Facebook faster for food poisoning outbreaks

SOCIAL networking sites like Facebook provide the ideal tool for public health officers to use in investigating outbreaks of food-borne disease, researchers say. Reports of gastrointestinal illness following a wedding reception in Chicago, USA, were investigated much more quickly through Facebook surveys than through questionnaires distributed via email, the researchers said. Staff of the Illinois Department of Public Health found that 41 guests responded to the survey distributed through Facebook compared to only 14 who responded via an emailed survey link. Importantly, Facebook users responded overnight, in just under nine hours, whereas those responding via email ...

British doctors cautioned on Facebook ethics

BRITISH doctors and medical students have been warned not to accept friend requests from patients on social networking sites such as Facebook and to adopt a conservative approach to online relationships, to prevent blurring the doctor-patient relationship. The guidance from the British Medical Association follows a similar warning from the AMA to Australian medicos late last year as social networking sites continue to expand in popularity and evolve in application. Chairman of the BMA’s Medical Ethics Committee, Dr Tony Calland, said the guidance was an important tool in aiding doctors to avoid potential social media pitfalls. ...

Mums warned about sourcing breast milk online

THE growing use of the Internet to arrange human breast milk donations is worrying experts, who say the practice could expose babies to diseases and contaminants. Facebook groups such as Eats on Feets have networks across Australia, connecting needy mothers with suppliers who may airfreight the milk across the country. While concerned about women sourcing breast milk from strangers, Dr Jennifer James (PhD), director of the Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand, said the situation was an indictment on a society that failed to provide adequate human milk banks. Only two banks currently operate in Australia, ...

Warning on sourcing breast milk from Internet

THE growing use of the Internet to arrange human breast milk donations is worrying experts, as babies may be exposed to disease or contaminants. Facebook groups such as Eats on Feets have networks in every state and territory in Australia, connecting needy mothers with potential suppliers who may airfreight the milk across the country. Dr Jennifer James (PhD), director of the Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand, said while she had concerns about women sourcing breast milk from strangers, the situation was an indictment on a society that failed to provide adequate human milk banks, with ...

Facebook triggers asthma attack in troubled teenager

THE popular social networking site Facebook is now being accused of triggering a patient’s asthma exacerbations. Italian respiratory experts, writing in The Lancet , say an 18-year-old male with well-controlled asthma experienced repeated exacerbations after breaking up with his girlfriend, and having her subsequently ‘defriend’ him on Facebook. The patient eventually succeeded in logging into Facebook using a new nickname and being reinstated as a ‘friend’ of his ex-girlfriend. After he gained access to her Facebook profile, a repeated login to her profile – where she had ‘friended’ other young men – appeared to induce ...

New generation doctors face privacy challenges of social media

YOUNG doctors are being urged to get serious about online privacy and social media sites, amid growing concern over the posting of unprofessional and offensive material on the Internet. The warnings come as a New Zealand study revealed that a quarter of medical graduates who used Facebook had lax security settings that left their profiles open to public scrutiny. Around 40% of the open profiles revealed the user’s sexual orientation and relationship status; nearly 20% revealed their religious views; and 10% had photos of themselves clearly drunk.  Some graduates openly complained about employers or colleagues, while ...

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