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Nutrition Labels On Alcohol - About Time?

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There has been a big push recently towards transparency in food packaging. Experts reckon that labelling the contents of alcoholic products might cut down on binge drinking.
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'I wonder how it will work in pubs, if it ever goes that far. Will the calorie intake be printed on the bottom of your pint glass?'

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Diabetes Disaster Threatens As Toddlers Develop Type 2

Diabetes Disaster Threatens As Toddlers Develop Type 2 | Interesting Health Articles | Scoop.it
Earlier this year five toddlers in Scotland were diagnosed with the condition and, in 2014, seventy children were identified as having type 2 diabetes, whereas 15 years ago this was unheard of.
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Healthcare Social Media

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Yesterday, I tuned in for a bit of the ONC Annual meeting. I caught the tail end of the Fireside chat with Karen DeSalvo, and Thomas Daschle and Bill Frist, MD who were both previously senate majority leaders. Near the end of the discussion, Bill offered up that social media is going to be the way that the change happens. He even commented that many in DC (and I think he was including the medical community as well) aren’t that keen on social media. However, he said that 300 million people (seems to be referencing Facebook’s number) are on it and that’s where the conversation and influence are happening.

It was quite an interesting moment to hear someone like him talk about many people in his position’s opposition (or at least dislike of) social media and how it was going to happen anyway. With that as context, I was intrigued by thisHealthcare Social Shakeup Infographic by CDW Healthcare. The title of their post sharing this infographic was called “Healthcare has officially gone social!” The same sentiment that Bill Frist shared. I love this excerpt from their post:

Healthcare social media is here to stay. The problem is that in most hospitals we’ve treated social media as a marketing task. It’s a technology, but tech doesn’t take any ownership of it. It’s interaction with patients and possibly patient care, but medical doesn’t want to be part of it. It will take all three groups at a hospital to really do it well.

 


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Nicole Gillen's curator insight, February 11, 2015 8:37 AM

Its coming friends - social media will reinvent healthcare

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6 Tips For Surviving Your Period

6 Tips For Surviving Your Period | Interesting Health Articles | Scoop.it

So, it’s that time of the month again… you know it’s going to be bad, you know it’s going to be uncomfortable and you know that, sometimes, it’s going to hurt.

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Six helpful tips for feeling better during your period. 

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We Gave Up Smoking, Will We Soon Stop Drinking Too?

We Gave Up Smoking, Will We Soon Stop Drinking Too? | Interesting Health Articles | Scoop.it
With the number of smokers declining, is alcohol use going the same way?
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It may surprise you to learn that drinking has actually been on the decline since 2005, with the proportion of men drinking regularly during the week falling from 72% to 64%, and weekly drinking by women falling from 57% to 52%.

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Social Media's Growing Role in Healthcare Marketing

Social Media's Growing Role in Healthcare Marketing | Interesting Health Articles | Scoop.it

While we have all heard “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” the real fruit of the healthcare industry today is social media. Social media is a bridge connecting people, ideas and emotions to answers. Possibilities. Healthcare is growing at a rapid pace, but the sphere of influence driven by social media is growing even faster.

With the development of smart phones and high speed internet comes the need for instantaneous results, brand relationships and full-disclosure. This trend does not circumvent the healthcare field. The impact a strong social presence can have on healthcare providers and patients alike knows no bounds.

Consumers today are hungry for information… And they want it now.

Nearly 34 percent of consumers find themselves using social platforms such as online forums, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to find and share medical information (Source: Demi & Cooper). In fact, a recent consumer survey suggests 72 percent of patients in the U.S. searched online for health-related information before and after visiting their doctor.

What does this mean for healthcare providers?

Consumers cling to the most accessible data they can get their hands on, whether it is accurate or not. It is imperative in this day and age to be a reliable source for your target audience. Additionally, 54 percent of patients are comfortable with their healthcare providers seeking advice online to help treat their condition. In these situations, having high-quality information readily available can help you establish credibility not only with consumers, but among industry colleagues, as well.

Consumers today want to develop brand relationships.

As shocking as this might sound, consumers WANT to be brand loyal. It makes their lives much easier to know who they can and cannot trust in industries they care about. It just so happens the way consumers today build these relationships is through their online interactions.

Being a part of the conversation is crucial when fighting to gain credibility as an expert in the healthcare field.


 

“Early adopters of social media in the health sector are not waiting for customers to come to them,” Ed Bennett of the University of Maryland Medical Center told HealthcareFinanceNews.com. “If you want to connect with people and be part of their community, you need to go where the community is and connect before you are actually needed.”

Nearly 2,337 hospitals in the United States have already bought into this truth in one way or another. Whether they are pushing out educational content through blog posts or commenting on Sally’s Facebook status about her daughter’s successful transplant: they are joining the conversation, making themselves known and most importantly trusted in the social stratosphere.

Consumers today are willing to share anything and everything.

Social media has completely transformed the way consumers view transparency. Whether you are a doctor, a patient or a parent, you have unlimited access to data on the Internet.

A recent study shows that 30 percent of adults are likely to share information about their health on social media sites with other patients, 47 percent with doctors, 43 percent with hospitals, 38 percent with a health insurance company and 32 percent with a drug company.

Social media opens the door to deeper and more productive discussions about diseases, symptoms and treatments. Podcasts and real-time updates of major catastrophic events and procedures through social media platforms are becoming a huge way to bolster the reach of a message. Social media also has become an outlet for patients and families to find support and guidance during what can be a terrifying and confusing time in their life. This degree of authenticity has never before been seen in healthcare.

 

 

As a result, 60 percent of doctors say social media improves the quality of care delivered to patients.

What does all of this mean for you? Simply put, a social media presence is a game-changer for healthcare providers throughout the industry. If you are readily available when consumers need answers and are looking for someone to trust, your business can only sky-rocket.

 


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Israel George's curator insight, January 27, 2015 3:18 PM

Healthcare Marketing for Consumers of Social Media.

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Very topical!

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The Best Health & Fitness Trackers To Use In 2015

The Best Health & Fitness Trackers To Use In 2015 | Interesting Health Articles | Scoop.it
A quick break down of some of the best health and fitness trackers to get for this year.
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 Today, with only about 32% of people in the UK deemed to have a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI), it’s never been more important to start tracking your health. 

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Why Are We So Reliant On Alcohol?

Why Are We So Reliant On Alcohol? | Interesting Health Articles | Scoop.it

Almost every day there is a news story claiming something else is bad for us, but when it comes to drinking alcohol to excess, not many of us seem to consider the health risks.

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Does Too Much Masturbation Lower My Sperm Count?

Does Too Much Masturbation Lower My Sperm Count? | Interesting Health Articles | Scoop.it
Does Too Much Masturbation Lower My Sperm Count? New blog from Online Clinic
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Is it true that masturbating too much can affect your sperm levels, making it harder to get a woman pregnant?

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Best Daily Routine for Losing Weight

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Best Daily Routine For Losing Weight We already know that most people in business have a busy schedule and squeezing time to exercise at the gym is next to impossible.

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Eat breakfast in the morning, during the day you mix diet soda with fruit juice and replace them with water, in the evening if you have kids pick them up from school and make a pit stop at the park before heading home.If you don't need to rush home to a family, stay out of rush-hour traffic and go for a walk along your city's sidewalks. On weekends It's normal to let your daily routine fall by the wayside on Saturday and Sunday, but you should use that extra time to be active. Wake up the kids and make a filling, healthy breakfast for everyone, then dig out the family bicycles and go riding together. If you don't have kids, find a Saturday aerobics class or biking club and get involved. In the evenings, make a habit of preparing a dish you've never cooked to keep yourself from calling for pizza. Use free time during the week to "schedule" your weekends. You don't have to be active every single minute, but keeping yourself busy will keep your mind off eating and you out of the kitchen.

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Can hot weather help you lose weight?

Can hot weather help you lose weight? | Interesting Health Articles | Scoop.it

As the heat continues to penetrate through our cities, a thought on some people’s minds is whether being outdoors in this weather will help them shed some weight.

 

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Does sweating and exercising in the heat help you lose weight?

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Fasting and health

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If done correctly, fasting can be good for your health and help you lose weight. Read our blog on how to manage your heath whilst fasting.
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Is fasting good or bad for your health? Does Ramadan pose any health risks or benefits?

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Obesity Warning - Put Down Those Crisps!

Obesity Warning - Put Down Those Crisps! | Interesting Health Articles | Scoop.it
The World Health Organisation (WHO), that bastion of dire heath predictions, is telling us that 3 out of 4 British men and 2 out of 3 British women will be overweight by 2030.
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Cold Hands? You Might Have Raynaud’s

Cold Hands? You Might Have Raynaud’s | Interesting Health Articles | Scoop.it
In most people the body saves heat for when it becomes cold by narrowing the blood vessels. In people with Raynaud’s it’s a little different and the body’s reaction to cold is much stronger than normal.
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Why Doesn't He Want Sex?

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If your partner’s sex drive is flagging, or you’re finding that physical intimacy is the last thing on his mind, then it’s worth looking at the reasons why this could be the case.
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What Are The Differences Between Premature Ejaculation (PE) and Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

What Are The Differences Between Premature Ejaculation (PE) and Erectile Dysfunction (ED)? | Interesting Health Articles | Scoop.it

Climaxing too soon or failing to get an erection can each have a big impact on a couple’s sex life. 

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Should We Stop Judging Other People’s Size?

Should We Stop Judging Other People’s Size? | Interesting Health Articles | Scoop.it
Being fat or thin attracts certain judgments based on social standards, but ultimately, a person’s size doesn’t necessarily equate to their overall health or mean that they should be treated differently because of it.
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Why Am I So Tired? Symptoms Of PMS

Why Am I So Tired? Symptoms Of PMS | Interesting Health Articles | Scoop.it
The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can be a painful and annoying experience for some women
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Typical signs of PMS include anxiety, mood swings, tiredness, irritability, depression, loss of confidence, clumsiness and difficulty sleeping.

 

They may seem scary but all are common symptoms experienced by many women. If you’re not sure what’s normal, don’t worry, just speak to your doctor about your concerns.

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Suffering From Sugar Withdrawal? Learn How To Curb Your Cravings

Suffering From Sugar Withdrawal? Learn How To Curb Your Cravings | Interesting Health Articles | Scoop.it
Eating sugary foods can make us feel good, that’s why we often find it so difficult to give them up.
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Modern convenience foods often contain high levels of sugar, and evidence shows that excessive consumption of the sweet stuff is linked with obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. That’s why we need to monitor our sugar intake if we want to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Does Shunning Smokers Motivate Them To Quit?

Does Shunning Smokers Motivate Them To Quit? | Interesting Health Articles | Scoop.it
Do we help smokers quit by punishing them or does it motivate them more? Find out at OnlineClinic
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While the smoking ban is certainly a good thing for public health, there has also been opposition from interest groups who believe the ban has had a negative effect on many pubs, bars and restaurants within cities.

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Why sleep is just as important as diet and exercise

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Patient Fusion " Blog " Why sleep is just as important as diet and exercise Why sleep is just as important as diet and exercise Posted by Contributing Writer After being diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in 2011, Lynn Mitchell, 68, was averaging...
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Don't Make These Weight Loss Mistakes

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Don't Make These Weight Loss Mistakes - Infographic by OnlineClinic
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Most people are aware that the main causes of excess fat are consuming too many calories and a sedentary lifestyle. But what if you have already reassessed your diet and taken up exercise, and yet you not seeing the changes you were expecting? Read on to find out if you are making some of the most common weight loss mistakes.

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Social media effective adjunct for contraception education

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. An adjunctive Facebook page was more effective than pamphlets for contraceptive education in young women. 

2. Women who received adjunctive contraception education on Facebook were more likely to choose long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). 

Evidence Rating Level: 1 (Excellent)

Study Rundown: This study found that Facebook, a social media outlet, was more effective than a traditional pamphlet at educating young women on contraceptive options and increasing uptake of LARCs. A major strength of this study is the randomized controlled design, which assured that all participants had equal access to their respective educational formats during their in-office visit. Generalizability is limited by well-educated sample population. Additionally, due to its in-office design, this study does not inform how patients would use resources outside of the office. Future studies might expand on these findings by additionally providing the Facebook page link or pamphlet to participants to take home and reassess their contraceptive knowledge at a follow-up visit to better evaluate at-home use and effectiveness.

 

In-Depth [randomized controlled trial]: Researchers randomized women ages 18-45 to receive an educational pamphlet (n=74) or an interactive Facebook page using video, diagram, and game form (n=69) in addition to the standard contraceptive counseling. Contraceptive knowledge was evaluated before and after education using the Contraceptive Knowledge Inventory score. Raw score, percentage increase in score, participant satisfaction, and contraceptive preference post intervention were evaluated.

Post intervention, women who received Facebook supplementation had both a higher median raw score (15 vs. 12, p<0.001) and a higher percentage increase in score (36% vs. 12%, p<0.001) compared to the pamphlet group. Compared to controls, women in the Facebook group were also reported more satisfied with their counseling method (median 10 vs. 6, p<0.001) and were more likely to choose long-acting reversible contraceptives (57% vs. 35%, p=0.01).

More from this author: SSRI use during pregnancy not associated with fetal, neonatal or infant mortality, IUD contraception equally effective in teenagers as in older women, More US women using emergency contraception, Updated USPSTF guidelines favor treatment of mild gestational diabetes

 


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