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Wikipedia is No Substitute for Doctors


The “Mail online” recently trumpeted what physicians have been lamenting since the beginning of the Internet age: the web is not necessarily reliable for medical information. Call it a validation of sorts, courtesy of Dr. Robert Hasty of Campbell University in North Carolina colleagues.


The team concluded that many entries in Wikipedia, especially medical entries, contain false information. The message? Don’t use Wikipedia in place of your doctor.


The team published its study titled “Wikipedia vs Peer-Reviewed Medical Literature for Information About the 10 Most Costly Medical Conditions” in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, calling the information published in 20,000-plus medical related Wikipedia entries into question.

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According to the report, researchers identified the “10 costliest conditions in terms of public and private expenditure”—which included diabetes, back pain, lung cancer and major depressive disorder—and compared the content of Wikipedia articles about those conditions to peer-reviewed medical literature. Two randomly assigned investigators found that 90% of the articles contained false information, which could affect the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.


Also from the Post, “Pew research suggests that 72 percent of Internet users have looked up health information online in the last year. False information on Wikipedia accounts — like a edited information about the side effects of a medication or false information about the benefits of one course of treatment over another — could encourage some patients to push their doctors toward prescribing a certain drug or treatment.”


Source: Mail Online

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SomnoMed Appoints New President

Somnomed Ltd appoints new head for North American Region

SomnoMed announced the appointment of Kien T. Nguyen as President for SomnoMed Inc., the US subsidiary of SomnoMed Limited.

Kien has a lifelong career in the healthcare industry, working for leading companies such as Stryker Corporation, Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI) and various medical device divisions of Johnson & Johnson. Most recently, he was Vice President and General Manager of OtisMed, a business unit of Stryker Orthopaedics, a division of the $8 billion Stryker Corporation. At KCI, he fulfilled various functional Vice President positions, including Global Portfolio Management, Global Research & Ideation, and Global Marketing of the Active Healing Solutions division, with revenues responsibilities of $1.4 billion. Most of his earlier career was spent with Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, where he held roles in product development, product marketing, clinical sales and finally as Worldwide Marketing Director for the biosurgical business unit within Johnson & Johnson Wound Management.

SomnoMed is a public company providing diagnostic and treatment solutions for Sleep-related Breathing Disorders including obstructive sleep apnea, snoring and bruxism. SomnoMed was commercialized on the basis of extensive clinical research. Supporting independent clinical research, continuous innovation and instituting medical manufacturing standards has resulted in SomnoDent® becoming the state-of-the-art and clinically proven medical oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. SomnoDent® is the most comfortable and effective design and treatment solution for over 100,000 patients in 22 countries. For additional information, visit SomnoMed at http://www.somnomed.com.

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Health United States, 2010 with special feature on death and dying

Health, United States, 2010 is the 34th report on the health status of the Nation and is submitted by theSecretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to the President and the Congress of theUnited States in compliance with Section 308 of thePublic Health Service Act. This report was compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s(CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics served in a review capacity.The Health, United States series presents nationaltrends in health statistics. The report contains aChartbook that assesses the Nation’s health by presenting trends and current information onselected measures of morbidity, mortality, healthcare utilization, health risk factors, prevention, health insurance, and personal health care expenditures.This year’s Chartbook includes a special feature ondeath and dying. The report also contains 148 trend tables organized around four major subject areas:health status and determinants, health careutilization, health care resources, and health care expenditures. A companion product to Health,United States—Health, United States: In Brief—featuresinformation extracted from the full report. The complete report, In Brief, and related data productsare available on the Health, United States website at:  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus10.pdf

Health, United States, 2010 includes a summary‘‘At a Glance’’ table that displays selected indicators of health and their determinants, cross-referenced to charts and tables in the report. It also contains a Highlights section, a Chartbook, detailed trend tables, extensive appendixes, and an index.

This article is a treasure trove of detailed demographic data. It will flesh out or pump up any article dealing with Healthcare.

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