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Heard Around The Blogosphere

Here’s my weekly list of things that caught my eye in the medical blogosphere:


With all the misinformed parents opting out of vaccinating their kids, could polio make a comeback the way measles has? Dr. Doug Farrago speculates about the new wave of paralyzed children that may be on the horizon.


What kind of person blogs? A new study suggests that bloggers are more likely to be both “open-minded” and “neurotic” by nature.

Drugs of Abuse

Steroid abuse can lead to a severe form of disfiguring acne. KevinMD found this example.

How NOT to forge a prescription for pain medicines. Thank you, Dr. White Coat.

The Healthcare System

Barack Obama says that a government-run single payer healthcare system makes sense for America. Now THAT’s scary.

Thousands wait in line for a free health clinic, staffed by volunteer physicians in Apalachia.

The government clamps down on pharmaceutical gift pens and paper to doctors while welcoming millions in sponsorship from them for political causes. Wow.


How about this new gadget? A clock that you can wear on your thumb nail.

Weird Anatomy

Would you like a vase shaped like your elbow or knee? Why not?

Are men with wider faces more likely to be violent? Dr. Joe presents the latest research.

This artist takes old fashioned anatomical drawings and makes them “joyful.”

Some serious exophthalmos from Happy Hospitalist.

The Cutest Animal Photo EVER

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Thanks,

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