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1:19am

Mon December 3, 2012
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Social Media Help Diabetes Patients (And Drugmakers) Connect

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 7:20 am

Cameron Harris, who has had Type 1 diabetes since he was 8 years old, explains the ins and outs of using glucagon for blood sugar lows. Harris hosts a video podcast series called "In Range" on YouTube.
Harwood Podcast Network YouTube

When Kerri Sparling was 7 years old, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Her family didn't know anyone with the disease, so they sent her to diabetes camp — "where every single camper had Type 1 diabetes," she says.

"That was my first sense of not only other people who had diabetes, but a true community," says Sparling.

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3:53pm

Fri November 30, 2012
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Weekend Vote Will Bring Controversial Changes To Psychiatrists' Bible

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 10:18 am

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This weekend, 20 people from around the country will meet in a nondescript hotel room in Arlington, Va., and take a vote. A passing stranger who stumbled on this group wouldn't see much of anything, just a bunch of graying academic types sitting around a table.

But millions of people will be touched by that vote because the graying academic types are voting to approve the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual — the bible of psychiatry.

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2:59pm

Fri November 30, 2012
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SARS-Like Virus Found In Jordan, Hunt Is On For Other Cases

Originally published on Sat December 1, 2012 7:46 am

The World Health Organization says a new coronavirus has killed two people in Jordan — the third country where the novel microbe has been traced.

That brings lab-confirmed cases to nine, with five fatalities.

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10:00am

Fri November 30, 2012
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WHAM! Doctor Tries Comic Book To Boost Trauma Drug

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 10:44 am

Drama ensues when doctors work to save patients bleeding from traumatic injuries.
Ian Roberts

When it comes to public health, there are bad ideas that seemingly can't be stopped and smart ones that don't get their due.

Often, the real trick to improving health is getting both patients and doctors to hear the right message and then do something about it.

So what's the best way to get the word out about a decades-old generic drug that could save the lives of critically injured patients?

Make a comic book.

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8:49am

Fri November 30, 2012
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Radiologists Say It's Time To Come Out Of The Dark

Originally published on Sat December 1, 2012 7:47 am

Who's there? A radiologist studies digital X-rays in a viewing room at what is now called the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Seth Rossman U.S. Navy

Never mind that man or woman sitting in the dark deciphering the pictures that reveal the inner workings of your body.

It's common knowledge in medicine that many radiologists pick the lucrative specialty (averaging about $315,000 in pay a year) because the hours are fairly predictable and the typical work doesn't require dealing with patients.

But radiology has an image problem with patients, it seems. Many of them don't know who the doctors are or what they do.

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