Health continues to be the leading interest for almost every person on this planet. Not only is it among the most important things in one’s personal life, but it is also one of the biggest industries in the world. The National Institute of Health (NIH) alone spends close to $31 billion annually on medical research in US. As NBC News informs, health professionals top the list the highest-paid professionals in America. No wonder then that sources of information about health issues are among the most looked-at publications today, both for the layman and the professionals in the health field. Let us go over the 100 most helpful and informative resources for medical professionals.
1. World Health Organization (WHO)
Part of the United Nations system, the World Health Organization (WHO) sees to public health internationally. With updates on all things health A to Z, WHO runs thousands of programs and projects all over the world and keeps the public as well as medical professionals informed through journals and annual statistics published in special reports. The WHO website carries valuable information about social issues, like child marriages and others, and their impact on health in an international, cross-cultural context. The site has health-related information and reports sorted country-wise, which makes it easy to access required information about a public health issue in a particular region.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) operates under the Department of Health and Human Services, based in Georgia, US. This agency is more specifically recognized for keeping an eye on incidence and impact of epidemics, contagious diseases, and outbreaks. But it covers a lot of other topics in the health field, including but not limited to workplace safety, emergencies and injuries, and environmental health. The site also hosts over a dozen blogs that discuss the relation between health and important issues like genomics, literacy, and environment. The agency’s site is of particular interest to those interested in training and education in health under “CDC Learning Connection”.
3. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Like CDC, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) works under the Department of Health and Human Services. Besides general health categories, the NIH website has some specialized sections, like Minority Health, as well as a separate section for Procedures and Therapies, listed alphabetically so that visitors can jump to the kind of therapy or medical procedure they want to learn more about. Above all, NIH site has a great appeal for those interested in the research and educational side of health. Those seeking grants and funding will be particularly interested in NIH site as it is here that you get to-the-point information about various types of funding available for research in health, including the eligibility of the applicants and the funding process.
4. United States Public Health Service (PHS)
Working as part of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Health and Human Services is the leading resource of information for all health professionals and would-be health professionals interested in having a career in public health. For those working in the health sector, the PHS site is important for its recruitment and career information. Besides other fields of medical science, PHS carries information for professionals and/or aspiring professionals in Veterinary Medicine and Behavioral Health. Training and internship opportunities for students of health science are also listed on the site. PHS site is specifically a career site and does not list articles or news related to health. So it is not of the general reader’s interest.
5. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. It protects and promotes public health by regulating the food and drug safety as well as enforcing laws that are related to public health but not directly related to medicine or drugs. What drug is safe and what food can be taken without posing a risk to your health is mainly left to the FDA to deicide, and every medical professional needs to bookmark the FDA website for timely updates on the legal status of food and medication items. The FDA site also has a section for medical devices and their safety.
1. The Lancet
Founded in London in 1823, The Lancet remains established as one of the world’s leading medical journals with best of the best in research standards. Besides original research in the field of medicine, the journal publishes news and reviews related to various issues in international health and medical practice. Since the start of the 21st century, the journal has branched off into more than one specialized journals: The Lancet Oncology, The Lancet Neurology, The Lancet Infectious Diseases, and The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. The journal enjoys one of the highest impact factors, i.e. 38·28. It maintains its independent status and is not affiliated with any medical or scientific institution or organization.
2. American Journal of Public Health (AJPH)
It is the official Journal of the American Public Health Association and has been publishing original peer-reviewed research work since 1911. Content of AJPH is diverse and includes Ethics, Health Policy, Politics and Law, and various other areas – all explored in the context of public health. By 2011, the journal’s impact factor was 3.926. Some amazing features.
3. Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)
One of the most recognized peer-reviewed journals in health and environment, this monthly journal thoroughly explores the scientific connection between health and environment. The journal is published with the support of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, and US Department of Health and Human Services. With a fairly high impact factor of 7.04, the journal is read worldwide. All online content of the journal is free to access, including podcasts with leading researchers in environmental health science. The journal generously allows all content to be reprinted as part of public domain.
4. American Psychologist
This is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the distinguished American Psychological Association (APA), which publishes over 70 journals in the field of psychology. Research published in the journal covers all aspects of psychology, including mental health and approaches toward study of psychological concepts. The journal has an impact factor of 6.86 and publishes 9 issues a year. It is primarily of interest to mental health or behavioral science professionals who are interested in national and international policy issues. For more empirical research, health professionals can benefit from any of the sister journals published by APA.
5. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
Published since 1883, JAMA is a weekly publication (48 issues per year) with a high impact factor of 30. The journal has a claim to being the most widely circulated medical journal worldwide with about one million monthly visitors to the journal’s website. Articles published in JAMA fall into a range of categories from clinical trials to research letters and viewpoint. Original research reports about caring for the critically ill patient are a special feature of the journal. The journal grants free access to online content for institutions in developing countries. An interesting online interactive feature of the journal is the “Quizzes” section where readers are asked questions about a medical situation and invited to select the best approach toward treatment among the options provided.
6. British Medial Journal (BMJ)
The renowned British Medical journal (BMJ) exists in print as well as online in entirety – all printed articles appearing on the journal’s website. The journal has been publishing original research since 1840. Now published weekly, it has an impact factor of 14. Besides free access to original research papers, the journal’s website also provides videos, blogs, and podcasts. The “Specialties” menu on the website classifies various special areas in the medical field and researchers can submit a paper online if they are registered with the site. As a sign their professionalism and care for site visitors, the site has tutorials for authors, editors, reviewers, and admin. And to make the site more interactive, there is a “Community” section where members can join discussions on various topics in health and medicine.
7. New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)
Published by the Massachusetts Medical Society, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is regarded as one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed journals in the world of medical research. Having a massive impact factor of 53.298, the journal not only publishes original research, review articles, and caser reports, but also has a special section “Images in Clinical Medicine” wherein visitors can browse figures and multimedia, learning from images that equal a thousand words. The journal grants free access to online content for all developing countries and free access to all content after 6 months of publication for citizens of non-developing countries.
8. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians
Though this journal specifically deals with oncological (cancer) topics, its highest impact factor of 101.78 ranks it as the top journal in medicine field today among more than 8000 rated journals. Published by Wiley-Blackwell for The American Cancer Society, the journal publishes research on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer. Published bimonthly (6 issues per year) since 1950, the journal has a regular readership of over 100,000 individuals.
9. International Journal of Epidemiology
Dealing with epidemiological issues, the International Journal of Epidemiology primarily interests those who like to keep up with new developments in the field of epidemiology – causes and effects of diseases. The special focus of this journal on research and teaching makes it an ideal publication for educators in the field of medicine, particularly epidemiology. But it enjoys equal popularity among medical professionals interested in health services and medical care. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Epidemiological Association, the journal has an impact factor of 7.583. It publishes 6 issues per year.
10. Annual review of Public Health
The Annual Review of Public Health is published annually since1980 by Annual Reviews, a non-profit scientific publisher. The journal has an impact factor of 5.451and covers notable developments in the field of Public Health, ranging from advances in epidemiology and biostatistics to environmental issues impacting health and topics in occupational health, as well as issues involving the social environment and behavior of people. Broadly, it includes health services and public health practice, making it a keynote publication for medical professionals.
1. Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic has been one of the most popular and frequently visited medical websites providing free, online health-related information to millions. A nonprofit with worldwide following, the site has a separate section for medical professionals. The site has a staff of 3800 physicians and scientists with close to 51 thousand administrative and allied health staff from clinics and hospitals. The site also hosts a store of helpful information sources, like books and DVDS, plus live courses. In addition, the site runs experts’ blogs on topics like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and stress etc. And of course, you can look for a doctor on Mayo Clinic and make an appointment online for any medical condition.
2. Right Diagnosis
An emerging medical website, Right Diagnosis combines informative sections seen on other sites – symptoms, diseases, forum/community – with search engine properties so visitors can search for a doctor, hospital, or pharmacy according to their specific needs. The special feature of the site is the “Misdiagnosis” section where you can get important information on commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions and the possible underlying reasons of the misdiagnosis while also guiding briefly on home diagnostic testing. Another helpful feature on the site is the medical dictionary under the section called “Tools”. One notable weakness of the site is that it doesn’t seem to have its social media pages, like a Facebook page or a Twitter account. Also, ads on the site are a bit distracting; yet, the information is invaluable and that is why the site is followed well in English speaking countries including US, UK, and Australia.
When it comes to finding the right drug for a medical condition or just important information about any drug – prescription, over-the-counter, or alternative – drugs.com is the site to consult. Besides the updated archives of over 24 thousand drugs, the site has a special feature called “Pill Identification Wizard” so that you are walked through a series of easy steps in identifying some drug you found in your house or office etc and wanted to clear any worries or confusion. The site lets you match the drug with its own record of drugs. Drugs.com also has a “News” section to keep visitors updated on important things happening in the world of medicine.
HealthCentral is parent site with links to its more than 3 dozen sites that carry information to specific health conditions ranging from Asthma to Sexual Health and Skin Cancer. Each of the sites provides information about diagnosis, treatment, resources, and slideshows dealing with the specific medical condition. The special feature of the parent site is the opportunity allowed to speakers on health issues at any of the speaking events hosted by the site. And to remind, patients with good knowledge about any medical condition are also included among experts qualified for speaking and sharing their experience.
The title “How Can We Help You Today?” is the most attention-grabbing feature of this site which aims at bringing visitors one step closer to health. The site has two main sections: Health Topics and Health Tools. Both can be used as a quick medical resource by medical professionals as well as common readers. Pill Identifier and Drug Search features provide the site with search engine usability. Besides news, blogs, slideshows, and videos, Healthline also has a recipe bank where healthy recipes A to Z are listed alphabetically. Another highly useful feature is the Human Body Map feature which doctors can use to illustrate body anatomy to their patents in their clinics or offices.
Part of the WebMD Health Professional Network, Medscape is committed to providing clinicians and health professionals updated and practically useful information on patient care. It is a site that serves as an educational resource for medical professionals. Based in New York, the site offers a healthcare directory for medical professionals in addition to discussion on topics in Ethics, Management, and Legal Issues. A distinguishing feature of the site is that after free registration at the site, it takes registered users automatically to a personalized site that fits their information needs, based on the details they submitted at the registration time.
Part of WebMD Network, eMedicineHealth.com is a comprehensive medical information site updated since May 2003. The site has good visual appeal with slideshows and an image gallery. The medical dictionary and quiz sections can find good use among both students and educators. For the general public, the site has visually attractive illustrations (slideshows) of first aid and emergency handling guides. Qualified professionals can also become medical editors at eMedicineHealth.
Another WebMD Network site, RxList has a stronger focus on drugs and supplements but it has the detailed list of diseases and a symptom checker for quick self-diagnosis (which is not meant to replace professional clinical diagnosis). The A to Z list of drugs/medications is alphabetically sorted. Also, the site has an extensive list of vitamins, herbs, and supplements, thus combining natural medicine with clinically used allopathic medications. Like other WebMed sites, RxList has the standard menu of content with images, slideshows, and Pill Identifier.
9. Healthy Children
This official site of the American Academy of Pediatrics is of primary interest to parents, guardians, and pediatricians. It publishes articles in a range of categories related to child health and growth. The special “Tips and Tools” section on the site allows readers to ask Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians any questions about child health, provided you are registered with the site. You can also find a pediatrician or pediatric health expert near you by entering only your zip code in the search box available on the site.
MedlinePlus is a website from the National Institutes of Health and is produced by National Library of Medicine. It provides free, up-to-date information on diseases and issues relating health and wellness to its target audience – patients and their families and friends. Content has been categorized according to the demographic groups among the audience: General, Seniors, Men, Women, and Children. The “Drugs and Supplements” section also includes herbal remedies and dietary supplements and their respective drug interactions. This site is a good resource for professionals treating families or specific age groups like children or seniors.
Health News Websites
Arguably the most popular health news website, Web MD has a claim to providing reliable information on numerous issues and key areas in the field of health. The site has a professional team of qualified reporters and journalists to cover updates on all health-related topics in a timely fashion. The site is also of equal interest to general readers with a number of interactive features. WebMD has a special section called “Assess Yourself” wherein visitors can use an online assessment tool for a given medical condition, including one’s physical status for things like “taste”, “how well you eat”, and “how fit is your family” etc. For any questions or guidance on specific topics, there are videos and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
2. Medical News Today (MNT)
A leading independent health and medical news website, Medical News Today is owned by MediLexicon International Ltd, based in the United Kingdom. With hourly health news from well-regarded sources – such as JAMA, BMJ, Lancet, BMA – plus articles written by the site’s team, MNT’s archive contains over 250,000 news articles. Articles are categorized and sorted alphabetically. Research articles and news about controversial issues like Abortion and Stem Cell Research are also included. A special feature of the site is the archive of health-related videos that is regularly updated. And the site has an Opinion Forum where discussion is encouraged and you don’t have to be registered to submit any opinion for approval and appearance in the forum.
This popular site has a “Symptom Checker” that can be set separately for men or women to check for any symptoms associated with one or more medical conditions. Part of the WebMD network, MedicineNet is popular not only for covering human health issues but also for its Pet Health pages. Pet Health on the site is divided in two main categories: Dogs and Cats. Another notable feature of the site is its visual appeal with high quality pictures and a special section of “Slideshows” that convey essentials of many important health conditions and issues relating health along with excellent illustrations. In addition, the “Quizzes” section lets visitors test their knowledge of a health topic in a fun-to-do way. For extra credit, it was the MedicineNet team of doctors that authored the first three editions of Webster’s New World™ Medical Dictionary.
4. News Medical
Based in New South Wales, Australia, News Medical has an extensive set of archives in News, Drugs, Medical Devises, and Health Services. The comment/forum section is updated hourly and over a dozen weekly health newsletters are available to subscribe for free. For professionals who want to share some research or news, the site has a link for submitting news to the site. News Medical also has links to several free magazines. Twitter enthusiasts will find this site particularly interesting as it has a special section called “Medical News Tweets”.
5. Reuters Health
Part of the celebrated international news agency Reuters, Reuters Health publishes breaking news from pharmaceutical, medical and consumer health sources worldwide. The site’s slogan “Timely, Reliable, Relevant” reflects its standards for reporting on the most timely issues of global significance. The site publishes about 25 to 30 stories daily but requires registration to access the content. For speakers of Spanish, the site has the “Reuters Salud” version covering global breaking consumer health and wellness news in Spanish.
6. Hospital News
Hospital News is a recently launched health news website from Canada’s well-known healthcare newspaper of the same name. In addition to news and columns discussing various health matters, the site serves to keep health professionals updated on upcoming events, job opportunities, and links to useful resources including a Hospital Search function. Institutions and businesses that hire healthcare professionals can also use the site to post job opportunities available with them.
If there is one site where physicians, students, and allied clinical professionals can get the most – if not all – they need, it is none else than DoctorsLounge. The site is a medical professional’s haven with news, articles, links to medical/health journals, tutorials, software; you name it. For relaxing your tired or anxious nerves, the site also has a humor page with pictures, jokes, videos, and bloopers. All this plus a job search function for the career-seeking user. For the doctors, it’s just what the doctor ordered.
This massively informative health website is constantly updated with news and articles from sources all over the world. Based in Chennai, India, the site has loads of resources for health professionals, students, and readers interested in any aspect of health. Medical humor and health animations are two special features that add more flavor to the site. In addition, doctors can have their own free homepage on the site. Directories, services, multimedia, career opportunities and lots of more resources all make this an ideal site for doctors and students anywhere in the world.
9. Natural Health News
One of the most popular health news sites, both in US and globally, Natural Health News has a lot more than news and articles about health and environment. Operating without profit-making, the site aims at empowering individuals to make better and more health-friendly choices in their lives. Library, infographics, videos, cartoons, and music are some of the many resources available to visitors – most of them free. For health professionals, especially alternative health professionals, Natural Health News is one of the top sites to bookmark or use as one’s homepage.
Human health isn’t the only concern of humans; for millions of pet owners, pets are family and receive needed healthcare. For veterinary doctors and pet owners, dvm360 is an invaluable resource of information. News, Medicine, Business, Events, and other sections relevant to veterinary practice are posted daily on dvm360. The content can be customized by “Special Roles”, e.g., “owner”, “students”, “associates”, and others. An extra feature on the site is the “Find a Job” function where you can search for a position available in your area of choice or just sign up to receive job alerts in your inbox.
1. Health Magazine
Published by Time Inc. since 1987, Health magazine has taken the lead in women’s health issues, focusing on problem-solving content. Qualified professionals review and fact-check the content prior to publication in the magazine. The online version provides many of the articles from the print version along with a free weekly e-newsletter. With sections like “Food and Recipes” and “Beauty and Style”, the magazine is of great interest to all women audiences but also to medical professionals working in the area of women’s health.
2. Therapy Today
Therapy Today is the official publication of the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is regarded as the leading magazine in United Kingdom for counseling and psychotherapy professionals. Besides counselors and psychotherapists, the published articles in the journal come from researchers, students, and policymakers. The key attraction of this magazine is publication of debates about ethical issues and best practices in therapy, taking its appeal beyond mental health and entering the realm of humanities and social sciences. The magazine publishes 10 issues a year; BACP members have free access to all content online.
3. Living Without
Living Without is a lifestyle magazine with focus on food allergies and how to eat the healthiest food for avoiding sensitivity issues with diet. The magazine publishes information about different kinds of food allergies and has a number of other features – like links to useful ebooks and customer service, etc – to help readers get a better understanding of the role of diet in wellness. The “Community” section allows thousands of readers to participate in discussion about food allergy topics. Living Without is a good resource for doctors who treat patients with sensitivity issues to one or more kinds of food.
4. Apollo Life
Apollo Life is published by Asia’s leading private healthcare chain Apollo Hospitals. The magazine addresses a range of health issues from mental and emotional to nutritional, physical, and environmental issues. Health topics are listed separately from “Healthy Living” in which lifestyle elements are described with health benefits. Visitors can also use the online health tools provided at the site including abdominal girth, height-weight chart, BMI calculator etc. The magazine is fairly focused on preventive measures to maintaining better health.
5. Teaching Technology
This free online magazine from the UK features articles on teaching technology for medical practitioners. Readers can use the option of either downloading the entire magazine as an ebook or individual articles they find interesting or important. In addition to free technology guides, the magazine’s website also offers a page of education and healthcare resources, mainly of interest to audiences in the UK.
Winner of the 2011 Awards for Publication Excellence, (APEX), this magazine comes from physicians and other medical professionals having first-hand experience with their patients. Main focus of this magazine is serious health threats; for example, diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart problems. To make access easy and save paper for the environment, Radius magazine is now in transitional phase from a print publication to becoming an entirely online mag. Interested readers will have the option to receive a FREE monthly e-newsletter by subscribing at the magazine’s website www.radthemag.com.
7. Addiction Treatment Magazine
Published from Long Beach, California, Addiction Treatment Magazine publishes the most interesting and up-to-date research on all aspects and various kinds of addiction. Articles range from alcohol and drugs to sex and video games as objects of addiction. Analyses of addiction-related laws and features on drug-related deaths are sections of special interest in this magazine. The “Culture and Media” section includes book reviews and trends, and the site has a toll-free number to call if help is needed with any addiction-related problem.
Published from the United Kingdom for 50 years, GP is a magazine, a website, and an iPad edition with CPD tools. Primarily, it is an up-to-date resource for all general practitioners covering a range of areas like medical education, competition in the medical practice, career opportunities, and expert commentary on issues involved in clinical practice. General Practitioners based in the United Kingdom can request free copies of GP magazine via a registration form on the magazine’s site. The iPad edition includes extra clinical images and CPD tools, making it a more useful and visually attractive resource for medical practitioners. For a bonus, visitors can access the online drug and guideline database hosted on a sister site.
9. Discover Magazine
Some of the most compelling stories today about health, environment, and body-mind issues are featured by the popular Discover magazine. A monthly publication with some special issues published each year, Discover publishes original research in an easy, non-technical language friendly to both health professionals and the average reader. The site of the magazine is updated daily with fresh reports and research stories. Doctors interested in other fields of science, especially in space science and technology topics, will find Discover even more engaging because the magazine has separate sections for stories in these fields of research. The magazine has won a number of awards for being an outstanding publication that makes science accessible for a wide range of population.
10. Science Daily
With over 50 thousand websites linking to it, Science Daily is one of the topmost popular science magazines online, constantly updated with fresh stories about the most interesting and significant research in various fields in science. In all the content categories of the magazine, “Health and Medicine” is a leading section of popular interest. Besides Health and Medicine, “Mind and Brain” is a section with a lot of interesting and informative content about mental health and behavioral science that can be of great appeal to doctors and health professionals worldwide.
1. Physicians’ Desk Reference
First and foremost for all medical practitioners comes the desideratum called Physicians’ Desk Reference. With a complete and updated compilation of information on prescription drugs, this is the book every doctor needs on his/her desk(s) for quick reference. Electronic editions are now available to be used on a physician’s electronic device. The print version, however, continues to be popular with most physicians and the latest edition (2013) has been published January 1st, 2013, by PDR Network (based in New Jersey).
2. The Seven Pillars of Health
New York Times best-selling author Don Colbert made it real big with his groundbreaking book The Seven Pillars of Health (Siloam, 2006), which remains popular to date. Reminding Americans that they are the “unhealthiest people in the world”, this book presents the 50-day, life-changing plan that claims and reclaims great health to all who want to know whatever it takes to attain health beyond prescription drugs and hospitals. Whether you are a medical professional or a student, 17 or 70, this book has content of boundless interest and importance and is for all readers.
3. The Human Antenna
The Human Antenna (Energy Psychology Press, 2010) by Dr. Robin Kelly is a book that masterfully integrates health science, genetics, and behavioral/psychological research. Winner of the Science Book of the Year at the 2011 US National Best Books Awards, the book explains startling phenomena and puzzling observations in medical practice in a clear scientific context. This is one of the most attention-grabbing and acutely focused books that connect the science of human health and consciousness from the microscopic level up to the scale of the universe. The book has equal appeal for both mainstream medical practitioners and alternative health therapists as well as the average reader interested in science, health, and/or consciousness.
4. Good Germs, Bad Germs
Why are antibiotics becoming ineffective? This and more questions about human health and the role of microorganisms in building or destroying it make the subject matter of this important and interesting book by award-winning science writer and journalist Jessica Snyder Sachs. Good Germs, Bad Germs (Hill and Wang, 2008) opens the eyes of health researchers and policymakers to the need for revised strategies and approaches in dealing with microbial germs, mainly bacteria, which are usually targeted categorically as a health threat to human populations. This book is for every medical and health professional and for anyone interested in learning about the usually untold facts about health.
5. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
With nearly 500 Amazon reviews rating the book at 4.6 out of 5 stars, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Scribner, 2011) is a unique and compelling book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, telling the story of cancer. The book incorporates a comprehensive account of the history of the deadliest maladies in human history, written in a literary and engaging style. Regarded as a literary thriller as well as a medical history book, The Emperor of All Maladies was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in the category of General Nonfiction. The book was called “an elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal” while Time Magazine listed it as one of the 100 most influential books in the past 100 years.
6. Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (8th Edition)
If there’s one item every doctor likes to keep in their clinic in addition to a stethoscope, it has to be the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (Oxford University Press, 2010). It is a concise but complete pocket-sized guide of 900 plus pages to all that is important in contemporary clinical medicine. Put together by five qualified authors with experience in the medical field, the handbook has a special chapter “History and Examination” added to the content to help practitioners get much more helpful information from patients about their health/medical history. This edition also has enhanced quality images that make it easier and more illustrative as a guide to medical practice.
7. The Great Cholesterol Myth
The subtitle of this book “Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will” hints at the immensely important topic the authors of this book (Fair Winds Press, 2012) have taken up for exploring in detail. Cardiologist and certified psychotherapist Stephen T. Sinatra and nutritionist Jonny Bowden show health professionals and the common reader why lowering cholesterol isn’t the solution to heart disease as well as what the real culprits are and what to do about them. With over 197 Amazon reviews and a 5 out of 5 stars rating, this is one book in contemporary medical topics that is of great interest to millions worldwide.
8. Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare 2011-2012
Like all other professions, learning about the noteworthy people in the medical field is a great source of information for contemporary practitioners, but equally so for students and researchers. Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare 2011-2012 (Marquis Whos Who, 2011) is a massive resource of over 1600 pages containing biographical information of 27,733 successful medical professionals, administrators, educators, researchers, clinicians, and industry leaders in health and medicine. For reference work as well as general knowledge, the 8th edition of this publication comes as a treasure of information for those who are involved in the health field in one capacity or another.
9. Could It Be B12?:
Sally M. Pacholok and Jeffrey J. Stuart draw attention to an extremely sensitive issue in contemporary medical practice – misdiagnosis of Vitamin B12 deficiency as a range of mental illnesses, including: Alzheimer’s disease, depression, multiple sclerosis, mental retardation, and Parkinson’s disease. Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses (Linden Publishing, 2011) shows by example how nutritional deficiency may be mistaken for an otherwise debilitating condition whose treatment costs a great deal in many ways while the root cause may be cured simply by dietary adjustments. The book is useful for patients as well as doctors in watching for some of the key symptoms common to mental health conditions and other less serious problems like vitamin B 12 deficiency. With a 4.8 out of 5 stars rating at Amazon, this definitely is a book to keep on one’s shelf.
10. A Guide to Patient Safety in the Medical Practice
American Medical Association (2007) published this invaluable resource for doctors and health professionals with the vitally important goal of patient safety in medical practice. Keeping the patient safe is the primary professional responsibility as well as ethical obligation of medicinal practitioners. Any errors in use of technology, handling medical records, and deciding about the right dosages can put the patient’s safety, even life, at risk. This guide purports to ensure that healthcare professionals and institutions take patient safety initiatives for best medical practice.
1. Psychiatry: An Industry of Death
With the release of the 2006 documentary Psychiatry: An Industry of Death, by Citizens Commission on Human Rights, the entire field of psychiatry was blatantly attacked as a “multi-billion-dollar fraud”. Psychiatry was challenged by the commission – which also runs the museum by the same name in Los Angeles, CA – for putting 20 million children on “mind-altering” drugs and risking people’s lives through potentially fatal misdiagnoses. The controversy gained more heat as some of the experts/scholars featured in the DVD were said to have rejected the attack on psychiatry. For all its facts-versus-fiction side, the 108 minutes documentary is an irresistible presentation to watch, consider, and evaluate. It is a must-watch for mental health professionals but makes a good challenge for thought of the general practitioners too.
2. Street Medicine
Street Medicine is a short documentary from Juhannus Productions that came out in 2008 (released on DVD in 2010) and featured the work of a team of health workers providing free medical care to the vulnerable, homeless people in Santa Monica and Los Angeles, CA. This humanitarian initiative, called the “street medicine program” was developed primarily by Venice Family Clinic, a federally funded effort at saving lives from the clutches of killing poverty and disease. A little over 30 minutes, the documentary escaped the notice of the majority but remains a highly motivating example of humanitarianism in the medical profession as well as policymaking for the vulnerable segment of the population in our age when the call for humanitarian work in on a rise.
3. Getting Better: 200 years of Medicine
In 45 minutes, this 2012 documentary written and directed by Nancy Porter, takes viewers through 200 years of research, clinical practice, and patient care, ultimately to lead humanity out of the threat of the most deadly epidemics to a safer future. The film illustrates the development of medical science via three main areas of medicine: infectious diseases, surgical procedures, and cancer. The history of medicine’s greatest achievements is shown to be as much a product of man’s greater understanding of what disease is and how medicine works. For medical professionals, students, and for anyone interested in knowing about health, disease, and research, this is a must-watch film.
4. Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders
Nominated for Best Documentary Oscar of 2009, this 93-minute uncensored documentary by director Mark N. Hopkins shows the lives and work of doctors working for the humanitarian non-profit Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders; MSF for short) and facing the most challenging situations while reaching out to the vulnerable in the hardest of areas worldwide. The film was shot mainly in Liberia and Congo and has been received much like a classic in its uniqueness of charting the psychological journey of volunteers working for a humanitarian cause with limited resources and in trying circumstances.
The long-running TV series ER (for Emergency Room) has achieved unsurpassed popular appeal and critical acclaim. Aired on NBC from 1994 to 2009, the show has been a sensation with 23 Emmy Awards and over 120 Emmy nominations to its credit. ER shows the lives and work of doctors and other staff in an emergency room of a fictional hospital in Chicago, IL. The huge popularity of this series alone makes it a must-watch for all English speakers, particularly those having a background in health or medicine. But with the announcement of Warner Bros. International Television last year that the show’s format rights were being sold to foreign countries, this has again become a product of worldwide interest.
Amazon Page (First Season): http://www.amazon.com/ER-The-Complete-First-Season/dp/B00005JLFT
Originally aired on Fox Network from 2004 to 2012, House enjoyed immense popularity in and outside the US. The eponymous lead character Dr. House (played by Hugh Laurie) attracted a million audiences as a medical genius but with personality issues and a habit of snapping at anything anytime. How Dr. House contributes to his profession by switching from mood tantrums to professional skill and academic accuracy makes this show come to life. The show was watched in 66 countries and was declared the most watched television show worldwide in 2008.
Australian TV series GP ran for 8 seasons from 1989 to 1996. It featured the work of a group of general practitioners at a privately owned clinic in an inner city suburb. The core attraction of the show lay in the discussion of patients’ cases by the practitioners within professional bounds and the impact of their professional lives on their psychological and social existence. Initially, the show did not attract any big audience, probably because of the lack of much drama. But with its deep involvement with the lives of medical practitioners and great attention to characterization, GP became one of the highest rated shows in Australia and found some appreciation abroad as well. For the health professional, particularly general practitioner, as well as for the average lover of non-sensational, mature works, this show has a great potential for winning applause.
IMDB Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096592/
8. Sick Around the World
Jon Palfreman’s Sick Around the World aired as the 8th episode of the 26th season of Frontline, America’s most watched investigative documentary series. It explores America’s biggest internal challenge: healthcare. Can US learn something helpful from the healthcare systems in other big, capitalist democracies? Well-known Washington Post foreign correspondent T.R. Reid set out to find the answer to this million-dollar question and thus drawing the attention of millions to a subject that is still in news and continues to attract interest and attraction from people in and outside the healthcare system.
IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1232933/
Is there really a “Medical Monopoly” that has occupied the healthcare system tyrannically and dictatorially? Doctored (2012) is one of the most defiant documentaries unveiling the tension between mainstream medicine industry and natural/alternative healing approach. Directed by Bobby Sheehan, this 105-minute presentation spotlights the famous “Wilk Case” – the labeling of five chiropractors as quacks by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the case ending up in the court to grow into a long legal battle between the mainstream medicine and the alternative healing approach. A “must see”, as the New York Times called it, for all health professionals as well as non-professionals.
Web Page: http://www.doctoredthemovie.com/
10. How to Die in Oregon
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentaries at the 27th Sundance Film Festival, Peter Richardson’s 2011 documentary How to Die in Oregon explores the historical “Death with Dignity Act” of 1994 whereby Oregon became the first state to allow physician-assisted suicide. The documentary tells the stories of professionals and others closely involved with this process. As the IMDB page shows, the film is also classified as family/drama and so has a wider interested audience besides medical doctors.
IMDB Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1715802/
1. Spoonful of Medicine
Nature Publishing Group’s popular health research blog “Spoonful of Medicine” posts articles about the latest research in health science as well as important announcements, opportunities, commentary, and interviews. Readers can register with the bog to post comments and start or participate in a discussion on the medical research related posts. For doctors interested in starting a discussion about their topic of interest in health, this is a good place to try.
Bertalan Mesko, MD updates this interesting medical research related blog, integrating medicine and social media. The blog gives tips on using social media and cyber technology in medicine as well as review of books or other media in medicine. An interesting aspect of the blog is Bertalan Mesko’s prediction of that’s coming in medical/healthcare field – the feature that has earned him the title of “medical futurist”. Bertalan Mesko’s blog has won acclaim from big organizations like World Health Organization, British Medical Journal, New York Times, and others.
3. Science-Based Medicine
This blog ventures to explore different issues and controversies in the relationship between science and medicine. Unlike the popular alternative perspectives that usually escape thoughtful criticism, this blog is geared toward a more scientific perspective to alternative health approaches. Authors writing this blog are medically trained physicians and work independent to maintain objectivity and impartiality in their evaluation of medical treatments and products of interest.
4. The Health Care Blog
Posting articles and commentary on the intersection of healthcare, technology and business, The Health Care Blog has been climbing in popularity and recognized as authority on the topics it brings up for discussion. Posts raising questions about the role of technology and social media in healthcare field are especially liked by most readers. Insurance exchanges, nursing, primary care, and evaluation of doctors are main categories in which the blog posts content of interest to doctors and health-conscious readers.
5. CasesBlog – Clinical Cases and Images
Dr. Ves Dimov’s Clinical Cases and Images blog is one of the most popular blogs in health/medicine category with 7.5 million page views to date. Well-chosen topics and timely updates by Dr. Dimov, a prolific and well-recognized writer in the field of health and medicine, promise to let visitors do away with the need for search engines to get updated on important things happening in the world of medicine. The bog posts take medical headlines from most reliable news sources and post them for discussion with bit of commentary from the blogger. It is part of a project that was featured and referenced in more than a dozen peer-reviewed medical journals, and continues to attract a large number of health professionals and students.
6. Drug and Device Law
This unique and regularly updated blog by Philadelphia-based Counsel resident James M. Beck Medical discusses device liability and drug liability. Case stories are discussed, analyzed, and bloggers offer their opinion or judgment on the way law interacts with applied medicine. The blog is specifically targeted at health professionals interested in legal sides of medical practice, more particularly in the use of drugs and devices in medical practice. For that, it does possess good appeal for students of law and medicine.
7. Respectful Insolence
Do you know Orac? If not, this blog tells you about him, but much more about the concerns of this pseudonymous surgeon/scientist who loves to talk about medicine and quackery, science as opposed to pseudoscience, and the line between history and “pseudohistory”. Orac’s posts read like ramblings with humor that sometimes bites at the ease of the conformist reader. But as the surgeon’s motto goes, “statement of fact cannot be insolent.” Any healthcare professionals with a taste for humor and critical thought will admire Orac’s Respectful Insolence.
With its insightful commentary on breaking news in the medical world, KevinMD.com has already been called internet’s leading social media influencer in the realm of health and medicine. The blog was started by Kevin Pho, MD, and it posts articles from a number of qualified health professionals. Close to 1000 pages of postings now, it has won praise from the most celebrated media outlets including CNN and the Wall Street Journal. Currently, it has over 100,000 subscribers worldwide on social media sites.
9. GHC Natural Health Blog
In easy-to-follow, direct style of sharing information, this blog from the Global Healing Center (GHC) describes the health benefits of natural, organic sources of nutrition as against the damaging effects of chemicals and elements used in various medications. The mission of the Global Healing Center is to promote good health and clean environment and revealing the often untold truth about the toxic nature of artificial medicine often shows in the blog posts on Natural Health Blog. The blog is primarily of interest to alternative health professionals and natural healers, but medical doctors can find it good for reference and counter-evidence.
If you are a medical/health professional seeking a career opportunity, Healthecareers blog is the place to start with. The “Jobs” section on this blog lists available opportunities in the medical field along with name of the employer and location of the job as well as the link to the page where you can apply for the job. Jobs are categorized according to various areas of the medical profession such as Academic/Research, Therapy, Surgery, Pharmacy, Nursing, and so on. Users registered with the blog can also forward the job link to a friend or contact. In addition, the blog has guiding posts on career-related matters in health, like job interviews, career and financial planning, and more.
1. Doctor Health
Hawaii’s No. 1 radio talk show Dr. Health has been doing an awesome job bringing listeners the latest on health issues including: medicine, fitness, nutrition and wellness. Guests on the show are nationally recognized medical experts, best-selling authors in health and medicine, Hollywood health celebrities, and local guest experts. Hosted by David Snow, the show airs Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on KHNR AM 6. Listeners can call to participate in the show On-The-Air at 808-524-KHNR (5467).
2. Radio Rounds
A weekly medical radio talk show, this is a special program for being the first and so far the only radio show in America that is run entirely – hosted and produced – by medical students. Airing since April 2009, the show has hosted guests of high caliber, including award-winning and best-selling authors. The main focus of the show is underscoring the need for humanism in medical practice. The show also airs documentary features and literary work related to health/medicine.
3. Your Health Radio
This one-hour radio talk show is aired weekly from the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina. Physicians and educators-researchers Dr. Adam Goldstein and Dr. Cristy Page host the show with health experts as guests, discussing patient experiences, and health topics currently in the news. Five episodes of the show are aired each week on WCHL 1360 AM in Durham and Orange counties. Show timings are: Saturday, 9 am with encore presentations Sunday, 9 am and 5 pm; and Monday 6 pm and 10 pm, on WCHL 1360 AM.
4. Inside Health (BBC Radio 4)
A unique radio show about health issues that no doctor or anybody interested in health could resist is “Inside Health” on BBC Radio 4. Host Dr. Mark Porter, who is also medical correspondent for The Times, takes health issues and turns them inside out. The show which has been aired regularly since 10 January 2012 is known to separate “fact from fiction” and get audiences a clear understanding at conflicting health advice.
5. The Dr. Mitch Show
Dr. Mitchell Ghen, popularly known as Dr. Mitch, hosts this exciting and interactive reality radio show on natural News Radio, Tuesday and Thursday, 7–9 pm. An expert in anti-aging and integrative medicine, Dr. Mitch has been called one of the top clinicians alive. On this show, Dr. Mitch interviews health professionals from a diverse background and expertise to discuss key issues in health. Listeners can participate in the show by dialing 1-855-DrMitch (1-855-376-4824).
6. The Health Show
Hosted by Bob Barrett and Dr. Nina Sax, this popular show is aired as a public radio program discussing prevention and treatment of various diseases as well as research and administration issues. The show airs twice weekly: Thursdays, 3 pm – 3:30 pm and Sundays, 6:30 pm – 7pm; and it has great appeal for health professionals, patients, and care-providers. To date, the show has completed more than 1300 episodes!
7. Road Radio USA
Here is one radio show wherein James Mothersbaugh brings to life the spirit of compassion and healing by discussing the latest facts and stats on alcohol abuse among young people. The show is primarily targeted at teenagers, mostly school age students, who are vulnerable to getting into alcohol abuse due to multiple stresses. The show host James Mothersbaugh, who is also the President and Founder of Road Radio USA Inc, visits schools and delivers motivational talks about the underage alcohol use and its impact on life. It’s a show that saves lives and is not-to-miss for all concerned with health and safety.
8. Mayo Clinic Medical Edge Weekend
Hosted by Tom Shives, M.D. and Tracy McCray, this weekly one-hour radio program discusses health and medical information on a variety of interesting topics in health from Mayo Clinic specialists. The show airs live on Saturday mornings from 9-10 am Central Time.
9. The Health Report
When it comes to picking something truly captivating in health, like “The effect of diet and watching TV on human fertility” or “The effect of the Greek financial crisis on health”, the one show you need to tune into is the Health Report on ABC radio (Australia). Presented by award winning producer and broadcaster Dr Norman Swan, the show puts important questions in health in social, scientific and political perspective. The show airs weekly on Monday 5:30 pm and is repeated Tuesday 5:30 am.
10. Second Opinion
This insightful show on Medical Radio is hosted by Dr. Michael Wilkes, Professor of Medicine and Vice Dean for Medical Education at the University of California, Davis, and an award winning journalist. The show takes on the influence of various non-medical factors – pharmaceutical and health insurance industries, law and politics, and values – on important decisions about one’s health. The show provides fresh views on crucial issues in medical ethics and the web of factors affecting them.
1. Find A Doctor
Useful equally to doctors and the general public, Find A Doctor is a search engine meant for finding a health professional in the United States by a few easy clicks. A product of the Millennium Technology Solutions, the search engine can be set to look for a health professional by their specific field of health – e.g., cardiologist, dentist, etc – or by the person’s name and zip/city/state. In addition to finding a doctor, the site also has service tools like a Communication Portal and Appointment Scheduler to communicate with a health professional and request an appointment. The Secure Email service of the site is useful for health professionals to exchange advice and information about their practice. The site also offers a free mobile application to help you use the site from your phone or tablet.
2. Research America
Here is America’s largest non-profit alliance for public education and advocacy focused on health research. The site is of particular interest to medical professionals interested in keeping updated on trends in public opinion on health issues. This has great relevance for publicly funded projects and can help health professionals what project ideas are worth pursuing at any time. The organization’s site lets users sign up for its monthly newsletter and browse archived issues online as well as get access to an annual comprehensive report, besides special reports and other publications. Professionals also get updates on upcoming advocacy events and awareness campaigns. In a nutshell, this site is ideal for the health professional interested in advocacy and health education.
3. Doctor Base
This is an interesting online platform that lets a medical provider adopt a native-for-mobile patient communication system. Medical professionals who love to use digital mobile communications will find this site useful. Doctors and patients can both use the site so that you can register as a doctor (provider), or as a patient to find the right doctor from the fingertip command of your mobile phone. Even if you are not registered with the site, you can login with your facebook account as a button on the site allows you in. What you need to use this platform from your mobile device is to download the PANDA health app on your mobile device – iphone or ipad.
HealthTap is seeing a rapid rise in popularity among medical professionals as well as application developers. Essentially, it’s an interactive health network working through one’s mobile device but the site also allows users to carry out the communication on the web. Doctors can build their reputation by interacting positively and helpfully with patients seeking medical advice distantly. In addition, doctors can use the platform to interact with peers and develop their referral network. Besides doctors and patients, medical students also use HealthTap University, learning from best medical experts online. Interested in more? The site has an internship program and job opportunities. With HealthTap, your career in health is literally at your fingertips.
5. MedNet Technologies
MedNet offers website development services exclusively for healthcare professionals. Currently, it hosts and manages more than 2500 medical/health websites including educational institutions, veterinary practice, medical laboratories, and health insurance companies. The site has a client portfolio to let visitors see samples of their web development work. If you are a medical professional, or part of a health-related institution or business, and seeking good online exposure, Mednet is the site to contact.
Modern medicine runs on technology, which is just what Medgadget is all about – medical technology news from around the world. Published by a group of doctors and biomedical engineers, this site has a comprehensive list of alphabetically sorted categories with articles and news stories about medical gadgets and their relative success with one or more types of medical procedures. Many articles have videos with animations of a gadget’s use in medical practice. The site also features interviews with medical experts and qualified professionals are invited to join the editorial team.
Serving a vital purpose, Drugwatch is an online resource for all to learn about the dangerous health effects of drugs and medical devices used in treatment. The site lists a number of dangerous drugs that have reportedly harmed users in the past. Also, the site has a team of Patient Advocates that respond to queries and notifications from people who were harmed in one way or another by drugs or medical devices. The site also provides legal guidance in moving against dangerous drugs or devices used for treatment. The News section of the site posts news stories and reports on harmful effects of drugs.
VisualDx is a web-based clinical decision support system currently used in more than 1500 hospitals and clinics. Helpful information can be accessed through this application in seconds including visual clues, symptoms, and patient history. By combining thousands of images from doctors and medical institutions, this application enhances the accuracy of diagnosis and helps in making the right therapeutic decisions, improving the safety of patients.
HealthFusion has introduced MediTouch as a complete electronic health record (EHR) with a touchscreen user interface. Winner of the Surescripts White Coat of Quality award in 2012 for its e-prescribing system (electronic messaging of prescription), MediTouch is an ideal organizational tool for practicing doctors and saves time and costs by putting in place registration, billing, scheduling, and other needs, all at the user’s fingertips. What’s most appealing though is that you don’t need to be techno-savvy to use this software; it is simple, easy, and helpful.
10. Doctor Health Press
Doctor Health Press is run by a team of five doctors who value natural healing and alternative medicine. To share noteworthy information and updates on developments in alternative/natural healing, they put together a number of monthly newsletters, available at the website and covering a range of health-related subjects including critical care medicine, nutrition, anti-aging cures, and more. In addition, the site offers a daily e-bulletin sent to about 20 thousand readers daily. Readers also get special offers via newsletters.
11. Global Medical Projects
Part of the Global Volunteer Projects group, Global Medical Projects lists international volunteering opportunities in a number of countries, mostly underdeveloped ones, for the sake of experience and learning as well as exploring the culture and living conditions in the respective area. Projects where placements are available are divided into 7 main categories including nursing and paramedics. Positions are usually available for both students and professionals, so this site is of equal interest to doctors, students, nurses, and others working in the medical field.
12. Epocrates Rx
Epocrates Rx is a product of the most widely used medical app company Epocrates. It is a free mobile drug reference for physicians making information about thousands of drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, available in seconds. Also available with drug information are extra resources like a pill identification tool and the app directory which provides ready access to calculators, atlases, clinical references, and dosing tools etc.
13. Lab Values
Lab Values is a lab values reference application for doctors and any other professionals, even students in the medical field. This app comes from Med Doctor Apps and is useful for quick interpretation of lab test results. The app has various categories of lab values, including pediatric lab values. The search function on the app allows a description to appear with each lab value, helping in interpretation of the respective lab test results. Lab Values is a valuable diagnostic tool for physicians and other medical professionals.
Like Facebook connects people around the world, Doximity connects doctors across the United States. With more than 140,000 verified physicians as site members, this network for American doctors has a searchable directory of 707, 000 physicians in the US in many different specialty areas falling in the medical field. Besides doctor-to-doctor online messaging, the network also provides a free digital fax line. For doctors in America, using this site means great exposure and professional connectivity.
15. World Medical Association (WMA)
Founded in 1947, World Medical Association (WMA) aims to ensure physicians independence and adherence to highest ethical values in medical practice. Guidance is provided to physicians through member associations of health professionals in areas like Health and Human Rights, Patient Safety, Occupational Health and Safety, and Medical Education etc. Protecting the basic rights of patients and physicians is the main purpose of WMA. Junior doctors may like to stay connected to the Junior Doctors Network (JDN) which is part of WMA.
With the expansion of medical research and more advanced technologies finding an ever-increasing use in medical practice, the boundaries between medicine and other fields of knowledge are getting more blurred. Doctors now use mobile apps, up-to-date software programs, and nano-technology in diagnosing and treating medical conditions which heretofore were either too obscure or too complicated to be addressed with precision. Accordingly, the need for useful resources for doctors on the most relevant and updated information in the field of medical or health science is growing. Most probably, the Internet will soon publish a single, comprehensive network of resources or an extensive information network for medical and health professionals to facilitate in providing the best possible information in a timely fashion so as to serve humanity more efficiently and with greater satisfaction.