Queen Rania uses UTube to overcome stereotypes

Queen Rania has played a significant role in reaching out to the global community to foster values of tolerance and acceptance, and increase cross-cultural dialogue.
Regionally and internationally, Queen Rania has campaigned for a greater understanding between cultures in high profile forums such as the Jeddah Economic Forum, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Skoll Foundation in the UK. Visit her channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/QueenRania
Here is her “Accepting the first ever YouTube Visionary Award via taped message, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah spoofed the famous Top 10 format from US comedian David Letterman to explain why she launched this channel. ”

Patients Like Me keeps growing

Founded in 2004 by three MIT engineers whose collective experience spans from running the world’s only non-profit biotechnology laboratory to large-scale online commerce applications, PatientsLikeMe is a privately funded company dedicated to making a difference in the lives of patients diagnosed with life-changing diseases. Our personal experiences with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) inspired us to create a community of patients, doctors, and organizations that inspires, informs, and empowers individuals. We’re committed to providing patients with access to the tools, information, and experiences that they need to take control of their disease.
Neurological Conditions
MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
Parkinson’s Disease
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerois) / MND (Motor Neuron Disease)
PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis)
PMA (Progressive Muscular Atrophy)
PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy)
CBD (Corticobasal Degeneration)
MSA (Multiple System Atrophy)
Devic’s Neuromyelitis Optica
Neuroendocrine Conditions
Mood Conditions
OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Immune Conditions

1st Annual People’s Health Blogger Awards

A message from Wellshere:
“We’re excited to announce Wellsphere’s 1st Annual People’s Health Blogger Awards, a competition where YOU get to decide who is the world’s #1 Health Blogger!
Wellsphere’s Health Blogger Network has more than 1,700 of the world’s top health writers and you can help us decide who are the Best of the Best!
You can cast your vote for your favorite health blogger anywhere you see a Vote Now! badge or button on Wellsphere, including on the blogger’s Wellsphere profile, or any of their articles. To learn more about how to vote for your favorite health bloggers, visit:
The competition is free and open to all bloggers who primarily write about health or healthy living topics. Voting has begun and runs through end of day Thursday, January 15th 2009. You can vote for as many bloggers as you like (but can vote for each blogger only once). If you know someone who you think should be up for the Award, tell them to fill out our entry form at: http://www.wellsphere.com/joinBloggerCompetition.s?returnUrl=/healthBloggerAwards.s”

Depression in Medical Students

The BMC journal has published a study about depression in medical students.
“There were 38.2% of students with depressive symptoms (BDI>9). The 6th year obtained the highest BDI scores. Affective cluster was significantly higher in the 6th year in comparison to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th years (p<.05). Cognitive cluster was significantly higher in the 4th year in comparison to both 2nd and 6th years (p<.05)."
To read the article go to The characteristics of depressive symptoms in medical students during medical education and training: a cross-sectional study

Self Management of Chronic Illness

I was at a presentation about Global Alliance for Self Management Support this morning and it reminded me of how important it is to keep up to date with how the online world is changing healthcare.
The Global Alliance for Self Management Support originates in Spain but it has sponsorship world wide including from Canada.

Why patients might want to join

On the GASMS, they teach how to take care of yourself and help others. They believe in the collaborative work of patients, health professionals and institutions to achieve a bottom-up change, through patient-centered care, based in human dignity. You may access information by diseases or browse the projects in development.

Why professionals might want to join

The involvement of health professionals in Self Management Support contributes to evidence-based medicine and to the WHO recommendations on the New Chronic Care Model. It improves the patient-physician relationship and patient and family empowerment. From the GASMS, you may participate in an international network to exchange experiences with other health professionals, attend online virtual conferences, and receive training on Self-Management Support through the web, on demand.
The idea for this site originated with the Expert Patient Program out of Sanford and New Health Partnerships concepts but Dr. Serrano wanted an opportunity for patients to have a longer term connection.
Family Care