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More on the accuracy of online health information (and a digression into Web 3.0)

Last week, I posted an entry about a recent study reported in Cancer about the accuracy of health information available online. Today, there is news from the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. Its latest report posits that information prominently displayed in search engine results is often not only misleading and confusing, but also potentially dangerous for patients.

Social networking comes to the life sciences

Last month, Collexis announced the launch of, an online social networking site that is being billed as the MySpace for research scientists want to find and connect with others who share their research interests. The BioMedExperts website explains that it connects scientists

to each other through the display and analysis of the networks of co-authors with whom each investigator works to publish scientific papers.

Health Search Engines: A Debate

Check out this debate/discussion between two top health search engines, GoPubMed (Dr. Michael R. Alvers, CEO and Co-Founder) and SearchMedica (Cyndy Finnie, senior product manager). Both sites are oriented towards physicians and researchers, rather than consumers.

More on health in other worlds

IFTF Affiliate Richard Adler pointed out to me this morning that my recent entry about efforts to study epidemic responses in virtual reality worlds failed to mention "Whypox."

Virtual epidemics: playing with infectious diseases

So I was sitting in my car tonight, surfing Google News on my brand-new Helio mobile device, and I came across a story I knew I had to write about. Considering that I started my day blogging at 6:30am, I guess it is fitting that I should end my day the same way.

Online health keeps growing and growing

Silicon Valley entrepreneur and blogger Sramana Mitra had an informative post today entitled "Web 3.0 & Online Health (Part 2)."*

Catching up with Google Health and Bees

I've been on vacation, so the Health Horizons blog has been silent for the last several days. During this time, a couple of interesting articles have appeared in the popular press.

Virtual reality fundraising is quite real

This past weekend, the American Cancer Society held its third annual Relay For Life® in the Second Life virtual world. For those of you who don't know, Second Life® is a multiplayer 3D community on the Internet. Users create their own characters -- called avatars -- who build a virtual world, bustling with commerce, social interactions, and civic activities.

Spring Conference: New Media Technologies & the Biocitizen

The Health Horizons Spring Conference is May 23-24 at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, CA!

New Media Technologies & the Biocitizen

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