Don’t forget to vote for your favorite Medical Weblog at Medgadget!

13 02 2011

I almost forgot to vote for the best medical blogs in the Seventh Annual Medical Weblog Awards Contest, organized by Medgadget.

But, I voted just in time, and so can you if you haven’t done so. Please support your favorite blogs!

Voting will close 23:59:59 this Sunday, February 13, 2011 (EST).

You can vote here at Medgadget

There are several categories:

  • Best Medical Weblog
  • Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2010)
  • Best Literary Medical Weblog
  • Best Clinical Sciences Weblog
  • Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog
  • Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog
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    Research Blogging Awards 2010

    5 03 2010

    Research Blogging Awards 2010It is now possible to vote for the winners of the 2010 Research Blogging Awards.

    Yet another blog contest, I can hear you say.

    Yes, another blog contest, but a very special one. It is a contest among outstanding bloggers who discuss peer-reviewed research.

    There are over 1,000 blogs registered at ResearchBlogging.org., responsible for 9,500 posts about peer-reviewed journal articles.

    By February 11, 2010, readers had made over 400 nominations. Then, according to researchblogging.org, “the expert panel of judges painstakingly assessed the nominees to select 5 to 10 finalists in each of 20 categories”.

    The categories include:

    • Research Blog of the Year  with some excellent blogs like Neuroskeptic (RB page) and Science-Based Medicine (RB page)
    • Blog Post of the Year
    • Research Twitterer of the Year including David Bradley, Dr. Shock and Bora Zivkovic
    • Best New Blog (launched in 2009)
    • Best Expert-Level blog 
    • Best Lay-Level blog 
    • Funniest Blog 
    • Blogs in other languages, like German and Chinese
    • Blogs according to specialty like Biology, Health, Clinical Research, NeuroScience, Psychology etc

    I was surprised and honored to note that Laika’s MedLiblog is finalist in the section Philosophy, Research, or Scholarship. Another librarian, Anne Welsh of First Person Narrative is also finalist in this section.

    1. First Person Narrative (RB page)
    2. Christopher Leo (RB page)
    3. The Scientist (RB page)
    4. Laika’s MedLibLog (RB page)
    5. Good, Bad, and Bogus (RB page)

    It is now up to you, researchbloggers to vote for your favorite blogs. You don’t need to vote for all categories. It is simply too much and in case of Chinese blogs wouldn’t make much sense either.

    You can only cast your vote if you are registered with ResearchBlogging.org.
    If you’re not registered (and you blog about peer-reviewed research), you still have time to register. See here for more information. This way you can vote, and most important, can contribute to ResearchBlogging.org. with your review of peer reviewed scientific articles.

    Voting closes on March 14, and awards will be announced on ResearchBlogging.org on March 23, 2010.





    Practicing Medicine in the Web 2.0 Era

    29 01 2010

    Many people don’t get Web 2.0 – and certainly not Medicine 2.0.

    Just the other day a journalist asked me if the redesigned PubMed could be called PubMed 2.0.
    I said: “well no….no… not at all” ….Web 2.0 is not merely tools or fancy looks, it is another way of producing and sharing information and new web tools facilitate that. It is not only simplicity, it is participation. PubMed has changed it looks, but it is not an interactive platform, where you can add or exchange information.

    Well anyway, I probably didn’t succeed to explain in just a few sentences what Web 2.0 is and what it isn’t. For those that are unfamiliar with Web 2.0 and/or how it changes Medicine, I highly recommend the following presentation by Bertalan Mesko (of ScienceRoll and Webicina), who explains in a clear and nontechnical way what it is all about.

    By the way Bertalan is a finalist with ScienceRoll in the 2009 Medical Weblog Awards (category Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog). He could surely use your vote. (here you can vote in this category). You can see all Finalist here.

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    I’ve got Good News and I’ve got Bad News

    26 01 2010

    If someone tells you: “I’ve got Good News and I’ve got Bad News”, you probably ask this person: “Well, tell me the bad news first!”

    Laika’s MedLibLog has good and bad news for you.

    The Bad News is, that this blog didn’t make it to the Finals of the sixth annual Medical Weblog Awards, organized by Medgadget. (see earlier post)

    The Good news is that this keeps me from the stress that inevitably comes with following the stats and seeing how your blog is lagging more and more behind. Plus you don’t have to waste time desperately trying to mobilize your husband to just press the *$%# vote button (choosing the right person: me), no matter how many times he says he doesn’t care a bit – (“and wouldn’t it be better to spend less time on blogging anyway?”)

    This reminds me of something I’ve tried to suppress, namely that this blog didn’t make it to the shortlists of the Dutch Bloggies 2009 either (see Laika’s MedLibLog on the Longlist of the DutchBloggies!)

    The Good news is that many high quality blogs did make it to the finals. Including The Blog that Ate Manhattan, Clinical Cases and Images, Musings of a Distractible Mind (Best Medical Weblog) , other things amanzi (Best Literary Medical Weblog), Allergy Notes, Clinical Cases and Images, Life in the Fast Lane (Best Clinical Sciences Weblog), ScienceRoll (Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog).

    Best of all, the superb blog I nominated for Best Medical WeblogDr Shock MD PhD made it to the finals as well!!

    But it is hard to understand that blogs like EverythingHealth and Body in Mind with many nominations are not among the finalists. That underlines that contests are very subjective, but so are individual preferences for blogs. It is all in the game.

    Anyway you can start voting for your favorite blogs tomorrow. Please have a look at the finalists here at Medgadget, so you can decide who deserves your votes.

    Finally I would like to conclude with positive news concerning this blog. This week’s “Cochrane in the news” features the post on Cochrane Evidence Aid. It is on the Cochrane homepage today.

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    Best Literary Medical Weblog
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    The 2009 Medical Weblog Awards: it is time to nominate your favorite blogs

    16 01 2010

    The 2009 Medical Blog AwardsThe 2009 Medical Weblog Awards are here again!

    MedGadget is asking for nominations for the best of medical blogs.  This is the sixth year of the competition and these awards are designed to showcase the best medblogs, and to highlight the exciting and useful role that the medical blogosphere plays in medicine and society.

    You can make your nominations here by leaving a comment with your choice. Nominations will be accepted until Sunday, January 24, 2010. The finalists will be announced the next day.

    The categories for this year’s awards are:

    — Best Medical Weblog

    — Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2009)

    — Best Literary Medical Weblog

    — Best Clinical Sciences Weblog

    — Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog

    — Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog

    — Best Patient’s Blog

    Perhaps you remember that this blog made it to the finals last year in the category “Best New Medical Weblog“, but was -of course- beaten by Life In The Fast Lane, the blog that is nominated at least 20 times in the current contest.

    Since you obviously can’t be nominated for Best New Medical Weblog (2008) twice, I didn’t expected this blog to be nominated again. Considering the competition, I was very surprised (and certainly honored) that Laika’s MedLibLog was nominated in the section Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog, i.e. by Chris Nickson (precordialthump on Twitter), saying:

    # Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog: Laika’s MedLibLog – https://laikaspoetnik.wordpress.com/ A brilliant guide to the art and science of discovering the medical information you need.

    By the way, I was alerted to the nomination by Novoseek on Twitter.

    Many of my favorite blogs have already been nominated, like Life In The Fast Lane, ScienceRoll,  Bitingthedust , other things amanzi, Clinical Cases and Images, Respectful Insolence and Found In Cache. Below are my nominations. I gave preference to those blogs that have not yet been nominated, but certainly deserve a place among the other nominees.

    • Best Medical Weblog : Dr Shock MD PhD, a beautiful lay-out, frequently updated, a mix of web 2.0 & medical subjects brought in an easy-to-digest way.
    • Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2009) Body in Mind, excellent new blog that fulfills its promise: “both interesting and accurate.”
    • Best Literary Medical Weblog: Other things amanziLove to read the stories. Real, rough (surgeon & South Africa) and beautifully written. (of equal quality is Bitingthedust -both already nominated)
    • Best Clinical Sciences Weblog: Sutures for a living Blog of a plastic surgeon with a lot of noteworthy information on many different subjects including surgery and quilting.
    • Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog: The Skeptical OB writes skeptic research posts as well as  interesting stories about patients.
    • Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog: The Palmdoc Chronicles. The source to consult to keep updated with the latest Medical PDA News and Updates.
    • Best Patient’s Blog :  Survive the Journey. I ‘m a real fan of this blog, written by a patient with Cushing’s Disease. It contains real life stories and researchblogging. Robin has recently started another blog  “365 days with Cushing. I almost nominated this blog, but realized in time it just started this year.

    By the way it is very difficult to fit some blogs in. It would be nice to include other categories, like “Medical Education”, Evidenced Based Medicine (Science Based Medicine/Theoretical Medicine) and “Medical Student, Nurses & other health care workers”. And what about microblogs?

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