The influence of blogging is overall a very positive force in the media - Garrett Graff.
"Charlie Chaplin once said "a day without laughter is a day wasted." People have long said that laughter is the best medicine, and we know now of its many positive physiological effects.
Laughter is known to reduce pain, reduce stress, increase our body's resistance to disease and improve the function of blood vessels and increase blood flow, which can help protect us against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. Laughter can also help us burn calories. There is plenty of evidence on why we should laugh, so why don't we?
Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician in India, developed an exercise known as laughter yoga in the '90s. He was doing a research on an article about laughter being the best medicine, when he got the idea. He started a laughter club, where people gathered in a park and just laughed for no rhyme or reason. The concept of laughter yoga is based on the observation that our body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter.
We do not need to be happy or hear something funny, we can just laugh and still get the same physiological and psychological benefits. What started as five people in a park has now spread to thousands of laughter clubs in more than 50 countries.
So take a moment today, check out from your life and just laugh. Laugh for absolutely no reason at all." Source: Laughter Is The Best Medicine, The Blog, HuffPost, July 30, 2012.
Putting a directory together covering health and medical blogs was quite a challenge and to our knowledge, no one had tried to accomodate them all in one site. We hope we have succeeded. Plus here's a few of our favorites.
Digital Health Space
The distance between providers represents the space that Digital Health Space is attempting to close using virtual applications, websites, social media, email, web portals and telehealth.
This is my take on the medical and health issues of the day, especially those involving research and ethics.
Health News Watchdog
This is the publisher‘s blog (perspective, opinion) — different than the systematic story reviews, in which multiple reviewers use standardized criteria to critique news stories. The blog addresses not only health care news but also advertising, marketing, public relations, medical journals — media messages that may impact the public dialogue about health care.
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is a health economist and management consultant who has worked with health care stakeholders for over twenty years. Focusing at the nexus of health care and technology, Jane's projects focus on: scenario, strategic and business planning, forecasting, health policy analysis.
Critical examinations of studies and news on food, weight, health and healthcare that mainstream media misses. Debunks popular myths, explains science and exposes fraud that affects your health. Plus some fun food for thought. For readers not afraid to question and think critically to get to the truth.
I am a full time practicing physician and writer. I write about the joys and challenges of medical practice including controversies in the doctor-patient relationship, medical ethics and measuring medical quality. When I'm not writing, I'm performing colonoscopies. MD Whistleblower presents vignettes and commentaries on the medical profession. We peek 'behind the medical curtain' and deliver candor and controversy in every post.
Medgadget is an independent on-line journal covering the latest medical gadgets and technologies, discoveries in medical science, and the progress of the digital revolution in the healthcare industry.
Not Running A Hospital
This is a blog started by a CEO of a large Boston hospital to share thoughts about hospitals, medicine, and health care issues
Purple Medical Blog
Medical and Sci Tech Blog...1000s of medical and sci tech videos articles and links. This Blog could CHANGE YOUR LIFE! What? It could happen...O.k. but it could definitely make it better...
Health news from NPR
Street Anatomy, created by Vanessa Ruiz, obsessively covers the use of human anatomy in art, advertising, and design. Be sure to take a look through the anatomical street art and tattoo galleries. We're always looking for new additions!
Surviving American Medicine
Surviving American Medicine shows you how to make the best decisions by providing inside tips about getting the best doctors, good insurance, safe hospitals, and affordable medicines–from an author and physician who is a national expert on health care.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.
The Piper Report
Popular health care blog. Medicare, Medicaid, pharma, reform, and more. Insights and resources on hot issues. Kip Piper, editor.
Lively and iconoclastic ruminations on hospitals, hospitalists, quality, safety and more...
Tara Parker-Pope on Health...Healthy living doesn't happen at the doctor's office. The road to better health is paved with the small decisions we make every day. It's about the choices we make when we buy groceries, drive our cars and hang out with our kids. Join columnist Tara Parker-Pope as she sifts through medical research and expert opinions for practical advice to help readers take control of their health and live well every day.
Welcome to the 23andMe blog. Our contributors are scientists, researchers and writers here at 23andMe. We’re interested in helping people explore their own DNA and what it can tell them about their health, traits and ancestry
Achoo! The Blog
Allergy and asthma attacks kill thousands of people every year. You can't get any more serious than that.
Discussing causes, origins, evolution, and implications of disease and other phenomena.
Bioethics Discussion Blog
What have you been reading, hearing or TV viewing that has provoked some feelings of comfort or concern about what is happening in the world of medicine, medical care, treatment or science? Ethics is all about doing the right thing. Are you aware of any issues in medicine or biologic science which are being done right, could be improved or in fact represent totally unethical behavior? Write about them here.. and I will too! ..
A Nature Top 50 science blog from the American Journal of Bioethics.
The GNIF Brain Blogger covers topics from multidimensional biopsychosocial perspectives. It reviews the latest news and stories related to neuroscience, psychiatry, and neurology. It serves as a focal point for attracting new minds beyond the science of the mind-and-brain and into the biopsychosocial model.
Writings on my favorite professional topics - hospitals, workplace effectiveness, regional health information exchanges and health information technology, and healthy children and families.
Focusing on understanding the complex healthcare systems in America and abroad, and wise ways to improve the health and well-being of all people.
Disease Management Care Blog
An ongoing forum for information, insights and musings from the world of disease management, the medical home, informatics, pay for performance, primary care, chronic illness and health insurance.
Dose of Digital
This blog is all about the latest technology advances that are going to improve our health and lengthen our lives. It's not the blockbuster drug advances, but digital technology that will lead the health revolution. I'm your author, Jonathan Richman.
A medical blog for the informed patient...Hi. I'm Ed Pullen, a board certified family physician practicing in Puyallup, WA. I'm writing this blog to provide an experienced family physician's viewpoint on medical news as well as give interesting and helpful information to keep patients informed.
EverythingHealth is designed to address the rapid changes in Science, Medicine, Health and Healing in the 21st Century. Toni Brayer MD has practiced Internal Medicine in San Francisco for over 20 years.
"We are on the verge of a revolution in medicine: understanding, treating, and ultimately preventing the causes of degenerative aging. But medical revolutions only happen if we all stand up in support of funding and research. We did it for cancer. We're doing it for Alzheimer's. We can do it for aging - and create an era of longer, healthier lives!"
Gene Sherpas: Personalized Medicine for You
The Sherpa speaks the language of the trail, he/she knows short cuts and dangerous paths to avoid. This blog is for those wishing to take the journey and those wishing to become Gene Sherpas.
Global Health Policy
Blogging from the Center for Global Development which provides independent research & practical ideas for global prosperity.
News and Resources About Avian Flu...Current news stories with access to the closest, most original source, the actual report, not the news story about the report; or a news story from the country affected.
Medical Blog. Supporting healthy lifestyle, posts about different diseases, psyhology, cancer and advices for a healthier life.
Health 2.0 News
Hey there! Welcome to the official Health 2.0 Blog. A community blog for and by the Health 2.0 community.
Commentary on healthcare, the economy, politics and public health.
WSJ's blog on health and the business of medicine.
Health Care Renewal
Addressing threats to health care's core values, especially those stemming from concentration and abuse of power.
Health News Blog
Commentary on current health news in addition to an extensive resource base.
Health Wonk Review
Health Wonk Review is a biweekly compendium of the best of the health policy blogs. More than two dozen health policy, infrastructure, insurance, technology, and managed care bloggers participate by contributing their best recent blog postings to a roving digest, with each issue hosted at a different participant's blog.
Health Affairs Blog offers daily commentary on important issues in health policy. Hosted by the leading health policy journal, Health Affairs, the Blog provides a forum for the journal and its readers to quickly address new policy developments.
Health and Survival Blog is written by Dr. Eric, a family doctor in Temecula, Ca. In addition, he conducts product research and development for eHealthSupplies.com, a company his wife, Whanda runs and operates. The purpose of this blog is to provide up to date information on various health, survival or other topics.
Healthcare Updates provides a succinct summary of late-breaking health news and innovative procedures.
Healthedia is your guide to the best Health and Wellness blogs, podcasts and videos available on the Internet. Because our focus is on expert health social media we aggregate and organize content from the largest group of doctor blogs of any site on the Internet.
HealthLa Prof Blog
The Department of Medical Humanities at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in health law and policy. Located in the capital of Illinois, the Department is part of a School of Medicine with a dynamic and collaborative learning and research environment that is internationally known for its medical education innovations and dedication to problem-based learning.
My goal, with this site, is to pass along straightforward, reliable and responsible information for your personal use, for you to share with your loved ones and ideally, for you to pass along to your doctors and/or patients. Please note that I''m not a medical professional.
Features an array of health topics, nutrition, recipes and fitness for maintaining an overall healthy & well-balanced lifestyle.
Hospitalimpact.org is the first and only healthcare blog dedicated for current and emerging hospital leaders, thinkers, and enablers. The vision is simple - to answer this question:
what will it take for hospitals to be the best run organizations on the face of the planet?
InsideSurgery.com is a valuable resource for surgery news and procedural information.
Insurance Issues, Principles & Solutions.
Karen Grepin's Global Health Blog
A blog dedicated to global health and public health issues. Focuses on the economics and politics of health service delivery, in particular in Africa.
Kim's Public Health Blog
This blog is prepared by CMG (Kim) Buttery MD MPH to develop discussion among peers and students on the hot topics of public health, preventive medicine and the health care system.
Healthy Living Personal Development Entertainment Every Day Every Way.
Managed Care Matters
Joseph Paduda's weblog on managed care for group health, workers compensation & auto insurance, covering health care cost containment, health policy, health research, and medical news for insurers, employers, and healthcare providers.
Marijke: Nurse Turned Writer
Join me as I write about the newest in health and safety news, and a bit about life as a freelance writer.
I'll also cover other health issues that might be interesting and if you have any suggestions, please do leave a comment.
Mark's Daily Apple
Mark Sisson intends to use this space to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we've assumed to be true about health and wellness.
New Health Ideas
Keeping up with the latest health news can be time-consuming, since it is rarely to be found in one place. Mainstream media spend relatively little time on health issues and fitness issues, and they scarcely touch on alternative therapies, relaxation, and nutritional supplements at all.
A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog...Our target audience is the professionals (MD, DO, RN, LPN, LVN, Home Health Aide, ARNP, SW, Chaplain, Administrators, PT, OT, Speech, Pharmacy, etc.) working in hospice & palliative medicine, but we welcome all readers to this blog, including patients, families and other medical professionals outside of this field.
A statement of fact cannot be insolent." The miscellaneous ramblings of a surgeon/scientist on medicine,
quackery, science, pseudoscience, history, and pseudohistory (and anything else that interests him).
SeaSpray's - It's a Wonderful Life
I am here because I became addicted to medblogs. Then, I became addicted to blogging. Since pen and paper (substitute keyboard and computer) don't lie - maybe I will find the real reason I am here.
Stem Cell News Blog
A collection of news articles about stem cells and research from a variety of sources.
The Daily Headache
This blog is to share what I learn as I stumble along, trying to keep migraines and chronic daily headaches from ruling (or ruining) my life.
The Health Care Blog
Since its inception in October 2003, The Health Care Blog (THCB) has acquired a reputation as one of the most respected independent voices in the healthcare industry. The Wall Street Journal calls us "among the most widely read insider publications in the field."
The Insomnia Blog
Hi, I'm Michael Breus, Ph.D., The Sleep Doctor, and I specialize in helping people overcome what I call "disordered sleep" the short or long-term sleep problems that affect most of us at some point or another, and which can usually be fixed with modifications of environment and behavior.
Time Goes By
Blog about what it is really like to get older.