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JuniorDr Top Tweeters

Written by JuniorDr.

twitter-speechWhether it's tweeting about lunch in the hospital canteen or sharing ways to improve healthcare, Twitter is quickly becoming the hottest social media platform for doctors.

Discovering who to follow among the half a billion Twitter users isn't easy. We asked you to recommend the hottest 140 word tweeters. Here are the JuniorDr Top Tweeters -

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Medical inventions of the future

Written by Michelle Connolly.

future-pillMichelle Connolly takes a look at some of the latest gadgets (and a robot) that tech heads reckon we won't be able to practise without in the future.

Robodoc ward round

Already used in many hospitals across the US, the RP (Remote Presence)-7 robotic system may look like an industrial-sized upright vacuum cleaner but it's not - it's a robotic doctor. The flatscreen monitor allows doctors to project their face and control robo-doc's movement to the patient's bedside from a workstation. It means consultants can make more than one ward round per day whilst not actually being on site. Evidence-based medicine has shown that 24-7 intensivist coverage in ICUs lowers mortality rates. Robo-doc has been used in hospitals to allow consultant doctors increased presence from home and to consult with patients and their team in the ICU. "Patients love it. I was very surprised how much they enjoy interacting with the robot," Louis Kavoussi, vice chairman of urology at John Hopkins Hospital told JuniorDr.
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Virtual doctors - medical training in Second Life

Written by Bertalan Meskó.

second-life1Forget those late nights on the wards grappling with real patients to perfect taking a history for the MRCP - medical training is going virtual. Second Life, the online 3D world, is set to become the world's largest medical training institution and, as Bertalan Meskó reports, it could change the way we view education entirely.

Second Life is an online virtual world, a bit like a computer game where you play the lead character. Since it was opened to the public in 2003 it has grown explosively to more than 10 million 'residents'. The main benefit of Second Life is that it makes it easier to communicate with people from around the world and to use videos, images, texts and web links at the same time.

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Best medical smartphone, mobile and iPad apps

Written by JuniorDr.

smartphone-appsWhether it's calculating gentamicin doses, checking the latest guidelines or practicing MCQs the smartphone has become an essential piece of medical kit for working on the move. As the number of medical apps breaks through the 10,000 barrier we test out the best apps for work, rest and play.

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Bringing ambulances to Mumbai

Written by JuniorDr.

ambulances-mumbai-1When an elderly man in Manchester spots the first signs of a heart attack it takes just a simple '999' call to have an ambulance by his side within 12 minutes. It's a service we take for granted but things aren't so simple in Mumbai, India.

For its 20 million inhabitants they had no global number to call and no coordinated ambulance service. In fact, 90 percent of an ambulance's revenue came from carrying dead bodies so there has been no incentive to treat the ill.

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