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Reviewing my files, these are more stories that have recently caught my eye:

Medical Economics has a story about one physician's awful experience with online web ratings.

Jane Brody from the New York Times discusses the importance of vitamin D (vying for "nutrient of the decade.")

The eDrugsearch blog interviews Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya, who discuss their pics for top Health 2.0 apps. ReadWriteWeb also discusses the interview.

HealthMap is a global disease alert map. From the press release:
Need to know where avian flu, salmonella or dengue fever been popping up? A quick view of HEALTHmap shows you where more than 50 diseases have been reported around the world, who is reporting and how “hot” an outbreak is based on the number of reports. Drill down by content and city or narrow by disease and read what has been reported in the last 30 days.
According to a recent study, patients who are highly involved in their care don't necessarily have better outcomes.

Dean Giustini of the Google Scholar Blog, in a paper on Web 3.0:
"This paper introduces some of the main concepts and principles of web 3.0 for health librarians. In doing so, it aims to explore some of the issues and terminologies associated with the web's projected development over the next ten years, and at a level of generality that we hope will raise awareness and encourage debate. Many health librarians have recently adopted the underlying principles and social software tools of web 2.0 into practice [1]. Can we be moving into the early stages of web 3.0 already?

To answer that question, let’s explore some of the many (conflicting) definitions of web 3.0. According to Wikipedia, “There is considerable debate as to what the term web 3.0 means, and what a suitable definition might be.” [2] Web futurist Nova Spivack suggests that web 3.0 refers to the web's third decade of development from 2010-2020 [see table 1] during which several information trends will converge and predominate. Internet experts say that we are already moving toward the technologies that herald this new era [3]. However, one non-librarian blogger is vehement that 'web versions' do not (or should not) exist [4]."
And finally, Google Health records may not be subject to the HIPAA privacy law.
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