Extroverts and neurotics tend to use Facebook and WhatsApp more

From a recent study:

20% of smartphone behavior can be accounted for by WhatsApp usage, and females use it 13 minutes longer than males.

Extroversion is of high importance in understanding WhatsApp usage, extroverts use it longer vs introverts.

High neurotics tend to use Facebook more as it facilitates communication without face-to-face interaction.

On the other hand, conscientiousness is inversely correlated with WhatsApp usage. Conscientious humans handle their digital consumption better and are less prone to Internet addiction.

Are you conscientious? Conscientious humans can be described as punctual, and diligently follow their daily routines.

Status updates. Image source: WeBlogCartoons, Creative Commons license.

In related research, there was no good news for science uses of social media:

I Like, I Cite? Do Facebook Likes Predict the Impact of Scientific Work? http://buff.ly/1LPj4Io - Not really.

Impact of Social Media on Dissemination and Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines: Zero http://buff.ly/1LPj5fH


Smartphone usage in the 21st century: who is active on WhatsApp? Christian Montag et al. BMC Res Notes. 2015; 8: 331.

Healthcare social media #HCSM - top articles

Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles related to healthcare social media (#HCSM) in the past 4-8 weeks:

Integration of Social Media in Emergency Medicine Residency Curriculum - Annals of Emergency Medicine http://buff.ly/1CcfgM9

Collaborative Economy Honeycomb http://bit.ly/1zoBreN - Not many companies in healthcare/wellness...

Risks in Using Social Media to Spot Signs of Mental Distress - NYTimes http://nyti.ms/1xYFumq -- NIH committed $11 million to support studies into using Twitter and Facebook to better understand substance abuse. Classification algorithm predicts whether a person was vulnerable to depression, from their Twitter posts, 70% accurate. “We could compute the unhappiest places in the United States,” Dr. Horvitz said. Social media analysis might also eventually be used to identify patterns of post-traumatic stress disorder immediately after events like tsunamis or terrorist attacks. “You can see the prospect of watching a news story break and using these tools to map the pulse of society.”
ike Twitter and Facebook to better understand, prevent and treat substance abuse.

20 Blogging Tips for Writing a Successful Blog http://buff.ly/16Xsu5q

Facebook can leave you with FOMO (fear of missing out) or even MOMO (mystery of missing out)? http://bit.ly/13Pj0aj

The selfie trend has increased plastic surgery in the US. Almost all the smartphones launched in 2014 have special functions to take selfies. The #selfie trend spins money for businesses - all new phones have selfie-friendly front cameras and apps. Selfie stick, a must have gadget http://buff.ly/13JzPDm

An evidence-based review: Distracted driver http://buff.ly/1xCGg5U

Learn to Embrace the Digital Detox - WSJ guide. Digital Detox: Participants trade smartphones for smarter life choices: exercise, art and face-to-face conversation. People don’t think they are addicted to technology because it’s so ingrained in our everyday life. “People don’t often recognize the effect their behavior has on them and those around them" http://buff.ly/1BqNc6D

Good to know for all us here: No increased stress from heavier social media use: survey | Reuters http://buff.ly/1Busk21

Student class standing, Facebook use, and academic performance = "it's complicated" relationship status http://buff.ly/15ujBiH

Establishing an International Consensus on Quality of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Blogs and Podcasts http://buff.ly/1NCDSHn

Emergency Medicine Journal Club on Twitter: free, asynchronous way to engage a worldwide audience http://buff.ly/1aOsUfX

"A personal reflection on social media in medicine: I stand, no wiser than before" http://buff.ly/1IMgpNg -- “On your death bed, what do you think your biggest regret will be? … that you didn’t TWEET ENOUGH?”

The articles were selected from Twitter @DrVes and RSS subscriptions. Please feel free to send suggestions for articles to clinicalcases at gmail.com and you will receive an acknowledgement in the next edition of this publication.

Cycle of Online Information and Physician Education (click here to enlarge the image).

"Bio-detection" dogs in trial to be used for prostate cancer sniffing

Many urologists agree that the PSA test for detecting prostate cancer is often unreliable, but it remains widely used because there are no other relatively inexpensive tests. Researchers in Britain say this method may soon be replaced with dogs trained to sniff out the type of cancer that, according to the American Cancer Society, affects one in every 7 men. VOA’s George Putic reports:

It takes 6 months to train a dog to detect prostate cancer. According to the report, trained dogs can detect prostate tumors in urine in 93 percent of cases.

"These dogs have the ability to screen hundreds of samples in a day; it's something they find very easy, they enjoy their work. To them it's a hunt game - they find the cancer."

The alternative, "electronic nose" sensitivity is well below the one of a dog. A dog can find 1 part per trillion. An electronic nose is unable to find anything below 1 per million.


Cancer sniffing dogs to aid British doctors. Reuters. http://buff.ly/1PWNrOL

All about hair loss (alopecia) - Deutsche Welle expert interview

Dr. Andreas Finner (Trichomed Praxis Berlin) talks about what everyone can do to keep a full head of hair and about the best methods for treating hair loss:

Today's Hair-Loss Treatments: Drugs

Minoxidil shampoo

Patients can buy an OTC shampoo with an ingredient called minoxidil. Minoxidil (Rogaine) fights androgenic alopecia in both men and women. It's still not entirely clear how minoxidil works. Used properly -- twice a day, massaged deep into the scalp -- it slows new hair loss. Two-thirds of men do get acceptable hair growth. "It is not something a bald person would use, but someone starting to go bald would use it. The goal is to maintain the hair you have."

An example from Amazon:

Propecia pill

Propecia (finasteride) works only for men. It keeps the male sex hormone testosterone from forming its DHT by-product. Many men use both minoxidil shampoo and Propecia pill for maximum effect.

Today's Hair-Loss Treatments: Surgery

Surgeons can transplant hair follicles from the sides and back of the head to the top of the head.

Future Hair-Loss Treatments

- "Hair cloning" although a more accurate name is hair duplication. Follicular stem cells are packaged into follicle-inducing implants.

- Gene therapy. A gene called sonic hedgehog can convert resting hair into growing hair.

Sonic the Hedgehog animation character from Amazon:


Future Hair-Loss Treatments Promise What's not Hair Today will Be Hair Tomorrow. WebMD.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa, also known as acne inversa, is a chronic skin disease characterized by recurrent boil-like lumps (nodules) under the skin. Hidradenitis suppurativa was once thought to be a rare condition because only the most severe cases were reported. However, recent studies have shown that the condition affects at least 1 in 100 people when milder cases are also considered.

There are three levels in the management of hidradenitis suppurativa:

- topical options
- systemic options
- surgical methods including laser therapy

Dr. Christian Baum, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, takes a look at a chronic skin condition called hidradenitis suppurativa: overview of the condition and treatment possibilities.


Hidradenitis suppurativa: a review of cause and treatment. Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2011 Apr;24(2):118-23. doi: 10.1097/QCO.0b013e3283428d07.

Hidradenitis suppurativa. NIH http://buff.ly/1Jiligz
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