for me, the readily available information just helped catalyse my anorexic behaviours as I strived to consume fewer and fewer calories every day. I spent hours walking round the supermarket every morning examining food labels, working out the lowest- calorie versions of the food items I was allowed to eat.
This Sunday was World Leprosy Day 2013, but few people are likely to take notice. Few might even know that leprosy still exists today. But it does: it affects more than 15 million people across the world and each year nearly a quarter of a million new cases are detected: that is almost one person diagnosed every two minutes - the time to read this blog post.
There are huge benefits to be gained from the use of social media. The access sites like Twitter provide for GPs greatly enhances medical networking, marketing of resources, and real-time engagement in current clinical discussions. However, has the surge in social media use by medical professionals resulted in positive outcomes for patients and the relationship with their GP?