Medscape 2010

The Best of 2010: The Top 10 Most-Read Articles by All Physicians on Medscape

Laurie Scudder, DNP, NP

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December 20, 2010

What did physicians read on Medscape during 2010? Far and away, the biggest story was healthcare reform. Medscape chronicled the legislative arguments and continues to report on the ongoing court battles. Rather than single out a particular news story, we have clustered the most up-to-date information about these important stories in our Healthcare Reform Resource Center. No surprise, physicians were also intensely interested in the range of new information that affected patient care as well as news that concerns the business of medicine today. The top 10 most important articles, as determined by how many of our members chose to read them, are provided below. If you missed these important articles, please take a minute to review them and see what your colleagues are reading.

Here are the highlights from the Medscape Top 10 for physicians in 2010:

  1. Brain Tumour Risk in Relation to Mobile Telephone Use
    Is it safe to take that call? Don't miss the results of a much awaited report from the largest international study to date on mobile phone use and brain tumors.

  2. Trashed on the Internet: What Should You Do?
    Does a physician have any recourse if patients post a bad review on an Internet rating site?

  3. Six Ways to Earn Extra Income From Medical Activities
    Physicians are seeking ways to create more revenue. These activities may bring in additional profit.

  4. Physician in Whistle-Blower Case Charged by Texas Medical Board
    A nurse who had reported the physician to the Texas Medical Board in 2009 was acquitted of a felony charge of misuse of official information.

  5. FDA Issues Second Warning Against Treating Leg Cramps With Quinine
    Treating such cramps with quinine is an off-label use with potentially serious adverse effects.

  6. Berwick Appointed to Head CMS Without Senate Vote
    President Obama used his power of "recess appointment" to avoid a possible Republican filibuster of the nomination of Dr. Berwick to the CMS post.

  7. Abbott Withdraws Sibutramine From Market
    The FDA pulled the weight-loss medication from the market after data pointed to a 16% increase in the risk for serious cardiovascular events.

  8. FDA Warns of Suicide Risk for Tramadol
    The agency advised physicians that the opioid may be sought by patients with drug abuse and addiction problems or those with criminal diversion in mind.

  9. Calcium Supplements Boost Heart-Attack Risk
    A meta-analysis finds that calcium supplements increase the risk for MI.

  10. Healthcare Reform Resource Center
    The evolving debate was chronicled by Medscape throughout 2010. Bookmark this page so that you'll have access to the latest information as it becomes available.

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