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Social media and clinical research

Social media has been a boon for many patients with rare disorders, enabling them to share their experiences with people who truly understand what they’re going through.

It’s not without its down sides, though. Misinformation can be passed around, sensitive subjects can be distressing, and the negative news can feel overwhelming sometimes. Those things are true of any social activity, whether in person or in the virtual world, but now there’s a risk that is particularly associated with the virtual world: the possibility that patients in clinical trials will undermine the trials by sharing their experiences with other patients.

The concern is that patients will “unblind” the study (figure out which patients are on placebo and which are not). Once the study is unblinded, according to a Wall Street Journalarticle, “Drug makers and researchers … worry that patients may drop out if they suspect they aren’t getting the drug being tested, or may report symptoms inaccurately because of the influence or suggestions of others in the trial.”

While there may not be contractual or regulatory provisions against publicly sharing detailed information about clinical trial participation, it’s important to keep in mind the risks of tainting the data. The last thing anyone wants is for the equivalent of a “mistrial” to be called and the research suspended or discarded, because the study was unblinded or otherwise affected by outside factors, and therefore the reported outcomes and adverse effects can’t be relied upon. You can read more of the Wall Street Journal article here:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/researchers-fret-as-social-media-lift-veil-on-drug-trials-1406687404

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Perfect LinkedIn Profile Infographic

Great LinkedIn Tips
We’re not big believers in “perfect”. Perfect is a tyranny few can afford in a digital age, but we did find about 5 helpful hints from this massive missive on how to use LinkedIn effectively. The iinfographic is full of helpful information on te single most critical personal branding tool on the planet – LinkedIn. 

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Technically a Librarian: Make Writing – @LibrarianLister @AngelaStockman

I know I’m a little biased, but I think we have a pretty amazing makerspace. It’s getting bigger – and messier – every day and the kids are creating some incredible stuff. Until recently, the makerspace was pretty contained to the library. This certainly wasn’t to exclude maker activities from occurring elsewhere – it just happened. 

While at one of our ELA planning meetings, we were discussing the lack of enthusiasm kids have for writer’s workshop. What was once a time for kids to express themselves creatively, was now a time that kids dreaded. How sad? I loved Writer’s Workshop as a kid. We had to fix this. They had tried creative prompts, incorporating movies and music, but they were still “bleh”.

As we were brainstorming, an 8th grade English teacher brought up the book “Make Writing” by Angela Stockman. Oddly enough, I had just finished reading my advanced readers copy since I’m a member of the Hack Learning VIP program. All of a sudden we both were sitting at the edge of our seats ready to do it!

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Creativity and Employability Infographic

Creativity and Employability Infographic Education Scotland and Creative Scotland have developed a range of infographics exploring creativity skills. The Creativity and Employability Infographic shows how creativity skills and creative learning are front and centre in developing our young… http://elearninginfographics.com/creativity-and-employability-infographic/

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Culinary School Statistics and the Realities of Becoming a Chef Infographic

Culinary School Statistics and the Realities of Becoming a Chef Infographic The Culinary School Statistics and the Realities of Becoming a Chef Infographic presents some real world figures and facts about the culinary world. The culinary industry is not exactly the highest paying field to get … http://elearninginfographics.com/culinary-school-statistics-and-the-realities-of-becoming-a-chef/

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Fun Ways To Improve Your Memory Infographic

Fun Ways To Improve Your Memory Infographic Having a good memory is more than just remembering where we left our keys and when is our best friend’s birthday, it is also about disciplining your mind and being more self-aware. Having that in mind, Memory Improvement created a simple … http://elearninginfographics.com/fun-ways-to-improve-your-memory/

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The Power of Teachers as Collaborative Curriculum Designers Infographic

The Power of Teachers as Collaborative Curriculum Designers Infographic Teaching in the 21st century presents new challenges, but also affords new opportunities. Traditionally, the work of educators has been confined to individual classrooms. While they have deeply impacted their own students,… http://elearninginfographics.com/teachers-collaborative-curriculum-designers-infographic/

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Celebrating Math Awareness Month Infographic

Celebrating Math Awareness Month Infographic Every year in April, Math Awareness Month (MAM) is honored by educators around the world, in every level of academia. The goal of MAM is to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics. Many of the top career paths require a level… http://elearninginfographics.com/celebrating-math-awareness-month-infographic/

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