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1.  The Internet as a Vehicle to Communicate Health Information During a Public Health Emergency: A Survey Analysis Involving the Anthrax Scare of 2001 
Background
The recent public health risks arising from bioterrorist threats and outbreaks of infectious diseases like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) highlight the challenges of effectively communicating accurate health information to an alarmed public.
Objective
To evaluate use of the Internet in accessing information related to the anthrax scare in the United States in late 2001, and to strategize about the most effective use of this technology as a communication vehicle during times of public health crises.
Methods
A paper-based survey to assess how individuals obtained health information relating to bioterrorism and anthrax during late 2001.We surveyed 500 randomly selected patients from two ambulatory primary care clinics affiliated with the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Results
The response rate was 42%. While traditional media provided the primary source of information on anthrax and bioterrorism, 21% (95% CI, 15% - 27%) of respondents reported searching the Internet for this information during late 2001. Respondents reported trusting information from physicians the most, and information from health websites slightly more than information from any traditional media source. Over half of those searching the Internet reported changing their behavior as a result of information found online.
Conclusions
Many people already look to the Internet for information during a public health crisis, and information found online can positively influence behavioral responses to such crises. However, the potential of the Internet to convey accurate health information and advice has not yet been realized. In order to enhance the effectiveness of public-health communication, physician practices could use this technology to pro-actively e-mail their patients validated information. Still, unless Internet access becomes more broadly available, its benefits will not accrue to disadvantaged populations.
doi:10.2196/jmir.6.1.e8
PMCID: PMC1550585  PMID: 15111274
bioterrorism; public health; communication; electronic mail; inequality; behavior
3.  London's medicine 
British Medical Journal  1980;280(6218):936.
PMCID: PMC1601107
5.  Clinical Significance of 7s IgM in Monoclonal IgM Diseases 
British Medical Journal  1971;2(5756):260-261.
The sera from 117 patients with diseases associated with a high production of monoclonal IgM were analysed for the presence of low molecular weight (7s) IgM by using a simple thin-layer Sephadex technique. 7s IgM was found in the sera of patients with myelomata (66%), lymphomata (45%), and Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia (20%), but was absent from the sera of patients with benign monoclonal macroglobulinaemia.
This technique provides a cheap and practical test which may be valuable in selecting patients with lymphomata from those with benign lesions.
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PMCID: PMC1796446  PMID: 4995405
7.  Paraproteins and bence jones protein 
British Medical Journal  1967;4(5575):356-357.
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PMCID: PMC1748751
8.  New Look for Physiotherapy 
British Medical Journal  1962;1(5290):1480-1481.
PMCID: PMC1958578

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