Medicine in Social Media
Diabetes in Social Media
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More than 200 million people suffer from diabetes worldwide and it is one of those medical conditions that are covered in details online. The medical blogosphere and the community sites are very rich in diabetes-related content.

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Second Life, the virtual world


Second Life is a virtual world with numerous educational opportunities and tools. It was launched in 2003 and is being developed by Linden Labs. As of January, 2009, almost 20 million accounts were registered and the number is still growing. If you enter this virtual realm, you can organize meetings, give presentations or use interactive models easily.



If you register, download and install the program, you can click on the teleport links below to visit the place you are interested in.


HealthInfo Island


HealthInfo Island is funded by a grant through the National Library of Medicine and features consumer health information. They have a well-designed and extensive Second Life presence.


Patient support is an important part of their project



Several floors with educational possibilities and support information



Posters for diabetic patients


Diabetes UK


Diabetes UK (click here to teleport) has already established its virtual presence in Second Life.



You can watch presentations, find information about diabetes management.



You can also send an e-mail alert to Diabetes UK careline or get a direct telephone number:



Diabetes Support Forum


The Diabetes Support Forum (click here to teleport): "The forum is open to ALL people who want to discuss diabetes, and everyone is very welcome, but our focus is mainly on the UK NHS system. Whilst diabetes is the same the world over, the health systems vary in different countries. Treatment of diabetes in the UK is very much at the mercy of the individual PCTs (Primary Care Trusts) and can vary from one town or region to another, and therefore UK diabetics have a need for support and advice on a very specific health system, the National Health Service or NHS as it is better known. We have set up this forum to provide that friendly mutual support."

It provides patients with a place where they can talk and get support:



How to find medical events?


The web 2.0 and the 3D web area of CyberHealthyMap features useful links, peer review articles and teleport links. The database is organized by Maged N. Kamel Boulos.

One of the largest databases of such Second Life groups can be found at SLHealthy, a wiki that currently lists about 300 groups or areas related to healthcare.



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