Listen to the Doctor . . . on Your iPod
Over the past year, health providers, medical journals, government agencies and a bewildering number of self-proclaimed health experts have begun to offer health news and information via audio and video podcasts. These prerecorded segments are downloaded from the Internet and played on a computer or other device. A variety of software allows you to subscribe -- often for free -- to podcasts and receive automatic updates. Catch up on, say, the latest Parkinson's disease research while at your desk or the dangers of heat stroke during your morning run.
A recent search turned up close to 2,000 health-related podcasts, ranging from the monotone weekly audio summary of the New England Journal of Medicine to the mellow sounds of the Marijuana Memo (and, this being the Internet, no shortage of the sexually explicit). Here are a few we like:
· Johns Hopkins Medicine Podcast ( http:/
· NIH Research Radio ( http:/
· The Mayo Clinic's Medical Edge Radio ( http:/
-- Matt McMillen