The Consult: Pharmaceutical Companies Go Online, and other news from around the web

The New Drug Buddies Pharmaceutical companies are using social networking and web 2.0 properties like Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, and Facebook to promote their product. As more Americans --children and adults--spend time online, it only makes sense that advertisers will spend time their as well. It also gives them the chance to create more dynamic and personalized ad campaigns based on people's personal web preferences (Washington Post)

Public Obstacles President Obama spoke in front of the American Medical Association yesterday. He promised to encourage medical students to chose general practices instead of lucrative specialties, and addressed the flaws in providing public healthcare: mainly that the current plans could cost trillions, and leave millions uninsured. (New York Times).

School's Out Alcohol-related deaths on college campuses are on the rise, up from 1,440 fatalities in 1998 to 1,825 in 2005. Students participating in binge drinking rose from 42 to 45 percent; drunk driving increased from 26.5 to 29 percent, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (Eurekalert)

Skip The Spa And head to church instead? "Spiritual destination vacations" are replacing spas and retreats that only cater on the physical. (Yahoo)

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