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MySpace will in Deutschland StudiVZ überflügeln

MySpace will in Deutschland StudiVZ überflügeln aus dem Bereich Wissenswertes StudiVZ ist derzeit noch unangefochtene Nummer eins bei den sozialen Netzwerken in Deutschland. Rund sechs Millionen Besucher fanden im ersten Quartal 2008 monatlich auf die Seiten des Studentenportals des Holtzbrinck-Konzerns. Doch MySpace Deutschland arbeitet nach eigenen Angaben an der Ablösung des Marktführers. In 18 Monaten auf Platz eins MySpace Deutschland-Chef Joel Berger gibt sich selbstbewusst und sagte gegenüber dem Mediendienst Kress: "Unser Ziel ist, in den nächsten 18 Monaten an den lieben Kollegen vorbeizuziehen und Nummer eins zu werden. Und wir wollen in die Top Five der reichweitenstärksten Websites in Deutschland aufrücken." Derzeit liege man mit rund 4,6 Millionen Besuchern im März 2008 auf Platz zwei. Zu dem Besucherverlust von rund 8,9 Prozent im ersten Quartal 2008 im Vergleich zum Vorjahr machte Berger keine Angaben. Wachstum mit eigenen Inhalten Berger sieht MySpace als Leitmedium der Jugendkultur an. "Was vor 20 Jahren die Bravo war und vor zehn Jahren vielleicht mal MTV, ist heute MySpace." Die Bekanntheit von MySpace soll durch attraktive, eigene Inhalte gesteigert werden. Am 19. Mai starte auf der Community-Plattform etwa die WebTV-Soap They call us Candy Girls. Berger sieht optimistisch in die Zukunft und geht davon aus, dass soziale Netzwerke sich neben E-Mail und Internetsuche als drittes, großes Standbein des Internets etablieren werden. Die kommerzielle Vermarktung stehe erst am Anfang und die auf Empfehlungen aufgebauten Werbebotschaften sind noch ungewohnt. "Die Verbreitung von viralen Botschaften über Freundeskreise ist etwas anderes als ein Banner, das einfach auf Reichweite gebucht wird." Musikdienst erst ab Herbst 2008 Aber nicht nur mit neuen Inhalten möchte MySpace bei neuen Usern punkten. Wie bereits von onlinekosten.de berichtet, sollen durch die Öffnung der Community-Plattform für externe Entwickler bald etliche neue Widgets für die Nutzer zur Verfügung gestellt werden können. Auch Kooperationen mit anderen Unternehmen soll zu mehr Wachstum beitragen. Noch immer gibt es jedoch keinen genauen Starttermin für den geplanten Musikdienst MySpace Music. In Deutschland stehen noch Gespräche mit der Rechteverwertungsgesellschaft GEMA an. Berger rechnet mit einem Start nach dem Sommer.

1 Kommentar 2.5.08 21:11, kommentieren

Zahnärzteausbildung wird ausgedünnt

“Die Qualität der zahnärztlichen Ausbildung wird für das schnelle Fortbildungs-Geld geopfert”

  Mit der Änderung der zahnärztlichen Weiterbildungsordnung - sie soll auf dem Zahnärztetag im Herbst 2008 durchgepeitscht werden - wird auf die Allgemeinzahnärzte eine Flut von teuren und zweifelhaften Fort- und Weiterbildungsangeboten hereinbrechen, prognostiziert der Berufsverband der Allgemeinzahnärzte BVAZ. Die Qualität der zahnärztlichen Ausbildung wird für das schnelle Fortbildungs-Geld geopfert, warnt der BVAZ

6.5.08 20:15, kommentieren

Young Dentists Forum: Young Europeans get drunk 'to have sex'

Young adults in Europe deliberately binge on drink and drugs to improve their sex lives, research suggests.

The UK has one of the worst reputations for binge drinking and underage sex but there are striking similarities between countries, a study found.

A third of 16 to 35-year-old men and 23% of women questioned said they drank to increase their chance of sex.

The study - of 1,341 young people in nine countries including the UK - is published in BMC Public Health.

Young people were also more at risk of unsafe sex while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the study found.

 


Despite the negative consequences, we found many are deliberately taking these substances to achieve quite specific sexual effects
Professor Mark Bellis

The researchers said although it was well known that use of alcohol and drugs was linked to risky sexual behaviour, this study showed many young people were "strategically" binge drinking or abusing drugs to improve their sex lives.

They questioned young people in nine cities, one each in the UK, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Slovenia - who all routinely went to pubs, bars and nightclubs.

Early use of alcohol and other drugs was closely linked to having sex under the age of 16 years, in all countries, especially in girls.

Almost half of participants in Vienna, Austria had drunk alcohol and had sex by the time they were 16 compared with 36% in Venice, Italy, 37% in Palma, Spain and 30% in Liverpool.

The same was true for those who took drugs under the age of 16 but there were variations in popularity of different drugs among different countries.

More than a quarter of youngsters taking cocaine said they used it to prolong sex and drug use in general was linked to having multiple partners.

'Risky'

Drunkenness and drug use were found to be strongly associated with an increase in risk taking behaviour and feeling regretful about having sex .

Those who had been drunk in the past four weeks were more likely to have had five or more partners, sex without a condom and to have regretted sex after drink or drugs in the past 12 months.

Cannabis, cocaine or ecstasy use was linked to similar consequences.

Study leader Professor Mark Bellis, director of the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moore's University said: "Millions of young Europeans now take drugs and drink in ways which alter their sexual decisions and increase their chances of unsafe sex or sex that is later regretted.

"Yet despite the negative consequences, we found many are deliberately taking these substances to achieve quite specific sexual effects."

He added that strategies to reduce substance abuse and encourage safe sexual behaviour needed to take into account the fact that the two were inextricably linked.

Simon Blake, chief executive of Brook, said: "When it comes to drugs and alcohol young people learn from us, the adults who help determine the culture in which young people are learning about sex, and learning about drugs and alcohol. "Sex and relationships education also needs to include more discussion about the association between alcohol, drugs and unsafe sex."

Frank Sodeen from Alcohol Concern said: "The report is a good reminder of the multiple dimensions of drink-related harm."

He added local authorities need to think as broadly as possible about projects to reduce alcohol use and incorporate issues such as sexual health.

 

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/health/7389980.stm

1 Kommentar 9.5.08 16:44, kommentieren

Specialty and sex as predictors of depression in dentists

Specialty and sex as predictors of depression in dentists

 

Background. Stress, burnout, substance abuse and suicide among dentists have been studied, yet no study in the United States has specifically addressed depression in dentists. The objective of the authors’ study was to determine if sex and dental specialty were correlated with depression in dentists.

Methods. The authors conducted a survey of a sample of dentists chosen randomly from the American Dental Association’s mailing list of member dentists. The survey, stratified by sex and specialty, resulted in 560 responses, for a 53 percent response rate. The authors used the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale to measure depression. The authors examined the respondents’ sex, age, number of children, marital status, specialty, practice type, location of practice, years in practice and hours worked per week.

Results. The rate of depression in the overall sample was 9 percent. Sex was associated with depression (P < .001), but specialty was not. However, multiple regression analysis found that sex was significantly related to depression in only two specialties: periodontics and pediatric dentistry. Overall, the regression model explained an unimpressive 6 percent of the variance in depression scores. The most important finding of the study was that only 15 percent of depressed dentists were receiving treatment.

Conclusions. The survey results showed that only female pediatric dentists and periodontists were more depressed than their male counterparts. None of the other variables studied contributed significantly to the understanding of depression in dentists. Depressed dentists, like other depressed people, tend not to seek treatment.

Clinical Implications. Depression and serious depression occur among dentists, and much of it is untreated. Because depression is harmful to dentists and raises quality-of-care issues, they should be educated to help them recognize depression and encouraged to seek treatment.

Key Words: Depression; occupational stress; dental specialties

 

Although considerable attention has been paid to stress, burnout,13 substance abuse46 and suicide7 among dentists, less attention has been paid to depression, despite the seriousness of the disorder and its relationship with these other serious problems.

 

1 Kommentar 9.5.08 18:05, kommentieren