Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): TEDMED and National Day of Silence (Week of April 15, 2013)


Sorry for the absence. I’ve been out with bronchitis, and Chris was ill with something equally dreadful since just before I disappeared. Chris came back before me, and here is her most recent HOTW post, originally from the THL Blog: http://thlibrary.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/hashtags-of-the-week-hotw-tedmed-and-national-day-of-silence-week-of-april-15-2013/


There is an awful lot going on this week and Twitter is buzzing about all of it. The annual TEDMED Conference is running from April 16-19 in Washington D.C. Our own Patricia F. Anderson is live-tweeting the stream of the event. Today is Great Challenges day, so there should be a spectacular amount of activity in the #TEDMED hashtag throughout the day. Here is what is being buzzed about so far:

On a different note, today is National #DayofSilence. Traditionally, participants take a vow of silence for one day to highlight the fact that LBTQIA (Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Ally) are often bullied or endure hate speech which seeks to silence their voices. I visited a few hashtags related including #LGBT, #LGBTQ and #Trans. There was a lot of news about LGBT issues this week including the legalization of gay marriage in New Zealand as well as some insurance equity closer to home.

Tuesday was also National Healthcare Decision Day, #NHDD, which highlights the need for End of Life planning early in adulthood.

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