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 Can Public Health Messages Be Entertaining? ZDoggMD Thinks So

In the world of digital doctors, medical advice is a dime a dozen. No shortage of Twitter docs exhort followers to dutifully apply sunscreen, schedule their colonoscopies, exercise more and eat less. Then there’s ZDoggMD,...

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