I attended a funeral today. Ralph Goodman, former hospitality industry star, father of two young women, and devoted husband. Ralph died the other day in a Seattle suburb after a two year battle with inoperable brain cancer. I did not know Ralph well before his illness and I do not know his wife or children. However, Ralph reached out to me, a leukemia survivor and fellow member of his synagogue, after he received his diagnosis. We met for lunch, talked often by phone, traded emails, and spent an afternoon together at his home several weeks ago when Ralph wanted to...

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Virtual Medicine from Patient Power® on Vimeo.

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This year more than $100 BILLION dollars will be spent in the U.S. on high tech medical scans like MRI, CT, and PET. Unfortunately, new studies show up to 50 percent of the scans should never have been done because the results didn't help with diagnoses or treatments. We have said time and again on Patient Power webcasts that there are significant players on your medical team you may not even think about. A key one would be the radiologist, even the radiology technician. It's up to the technician – hopefully using the most modern equipment – to produce a...

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There are two items in the news this week that caught my attention. One talks about the use of over a billion dollars from the new Federal Government stimulus package to assess which widely used medical treatments are really best (NYT 2/16/09, "US to Study Effectiveness of Treatments"). The second announces how, Zagat, the prestigious service that rates high end restaurants is now rating doctors according to input from their patients (NYT 2/16/09, "Noted Rater of Restaurants Brings Its Touch to Medicine"). Ok, let's digest this for a minute. First about the evaluation of treatments: Obviously the drug and medical...

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Stimulus Plan & Rating Doctors from Patient Power® on Vimeo.Andrew's V-Blog (02/16/09)

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We could have predicted it. Naysayers who say that now there are three approved prescriptions medicines for fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome, marketing is fueling hype – hype about a condition some people say is all in a patient's head. Here we go again. The drug companies are always an easy target. When a drug is a success it can bring in more than a billion dollars a year. Treatments are costly and many people, including millions with no insurance or who are underinsured, struggle to pay for them. So the pharmaceutical industry continues to have a public relations problem....

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Andrew Schorr, 59 and living with his family near Seattle, has been a pioneer in health communications since 1984 after a previous career as a national television news and information reporter and producer. In 1996 he was diagnosed with leukemia. By connecting with an online community of patients he was guided to specialists in his condition. He enrolled in a clinical trial that, fortunately, led to a long-term remission and a normal life without the need for ongoing treatment. Andrew’s mission – his passion - is to empower other patients with information and the tools to be “powerful patients” themselves....

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Technology and Your Health: Early Innovations for Patients from Patient Power® on Vimeo.

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If you've kept up on technology as we search for Osama Bin Laden you may know the U.S. Military, and the CIA, have unmanned drones aloft over war zones. Those "eyes in the sky" carry missiles and are flown remotely by "pilots" in air conditioned trailers near Las Vegas. For them warfare is like a video game. No matter how you feel about war in the air or on the ground, you have to marvel at the technology and wish it could apply to other needs, like fighting disease and illness. Guess what? It can and it will. A fascinating...

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