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Over the weekend I began to worry if I have been unfair. Just last week in a webcast about the latest comprehensive treatments for brain cancer I urged patients to seek treatment, or at least a consultation, at an academic medical center where they have sub-specialists in neuro-oncology and related specialties. I do believe that is good advice. Beyond that, I find that I remain a "fan" of academic medicine for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that my participation in a single, university center clinical trial may have saved or lengthen my life as a...

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I have been hosting webcasts about cancer for years. And when it has come to discussing research, one cool area beginning years ago was the idea that a patient could be treated with a cancer vaccine – not one like we receive as kids to prevent a disease, but rather a shot you'd receive after getting cancer to spark your own immune system to fight back. Typically these are personalized vaccines made from your own cancer cells. The jury had been out for quite some time about whether this approach could really work and help cancer patients live longer. One...

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Here's the scenario: You are told you have a severe heart rhythm problem. One where your heart could either stop or go into such uncoordinated contractions that you will die…unless a high tech device, a defibrillator, is implanted to instantaneously jolt your heart back into healthy pumping. You are grateful you live in a time when there is a high-tech solution. If you also have a heart that may at times also beat too slow or skip a beat you learn there's even a combination device, a pacemaker-defibrillator. That even better news for you. You get a "two in one"...

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It was 13 years ago that I was diagnosed with leukemia. At that time I had a wife and two children: a boy, 6, and a girl, 2. Later, with a "green light" from my doctor, we chose to have a third child. I have previously written about how to tell your spouse, children, and co-workers about your diagnosis. But this time I wanted to share not my perspective, but rather, one of theirs. I was very much touched this past weekend when I received a solicitation letter from my eldest child, Ari. He's the 6-year-old who is now 19...

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This past week there has been swirling comment about bonuses on Wall Street, and my suburban Connecticut friends have been telling me about AIG neighbors who are feeling alternately angry, insecure, or shamed. I agree the system of bonuses was all wrong and that Wall Street types have to get connected to the real world the rest of us live in. And yes, I think a lot of these people who work or worked at companies virtually "owned" by us taxpayers should give the money back. I understand investment bankers and others are under pressure to make millions for investors...

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I am a big "real people" kinda guy. Even though I have two journalism degrees, one from UNC-Chapel Hill and one from Columbia, I objected a little to the old model of journalism where it was populated by staff writers and a "real person" was lucky if they could get their "15 minutes of fame" being quoted in an article or having a letter to the editor published. That whole model of "I am the reporter and you're not" has been turned on its head in the past year or two. Today was another sign of an end of an...

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The Personal Story Behind A Top Physician from Patient Power® on Vimeo.

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