The weather has been terrific here in Seattle. That doesn't mean less rain. It means day after day of blue skies, sun, and kids running around playing. That includes my 12-year-old, Eitan, a boy fueled by testosterone. Eitan, who my friends called as a little one, "The Humvee Baby" is a tough kid. And he's an active football player, lacrosse player, and Boy Scout. He is made of tough stuff. School, of course, is a variable interest for him. And he has little patience for completely solving math problems, although he has the smarts. That brings me to this past...

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I am a real fan of medical progress through science. Having met many drug researchers I know how it can take years and many millions of dollars to actually end up with a new, approved medicine. As you know, approval is based on clinical trials – trials where maybe a hundred or a few hundred people participate. If a drug is safe and effective and especially meets an unmet need, it typically gets approved. But it is in the months and years that follow that a more complete story develops. It is in this time following approval where we can...

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The Pros and Cons of Internet Health from Patient Power® on Vimeo.

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40-year-old Rhonda Craig of Lake Stevens, Washington is a no-baloney-type woman. Good thing. She has a tough job as a Washington State Trooper. She can find herself speeding along on a remote highway at night to pull over someone who is usually law abiding and compliant or someone who could be a deadly threat. Rhonda, a mother of three boys with the youngest age 3, is used to facing challenges. She is made of tough stuff. She also is a woman of action. So when a lump showed up on her neck about 2 years ago, a year after the...

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There are instances when I am bowled over by someone's courage. It hits like a lightning bolt. That's what happened the other day when I met 27-year-old Katie Moser. Our Patient Power producers had arranged for me to record an interview with Katie. She was attending the big meeting of neurologists – the American Academy of Neurology meeting, this year in Seattle, my hometown. Katie walked into the interview room, an unassuming person who has a quiet grace. We began chatting and I soon saw who she really is: a tremendously courageous and selfless young woman. Katie always knew there...

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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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Sleep Problems from Patient Power® on Vimeo.

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