This guest blog was submitted by Patient Power's Senior Producer Jamie Machala Today I went in for my yearly well-woman exam. Being that it’s my first blog is that TMI? I guess so, but that’s beside the point. Because of my job and my family history, I tend to be very diligent about my health, usually calling the doctor or the dentist before I get the reminder postcard in the mail. Knowing what I know about medicine, being a proactive patient can get you places…and keep you there longer. After a short wait in the first waiting room, the nurse...

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I have been in hot, sunny Phoenix for a couple of days (it’s been 94 degrees, which local people think is cool for this time of year). I have attended the first annual Healthcare New Media Conference attended by online leaders from many major medical centers across the country. The differing views and activities have been fascinating. We all feel we are on the ground floor of something as we recognize that beyond websites, the public has moved on to social networking a la twitter, Facebook, and all sorts of services courtesy of Microsoft and Google, WebMD, Everyday Health,and many...

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Okay, I know this headline has double meaning when we are talking about ulcerative colitis where inflammation plagues the colon. In this case I am not talking about medical exams, I am talking about the stories of two women, each plagued by real problems from colitis for years, who are now doing great. It’s not that they took the same treatment approach. They didn’t. But in both cases, with leading-edge medicine, it’s working out quite well and they are leading full lives. First there’s Hillary Patton of Carlsbad, California, a guest on one of our upcoming programs with UC San...

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I am so excited! As you may know, Microsoft is launching its revved up search engine, “bing,” in an effort to finally do some catching up on Google and, if their dream can come true, surpass them. The hope is that “bing it” will become common in our language just like “google it” has. Bing right now, of course, hearkens back to Tony Soprano’s fictional New Jersey “Bada Bing! topless bar, owned by his mafia consigliere and where “the boys” would conduct “business” in the back room. Microsoft hopes that that image will soon be replaced by millions of information...

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High Tech Medicine: What's Really Important? from Patient Power® on Vimeo.There are an increasing number of ads on the radio about how this medical center or that one has the latest and greatest new high tech medical device, but as the patient the important thing is not just a fancy piece of technology, the important thing is that you get the best care overall.

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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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