Okay, so I tweaked CNN about Dr. Gupta not returning my calls. The CNN producers tweaked back with a holiday gift. The i-report I produced on a whim last weekend about the need to pass healthcare reform legislation, no matter what, was aired several times on 12/23. How did I know? I got an urgent call from daughter Ruthie, 16. She is plugged in electronically to a huge network of teenagers nationwide. The east coasters saw me on CNN at least twice this past Wednesday. I was surprised that I made the grade out of thousands of i-reports CNN receives...

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CNN’s Health Unit has one bright star and one dimmer one. The bright star is Dr. Sanjay Gupta who is all over CNN. And the broadcast journalist in his shadow is reporter Elizabeth Cohen. I have never been able to get either one of them to return my calls. But I did have a nice chat about a year ago with one of the veteran producers at the CNN Health Unit. I was hoping they could use me sometime as a correspondent with a patient’s perspective. No dice. And no calls since then. So not being one to take rejection...

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Day 2 at ASH: Putting Progress in Perspective from Patient Power® on Vimeo.

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What's Hot at ASH? from Patient Power® on Vimeo.

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Assignment: Breaking News for Cancer from Patient Power® on Vimeo.

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I don’t mean to be simplistic. But America’s weight problem is bankrupting our healthcare system and killing us. That extra helping of stuffing with gravy you had at the Thanksgiving table isn’t a problem if you exercise and it’s just a “treat.” But, unfortunately, for too many of us, the big portion, fatty food, and zero exercise is more the norm. On a budget and eating fast food? The typical choices only help send you to the diabetes clinic, and later the kidney dialysis unit. I don’t mean to present everything in black and white. But while we debate healthcare...

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Breaking News: Patient Power’s Dog, T-Shirt, Foundation, and Book from Patient Power® on Vimeo.

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I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago when it became clear the American Cancer Society was mulling over whether screening recommendations should be changed for breast and prostate cancers. The concern, of course is, are some indolent, non-aggressive cancers suspected or discovered and patients are harmed with invasive tests and/or unnecessary or premature treatment – costing billions of dollars in precious healthcare dollars, causing more harm than good, and not statistically saving lives? Now comes today’s news that is sparking a lot of debate and controversy among doctors, patients, and biostatisticians. The United States Preventive Services Task Force,...

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You don’t have to go very far to hear someone’s pain about a serious health condition. Today I heard it at, of all places, the dog park where our pets can run free and play near my house. I go there most mornings with Candy the black lab and little Donovan, our new “Borkie” (7 months old and a combination Bichon Frise and Yorkshire Terrier, sort of a “feisty fluffball”). On this morning I chatted with Bob, a newly retired attorney. As we spoke about what we each did for a living, or used to do, he told me of...

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More and more people are telling me their own Powerful Patient stories. I love it! I heard this one at lunch today in Las Vegas as I reconnected in-person with CLL friend Dave Garcia, 50, a veteran pit boss at the famous Bellagio casino. Dave and I met via the Internet seven years ago after he was diagnosed with CLL. He searched for information and found my story of being in a clinical trial at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. I told him to get on Southwest Airlines and fly to Houston to be evaluated there after he was...

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