The book publishing world, largely based in New York City, is in trouble. The fragmentation of the market by electronics large and small has chopped former readers into so many pieces. How can a publisher make a blockbuster buck anymore? The answer may come in translations of Swedish fiction from a newly found novelist, now dead, to non-fiction ghostwritten for a face everyone knows from the evening news. In a whirlwind face-to-face series of meeting with publishers on a very recent sunny Tuesday in Manhattan I got a glimpse of their angst and did my best to convince them that...

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Esther and I went away this past weekend for a much needed break from kids, the normal routine, and pets that can wake us up when daylight arrives here in the Pacific Northwest at 5 am. We stayed at a quaint bed and breakfast called The Blue Goose in the small town of Coupeville, Washington on Whidbey Island northwest of Seattle. It was restful and, with great sunny weather, rejuvenating. At a bed and breakfast, of course, you typically chat with other people over coffee, egg soufflé, and bran muffins. The experience can be tiresome and too chatty. But sometimes...

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The Issues From ASCO from Patient Power® on Vimeo.

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What's Old is New at ASCO from Patient Power® on Vimeo.

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Shifting the Focus to Patients at Medical Conventions from Patient Power® on Vimeo.

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I am on the first stop of a two city tour of medical conventions seeking news and perspectives for patients. Destination #1 has been San Francisco and the 2010 meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA). The meeting has attracted 15,000 urologists from the U.S. and overseas to learn the latest in conditions like incontinence, pelvic floor problems, bladder pain syndrome, bladder cancer and prostate cancer. The exhibit hall is filled mostly with surgical equipment, imaging and surgical device companies. A few pharmas are here: the makers of pills for erectile dysfunction, enlarged prostate, and overactive bladder. One interesting one...

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Saving Lives with More Defibrillators from Patient Power® on Vimeo.

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My wife and family are alternately happy and unhappy about the prospect of me headed out of town to attend two medical conventions in a row. When they need me they REALLY need me, and when they have plenty else to do, I could be on the moon and they wouldn’t miss me. Oh well, I am off anyway to two parts of the country in rapid succession with the goal of helping patients worldwide. The first stop is the meeting of the American Urological Association and the second is the meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. I’ll...

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I have always been one to push the technology envelope when it comes to communications. Years ago (1972!) I drove the technical people at WBTV/Charlotte crazy as I produced feature stories that could have three film projectors and two video playbacks all rolling at once. Fortunately, we had a director, Ken Beaver, who was always up to the challenge. When I moved on to health communications it was fun to figure out how to use a conference call “bridge” to link 1,000 patients at a time to a “telephone talk show” that connected them with experts in their health concern....

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How A Little Attention to Stroke Can Change Your Life from Patient Power® on Vimeo.

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