Greetings from Breckenridge, Colorado. At 10,000 feet, I am told it is the highest resort town in North America. The Rocky Mountain scenery is breathtaking. But there’s a problem for about one in four of us who visit here, especially people like me who live at sea level. We can get hit with high altitude sickness and a few days ago, I was one of the unlucky ones. What happens is your body isn’t used to the thin air and your blood has difficulty getting enough oxygen to your body. It usually happens at altitudes over 8,500 feet. You get...

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This has been a busy time for my family as my daughter, Ruthie, has just graduated from high school. Because we live in a close-knit, fairly small town, we were all zipping around in the days afterward attending graduation parties. We knew many of the 400 or so young people who graduated. In most cases they are blessed with good health and the prospect of a fun summer followed by a college education. But the health picture isn’t sunny for all of them. I heard this story at one of the parties this weekend: A leader of the senior class,...

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Watch Andrew's latest video blog from Chicago where he attended the 2011 American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting.

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I am off to Chicago to mingle with 30,000+ people from around the world whose passion is curing cancer and helping people who are living with it. In years past I have gone as a journalist to bring you cancer news, but not this year. I was not given a press pass because the organization’s policies are among the most restrictive of any medical society. That’s a story for another day. However, I was invited to attend as a “patient-advocate.” And, at my core, I guess that’s what I am. This year I have a new story to tell. After...

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You may recall, I have a beef with Madison Avenue ad agencies that keep serving up the same New York actors in television commercials for different illnesses. I take it personally. The woman with cancer also has asthma. The man with arthritis also has erectile dysfunction. I feel bad for them! Last night the quest by an actor to find work got ridiculous for me as my wife, Esther, and I were watching one of our favorite shows, “Criminal Minds," on CBS. It was a particularly violent episode where a Bonnie and Clyde-type couple shot their way across Montana and...

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When I was diagnosed with leukemia my daughter, Ruthie, was just two and a half. She has vague memories of our household being turned upside down with worried, hushed conversations and friends and relatives calling A LOT. Because a leading specialist, Dr. Michael Keating from MD Anderson Cancer Center, advised against having treatment right away (something better was coming along), I did not have treatment for more than four years. By then Ruthie was seven. She has vivid memories then of me going off to Houston, accompanied by her mom, for a week of initial treatment and then successive weeks...

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People generally have a sense there might be information on the Web that can help them when they are worried about their health. They also have a sense there is a LOT of information and some of it may be wrong. All of that is true. What is a strategy to find the good and avoid the bad? This morning, I chatted with Mike Collins, host of “Charlotte Talks” on WFAE, public radio in Charlotte, North Carolina about The Web-Savvy Patient and some of my “Insider Tips” within. We talked at length about how you can get started looking for...

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Andrew Schorr explains it is not enough to be listed as a organ donor on your driver’s license. He urges you to play a role in ending the shortage of donated organs.

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I have never met the famous television interviewer Barbara Walters. I have never met actress and comedienne Whoopi Goldberg, or personalities Sherri Shepherd, or Joy Behar, or Elisabeth Hasselbeck. But I will – next Monday, May 2nd. That’s because I have been invited to be a guest on the popular daily daytime television talk show The View. For a few minutes next week, I’ll be there with the ladies to talk about my new book: The Web-Savvy Patient: An Insider’s Guide to Navigating the Internet When Facing Medical Crisis. I’ll briefly get to tell how I believe how connecting with...

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Imagine you’re a pharmaceutical company product manager and your specific product helps people with a chronic illness, or a cancer that can be managed by taking a pill or an injectable medicine over many years. You want to be part of the dialogue patients have with each other. You want to be part of the community. Facebook users, and other social media participants, are increasingly forming groups around health conditions, big and small. You want to be there, because, after all, your company has invested hundreds of millions of dollars developing the approved drug and hopes this medicine, and perhaps...

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