Health 2.0: The Patient Experience

I’m very excited to report that today myself and a bunch of online health experts convene in San Diego, CA, for the “Spring Fling” version of last Fall’s Health 2.0 Conference. As you can see, the focus of this round is “Connecting Consumers & Providers” with a huge emphasis on the user experience (that’s us!!).
Therefore, the organizers have me busy all day long tomorrow. I’ll be running a morning panel on “The User Experience”…

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Your Chronic Condition — In Comics :)

My friends at HealthCentral Network understand the value of a smile when it comes to living with compromised health.
Thus, they’re creating a new series of personal health stories in comic strip format. And they’ve done mine to kick off the diabetes series! Based on the recent Newsweek article about me…
Check this out:
(Click on the image to be re-routed to the full comic version over at HealthCentral)

Gee, I look younger in comics…

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Scandal at JDRF!

Today, a shocking revelation about the JDRF: two employees have been caught embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars, the New York Times reports. This is pretty well the worst news I have heard since my diagnosis with diabetes four years ago.
Imagine the fireworks! All those parents killing themselves to raise money for JDRF, striving to fund research toward a cure. All those dedicated walkers and cyclists doing the same. And all the rest of…

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Skinny vs. Healthy

Some of you took exception to my recent review of the “Skinny Songs” CD. Because skinny is not synonymous with healthy, correct? True. But not being too overweight is certainly a big part of being healthy. Still, the fact that I just took this music to be an amusing “soundtrack to getting in shape” tells me how far I’ve come since my own eating disorder days. I’ve almost forgotten how painful it can be when…

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Stem Cell Cure for Diabetic Mice, Suicide Genes, etc.

Lots of buzz last week about that exciting development in stem cell therapy: Novocell researchers in San Diego, CA, managed to control diabetes in mice using human embryonic stem cells. A first! Validating the concept that embryonic stem cells can be coaxed into becoming insulin-producing islet cells right inside a living organism — rather than simply in a petri dish.

So how far off are we, really, from making this happen in humans?
Yesterday I…

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