April 06, 2004
In today's Wall Street Journal's Health Journal, Tara Parker-Pope discuss one of my continual issues, ChemoBrain.
Research from UCLA indicates marked differences in the brains of breast-cancer patients who had undergone chemotherapy. As noted in the article, studies of "breast-cancer patients show that nearly two-thirds of women treated with chemo develop some level of cognitive problems, though most recover on their own in weeks or months after treatment stops."
The problems relate to "focus, fast thinking, organization skills and an inability to multitask," indicated Eric Winer of Dana-Faber Cancer Institute.
April 01, 2004
Shared Care Plan Idea
This is a very exciting program. "Shared Care Plan" is clearly a major step forward in improving the communication between everyone involved in a chronic care situation.
The "Patient Powered" program in Whatcom County, Washington seems to be on the "cutting-edge" of empowerment for both patient, caregivers, family members and healthcare professionals.
Too often, we think empowerment is patient-oriented, I think this misses the point. The entire healthcare team needs to be empowered. Healthcare professionals need to be empowered to share more information and not to be threatened by patients who believe in assisting in managing their disease.
March 10, 2004
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February 21, 2004
February 05, 2004
Tools of the Trade ...
Chemo Chronicles Article
As I looked over my notes, I came
across a comment to update "technology for the chronically ill and cancer patients." In a previous cancer
website <http://cancer.stonecottage.com/originalv1.html>, I had discussed some of the computer tools I
use for keeping track of critical health information, which lead to an article in Health Data Management
I currently use a Palm Tungsten T2 <http://www.palmone.com/us/products/handhelds/tungsten-t2/> for hand-held computing needs. When at home, I use Apple G4 PowerBooks, a 12-inch <http://www.apple.com/powerbook/index12.html> and a 15-inch <http://www.apple.com/powerbook/index15.html>. On the Palm, I have installed two critical applications, PatientKeeper <http://www.patientkeeper.com/products_personal.html> and Documents-to-Go <http://www.dataviz.com/> (see reviews below) which are at the heart of the essential tracking of health information.
February 04, 2004
State by State Health Facts ...The Kaiser Family Foundation has an excellent state-by-state fact sheet. A resource worth bookmarking for future reference.
January 29, 2004
RX Tools ...
On Chemo Chronicles...
WSJ: New Consumer Access to Quality Data
The Kaiser Network has a good summary of Laura Landro's Latest Informed Patient article on new web tools for improving consumer access to quality data about health plans. The actual WSJ site requires a password, but this article is worth reading.
LA Times - "Democrats Can't Shake the Pack on Health Care
A very good article in today's LA Times on the Democrats health care issue positions. Worth a read.
January 28, 2004
Bloggers and Davos ...
Bloggers inside, Davos secrets are out -- an excellent article in the International Herald Tribune.
January 27, 2004
Health Care on Voter's Minds
In today's Washington Post, an interesting article about the voter's mind. For the New Hampshire voters, healthcare is the most important issue. In a national wide poll mentioned, the economy and healthcare top the list for most voters. The war on Iraq continuing to drop in the importance of many voters.
January 26, 2004
Candidates on Healthcare ...The Portsmouth Herald has a good summary of the candidates healthcare ideas.
January 23, 2004
Daily News Observed - Healthcare & Legal News
Summary of news about healthcare and legal issues from a variety of sources.
HealthLeaders Daily News --
STUDY FINDS THAT TAXES PAY FOR MOST OBESITY COSTS
KERRY CALLS FOR CHEAPER DRUG PRICES
OBSTACLES REMAIN DESPITE ENDORSEMENT FROM BUSH ON DIGITAL MEDICAL RECORDS
Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLANS WOULD HURT CONSUMERS