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Can the Apple Watch Be the Next New Thing in Cancer Treatment?

Can the Apple Watch Be the Next New Thing in Cancer Treatment? | patient education | Scoop.it
Amy Gray discusses how the Apple Watch can improve the way patients interact with their healthcare.
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Lung Leavin' Day

Lung Leavin' Day | patient education | Scoop.it
Interview with Cameron Von St James, husband and caregiver of Heather Von St James, survivor advocate for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.
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Social Media in Hematology

Social Media in Hematology | patient education | Scoop.it
Dr. Laura Michaelis discusses the ways to use social media for your healthcare and its benefits.
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With Samsung's 'Bio-Processor,' Wearable Health Tech Is About To Get Weird

With Samsung's 'Bio-Processor,' Wearable Health Tech Is About To Get Weird | patient education | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, Samsung announced that it would begin mass producing its first-ever "Bio-Processor." This is a new processor specifically designed for the monitoring and computing of physiological metrics such as heart rate, skin temperature, body fat, heart rhythm, muscle mass, and stress levels. In short, the human body will spew data like never before.The Bio-Processor isn't quite a processor as we normally think about it, which is a generic piece of hardware (a CPU) that handles basic arithmetic, logic, and input-output operations based on instructions delivered via a computer program that may or may not involve more advanced I/O hardware, memory devices, GPUs, and-or any of the other things that add up to being a "complete" computer. It's more properly a "system on a chip" (SOC), which is much as it sounds: the processor plus all of the other junk all loaded onto a single discrete hardware unit.The actual CPU of the Bio-Processor is an ARM Cortex-M4. This is a pretty common processor for embedded microcontrollers, particularly for industrial and scientific applications, and is very cheap. It so happens I have one in front of me stuck to a Texas Instruments development board (sort of like a beefed-up, data-able Arduino) and I think the whole thing cost around $12 with shipping.That's the thing about the M4. It's meant for data and data is what health monitoring is all about. The Bio-Processor puts a bunch of sensors on the same chip as the M4 itself along with the system's memory units, security units, and an analog front-end (so it can read analog data and handle it digitally). The Samsung Bio-Processor product page advertises as well the inclusion of a DSP (digital signal processing) unit, which is a necessary feature for data applications and also happens to come integrated with ARM's M4 processor anyway.So, now we have all of this data. Cool. What now?That's the implicit question in the whole health-monitoring rush. The answer is implied too, of course: "be healthier." Assuming that you are not currently in an ICU, is knowing the volume of your organs in real-time (via photoplethysmogra) or your galvanic skin response (a super-problematic measurement of the skin's varying electrical conductance properties) or even your ECG actually useful information? Or is it just another thing to obsess about?As you answer, it's worth considering the enormous bets being placed on health-monitoring technology by Samsung, Apple, and many others. Consumers obsessing over health data is the new thing, an inescapable psueudoscience supernova, which is maybe not a great indicator of the state of new things circa 2016.Des Spence, a UK general practitioner, put this well in a piece last April in the BMJ, writing that "health and fitness have become the new social currency, spawning a 'worried well' generation."Spence continues:Most medical research and diagnoses are based on isolated readings taken in medical clinics in symptomatic, older, high risk individuals, by doctors who can interpret results—not by young, asymptomatic, middle class neurotics continuously monitoring their vital signs while they sleep. So what will users of these apps discover? How common brief arrhythmias are in the normal population? How often our blood pressure might be high? How widely normal oxygen saturations can vary? The variation in the heart rate of an intrauterine baby? What happens if these gizmos malfunction or are placed in the wrong position? How will it change our management? Who can interpret the results? What if parents want to start monitoring their children? Where’s the evidence that these things will improve diagnosis?It's a good rant, but what he fears is probably unavoidable: "A Wild West approach to development is playing out and will use the advertising classic—fear—to sell product. War, pestilence, and famine are all out to grass; technology, medicine, and overdiagnosis are the new riders of the Apocalypse."


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Latest News on MPN #ASH15

Latest News on MPN #ASH15 | patient education | Scoop.it
In an exclusive interview, Carol Preston interviews Dr. Naveen Pemmaraju from MD Anderson about the latest new on MPN.
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True Stories of Psoriasis

True Stories of Psoriasis | patient education | Scoop.it
Three female psoriasis patients share their unique stories with their conditions.
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Myeloma Highlights from #ASH15

Myeloma Highlights from #ASH15 | patient education | Scoop.it
Jack Aiello shares the highlights and his thoughts from ASH 2015.
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The Best of 2015

The Best of 2015 | patient education | Scoop.it
A collection of most prominent and popular posts from 2015.
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A True Story - Living with Diabetes

A True Story - Living with Diabetes | patient education | Scoop.it
Real patient experiences shared privately at www.TreatmentDiaries.com. Read more, share if you like or join in the conversation. Making sure you feel less alone navigating a cancer diagnosis is important. Connecting you to those who can relate and provide support is what we do.

When I was diagnosed…

I am 39 years old and I was diagnosed ...
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Patient Advocacy - Views and Opinions at #ASH15

Patient Advocacy - Views and Opinions at #ASH15 | patient education | Scoop.it
Twenty thousand people congregated in Orlando Dec 5th-8th for the annual American Society of Hematology meeting. A good number of them were patient advocates, from organizations all around the world. ASH did recognize these organizations and did give them a designated space on the exhibit floor, but did not give them free entry to the poster ...
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How to Develop a Personal “Medical Résumé”

How to Develop a Personal “Medical Résumé” | patient education | Scoop.it
(Edward Leigh, MA, is the Founder & Director of The Center for Healthcare Communication.)
The Medical Resume
When people are applying for jobs, they develop a résumé. This document has all the important details regarding their work history, education, etc. Patients need a résumé too! However, patient résumés are different. Employ...
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Caregiving and Holidays

Caregiving and Holidays | patient education | Scoop.it
Real patient experiences shared privately at www.TreatmentDiaries.com. Read more, share if you like or join in the conversation. Making sure you feel less alone navigating a cancer diagnosis is important. Connecting you to those who can relate and provide support is what we do.
Diary Entry
No mountain TOO steep when caring for a loved one...
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The Conversation: Supportive Care for Lung Cancer Patients

The Conversation: Supportive Care for Lung Cancer Patients | patient education | Scoop.it
Meg Maley, RN, BSN, hosts a panel discussion around the topic of supportive care for lung cancer patients. Dr. Eric Roeland, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego, Niki Koesel, MSN, ANP, ACHPN, FPCN, Director of Palliative Care, Carolinas Healthcare System, Levine Cancer Institute, and Randy Broad, a 7-year lung cancer ...
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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure | patient education | Scoop.it
Gina Costa-Goldfarb, a breast cancer survivor and Certified Professional Coach, shares her cancer experiences and methods of prevention.
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Designing With The Patient in Mind

Designing With The Patient in Mind | patient education | Scoop.it
Marie Ennis-O'Conner explains how the potential of digital technology will never be realized if unless the stakeholders work alongside patients in co-designing
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CLL - What If The Plan Works?

CLL - What If The Plan Works? | patient education | Scoop.it
John May tells his story of CLL from diagnosis to treatment.
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Impatient Patients

Impatient Patients | patient education | Scoop.it
At the recent ASH meeting, Carol Preston learned that patients are impatient, so several patient advocates are taking action to move the research needle faster
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New Treatment Options for CLL Patients

New Treatment Options for CLL Patients | patient education | Scoop.it
At #ASH15 Andrew Schorr interviews CLL expert, Dr. Tom Kipps about the exciting new treatment options for CLL patients.
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#ASH15 Interview with CLL Expert Dr. Jeff Sharman

#ASH15 Interview with CLL Expert Dr. Jeff Sharman | patient education | Scoop.it
Andrew Schorr interviews CLL Expert Dr. Jeff Sharman about the latest news of treatment options for CLL patients at ASH15.
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Register with Patient Empowerment Network Today!

Register with Patient Empowerment Network Today! | patient education | Scoop.it

If you haven't registered with us, please do so today. We want to connect with you! #PatientEmpowerment #CancerPatients

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#ASH15 Hosts Discussion on Social Media

#ASH15 Hosts Discussion on Social Media | patient education | Scoop.it
At the recent American Society of Hematology annual meeting, Joseph Mikhael, MD, MEd, FRCPC (@jmikhaelmd) hosted a panel discussion on the importance of social media . The panel included Michael A. Thompson, MD PhD (@MTMDPhD), Cindy Chmielewski, BA (@MyelomaTeacher),  Navheet S Majhail, MD, MS, (@BldCancerDoc), Laura C. Michaelis, MD, ...
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Finding the Right Care for You

Finding the Right Care for You | patient education | Scoop.it
(Randy Broad is a lung cancer survivor, author, and PEN member)

Telling the Full Story

I’m a bit miffed at the moment. I was just on the cancer treatment center site where I received my care and the opening page reads in bold, “Ranked No. 5 in U.S. for Cancer Care”. Seriously, ‘No. 5’? It made me pause and think, why on earth ...
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Being Your Own Advocate

Being Your Own Advocate | patient education | Scoop.it
Tamara Lobban-Jones, Patient Power Producer and Lung Cancer Community Manager, and Lisa Goldman, a stage 4 non-small cell adenocarcinoma patient discuss why cancer patients need to be their own advocate.

They discuss the need for doctors and patients to communicate in new ways that respect the balance between a doctor's expertise and patients' ...
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Using Social Media to Inform Patients in Real Time

Using Social Media to Inform Patients in Real Time | patient education | Scoop.it
Interview With Dr. Michael Thompson (@MTMDPhD), Medical Director, Early Phase Cancer Research Program, University of Wisconsin
Alongside interviewer Carol Preston, Dr. Michael Thompson explores some of the new and exciting technology utilized in healthcare and the benefits it presents. To make medical meetings and conferences accessible to all ...
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Are the Holidays Different for Cancer Patients?

Are the Holidays Different for Cancer Patients? | patient education | Scoop.it
The holidays are fast approaching and with the festivities come special challenges for people living with chronic diseases, particularly cancer. The holidays can be stressful, even without a cancer diagnosis. And so, we want to know, what are your tips for living with cancer during the holidays? And what are you worrying about that others in our ...
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