Can Patients Know Too Much?

(as published in the Syracuse Post Standard August 2, 2011) Recently a series of videos appeared on a doctor education website, attempting to teach doctors how to deal with difficult patients. One of the videos was entitled, “The Patient Who Knows Too Much.” That video sparked a heated debate among empowered patients and professionals. Can […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Healthcare Quality, Media, Patient Empowerment, Patient Tools, Self Help

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Find Support From Other Patients

(as published in the Syracuse Post StandardJuly 19, 2011) When you must cope with a medical problem or manage a chronic illness, you’ll find you have a variety of challenges and questions. For clinical, medical questions, your most trusted resource should be your doctor. But when it comes to everyday management of your illness or […]

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Posted in: Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Patient Empowerment, Privacy and Security, Self Help

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July – a Potentially Dangerous Time for Healthcare

(as published in the Syracuse Post Standard July 5, 2011) Seven years ago this week, I found a golf ball sized lump on my torso that changed the course of my life. After its removal, I was diagnosed with a rare, terminal form of lymphoma. Subsequently I determined I didn’t really have lymphoma.  That was […]

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Posted in: Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Hospitals, Medical and Research Studies, Patient Empowerment, Self Help

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Making Integrative Choices – Complementary and Alternative Medicine

(as published in the Syracuse Post Standard, June 21, 2011) Many migraine sufferers and patients with back pain choose acupuncture to relieve their pain. Breast cancer patients are finding improved outcomes from meditation as they go through chemotherapy. Both acupuncture and meditation are considered “complementary” therapies, as are yoga, reiki, therapeutic massage and similar therapies.  […]

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