2 posts from November, 2008

National Family History Day

Posted November 28th, 2008 by

family_tree_img.jpgPatientsLikeMe believes in the benefits of openly sharing health information.  That is why we are happy to spread the word about National Family History Day, which had its fifth anniversary on Thanksgiving 2008.

As families gather this holiday weekend, National Family History Day encourages families to become familiar with the health history of previous generations.  At PatientsLikeMe, we encourage everyone to take advantage of the family time to identify, discuss, and make a written record of family health problems.  Many health disorders such as ALS, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, run in families and across generations. Knowing your family history gives insight into your current health status, and lifestyles and environmental factors that may affect your disease risk.

While there is talk of personalized medicine being on the horizon, collecting and interpreting family history information is a currently available, and practical personalized health tool. Health care professionals can use this valuable information to design individualized care programs to reduce risk of disease and promote overall health.

So while you’re eating that feast and the leftovers this weekend, ask your family about their health history.  It’s good conversation and can help everyone.  Happy National Family History Day!

PatientsLikeMe member cbrownstein

PatientsLikeMe Report: MS Patients Still Positive for Tysabri Following July Announcement of PML Cases

Posted November 16th, 2008 by

tysabrilogo.gifPatientsLikeMe recently released a new PatientsLikeMeListen™ report: “Did the July 2008 PML announcement affect the Tysabri brand?” Among our findings, the report reveals that MS patients retained an overall positive perception of the Tysabri brand despite the July 2008 announcement of two additional PML cases.

When we originally covered this topic back in August,  the discussion among our members was just starting to heat up.  This report analyzes the patient perspectives shared on our site after the initial PML announcement, and shows how they are empowered to educate themselves about this topic.  Take a read and let us know what you think!

PatientsLikeMe member dwilliams