Author name: Colleen Hannon

Brain Boost: June Is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June, the Alzheimer’s Association boosts awareness of brain health during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, shining a light on Alzheimer’s disease and other devastating dementias that affect more than 55 million people worldwide.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s is growing — and growing fast.” In fact, more than 6.5 million Americans …

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Genomics & Medicine: Your Questions Answered!

Recently, PatientsLikeMe’s Associate Director of Community Management, Brad Hornback, sat down with Dr. Eric Topol (Founder & Director at Scripps Research Translational Institute) and Christine Von Raesefeld (Patient Advocate) to discuss the topic of genomics and medicine, including how genomic data can affect the healthcare journey and how individuals may receive their own DNA results …

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Health Information: What Sources Do People Trust?

Finding accurate and reliable health information has become more confusing for patients than ever before. By examining where patients are getting their information — for example, from trained healthcare professionals or their peers — and their ability to determine the most reliable sources can help the industry and patients better understand the importance of providing …

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Dave’s Journey with Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 8 (SCA8): Getting Back on the “Bike of Life”

Meet Dave (@SlowDave) Dave, a retired attorney, and avid mountain biker was riding in the car with his wife when he felt very dizzy, asked her to pull over, and collapsed on the side of the road in 2005. This incident sparked many subsequent trips to the emergency room and meetings with neurologists and other …

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Lessons Learned on a Seventeen Year Journey to Diagnosis

Meet Trisha (@DXMS06) Before Trisha Bordelon, a 69-year-old PatientsLikeMe (PLM) user from Springfield, Missouri, officially received any diagnosis, she was guilty of what many of us in her shoes would do – spend hours going down a rabbit hole of internet searches to try and figure out what was going on with her health. She …

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The Surprising Benefits of Summer for Your Psoriasis

7.5 million Americans and 125 million people worldwide are living with psoriasis. Some factors can make the summer months challenging for people with psoriasis, including dry air conditioning, increased sweating, and feeling self-conscious about exposing your skin. However, it is not all bad news – the summer also provides a few surprising ways to improve your …

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