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Easy Listening: Podcasts for Relaxation

Podcasts are super popular, so let’s chat about what helps you chill out…with your earbuds in. Whose voices and which topics or types of podcasts do you find most de-stressing? Take a look at what folks around the web and here in the PatientsLikeMe forums have to say about podcasts and ideas for “easy listening.” Ideas from our Community “I’ve found quite a few podcasts that give guidance for meditation,” one member says in the forum. “My favorite is ‘Zencast’ — it is a series, that has [nearly] 500 episodes. There are quite a few others. You can find them from most any podcast player library. Use meditation, or mindfulness, as search words. You may find them helpful!” Other members have also chimed in with their favorite relaxing podcasts (join PatientsLikeMe or log in to see what they say!). Whether you’re into meditation, music, history or mysteries, there’s seemingly a podcast for everyone. While we haven’t had a chance to listen to all these (so we can’t vouch for all the content or possible advertising), we’ve rounded up some relaxing podcasts that have gotten media attention and noted some trends we spotted. (Please don’t listen to sleep-inducing podcasts while driving! Also, beware of possible topics or content that may …

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Gift guide: Gadgets for people with health conditions

Who needs another scarf or coffee mug? With the holiday shopping season upon us, PatientsLikeMe members are crowd-sourcing a list of handy products and tools that can actually help people living with pain, fatigue and other symptoms of chronic illness or aspects of aging. Check out the list below, for starters, and then join PatientsLikeMe or log in to chime in with your own ideas here in our general forum (share your favorite gift ideas with your loved ones who truly want to know what’s on your wish list and what could be helpful for you!). What’s behind this gadget guide/wish list? We were inspired to start this “wish list” because many PatientsLikeMe members have shared in the condition forums which gadgets and products have helped them function a bit better day to day. For example, here’s a peek at items people with Parkinson’s disease and ALS have hailed as helpful in their community forums (join PatientsLikeMe or log in for access to all links): A “rocker knife,” also known as an “ulu” or a “mezzaluna” knife “works great for chopping/slicing veggies, fruits, cheeses, etc.” and a “large-blade pizza cutter is great for cutting pancakes/waffles very quickly,” one member says With a food chopper, like those sold by The Pampered Chef, “I can chop onions, …

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U.S. Transplants Games – Here We Come!

A few weeks back, we were delighted to join the National Kidney Foundation of New England at their Transplant Games Team Meeting to give a demonstration of the PatientsLikeMe Transplants Community. Later this week, we’ll be joining Team Mid-New England as their official t-shirt sponsor as they “take the field” for the U.S. Transplants Games in Madison, Wisconsin. As part of our demonstration, we focused a lot on the value of creating a patient profile. Everything you’d want to know about your transplantation journey is charted on the profile to make it easier to visually see what’s going on with you before, during and after your transplant.  Many of our patients print out their profile charts and share them with their doctors.  Beyond the individual learning, the power of the patient profile is that it is shared with the entire community.  The treatment and symptom information you enter gets rolled up into community reports so you can see if what you’re experiencing is similar to the experiences of others, and you can help others do the same. At the end of the session, we had a lot of great questions.  Here are a few: Can you chart how exercise is …

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