Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The social networking site CaringBridge helped cancer survivor Ken Gehle stay positive during treatment.
"As soon as I would swallow or take a big swig of liquid and swallow, I'd be fine," explained Gehle.
A few months later he started hiccuping at mealtimes. When antacids didn't bring relief, his doctor decided to take a closer look.
"They scoped me, did a biopsy and there it was," said Gehle. At age 45, the father of two learned he had esophageal cancer. He had surgery to remove a tumor and began chemotherapy and radiation.
While Gehle was getting medical attention, he felt the need for emotional support as well, plus he wanted a way to communicate with his large extended family. So he and his wife, Tamara, got on the Internet and signed up for an online community called CaringBridge. Read more...
Thursday, June 11, 2009
This Kaiser Family Foundation report documents the persistence of disparities between white women and women of color across the country. It provides a rare and comprehensive state-level look at disparities among women of different races and ethnicities on a broad range of indicators of health and well-being, including rates of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, AIDS and cancer, and access to health insurance and health screenings.