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Managing Chronic Conditions With Your New Best Friend, The Virtual Health Assistant

Autoimmune Disease Management via Virtual Health Assistant

The list of medications, supplements, diet restrictions, exercises, doctor appointments goes on an on for those of us with a chronic condition.  Most weeks, I feel as though managing my doctor visits is a part-time job. Helpful technology options abound -- apps, wearables, smart phone reminders -- and if you're in Austin or another tech city, no shortage

Best Wearables For Autoimmune Health Tracking

Jawbone UP wearable

In my post last week about quantified self – at-home health tracking to find insights for flares and symptoms – I wrote that I’d be posting a round-up article about the best wearables, which all of course have a companion app to view the data, as seen at SXSW Interactive. Since then, other wearables have launched and others have shut

Health Tracking: I Went On A Gluten Challenge And Learned What Drives My Fatigue

Smart watch for sport with heart rate monitor

Although SXSW Interactive wound down in mid-March, it is for good reason that this post is published in early summer. I was inspired by the health and medical technology speakers who talked about the idea of ‘quantified self’ – tracking health data to find trends and root causes – particularly after attending the “Decoding Our Bodies: A New Era of

Celiac & Cancer: How To Lower Your Risk

Gluten free = cancer prevention

Does having celiac disease increase my risk of cancer? It may, especially if you are not following a gluten-free diet. People with celiac disease seem to have an elevated risk for cancers of the small intestine, such as small bowel adenocarcinoma (normally a very rare cancer). In some ways this is not surprising, since people with celiac disease have an

Celiac-Fibro-Type 1 Diabetes’ Life Lessons of Confidence & Bravery, From Mother To Daughter

celiac-fibro-type 1 diabetes mom's life lessons for her adorable baby

Being a mother with three chronic illnesses (type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, and fibromyalgia) feels “normal” to me the same way that being a college student with those chronic illnesses felt “normal”…it’s all I know. But that doesn’t mean I don’t notice the way these conditions seep into my daily life and most recently, the way they impact my role as

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day ’15: Nonprofits Offer Support

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day 2015

It’s World Autoimmune Arthritis Day/Week 2015 (WAAD 2015), coordinated and hosted by the amazing nonprofit International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis. The free, all-online event runs from May 15 at 12 noon Eastern – May 21 at 12 noon Eastern for autoimmune arthritis patients and supporters! Register here anytime during the week to participate. Autoimmune arthritis covers the following conditions: Ankylosing