General Autoimmune

General Autoimmune covers symptoms common to all autoimmune conditions, tips for finding and talking to a doctor or other health provider, and general information about the intersections and issues related to autoimmune diseases.

Breast Cancer’s Ties to Autoimmune: Hashimoto’s, Graves’, Multiple Sclerosis, Autoimmune Arthritis and Lupus

Breast cancer and autoimmune

Which autoimmune diseases have a connection to breast cancer incidence? At least one study has shown an increased rate of breast cancer in women with multiple sclerosis. Same as rheumatoid arthritis – researchers at University of North Carolina at Charlotte found a link between metastatic breast cancer and autoimmune arthritis. In another study, ulcerative colitis has shown a tentative association


6 Ways Stanford Medicine X Changed The Way I Think About Patient “Communities”

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At the fourth annual 2015 Stanford Medicine X, doctors, technologists, policy makers and “epatients” — patients who have blogs or active social media presence — came together to talk about the future of health care, to put it broadly. There were big names: Eric Topol, author of The Patient Will See You Now who inspired around democratizing medicine, and the White

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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 and doctor appointments goes on and on for those of us with a chronic condition.  Most weeks, I feel as though managing doctor visits alone 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 of


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