Just Talking with Stacey Simms

This week Stacey Simms joins me to discuss her career in broadcast journalism – from Middle School, to radio, and to television. We also cover her new position as a Health Reporter for Time Warner Cable News. And, we discuss her son’s diagnosis with type 1 diabetes and the value she finds through the diabetes community on social media. Enjoy!

You can also follow Stacey on Twitter @staceysimms, and staceysimms.com.

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Just Talking with Dr. Mike Sevilla

Dr. Mike Sevilla returns to the podcast to discuss the growth of social media use among the physician community, how he helps his peers see the benefits of social media, and the prospects of an engaged physician community among health care conversations online. We also talk about the value of disconnecting from the Internet from time to time and Dr. Sevilla’s anticipation. Enjoy!

You can also follow Dr. Sevilla on Twitter @drmikesevilla, and drmikesevilla.com.

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Just Talking With Parris Lilly (About Transformers)

This week Parris Lilly and I catch up on Parris’ adventures at E3 along with Gamertag Radio’s noteworthy interview of Phil Spencer. Additionally, we talk at length about the Transformers. From the original cartoon, to the animated movie (1986), to all of Michael Bay’s efforts – there’s a lot to get to. Enjoy!

You can also follow Parris on Twitter @vicious696, at gamertagradio.com, and filmtangent.com.

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I Hearby Pledge to Abide By The HONcode

Thank you for your support and your help in improving the quality of Medical and health information available on the World Wide Web.

We acknowledge receipt of your submission for HONcode certification for the site at http://tobesugarfree.com.

As a result, you may notice a few updates to the About page, Disclosure Policy, and the addition of a Privacy Policy. Nothing has changed as far as you’re concerned, but being open and explicitly stating what’s what is a big deal with the folks at HONcode. As silly as I can be, I do want to be taken seriously when I have something serious to say. This certification, if I get it, will help with the serious.

Wish me luck.

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Optimus Prime Surfing

In preparation for the new Transformers debacle this weekend, I decided to delve into the source material that everyone claims was ruined by Michael Bay. Obviously the only real preparation for a nearly 3-hour long explosion is ear plugs, but I started watching the original Transformers cartoon yesterday to see what all the fuss is about. And let me tell you: this is weird.

Seeing the inspiration for set pieces, hearing one-liners that were used in the scripts (there were scripts for the new movies, right?), seeing this stuff in reverse is surreal.

I plan to watch the animated movie (1986) before the weekend is up and chat about all this with frequent podcast guest Parris on Monday. Until then, I’ll leave you with this:

Yes, that is Optimus Prime surfing a tidal wave.

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Just Talking with Dana Lewis

This week I catch up with Dana Lewis to talk about running half marathons in Seattle, her evolving role at Swedish Medical Center, and the continued growth and impact of her weekly #hcsm Twitter chats. Most importantly, Dana breaks down the Do It Yourself Pancreas System, why the concepts applied to this technology can apply to any person with diabetes, and why the FDA is extremely curious in this project. It is worth nothing throughout this conversation, that neither Dana nor I are medical professionals and we aren’t making any treatment recommendations for anyone, regardless of how cool all of this stuff is. Enjoy!

You can find Dana’s work at swedish.org/blog. You can also follow Dana on Twitter @danamlewis. And, learn more about the Do It Yourself Pancreas System at diyps.org

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Just Talking About the Association for the Patient Experience

This week my guest is Dr. James Merlino, President of the Association for the Patient Experience. We cover Dr. Merlino’s journey to medicine as well as why a bad hospital experience helped shape his career path. We also cover the Association for the Patient Experience, its mission, my initial reaction to the Association, and why constructive criticism is a crucial component of any organization. Enjoy!

You can learn more about the Association for the Patient Experience at patient-experience.org, or by contacting info@patient-experience.org.

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