Hollywood Actress Emma Bates Guest Blogs on Celebrity Diagnosis in Support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Celebrity Diagnosis is featuring a special series of articles during October in support of both National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and also Health Literacy Month. The first is a guest entry by Emma Bates, an accomplished actress who is also a certified Pink Ribbon Pilates instructor who helps women regain their health and well-being after breast cancer treatment. Another article by health literacy expert Helen Osborne, entitled Communicating When Naked, presents her perspective as a patient.

How do you communicate when naked?

"How do you communicate when naked?" as a patient undergoing diagnosis and treatment for a serious disease? "How do you regain your health and sense of well-being after treatment for cancer?" These critical questions of health literacy and cancer awareness are answered in a special series of articles this month.

Actress Emma Bates explains how Pilates, an exercise regimen that enables Hollywood stars to change their bodies and stay in shape, is also being used to enhance recovery and rehabilitate women who are breast cancer survivors in the Pink Ribbon Program. Health literacy expert Helen Osborne shares her personal perspective on what patients need to do to communicate effectively with their doctors and other health care professionals with whom they will interact during the course of their diagnosis and treatment.

Celebrity Diagnosis was created by a wife and husband team of physicians, who have trained, taught and practiced at some of the top medical schools in the U.S. including Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Washington University in St. Louis. Their mission is create a series of Teachable Moments in Medicine to increase health awareness and health literacy.

Most news about medical conditions lacks sufficient detail and links to authoritative and reliable information to adequately inform consumers about causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Celebrity Diagnosis provides that deeper level of knowledge which is becoming increasingly necessary as the U.S. healthcare system undergoes fundamental shifts that make consumers ever more responsible for their own health.

Celebrity Diagnosis regularly publishes short articles on diseases and other medical conditions that are currently in the news, taking advantage of the power of celebrity to capture the attention of consumers. The site features stories about uncommon people from the worlds of art and entertainment, sports, business, government and politics, religion, science and technology who suffer from medical conditions that can affect anyone.

A unique feature of articles at Celebrity Diagnosis are casebooks provided by Resounding Health. These free e-books contain essential information from authoritative sources in a convenient package that a user can personalize, link to, email to a friend or print out and take to their next doctor's appointment. Celebrity Diagnosis currently features casebooks on sudden death from drug interactions, pancreatic cancer, heart failure, leukemia, anemia, strokes and migraine headaches. Recent stories feature celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Tori Spelling, DJ AM, Roc Raida, William Safire, David Hasselhoff, Mary Travers, Megan Fox and Patrick Swayze.

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About CelebrityDiagnosis.com:

Celebrity Diagnosis, LLC was co-founded by Michele Berman, M.D. and Mark Boguski, M.D. Dr. Berman was co-owner and Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000 and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She gained extensive experience in communicating health information to consumers by authoring a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine. Dr. Berman is also a medical Internet pioneer, having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Boguski has held positions at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the U.S. National Library of Medicine and in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. He is a former vice president of Novartis and was honored as a Visionary and Influencer by the Personalized Medicine Coalition in 2006. Dr. Boguski was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2001 and is currently on the faculty of Harvard Medical School at the Francis Countway Library of Medicine. Follow us on twitter at @CelebDx

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