This past Friday, doctors, nurses, parents and policy makers met to release the much anticipated results of a study by ImproveCareNow, the collaborative that is helping kids with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis get better now. Writing about the event, Thomas McCormally, senior director of Public Relations at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, says:

"Who says Friday the 13th is bad luck? For lots of people with chronic diseases and the doctors, nurses, parents and others who care for them, Friday the 13th of November, 2009, may go down as one of the luckiest days in a long, long time.

It was on this day the data was released at a scientific meeting showing that the health of those patients in a unique collaborative social network had improved dramatically. And it happened quickly, not the years it sometimes takes for innovation in medicine to make its way from idea to best practice.

Not to overuse the overused phrase, but this is a game changer. By harnessing the collective brain power, motivation, science and persistence of those who deal with chronic illness, ImproveCareNow is making a real difference."

Read more at Thomas McCormally's blog post about this Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis event.

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