David Mitchell, the author of Cloud Atlas, began by tweeting, "We get off the Number 10 bus at a pub called 'The Fox and Hounds'. 'If anyone asks,' Mum tells me, 'say we came by taxi.'" A few days later, he had shared an entire short story through Twitter, each excerpt in 140 characters or less. In fact, a simple search on Twitter of #SixWordStory results in thousands of tweets, all telling short, simple tales. There is no shortage of storytelling online.

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Spring--the season we've waited months for--has finally begun! For many across the country, the transition from winter to spring will not happen overnight-- but that doesn't mean the wait isn't worthwhile. The same can be said for medical innovation. Developing a new treatment remains a challenging, time-consuming task, with the journey from molecule to medicine cabinet often taking more than a decade to complete. And every insight gained along this journey matters to patients.

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This month the Campaign for Modern Medicines celebrates four years of advocacy! When CMM launched in 2011, my vision was to create a platform that empowered Americans to speak out about the issues that matter to their health. Fast-forward to today, and I'm proud to say that together, we've made enormous strides toward accomplishing this mission. We couldn't have enacted change without you, the thousands of people across the country who took part in CMM campaigns, shared their personal stories, signed petitions, and talked to Congress. Thanks to you, we have been able to build a community empowering others to engage with policymakers and champion modern public health policies.

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Managing your health can feel a lot like taking a road trip. From wrong turns to construction zones, you sometimes encounter unexpected detours. Luckily, by making it easier for beneficiaries to stick to their prescription plans, programs like Medicare Part D have helped keep more than 37 million seniors on the track to better health. For nine years and counting, the vast majority of Part D beneficiaries have said the program helps them stay healthy and able to enjoy life to the fullest--no matter where they are.

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How well do you adapt to change? Do you embrace it? Or run from it? For our nation's decision makers, acclimating to change is vital to their success.

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Ensuring patients have access to new medicines relies on collaboration from many stakeholders, including policymakers, regulators, researchers, and patients. But, with the plethora of acronyms referring to the approval process, getting up to speed on the regulatory journey of a new medicine can feel like trying to decode a bowl of alphabet soup. Don't let the acronyms confuse you -- let's look behind the letters to learn more about how they help foster future medical innovation. Here are the five most important to patients:

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Diabetes advocates are about to take Capitol Hill by storm at the American Diabetes Association's Call to Congress! March 11-13, advocates from across the country will tell members of Congress to support people with diabetes. On March 11, NASCAR driver Ryan Reed, who drives the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang in the Drive to Stop Diabetes, will also be attending the event, providing opening remarks to advocates and meeting with them before they head to Capitol Hill. Ryan, age 21, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes four years ago and was told he'd never race again. In spite of his diabetes, he won the XFINITY Series NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway on February 21.

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More than 11 years after Medicare Part D was signed into law, the program continues to deliver on its promise of ensuring that older Americans have access to the medicines they need at prices they can afford. And millions of beneficiaries continue to agree on one thing--Medicare Part D works.

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When it comes to social media, your channels can feel like a monster in need of constant feeding and attention. You want quality content, but when you need to move quickly, many advocates find themselves in a bind. So how does the successful digital advocate balance these two?

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Nearly 40 years ago, President Gerald Ford declared February as Black History Month, a time dedicated to honoring the achievements of African American men and women. But despite countless accomplishments throughout the decades, many African Americans, and other minority groups still face barriers when it comes to accessing everyday needs, like health care.

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