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Powerful Patient

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Do you feel helpless in the face of "the system?" This show is to help you learn how to take control and steer your way to health. Hear how others have met these challenges and overcome them. Learn how you can do so too. This program is a forum to share your experiences, ask your questions, and learn how to create and manage your health care team. Make the healthcare system work for you!

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Dr..Paula C. Goldenberg, a geneticist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, has been holding a new kind of "clinic" -- online, in Facebook -- since last July. In a mere four months she has gathered 2200 followers worldwide. Dr.... more

Joyce Graff recently attended the Second Global Summit on Radiological quality and Safety (GSRQS). Fifty-two leaders of radiological services from countries on five continents participated in the meeting. Joyce was the sole patient... more

Deb Maskens was diagnosed at the age of 14 with papillary renal cell carcinoma. Now with adult children of her own, she has been living most of her life on one clinical trial or another, working to control the growth of tumors and to maintain... more

Joyce Graff and Nancy Finn recently participated on a panel on Patient Engagement. The conference was oriented toward staff of hospitals and insurance companies, working to engage their patients, designing procedures and systems... more

Patricia Weltin of Rhode Island and her two daughters have had a difficult time achieving an accurate diagnosis for her daughters' medical issue. An accurate diagnosis is essential before a helpful treatment plan can be devised. Without... more

In the United States we are privileged to have some of the best medical care facilities in the world, and some of the most talented physicians. But not everyone in the United States is able to access these services. What we are working to... more

What can we do to lower the incidence of infant deaths? Joyce and Robin speak with Dr. Robert Ford, a retired obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) from West Memphis, Arkansas, now living in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Ford shares his... more

Joyce and Robin speak with Dr. Patty Calvert, an agent with Travel Experts of Memphis, Tennessee, about travel insurance. Robin raised the question because in her dealings with people who have kidney cancer, there were too... more

Bob Anthony has created an adolescent wellness program to help teens find and maintain emotional balance, and to prevent teen suicides. The program was developed in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Wellesley, Massachusetts, and... more

Robert Kaplan of "OK 2 Age at Home" speaks with Robin and Joyce about modifications that can be made to one's home to make it safer for yourself, for an aging parent, or for anyone with a disability. Our abilities change as we get... more
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