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Powerful Patient is a program focusing on issues of interest to people with complex medical issues or disabilities, and those seeking a diagnosis. Our goal is to empower you with information that will make your conversation with your doctors richer and more focused. Information here — or on any internet site — should never replace conversations with your own doctors, but will hopefully provide you with background and context that will make those conversations go better.

In addition to the shows indexed under our new format, there are five years of broadcasts still being moved forward. Click here for the index to the older archive (before 2012). http://powerfulpatient.org/archive


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Dealing with Complex Medical Disorders

April 5, 2016

Medical conditions that cross medical specialties are particularly challenging for patients and their doctors. How to help?

Living with Multiple Myeloma

April 4, 2016

Jack Aiello has been living with multiple myeloma since 1995. Joyce and Robin talk with him about patient empowerment.

What Can We Do About Drug Prices?

March 22, 2016

Joyce and Robin speak with Abbey Meyers, founder of the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), about her new book Orphan Drugs: A Global Crusade.

Should I worry about Gadolinium?

March 15, 2016

Joyce and Robin talk with Dr. Richard Samelka, who is involved in investigations into the long-term effects of the use of gadolinium.

Shortening the Time to Treatment

March 8, 2016

Robin and Joyce speak with Zoe Barry of ZappRx, a secure online platform allowing patients, physicians and pharmacists to improve patients’ access to treatment.

ALDconnect – you are not alone

March 1, 2016

Following her son’s diagnosis with X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) Kathleen O’Sullivan-Fortin took an active role as patient advocate for her son.

Smart Patients are in touch with SmartPatients

February 22, 2016

Joyce and Robin talk with Dr. Roni Zeiger, CEO of SmartPatients, about the resources for cancer patients available through SmartPatients.com

Affordable medical technologies for the world

February 10, 2016

A unique event will take place in Boston February 27-28, 2016 … a Cancer Hack-a-thon, sponsored by the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies.

Medical Ethics and Patient Rights

February 9, 2016

If there are disagreements about the treatment to be performed for an individual, who decides: the patient, the parent, the doctor, or the state?

Radiological Imaging

February 2, 2016

Robin and Joyce speak with Susan Poteat, MS, radiation physicist, about the different kinds of medical imaging, their pros and cons, and why one might be ordered versus another.