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Listen to Radio Health Journal to get the latest scoop on what’s trending in health, science and technology, and the intersection of medicine and public policy. Each week we speak with leading experts to break down the complex medical jargon and report on a timely topic. Did you know ecstasy could h… read more

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Rheumatoid Diseases

September 27th, 2020

11:31

Rheumatoid diseases number around 100, though arthritis is the most well known. They can be crippling and sometimes even fatal, but good treatments exist. The key is early detection, as an expert explains.

Obesity Bias In Medicine

September 27th, 2020

17:43

Studies show that medical professionals are as biased as the rest of us against people who are overweight, resulting in lectures, misdiagnoses, and …

Medical Notes: Week of September 27, 2020

September 27th, 2020

1:29

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 27, 2020 including: Most of what we’ve heard about delays at the postal service have …

Kids’ Questions About COVID-19

September 20th, 2020

12:30

Children are living through a scary time right now and often have little understanding of why their world has been turned upside down. A noted public health expert explains what he’s found about children’s concerns of …

More Pets In The Pandemic

September 20th, 2020

17:50

Pets are a comfort in difficult times, and the pandemic is no exception. Animal shelters report a surge in pet adoptions, especially puppies, in the …

Medical Notes: Week of September 20, 2020

September 20th, 2020

2:01

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 20, 2020 including:

  • Scientists have learned why symptoms of a coronavirus infection …

Medical Notes: Week of September 13, 2020

September 13th, 2020

2:31

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 13, 2020 including: Having COVID-19 may not provide protection against getting it again, at least not for very long. Then, an experimental drug combination …

Overworked Pharmacists: Mistakes Waiting To Happen?

September 13th, 2020

16:27

Pharmacists are often asked to do more work in less time than they need, and some experts worry it’s causing medication mistakes. A pharmacist specializing in medication safety discusses pressures on pharmacists and …

The Anger Epidemic

September 13th, 2020

13:17

Psychologists say there’s more anger in our society than ever. But they say that should be no surprise, since anger is often a reaction to …

Imposter Syndrome

September 6th, 2020

10:40

Many people who are smart, talented and successful still believe they are incompetent on the inside and that others will eventually find out. This …

The Looming “Hothouse Earth”

September 6th, 2020

16:15

Rising global temperatures have produced extreme weather and a rising sea level. Climate scientists fear we may soon reach the point of no return, …

Medical Notes: Week of September 6, 2020

September 6th, 2020

1:47

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 6, 2020 including: A study that vaping among teenagers is a huge risk for COVID-19. Then, a study that evaluates injuries from ATV crashes. Plus, a study …

Third World Medicine

August 30th, 2020

11:25

Medicine in the Third World is vastly different than in the US, and American doctors sometimes run into unexpected hurdles when they try to bring modern medicine to impoverished nations. One such doctor describes his …

Planning For The Next Pandemic

August 30th, 2020

17:22

The next pandemic is only a matter of “When and what,” according to health security experts, who here discuss what’s needed to be ready for a variety of possible pandemics and infectious threats, both natural and terror.

Medical Notes: Week of August 30, 2020

August 30th, 2020

1:38

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 30, 2020 including: A study that shows patients who recover from COVID-19 without ever being seriously ill may still end up with heart damage. Then, research …

Reading Our Masked Faces

August 23rd, 2020

16:06

With faces hidden behind masks for COVID-19, we are losing some of the visual information we depend on for smooth communication. Experts discuss the awkward encounters and specific looks we’re likely to misinterpret …

Lisfranc Injuries Not Just A Sprained Foot Or Ankle

August 23rd, 2020

10:50

People who injure their foot often think they have a mere sprained foot or ankle when they actually have an injury that is potentially much more severe and disabling if not treated. Experts explain the Lisfranc joint …

Medical Notes: Week of August 23, 2020

August 23rd, 2020

1:28

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 23, 2020 including: Doctors are still learning about Coronavirus and some of what they’re finding is confusing. Then, many first responders to the 9-11 attacks …

Medical Notes: Week of August 16, 2020

August 16th, 2020

1:35

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 16, 2020 including: Chemicals called endocrine disruptors cause 32 different health problems ranging from infertility to diabetes and impaired brain …

Who Gets A Vaccine?

August 16th, 2020

18:31

Development of a Coronavirus vaccine is proceeding at a breakneck pace. What needs to happen to make sure it’s safe and effective? And if a vaccine …

Stress And Type 2 Diabetes

August 16th, 2020

12:27

A new study shows that people who have type 2 diabetes and are under chronic stress are more likely to have high blood sugar. The study’s lead author and a patient discuss how stress can make diabetes worse and what …

Medical Notes: Week of August 9, 2020

August 9th, 2020

1:36

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 9, 2020 including: A study find that COVID-19 can damage the testicles. Then doctors have discovered a way to predict who is likely to be affected by organ …

Work-At-Home Burnout And “Zoom Fatigue”

August 9th, 2020

11:39

People working at home may have no commute and can work in their pajamas, but they may find themselves more exhausted than when they worked at the office. Two experts discuss reasons for this fatigue—patterns of working …

Back To School 2020: Can Kids Attend, Or Will Remote Learning Rule?

August 9th, 2020

17:29

Many school districts are delaying decisions on whether students will attend in person or will be taught remotely once again to reduce the risk of …

Medical Notes: Week of August 2, 2020

August 2nd, 2020

1:30

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 2, 2020 including: A study showing that telehealth is taking off in the United States. Then, a study in the Journal of Hospital Infection showing some mask …

“Electroshock Therapy:” Not What You See In The Movies

August 2nd, 2020

17:33

Electroconvulsive therapy still has a stigma, with the reputation of being a painful, disturbing procedure that wipes out memories and, if movies are …

Lung Transplants: The Least-Transplanted Major Organ

August 2nd, 2020

13:39

Lung transplants are the least done of all major organ transplants because the lungs are so easily damaged in the death process. A lung transplant …

Medical Notes: Week of July 26, 2020

July 26th, 2020

2:00

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 26, 2020 including: Evidence is piling up that face masks cut the risk of getting COVID-19 …

Public Health Officials Resigning Under Pressure

July 26th, 2020

17:45

State and local public health officials have been under pressure like never before in the COVID-19 pandemic, as citizens and elected officials push back against tough restrictions designed to curb the virus. Some …

PTSD In Children

July 26th, 2020

12:45

Mental health experts once believed that children were too young to remember traumas well enough to suffer much from post-traumatic stress disorder. Now they know that children as young as 2 or 3 can be affected, often …

Medical Notes: Week of July 19, 2020

July 19th, 2020

1:45

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 19, 2020 including: Do-it-yourself COVID swabs could be just as accurate as those taken by a …

Dealing With The Rise In Osteoporosis

July 19th, 2020

16:19

Osteoporosis is increasing as America ages. However, fewer people are being tested for bone density and are agreeing to treatment because of side effects of osteoporosis medications. Experts discuss the devastating …

Doctor Burnout: It Starts Early

July 19th, 2020

10:51

Doctors already say they’re burned out, but the COVID-19 pandemic is making it worse. A noted physician educator discusses how burnout starts with the way future doctors are taught.

Medical Notes: Week of July 12, 2020

July 12th, 2020

1:31

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 12, 2020 including: An analysis showing states that stuck to tough shelter in place rules …

Orthorexia: Overdoing A Good Thing

July 12th, 2020

17:09

Therapists report an increase in orthorexia, a not-yet recognized eating disorder where people become fixated on eating only healthy things and/or exercising hours per day. It can take over an afflicted person’s life …

Tick Paralysis: When A Tick Bite Can Be Fatal

July 12th, 2020

11:43

Summer is tick season, and tick bites are common. However, bites from a couple of types of ticks can produce paralysis and even death if the tick is not removed quickly. An expert discusses.

Contact Tracing And Quarantine: How Far Can We Go?

July 5th, 2020

10:18

The next step in beating the COVID-19 pandemic may be stepped up contact tracing and quarantine of people who’ve had contact with Covid-positive individuals. However, many people see that as too expensive and intrusive …

Autism And Substance Abuse

July 5th, 2020

14:48

Studies show that people with autism are twice as likely as others to engage in substance abuse, contrary to previous belief that they are extremely …

Medical Notes: Week of July 5, 2020

July 5th, 2020

1:30

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 5, 2020 including: Shelter in place rules have brought the economy to its knees but …

Medical Notes: Week of June 28, 2020

June 28th, 2020

1:45

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of June 28, 2020 including: Researchers have been looking for an already existing drug to quickly take on COVID-19, and apparently, now they’ve found one. Meanwhile, the …

Long-Suffering Covid Survivors

June 28th, 2020

15:53

While most people who contract COVID-19 survive, those who suffer often-changing symptoms for months on end can only wonder when they’ll get well. A …

Face Masks And Breathing

June 28th, 2020

11:03

Some people insist that wearing a face mask smothers them and makes them feel like they’re not getting enough air. An expert discusses what might be going wrong and lays out the basics on how to wear a mask without …

Medical Notes: Week of June 21, 2020

June 21st, 2020

1:38

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of June 21, 2020 including: A study finds a much lower death rate among coronavirus patients placed on a ventilator. Then, everyone’s wiping down surfaces with …

Protests Amid The Pandemic

June 21st, 2020

17:11

With thousands of people demonstrating in the streets after the death of George Floyd, health experts are concerned that the crowds, shouting, and lack of masks may contribute to a spike in COVID-19 cases. However, with …

Protecting Your Eyes From Summer UV Rays

June 21st, 2020

12:01

Summer is when people want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Skin protection and sunscreen are something most of us consider, but overexposure to UV rays is extremely dangerous to the eyes as well. An expert …

Medical Notes: Week of June 14, 2020

June 14th, 2020

2:32

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of June 14, 2020 including: People who recover from a coronavirus infection often still have a long way to go to recover their mental health. Then, a study that shows …

Disease Risk And Inheritance

June 14th, 2020

16:51

Scientists have learned that the habits and environments of our parents and grandparents can have a strong effect on our health and longevity as a …

Misunderstanding Stuttering

June 14th, 2020

12:56

Stuttering is an extremely misunderstood disability. Many stutterers go to great lengths to avoid the words or phrases that trip them up, and are …

Genetic Testing And Life Insurance

June 7th, 2020

14:16

It’s illegal for health insurers to use genetic testing to discriminate against policyholders. However, life insurers can and do discriminate on that …

What Every Parent Should Know: “It Doesn’t Look Like Drowning”

June 7th, 2020

9:47

Seven hundred children under age 15 drown in the US each year, most within sight of a parent or other adult. Experts discuss one major reason: …

Medical Notes: Week of June 7, 2020

June 7th, 2020

2:09

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of June 7, 2020 including: Researchers are working on an app with a sensor to test for COVID-19 …

Medical Notes: Week of May 31, 2020

May 31st, 2020

2:11

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of May 31, 2020, including: A newly developed smartphone app is remarkably effective at predicting if a person is infected with COVID-19. Then biomarkers for ALS or Lou …

Covid And Choirs

May 31st, 2020

14:08

Scientists have discovered that singing is an exceptionally effective way to spread viruses through the aerosolized particles it expels, which may …

Why Women Are Genetically Stronger

May 31st, 2020

10:02

Women may have been known through the centuries as the weaker sex, but researchers have learned that they are anything but weak. Their 2 X chromosomes are both active and cooperate with each other, especially in immune …

Androgens And COVID-19

May 24th, 2020

12:05

For people under about age 70, COVID-19 is much harder on men than on women, especially those with strong male characteristics like scalp balding and …

The Shrinking Human Jaw

May 24th, 2020

16:33

Over the last 8,000 years, the human jaw has been getting smaller due to an increasingly soft diet and a lack of jaw exercise. The result is an …

Medical Notes: Week of May 24, 2020

May 24th, 2020

1:58

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of May 24, 2020 including: Scientists have come up with a blood test that screens for a panel of biomarkers for pancreatic cancer that's nearly 92 percent accurate. Then, …

Medical Notes: Week of May 17, 2020

May 17th, 2020

1:53

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of May 17, 2020 including: People with heart attacks and other health emergencies are avoiding the emergency room for fear of contracting COVID-19. Then, a study showing …

Women, Alcohol, And Isolation

May 17th, 2020

17:00

The COVID-19 lockdown has triggered increased alcohol use in many people, and an alcohol use disorder in some. Help can be difficult to access, as …

The Loss Of Rituals

May 17th, 2020

11:46

Spring is the season of rituals—prom, graduation, commencement and weddings. Social distancing has taken most of these rituals away. An expert discusses the importance of rituals in our mental health and why it’s OK to …

Medical Notes: Week of May 10, 2020

May 10th, 2020

2:06

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of May 10, 2020 including: A number of new treatments for COVID-19 are showing promise and could be …

The Economy After The Pandemic

May 10th, 2020

16:08

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a quicker economic crash than we’ve ever seen. Opening the nation too fast will likely trigger a “W” shaped recovery with wide swings of growth then decline. Either way, the effects will …

Telemedicine Finally Gets Its Chance

May 10th, 2020

12:32

Doctor’s appointments via smartphone have been available for some time but were little used except in remote areas due to insurance reluctance. Now telemedicine has been forced on us and on insurers by COVID-19 …

Medical Notes: Week of May 3, 2020

May 3rd, 2020

1:18

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of May 3, 2020 including: By now, most of us are familiar with the main symptoms of a COVID-19 infection—fever, cough, and respiratory distress. But doctors are learning …

Maintaining Mental Health During The Lockdown

May 3rd, 2020

14:26

Mental health is difficult to maintain when people are required to stay inside at home. In fact, we’re asked to engage in activities that normally …

Nursing Homes Try To Fend Off Covid-19

May 3rd, 2020

10:29

Nursing homes have been a hotbed of fatal COVID-19 infections. The virus was loose in many of them before they could even know it. An industry expert …

Medical Notes: Week of April 26, 2020

April 26th, 2020

1:28

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of April 26, 2020 including: A blood test for many types of cancer has been a long-sought goal of …

Rules For Who Lives, Who Dies In The Pandemic

April 26th, 2020

10:14

A lack of ventilators potentially puts doctors in the position of deciding which of their COVID-19 patients get a ventilator and live, and which ones …

Opening America Again: When Is It Safe?

April 26th, 2020

14:37

Many Americans are impatient with social distancing as a result of COVID-19 despite the success of the tactic. However, reopening the country too …

Medical Notes: Week of April 19, 2020

April 19th, 2020

1:25

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of April 19, 2020 including: If you’ve been taking the drug Ranitidine for reflux or ulcer …

Staying Fit While Staying Home

April 19th, 2020

11:27

The national effort to shelter in place has closed gyms and led many people to complain of weight gain. Two exercise experts discuss how people can maintain fitness at home with no equipment.

Will COVID-19 Bankrupt The Healthcare System?

April 19th, 2020

15:52

Hospitals are scrambling to get extra equipment and outfit more beds and ICU units for COVID-19 patients. Their treatment is time-consuming and expensive. At the same time, hospitals’ lucrative elective procedure …

Domestic Abuse And The Pandemic

April 12th, 2020

15:49

With hundreds of millions of Americans sheltering at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the odds and fear of domestic abuse are rising. The leader of a noted shelter and counseling program discusses the increase, the …

Foreign Accent Syndrome

April 12th, 2020

11:07

People who suddenly speak with what sounds like a foreign accent often have a brain injury due to a stroke or other trauma. Experts discuss the syndrome and chances of recovery.

Medical Notes: Week of April 12, 2020

April 12th, 2020

2:21

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of April 12, 2020 including: A study that says taking large amounts of Ibuprofen may be worse for your liver than we thought. Then, a new study finds that there’s no harm …

Misinterpreting Perinatal Depression

April 5th, 2020

16:22

Perinatal depression (previously known as postpartum depression) is seldom brought up by a new mother, so healthcare providers must screen for it …

Easing Coronavirus Stress

April 5th, 2020

10:59

Virtually no one in the US has been unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic, and stress is at high levels. A public health and brain expert discusses why “sheltering in place” is so important in spite of the stress it …

Medical Notes: Week of April 5, 2020

April 5th, 2020

2:08

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of April 5, 2020 including: Experts say most people infected with COVID-19 under age 60 will have …

Kidney Disease And High Blood Pressure

March 29th, 2020

10:24

Most people who have kidney disease are not aware of it. In fact, nearly half of people with severe kidney disease don’t know it. Kidney disease is often silent, and one of its main risk factors, high blood pressure, is …

Easing The Stress Of Working At Home

March 29th, 2020

14:04

Millions of Americans are suddenly having to work from home for the first time as a result of coronavirus. Many do not have a good home office setup, …

Medical Notes: Week of March 29, 2020

March 29th, 2020

1:25

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 29, 2020, including: A treatment combining radiation and chemotherapy could be much more …

The Effect of Public Policies on the Coronavirus Fight

March 22nd, 2020

11:38

The effectiveness of efforts to contain coronavirus often depend on governmental policies determined years or even decades ago that, at the time, had …

Medical Notes: Week of March 22, 2020

March 22nd, 2020

1:31

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 22, 2020, including: It’s getting much more dangerous to walk where you’re going with pedestrian fatalities up by more than 50 percent in the last decade. Then, …

The U.S. Takes On Coronavirus

March 22nd, 2020

16:01

In the past 10 days, the US has finally begun to institute aggressive tactics against coronavirus that may limit its spread and the death toll. But …

Medical Notes: Week of March 15, 2020

March 15th, 2020

1:55

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 15, 2020, including: There is a higher risk of heart disease for women who've experienced …

Intermittent Fasting

March 15th, 2020

12:06

Studies show that by this time of year, most of us have failed new year’s resolutions to lose weight. A noted expert discusses how most people get in …

Medical Errors, 20 Years After “To Err Is Human”

March 15th, 2020

16:21

The Institute of Medicine report “To Err Is Human” in 1999 shook health care with the finding that as many as 120,000 Americans die each year due to medical mistakes. A noted researcher re-examines how far we’ve come …

Medical Notes: Week of March 8, 2020

March 8th, 2020

1:56

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 8, 2020, including: The chemical known as BPS can pass through the placenta of pregnant rats and hindered brain development in their offspring. Then, for those …

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

March 8th, 2020

17:45

Polycystic ovary syndrome affects about 10% of American women, but has such a wide variety of troubling symptoms that it’s often misdiagnosed. …

Healthcare For Children In Poverty

March 8th, 2020

11:22

Poor children often can’t access healthcare or other needs in spite of decades of efforts. A pediatrician who has established clinics for the poor discusses the problem.

Medical Notes: Week of March 1, 2020

March 1st, 2020

1:31

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 1, 2020, including: A study showing that a molecular switch governing chronic inflammation …

Food Deserts, Eating Habits, And Health

March 1st, 2020

17:20

Public policy is built on the food desert theory: the lack of neighborhood supermarkets drives people to eat less fresh food and more junk food. New …

The Science Of Immortality: When Is Life Too Long?

March 1st, 2020

11:44

Some experts believe the healthy lifespan eventually may be extended to hundreds of years through genetic manipulation. This brings many …

Medical Notes: Week of February 23, 2020

February 23rd, 2020

1:24

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 23, 2020, including: A study that finds water chlorination may also be unsafe. Then, children have a much higher risk of becoming obese if a home is …

Genes And High Cholesterol

February 23rd, 2020

16:49

More than 100 million Americans have high cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease. Most people think of their diets as the main cause, but …

Big Data In Medicine

February 23rd, 2020

12:47

Big data is changing the world, but it’s been slow in coming to healthcare. An expert in healthcare IT explains how that’s changing and what it could …

Medical Notes: Week of February 16, 2020

February 16th, 2020

1:54

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 16, 2020, including: Studies showing physical activity helps prevent obesity virtually from birth. Then, low doses of lithium may show promise in treating …

Medical Child Abuse

February 16th, 2020

14:57

Parents who have a mental illness known as factitious disorder may fake or induce illness in their children to get attention, sometimes taking kids to hundreds of medical visits and deceiving doctors into performing …

Coronavirus: What Does It Mean To Us?

February 16th, 2020

9:45

Coronavirus has sickened tens of thousands in China and killed hundreds, but few cases have reached the US. Experts explain exactly what this Coronavirus is and the relative danger it poses compared to more familiar …

Medical Notes: Week of February 9, 2020

February 9th, 2020

1:59

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 9, 2020, including: The gap between black and white uninsured rates has dropped by more than four percent. Plus, a new study in the Journal of General …

A Moral Question: Dementia, Spouses, And “Close Friends”

February 9th, 2020

13:34

Spouses of Alzheimer’s disease patients often struggle with depression while caregiving and are desperate for support. Some have started new relationships while their loved one is still alive but no longer recognizes …

Needle Phobia

February 9th, 2020

10:56

Untold millions of people are afraid of needles. Most manage by looking the other way when they’re facing an injection, but many may avoid the doctor …

Medical Notes: Week of February 2, 2020

February 2nd, 2020

1:25

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 2, 2020, including: A vaccine against dementia could be in human trials within a couple …

Music And Medicine

February 2nd, 2020

15:56

Pre-medical students have typically majored in science, but some medical schools are finding that liberal arts and even music majors with no science …

Germs, Double-Dipping And The Five-Second Rule

February 2nd, 2020

11:28

Super Bowl party snacks are prime territory for contamination via cross contamination and being dropped on the floor. A scientist who has studied …

Medical Notes: Week of January 26, 2020

January 26th, 2020

1:56

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 26, 2020, including: A new report from the American Cancer Society finds that in 2017, the overall cancer death rate dropped more than two percent. Then, a new …

Working While Sick

January 26th, 2020

13:10

Surveys show the vast majority of employees go to work when they’re sick, risking fellow workers and slowing their own healing. Experts discuss the …

ADHD And Sleep Disorders

January 26th, 2020

17:38

New research shows that most people with ADHD have a disordered body clock, prompting disturbed sleep, sleep deprivation, and a worsening of ADHD …

Smoldering Concussions

January 19th, 2020

12:11

Doctors are realizing that concussions can smolder in the brain for years with symptoms that are missed, making diagnosis at the time of occurrence …

Crushing Medical Debt

January 19th, 2020

18:57

Nearly a quarter of us owe past due medical debt, and hospitals are moving more aggressively to collect. The rise is the result of a …

Medical Notes: Week of January 19, 2020

January 19th, 2020

1:34

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 19, 2020, including: Late-stage age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the leading …

Medical Notes: Week of January 12, 2020

January 12th, 2020

2:02

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 12, 2020, including: Teenagers are vaping marijuana at rapidly rising rates. Then, a report on concussions and why they can produce lifelong effects. Then, …

Hand Washing And Handshake Bans

January 12th, 2020

17:03

Some hospital units have set up handshake bans because too few healthcare workers wash hands well enough to keep from spreading germs. The general public is even worse at washing hands, which has caused spread of …

Broken Heart Syndrome

January 12th, 2020

13:41

When a person suffers a severe emotional shock, they may suffer what looks like a heart attack but is actually what doctors call “stress cardiomyopathy.” Most patients recover but the condition can be fatal, confirming …

Telling Lies—Who Does It And Why

January 5th, 2020

12:27

Lies aren’t always bad. Often, they’re told to be polite, and compassionate people are most likely to tell whoppers. But as the stakes of lies rise, …

Avoiding Mistakes In Dealing With Aging

January 5th, 2020

18:03

As loved ones age, tough decisions need to be made on finances, housing, and other concerns, and these decisions need to be made far earlier than they typically are. This is especially true if a person does not have …

Medical Notes: Week of January 5, 2020

January 5th, 2020

1:59

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 5, 2020, including two experimental drugs that show promise in women with certain types of breast cancer. Then, the Federal Communications Commission has …

Hoarding Disorder: It’s About More Than The Clutter

December 29th, 2019

17:48

Hoarding disorder affects at least five percent of Americans, and despite TV programs showing its effects, it is still widely misunderstood. Experts discuss the danger hoarding poses to others, including neighbors, …

Melanoma Advances

December 29th, 2019

12:59

Fifteen years ago, advanced melanoma was usually lethal. But new treatments harnessing the immune system have increased survival so much that researchers haven’t completely been able to quantify it. An expert physician …

Medical Notes: Week of December 29, 2019

December 29th, 2019

2:03

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 29, 2019, including: The last three flu seasons have been bad, but there’s a chance this …

Christmas In The E.R.: It’s No Holiday

December 22nd, 2019

18:06

Winter in general, and the holidays in particular, are the busiest time of year in hospital emergency departments, even in places where it doesn’t …

GERD And Your Holiday Feast

December 22nd, 2019

13:15

During the holidays, reflux problems are magnified by big meals with trigger foods like chocolate and alcohol. But reflux sometimes doesn’t show up …

Medical Notes: Week of December 22, 2019

December 22nd, 2019

1:20
 

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 22, 2019, including: A new study showing an injectable could be the answer for people …

Bridging The Vax/Anti-Vax Divide

December 15th, 2019

18:34

The debate over vaccination isn’t as civil as it once was, and leaves little room for common ground or even discussion. Pro-vaccine advocates often point to science showing safety and effectiveness, but as a noted …

Affluenza

December 15th, 2019

10:40

Rich people receive deference that the rest of us don’t, but do wealthy kids grow up knowing they can get away with what others can’t? Research finds that all children apparently know this. Experts discuss.

Medical Notes: Week of December 15, 2019

December 15th, 2019

1:30

But a new study shows giving buses an inexpensive engine retrofit helps not only the health of students who ride them, but also their academic …

Workplace Bullies

December 8th, 2019

17:31

Some bullies never grow up, and just keep on bullying. Experts describe where and how it most often occurs, what workplace bullies are seeking, who …

Older Dads, Younger Kids

December 8th, 2019

13:38

The average age when men first become fathers has risen to 31, and more men are also becoming dads in their 40’s and 50’s. A National Book Award-winning author discusses his experience as a first-time dad at 56, and now …

Medical Notes: Week of December 8, 2019

December 8th, 2019

1:37

The HPV vaccine can prevent about 92 percent of those cancers, but only about half of adolescents receive it. Now, two new studies in the journal

The Sleep Deprivation Of Local Police

December 1st, 2019

18:30

Studies show that law enforcement is the most sleep deprived of all professions, with potentially damaging and even fatal consequences for decision-making and reaction time, as well as long-term health damage. Experts …

Medical Notes: Week of December 1, 2019

December 1st, 2019

1:51

People with significantly clogged heart arteries often undergo bypass surgery or stenting procedures, but a large new study shows that drug therapy alone is often just as effective. The study presented to meetings of …

Pet Food: What Shouldn’t Your Dog Or Cat Eat?

December 1st, 2019

12:26

A growing number of pet owners are tempted to put their dog or cat on vegan, gluten-free or raw diets. An expert pet nutritionist and veterinarian …

Homelessness Myths

November 24th, 2019

16:54

Around a half million people are homeless in the US on any given night, but the street homeless who are most visible often incorrectly influence our assumptions about the homeless. A noted researcher discusses myths and …

Preserving Beauty Through Cancer

November 24th, 2019

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Women undergoing cancer treatment often suffer hair loss and other impacts on appearance. …

Medical Notes: Week of November 24, 2019

November 24th, 2019

2:16

A study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology shows that people with conditions such as eczema, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis are often made …

The Risks Of Egg Donation

November 17th, 2019

17:45

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Some agencies estimate that 50,000 children have been born in the US using donor eggs. …

The Changing Face Of HIV

November 17th, 2019

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HIV/AIDS was once an epidemic and a death sentence. But many Americans are too young to remember that, so HIV awareness has faded. One of the nation’s top HIV …

Medical Notes: Week of November 17, 2019

November 17th, 2019

1:53

Medical notes this week… Cystic fibrosis affects about 30,000 people in the United States, prompting a severe buildup of mucus in the lungs and other organs. The major gene defect causing 90 percent of cases of CF was …

Suicide Survivors

November 10th, 2019

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For those left behind when a loved one dies of suicide, recovery can be difficult. …

Fertility Rate Decline And The Aging Population

November 10th, 2019

11:51

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Birth rates in the US are at an all time low, and fertility for all age groups under age 30 is dropping. Experts explain that it may not be as good a thing as …

Medical Notes: Week of November 10, 2019

November 10th, 2019

1:39

Medical notes this week… The largest study of its kind is strengthening the link between football and the brain disorder CTE. The study in the Annals …

Mass Violence: How Much Is Mental Illness To Blame?

November 3rd, 2019

17:41

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Mass shootings and other forms of mass violence are on the increase. Where to assess …

Medical Notes: Week of November 3, 2019

November 3rd, 2019

1:20

Medical notes this week… A growing number of young adults have substance use disorders. In fact, many have more than one. A study in the Journal of …

“Mind Control,” Psychedelics, And The CIA

November 3rd, 2019

13:39

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Intelligence agencies have long sought ways to control the mind to get people to do their …

Climate Change = Less Nutritious Foods

October 27th, 2019

17:38

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Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are making crops grow bigger & faster. However, researchers have found that these crops contain …

Paid Parental Leave

October 27th, 2019

13:10

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The US is one of the few world nations that provides no paid job leave for either new moms or dads. A new study shows that paid leave has benefits in infant …

Medical Notes: Week of October 27, 2019

October 27th, 2019

1:50

“A lot of people are on the keto diet these days, but a new study suggests that if you are, don’t take a “cheat day.†A study in the journal Nutrients shows that people who’ve been on a high fat, low carb diet …

The Psychology Of Gig Workers

October 20th, 2019

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Gig work is becoming more and more a part of the American economy. It takes a certain temperament for a worker to thrive on the freedom gig work offers …

Caring For Strangers

October 20th, 2019

12:31

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Emergency room physicians have to make sense of and care for complete strangers every day. A recently retired ER doctor looks back at lessons he’s learned that …

Medical Notes: Week of October 20, 2019

October 20th, 2019

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If you want to feel better about your spouse, look at pictures of him or her along with pictures of cute puppies and bunnies. A study in the journal …

Rural Maternity Units Closing

October 13th, 2019

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A large number of hospitals in rural areas have closed, and many more have closed their maternity units, leaving many rural mothers-to-be with no nearby place …

Eczema In Infants: A Starting Point For Allergies and Asthma

October 13th, 2019

12:20

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Doctors have learned that childhood allergies and asthma may have their start in dry, dysfunctional skin in infancy, when allergens such as food particles …

Medical Notes: Week of October 13, 2019

October 13th, 2019

1:29

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 13, 2019 including When you call 9-1-1 for an ambulance, paramedics are supposed to take …

Does Prenatal Fluoride Lower IQ?

October 6th, 2019

18:41

Fluoride in community drinking water has been controversial since its introduction nearly 75 years ago. A new study adds to this with evidence that pregnant women who drink fluoridated water may produce children with …

Medical Notes: Week of October 6, 2019

October 6th, 2019

1:30

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 6, 2019 including: A quarter of people who develop the brain plaques of Alzheimer’s disease apparently can compensate for the deficit. Then, Scientists may …

Trypophobia: The Fear of Clustered Holes

October 6th, 2019

12:10

As much as 16 percent of the population suffers from Trypophobia, which makes them uneasy at the sight of holes clustered together, as in a …

Genetic Testing and Family Secrets

September 29th, 2019

17:13

The availability of consumer DNA tests and databases has allowed long-hidden family secrets to be revealed, including mistaken paternity and unknown siblings. It has also taken the anonymity away from some cases of …

Medical Notes: Week of September 29, 2019

September 29th, 2019

1:32

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 29, 2019 including Cancer survivors having a higher risk of heart disease and other illnesses. Then, a new study shows that prescription omega 3 fatty acids …

Mirror Touch Synesthesia

September 29th, 2019

11:56

Dr. Joel Salinas has mirror touch synesthesia, a condition involving cross-wiring in the brain. The result is that visual stimuli prompt a response …

Heat and Violence

September 22nd, 2019

17:57

Violence increases as temperatures rise in the summer, but are higher temperatures a cause of aggression? New research shows that the answer is yes, …

Medical Notes: Week of September 22, 2019

September 22nd, 2019

1:19

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 22, 2019, including more drivers than ever are running red lights. Then, people have noticed a bump in premature births where a hurricane is approaching. And …

Nail Biting

September 22nd, 2019

13:17

Nail biting is an extremely common habit, but some people bite their nails so badly and so often that they suffer damage to their hands. Experts discuss why so many of us are driven to bite our nails, what can be done …

Importing Canadian Drugs

September 15th, 2019

17:17

The Trump Administration has proposed wholesale import of drugs from Canada to ease high US prescription drug prices. But since Canada is 1/10th the …

Primary Care And Medical Cost

September 15th, 2019

13:41

The US spends more on medical care than other nations while quality still lags behind. A health industry expert explains how increased use of primary …

Medical Notes: Week of September 15, 2019

September 15th, 2019

1:27

Medical Notes for the week of September 15, 2019, including Nodding off very often during the day may be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Then, surveys show that about a tenth of Americans over age 18 …

Surviving An Active Shooter

September 8th, 2019

18:31

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With the recent active shooter incidents in El Paso and Dayton, these incidents no longer seem rare, and experts say there’s been a shift in public perception. …

Medical Notes: Week of September 8, 2019

September 8th, 2019

1:23

Medical Notes for the week of September 8, 2019 including: A new study shows that people are more likely to have heart disease if they're genetically predisposed to insomnia. Then, Vaping is being called a “gateway …

Fighting Off Stress at College

September 8th, 2019

13:16

College students are facing more stress than ever, but may be less prepared to handle it. As students head back to campus, two experts discuss how …

Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child

September 1st, 2019

18:10

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Each year, some 400 US children over age one, most of them toddlers, die for no known reason. Families, longing for answers, often find that their families, …

Medical Notes: Week of September 1, 2019

September 1st, 2019

2:28

Medical Notes for the week of September 1, 2019 including: Death rates due to heart failure have been increasing since 2012 despite improvements in medicine and surgery. Then, Binge drinking is often seen as a problem …

Tonsil Stones

September 1st, 2019

12:16

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Some people find that small “stones” are growing on their tonsils. They’re an …

A Closer Look at Food Waste

August 25th, 2019

18:13

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Experts believe about 40 percent of the food available in America is thrown away. Solving …

Medical Notes: Week of August 25, 2019

August 25th, 2019

1:33

Medical Notes for the week of August 25, 2019 including: A blood test for early alzheimer’s disease could be just a few years away. Then, what makes …

Giggling Epilepsy

August 25th, 2019

12:52

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Epilepsy can show itself in many ways, including as episodes of giggling and laughing. An …

Copper Toxicity

August 18th, 2019

18:45

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High levels of copper in the body can produce mental health symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and aggression. However, most doctors don’t test for copper …

Medical Notes: Week of August 18, 2019

August 18th, 2019

1:25

Medical Notes for the week of August 18, 2019 including: Several studies have found little heart benefit in taking a daily aspirin if you don’t already have heart disease… Then, drowning is america’s leading cause of …

History’s Worst Plagues

August 18th, 2019

12:24

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Plagues can wipe out entire populations and create fear and great mystery in how they …

The Economics of Later School Start Times

August 11th, 2019

17:37

Thirty years of research have shown that teenagers’ biology prevents them from getting to sleep much before 11pm, and with most high schools starting …

Medical Notes: Week of August 11, 2019

August 11th, 2019

1:42

Medical Notes for the week of August 11, 2019 including a study in the British Medical Journal which shows Glucosamine can help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Then, statistics regarding HIV testing showing …

Dog Breeds and Dog Bites

August 11th, 2019

13:16

Nearly 40 percent of American homes have a dog, and while dogs may be “man’s best friend,” sometimes they bite, and sometimes with serious consequences. An expert who has studied dog bites discusses the reality of breed …

TBI’s, Personality Change, and Marriage

August 4th, 2019

17:44

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Traumatic brain injury can profoundly change the injured in personality and temperament, as well as physically and cognitively. Spouses bear the brunt of these …

Medical Notes: Week of August 4, 2019

August 4th, 2019

1:27

Medical Notes for the week of August 4, 2019, including: A kid's picky eating could be a sign of autism. Then, medication dispensing limits are …

School Crossing Safety

August 4th, 2019

11:52

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With the school year approaching, drivers need to be aware of children in crosswalks—and …

Medical Notes: Week of July 28, 2019

July 28th, 2019

1:22

Medical Notes for the week of July 28, 2019, including: A new study from Drake University show that EpiPens contained the required does of …

A Radical Diet To Prevent Heart Disease

July 28th, 2019

14:20

Heart disease is the number one killer in the US, but a well known cardiologist says if everyone would follow a plant-based, oil free diet, heart …

Not Enough Sleep: Even Worse For You Than We Thought

July 28th, 2019

16:42

Getting less than six hours of sleep per night has long been known to be hazardous to health, but the discovery of the mechanisms behind those hazards is leading scientists to strengthen their warnings. Too little sleep …

The Pro's And Con's of Mobile Health Apps

July 21st, 2019

17:57

Mobile health apps are becoming very popular, though some are being shown to have little benefit. Few barriers exist to almost anyone entering the …

Obesity and Cancer Risk

July 21st, 2019

13:07

Studies are finding that obesity significantly increases a person’s risk for a variety of cancers. However, not all forms of fat carry equal risk. An expert discusses who is more at risk and why.

Medical Notes: Week of July 21, 2019

July 21st, 2019

1:35

Medical Notes for the week of July 21, 2019 including: A study showing gestational diabetes during pregnancy can raise the risk for type 1 diabetes …

Medical Notes: Week of July 14, 2019

July 14th, 2019

1:22

Medical Notes for the week of July 14, 2019 including: A new study finds the people we trust most, friends and family may be at fault for triggering …

Cancer Treatment and Sex

July 14th, 2019

13:25

Cancer treatment has always focused on survival. Now doctors are increasingly focusing on side effects, including the effect of treatment on sexual function and satisfaction. However, many patients are shy about …

Fatty Liver Disease: Silently Growing

July 14th, 2019

17:46

Most people associate cirrhosis of the liver with heavy alcohol use. But nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which also leads to cirrhosis, is growing …

PANDAS–The Mysterious Childhood Disorder After a Strep Throat

July 8th, 2019

16:32

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Strep infection may prompt a severe reaction in some children, causing their own immune system to attack cells in the brain. What appear to be extreme …

The Psychology of Procrastination

July 8th, 2019

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Most people procrastinate at least now and then. But when we put something off, we’re usually facing not a time management problem, but an emotion management …

Medical Notes: Week of July 7, 2019

July 7th, 2019

1:55

Medical Notes for the week of July 7, 2019 including: The Scientific reports the rotavirus could give children some protection against diabetes. …

CBD––The Truth About the Latest Health Craze

July 3rd, 2019

18:37

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Suddenly, cannabis-related, hemp-derived CBD is almost everywhere. CBD’s FDA status is murky, and we know very little about its benefits, thanks in part to its …

Medical Notes: Week of June 30, 2019

July 3rd, 2019

1:27

Medical Notes for the week of June 30, 2019 Including: Eating chicken can be just as bad for you as eating red meat according to a new study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Then, a hormone released …

Genetic And Genomic Testing

June 30th, 2019

13:08

When most of us think of genetic testing for health, we imagine tests to detect whether we’ve inherited genes that predispose us for cancer or other serious disease. But another kind of gene testing—genomic testing of …

Generic Drug Safety

June 24th, 2019

17:52

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Since the 1980’s, almost all production of generic drugs has moved overseas, where FDA …

The State of the World’s Children

June 24th, 2019

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Each year, the humanitarian organization Save the Children develops a nation-by-nation scorecard on how likely children are to grow up healthy, educated, and …

Medical Notes: Week of June 23, 2019

June 23rd, 2019

1:26

Medical Notes for the week of June 23, 2019 Including: Job related stress or "burnout" is now a legitimate diagnosis according to the World Health …

Inside Look: The Safety of Generics

June 19th, 2019

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Reed Pence speaks with investigative Reporter Katherine Eband, author of Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom about the …

Lung Cancer and Its Stigma

June 16th, 2019

16:06

Most forms of cancer have a built-in constituency of patients, loved ones, and concerned others. Lung cancer patients, instead, are often blamed for their own disease because of its frequent connection with smoking. …

Tasty Food vs. Health Food: Finding a Balance

June 16th, 2019

11:05

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Many Americans believe that healthy food doesn’t taste good, and tasty food isn’t …

Loneliness in the Elderly

June 11th, 2019

18:38

Loneliness is increasing across all ages, but it’s especially noteworthy among seniors, and it can dramatically affect health. An expert geriatrician who has studied the effects of loneliness and the leader of an …

Why Good Health Care Doesn’t Equal Good Health

June 11th, 2019

12:47

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Many Americans believe if they have good health care, they’ll have good health. But many factors beyond medicine contribute to our level of health. A noted …

Medical Notes: Week of June 9, 2019

June 9th, 2019

1:42

A new study shows that older Dad's may be also at risk to their child's physical well-being. Then, evidence showing that taking antibiotics over a …

Why Parents Don’t Vaccinate

June 2nd, 2019

17:45

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Measles had been declared eliminated in 2000, but has come roaring back because of the increasing number of people who have not been vaccinated. Parents may …

Exceptional Breastfeeding

June 2nd, 2019

11:49

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More than 80% of infants are breastfed in the US today, but breastfeeding often doesn’t …

Medical Notes: Week of June 2, 2019

June 2nd, 2019

1:28

Medical Notes for the week of June 2, 2019 including: Pharmaceutical commercials are about to change by including their prices in the ad's and MDMA, or "ecstasy" is being used for PTSD with a high success cure rate. …

Weight Loss Surgery for Teenagers

May 26th, 2019

16:08

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The amount of severely obese teenagers, carrying 100 pounds or more than the ideal weight, has doubled to 10% in the past 15 years. Chronic diseases like …

The Workings of the Immune System

May 26th, 2019

13:16

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You can think of the immune system as having two personalities — a bar bouncer and a ballet dancer. According to Matt Richtel, New York Times reporter and the …

Medical Notes: Week of May 26, 2019

May 26th, 2019

1:24

Medical Notes for the week of May 26, 2019 including: Could a poor sense of smell be a sign of a downturn in health? Then, hospital guidelines …

Medical Notes: Week of May 19, 2019

May 19th, 2019

1:27

Medical Notes for the week of May 19, 2019 including: A blood test that proves Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is real. Then, new studies to indicate an hour of walking can help you stave off "mobility disability" later in …

Cancer Suppression: Lessons from Pachyderms

May 12th, 2019

16:48

Every day our DNA mutates hundreds of thousands, if not millions of times. Mutations which can lead to cancer cells, according to Dr. Joshua Schiffman, an investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. So how do we not …

Rethinking Dementia

May 12th, 2019

12:55

The fear of old age is instinctual. For many of us, the diseases that decrease mental ability over time are what makes aging so terrifying. Dr. Tia …

Medical Notes: Week of May 12, 2019

May 12th, 2019

1:30

Medical Notes for the week of May 12, 2019 including: A major tactic deployed by police called "Pro-active Policing" may be backfiring. Then, …

Medical Notes: Week of May 5, 2019

May 10th, 2019

1:30

Medical Notes for the week of May 5, 2019 including: A new cure for infants with Bubble Boys Disease. Then, a study in the American Journal of Public …

Brain Aneurysm Through the Eyes of a Survivor

May 5th, 2019

11:49

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One in every 50 Americans has a chance of experiencing the type of headache that no …

Violence Against Healthcare Workers

May 2nd, 2019

15:08

Experts discuss how and why attacks on healthcare workers occur and how hospitals and health care workers can do a better job preventing them.

Big Chicken

May 2nd, 2019

12:41

Poultry farming has become heavily industrialized, in part through the use of antibiotics in feed. This contributes to the spread of antibiotic …

Why the Opposition To Later School Start Times?

May 2nd, 2019

17:27

Experts discuss how students and even the economy would benefit from later school start times and the reasons many people and school districts still …

Cutting Nicotine in Cigarettes

May 2nd, 2019

16:00

Experts explain the FDA's proposed plan to mandate a significant cut in the nicotine content of cigarettes to encourage them to move to healthier forms of nicotine distribution.

Medical Notes: Week of April 28, 2019

April 28th, 2019

2:30

Medical Notes for the week of April 28, 2019 including: About a quarter of people over 65 have heart valve disease, and the medication Celebrex might be increasing that risk. Then, flu season is almost over, but be …

Unraveling The Mystery of the Flu

April 28th, 2019

12:18

The flu’s unique ability to mutate makes it one of the toughest diseases to solve, as it evades vaccines and treatment. It also has a deadly history, …

Penicillin Allergy: Not Really, Most of the Time

April 28th, 2019

16:04

Millions of Americans believe they are allergic to penicillin. However, most of them are wrong. Experts discuss how these misdiagnoses happen and …

Medical Notes: Week of April 21, 2019

April 26th, 2019

1:50

Medical Notes for the week of April 21, 2019 including a new study concludes the number one public health threat worldwide is a poor diet. Then, rapid eye movement sleep disorder and the link to Parkinson's disease, …

Heart Disease Misinformation

April 24th, 2019

11:39

Heart disease is often preventable, but how people look at it often keeps them from doing as much about it as they could. Often this is a result of …

Mental Health In The ER

April 21st, 2019

17:44

Many people having a mental health crisis go to the emergency room. However, ER’s are not well equipped to handle them, and many patients are boarded there for hours or even days without treatment. Experts discuss the …

Medical Notes: Week of April 14, 2019

April 19th, 2019

1:50

Medical Notes for the week of April 14, 2019 including: A major study showing a daily aspirin does nothing to prolong life, and increases risk in …

Friends - The most Powerful Influence on our Lives

April 17th, 2019

12:40

Research shows that friends are the most powerful people in our lives, influencing our behavior, attitudes and health even more than our parents or …

The Miracle Of Transplants

April 14th, 2019

16:35

Organ transplantation has dramatically changed lives and is raising hopes it could do even more for millions of people. But getting where we are has …

Medical Notes: Week of April 7, 2019

April 12th, 2019

1:33

Medical Notes for the week of April 7, 2019 including: The average american eats enough eggs a week to raise risk for heart attack or death. Then, a study indicating common heartburn medications are being linked to …

Symptom Searching on the Internet

April 10th, 2019

11:55

One of the most popular searches on Google is for symptoms and what they mean. It’s created a much more well informed patient population, but one …

Examining Medicare For All

April 7th, 2019

17:33

Congressional plans, one from each side of the political spectrum, are competing to blow up the current healthcare system. Here experts examine one …

The Rising Tide of Rudeness

April 3rd, 2019

13:48

Studies show a rudeness epidemic in the US, and that people are profoundly affected when they experience or even witness it occurring to someone else. Two experts discuss.

Medical Notes: Week of March 31, 2019

March 31st, 2019

1:34

Medical Notes for the week of March 31, 2019 including: A nasal spray to treat depression called Esketamine. Then, parent skills that can help navigate conflict with teens. Finally, fast food now accounts for 11% of the …

Difficult Patients: Questioning Authority

March 31st, 2019

15:40

Patients used to accept doctors’ orders without question. Today, more are asking questions and challenging their doctors’ opinions. However, even …

Medical Notes: Week of March 24, 2019

March 29th, 2019

1:27

Medical Notes for the week of March 24, 2019 including: In the first two months of 2019 the U.S. has had more cases of measles than ALL of 2017. Then, if you don't get enough sleep during the week, you can't catch up by …

Taking Body Basics Seriously

March 27th, 2019

10:49

Many people have questions about their bodies that seem so silly, they never bring them up with their doctors. While the answers are sometimes humorous, often they are more complicated and important than we imagine. An …

Knee Replacements

March 24th, 2019

18:22

Knee replacements are successful for 80 percent of recipients, yet many assume the success rate should be higher. Those who are not successful often …

Medical Notes: Week of March 17, 2019

March 22nd, 2019

1:32

Medical Notes for the week of March 17, 2019 including: Does the world's most widely used weed killer cause cancer? Then, the push up test and it's reliability to predict heart disease. Finally, gardeners will tell you …

All About Hangovers

March 20th, 2019

11:59

On St. Patrick’s Day—one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year—an expert discusses why hangovers occur and what might work to prevent them and …

Recruiting Patients For Cancer Clinical Trials

March 17th, 2019

17:28

Clinical trials drive medical advancement, but cancer clinical trials seldom meet their goals in recruiting patients. Experts discuss causes, consequences, and actions being taken to meet needs.

Medical Notes: Week of March 10, 2019

March 15th, 2019

1:29

Medical Notes for the week of March 10, 2019 including: A new study finds that the active ingredient in antibacterial soaps can actually be making bacterial able to withstand medications. Then, a study suggests enlarged …

The Effects of Workplace Fatigue

March 13th, 2019

12:02

Fatigue in the workplace carries enormous costs in loss of productivity and injury. Experts are beginning to measure its precise effects in real time …

Fibbing To Your Doctor

March 10th, 2019

17:12

New surveys show that as many as 80 percent of people omit information, stretch the truth or outright lie to their doctors. Experts discuss why it happens, consequences, and methods that might reduce the amount of less …

Medical Notes: Week of March 3, 2019

March 8th, 2019

1:24

Medical Notes for the week of March 03, 2019 including: Women's brains burn energy in a much more youthful way throughout adulthood. Binge drinking …

When Chronically Ill Kids Grow Up

March 6th, 2019

12:10

Children with serious chronic diseases often have a tough time transitioning from pediatric care, which has much support built in, to adult care, …

Silent Heart Attack

March 3rd, 2019

17:23

Heart attacks that produce few if any symptoms may be mistaken for indigestion or simple malaise, but they can be more serious than heart attacks that bring crushing pain because they often don't bring a victim to the …

Medical Notes: Week of February 24, 2019

March 1st, 2019

1:35

Medical Notes for the week of February 24, 2019 including: Explorers and scientists are speculating that an age inhibitor, or "fountain of youth" …

Research Ethics: How Far Have We Come?

February 27th, 2019

12:00

In the mid-1960’s, many Ivy League and Seven Sister colleges as well as prestigious prep schools allowed researchers to photograph incoming students …

Veterinarian Suicide

February 24th, 2019

17:15

A new CDC report shows that suicide among veterinarians is much higher than in the general population. Experts discuss the unique stresses that …

Medical Notes: Week of February 17, 2019

February 22nd, 2019

1:27

Medical Notes for the week of February 17, 2019 including: A cancer diagnosis can create stress that goes beyond the breaking point. Electric scooters are a rapidly rising cause of injury, and a new study shows 1 in 3 …

When Does Genetic Engineering Go Too Far

February 20th, 2019

12:03

Advancements in genetic science are often clouded in ethical controversy. Often, scientists are accused of “playing God.” Experts discuss a new platform where scientists and public can debate it, and from which …

When Law Enforcement And Trauma Care Collide

February 17th, 2019

17:28

Many patients arrive in the emergency room as a result of violence or car crashes—events in which police have an investigative interest. Sometimes, …

Medical Notes: Week of February 10, 2019

February 15th, 2019

1:20

Medical Notes for the week of February 10, 2019 including: The life long effects of trauma experienced at a young age, the need for an additional knee replacement surgery after the first, and finally if you're in a …

What Determines Our Food Preferences?

February 13th, 2019

11:37

Scientists are discovering that our food preferences are much more than a matter of taste, and that taste itself is more complicated than we thought. …

Xenotransplantation - Organs From Other Species

February 10th, 2019

17:49

After attempts to use non-human primates as a source of scarce organs for transplant, doctors have turned to pigs for a variety of reasons. They’re now making great progress against the largest hurdle—rejection. One of …

Medical Notes: Week of February 3, 2019

February 8th, 2019

2:02

Medical Notes for the week of February 3, 2019 including: Cancer deaths are on the decline, parents are dissatisfied with the systems school have in …

Superstitions In Sports

February 6th, 2019

12:39

Professional athletes are among the most superstitious of all people. While we may be tempted to think these rituals have no effect on performance, …

Talking To Your Baby

February 3rd, 2019

15:59

Scientists have discovered that the way parents talk to their infants has a huge effect on their intellectual development and later success. Experts …

Medical Notes: Week of January 27, 2019

February 1st, 2019

1:25

Medical Notes for the week of January 27, 2019 including: A drinkable cocktail of designer molecules that stops the development of dementia. Then, …

The Early Days of Hormones

January 30th, 2019

12:25

Hormones were unknown until a little more than 100 years ago, and experts admit we still have a lot to learn. An expert author details the discovery of hormones and how our growing knowledge has shaped treatment of many …

Rethinking Antibiotics

January 27th, 2019

17:04

Since the introduction of antibiotics in World War II, doctors have prescribed courses of treatment that typically ran longer than necessary. Bacterial resistance is forcing a reevaluation, shortening courses sometimes …

Medical Notes: Week of January 20, 2019

January 25th, 2019

1:45

Medical Notes for the week of January 20, 2019 including Vitamin B9 is an essential nutrient, and now new research shows supplementation is more important than we thought. Then, If you ever fibbed to your doctor, you're …

Dupuytren's Disease: Crippler of Hands

January 23rd, 2019

12:45

Dupuytren's disease (pronounced DOO-pah-tren) is the most common disorder crippling hands that most people have never heard of. It is a genetic condition of the fascia beneath the skin of the palms, and it stubbornly …

When You Have No Primary Care Doctor

January 20th, 2019

16:26

Surveys show that fewer Americans have a primary care doctor, especially among younger people. Experts discuss the ramifications of this trend both medically and economically, reasons behind it, and how primary care …

Medical Notes: Week of January 13, 2019

January 18th, 2019

1:25

Medical Notes for the week of January 13, 2019 including the number of people with dementia around the world has more than doubled since the 1990's, …

Invisible Girls: Victims of Incest

January 16th, 2019

11:42

Experts say incest is the most common of all sexual abuse, but the least discussed openly. This can leave victims isolated and less able to reveal …

Autism in Girls (2019)

January 13th, 2019

17:24

Experts have believed that autism affects four times as many boys as girls, but the ratio may not actually be quite that high. Doctors are learning …

Medical Notes: Week of January 6, 2019

January 11th, 2019

1:27

Medical Notes for the week of January 6, 2019 including: Death risks related to blood transfusion, sleep studies indicating high anger responses in those who are sleep deprived, and finally abused employees making great …

The Addiction Spectrum

January 9th, 2019

12:13

Does addiction affect all of us in some degree? A noted addiction specialist and author believes we are all somewhere on the addiction spectrum, from …

Medical Notes: Week of December 30, 2018

January 4th, 2019

1:33

Medical Notes for the week of December 30, 2018 including: Death rates for most major health conditions are in decline except for chronic kidney disease. Children don't just grow up faster but also age faster if they …

Epilepsy Myths

January 2nd, 2019

11:44

Epilepsy affects 3.5 million Americans, yet stigma prevents many from speaking out, which in turn prolongs the stigma. An award-winning writer who …

Personality and Drug Abuse

December 30th, 2018

16:52

Drug and alcohol addiction and abuse is rising. Researchers have found that “fear mongering” educational efforts to combat it in adolescents doesn’t …

Smart Roads

December 30th, 2018

17:34

In the near future, cars will be able to provide data as well as receive it, and a variety of methods are being researched to tap into this. Experts explain how cars can communicate with roads, traffic signals and …

Medical Notes: Week of December 23, 2018

December 28th, 2018

1:20

Medical Notes for the week of December 23, 2018 including: The reason for a decline of American lifespans, a study explaining why waiting a year between the birth of 1 child lowers complications, and finally if your …

Little People, Disability and the Prospect of Cure

December 26th, 2018

12:38

Many people with dwarfism also face skeletal abnormalities which can lead to disability. Experts, all little people themselves, discuss major causes of dwarfism, the hurdles they create, the struggle for respect, and …

Amnesia

December 23rd, 2018

17:06

It's a rare thing for people to lose their memory of past events. An expert discusses why doctors believe it may occur, and a woman to whom it happened recounts her experience.

Medical Notes: Week of December 16, 2018

December 21st, 2018

1:30

Medical Notes for the week of December 16, 2018 including: Studies showing neither aspirin, nor omega 3 fish oil supplements help during a heart attack. Then, health issues related to inflammation and grief and finally, …

Avoiding Food Waste

December 19th, 2018

12:25

During the holidays, leftovers from gatherings and parties may threaten to take over the refrigerator. An expert discusses consumer-friendly …

The Good and Bad of Medical Crowdfunding

December 16th, 2018

16:53

Medical campaigns account for a third of monies raised on crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe, and many people who’ve fallen through the holes of the …

Medical Notes: Week of December 9, 2018

December 14th, 2018

1:32

Medical Notes for the week of December 9, 2018 including: The increase in skin cancer deaths among men, a higher heart attack risk due to an immune …

Party Food Safety

December 12th, 2018

12:14

During the holidays, party foods are a prime source of food-borne illness. Two food scientists discuss common ways foods become contaminated, some of …

ICU Inefficiency

December 9th, 2018

17:20

With monitors surveying every part of patients’ bodies, hospital intensive care units appear to be a model of high tech. But systems engineers say ICU’s are actually models of inefficiency because few of those high tech …

Medical Notes: Week of December 2, 2018

December 7th, 2018

1:46

Medical Notes for the week of December 2, 2018 including: A study indicating how ramping up exposure to peanuts can make it safer for kids with …

Implicit Biases in Science

December 5th, 2018

12:35

Most people think of science as fact-based and not as subject to bias as the rest of the world. However, studies show that gender bias is rampant in science, and that women are not taken as seriously as men, even with …

Fungal Sinusitis

December 2nd, 2018

16:50

Many people who have chronic recurrent sinusitis may have an allergic reaction to fungi rather than a bacterial infection. Treatments for the two are completely different, and in some cases, fungal sinusitis can be life …

Medical Notes: Week of November 25, 2018

November 30th, 2018

1:56

Medical Notes for the week of November 25, 2018 including: the cost of non-fatal injuries annually, a possibly cause to scoliosis, why volunteering …

Open Offices

November 28th, 2018

12:26

Companies instituting open offices without walls often claim they improve collaboration and interaction. Studies now show that the opposite is …

School Based Mental Health

November 25th, 2018

16:46

Schools would be a good place for programs to screen for mental health issues in students, and to educate about mental health to lessen the pervasive …

Medical Notes: Week of November 18, 2018

November 23rd, 2018

1:28

Medical Notes for the week of November 18, 2018 including the connection between the appendix and Parkinson's Disease, plus asthma related issues due …

Emotional Support Animals

November 21st, 2018

10:36

A woman who suffered abuse as a child describes the mental health benefits of owning a dog, and an expert on the Americans with Disabilities Act discusses requirements for emotional support animals.

Reporting Bad Parents

November 18th, 2018

16:35

Just about anyone can report a parent to a child abuse hotline. It’s meant to protect children, but all too often, parents are reported when no abuse or neglect exists in order to retaliate for a divorce or some other …

Medical Notes: Week of November 11, 2018

November 16th, 2018

1:32

Medical Notes for the week of November 11, 2018 including doctors pinpointing the gene at fault for AML. Plus, obesity links tied to asthma, …

Leprosy in the Modern Era

November 14th, 2018

12:31

Thanks in part to its Biblical past, the disfiguring disease leprosy carries more stigma than most diseases. We hear little about it today, but it still exists, and because it’s now treatable, often the stigma is worse …

MDMA for PTSD

November 11th, 2018

16:59

People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder often can’t face their trauma, which is necessary for psychotherapy to work. It is a big reason …

Medical Notes: Week of November 4th, 2018

November 9th, 2018

2:30

Medical Notes for the week of November 4th, 2018 including: post surgery opioid addiction in women, risks of drinking one drink per day, intestinal bacteria ties to obesity in toddlers, and lung cancer death decreases …

The Surprising Importance of Tickling

November 7th, 2018

12:18

Tickling is a unique application of the sense of touch that surprisingly has developmental and cultural importance. Experts discuss the science and …

The Psychology of Adopted People

November 4th, 2018

15:51

People who are adopted have more psychological problems than others, yet they also tend to have other psychological strengths. Experts, both …

Medical Notes: Week of October 28, 2018

November 2nd, 2018

0:05

Medical Notes for the week of October 28, 2018 including: hay fever vaccines, egg freezing becoming common for young women, and finally more evidence supporting the existence of junk food addiction.

Narcolepsy And Cataplexy

October 31st, 2018

12:16

Sleep disorders can be difficult to diagnose and treat. A science journalist discusses his efforts to overcome narcolepsy, which produces extreme …

Exploding Myths About The Flu and Flu Vaccines

October 28th, 2018

17:29

About 40 percent of eligible people have been vaccinated against the flu in recent years, but many more might do so were it not for persistent myths about the disease and its vaccine. For example, a new survey shows …

Medical Notes: Week of October 21, 2018

October 26th, 2018

1:25

Top medical notes & headlines for the week of October 21, 2018, including: A new study suggest gum disease may kick start Alzheimer's disease. Nearly half of Americans spend most of the work day sitting, and some …

Getting Rid of Those Old Style Hospital Gowns

October 24th, 2018

11:29

Surveys show that hospital gowns are one of the things that most makes a hospital stay unpleasant. Finally hospitals may be moving to get rid of the …

Doctors Obesity Bias

October 21st, 2018

17:45

Studies show that medical professionals are as biased as the rest of us against people who are overweight, resulting in lectures, misdiagnoses, and …

Medical Notes: Week of October 14, 2018

October 19th, 2018

1:22

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 14, 2018 including: A new anti-depressant to help mothers experiencing postpartum depression, an asthma drug that may help reduce the damaging effects of …

Homesickness

October 17th, 2018

12:28

What we now call “homesickness” used to be a medical diagnosis called “nostalgia,” and it was considered life-threatening. Today many people consider homesickness to be a childish emotion, but an expert says it’s …

Dementia In Women

October 14th, 2018

17:14

About two-thirds of people with dementia in the United States are women, and researchers are discovering it’s not just because they live longer. …

Medical Notes: Week of October 7, 2018

October 12th, 2018

1:33

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 7, 2018 including: Identifying Alzheimer's at an early age, sleepless nights due to restless leg syndrome, and finally, wrinkles and an increased chance for …

Polyamines

October 10th, 2018

12:26

Researchers have discovered a variety of components in foods that are essential to health but are low in quantity in most diets. One of these is a …

Health Crises and Financial Disaster

October 7th, 2018

18:20

Medical bills have long been labeled the number one cause of bankruptcy in the US. A recent study has examined how medical crises produce personal financial disaster. Researchers say for the
uninsured, medical bills …

Medical Notes: Week of September 30, 2018

October 5th, 2018

2:00

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 30, 2018 including: A vaccine for acne, a "good cholesterol" correlation to heart …

Flat Head Syndrome

October 3rd, 2018

12:00

Since the beginning of the “baby on back” movement to reduce sudden infant death syndrome, many more infants are developing misshapen heads with a flat spot in one place. An expert discusses whether this is serious, how …

Solving the Recycling Crisis

September 30th, 2018

16:50

For decades, the US has exported much of its recycled waste to China, an option no longer available to us by Chinese government policy. Now much of …

Medical Notes: Week of September 23, 2018

September 28th, 2018

1:28

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 23, 2018 including: Unplanned pregnancy associations to attachment insecurity, the …

Gene Research and Our Future

September 26th, 2018

14:00

Gene research has made incredible leaps in the last decade. A physician/Pulitzer-prize winning author explains what our new knowledge means for our …

Lewy Body Dementia

September 23rd, 2018

16:50

The second most common form of dementia is virtually unknown to most people. However, Lewy body dementia affects 1.4 million Americans, with symptoms commonly misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease. Additional symptoms …

Medical Notes: Week of September 16, 2018

September 21st, 2018

1:25

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 16, 2018 including: Women and heart attack survival rates, the leading cause of death for people with disabilities ages 45 years and younger, and finally …

Imposter Syndrome

September 19th, 2018

11:43

"Imposter syndrome” can undermine careers and lead to psychological distress. Two noted experts in the field discuss origins and how to deal with the …

The Coming Hothouse Earth

September 16th, 2018

17:28

Rising global temperatures have produced effects such as extreme weather and a rising sea level. Climate scientists fear that if temperatures continue to rise, we may soon reach the point of no return. If the earth’s …

Medical Notes: Week of September 9, 2018

September 14th, 2018

1:20

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 9, 2018 including: A connection between adolescent drinking and adult prostate cancer, …

Saving Talk Therapy For Mental Illness

September 12th, 2018

12:13

Decades ago, psychiatric treatment meant talk therapy. Now it usually means drugs or cognitive behavioral therapy for an extremely short time. A …

Using Naloxone For Drug Overdoses

September 9th, 2018

16:48

The drug Naloxone has been hailed as a lifesaver, as it can reverse the effects of what would otherwise be fatal opioid overdoses. Expert panels …

Medical Notes: Week of September 2, 2018

September 7th, 2018

1:31

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 2, 2018 including: High blood pressure links to dementia, then osteoporosis genetic screening tests, and finally, is friendship timeless?

An Online Test for Dementia

September 5th, 2018

10:57

If dementia is recognized early, medication and coping strategies are very beneficial. However, dementia is often undiagnosed and untreated until it is far along. A newly developed online test can help assess if someone …

Healthcare and the Homeless

September 2nd, 2018

15:43

Homeless Americans have a life expectancy of only around 50, and often use the ER for primary care at a huge cost. The lack of followup care for …

Lisfranc Injuries

August 31st, 2018

10:56

People who injure their foot often think they have a mere sprained foot or ankle when they actually have an injury that is potentially much more severe and disabling if not treated. Experts explain the Lisfranc joint …

Medical Notes: Week of August 26, 2018

August 31st, 2018

1:49

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 26, 2018 including: Germs resistant to hand sanitizers, a new study regarding removing …

Electroshock Therapy Today

August 27th, 2018

15:34

Electroconvulsive therapy still has a stigma, with the reputation of being a painful, disturbing procedure that wipes out memories and, if movies are …

Medical Notes: Week of August 19, 2018

August 24th, 2018

1:48

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 19, 2018 including: a study on how stress changes our genes, research on artificially …

Baseball Pitchers and Arm Injuries

August 22nd, 2018

11:06

Major League Baseball teams spend $1.7 billion annually on pitchers, yet it is an extremely risky investment. Teams haven't figured out how to prevent all-too-frequent arm injuries, which are now filtering down to …

Preventing Bullying of Kids with Disabilities

August 19th, 2018

15:20

Many children are bullied, especially in the middle school years, and many parents worry about their kids, especially if the parents have experienced …

Medical Notes: Week of August 12, 2018

August 17th, 2018

1:34

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 12, 2018 including: a new study about colonoscopies and bacterial infections, then …

Miscommunication and Personality Type

August 15th, 2018

9:10

People have different ways to interpret the world around them, and miscommunication is often a result when we assume we see the world similarly. A …

Addiction, Relapse and Criminalization

August 12th, 2018

15:31

After criminal convictions, many people with substance use disorder are placed on probation with the condition they remain completely drug free. They are often jailed when they relapse, setting back recovery and …

Medical Notes: Week of August 5, 2018

August 10th, 2018

1:34

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 5, 2018 including: a new drug to help with excessive sweating which impacts 15 millions Americans. The FDA has approved a new epilepsy drug derived from …

Trigeminal Neuralgia - Searing Pain in the Face

August 8th, 2018

12:11

A searing, stabbing pain on one side of the face can be so severe it’s sometimes called “the suicide disease,” and may evade diagnosis for some time. The cause of trigeminal neuralgia is often a throbbing artery in …

Lonely College Students

August 5th, 2018

16:23

Studies show that college students are America’s loneliest people—even more so than the elderly—even though they’re surrounded by people and …

Medical Notes: Week of July 29, 2018

August 3rd, 2018

2:16

A look at the top medical notes for the week of July 29, 2018. Some of the topics covered include: a new app in California to review doctors, a study …

Tick Paralysis

August 1st, 2018

10:34

Summer is tick season, and tick bites are common. However, bites from a couple of types of ticks can produce paralysis and even death if the tick is not removed quickly. An expert discusses.

An Unusual Court Challenge to Obamacare

July 29th, 2018

15:20

A number of court cases have challenged the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, and the federal government has always defended the law—until now, and a Federal Court case brought by the State of Texas. With …

Medical Notes: Week of July 22, 2018

July 27th, 2018

1:32

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 22, 2018. Some of the studies and surveys covered this week include an alarming study …

PTSD in Kids

July 25th, 2018

9:36

Mental health experts once believed that children were too young to remember traumas well enough to suffer much from post-traumatic stress disorder. Now they know that children as young as 2 or 3 can be affected, often …

Increasing Osteoporosis

July 22nd, 2018

15:07

Osteoporosis is increasing as America ages. However, fewer people are being tested for bone density and are agreeing to treatment because of side effects of osteoporosis medications. Experts discuss the devastating …

Medical Notes: Week of July 15, 2018

July 20th, 2018

1:35

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 15, 2018.

When it comes to cancer are you better off safe than sorry? Despite cancer …

Vitamin D and Preterm Births

July 15th, 2018

10:38

Premature births are increasing in the US, but a new study shows they could be cut drastically if pregnant women increased blood levels of vitamin D. …

Medical Notes: Week of July 8, 2018

July 13th, 2018

1:39

Concerns over flu deaths in children has experts concerned, a new study shows it is possible to catch up on lost sleep, and finally there is evidence that what a doctor wears can impact how patient's feel about them.

The Shrinking Human Jaw

July 8th, 2018

13:32

Over the last 8,000 years, the human jaw has been getting smaller due to an increasingly soft diet and a lack of jaw exercise. The result is an …

Medical Notes: Week of July 1, 2018

July 6th, 2018

1:53

New recommendations for earlier colorectal cancer screenings, low rates of folic acid consumption by pregnant women, exercise may not improve prevent …

Summer Eye Protection

July 4th, 2018

8:38

Summer is when people want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Skin protection and sunscreen are something most of us consider, but overexposure to UV rays is extremely dangerous to the eyes as well.

The “Other” Side of Military Science

July 1st, 2018

13:49

Most people think of military science in terms of defeating the other side. But it also involves keeping our troops sheltered, clothed, fed, and …

Medical Notes: Week of June 24, 2018

June 29th, 2018

1:23

A look at new proposed hypertension guidelines, youth baseball injuries, and drinking coffee to be have more productive meetings.

Vanishing Teen Rights of Passage

June 24th, 2018

16:15

Teenagers used to experience rites of passage including getting a driver’s license, going out on dates, drinking, having sex, and getting a job. They’re engaging in these activities much less often today. It means less …

Medical Notes: Week of June 17, 2018

June 22nd, 2018

1:59

Using an eczema drug to treat asthma, scientists are developing a biomedical tattoo to catch cancer early, exercise is likely the key to not having a heart attack, and why chewing gum and walking is good exercise.

Living Through Excruciating Pain

June 20th, 2018

10:34

Pain is an often misunderstood reality for millions of people. A noted university professor who became a quadriplegic in a bicycle accident discusses her constant pain and the way it changes life.

Medical Notes: Week of June 10, 2018

June 15th, 2018

1:40

Researchers may have found the cause of polycystic ovary syndrome, another study showing the impact on brain health from tackle football, and …

Medical Notes: Week of June 3, 2018

June 6th, 2018

1:38

A new link between specific genes and depression, the potential to use a certain protein to treat sundown syndrome in Alzheimer's patients, and new research on an increased risk of death after the death of a spouse.

Medical Notes: Week of May 27, 2018

May 27th, 2018

1:34

A study with new evidence to support the hygiene hypothesis, a link between exercise and macular degeneration, and how complaining impacts morale in …

Medical Notes: Week of May 20, 2018

May 20th, 2018

1:39

A rise in illnesses contracted from insects, fracking chemicals found in ground water, and a future cure for food poisoning.

Presenteeism

May 20th, 2018

14:43

Presenteeism is when people go to work at less than peak efficiency due to illness, injury or distraction. Experts discuss the huge cost to the economy, the chronic illnesses that exact the most cost, and the …

Coping With the Empty Nest

May 20th, 2018

11:02

Parents who have spent 18 years or more raising children often feel lost when the last child leaves home for college or their own place. A …

Firefighters and PTSD

May 13th, 2018

15:08

Firefighters have extremely high rates of PTSD, similar to combat soldiers, yet are very reluctant to seek help. Experts discuss reasons for this …

Medical Notes: Week of May 13, 2018

May 13th, 2018

1:29

A new study shows arthritis may be caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the intestines, the impact of caffeine on Alzheimer's disease, and how an …

Using Animals to Sniff Out Disease

May 6th, 2018

15:37

Diseases apparently have distinctive odors that humans can't detect. Researchers are using dogs, mice, rats and other animals to literally sniff out cancer and other diseases in the laboratory. In the 3rd World, rats …

Processed Food Addiction

May 6th, 2018

10:17

Researchers are discovering that for some people, eating processed foods produces some of the same brain effects as people addicted to alcohol or …

Medical Notes: Week of May 6, 2018

May 6th, 2018

1:31

Next year's flu vaccine, a link between calcium and colon polyps, and the risk of a potential chocolate shortage

Medicare Tackles the Opioid Epidemic

April 29th, 2018

15:36

New limits on Medicare prescriptions of opioids are controversial, as some doctors believe patients could suffer more pain. Others believe the limits …

Diagnosing Perinatal Depression

April 22nd, 2018

15:48

Perinatal depression is seldom brought up by a new mother, so healthcare providers must screen for it carefully. Experts discuss the balancing act.

Foreign Accent Syndrome

April 22nd, 2018

9:50

People who suddenly speak with what sounds like a foreign accent often have a brain injury due to a stroke or other trauma. Experts discuss the syndrome and chances of recovery.

Medical Notes: Week of April 22, 2018

April 22nd, 2018

1:27

Using pot to combat the opioid epidemic, therapy dogs in the ICU, and how losing your life savings could cost you your life.

Adventures of a Paramedic

April 15th, 2018

14:44

A former paramedic describes the "inside story" of the job, its dangers and rewards.

The Mystery of Meniere's Disease

April 15th, 2018

10:41

Experts discuss symptoms and treatments of Meniere's disease, an often misdiagnosed disorder producing loss of hearing and crippling vertigo.

Medical Notes: Week of April 15, 2018

April 15th, 2018

1:34

How cancer impacts the rest of a person's life, a new treatment for urinary tract infections, and the connection between lowering stress levels and your sweetheart's t-shirt.

Medical Notes: Week of April 8, 2018

April 8th, 2018

1:38

Is vaping safe, the danger in judging a person's health by their weight, and how much money buys happiness.

The Price Consequences of Doctor Consolidation

April 8th, 2018

15:03

Hospitals and very large medical groups are buying up independent physician practices but studies show purchased practices cost more for patients.

The Vaccine Race and Ethics

April 8th, 2018

10:43

Millions of lives have been saved as a result of vaccines. But in the development of desperately needed vaccines, scientists cut corners in ways that …

Sexually Abusive Doctors

April 1st, 2018

15:15

The Dr. Larry Nasser case publicized doctors who sexually abuse patients. However, the extent of these assaults is unknown, as few doctors are ever …

Teaching Doctors To Listen

April 1st, 2018

10:41

Experts discuss how to help doctors better listen to their patients when diagnosing their illness in order to improve care plans and decrease healthcare costs.

Medical Notes: Week of April 1, 2018

April 1st, 2018

1:37

How PFC's affect weight gain, women are more likely to bully other women, and what is more important for longevity exercise or the occasional drink?

Stem Cells and COPD

March 25th, 2018

9:00

Lung diseases such as COPD are difficult to treat but a new method taking a patient’s own stem cells is showing success.

Medical Notes: Week of March 25, 2018

March 25th, 2018

1:33

A new treatment for Gulf War Illness, eating disorders in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, and a link between nose jobs and selfies.

Medical Notes: Week of March 18, 2018

March 18th, 2018

1:29

A new test for the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes, treatment for colicky babies, and the long-term affect of letting kids under age twelve try alcohol

Drunkorexia

March 18th, 2018

14:37

Studies show that a large proportion of college students are at least occasionally “drunkorexic,” avoiding food when they know they’ll be drinking …

Big Data and Healthcare

March 18th, 2018

11:00

Big data is changing the world, but it’s been slow in coming to healthcare. An expert in healthcare IT explains how that’s changing and what it could …

Overdoing School Lockdown Drills

March 11th, 2018

15:34

A noted expert discusses how schools go wrong with lockdown drills and what they should do to be effective.

The Mystery of Anesthesia

March 11th, 2018

10:09

Anesthesia is a bedrock of medical practice, yet doctors admit we don’t know exactly how it works. An expert discusses anesthesia’s back story and recent improvements.

Medical Notes: Week of March 11, 2018

March 11th, 2018

1:35

A new antibiotic found in soil, a link between bullying and mental health, and babies crawling on carpet and allergens

Medical Notes: Week of March 4, 2018

March 4th, 2018

1:23

New studies show doctors may have more time than they thought to respond to a stroke, a study on how we treat people if they look like someone we've known in the past, and research into sugar comas

Medical Notes: Week of February 25, 2018

February 25th, 2018

1:33

Hope for a new, faster anti-flu drug, a study shows that food poisoning is often the culprit behind the 24-hour stomach flu, and research revealing …

ADHD and Sleep Disorders

February 25th, 2018

15:08

New research shows that most people with ADHD have a disordered body clock, prompting disturbed sleep, sleep deprivation, and a worsening of ADHD symptoms.

A Real-Life Star Trek Tricorder

February 25th, 2018

10:39

A real-life version of the Star Trek Tricorder has won a major contest after passing multiple tests. Its developer discusses what the device is and …

Dashing Old Stuttering Myths

February 18th, 2018

14:58

New research has several findings about stuttering including a structural deficiency in the brain's wiring, an inability to perceive rhythms, and a …

Manufacturing Happiness

February 18th, 2018

11:01

Surveys show that most Americans are less than happy, and seldom experience joy. Two experts discuss how even naturally glum people can manufacture joy.

Fiber and the Gut

February 18th, 2018

10:38

Experts discuss how far fiber can go to keep us healthy, and what happens when we ignore fiber in the diet.

Medical Notes: Week of February 18, 2018

February 18th, 2018

1:59

A familiar tool in the fight against melanoma, proof we can tell if people are sick by looking at them, an unexpected benefit of going to church, and …

Speaking Out on Sexual Harassment

February 11th, 2018

14:48

Experts discuss the state of sexual harassment claims with more women speaking out, what makes these perpetrators more dangerous, and how to make legal claims stick.

Medical Notes: Week of February 11, 2018

February 11th, 2018

1:23

When should kids get their first smartphone?, the affect of loneliness on health, and a story that will make you think twice about stifling a sneeze

Medical Notes: Week of February 4, 2018

February 4th, 2018

1:32

Why the ozone layer is recovering, slowing the natural aging of your lungs by eating fresh tomatoes and apples, and at what age spending habits form.

TBI's and Personality Change

January 28th, 2018

10:37

An expert explains traumatic brain injuries and how to prevent some of the consequences.

Medical Notes: Week of January 28, 2018

January 28th, 2018

1:32

Why the flu season is so bad this year, getting more sleep to help cut down on eating sugar, and a reason to add cursing to your workout.

When Should Kids Get a Phone?

January 21st, 2018

15:31

Experts discuss how parents can decide when the time is right for their kids to get their first phone.

Medical Notes: Week of January 21, 2018

January 21st, 2018

1:17

A link between a blood thinner and a reduced risk of cancer, kids who eat fish sleep better and higher IQs, and the rise in women enrolling in US …

Silent Reflux

January 21st, 2018

9:55

An expert discusses telltale symptoms and the dietary triggers that can cause silent reflux.

Egg Donation for Family and Friends

January 14th, 2018

10:21

An author/journalist who has donated twice with vastly different results discusses the technology and what to look out for when approaching egg …

Medical Notes: Week of January 14, 2018

January 14th, 2018

1:30

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 14, 2018, including: Increased risk of heart disease death for people with restless leg syndrome, an experimental test for whether an upper respiratory …

Medical Notes: Week of January 7, 2018

January 7th, 2018

2:38

The link between "chemo brain" and inflammation in the blood, the rise in attempted suicide in young girls, individuality in diets to lose weight, how where you walk contributes to your health, and smart pills that let …

Dreams vs. Reality for Children in Poverty

December 31st, 2017

12:11

Poor children often can’t access healthcare in spite of decades of efforts. A pediatrician who has established clinics for the poor discusses the problem.

Medical Notes: Week of December 31, 2017

December 31st, 2017

1:33

Birth control pills and cancer risk, the link between disabilities and imprisonment, and late night snacking leading to wrinkles.

Medical Notes: Week of December 24, 2017

December 24th, 2017

1:37

Weight gain when drinking diet sodas, adverse affects in pregnant women, and are cats or dogs smarter?

Long Term Psychological Damage of Natural Disasters

December 24th, 2017

15:09

Mega-storms such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria disrupt uncounted lives and leave psychological scars that can last for decades and recur every …

Hiccups

December 17th, 2017

10:38

Hiccups are annoying and uncomfortable, and doctors don’t know why we get them. An expert explains what hiccups are and why most home remedies actually work.

Mental Health Treatment For Children

December 10th, 2017

15:44

Experts discuss readiness of pediatricians to treat mental illness in children and efforts to be sure they’re prepared.

Medical Notes: Week of December 10, 2017

December 10th, 2017

1:27

Concern about a potential Parkinson's disease pandemic, how stress prevents aging in cells, and Botox to relieve migraines

Human Trafficking: Slavery By Another Name

December 3rd, 2017

15:17

Experts discuss why foreigners are especially at risk of being intimidated into forced labor and how they might be rescued.

Pancreatic Cancer

December 3rd, 2017

10:56

An advocate and a genetic counselor discuss the state of pancreatic cancer screening and the few alternatives available.

Alzheimer's, Spouses, and New Relationships

November 26th, 2017

14:54

Spouses of Alzheimer’s disease patients often struggle with depression while caregiving, some have started new relationships while their loved one is still alive but no longer recognizes them.

Childhood Trauma, Later Disease

November 26th, 2017

12:04

Researchers have found that severe emotional trauma in childhood triggers physical disease later in life, and has a cumulative effect.

Helpful Lies

November 19th, 2017

11:41

Lies aren’t always bad but as the stakes of lies rise, honesty trumps kindness. Yet few people are ever able to distinguish when they’re being told …

Handshake Bans and Hand Washing

November 12th, 2017

16:17

Experts discuss and describe what it takes to wash hands well enough to be “clean.”

More Carbon Dioxide, Less Nutritious Food Crops

November 5th, 2017

15:32

Rising levels of carbon dioxide are making crops grow bigger, however, these crops contain lower levels of important nutrients, endangering nutrition for millions of people.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

November 5th, 2017

10:50

Experts discuss symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder and how it may be treated, though few with the disorder agree to psychological treatment.

Medical Notes: Week of October 22, 2017

October 22nd, 2017

1:25

Concussions in girls, eating foods rich in flavonoids to fight effects of the flu, and how being under stress impacts the way we perceive new threats.

The Biology of Addiction

October 22nd, 2017

17:05

Scientists are learning the specific workings of the brain when it is addicted to a substance or behavior, and showing that all addictions are similar.

Preparing for Disaster

October 22nd, 2017

11:35

Many people will have to deal with a natural disaster at some point in their lives. Two civil defense experts discuss how to be ready before it comes.

Cancer and Beauty

October 15th, 2017

13:04

Women undergoing cancer treatment often suffer hair loss and other impacts on appearance. A noted beauty expert discusses best ways to deal with it.

Undocumented Immigrants Skipping Healthcare

October 9th, 2017

17:08

With the federal government’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants, many of them are skipping going to the doctor or the emergency room for fear of deportation.

Pica

October 8th, 2017

11:30

Pregnancy and early childhood are the most common time for a strange disorder that prompts people to eat non-food items such as clay or ice.

A Possible Treatment For Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

October 1st, 2017

15:44

Researchers explain experiments on animals with a new treatment that could eliminate fetal alcohol syndrome, perhaps even after birth.

Enlisting Men Against Sexual Assault

September 24th, 2017

14:59

Experts discuss what can be done to enlist men to do much more to prevent sexual assault.

Teenage Boys: They're Not Lazy

September 24th, 2017

11:22

An expert psychologist explains the inner workings of teen boys and how parents can bring out the best in them.

Medical Notes: Week of September 10, 2017

September 10th, 2017

1:37

The link between mental health and talking to yourself, using a brick of coffee to improve head surgery, and what freckles on your eyes might mean.

Lung Cancer Stigma

September 10th, 2017

17:07

Most forms of cancer have a built-in constituency of patients and loved ones, but lung cancer patients, instead, are often blamed for their own disease.

Behavioral Sciences at the CIA

September 3rd, 2017

15:21

Experts, including an active CIA analyst, describe how they us psychological techniques to predict the behavior and decisions throughout the world.

Are Lefties Really Different?

September 3rd, 2017

11:16

Experts discuss where handedness comes from, and what differences truly result.

Medical Lab Mistakes

August 27th, 2017

13:52

An expert explains that human error is impossible to completely eliminate, so labs are increasingly turning to DNA tracking to catch mistakes when they occur.

Diagnostic Mistakes

August 27th, 2017

13:31

Medical errors are the third largest cause of death in the US, and mistakes in making diagnoses are the most frequent form of error. A noted expert discusses why mistakes happen, and what doctors and patients can do to …

Multitasking: Practically Impossible

August 21st, 2017

14:26

Researchers discuss why our brains can't do two things at once, and why supertaskers may be different.

Homelessness Criminalized

August 13th, 2017

16:49

Laws criminalizing homeless activities may make cities feel like they’re easing public discomfort, but jail does little to address the root causes of homelessness.

Social Jetlag

August 6th, 2017

12:36

New studies show that changing your weekday sleep schedule by sleeping in as a little as an hour every weekend can have severe health impact.

Car Crash Victims and PTSD

July 30th, 2017

18:19

Two car accident survivors and one of the world's foremost experts discuss what can make PTSD worse and the essentials victims must carry out to recover.

Evaluating Veterans' Healthcare

July 30th, 2017

11:29

An expert discusses her contention that the care the VA provides is much better than its perception.

Consolidating 911: Where do we draw the line?

July 23rd, 2017

17:03

Expensive tech built for cell phones has pushed 911 call centers to consolidate, but will it cost lives when a far away worker with no local …

Healing Children: Not Just Little Adults

July 23rd, 2017

12:30

Children’s medicine is more specialized than many people think an expert explains how pediatric practitioners and hospitals are set up to deal with …

Sibling Abuse

July 16th, 2017

14:15

Psychological or physical abuse by siblings is much more common than most people realize. Experts discuss warning signs of abuse, and how parents can …

Teeth and the Struggle for Oral Equality

July 16th, 2017

9:22

We often judge people by their smiles, however, dental care and medical care have always been separate in the US, creating a large population that …

Our Obesity Obsession: Does Science Support It?

July 9th, 2017

14:33

Experts discuss how culture drives our obsession with weight and what science really has to say about it.

The Science of Smell

July 9th, 2017

9:01

The sense of smell evokes powerful memories and makes food taste good, but it also has important functions in interpersonal relations and personal …

Overwhelmed Teens

July 2nd, 2017

15:25

High achieving high schoolers are often pushed to do more and more creating a culture of pressure that has mental health consequences.

A Doctor Who Really Can Feel Your Pain

July 2nd, 2017

9:53

Dr. Joel Salinas has mirror touch synesthesia, a condition involving cross-wiring in the brain that allows him to feel it when people experience pain.

Perfect Pitch

June 25th, 2017

17:53

The ability to "know" the musical pitch had been thought to be learnable only at an early age but new research shows perfect pitch is teachable to …

Children and Social Anxiety

June 25th, 2017

11:47

An expert whose daughter was afflicted discusses social anxiety warning signs in children and how the disorder can be treated.

Medical Notes: Week of July 2, 2020

June 25th, 2017

1:23

Technology and parenting, exhaustion in doctors, and abusive bosses.

Medical Notes: Week of June 18, 2017

June 21st, 2017

1:31

A look at important medical, health and science headlines for the week of June 18: Bad advice for those being bullied at work, a type of stroke that …

Textalyzers To Stop Texting While Driving

June 18th, 2017

16:56

Experts discuss the “textalyzer,” how it would work to deter texting while driving, and its pros and cons.

Household Chemicals

June 18th, 2017

10:38

A noted expert discusses the vast amount that we don't know about chemicals and how tougher regulation in other countries could help keep Americans …

Only Children and Their Parents

June 11th, 2017

14:15

Experts refute the myths about only children and discuss how parents can help children navigate life with no siblings.

The Sense of Touch

June 11th, 2017

12:17

A neuroscientist explains the sense of touch and what can happen when it's not working as it should.

The Health Effects of Loneliness

June 4th, 2017

15:47

Studies are showing that loneliness and social isolation have profound effects on our physical health, and increase the risk of death substantially.

Rescuing Runaways

June 4th, 2017

10:11

One young woman who overcame a life on the streets describes how she beat the odds and what runaways need to have a chance to succeed.

Blood Substitutes

May 21st, 2017

15:29

Researchers have sought safe and effective blood substitutes for 60 years, and a few viable alternatives are in animal testing

E-cigarettes and Oral Health

May 21st, 2017

10:55

There are still a lot of questions about electronic cigarettes, but evidence is accumulating that the effect on the oral cavity can be as significant …

Elephant DNA: The secret to cancer suppression?

May 14th, 2017

18:10

Some animals, such as elephants, almost never get cancer, and scientists have learned that the elephant DNA repair system is 20 times more powerful …

Medical Notes: Week of April 30, 2017

May 3rd, 2017

1:34

Firefighter heart attack deaths, a link between sleep and dementia, and avoiding eating junk food by...waiting.

Late Effects of Childhood Cancer Treatment

April 30th, 2017

15:54

Doctors can cure cancer in children better than ever, but decades later, many survivors suffer from chronic disease as a result of powerful cancer …

Medical Notes: Week of April 23, 2017

April 26th, 2017

2:00

Dogs that can sniff out cancer, depressions and heart disease, lack of sleep connection to more arguments, and how parents feel about their kids playing sports.

Multiple Myeloma - Why is Iceland So Important?

April 23rd, 2017

14:03

Scientists are tapping the entire adult population of Iceland for a clinical test for treatments for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.

Medical Notes: Week of April 16, 2017

April 19th, 2017

1:33

Higher levels of concussions in women, DNA typos, and intelligence in first born children.

Moderate Exercise - It's Better For You

April 16th, 2017

11:06

Experts discuss how much exercise is enough and how to make the most of light exercise.

Medical Notes: Week of April 9, 2017

April 12th, 2017

1:29

Drinking coffee to fight dementia, nonprescription birth control pills, and finally quality over quantity of sleep.

Why Taming Sleep Leaves Us Restless

April 9th, 2017

10:24

Sleep used to be natural, governed by darkness, light, and fatigue. Now it’s highly processed and scheduled.

Medical Notes: Week of April 2, 2017

April 5th, 2017

1:36

Relieving allergy symptoms, rampant incorrect use of inhalers, and relieving pain with green light.

Plagues and Dreaded Diseases

April 2nd, 2017

10:16

Plagues can wipe out entire populations and create fear and great mystery in how they spread. An author who has explored plagues and dangerous …

Medical Notes: Week of March 26, 2017

March 29th, 2017

1:27

A look at top medical headlines for the week of March 26, 2017: A breakthrough in a blood test for cancer, treatment for pitching injuries, and the link between productivity and a good sex life.

Difficult Patients

March 26th, 2017

16:13

Patients used to accept doctors’ orders without question. Today, more are challenging their doctors’ opinions. However, even those who do it politely …

Rudeness

March 26th, 2017

14:21

Studies show a rudeness epidemic in the US, and that people are profoundly affected when they experience or even witness it occurring to someone else.

Medical Notes: Week of March 19, 2017

March 22nd, 2017

1:21

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 19, 2017, including: Mental health treatment linked to stroke, waking up early to stay healthy, and the benefits of working from home.

Crippling Anxiety

March 19th, 2017

12:51

Anxiety is normal, but too much can be crippling. An author and anxiety sufferer discusses the nature of crippling anxiety and what people can do about it.

Medical Notes: Week of March 12, 2017

March 15th, 2017

1:37

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 12, 2017, including: The increase in drug overdose deaths, vitamin D to ward off infections, and drug prices.

Medical Notes: Week of March 5, 2017

March 8th, 2017

1:54

Medical Notes this week: Opioid addicts and amnesia, traffics link to domestic violence, driving and concussion recovery, and the affects of strict …

Remaking the FDA

March 5th, 2017

16:07

Some FDA commissioner candidates have proposed radical reform. Experts discuss what reform might look like and what the FDA needs to better succeed.

Medical Notes: Week of February 26, 2017

March 1st, 2017

1:28

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 26, 2017, including: Pregnancy and baby aspirin, obesity and education, toxic snow.

Eye Transplants: A Future Reality

February 26th, 2017

10:26

Doctors are taking what they’ve learned in hand transplants, especially in nerve regeneration, and applying it to eye transplant development.

Peanut Allergies and Kids

February 12th, 2017

16:49

New studies show rather than keeping kids away from peanuts to protect them, parents should give most infants peanuts from an early age.

Music for the Dying and Grieving

February 12th, 2017

10:41

Music thanatology is a specialized practice of playing harp music for the dying. A practitioner of the art explains how there is also science to it …

Public Hospitals

January 22nd, 2017

11:58

Public hospitals have a poor reputation, but in some fields, especially trauma, they are often among the best hospitals in the US.

Eating Disorders in Adults

January 8th, 2017

15:10

Over the last decade, the number of women over age 30 seeking treatment for anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder has skyrocketed.

Reengineering the ICU

January 1st, 2017

15:41

Hospital intensive care units appear to be a model of high tech, but systems engineers say ICU’s are actually models of inefficiency.

Reversing the Shortage in Primary Care Doctors

January 1st, 2017

10:54

The shortage in primary care doctors is getting worse. We talk to Dr. Elizabeth Baxley about how to keep medical students in primary care.

Healthcare Under Trump: What to Expect

December 18th, 2016

18:59

Experts discuss what kind of healthcare reform to expect from the incoming Trump Administration.

The Psychology of Weight Loss Surgery

November 27th, 2016

13:11

Patients who have bariatric surgery stand to lose not only lots of weight but often an identity which changes many of their relationships.

Yawning

November 6th, 2016

13:30

Virtually all animals with a backbone yawn, but scientists don’t know what purpose it serves or why yawns are so contagious.

DTC Genetic Testing

October 16th, 2016

17:06

Direct to consumer genetic testing is now available to consumers to satisfy a variety of desires, however, risks come with what doctors say is incomplete knowledge.

Adoption Psychology

October 9th, 2016

14:32

People who are adopted have more psychological problems than others, yet they also tend to have other psychological strengths.

Tickling (2016)

October 9th, 2016

10:53

Tickling is a unique application of the sense of touch that surprisingly has developmental and cultural importance.

Lucid Dreams

September 4th, 2016

14:34

The dreaming brain is nearly as active as it is when we are awake. Experts discuss ways to shape dreams to help solve problems.

The Future of Little People

August 14th, 2016

13:47

Experts, all little people themselves, discuss major causes of dwarfism and the prospect of treatments that could one day make little people much …

Drinking Water Safety

August 7th, 2016

17:52

Experts explain the danger of lead, especially to children, and other chemicals that may be in drinking water.

Child Heart Arrhythmias

July 31st, 2016

13:18

Children and adolescents seldom have “heart attacks,” but they sometimes have heart arrhythmias which can look like the same thing, and be just as …

Fighting Your Insurer

July 24th, 2016

14:54

A new field of advocates are helping people navigate the insurance system, assisting with denials and delays. Three experts discuss how to fight your insurer and win.

The Salt Bomb

July 24th, 2016

11:18

Experts discuss why salt is such a health problem and what the federal government is doing to push food processors toward reducing salt content in our diets.

Baby Talk

July 17th, 2016

15:36

Experts discuss why and how parents should hold "conversations" with their babies.

Drowning on Land

July 17th, 2016

12:57

When a child is pulled out of the water and revived they may face life-threatening peril hours or days later as the body reacts.

Lew Body Dementia

July 10th, 2016

15:43

Lewy body dementia affects 1.4 million Americans, with symptoms commonly misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease.

Our New Genetic Knowledge

July 10th, 2016

12:53

A physician and Pulitzer-prize winning author explains what our new genetic knowledge means for our medical future.

Uncertainty In Medicine

July 3rd, 2016

13:00

Diagnostic tests are often less certain in their results than people think, making patients sometimes doubt doctors' competence.

The Technology of Warfare

July 3rd, 2016

17:27

A noted investigative journalist explains the less well known side of military research.

Kidney Stones in Kids

June 26th, 2016

17:39

Experts discuss why the risk of kidney stones in kids is rising, why doctors still sometimes miss the diagnosis, and how kidney stones are treated in children.

The Pro's and Con's of Gluten-Free

June 26th, 2016

12:52

One expert explains which kinds of people would find the gluten-free diet appropriate and the pitfalls to avoid.

Amnesia: Waking up in the future

June 19th, 2016

18:11

It's rare for people to lose their memory of past events. An expert discusses why doctors believe it occurs, and a woman to whom it happened recounts her experience.

Living Through Pain

June 19th, 2016

12:35

A noted university professor who became a quadriplegic in a bicycle accident discusses her constant pain and the way it changes life.

Doctor Suicide

June 12th, 2016

17:23

Experts discuss the coverup of doctor suicides, the reasons behind depression in doctors, and why doctors who are depressed are less likely than normal to get help.

Enhancing Food Safety

June 12th, 2016

13:07

An expert discusses why food contamination scares are becoming more common, what producers are doing to protect us, and what we can do in our own kitchens to make foods safer.

Big Data in Medicine

June 5th, 2016

17:28

When doctors can take advantage of massive amounts of data on patient outcomes, lives will be saved. We look at one of the first efforts, an attempt to associate dangerous drug interactions.

Kidney Transplant Sensitivity

June 5th, 2016

13:24

Experts explain a new desensitization technique that may help people who need a kidney transplant and kidney exchanges that make more patients eligible for transplants.

Bullying Kids with Special Needs

May 29th, 2016

17:23

Kids with disabilities are twice as likely to be victims of bullying. Experts discuss the problem and how to prevent bullying of these children.

Hardwiring Happiness

May 29th, 2016

13:00

An expert neurologist discusses changes in thinking that can create more positive physical brain pathways, making us happier.

Bleeding Disorders

May 22nd, 2016

15:39

Bleeding disorders such as hemophilia can be extremely serious but are treatable. However, many must fight the legacy of more primitive treatment, such as HIV and hepatitis C.

Bladder Cancer

May 22nd, 2016

11:30

The newly appointed director of the world's only research center devoted exclusively to bladder cancer discusses risks and treatments.

Homeless Healthcare

May 15th, 2016

16:23

Experts discuss how doctors on the street can improve health for the homeless and lower cost for society.

Baseball Pitchers: Injuries Waiting to Happen

May 15th, 2016

11:56

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports explains the science of pitching injuries.

Egg Freezing

May 8th, 2016

17:32

Freezing eggs in their 30's allows women to preserve fertility well into their 40's. The concept was originally meant for women whose fertility was threatened by disease or medical treatment, but today the majority of …

Autism and Prodigies

May 8th, 2016

12:59

Experts discuss links between prodigies and some people with autism and their implications for autism treatment.

Presenteeism

May 1st, 2016

17:14

Experts discuss the huge cost of presenteeism on the economy and the accommodations that could save businesses billions of dollars.

Dealing With the Empty Nest

May 1st, 2016

13:23

Parents who have spent 18 years or more raising children often feel lost when the last child leaves home for college or their own place. A …

Using Animals To Sniff Out Disease

April 24th, 2016

17:57

Experts discuss the use of animals to diagnose disease and their efforts to build machines that can do the same thing.

Curing Sinusitis

April 24th, 2016

12:44

Many people confuse allergies, colds, and sinus infections. A physician describes the differences, and the new ways sinusitis can be treated.

Direct to Consumer Drug Advertising

April 17th, 2016

17:26

Experts discuss the pro's and cons of direct to consumer advertising and its effect on patients and physicians.

The Powerful Influence of Friends

April 17th, 2016

13:35

An expert discusses the many ways friends determine our destinies.

Drug Shortages

April 10th, 2016

15:57

Experts explain why drug shortages occur, the unfortunate outcomes, and what they do to try to minimize the damage.

Meniere's Disease

April 10th, 2016

12:23

Experts discuss symptoms and treatments of Meniere's disease, an often misdiagnosed disorder producing loss of hearing and crippling vertigo.

Should we shorten medical training?

April 3rd, 2016

16:11

In an age of increasing medical complexity, some leading thinkers in medical education are proposing that time spent on medical education be cut by nearly one third.

Contextual Care

April 3rd, 2016

12:18

Studies have found that many doctors don't really listen to their patients, and so miss how illness is affected by the other things in life.

Biofilm

March 27th, 2016

14:58

Biofilm is resistant to many antibiotics and is gaining new attention as a source of hard to eradicate infections.

OTC Drugs and Tweens

March 27th, 2016

11:14

Experts discuss how to educate tweens on taking OTC drugs safely.

Incidental Genetic Findings

March 20th, 2016

14:38

Genetic testing has become a widespread reality in the past five years, but doctors are struggling with what many genetic findings really mean.

The High Health Cost of Sugar

March 20th, 2016

11:49

One expert describes why he believes sugar is to blame for the obesity epidemic, and changes that made sugar a larger part of our diets.

Adventures of a Paramedic

March 13th, 2016

12:39

A former paramedic describes the "inside story" of the job, its dangers and rewards.

Keeping Secrets From Your Doctor

March 13th, 2016

8:29

Experts discuss the most common reasons for secret-keeping and the consequences that may result.

Concierge Medicine in Primary Care

March 6th, 2016

13:10

In response to "factory medicine" some doctors are moving to a "concierge medicine" practice where patients receive more personal care for higher fees.

Restless Leg Syndrome

March 6th, 2016

8:21

Restless legs syndrome strikes people at night, creating some of the worst sleep conditions known by any patients. Experts discuss identifying and treating the syndrome.

The Bystander Effect

February 28th, 2016

13:35

Experts discuss why this effect occurs and how it can be broken by technology.

The Psychology of Egg Donation

February 28th, 2016

9:52

An author and journalist who has donated twice with vastly different results discusses the technology and what to look out for when approaching egg …

Zika Virus

February 21st, 2016

15:08

Experts discuss the Zika virus, how it's transmitted, its spread to the US, the severe birth defect it has been linked to and how to protect yourself from it.

Thyroid Disease

February 21st, 2016

8:09

Thyroid disease affects millions of Americans, many of whom have not been diagnosed. Experts discuss symptoms, causes, and treatments.

Industry Funding of Clinical Trials

February 14th, 2016

14:18

Funding of clinical trials has dramatically shifted so that today, trials paid for by pharmaceutical and device makers outnumber publicly funded trials 6-to-1.

Fixing The Healthcare Cost Spiral

February 14th, 2016

8:24

American healthcare is the most expensive in the world. An expert author details some of the causes and possible solutions now being established.

New Findings on Stuttering

February 7th, 2016

13:26

Stuttering has been blamed even fairly recently on parenting, but new research has several new findings including a much more successful way to treat …

Double Dipping and the Five Second Rule

February 7th, 2016

10:07

Party snacks are prime territory for contamination. A scientist discusses the myth of the five second rule.

Silent Heart Attack

January 31st, 2016

15:21

Heart attacks that produce few if any symptoms can be more serious than those that bring crushing pain because they often don't bring a victim to the hospital for lifesaving help.

Harmful Inflammation

January 31st, 2016

10:15

Low-level systemic inflammation is being tied to many disorders including heart disease. Experts discuss how inflammation can be combatted through diet and supplementation.

ICU PTSD

January 24th, 2016

15:35

A surprisingly high percentage of people who've been treated in the ICU later suffer from PTSD. Experts discuss why this occurs and what's being done to treat and prevent it.

Silent Reflux

January 24th, 2016

10:03

An expert discusses telltale symptoms of silent reflux and the dietary triggers that can cause the disorder.

Gene Editing

January 17th, 2016

15:31

Scientists have developed the technology to edit single genes, which could eliminate some inherited diseases. However, doctors don't know how …

Lactivism

January 17th, 2016

10:21

An expert and author discuss the political forces creating unusual unanimity behind breast feeding, and the truth of health claims on the benefits.

Violence Against Healthcare Workers

January 10th, 2016

15:18

Experts discuss how and why attacks on health care workers occur and how hospitals and health care workers can do a better job preventing them.

Ankle Replacement

January 10th, 2016

10:25

Hip and knee replacements are common, now doctors say ankle replacements have become technically good enough to make fusion obsolete for arthritis …

How Weather Causes Pain

January 3rd, 2016

13:49

Experts discuss different conditions affected by weather, why pain responds to weather changes and possible remedies to some of these maladies.

Toxic chemicals in products

January 3rd, 2016

9:53

A noted expert discusses how the US might regulate potentially toxic chemicals better, and how tougher regulation in other countries could help keep …

Hurdles to Hearing Aids

December 27th, 2015

13:32

Only about a fifth of people who could use hearing aids have them. An audiologist, hearing aid manufacturer, and hearing aid user discuss why.

Seriously Ill Adolescents

December 27th, 2015

8:12

A novelist discusses her observations from years on the hospital floor with her sick child as the basis for her book.

It's No Holiday In The ER

December 20th, 2015

14:10

The holidays are like no other time in your local hospital's emergency department. Experts discuss, among other things, why more heart attacks occur …

The Traumatized Brain

December 20th, 2015

9:27

Traumatic brain injuries may produce cognitive and personality changes months later. An expert explains these injuries and how to prevent some of the consequences.

Human Trafficking

December 13th, 2015

15:06

Experts discuss why foreigners are especially at risk of being intimidated into forced labor in the US and how they might be rescued.

Making Joy In A Complicated World

December 13th, 2015

10:28

Experts discuss causes and remedies for seasonal affective disorder.

Children's Mental Health Treatment

December 6th, 2015

14:34

Experts discuss readiness of pediatricians to treat mental illness in children and adolescents and efforts to be sure they're prepared.

Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Holidays

December 6th, 2015

9:18

Experts discuss causes and remedies for seasonal affective disorder.

Recharging Old Eggs

November 29th, 2015

13:11

Infertility is often due to poor egg quality, or chromosomal damage. A new procedure seeks to replace mitochondria in old eggs with fresher …

Cancer Prehabilitation

November 29th, 2015

9:34

A nationally known rehab specialist discusses using prehabilitation techniques for newly diagnosed cancer patients.

Food Insecurity

November 22nd, 2015

12:54

Experts discuss reasons for food insecurity, outcomes, and a variety of inventive solutions.

Doctors' clothes: Reason to Change?

November 22nd, 2015

9:43

Controversy has broken out over the doctor's traditional white lab coat and necktie. Experts discuss.

Interrogation tactics and false confessions

November 15th, 2015

13:09

Scientists have found that the psychology of innocent people is a major reason for false confessions. Experts discuss why this occurs and how to …

Your Medicine Cabinet

November 15th, 2015

8:43

A pharmacist advises what should be in your medicine cabinet and how to keep those medicines safe and effective.

Thermogenesis and weight loss

November 8th, 2015

13:33

The body uses extra calories to stay warm in cold conditions, creating heath through thermogenesis. Recently scientists discovered one of the …

One More Year Inside Alzheimer's

November 8th, 2015

8:04

One year ago, we visited Greg O'Brien, a journalist attempting to document his own decline into early onset Alzheimer's disease. He discusses the how the disease has progressed.

Preventing Misdiagnoses

November 1st, 2015

13:45

Studies estimate that about five percent of diagnoses are wrong, leading treatment down the wrong road. Experts discuss why misdiagnoses occur and how they might be prevented.

Almost Addicted

November 1st, 2015

7:56

People who use drugs, even those who are not addicted, are often destructively enabled by families. An expert explains what families have to do to break through their own denial.

Anti-Drunk Driving Technology

October 25th, 2015

12:42

Experts explain how a device called DADSS - Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety- can test whether a person is drunk as he attempts to start …

New Tech In Contact Lenses

October 25th, 2015

8:39

30 million Americans wear contact lenses, but today's high tech lenses are vastly superior to those of a few decades ago. Even so, most contact wearers don't maintain their lenses correctly.

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

October 18th, 2015

12:39

As many as five percent of people diagnosed with Parkinson's or Alzheimer's diseases may in reality have a treatable disorder caused by "water on the brain." An expert and patient discuss.

Later Effects of Childhood Emotional Trauma

October 18th, 2015

9:00

Children who suffer multiple traumas such as loss of a parent and physical abuse are much more likely to experience cancer, heart disease and …

Gender Diversity in Basic Research

October 11th, 2015

12:21

Only about a third of research subjects in clinical studies are women. Experts discuss why such an imbalance occurs, its results, and how the problem …

What Your Therapist Is Thinking

October 11th, 2015

8:29

A well-known psychotherapist describes what therapists are thinking while the patient is talking and how these thoughts guide treatment.

Misunderstanding Autism

October 4th, 2015

13:32

Experts describe how misunderstanding autism has drastically affected treatment, and how schools and other institutions can change their approach to …

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome

October 4th, 2015

8:44

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome is often misdiagnosed and remains difficult to treat. However, children often outgrow the disorder as it transitions into …

The Return of Workplace Wellness

September 27th, 2015

13:54

Most medium and large businesses now have corporate wellness programs for employees in an effort to keep health insurance costs down. Many have incentives for reaching health goals. Experts discuss how these plans work …

The Importance of Play

September 27th, 2015

7:54

Many schools are cutting down on recess to focus on the 3R's, but child development experts say play is part of children's "work" and an important …

Stem Cell Regeneration

September 20th, 2015

12:38

Scientists have discovered that older research animals can seemingly be made young again with infusions of young blood which reactivate stem cells …

Exploding Head Syndrome

September 20th, 2015

8:00

A sleep disorder strangely named "exploding head syndrome" may keep more than 10 percent of people awake at night by inflicting them with crashing sounds that only they can hear.

Car Crashes and PTSD

September 13th, 2015

14:49

Car accident survivors and one of the world's foremost experts discuss variables that make PTSD worse and essentials victims must carry out to recover.

Palcohol - Powdered Alcohol

September 13th, 2015

6:58

Newly-invented powdered alcohol is entering the market, but some experts and legislators believe it should be banned because it's likely to be abused …

Liquid Biopsies

September 6th, 2015

12:05

Cancer biopsies traditionally require surgery to remove a piece of tumor. But researchers hope to eventually be able to use liquid biopsies for cancer screening and early diagnosis.

Pet Obesity

September 6th, 2015

9:08

Experts discuss why pet obesity is a problem and ways pet owners can keep their furry friends healthy.

Misophonia

August 30th, 2015

12:55

A surprisingly large number of people become agitated when they hear sounds such as chewing, slurping or sniffling. This disorder, misophonia, is largely unknown, but researchers believe audio processing is mis-routed …

Grief

August 30th, 2015

8:47

Everyone deals with grief at one time or another. An expert discusses how it's experienced by most people, and a writer/illustrator discusses his experience dealing with his spouse's sudden death.

Heart Attacks in Young Women

August 23rd, 2015

12:09

Surveys show young women are often unaware of their risk of a heart attack and are much less likely to go to the ER when a heart attack occurs. Experts discuss reasons and possible remedies.

Odd Medical Treatments of the Past

August 23rd, 2015

9:03

An expert examines how far we've come in medicine by focusing on past practices, which lead him to conclude doctors in ancient Greece provided better care than those in the US 150 years ago.

Enlisting Men Against Sexual Assault

August 16th, 2015

14:12

Colleges are now required by Federal law to present anti-sexual assault training to new students, but rather than instilling "no means no," some …

The Power of Tears

August 16th, 2015

7:29

Researchers are learning that tears shed for different reasons are chemically different. Experts discuss why it's good for people to cry.

Online Pharmacies, Fake Drugs

August 9th, 2015

12:53

Consumers who purchase medicines online are taking a big risk-experts say 97% of online "pharmacies" are rogue sites operating illegally. Experts discuss how consumers can buy safely.

Multitasking

August 9th, 2015

10:09

Multitasking seems like a necessity for most people, and most of us think it inproves our efficiency. Researchers discuss why our brains can't do two …

The Risk of the Front Passenger Seat

August 2nd, 2015

12:23

Few people are aware that the vehicle occupant most likely to be hurt in a crash is the one in the front passenger seat. Experts discuss how car occupants can protect themselves from injury.

Preserving Life Versus Prolonging Death

August 2nd, 2015

10:10

An award winning science writer discusses her experience observing how medical professionals and patients differ in their acceptance of impending death, and what families need to know to navigate the end of life toward …

Your Brain With Tinnitus

July 26th, 2015

11:11

Scientists have discovered that tinnitus involves many more areas of the brain than just those involved with hearing. Experts explain what sufferers …

Child Suicide Survivors

July 26th, 2015

12:11

Experts discuss the right and wrong ways to help children cope with parental suicide.

Maternal Mortality

July 19th, 2015

11:51

Experts discuss possible reasons for the increase in the death rate surrounding pregnancy in the US and one possible ways to reverse it.

The Joy of Singing

July 19th, 2015

9:24

Research shows that singing in a group has health benefits. Experts discuss how singing is being used to treat one serious disease.

Perfect Pitch

July 12th, 2015

14:52

The ability to "know" the musical pitch of any sound has traditionally been thought to be learnable only at a very early age through musical …

Air Pollution and Lung Health

July 12th, 2015

8:34

Air pollution is blamed for one of every eight deaths worldwide, including 200,000 in the US each year. A noted lung physician discusses some of the …

The Dangers of Trash

July 5th, 2015

12:32

Most people don't think much about what happens to their trash after they set it at the curb. But day in and day out, refuse workers have the most …

TV Doctors: Truth or Fiction

July 5th, 2015

7:42

TV doctors wield tremendous influence with patients, sometimes even more than a person's own doctor. Experts discuss how celebrity doctors miss the …

Bell's Palsy

June 28th, 2015

15:00

Bell's palsy is a frightening malfunction in the nerve controlling half of the face that occurs for unknown reasons. Sufferers often think they're …

Doctor's Emotions

June 28th, 2015

7:36

Many doctors believe emotion is detrimental to medical practice, and many patients think doctors are cold and emotionless. But one influential …

Multiple Births in IVF

June 21st, 2015

13:42

More than 5 million children have been born as a result of in-vitro fertilization, but many are born as twins, triplets and even quadruplets. Experts …

Social Anxiety in Children

June 21st, 2015

7:27

Social anxiety disorder is more than just shyness. It can be crippling and keep people completely inside the house. An expert whose daughter was afflicted discusses social anxiety warning signs in children and how the …

Digitizing Medicine

June 14th, 2015

13:25

Digital technology has revolutionized many industries, but medicine has lagged behind. One of the nation's most influential doctors discusses what …

Photographic Memory

June 14th, 2015

9:12

Some people who remember things extremely well may claim they have a "photographic memory," but some experts say such a thing doesn't really exist. Experts discuss how memory works.

Sibling Abuse

June 7th, 2015

13:57

Psychological or physical abuse by siblings is much more common than most people realize. Experts discuss warning signs of abuse and how parents can …

HIV From the Beginning

June 7th, 2015

9:07

When AIDS first became widespread in the 1980's, it was a death sentence. A doctor who has spent her career on the front lines of HIV recounts the desperation of the early days and the transition of HIV into a treatable …

Cheaper Breast Cancer Gene Testing

May 31st, 2015

13:19

Testing for breast cancer genes BRCA-1 and 2 has been inaccessible to many women due to extremely high cost. Now a new 249 dollar breast cancer gene …

The Science of Smell

May 31st, 2015

9:22

The sense of smell evokes powerful memories and makes food taste good, but it also has important functions in interpersonal relations and personal …

The Health Effects of Loneliness

May 24th, 2015

13:54

Studies are now showing that loneliness and social isolation not only affect our mental health but also have profound effects on our physical health, …

Drowning: It Doesn’t Looks Like You Think

May 24th, 2015

8:50

Seven hundred children under age 15 drown in the US each year, most within sight of a parent or other adult. One major reason is because drowning …

Weight, Culture and Science

May 17th, 2015

13:45

The cultural bias against obesity is often justified on health grounds. But recent studies show that people classified in the "overweight" BMI …

Dietary Gene Therapy

May 17th, 2015

8:32

Many diseases have a genetic trigger, but a noted researcher concludes that alteration of the diet can override that programming. He discusses how disease doesn't have to be preordained.

Lung cancer, no smoking

May 10th, 2015

13:48

Lung cancer is the world's #1 cancer killer, but its association with smoking has created a stigma that often stuns patients who never smoked and …

Preparing for Disaster

May 10th, 2015

7:52

Many people will have to deal with a natural disaster at some point in their lives. Two civil defense experts discuss how to be ready before it comes.

Distracted Teen Drivers

May 3rd, 2015

14:29

Graduated driver's license programs have improved teen driving records, but a new study finds they are often distracted before crashes. Experts discuss distracted driving and ways to get teens to pay attention on the …

Training Doctors How To Communicate

May 3rd, 2015

10:25

Doctors too often use language that's indeceipherable to normal people. Efforts are underway at medical schools to teach doctors to speak in plain …

Navigating the Digestive System

April 26th, 2015

14:52

Most people have little idea what goes on in the digestive system. A science writer explains everything she found during an exhaustive investigation.

Neuroplasticity

April 26th, 2015

7:28

Since the dawn of medicine, doctors have believed that, once injured, the brain could not heal. Now they've learned that the brain can heal, and are …

Too Many Vitamins?

April 19th, 2015

12:57

Vitamins are essential to our health, and we can get most through our diets. Standards for dietary minimums help prevent deficiency diseases, but little is known about whether it's possible to consume too many vitamins.

The Nature of Addiction

April 19th, 2015

8:56

Many people have misconceptions about what addiction is and is not. A noted British journalist explains how these myths fuel the war on drugs, and alternatives that might curb addiction and drug trafficking.

Correcting Color Blindness

April 12th, 2015

12:36

Color blindness affects up to eight percent of men. Experts explain color blindness and the glasses that can treat it.

Food Trends

April 12th, 2015

10:00

A longtime food market researcher discusses why we choose the foods we eat.

Food Addiction

April 5th, 2015

14:58

Experts explain the brain chemistry of food addiction, how it is virtually identical to the chemistry of drug addiction and alcoholism, and what it …

Moderate Exercise

April 5th, 2015

9:16

Studies are showing that people who train hard and long at running have death rates similar to couch potatoes. Experts discuss how much exercise is enough and how to make the most of light exercise.

Tone Deafness

March 29th, 2015

13:13

Millions of people can't carry a tune when they sing and believe they're tone deaf. However, most simply have trouble matching tones when they sing …

Anxiety

March 29th, 2015

9:27

Anxiety is normal, but too much can be crippling; An author and anxiety sufferer discusses the nature of crippling anxiety and what people can do about it.

Women and Work

March 22nd, 2015

13:50

The US once led the world in proportion of women in the workplace, but that number has declined the last 15 years. Experts explain the factors that are leading women to quit their jobs and stay home.

Learning from Traditional Societies

March 22nd, 2015

8:44

An expert discusses his study of traditional native societies, which shows how human genetics have not adapted to change.

Workplace Bullies

March 15th, 2015

13:35

At some point in their careers, 35 percent of workers will be bullied badly enough to affect their health. Experts discuss the reasons for workplace …

Smart Bandages

March 15th, 2015

8:41

Hospitals and clinics often have to stock a huge variety of bandages to address different kinds of wounds. Now a high-tech "smart dressing" can replace them.

Measles and vaccination

March 8th, 2015

13:52

Measles is more widespread than it has been in years. The current measles outbreak in several states has prompted questions about the responsibility of parents to have their children immunized against …

Botox and Depression

March 8th, 2015

8:40

Many people are familiar with the use of Botox to reduce wrinkles and frown lines. But Botox can also be used to reduce the effects of depression. One of the principal researchers on this subject explains.

The Late Effects of Childhood Cancer

March 1st, 2015

13:21

Doctors can cure cancer in children better than ever, but decades later, many survivors suffer from serious, chronic disease as a result of powerful …

Infant Sleep and Shaken Babies

March 1st, 2015

10:22

New parents are often at wits' end when their baby won't sleep. Infants who won't sleep and cry inconsolably are also at major risk of being victims …

Only Children...and Their Parents

February 22nd, 2015

13:27

Only children have been villified for more than a century as inevitably selfish, spoiled and lonely. Yet research finds that children without …

The Sense of Touch

February 22nd, 2015

10:24

The sense of touch is often taken lightly, yet it conveys more emotion than any other sense because it literally has a separate emotional wiring system. A neuroscientist explains the sense of touch, how it works, the …

The Gut Microbiome

February 15th, 2015

13:49

Scientists are learning that the bacteria living inside us, most notably in the intestines, influence our bodies far more than previously suspected. …

Mindless Eating

February 15th, 2015

6:54

People eat for reasons other than satisfying hunger, and those reasons play a great role in whether we eat too much or not. Experts discuss the role …

Gender Bias in Science

February 8th, 2015

14:08

Few female role models exist at major research universities in scientific fields, subverting efforts to get more women into math and science. Many …

Your Eye Exam: More Than Meets the Eye

February 8th, 2015

7:27

Eye exams are looking for a lot more than just eye diseases or how well you see. The eye is the window to the rest of our body's health, and many …

The Pitfalls of Online Dating

February 1st, 2015

12:55

For the first time in history, today more than half of American adults are single. Many are still looking for love--more than 40 million are members …

The Flu: It's Bad This Year

February 1st, 2015

8:35

The 2014-2015 flu season started much earlier than normal and so far has been much more severe than usual. Experts explain how this year's mismatch occurred between the flu vaccine and the predominant strain of flu, and …

HPV, cancer, and the HPV vaccine

January 25th, 2015

15:20

Human papilloma viruses are responsible for many cancers, especially cervical cancer and throat cancer. Vaccines exist for the major HPV's that cause these cancers, yet relatively few eligible youths have gotten them. …

Music Thanatology

January 25th, 2015

8:20

Music thanolotology is a specialized practice of playing harp music for the dying. A practitioner of the art explains how there is also science to it …

Moral injury

January 18th, 2015

14:20

The military is beginning to recognize a new category of emotional and spiritual injury in war--moral injury, a result of committing or witnessing an …

Making and Breaking Habits

January 18th, 2015

9:29

The new year is a time for people to stop bad habits and start new, good routines. An expert discusses the psychology of habits and how people can be …

Performer's injuries

January 11th, 2015

14:29

Professional musicians often suffer from repetitive motion injuries, while dancers suffer athletic injuries. Both often "play hurt," in part due to fear of losing position or income, or because they are more likely than …

Failure to launch

January 11th, 2015

9:14

It's much more common today for 20-somethings to delay moving out of Mom and Dad's house to start an independent life. An expert discusses the reasons for this trend, and emerging thought on whether this apparent new …

Sharks in suits: workplace almost psychopaths

January 4th, 2015

14:07

Almost everyone is victimized at some point by a cutthroat co-worker who lies with ease and feels no remorse. These people may be "almost psychopaths," people with psychopathic characteristics too subtle to be …

Heart failure

January 4th, 2015

9:42

Heart failure is a major source of death and disability. Experts discuss causes, consequences and new treatments that may greatly lessen its toll.

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