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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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Kidney Disease And High Blood Pressure

March 29th, 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …


December 15th, 2019


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

Medical Notes: Week of December 15, 2019

December 15th, 2019


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


Some bullies never grow up, and just keep on bullying. Experts describe where and how it …

Older Dads, Younger Kids

December 8th, 2019


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 …

Medical Notes: Week of December 8, 2019

December 8th, 2019


The HPV vaccine can prevent about 92 percent of those cancers, but only about half of adolescents receive it. Now, two new studies (1.

The Sleep Deprivation Of Local Police

December 1st, 2019


Studies show that law enforcement is the most sleep deprived of all professions, with potentially damaging and even fatal consequences for decision-making and …

Medical Notes: Week of December 1, 2019

December 1st, 2019


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


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 discusses …

Homelessness Myths

November 24th, 2019


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 …

Preserving Beauty Through Cancer

November 24th, 2019


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

Medical Notes: Week of November 24, 2019

November 24th, 2019


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


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

The Changing Face Of HIV

November 17th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Climate Change = Less Nutritious Foods

October 27th, 2019


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


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

“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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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 …

Medical Notes: Week of October 6, 2019

October 6th, 2019


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 have …

Trypophobia: The Fear of Clustered Holes

October 6th, 2019


As much as 16 percent of the population suffers from Trypophobia, which makes them uneasy …

Genetic Testing and Family Secrets

September 29th, 2019


The availability of consumer DNA tests and databases has allowed long-hidden family secrets to be revealed, including mistaken paternity and unknown siblings. …

Medical Notes: Week of September 29, 2019

September 29th, 2019


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


Dr. Joel Salinas has mirror touch synesthesia, a condition involving cross-wiring in the …

Heat and Violence

September 22nd, 2019


Violence increases as temperatures rise in the summer, but are higher temperatures a …

Medical Notes: Week of September 22, 2019

September 22nd, 2019


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


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 …

Importing Canadian Drugs

September 15th, 2019


The Trump Administration has proposed wholesale import of drugs from Canada to ease high …

Primary Care And Medical Cost

September 15th, 2019


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 care and …

Medical Notes: Week of September 15, 2019

September 15th, 2019


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


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


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


College students are facing more stress than ever, but may be less prepared to handle it. …

Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child

September 1st, 2019


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


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


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

A Closer Look at Food Waste

August 25th, 2019


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


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


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

Copper Toxicity

August 18th, 2019


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


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


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


Thirty years of research have shown that teenagers’ biology prevents them from getting to …

Medical Notes: Week of August 11, 2019

August 11th, 2019


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


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 …

TBI’s, Personality Change, and Marriage

August 4th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 07, 2019

July 7th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …

Tasty Food vs. Health Food: Finding a Balance

June 16th, 2019


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

Loneliness in the Elderly

June 11th, 2019


Loneliness is increasing across all ages, but it’s especially noteworthy among seniors, and it can dramatically affect health. An expert geriatrician who has …

Why Good Health Care Doesn’t Equal Good Health

June 11th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: Cancer Suppression: Lessons From Pachyderms | Rethinking Dementia

May 13th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of May 12, 2019 including: DNA mutations happen all the time in the body, but the immune system usually detects and deals with them. When the system …

Cancer Suppression: Lessons from Pachyderms

May 12th, 2019


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


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: High Drug Prices Lead To Drug Misuse | Brain Aneurysm Through The Eyes of A Survivor

May 6th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of May 5, 2019 including: Millions of Americans cannot afford the medications they’ve been prescribed. Many skip doses, split pills or don’t fill …

Brain Aneurysm Through the Eyes of a Survivor

May 5th, 2019


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

Medical Notes: Week of April 28, 2019

May 3rd, 2019


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

May 1st, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Medical Notes: Week of March 31, 2019

April 5th, 2019


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 …

The Rising Tide of Rudeness

April 3rd, 2019


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.

Difficult Patients: Questioning Authority

March 31st, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: When Law Enforcement and Trauma Care Collide | When Does Genetic Engineering Go Too Far?

February 18th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of February 17, 2019 including: Many patients arrive in the emergency room as a …

When Law Enforcement And Trauma Care Collide

February 17th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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

Up This Week: Talking To Your Baby | Superstitions In Sports

February 4th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of February 3, 2019 including: Scientists have discovered that the way parents talk to their infants has a huge effect on their intellectual development …

Talking To Your Baby

February 3rd, 2019


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: Rethinking Antibiotics | The Early Days of Hormones

January 28th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of January 27, 2019 including: Since the introduction of antibiotics in World War II, doctors have prescribed courses of treatment that typically ran …

Rethinking Antibiotics

January 27th, 2019


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: When you have no primary care doctor | Dupuytren Disease: Crippler Of Hands

January 21st, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of January 20, 2019 including: Surveys show that fewer Americans have a primary care doctor, especially among younger people. Experts discuss the …

When You Have No Primary Care Doctor

January 20th, 2019


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: Autism in Girls | Invisible Girls: Victims of Incest

January 14th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of January 13, 2019 including: Experts have believed that autism affects four times as many boys as girls, but the ratio may not actually be quite that …

Autism in Girls

January 13th, 2019


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: Personality and Drug Abuse | The Addiction Spectrum

January 7th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of January 6, 2019 including Drug and alcohol addiction and abuse is rising. …

Personality and Drug Abuse

January 6th, 2019


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

Medical Notes 18-52

January 4th, 2019


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 had …

Epilepsy Myths

January 2nd, 2019


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

Segment 1: Smart Roads; Segment 2: Epilepsy Myths

December 31st, 2018


A look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of December 30, 2018 including In the near future, cars will be able to provide data as well as receive it, and a variety of methods are being researched …

Smart Roads

December 30th, 2018


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 18-51

December 28th, 2018


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 desk …

Little People, Disability and the Prospect of Cure

December 26th, 2018


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 …


December 23rd, 2018


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 18-50

December 21st, 2018


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


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

Segment 1: The Good and Bad of Medical Crowdfunding; Segment 2: Avoiding Food Waste

December 17th, 2018


A look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of December 16, 2018 including studies showing fraud is rampant in crowdfunding, with fake patients and medical providers who all too eager to take money …

The Good and Bad of Medical Crowdfunding

December 16th, 2018


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 18-49

December 14th, 2018


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


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

Segment 1: ICU Inefficiency; Segment 2: Party Food Safety

December 10th, 2018


A look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of December 9, 2018 including: With monitors surveying every part of patients’ bodies, hospital intensive care units appear to be a model of high tech. …

ICU Inefficiency

December 9th, 2018


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 18-48

December 7th, 2018


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


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 …

Segment 1: Fungal Sinusitis; Segment 2: Implicit Biases in Science

December 3rd, 2018


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 …

Fungal Sinusitis

December 2nd, 2018


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 18-47

November 30th, 2018


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

Open Offices

November 28th, 2018


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

Segment 1: School Based Mental Health; Segment 2: Open Offices

November 26th, 2018


A look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of November 25, 2018 including: Inventive programs are overcoming obstacles …

School Based Mental Health

November 25th, 2018


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 18-46

November 23rd, 2018


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


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.

Segment 1: Reporting Bad Parents; Segment 2: Emotional Support Animals

November 19th, 2018


A look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of November 17, 2018 including: The issues that arise when just about anyone can report a parent to a child abuse hotline. Then, A woman who suffered …

Reporting Bad Parents

November 18th, 2018


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 18-45

November 16th, 2018


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


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 …

Segment 1: MDMA for PTSD ; Segment 2: Leprosy in the Modern Era

November 12th, 2018


A look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of November 11, 2018 including: Scientists are leading clinical trials into the use of the banned drug MDMA in connection with therapy to help break this …


November 11th, 2018


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 18-44

November 9th, 2018


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 in …


November 7th, 2018


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

Segment 1: Adoption Psychology; Segment 2: Tickling

November 5th, 2018


People who are adopted have more psychological problems than others, yet they also tend to have other psychological strengths. Then, tickling is a …

Adoption Psychology

November 4th, 2018


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

Medical Notes 18-43

November 2nd, 2018


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


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

Segment 1: Exploding Myths About The Flu and Flu Vaccines; Segment 2:Narcolepsy And Cataplexy

October 29th, 2018


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. Then, Sleep disorders can be …

Exploding Myths About The Flu and Flu Vaccines

October 28th, 2018


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 18-42

October 26th, 2018


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 have now installed treadmill desks.  Finally, scientists in India have uncovered …

Getting rid of those old style hospital gowns

October 24th, 2018


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 …

Segment 1: Doctors Obesity Bias; Segment 2: Getting rid of those old style hospital gowns

October 22nd, 2018


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

Doctors Obesity Bias

October 21st, 2018


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 18-41

October 19th, 2018


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 …


October 17th, 2018


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 …

Segment 1: Dementia in Women ; Segment 2: Homesickness

October 15th, 2018


Here is a look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of October 14, 2018: which includes dementia in the United States for women, …

Dementia In Women

October 14th, 2018


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 18-40

October 12th, 2018


A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 07, 2018 including: Identifying Alzheimer's at an early age, sleepless nights due to restless leg syndrome, and finally, wrinkles and an increased chance for …


October 10th, 2018


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 …

Segment 1: Health Crises and Financial Disaster; Segment 2: Polyamines

October 8th, 2018


Here is a look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of October 07, 2018: Including Health Crises and financial disaster: Medical bills have long been labeled the number one cause of bankruptcy in …

Health Crises and Financial Disaster

October 7th, 2018


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 18-39

October 5th, 2018


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


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 …

Segment 1: Solving the Recycling Crisis | Segment 2: Flat Head Syndrome

October 1st, 2018


In segment 1: For decades, the US has exported much of its recycled waste to China, an option no longer available to us by Chinese government policy. …

Solving the Recycling Crisis

September 30th, 2018


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 18-38

September 28th, 2018


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


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

Segment 1: Lewy Body Dementia; Segment 2: Gene Research and our Medical Future

September 24th, 2018


Here is a look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of September 23, 2018 including Lewy Body Dementia: and in segment 2: Gene Research and what it means for our medical future.

Lewy Body Dementia

September 23rd, 2018


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 18-37

September 21st, 2018


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


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

Segment 1:The Coming Hothouse Earth; Segment 2: Imposter Syndrome

September 17th, 2018


A look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of September 16, 2018 including the rise of global temperatures and what that can mean for the human race, and a look into the effects that "Imposter …

The Coming Hothouse Earth

September 16th, 2018


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 18-36

September 14th, 2018


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


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

Segment 1: Using Naloxone For Drug Users, Segment 2: Saving Talk Therapy for Mental Illness

September 10th, 2018


Here is a look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of September 9, 2018 including: Using Naloxone For Drug Users and in segment 2: Saving Talk Therapy for Mental Illness.

Using Naloxone For Drug Overdoses

September 9th, 2018


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 18-35

September 7th, 2018


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


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 …

Segment 1: Healthcare and the homeless; Segment 2: An online test for dementia

September 3rd, 2018


Here is a look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of September 2, 2018 including: Homeless Americans and healthcare and in segment 2, A newly developed online test can help assess if someone has …

Healthcare and the Homeless

September 2nd, 2018


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


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 18-34

August 31st, 2018


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


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 18-33

August 24th, 2018


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


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


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 18-32

August 17th, 2018


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


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 …

Segment 1: Preventing Bullying of Kids with Disabilities; Segment 2: Baseball Pitchers and Arm Injuries

August 13th, 2018


Here is a look at what is coming up on Radio Health Journal for the week of August 19, 2018 including: preventing bulling of kids with disabilities …

Addiction, Relapse and Criminalization

August 12th, 2018


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 18-31

August 10th, 2018


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


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 …

RHJ 18-32 Segment 1: Addiction, Relapse and Criminalization; Segment 2: Miscommunication and Personality Type

August 6th, 2018


In segment 1, addiction and legal experts discuss the issues with jailing drug users when they relapse, often setting back recovery and removing them from treatment that helps keep them clean. 

Then in segment 2, a …

Lonely College Students

August 5th, 2018


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 18-30

August 3rd, 2018


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


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.

Coming Up On Radio Health Journal Show 18-31

July 30th, 2018


In segment 1, experts delve into the results of a study that shows college students are some of the loneliest people in America. Then in segment …

An Unusual Court Challenge to Obamacare

July 29th, 2018


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 18-29

July 27th, 2018


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


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 …

Coming Up On Radio Health Journal Show 18-30

July 23rd, 2018


This week on Radio Health Journal: experts dive into an unusual court challenge to Obamacare, then in segment 2, its tick season and there are a couple of types of bites that can cause paralysis. We talked to an …

Increasing Osteoporosis

July 22nd, 2018


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 18-28

July 20th, 2018


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 …

Fighting Your Insurer

July 24th, 2016


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


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


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

Near Drowning

July 17th, 2016


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


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

Our New Genetic Knowledge

July 10th, 2016


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

The Other Side of Military Science

July 3rd, 2016


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

Uncertainty In Medicine

July 3rd, 2016


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

Kidney Stones in Kids

June 26th, 2016


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


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


June 19th, 2016


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Bleeding Disorders

May 22nd, 2016


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


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


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


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

Egg Freezing

May 8th, 2016


Freezing eggs in their 30's allows women to preserve fertility well into their 40's. Experts discuss the procedure and its uses.

Autism and Prodigies

May 8th, 2016


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


May 1st, 2016


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


A psychotherapist discusses common reactions and strategies for renewing purpose living in the empty nest.

Using Animals To Sniff Out Disease

April 24th, 2016


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


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


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


An expert discusses the many ways friends determine our destinies.

Drug Shortages

April 10th, 2016


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


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


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


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.


March 27th, 2016


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


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

Incidental Genetic Findings

March 20th, 2016


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


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


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

Keeping Secrets From Your Doctor

March 13th, 2016


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

Concierge Medicine in Primary Care

March 6th, 2016


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


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


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

The Psychology of Egg Donation

February 28th, 2016


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


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


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


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

Fixing The Healthcare Cost Spiral

February 14th, 2016


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


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


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

Silent Heart Attack

January 31st, 2016


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


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


January 24th, 2016


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


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

Gene Editing

January 17th, 2016


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


January 17th, 2016


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Experts discuss causes and remedies for seasonal affective disorder.

Children's Mental Health Treatment

December 6th, 2015


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


Experts discuss causes and remedies for seasonal affective disorder.

Recharging Old Eggs

November 29th, 2015


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


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

Food Insecurity

November 22nd, 2015


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

Doctors' clothes: Reason to Change?

November 22nd, 2015


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

Interrogation tactics and false confessions

November 15th, 2015


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Experts discuss how corporate wellness plans work and whether the effort shows up favorably on the bottom line.

The Importance of Play

September 27th, 2015


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


August 30th, 2015


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 …


August 30th, 2015


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


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


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


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


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


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.


August 9th, 2015


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


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


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


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


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

Maternal Mortality

July 19th, 2015


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …

Digital Tech in Medicine

June 14th, 2015


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


April 26th, 2015


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


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


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


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


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

Food Addiction

April 5th, 2015


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


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


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 …


March 29th, 2015


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


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


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

Workplace Bullies

March 15th, 2015


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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