Synopsis: Most people have little idea what goes on in the digestive system. A science writer explains everything she found during an exhaustive investigation. Host: Reed Pence. Guest: Mary Roach, author, Gulp: Adventures On the Alimentary Canal Links for more information: maryroach.net Alimentary Adventures Reed Pence: Science writer Mary Roach is accustomed to subjects that … Continue reading 15-17 Story 1: Navigating the Digestive System
Synopsis: 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 beginning to tap ways to make it heal better and faster. Experts explain. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Norman Doidge, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Columbia … Continue reading 15-17 Story 2: Neuroplasticity
Synopsis: Vitamins are essential to our health, and most of those we need we can get through our diets. Many foods are fortified today. Standards for dietary minimums help prevent deficiency diseases, but little is known about whether it's possible to consume too many vitamins. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Catherine Price, author, Vitamania: Our Obsessive … Continue reading 15-16 Story 1: Too Many Vitamins?
Synopsis: 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 really curb addiction and drug trafficking. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Johann Hari, author, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs … Continue reading 15-16 Story 2: The Nature of Addiction
Synopsis: Color blindness (or color vision deficiency) affects up to eight percent of men. Until recently, doctors could do nothing to treat it. Now high-tech glasses can make colors come alive for many people with the most common form of color blindness. Experts explain color blindness and the glasses that can treat it. Host: … Continue reading 15-15 Story 1: Correcting Color Blindness
Synopsis: Most people would like to eat healthy foods. But other factors such as cost and ease of preparation are much more important in our food choices. A longtime food market researcher discusses why we choose the foods we eat. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Harry Balzer, Chief Industry Analyst, NPD Group. Link for more … Continue reading 15-15 Story 2: Food Trends
Synopsis: Scientists are learning that some people can be physically addicted to certain kinds of foods, especially highly-processed foods, and suffer withdrawl when they can't have them. Experts explain the brain chemistry of food addiction, how it is virtually identical to the chemistry of drug addiction and alcoholism, and what it means for the … Continue reading 15-14 Story 1: Food Addiction
Synopsis: Studies are showing that people who train hard and long at running have death rates similar to couch potatoes, while those who exercise moderately or even lightly are likely to live much longer. Experts discuss how much exercise is enough and how to make the most of light exercise. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: … Continue reading 15-14 Story 2: Moderate Exercise