15-22 Segment 1: Cheaper Breast Cancer Gene Testing

  Synopsis: Testing for breast cancer genes BRCA-1 and 2 has been inaccessible to many women due to extremely high cost. Now a new $249 breast cancer gene test is available. Experts discuss whether this changes who should be tested and the ramifications of widespread testing. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Annette Bar-Cohen, Executive Director, Center … Continue reading 15-22 Segment 1: Cheaper Breast Cancer Gene Testing

15-22 Segment 2: The Science of Smell

  Synopsis: The sense of smell evokes powerful memories and makes food taste good, but it also has important functions in interpersonal relations and personal safety. Experts discuss the science behind it. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Charles Wysocki, Behavioral Neuroscientist Emeritus, Monell Chemical Senses Center; Neil Pasricha, author, The Book of Awesome Link for more … Continue reading 15-22 Segment 2: The Science of Smell

15-21 Segment 1: The Health Effects of Loneliness

  Synopsis: Loneliness affects far more than our mental health. Studies are now showing that loneliness and social isolation also have profound effects on our physical health, and increase the risk of death substantially. Experts discuss. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Richard Schwartz, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and co-author, The Lonely American: Drifting … Continue reading 15-21 Segment 1: The Health Effects of Loneliness

15-21 Segment 2: Drowning: It Doesn’t Look Like You Think

  Synopsis: Seven hundred children under age 15 drown in the US each year, most within sight of a parent or other adult. Experts discuss one major reason: drowning doesn't look like most people picture it, and so are unaware the child is in trouble. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Francesco Pia, water safety educator; … Continue reading 15-21 Segment 2: Drowning: It Doesn’t Look Like You Think

15-20 Segment 1: Weight, Culture and Science

  Synopsis: The cultural bias against obesity is often justified on health grounds. But recent studies show that people classified in the "overweight" BMI category actually have less mortality than normal weight people. Experts discuss how culture drives our obsession with weight and what science really has to say about it. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: … Continue reading 15-20 Segment 1: Weight, Culture and Science

15-20 Segment 2: Dietary Gene Therapy

  Synopsis: 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. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Asst. Clinical Prof. of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical Center and author, The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of … Continue reading 15-20 Segment 2: Dietary Gene Therapy

15-19 Story 1: Lung cancer, no smoking

  Synopsis: 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 results in much less research money for lung cancer than for other less lethal diseases. Still, new treatments provide hope. Experts discuss these issues. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: … Continue reading 15-19 Story 1: Lung cancer, no smoking

15-19 Story 2: Preparing for Disaster

  Synopsis: 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. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Jonathan Jones and Kylene Jones, co-authors, The Provident Prepper: A Common Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies  Link for more information: TheProvidentPrepper.org … Continue reading 15-19 Story 2: Preparing for Disaster

Radio Health Journal Honored Tonight at the Lisagor Award Ceremony

Chicago, IL Our own Reed Pence and Sean Waldron have been nominated for a Peter Lisagor Award in Broadcast Radio: Best Feature Reporting.Presented by the Chicago Headline Club, the award honors the best work done by Chicago-area journalists in 2014. The nomination is for our story "Alzheimer's From Inside" in which journalist Greg O'Brien provides … Continue reading Radio Health Journal Honored Tonight at the Lisagor Award Ceremony

15-18 Story 1: Distracted Teen Drivers

  Synopsis: Teenage drivers are the most dangerous on the road. Graduated driver's license programs have improved their record, but a new study finds teen drivers are often distracted before crashes. Brain biology plays a role. Experts discuss distracted driving and ways to get teens to pay attention on the road. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: … Continue reading 15-18 Story 1: Distracted Teen Drivers

15-18 Story 2: Training Doctors How To Communicate

  Synopsis: Doctors too often use language that's indeceipherable to normal people. Efforts are underway at medical schools to teach doctors to speak in plain language. An expert at one such school and a participant in these classes discuss. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Evonne Kaplan-Liss, Assoc. Prof. of Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook Univ.; Ashwin … Continue reading 15-18 Story 2: Training Doctors How To Communicate