15-52 Segment 1: Hurdles to hearing aids

  Synopsis: Only about a fifth of people who could use hearing aids have them. Reasons include stigma, high cost, and poor training of people who actually get hearing aids. An audiologist, hearing aid manufacturer, and hearing aid user discuss solving these issues. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Mark Hammel, psychologist and hearing aid user; … Continue reading 15-52 Segment 1: Hurdles to hearing aids

15-52 Segment 2: Seriously ill adolescents

  Synopsis: Seriously ill teenagers still act like teens in the hospital, sometimes aided and abetted by staff. A novelist discusses her observations from years on the hospital floor with her sick child as the basis for her book. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Hollis Seamon, Prof. of English, College of St. Rose, faculty, MFA in … Continue reading 15-52 Segment 2: Seriously ill adolescents

15-51 Segment 1: It’s No Holiday In The ER

  Synopsis: The holidays are like no other time in your local hospital's emergency department. Having family in from out of town results in pickup football injuries, carving knife gashes, and maladies that should have been addressed long ago. Heart attacks additionally create a spike in dead-on-arrival cases greater than any other days of the … Continue reading 15-51 Segment 1: It’s No Holiday In The ER

15-51 Segment 2: The Traumatized Brain

  Synopsis: Traumatic brain injuries, even mild ones, may produce cognitive and personality changes months later, when that "bump on the head" has been forgotten. An expert explains these injuries and how to prevent some of the consequences. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Sandeep Vaishnavi, neuroscientist, Duke University Medical Center, Director, Neuropsychiatric Clinic, Carolina Partners … Continue reading 15-51 Segment 2: The Traumatized Brain

15-50 Segment 1: Human Trafficking

  Synopsis: Slavery was officially outlawed 150 years ago in the US, but millions of vulnerable low-wage workers are still exploited and trapped in the US and around the world. Experts discuss why foreigners are especially at risk of being intimidated into forced labor in the US and how they might be rescued. Host: Reed … Continue reading 15-50 Segment 1: Human Trafficking

15-50 Segment 2: Making Joy In A Complicated World

  Synopsis: Surveys show that most Americans are less than happy, and seldom experience joy. Two experts discuss how even naturally glum people can manufacture joy. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology, University of California Riverside and author, The How of Happiness and Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy But Doesn't, What … Continue reading 15-50 Segment 2: Making Joy In A Complicated World

15-49 Segment 1: Children’s Mental Health Treatment

  Synopsis: A recent study finds that about 35 percent of children receiving treatment for mental health issues are being treated only by a primary care physician. This is due in part to a shortage in pediatric mental health care providers as well as a stigma in consulting them. Experts discuss readiness of pediatricians to … Continue reading 15-49 Segment 1: Children’s Mental Health Treatment

15-49 Segment 2: Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Holidays

  Synopsis: Some people, especially those in northern latitudes, may get the blues or worse as fall sets in and days get shorter. They suffer from seasonal affective disorder, a chemical change in the brain caused by decreased exposure to sunlight. Experts discuss causes and remedies. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Nicholas Forand, clinical psychologist, … Continue reading 15-49 Segment 2: Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Holidays