18-52 Segment 1: Smart Roads

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 central computers, and how roads themselves may collect data on the cars they carry. In the future, autonomous cars may use these links to greatly speed travel and make it much safer.    

18-52 Segment 2: Epilepsy Myths

Epilepsy affects 3.5 million Americans, yet stigma prevents many from speaking out, which in turn prolongs the stigma. An award-winning writer who has epilepsy describes the discrimination faced by people with seizure disorders and dispels the many myths many people hold about them.

Medical Notes 18-52

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 30, 2018.

18-51 Segment 1: Amnesia

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.  

18-51 Segment 2: Little People, Disability and the Prospect of “Cure”

Many people with dwarfism also face skeletal abnormalities which can lead to disability. Experts, and little people themselves, discuss major causes of dwarfism, the hurdles they create, the struggle for respect, and the prospect of treatments that could one day make little people much more rare.

Medical Notes 18-51

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 23, 2018.

18-50 Segment 1: The Good and Bad of Medical Crowdfunding

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 safety net have been helped this way. But new studies show that fraud is rampant in crowdfunding, with fake patients and medical providers who all too eager to take money for worthless treatment. Experts discuss these issues and the need for regulation.

18-50 Segment 2: Avoiding Food Waste

During the holidays, leftovers from gatherings and parties may threaten to take over the refrigerator. An expert discusses consumer-friendly how-to’s, including how to read labels, that can lengthen food life and help avoid food waste.

Medical Notes 18-50

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 16, 2018.

18-49 Segment 1: ICU Inefficiency

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 devices talk to each other. Experts discuss how ICU’s could be improved to save lives.

18-49 Segment 2: Party Food Safety

During the holidays, party foods are a prime source of food-borne illness. Two food scientists discuss common ways foods become contaminated, some of the myths of food contamination, and ways to keep foods safe when you have guests to protect.

Medical Notes 18-49

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 9, 2018.

18-48 Segment 1: Fungal Sinusitis

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 threatening. Two experts and a patient explain.

18-48 Segment 2: Implicit Biases in Science

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 identical qualifications. Experts discuss the problem and possible solutions.

Medical Notes 18-48

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 2, 2018.