• 19-45 Segment 1: Suicide Survivors

    19-45 Segment 1: Suicide Survivors

    November 10, 2019 by

    For those left behind when a loved one dies of suicide, recovery can be difficult. Stigma, guilt, and blame are exceptionally common. They need more support, but often get less, and their own risk of suicide is elevated. Experts—one a suicide survivor herself—discuss the difficulties and ways survivors can cope.

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  • 19-45 Segment 2: Fertility Rate Decline And The Aging Population

    19-45 Segment 2: Fertility Rate Decline And The Aging Population

    November 10, 2019 by

    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 we may think, and cite nations like Japan and Italy which are facing labor shortages and elderly populations as a result of less-than-replacement-level fertility.

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  • 19-44 Segment 1: Mass Violence: How Much Is Mental Illness To Blame?

    19-44 Segment 1: Mass Violence: How Much Is Mental Illness To Blame?

    November 3, 2019 by

    Mass shootings and other forms of mass violence are on the increase. Where to assess blame is in sharp dispute. A new report from a blue ribbon panel of behavioral scientists has found that mental illnesses carry some of the blame, but mental “distress” is a much more likely factor. Panel members discuss mental health first aid, red flag laws, and other report recommendations on ways to prevent mass violence.

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  • 19-43 Segment 1: Climate Change = Less Nutritious Foods

    19-43 Segment 1: Climate Change = Less Nutritious Foods

    October 27, 2019 by

    Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are making crops grow bigger & faster. However, researchers have found that these crops contain significantly lower levels of protein, iron, zinc, and other important nutrients, potentially endangering nutrition for hundreds of millions of people. Experts explain the effect will get worse as CO2 levels continue to rise, and what might be done to combat the problem.

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  • 19-43 Segment 2: Paid Parental Leave

    19-43 Segment 2: Paid Parental Leave

    October 27, 2019 by

    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 mortality as well as mother’s health. An expert and advocate for paid leave discusses the benefits.

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  • 19-42 Segment 1: The Psychology Of Gig Workers

    19-42 Segment 1: The Psychology Of Gig Workers

    October 20, 2019 by

    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 without being paralyzed by the lack of security. Experts discuss the psychological benefits and difficulties of multiple part time jobs or freelancing.

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  • 19-41 Segment 1: Rural Maternity Units Closing

    October 13, 2019 by

    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 to deliver their babies or even get prenatal care. Experts discuss the financial and demographic reasons behind these closures, the danger it presents to mothers and children, and some ways to counter the risk.

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  • 19-40 Segment 1: Does Prenatal Fluoride Lower IQ?

    19-40 Segment 1: Does Prenatal Fluoride Lower IQ?

    October 6, 2019 by

    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 women who drink fluoridated water may produce children with slightly lowered IQ. The study author and two other experts discuss what’s known and what the ramifications of the study could be for communities, for oral health, and for children.

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  • 19-39 Segment 1: Genetic Testing and Family Secrets

    September 29, 2019 by

    The availability of consumer DNA tests and databases has allowed long-hidden family secrets to be revealed, including mistaken paternity and unknown siblings. It has also taken the anonymity away from some cases of sperm donation. Two experts discuss the ethics of overturning this promised secrecy and the impact that the revelation of secrets can have on entire families.

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  • 19-39 Segment 2: Mirror Touch Synesthesia

    19-39 Segment 2: Mirror Touch Synesthesia

    September 29, 2019 by

    Dr. Joel Salinas has mirror touch synesthesia, a condition involving cross-wiring in the brain. The result is that visual stimuli prompt a response in his touch system. He literally feels it when people experience pain. Salinas discusses how this strange condition works and how he is able to use it in diagnosis.

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  • 19-38 Segment 1: Heat and Violence

    19-38 Segment 1: Heat and Violence

    September 22, 2019 by

    Violence increases as temperatures rise in the summer, but are higher temperatures a cause of aggression? New research shows that the answer is yes, especially in family conflict, and that poor neighborhoods bear the brunt of the relationship. Researchers discuss the synergy between poverty, heat, and aggression, and speculate that a warmer world in the future could be a more violent one.

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  • 19-38 Segment 2: Nail Biting

    September 22, 2019 by

    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 many of us are driven to bite our nails, what can be done to stop it, and the damage that can occur when we can’t stop.

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  • 19-37 Segment 1: Importing Canadian Drugs

    19-37 Segment 1: Importing Canadian Drugs

    September 15, 2019 by

    The Trump Administration has proposed wholesale import of drugs from Canada to ease high US prescription drug prices. But since Canada is 1/10 th the size of the US, could it supply enough drugs to make a difference? What’s more, it appears Canadians are opposed to the plan and are devising rules to stop it. Experts discuss pro’s and con’s.

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  • 19-36 Segment 1: Surviving An Active Shooter

    19-36 Segment 1: Surviving An Active Shooter

    September 8, 2019 by

    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. Now they seemingly could happen anywhere, and it’s become a public health issue. Two experts discuss the changing theory of how to survive an active shooter incident through what’s called “run, hide, and fight.”

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  • 19-35 Segment 1: Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child

    19-35 Segment 1: Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child

    September 1, 2019 by

    Each year, some 400 US children over age 1, most of them toddlers, die overnight for no known reason. Families, longing for answers, often find that their families, friends, and even pediatricians are unfamiliar with this classification of death, or that they even occur. Family members who have lost a child, a medical examiner, and a research expert who has lost a child discuss SUDC.

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  • 19-35 Segment 2: Tonsil Stones

    19-35 Segment 2: Tonsil Stones

    September 1, 2019 by

    Some people find that small “stones” are growing on their tonsils. They’re an accumulation of skin cells, food, and other debris. While they are not medically dangerous or painful, they often produce bad breath or sometimes pain. Two expert physicians discuss tonsil stones’ formation and treatment.

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  • 19-34 Segment 1: A Closer Look at Food Waste

    19-34 Segment 1: A Closer Look at Food Waste

    August 25, 2019 by

    Experts believe about 40 percent of the food available in America is thrown away. Solving this environmental problem also creates an opportunity to help with food insecurity. It starts with consumers. Experts explain where waste comes from and how people can cut down on its production.

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  • 19-34 Segment 2: Giggling Epilepsy

    19-34 Segment 2: Giggling Epilepsy

    August 25, 2019 by

    Epilepsy can show itself in many ways, including as episodes of giggling and laughing. An expert discusses the case of a then-nine-year old boy with such seizures, the danger they posed, and the novel way he was treated.

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  • 19-33 Segment 1: Copper Toxicity

    August 18, 2019 by

    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 levels and may prescribe medications like antidepressants instead. An author who suffered years with undiagnosed copper toxicity and two expert psychiatrists discuss diagnosis and treatment.

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  • 19-32 Segment 1: The Economics of Later School Start Times

    19-32 Segment 1: The Economics of Later School Start Times

    August 11, 2019 by

    Thirty years of research have shown that teenagers’ biology prevents them from getting to sleep much before 11pm, and with most high schools starting classes around 8 am, they are chronically sleep deprived. Experts discuss how students and even the economy would benefit from later start times and the reasons many people and school districts still oppose the change.

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  • 19-32 Segment 2: Dog Breeds and Dog Bites

    August 11, 2019 by

    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 expert who has studied dog bites discusses the reality of breed temperament, especially when children are around, how to prevent bites, and whether breeds with dangerous reputations deserve them.

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  • 19-31 Segment 1: TBI’s, Personality Change, and Marriage

    August 4, 2019 by

    Traumatic brain injury can profoundly change the injured in personality and temperament, as well as physically and cognitively. Spouses bear the brunt of these changes to the point many feel like they’re living with a stranger. Two experts and the spouse of a TBI victim discuss the many ways life changes after an injury and what can help to get them through the ordeal.

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  • 19-31 Segment 2: School Crossing Safety

    August 4, 2019 by

    With the school year approaching, drivers need to be aware of children in crosswalks—and away from them. However, increasing distractions for both pedestrians and drivers sometimes make that difficult. A safety expert and a veteran school crossing guard—the nation’s “favorite crossing guard”– discuss.

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  • 19-30 Segment 2: A Radical Diet to Prevent Heart Disease

    July 28, 2019 by

    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 disease could be eradicated. Yet many cardiologists won’t prescribe such a diet, fearing it’s so difficult to follow that it’s a prescription for defeat. Experts discuss.

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  • 19-29 Segment 1: The Pros and Cons of Mobile Health Apps

    July 21, 2019 by

    Mobile health apps are becoming very popular, though some are being shown to have little benefit. Few barriers exist to almost anyone entering the field whether they have health expertise or not. Privacy is also a concern. Experts discuss how people can protect themselves and find apps that do what they want.

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