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

15-48 Segment 1: Recharging Old Eggs

  Synopsis: Infertility is often due to poor egg quality, or chromosomal damage. Some of this damage may occur in the egg's mitochondria, the cell's powerhouse. A new procedure seeks to replace mitochondria in old eggs with fresher mitocohndria to improve egg quality. However, some doctors say there haven't been enough studies to know if … Continue reading 15-48 Segment 1: Recharging Old Eggs

15-48 Segment 2: Cancer Prehabilitation

  Synopsis: Rehabilitation has been a staple of recovery for many illnesses, but often not after cancer treatment. Similarly, sometimes people about to undergo orthopedic surgery may be given exercises, or prehabilitation, to prepare them. A nationally known rehab specialist discusses using prehabilitation techniques for newly diagnosed cancer patients. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Julie … Continue reading 15-48 Segment 2: Cancer Prehabilitation

15-47 Segment 1: Food Insecurity

  Synopsis: Forty-nine million people in the US are food insecure-- often unsure they'll have three decent meals per day. The poor are also often forced to purchase foods that are poor in nutrition, which leads to high rates of obesity. Experts discuss reasons for food insecurity, outcomes, and a variety of inventive solutions. Host: … Continue reading 15-47 Segment 1: Food Insecurity

15-47 Segment 2: Doctors’ clothes: Reason to Change?

  Synopsis: Controversy has broken out over the doctor's traditional white lab coat and necktie. Some doctors say physicians should wear short sleeves instead because coats carry germs. Others maintain the white coat isn't a germ colony, but rather is a source of comfort for patients. Experts discuss. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Gonzalo Bearman, … Continue reading 15-47 Segment 2: Doctors’ clothes: Reason to Change?

15-46 Segment 1: Interrogation tactics and false confessions

  Synopsis: Confessing to a crime that a person did not commit is a major reason for wrongful convictions. Scientists have found that the psychology of innocent people is a major reason for false confessions. Experts discuss the chain of events and psychology that allow them to occur, and public policy changes that could make … Continue reading 15-46 Segment 1: Interrogation tactics and false confessions

15-46 Segment 2: Your Medicine Cabinet

  Synopsis: Most people's medicine cabinet is a disorganized mess with problems that could prevent healing and even threaten health. A pharmacist advised what should be in your medicine cabinet and how to keep those medicines safe and effective. Host: Lynn Holley. Guest: Sherry Torkos, pharmacist and author, The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine and Saving Women's Hearts … Continue reading 15-46 Segment 2: Your Medicine Cabinet

15-45 Segment 1: Thermogenesis and weight loss

  Synopsis: The body uses extra calories to stay warm in cold conditions, creating heath through thermogenesis. However, it's only recently that scientists have discovered one of the mechanisms the body uses for this--brown fat. Now they're learning how to harness brown fat for weight loss. Experts discuss. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Aaron Cypess, … Continue reading 15-45 Segment 1: Thermogenesis and weight loss