15-45 Segment 2: One More Year Inside Alzheimer’s

  Synopsis: One year ago, we visited Greg O'Brien, a journalist attempting to document his own decline into early onset Alzheimer's disease. Now he discusses the past year and the difficulties he's meeting as his disease progresses. Host: Lynn Holley. Guest: Greg O'Brien, author, On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's Links for more information: onpluto.org … Continue reading 15-45 Segment 2: One More Year Inside Alzheimer’s

15-44 Segment 1: Preventing Misdiagnoses

  Synopsis: Studies estimate that about five percent of diagnoses are wrong, leading treatment down the wrong road. Experts discuss why misdiagnoses occur, and a new Institute of Medicine report on how they might be prevented. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Mark L. Graber, President, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and Senior Fellow, RTI … Continue reading 15-44 Segment 1: Preventing Misdiagnoses

15-44 Segment 2: Almost Addicted

  Synopsis: People who use drugs, even those who are not addicted, are often destructively enabled by families. An expert explains why this occurs and what families have to do to break through their own denial as well as that of the user. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Wesley Boyd, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, … Continue reading 15-44 Segment 2: Almost Addicted

15-43 Segment 1: Anti-Drunk Driving Technology

  Synopsis: Government researchers and auto companies are developing a device called DADSS (Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety) that can inobtrusively test whether a person is drunk as he attempts to start his car. If so, DADDS makes the car inoperable. Experts explain how it will work and debate some of the issues surrounding … Continue reading 15-43 Segment 1: Anti-Drunk Driving Technology

15-43 Segment 2: The New Tech In Contact Lenses

  Synopsis: Thirty million Americans wear contact lenses, but today's high tech lenses are vastly superior to those of a few decades ago. Even so, most contact wearers don't maintain their lenses correctly. An expert explains. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. April Jasper, Optometrist, West Palm Beach, FL Links for more information: Dr. April Jasper … Continue reading 15-43 Segment 2: The New Tech In Contact Lenses

15-42 Segment 1: Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

  Synopsis: As many as five percent of people diagnosed with Parkinson's or Alzheimer's diseases may in reality have a treatable disorder caused by "water on the brain." An expert and patient discuss. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: J.D. and Donna Cain, normal pressure hydrocephalus patient and his wife/caregiver; Dr. Marvin Bergsneider, Professor of Neurosurgery and … Continue reading 15-42 Segment 1: Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

15-42 Segment 2: Later Effects of Childhood Emotional Trauma

  Synopsis: Scientists have learned that emotional trauma suffered as a child or adolescent has profound effects on a person's physical health years later. Children who suffer multiple traumas such as loss of a parent and physical abuse are much more likely to experience cancer, heart disease and autoimmune diseases as adults. A noted science … Continue reading 15-42 Segment 2: Later Effects of Childhood Emotional Trauma

15-41 Segment 1: Gender Diversity in Basic Research

  Synopsis: Only about a third of research subjects in clinical studies are women. In basic research on animals and cells, female models are even more poorly represented. This results in poor understanding of how new drugs work on women and occasional drug recalls when major side effects are discovered after the fact. Experts discuss … Continue reading 15-41 Segment 1: Gender Diversity in Basic Research

15-41 Segment 2: What Your Therapist Is Thinking

  Synopsis: Many people have no idea how or why psychotherapy works. A well-known psychotherapist describes what therapists are thinking while the patient is talking and how these thoughts guide treatment. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Drew Permut, Clinical Professor of Psychology, George Washington University and author, Inside Your Therapist’s Mind: How a Psychotherapist Thinks and … Continue reading 15-41 Segment 2: What Your Therapist Is Thinking

15-40 Segment 1: Misunderstanding Autism

  Synopsis: Autism has been misunderstood ever since its first description in the 1940's. Experts describe how this misunderstanding has drastically affected treatment of people with autism, and how schools and other institutions might change their approach and understanding to improve treatment. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Steve Silberman, author, Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the … Continue reading 15-40 Segment 1: Misunderstanding Autism

15-40 Segment 2: Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome

  Synopsis: Children suffering from a rare disorder called cyclic vomiting may vomit for days on end once or twice a month. Experts describe how the disorder is often misdiagnosed and remains difficult to treat. However, children often eventually outgrow the disorder as it transitions into migraine headaches. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Kathleen Adams, mother … Continue reading 15-40 Segment 2: Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome

15-39 Segment 1: The Return of Workplace Wellness

  Synopsis: Most medium and large businesses now have corporate wellness programs for employees in an effort to keep health insurance costs down. Many have incentives for reaching health goals. Experts discuss how these plans work and whether the effort shows up favorably on the bottom line. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Katherine Baicker, Professor … Continue reading 15-39 Segment 1: The Return of Workplace Wellness

15-39 Segment 2: The Importance of Play

  Synopsis: Many schools are cutting down on recess to focus on the 3R's, but child development experts say play is part of children's "work" and an important part of how they learn. One expert discusses. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Ann Gadzikowski, Early Childhood Coordinator, Center for Talent Development, Northwestern Univ. and author, Creating a Beautiful … Continue reading 15-39 Segment 2: The Importance of Play

15-38 Segment 1: Stem Cell Regeneration

  Synopsis: Scientists have discovered that older research animals can seemingly be made young again with infusions of young blood which reactivate stem cells. Researchers have started to isolate factors in plasma that appear to be responsible, opening the door to possibly rolling back the clock on aging. Experts explain. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. … Continue reading 15-38 Segment 1: Stem Cell Regeneration

15-38 Segment 2: Exploding Head Syndrome

  Synopsis: A sleep disorder strangely named "exploding head syndrome" may keep more than 10 percent of people awake at night by inflicting them with crashing sounds that only they can hear. A sufferer and an expert discuss. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Walter Michka, health blogger and exploding head syndrome sufferer; Dr. Brian Sharpless, Assistant … Continue reading 15-38 Segment 2: Exploding Head Syndrome