15-21 Segment 2: Drowning: It Doesn’t Look Like You Think

  Synopsis: Seven hundred children under age 15 drown in the US each year, most within sight of a parent or other adult. Experts discuss one major reason: drowning doesn't look like most people picture it, and so are unaware the child is in trouble. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Francesco Pia, water safety educator; … Continue reading 15-21 Segment 2: Drowning: It Doesn’t Look Like You Think

15-20 Segment 1: Weight, Culture and Science

  Synopsis: The cultural bias against obesity is often justified on health grounds. But recent studies show that people classified in the "overweight" BMI category actually have less mortality than normal weight people. Experts discuss how culture drives our obsession with weight and what science really has to say about it. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: … Continue reading 15-20 Segment 1: Weight, Culture and Science

15-20 Segment 2: Dietary Gene Therapy

  Synopsis: Many diseases have a genetic trigger, but a noted researcher concludes that alteration of the diet can override that programming. He discusses how disease doesn't have to be preordained. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Asst. Clinical Prof. of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical Center and author, The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of … Continue reading 15-20 Segment 2: Dietary Gene Therapy

15-19 Story 1: Lung cancer, no smoking

  Synopsis: Lung cancer is the world's #1 cancer killer, but its association with smoking has created a stigma that often stuns patients who never smoked and results in much less research money for lung cancer than for other less lethal diseases. Still, new treatments provide hope. Experts discuss these issues. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: … Continue reading 15-19 Story 1: Lung cancer, no smoking

15-19 Story 2: Preparing for Disaster

  Synopsis: Many people will have to deal with a natural disaster at some point in their lives. Two civil defense experts discuss how to be ready before it comes. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Jonathan Jones and Kylene Jones, co-authors, The Provident Prepper: A Common Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies  Link for more information: TheProvidentPrepper.org … Continue reading 15-19 Story 2: Preparing for Disaster

15-18 Story 1: Distracted Teen Drivers

  Synopsis: Teenage drivers are the most dangerous on the road. Graduated driver's license programs have improved their record, but a new study finds teen drivers are often distracted before crashes. Brain biology plays a role. Experts discuss distracted driving and ways to get teens to pay attention on the road. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: … Continue reading 15-18 Story 1: Distracted Teen Drivers

15-18 Story 2: Training Doctors How To Communicate

  Synopsis: Doctors too often use language that's indeceipherable to normal people. Efforts are underway at medical schools to teach doctors to speak in plain language. An expert at one such school and a participant in these classes discuss. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Evonne Kaplan-Liss, Assoc. Prof. of Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook Univ.; Ashwin … Continue reading 15-18 Story 2: Training Doctors How To Communicate

15-17 Story 1: Navigating the Digestive System

  Synopsis: Most people have little idea what goes on in the digestive system. A science writer explains everything she found during an exhaustive investigation. Host: Reed Pence. Guest: Mary Roach, author, Gulp: Adventures On the Alimentary Canal Links for more information: maryroach.net Alimentary Adventures Reed Pence: Science writer Mary Roach is accustomed to subjects that … Continue reading 15-17 Story 1: Navigating the Digestive System

15-17 Story 2: Neuroplasticity

  Synopsis: Since the dawn of medicine, doctors have believed that, once injured, the brain could not heal. Now they've learned that the brain can heal, and are beginning to tap ways to make it heal better and faster. Experts explain. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Norman Doidge, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Columbia … Continue reading 15-17 Story 2: Neuroplasticity

15-16 Story 1: Too Many Vitamins?

  Synopsis: Vitamins are essential to our health, and most of those we need we can get through our diets. Many foods are fortified today. Standards for dietary minimums help prevent deficiency diseases, but little is known about whether it's possible to consume too many vitamins. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Catherine Price, author, Vitamania: Our Obsessive … Continue reading 15-16 Story 1: Too Many Vitamins?

15-16 Story 2: The Nature of Addiction

  Synopsis: Many people have misconceptions about what addiction is and is not. A noted British journalist explains how these myths fuel the war on drugs, and alternatives that might really curb addiction and drug trafficking. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Johann Hari, author, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs … Continue reading 15-16 Story 2: The Nature of Addiction

15-15 Story 1: Correcting Color Blindness

  Synopsis: Color blindness (or color vision deficiency) affects up to eight percent of men. Until recently, doctors could do nothing to treat it. Now high-tech glasses can make colors come alive for many people with the most common form of color blindness. Experts explain color blindness and the glasses that can treat it. Host: … Continue reading 15-15 Story 1: Correcting Color Blindness

15-15 Story 2: Food Trends

  Synopsis: Most people would like to eat healthy foods. But other factors such as cost and ease of preparation are much more important in our food choices. A longtime food market researcher discusses why we choose the foods we eat. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Harry Balzer, Chief Industry Analyst, NPD Group. Link for more … Continue reading 15-15 Story 2: Food Trends

15-14 Story 1: Food Addiction

  Synopsis: Scientists are learning that some people can be physically addicted to certain kinds of foods, especially highly-processed foods, and suffer withdrawl when they can't have them. Experts explain the brain chemistry of food addiction, how it is virtually identical to the chemistry of drug addiction and alcoholism, and what it means for the … Continue reading 15-14 Story 1: Food Addiction

15-14 Story 2: Moderate Exercise

  Synopsis: Studies are showing that people who train hard and long at running have death rates similar to couch potatoes, while those who exercise moderately or even lightly are likely to live much longer. Experts discuss how much exercise is enough and how to make the most of light exercise. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: … Continue reading 15-14 Story 2: Moderate Exercise