14-49 Story 2: Digital Eyestrain

  Synopsis: Increased use of computer screens and smartphones has brought an epidemic of eye complaints. Experts discuss why digital devices produce extra eyestrain and how people can avoid it. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Michael Rosenblatt, optometrist, Washington DC. Jakob Nielsen, Principal, Meilsen Norman Group user experience research firm. Links for or more information: … Continue reading 14-49 Story 2: Digital Eyestrain

14-48 Story 1: Midlife Eating Disorders

  Synopsis: The last decade, the number of women over 30 seeking treatment for anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder has skyrocketed. Experts discuss the factors triggering eating disorders in midlife or bringing women in for treatment for long standing disorders. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Denise Folcik, eating disorder survivor. Lori Ciotti, Site Director, Renfrew Center … Continue reading 14-48 Story 1: Midlife Eating Disorders

14-48 Story 2: Bad Health and Incarceration

  Synopsis: Researchers have found that poor health and disabilities can be factors leading to prison. An expert discusses the life cycles that can make this occur. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Susan Sered, Professor of Sociology, Suffolk University & co-author of Can't Catch a Break. Links for more information: susan.sered.name

14-47 Story 1: Sexual Harassment of Men

  Synopsis: Some people believe it's not possible for men to be sexually harassed at work. But new studies show that not only is it possible, but men can be much more disturbed by it than most people think, and may react in some ways even more than women. Experts discuss psychological and legal ramifications … Continue reading 14-47 Story 1: Sexual Harassment of Men

14-47 Story 2: Almost Alcoholic

  Synopsis: Most people who have a drinking problem are not alcoholics, so they may slip through the cracks and not receive the help then need. Experts discuss warning signs and ways to break through denial. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Robert Doyle, clinical psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Joe Nowinski, clinical … Continue reading 14-47 Story 2: Almost Alcoholic

14-46 Story 1: Questions on Lasik Surgery

Synopsis: Sixteen million Americans have had lasik surgery for vision correction, and some have complained of severe visual artifacts and eye pain. The former chief of the FDA branch that approved lasik has now petitioned the FDA to remove lasik devices from the market for these safety reasons. He and experts on both sides of … Continue reading 14-46 Story 1: Questions on Lasik Surgery

14-46 Story 2: Biking as Transportation

  Synopsis: More and more Americans are turning to their bicycles for everyday transportation, not just recreation. Experts discuss the public policy and urban planning ideas that can make this healthy habit easier. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Jim Merrell, Campaign Director at Active Transportation Alliance, Chicago. Mark Fenton public health planning and transportation consultant in … Continue reading 14-46 Story 2: Biking as Transportation

14-45 Story 1: Post-Hospital Syndrome

  Synopsis: Many people who've recently been in the hospital quickly make a return trip, often with a different illness. Researchers are finding that hospital stays themselves can make people sick, or at least susceptible to getting sick. Experts discuss post-hospital syndrome and simple ways it might be fixed. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. David Newman, … Continue reading 14-45 Story 1: Post-Hospital Syndrome

14-45 Story 2: Rescuing Runaways

  Synopsis: More than two million youth may run away from home each year. More than 100,000 of them are forced into the sex trade each year to survive. One young woman who overcame such a life describes how she beat the odds and what runaways need to have a chance to succeed. Host: Nancy … Continue reading 14-45 Story 2: Rescuing Runaways

14-44 Story 1: Emergency Responder Stress

  Synopsis: Police officers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency dispatchers experience events that most people couldn't stand, and they pay for it with high levels of stress-related outcomes and PTSD. Experts describe the training received by first responders, the additional training they need, and the police/fire culture that makes it difficult to get help. Host: Reed … Continue reading 14-44 Story 1: Emergency Responder Stress

14-44 Story 2: Fighting Fears and Phobia

  Synopsis: Halloween is the season for fright, but people with phobias may not have been in the mood to enjoy it. Research shows an effective way to combat phobias--admit out loud what you're afraid of. Most people are advised to pretend they're not afraid. The lead researcher of this study explains why pretending doesn't … Continue reading 14-44 Story 2: Fighting Fears and Phobia

14-41 Restoring doctors’ compassion; Water and healing

Doctors have often been advised to avoid emotions regarding patients in order to keep their decisions objective.  However, this has led many patients to believe doctors don't care about them. A new movement in medicine seeks to reverse the trend and put compassion back in medicine, led by a "Healer's Art" class in many medical schools. Experts who teach the class explain. Next, water is almost synonymous with relaxation and mental cleansing. A researcher explains the mind science behind it.