14-50 Story 1: The Affordable Care Act and Access to Care

  Synopsis: As “Obamacare” health insurance exchanges enter their second year, some insured people are finding that getting access to care is extremely difficult due to meager provider networks and low doctors’ payments. Many insured are also being surprised by high deductibles and co-payments. Experts discuss the extent of the problems and ways they might…

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14-50 Story 2: Christmas Overshopping

  Synopsis: Compulsive overshoppers often are seeking to compensate for some unfilled internal need. An expert discusses these reasons and how people can learn to overcome compulsive shopping. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. April Lane Benson, psychologist, founder of StoppingOvershopping.com and author of  To Buy Or Not To Buy. Links for more information: http://www.stoppingovershopping.com

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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:…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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16-41 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.

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