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  • 19-50 Segment 1: Bridging The Vax/Anti-Vax Divide

    19-50 Segment 1: Bridging The Vax/Anti-Vax Divide

    December 15, 2019 by

    The debate over vaccination isn’t as civil as it once was, and leaves little room for common ground or even discussion. Pro-vaccine advocates often point to science showing safety and effectiveness, but as a noted medical humanities researcher explains, values common among anti-vaccine advocates lead them to reject this science, and both sides need to understand where the disconnect comes from.

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  • 19-50 Segment 2: Affluenza

    19-50 Segment 2: Affluenza

    December 15, 2019 by

    Rich people receive deference that the rest of us don’t, but do wealthy kids grow up knowing they can get away with what others can’t? Research finds that all children apparently know this. Experts discuss.

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  • Medical Notes: Week of December 15, 2019 (19-50)

    December 15, 2019 by

    A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 15, 2019, including scientists may someday be able to treat alcoholic liver disease with something short of a liver transplant. Then, if you want to keep the mind alive as you age, play games. And finally, a new study shows giving buses an inexpensive engine retrofit helps not only the health of students who ride them, but also their academic performance.

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  • 19-49 Segment 1: Workplace Bullies

    19-49 Segment 1: Workplace Bullies

    December 8, 2019 by

    Some bullies never grow up, and just keep on bullying. Experts describe where and how it most often occurs, what workplace bullies are seeking, who they target, why it continues, and what needs to happen to stop it.

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  • 19-49 Segment 2: Older Dads, Younger Kids

    19-49 Segment 2: Older Dads, Younger Kids

    December 8, 2019 by

    The average age when men first become fathers has risen to 31, and more men are also becoming dads in their 40’s and 50’s. A National Book Award-winning author discusses his experience as a first-time dad at 56, and now as a 73-year old father with teenagers.

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  • A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 8, 2019 including a study showing all those messages about protecting yourself from the sun may be sinking in. Then, new studies in the journal “Pediatrics” could provide reassurance that the HPV vaccine is safe, and finally, with the new year not far away, more Americans are trying to lose weight.

    Medical Notes: Week of December 8, 2019 (19-49)

    December 8, 2019 by

    A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 8, 2019 including a study showing all those messages about protecting yourself from the sun may be sinking in. Then, new studies in the journal “Pediatrics” could provide reassurance that the HPV vaccine is safe, and finally, with the new year not far away, more Americans are trying to lose weight.

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  • 19-48 Segment 1: The Sleep Deprivation Of Local Police

    19-48 Segment 1: The Sleep Deprivation Of Local Police

    December 1, 2019 by

    Studies show that law enforcement is the most sleep deprived of all professions, with potentially damaging and even fatal consequences for decision-making and reaction time, as well as long-term health damage. Experts discuss the unique challenges in having a poorly rested police force and in fixing it.

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  • A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 1, 2019.

    Medical Notes: Week of December 1, 2019 (19-48)

    December 1, 2019 by

    A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 1, 2019, including: A study that finds that artery blockages discovered during stress tests can be managed with medication. Then, a study indicating cigarette smoking has hit an all-time low. Also, having more meatless burgers now could cut your dementia risk later. And finally, if people are more anxious these days, maybe it’s because they’re not getting enough sleep.

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  • 19-47 Segment 1: Homelessness Myths

    19-47 Segment 1: Homelessness Myths

    November 24, 2019 by

    Around a half million people are homeless in the US on any given night, but the street homeless who are most visible often incorrectly influence our assumptions about the homeless. A noted researcher discusses myths and truths about their addictions, employment, residences, and more, and why people often become homeless.

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  • 19-46 Segment 1: The Risks Of Egg Donation

    19-46 Segment 1: The Risks Of Egg Donation

    November 17, 2019 by

    Some agencies estimate that 50,000 children have been born in the US using donor eggs. But egg donation (or sale, as some insist) is not regulated, and while short term risks are known, few donors have been followed for years. Long term risks are not well understood. Experts discuss what we know… and what we don’t.

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  • 19-46 Segment 2: The Changing Face Of HIV

    19-46 Segment 2: The Changing Face Of HIV

    November 17, 2019 by

    HIV/AIDS was once an epidemic and a death sentence. But many Americans are too young to remember that, so HIV awareness has faded. One of the nation’s top HIV experts discusses HIV as a treatable, chronic illness and the need to still be vigilant—and be tested.

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  • 19-45 Segment 1: Suicide Survivors

    19-45 Segment 1: Suicide Survivors

    November 10, 2019 by

    For those left behind when a loved one dies of suicide, recovery can be difficult. Stigma, guilt, and blame are exceptionally common. They need more support, but often get less, and their own risk of suicide is elevated. Experts—one a suicide survivor herself—discuss the difficulties and ways survivors can cope.

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  • 19-45 Segment 2: Fertility Rate Decline And The Aging Population

    19-45 Segment 2: Fertility Rate Decline And The Aging Population

    November 10, 2019 by

    Birth rates in the US are at an all time low, and fertility for all age groups under age 30 is dropping. Experts explain that it may not be as good a thing as we may think, and cite nations like Japan and Italy which are facing labor shortages and elderly populations as a result of less-than-replacement-level fertility.

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  • 19-44 Segment 1: Mass Violence: How Much Is Mental Illness To Blame?

    19-44 Segment 1: Mass Violence: How Much Is Mental Illness To Blame?

    November 3, 2019 by

    Mass shootings and other forms of mass violence are on the increase. Where to assess blame is in sharp dispute. A new report from a blue ribbon panel of behavioral scientists has found that mental illnesses carry some of the blame, but mental “distress” is a much more likely factor. Panel members discuss mental health first aid, red flag laws, and other report recommendations on ways to prevent mass violence.

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  • 19-43 Segment 1: Climate Change = Less Nutritious Foods

    19-43 Segment 1: Climate Change = Less Nutritious Foods

    October 27, 2019 by

    Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are making crops grow bigger & faster. However, researchers have found that these crops contain significantly lower levels of protein, iron, zinc, and other important nutrients, potentially endangering nutrition for hundreds of millions of people. Experts explain the effect will get worse as CO2 levels continue to rise, and what might be done to combat the problem.

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  • 19-43 Segment 2: Paid Parental Leave

    19-43 Segment 2: Paid Parental Leave

    October 27, 2019 by

    The US is one of the few world nations that provides no paid job leave for either new moms or dads. A new study shows that paid leave has benefits in infant mortality as well as mother’s health. An expert and advocate for paid leave discusses the benefits.

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  • 19-42 Segment 1: The Psychology Of Gig Workers

    19-42 Segment 1: The Psychology Of Gig Workers

    October 20, 2019 by

    Gig work is becoming more and more a part of the American economy. It takes a certain temperament for a worker to thrive on the freedom gig work offers without being paralyzed by the lack of security. Experts discuss the psychological benefits and difficulties of multiple part time jobs or freelancing.

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  • 19-41 Segment 1: Rural Maternity Units Closing

    October 13, 2019 by

    A large number of hospitals in rural areas have closed, and many more have closed their maternity units, leaving many rural mothers-to-be with no nearby place to deliver their babies or even get prenatal care. Experts discuss the financial and demographic reasons behind these closures, the danger it presents to mothers and children, and some ways to counter the risk.

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  • 19-40 Segment 1: Does Prenatal Fluoride Lower IQ?

    19-40 Segment 1: Does Prenatal Fluoride Lower IQ?

    October 6, 2019 by

    Fluoride in community drinking water has been controversial since its introduction nearly 75 years ago. A new study adds to this with evidence that pregnant women who drink fluoridated water may produce children with slightly lowered IQ. The study author and two other experts discuss what’s known and what the ramifications of the study could be for communities, for oral health, and for children.

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  • 19-39 Segment 1: Genetic Testing and Family Secrets

    September 29, 2019 by

    The availability of consumer DNA tests and databases has allowed long-hidden family secrets to be revealed, including mistaken paternity and unknown siblings. It has also taken the anonymity away from some cases of sperm donation. Two experts discuss the ethics of overturning this promised secrecy and the impact that the revelation of secrets can have on entire families.

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  • 19-39 Segment 2: Mirror Touch Synesthesia

    19-39 Segment 2: Mirror Touch Synesthesia

    September 29, 2019 by

    Dr. Joel Salinas has mirror touch synesthesia, a condition involving cross-wiring in the brain. The result is that visual stimuli prompt a response in his touch system. He literally feels it when people experience pain. Salinas discusses how this strange condition works and how he is able to use it in diagnosis.

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  • 19-38 Segment 1: Heat and Violence

    19-38 Segment 1: Heat and Violence

    September 22, 2019 by

    Violence increases as temperatures rise in the summer, but are higher temperatures a cause of aggression? New research shows that the answer is yes, especially in family conflict, and that poor neighborhoods bear the brunt of the relationship. Researchers discuss the synergy between poverty, heat, and aggression, and speculate that a warmer world in the future could be a more violent one.

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  • 19-38 Segment 2: Nail Biting

    September 22, 2019 by

    Nail biting is an extremely common habit, but some people bite their nails so badly and so often that they suffer damage to their hands. Experts discuss why so many of us are driven to bite our nails, what can be done to stop it, and the damage that can occur when we can’t stop.

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  • 19-37 Segment 1: Importing Canadian Drugs

    19-37 Segment 1: Importing Canadian Drugs

    September 15, 2019 by

    The Trump Administration has proposed wholesale import of drugs from Canada to ease high US prescription drug prices. But since Canada is 1/10 th the size of the US, could it supply enough drugs to make a difference? What’s more, it appears Canadians are opposed to the plan and are devising rules to stop it. Experts discuss pro’s and con’s.

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  • 19-36 Segment 1: Surviving An Active Shooter

    19-36 Segment 1: Surviving An Active Shooter

    September 8, 2019 by

    With the recent active shooter incidents in El Paso and Dayton, these incidents no longer seem rare, and experts say there’s been a shift in public perception. Now they seemingly could happen anywhere, and it’s become a public health issue. Two experts discuss the changing theory of how to survive an active shooter incident through what’s called “run, hide, and fight.”

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  • 19-35 Segment 1: Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child

    19-35 Segment 1: Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child

    September 1, 2019 by

    Each year, some 400 US children over age 1, most of them toddlers, die overnight for no known reason. Families, longing for answers, often find that their families, friends, and even pediatricians are unfamiliar with this classification of death, or that they even occur. Family members who have lost a child, a medical examiner, and a research expert who has lost a child discuss SUDC.

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  • 19-35 Segment 2: Tonsil Stones

    19-35 Segment 2: Tonsil Stones

    September 1, 2019 by

    Some people find that small “stones” are growing on their tonsils. They’re an accumulation of skin cells, food, and other debris. While they are not medically dangerous or painful, they often produce bad breath or sometimes pain. Two expert physicians discuss tonsil stones’ formation and treatment.

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  • 19-34 Segment 1: A Closer Look at Food Waste

    19-34 Segment 1: A Closer Look at Food Waste

    August 25, 2019 by

    Experts believe about 40 percent of the food available in America is thrown away. Solving this environmental problem also creates an opportunity to help with food insecurity. It starts with consumers. Experts explain where waste comes from and how people can cut down on its production.

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  • 19-34 Segment 2: Giggling Epilepsy

    19-34 Segment 2: Giggling Epilepsy

    August 25, 2019 by

    Epilepsy can show itself in many ways, including as episodes of giggling and laughing. An expert discusses the case of a then-nine-year old boy with such seizures, the danger they posed, and the novel way he was treated.

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