The Many Kinds of Grief

The Many Kinds of Grief

Grief can come from the loss of anything important to us—a loved one, a job, a home, a status in the community. Today many people are suffering from unresolved grief, since there are no rituals to ease these forms of grief and prohibitions against large gatherings such as funerals. An expert discusses the many forms of grief and how we can get through them.

Planetary Health

Planetary Health

The new scientific field of planetary health seeks to analyze how humans are influencing the planet, which in turn rebounds to affect humans. The field encompasses more than environmental science and ecology, and helps to explain pandemics and other illnesses, mass migration, food consumption, and other public health factors. Two experts explain.

Medical Notes: Week of October 25, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of October 25, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 25, 2020 including: A new study shows our diets are suffering as a result of stress from Coronavirus. Then, a study finds that when teachers are having a bad day, students pick up on it and are more likely to behave badly. And finally… eye doctors say they’re getting an influx of patients asking about eye irritation called “mask eye.”

Organ Thieves: The First Human Heart Transplant In The South

Organ Thieves: The First Human Heart Transplant In The South

In the race to perform the first human-to-human heart transplant, ethical corners were sometimes cut. An investigative journalist explains how a black man’s heart was harvested without his family’s consent for the first human heart transplant in the South, and how incidents such as this help to explain ongoing African-American distrust of medicine.

“Perfect Pitch”

The ability to "know" the musical pitch of any sound has traditionally been thought to be learnable only at a very early age through musical training. But new research shows perfect pitch is teachable to adults as well. Experts discuss the implications on all forms of learning.

Medical Notes: Week of October 18, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of October 18, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 18, 2020 including: The leaders of two of the nation’s leading science advisory groups are warning about what they call “Alarming political interference” in the government’s response to COVID-19. Then, one reason people oppose action on climate change is that it’s more expensive than doing nothing, at least in the short term. And finally… if you plan on having any trick or treaters this year… a word of warning about black licorice, especially if you figure on eating the leftover candy yourself.

Will We Be Ready For A Covid Vaccine?

Will We Be Ready For A Covid Vaccine?

A COVID-19 vaccine is on the horizon, but while billions have been spent on its development, little has been spent on distribution and there are still many unanswered questions. Experts discuss how vaccine distribution might be carried out, how long it’s likely to take, and the steps needed to make it work.

Medical Notes: Week of October 11, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of October 11, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 11, 2020 including: A group of Black physicians has created a task force to vet government decisions about COVID-19 including treatments and a possible vaccine. Then, a study showing that many youths don’t understand just how strict social distancing has to be in order to work, or that restrictions are more than a short-term requirement. And finally, migraine headaches are the third most prevalent illness in the world, but exposure to the right kind of green light can make sufferers feel much better.

Food Insecurity In 2020

Food Insecurity In 2020

An estimated 35 million people were food insecure last year, and the dislocations due to COVID-19 have made it much worse now. Experts discuss the health consequences of hunger, the strategies families are using to cope with economic dislocation, and one local effort typical of new volunteer programs to feed hungry children in need.

Medical Notes: Week of October 4, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of October 4, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 4, 2020 including: Wearing a face mask may give people a sort of immunity to serious cases of COVID-19. Then, one more reason to save honeybees—their venom is a powerful chemotherapy agent against so-called “triple negative” breast cancer. And finally, a study finds thick thighs save lives when it comes to high blood pressure.

Obesity Bias In Medicine

Obesity Bias In Medicine

Studies show that medical professionals are as biased as the rest of us against people who are overweight, resulting in lectures, misdiagnoses, and patients who start avoiding the doctor. Experts explain the problem, results, and what might be done about it.

Medical Notes: Week of September 27, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 27, 2020 including: Most of what we’ve heard about delays at the postal service have had to do with the election…but delays could also keep millions of people from getting their medications. Then, a new study finds that two-thirds of the plastic waste in the United States comes from other things like electronics, consumer products and cars. And finally, if bosses want to curb fraud and unethical behavior among employees, encourage them to put up family photos at work.