Medical Notes: Week of May 19, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of May 19, 2019.

Fibbing to Your Doctor

New surveys show that as many as 80 percent of people omit information, stretch the truth or outright lie to their doctors. Experts discuss why it happens, consequences, and methods that might reduce the amount of less-than-truthful answers to doctors’ questions.

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18-13 Segment 2: Teaching Doctors To Listen

Experts discuss how to help doctors better listen to their patients when diagnosing their illness in order to improve care plans and decrease healthcare costs.

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18-13 Segment 1: Sexually Abusive Doctors

The Dr. Larry Nasser case has publicized doctors who sexually abuse patients, but few doctors are ever punished. A reporter who investigated the official response to the problem and a physician who has worked on a sexual assault crisis line discuss the issue.

17-13 Segment 1: Difficult Patients

Patients used to accept doctors’ orders without question. Today, more are challenging their doctors’ opinions. However, even those who do it politely are likely to be labeled “difficult.”

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17-10 Segment 2: Misconstrued Body Basics

Many people have questions about their bodies that seem so silly, they never bring them up with their doctors.

16-47 Segment 1: Restoring Doctors’ Compassion

A new movement in medicine seeks to put compassion back in medicine.

16-24 Segment 1: Doctor Suicide

Experts discuss the coverup of doctor suicides, the reasons behind depression in doctors, and why doctors who are depressed are less likely than normal to get help.

16-11 Segment 2: Keeping Secrets From Your Doctor

Experts discuss the most common reasons for secret-keeping and the consequences that may result.

15-25 Segment 1: Multiple Births in IVF

  Synopsis: More than five million children have been born as a result of in-vitro fertilization, but many are born as twins, triplets and even quadruplets. Experts discuss the challenges that result in multiple births and new technology that promises to reduce the number of multiples in IVF. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Arthur Wisot, … Continue reading 15-25 Segment 1: Multiple Births in IVF

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