Weight Loss Surgery for Teenagers

The proportion of severely obese teenagers continues to rise. Doctors increasingly understand that only weight loss surgery is likely to help them lose weight and avoid health consequences of obesity. But teens are often held back until they’re so heavy that even bariatric surgery isn’t enough to return them to normal weight. Experts discuss.

Recruiting Patients for Cancer Clinical Trials

Clinical trials drive medical advancement, but cancer clinical trials seldom meet their goals in recruiting patients. Experts discuss causes, consequences, and actions being taken to meet needs.

When Does Genetic Engineering Go Too Far?

Advancements in genetic science are often clouded in ethical controversy. Often, scientists are accused of “playing God.” Experts discuss a new platform where scientists and public can debate it, and from which education can be disseminated.

18-47 Segment 1: School Based Mental Health

Schools would be a good place for programs to screen for mental health issues in students, and to educate about mental health to lessen the pervasive stigma. Some states are making programs mandatory, but elsewhere schools and personnel may resist, seeing mental health as outside the normal role of teachers. Experts discuss how inventive programs are overcoming obstacles.

18-44 Segment 1: The Psychology of Adopted People

People who are adopted have more psychological problems than others, yet they also tend to have other psychological strengths. Experts, both themselves also adoptees, discuss the roots and outcomes of these issues as adopted children grow up.

18-41 Segment 2: Homesickness

What we now call “homesickness” used to be a medical diagnosis called “nostalgia,” and it was considered life-threatening. Today many people consider homesickness to be a childish emotion, but an expert says it’s nothing to be ashamed of. We all suffer from it sometime and need to know how to cope.

17-50 Segment 1: Mental Health Treatment For Children

Experts discuss readiness of pediatricians to treat mental illness in children and efforts to be sure they’re prepared.

17-45 Segment 2: Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Experts discuss symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder and how it may be treated, though few with the disorder agree to psychological treatment.

17-19 Segment 1: Bariatric Surgery in Teenagers

The proportion of severely obese teenagers continues to rise, but teens are often held back until even bariatric surgery isn’t enough to return them to normal weight

17-18 Segment 1: Late Effects of Childhood Cancer Treatment

Doctors can cure cancer in children better than ever, but decades later, many survivors suffer from chronic disease as a result of powerful cancer treatments.

17-15 Segment 1: Cancer Research Recruitment

Clinical trials drive medical advancement, but cancer clinical trials seldom meet their goals in recruiting patients.

16-08 Segment 2: Thyroid Disease

Thyroid disease affects millions of Americans, many of whom have not been diagnosed. Experts discuss symptoms, causes, and treatments.

16-07 Segment 1: Industry Funding of Clinical Trials

Funding of trials has dramatically shifted so that today, trials paid for by pharmaceutical and device makers outnumber publically funded trials 6-to-1. Some studies indicate this makes bias in trials more likely.

16-01 Segment 1: How weather causes pain

Experts discuss conditions affected by weather, why pain responds to weather changes and possible remedies.

15-49 Segment 1: Children’s Mental Health Treatment

  Synopsis: A recent study finds that about 35 percent of children receiving treatment for mental health issues are being treated only by a primary care physician. This is due in part to a shortage in pediatric mental health care providers as well as a stigma in consulting them. Experts discuss readiness of pediatricians to … Continue reading 15-49 Segment 1: Children’s Mental Health Treatment