Symptom Searching on the Internet

One of the most popular searches on Google is for symptoms and what they mean. It’s created a much more well informed patient population, but one that may panic at the least pain or discomfort. Two experts discuss how to think of symptoms and how to search for them. 

Silent Heart Attack

Heart attacks that produce few if any symptoms may be mistaken for indigestion or simple malaise, but they can be more serious than heart attacks that bring crushing pain because they often don't bring a victim to the hospital for lifesaving help. Experts discuss.

When Chronically Ill Kids Grow Up

Children with serious chronic diseases often have a tough time transitioning from pediatric care, which has much support built in, to adult care, which has to be managed by the patient. Experts discuss how parents can make it easier with a gradual transition.

Medical Notes: Week of February 24, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 24, 2019.

Xenotransplantation—Organ From Other Species

After attempts to use non-human primates as a source of scarce organs for transplant, doctors have turned to pigs for a variety of reasons. They’re now making great progress against the largest hurdle—rejection. One of the world’s foremost xenotransplantation experts discusses how the process might work and what the future might look like for millions of potential organ and tissue recipients.

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18-14 Segment 2: The Vaccine Race and Ethics

An expert discusses the controversial history of vaccines, and the balance of need and ethics in science and medicine.

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18-10 Segment 2: The Mystery of Anesthesia

Anesthesia is a bedrock of medical practice, yet doctors admit we don’t know exactly how it works. An expert discusses anesthesia’s back story and recent improvements.

17-27 Segment 2: A Doctor Who Really Can Feel Your Pain

Dr. Joel Salinas has mirror touch synesthesia, a condition involving cross-wiring in the brain that allows him to feel it when people experience pain.

17-12 Segment 1: Shortening the Course of Antibiotics

Since the introduction of antibiotics doctors have prescribed courses of treatment that typically ran longer than necessary but bacterial resistance is forcing a reevaluation.

16-47 Segment 1: Restoring Doctors’ Compassion

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

Uncertain doctor

16-27 Segment 2: Uncertainty in Medicine

Diagnostic tests are often less certain in their results than people think, making patients sometimes doubt doctors' competence.

16-23 Segment 1: Big Data in Medicine

When doctors can take advantage of massive amounts of data on patient outcomes, lives will be saved. We look at one of the first efforts, an attempt to associate dangerous drug interactions.

16-11 Segment 2: Keeping Secrets From Your Doctor

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

15-44 Segment 1: Preventing Misdiagnoses

  Synopsis: Studies estimate that about five percent of diagnoses are wrong, leading treatment down the wrong road. Experts discuss why misdiagnoses occur, and a new Institute of Medicine report on how they might be prevented. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Mark L. Graber, President, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and Senior Fellow, RTI … Continue reading 15-44 Segment 1: Preventing Misdiagnoses

15-26 Segment 2: Doctor’s Emotions

  Synopsis: Many doctors believe emotion is detrimental to medical practice, and many patients think doctors are cold and emotionless. But one influential physician explains why emotion is important to doctors. Host: Lynn Holley. Guest: Dr. Danielle Ofri, Associate Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine and author, What Doctors Feel: How Emotions … Continue reading 15-26 Segment 2: Doctor’s Emotions