Coming Up On Radio Health Journal Show 17-47

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Navigating the Aging Process

As loved ones age, tough decisions need to be made on finances, housing, and other concerns, and these decisions need to be made far earlier than they typically are. This is especially true if a person does not have family to act as support and caregiver. Two experts discuss managing the transition from complete independence as we age.

“Helpful Lies”

Lies aren’t always bad. Often, they’re told to be polite, and compassionate people are most likely to tell whoppers. But as the stakes of lies rise, honesty trumps kindness. Yet few people are ever able to distinguish when they’re being told lies. Experts explain.

 

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17-46 Segment 1: Handshake Bans and Hand Washing

 

Some hospital units have set up handshake bans because too few healthcare workers wash hands well enough to keep from spreading germs. The general public is even worse at washing hands, which has caused spread of serious disease. Some experts say handshakes foster important human connections and oppose bans. Experts discuss and describe what it takes to wash hands well enough to be “clean.”

Guest:

  • Dr. Mark Sklansky, Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Donna Cardillo, registered nurse and inspirational speaker, “The Inspirational Nurse”
  • Dr. Pam Marquess, Atlanta pharmacist
  • Dr. Wilma Wooten, Public Health Officer, County of San Diego (CA)

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17-46 Segment 2: “Big Chicken”

 

Poultry farming has become heavily industrialized, in part through the use of antibiotics in feed. This contributes to the spread of antibiotic resistance, as an expert author describes.

Guest:

  • Maryn McKenna, author, Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats

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Medical Notes 17-46

 

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Coming Up On Radio Health Journal Show 17-46

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Handshake Bans and Hand Washing

Some hospital units have set up handshake bans because too few healthcare workers wash hands well enough to keep from spreading germs. The general public is even worse at washing hands, which has caused spread of serious disease. Some experts say handshakes foster important human connections and oppose bans. Experts discuss and describe what it takes to wash hands well enough to be “clean.”

“Big Chicken”

Poultry farming has become heavily industrialized, in part through the use of antibiotics in feed. This contributes to the spread of antibiotic resistance, as an expert author describes.

 

17-45 Segment 1: More Carbon Dioxide, Less Nutritious Food Crops

 

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.

Guest:

  • Dr. Sam Myers, Principal Research Scientist and Director, Planetary Health Alliance, Harvard University
  • Dr. Kristie Ebi, Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Univ. of Washington

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17-45 Segment 2: Body Dysmorphic Disorder

 

Some people who seek repeated plastic surgery are afflicted with a mental illness, body dysmorphic disorder, which distorts their view of their own appearance. Experts discuss symptoms and how the disorder may be treated, though few with the disorder agree to psychological treatment.

Guest:

  • Dr. Elliot Hirsch, Los Angeles plastic surgeon
  • Dr. Angela Fang, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School and psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

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