Synopsis: More than 400,000 Americans are on kidney dialysis, a number that may grow to 2 million by 2030 due to obesity-related diseases. Experts discuss the advantages and shortfalls of dialysis and new transplant waiting list rules that will give the best organs to recipients who will be able to use them the longest.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. David Law, Assistant Chief of Nephrology, Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center & Medical Director, Satellite Healthcare dialysis, Oakland. Dr. Les Spry, nephrologist in Lincoln, NE and spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation.
Synopsis: People who undergo cancer treatment are not generally offered the same kind of physical rehabilitation given to others who suffer injuries and illnesses. A leader in the new field of cancer rehabilitation explains how it could improve outcomes and quality of life after cancer.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Julie Silver, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard medical School and founder of Oncology Rehab Partners.
Synopsis: Many people feel that gifted children don’t need any help because they’re so talented. But many gifted kids are so bored in school they become disruptive and do poorly, so they’re not identified and their need for a challenge isn’t met. Some gifted children also have disabilities, such as learning disabilities, that are not identified because they are masked by their gifts. Experts discuss how to meet the needs of these children educationally and emotionally.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. James Webb, clinical psychologist, President, Great Potential Press and founder, Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted. Megan Foley Nicpon, Associate Professorof Counseling Psychology, University of Iowa and Associate Director for Research and Clinic, Belin-Blank Center. Jen Merrill, mother of two twice exceptional children and author, If This Is A Gift, Can I Send It Back?
Synopsis: Some people simply have no rhythm. A small percentage may be “beat deaf,” the rhythmic equivalent of tone deafness, and have a biological deficit in their body’s timing mechanism. Experts discuss the problem and other body timekeeping clocks that may be affected.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Mathieu Dion, Montreal TV reporter who suffers from beat deafness. Dr. Caroline Palmer, Professor of Psychology at McGill University in Montreal.
Synopsis: As “Obamacare” health insurance exchanges enter their second year, some insured people are finding that getting access to care is extremely difficult due to meager provider networks and low doctors’ payments. Many insured are also being surprised by high deductibles and co-payments. Experts discuss the extent of the problems and ways they might be resolved.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Andrew Kleinman, President, Medical Society of the State of New York. Merrill Matthews, Resident Scholar, Institute for Policy Innovation. Dr. Paul Ginsburg, Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy, University of Southern California.
Synopsis: Two years ago, when mentally ill 20-year old Adam Lanza killed 20 grade school children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, some in the public blamed Lanza’s mother (also a victim) for not getting him treatment. A writer with a mentally ill son explains the many reasons why it’s not as easy to get treatment as many people think.
Host: Reed Pence. Guest: Liza Long, author of The Price of Silence.