Synopsis: Infertility is often due to poor egg quality, or chromosomal damage. Some of this damage may occur in the egg’s mitochondria, the cell’s powerhouse. A new procedure seeks to replace mitochondria in old eggs with fresher mitocohndria to improve egg quality. However, some doctors say there haven’t been enough studies to know if the procedure is either safe or effective. Experts discuss.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Owen Davis, Professor of Reproductive Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College and President, American Society for Reproductive Medicine; Dr. Michelle Dipp, CEO and co-founder, Ovascience; Dr. Neal Mahutte, Medical Director, Montreal Fertility Center and President, Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society
Synopsis: Rehabilitation has been a staple of recovery for many illnesses, but often not after cancer treatment. Similarly, sometimes people about to undergo orthopedic surgery may be given exercises, or prehabilitation, to prepare them. A nationally known rehab specialist discusses using prehabilitation techniques for newly diagnosed cancer patients.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Julie Silver, Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School
Synopsis: Forty-nine million people in the US are food insecure– often unsure they’ll have three decent meals per day. The poor are also often forced to purchase foods that are poor in nutrition, which leads to high rates of obesity. Experts discuss reasons for food insecurity, outcomes, and a variety of inventive solutions.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Ross Fraser, Director of Media Relations, Feeding America; Leanne Brown, author, Good and Cheap: How to Eat Well on $4 a Day; Susan Topping, Senior Director of Partners and Programs, Capital Area Food Bank, Washington, DC
Synopsis: Controversy has broken out over the doctor’s traditional white lab coat and necktie. Some doctors say physicians should wear short sleeves instead because coats carry germs. Others maintain the white coat isn’t a germ colony, but rather is a source of comfort for patients. Experts discuss.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Gonzalo Bearman, Professor of Medicine and hospital epidemiologist, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System; Dr. Christopher Petrilli, Chief Medical Resident, University of Michigan Health System; Peter Seelf, Team Leader, Member Experience, Boy Scouts of America
Synopsis: Confessing to a crime that a person did not commit is a major reason for wrongful convictions. Scientists have found that the psychology of innocent people is a major reason for false confessions. Experts discuss the chain of events and psychology that allow them to occur, and public policy changes that could make them much more rare.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Max Guyll, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University; Rob Warden, Executive Director, Center on Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern University School of Law
Synopsis: Most people’s medicine cabinet is a disorganized mess with problems that could prevent healing and even threaten health. A pharmacist advised what should be in your medicine cabinet and how to keep those medicines safe and effective.
Host: Lynn Holley. Guest: Sherry Torkos, pharmacist and author, The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine and Saving Women’s Hearts
Synopsis: The body uses extra calories to stay warm in cold conditions, creating heath through thermogenesis. However, it’s only recently that scientists have discovered one of the mechanisms the body uses for this–brown fat. Now they’re learning how to harness brown fat for weight loss. Experts discuss.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Aaron Cypess, Acting Chief, Translational Physiology Section, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; Dr. Francesco Celi, Professor of Medicine and Chair, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Virginia Commonwealth University; Dr. Wayne Hayes, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, visiting scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and CEO, The Cold Shoulder; Adam Paulin, founder & Managing Director, Thin Ice.