Synopsis: 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.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Martha Gulati, cardiologist, Universisty of Arizona and Editor-in-Chief, American College of Cardiology patient education initiative, Cardiosmart. org; Dr. Robert Vogel, Professor of Medicine and Cardiology, University of Colorado and co-author, The Pritikin Edge.
Synopsis: Low-level systemic inflammation is being tied to many disorders including heart disease, and now research has even tied inflammation to intermittent explosive disorder, a syndrome of repeated rage. Experts discuss these findings and how inflammation can be combatted through diet and supplementation.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Melina Jampolis, nutrition specialist physician and author, The Calendar Diet; Dr. Emil Coccaro, Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago.
Synopsis: A surprisingly high percentage of people who’ve been treated in intensive care units later suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, often including hallucinations recalling horrible ICU incidents. This has led to coining a new syndrome–PICS, or post intensive care syndrome. Experts discuss why the syndrome appears to occur and what’s being done to treat and prevent it.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Joe Bienvenu, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University; Dr. James Jackson, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University
Synopsis: Millions of people who think they have allergies, asthma, and sinus problems may actually have “silent reflux” which can travel up the esophagus all the way to the throat and head. An expert discusses telltale symptoms and the dietary triggers that can cause the disorder.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Jamie Koufman, Director, Voice Institute of New York, Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology, New York Medical College and author, The Chronic Cough Enigma.
Synopsis: Scientists have developed the technology to edit single genes, which could eventually eliminate some inherited diseases. If the technology is used on embryos or egg and sperm cells, it could eliminate some diseases from succeeding generations. However, doctors don’t know how such “germline editing” or errors in execution of it would affect other genes for generations to come, calling the practice into question.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Debra Mathews, Assistant Director for Science Programs, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Alta Charo, Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics, Law and Medical Schools, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Synopsis: Many women who can’t or don’t want to breastfeed their newborns are pressured into trying anyway. An expert and author discusses the political forces creating unusual unanimity behind the issue, and the truth of health claims on breastfeeding’s benefits.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Courtney Jung, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto and author, Lactivism: How Feminists and Fundamentalists, Hippies and Yuppies, and Physicians and Politicians Made Breastfeeding Big Business and Bad Policy
Synopsis: Healthcare workers are about four times more likely than workers in any other field to be attacked on the job, usually by patients or family members, and most often in the emergency department. Experts discuss how and why attacks occur and how hospitals and health care workers can do a better job preventing them.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Lisa Wolf, Director, Institute for Emergency Nursing Research, Emergency Nurses Association.; Dr. Christopher Michos, Connecticut emergency medicine physician; Dr. Ronald Wyatt, Medical Director, Division of Healthcare Improvement, The Joint Commission