Synopsis: It’s a psychological paradox that the greater the number of people present when a person needs help, the less likely help will be rendered. Experts discuss reasons why this effect occurs, how it can be broken by technology, and the background of intense research into the effect sparked by the first internationally famous “bystander effect” crime.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Kevin Cook, author, Kitty Genovese; the Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime That Changed America; Dr. Jan-Willem van Prooijen, Assoc. Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology, V-U University, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Senior Researcher, Netherlands Institute for Criminology; Dr. James Strickland, psychologist in private practice, Comack, NY.
Synopsis: Egg donation can solve infertility, but it can be a minefield of emotional risks, especially if the donor and recipient are family or friends. An author/journalist who has donated twice with vastly different results discusses the technology and what to look out for when approaching egg donation.
Host: Lynn Holley. Guest: Alicia Young, author, Two Eggs, Two Kids: An Egg Donor’s Account of Friendship, Infertility and Secrets
Synopsis: Mosquito-transmitted Zika virus has arrived in Central and South America, and while most people are not affected by it, the virus has been linked to microcephaly, a severe birth defect. Experts discuss the virus, how it’s transmitted, its spread to the US, and how to protect yourself from it.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Uriel Kitron, Professor and Chair of Environmental Sciences, Emory University; Dr. William Schaffner, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Dr. Anna Durbin, Associate Professor of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Synopsis: Thyroid disease affects millions of Americans, many of whom have not been diagnosed. Experts discuss symptoms, causes, and treatments.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Jordan Geller, endocrinologist, Beverly Hills, CA; Shannon Rosen, thyroid disorder patient, Cincinnati, OH; Dr. Jeffrey Garber, Chief of Endocrinology, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and lead author, Clinical Practice Guidelines for Hypothyroidism in Adults.
Synopsis: Clinical trials are much of the basis for the practice of medicine. Funding of trials has dramatically shifted so that today, trials paid for by pharmaceutical and device makers outnumber publically funded trials 6-to-1. Some studies indicate this makes bias in trials more likely, jeopardizing public health. Experts discuss.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Jocelyn Ullrich, Assistant Vice President of Science and Regulatory Advocacy, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA); Dr. John Abramson, Lecturer in Healthcare Policy, Harvard Medical School; Dr. Joel Lexchin, emergency medicine physician and Professor of Health Policy, York University
Synopsis: Stuttering has been blamed even fairly recently on parenting, but new research has several new findings: a structural deficiency in the brain’s wiring in stutterers; an inability to perceive rhythms; and a much more successful way to treat stuttering. Experts discuss the new advances.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Roger Ingham, Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara; Dr. Scott Grafton, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara; Dr. Devin McAuley, Professor of Psychology and Newuroscience, Michigan State University