15-33 Segment 2: The Power of Tears

  Synopsis: Researchers are learning that tears shed for different reasons are chemically different. Emotional tears, for example, contain high levels of stress hormones, indicating they may be a way for the body to reduce stress. Experts discuss why it's good for people to cry. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. William Frey, University of Minnesota … Continue reading 15-33 Segment 2: The Power of Tears

15-32 Segment 1: Online Pharmacies, Fake Drugs

  Synopsis: Consumers who purchase medicines online for convenience and price are taking a big risk--experts say 97% of online "pharmacies" are rogue sites operating illegally. Often the medications they sell are counterfeit or substandard. Experts discuss the risks and how consumers can buy safely. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Carmen Catizone, Executive Director, National Associate … Continue reading 15-32 Segment 1: Online Pharmacies, Fake Drugs

15-32 Segment 2: Multitasking

  Synopsis: Multitasking seems like a necessity for most people, and most of us think it inproves our efficiency. However, studies show that only a tiny proportion of people can juggle tasks well. Researchers discuss why our brains can't do two things at once, and why "supertaskers" may be different. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. … Continue reading 15-32 Segment 2: Multitasking

15-31 Segment 1: THE RISK OF THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT

Synopsis: Few people are aware that the vehicle occupant most likely to be hurt in a crash is the one in the front passenger seat. Experts discuss why this occurs, the different injuries that can occur there, and many ways car occupants can protect themselves from injury. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Meghan Smeenge, injured in … Continue reading 15-31 Segment 1: THE RISK OF THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT

15-31 Segment 2: Preserving Life Versus Prolonging Death

  Synopsis: It's a fine line between preserving life and prolonging death. An award winning science writer discusses her experience observing how medical professionals and patients differ in their acceptance of impending death, and what families need to know to navigate the end of life toward a "good death." Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Katy Butler, … Continue reading 15-31 Segment 2: Preserving Life Versus Prolonging Death

15-30 Segment 1: Your Brain With Tinnitus

  Synopsis: Scientists have discovered that tinnitus, or "ringing in the ears," involves many more areas of the brain than just those involved with hearing. Experts explain why the findings mean it will be difficult to develop treatments for tinnitus, and what sufferers can do now. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Richard Salvi, Distinguished Professor … Continue reading 15-30 Segment 1: Your Brain With Tinnitus

15-30 SEGMENT 2: CHILD SUICIDE SURVIVORS

  Synopsis: Children whose parents die by suicide face a difficult emotional recovery. Well-meaning adults often make it worse with their mistakes in how they talk about the death. Experts discuss the right and wrong ways to help children cope with parental suicide. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Wendy Parmley, psychotherapist and author, Hope After Suicide: … Continue reading 15-30 SEGMENT 2: CHILD SUICIDE SURVIVORS

15-29 Segment 1: Maternal Mortality

  Synopsis: The death rate surrounding pregnancy in the US has been climbing to the point it compares with some third world countries rather than the western European nations we once compared to. Experts discuss possible reasons for the increase and one possible way to reverse it--more reliance on midwives. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. … Continue reading 15-29 Segment 1: Maternal Mortality

15-29 Segment 2: The Joy of Singing

  Synopsis: Research shows that singing in a group has health benefits, as well as simply making people feel good. Experts and participants discuss this increasing singing trend in society, and how singing is being used to treat one serious disease. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Stacy Horn, author, Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others; … Continue reading 15-29 Segment 2: The Joy of Singing

15-28 Segment 1: Perfect Pitch

  Synopsis: The ability to "know" the musical pitch of any sound has traditionally been thought to be learnable only at a very early age through musical training. But new research shows perfect pitch is teachable to adults as well. Experts discuss the implications on all forms of learning. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Diana … Continue reading 15-28 Segment 1: Perfect Pitch

15-28 Segment 2: Air Pollution and Lung Health

  Synopsis: Air pollution is blamed for one of every eight deaths worldwide, including 200,000 in the US each year. A noted lung physician discusses some of the diseases smog can cause and ways to keep your lungs safe. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Steven Nathan, Director, Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Program, Inova … Continue reading 15-28 Segment 2: Air Pollution and Lung Health

15-27 Segment 1: Refuse Workers, The Dangers of Trash

  Synopsis: Most people don't think much about what happens to their trash after they set it at the curb. But day in and day out, refuse workers have the most dangerous municipal job, with more injuries than police or firefighters. Two experts discuss the massive job of hauling our garbage away. Host: Reed Pence. … Continue reading 15-27 Segment 1: Refuse Workers, The Dangers of Trash

15-27 Segment 2: TV Doctors

  Synopsis: TV doctors wield tremendous influence with patients, sometimes even more than a person's own doctor. Yet studies show that the advice you hear on TV is often unsupported by medical research. Experts discuss how celebrity doctors miss the mark and why they're so popular. Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Christina Korownyk, Associate Professor … Continue reading 15-27 Segment 2: TV Doctors

15-26 Segment 1: Bell’s Palsy

  Synopsis: Bell's palsy is a frightening malfunction in the nerve controlling half of the face that occurs for unknown reasons. Sufferers often think they're having a stroke. While Bell's palsy often resolves on its own, it can leave permanent effects. Experts and two people who've had the disorder discuss. Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Mandy, … Continue reading 15-26 Segment 1: Bell’s Palsy

15-26 Segment 2: Doctor’s Emotions

  Synopsis: Many doctors believe emotion is detrimental to medical practice, and many patients think doctors are cold and emotionless. But one influential physician explains why emotion is important to doctors. Host: Lynn Holley. Guest: Dr. Danielle Ofri, Associate Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine and author, What Doctors Feel: How Emotions … Continue reading 15-26 Segment 2: Doctor’s Emotions