Medical Notes: Week of December 15, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 15, 2019, including scientists may someday be able to treat alcoholic liver disease with something short of a liver transplant. Then, if you want to keep the mind alive as you age, play games. And finally, a new study shows giving buses an inexpensive engine retrofit helps not only the health of students who ride them, but also their academic performance.

The Workings of the Immune System

Millions of Americans cannot afford the medications they’ve been prescribed. Many skip doses, split pills or don’t fill prescriptions at all as a result, with sometimes even fatal consequences. But doctors are often unable to consider cost very well in prescribing, as the same drug often costs patients vastly different amounts due to insurance differences. Experts discuss the problem and what patients can do to save.

Medical Notes: Week of May 19, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of May 19, 2019.

Medical Notes: Week of March 10, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 10, 2019.

Medical Notes 18-30

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 29, 2018.

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18-05 Segment 2: Fiber and the Gut

Experts discuss how far fiber can go to keep us healthy, and what happens when we ignore fiber in the diet.

15-07 Story 1: The Gut Microbiome

  Synopsis: Scientists are learning that the bacteria living inside us, most notably in the intestines, influence our bodies far more than previously suspected. Our microbiome influences many other organs, particularly the liver, brain, and immune system. Different mixes of these bacteria may account for a great deal of the variability among people, particularly in our … Continue reading 15-07 Story 1: The Gut Microbiome