The proportion of severely obese teenagers continues to rise. Doctors increasingly understand that only weight loss surgery is likely to help them lose weight and avoid health consequences of obesity. But teens are often held back until they’re so heavy that even bariatric surgery isn’t enough to return them to normal weight.
Doctors can cure cancer in children better than ever, but decades later, many survivors suffer from serious, chronic disease as a result of powerful cancer treatments. Often those survivors don’t get screening and treatment for late effects. Experts and survivors discuss how treatments influence life decades later, how survivors can get treatment they need, and new ways of treatment can lessen late effects.
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: Millions of Americans suffer pain as a result of weather changes. Experts discuss different conditions affected by weather, why pain responds to weather changes and possible remedies to some of these maladies.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Deni Cantrall, retired teacher and arthritis sufferer; Dr. Robert Jamison, Professor of Anesthesia and Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Bob Smirbeck, Expert Senior Meteorologist, AccuWeather.com; Dr. David Borenstein, Clinical Professor of Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Dr. Vincent Martin, Professor of Medicine and Director, Headache and Facial Pain Program, University of Cincinnati.
Synopsis: A recent study finds that about 35 percent of children receiving treatment for mental health issues are being treated only by a primary care physician. This is due in part to a shortage in pediatric mental health care providers as well as a stigma in consulting them. Experts discuss readiness of pediatricians to treat mental illness in children and adolescents and efforts to be sure they’re prepared.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Jeanne Van Cleve, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children; Dr. Douglas Tynan, clinical psychologist, American Psychological Association; Dr. Scott Benson, child & adolescent psychiatrist, Pensacola, FL