17-24 Segment 2: The Sense of Touch

RHJ 17-24B The Sense of Touch

 

If asked, most people are willing to give up their sense of touch. Yet of the five senses in the human body, touch has proven to be incredibly important. According to Dr. David Linden, Professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, touch is connected to emotion via our nervous system. The way humans feel and react to physical touch has an effect on everything from personality to digestive system functionality. Dr. Linden says, “The touches we share with those we love make the sense of touch much more important than we know.” Without a sense of touch, individuals are much more susceptible to health issues, as they may not feel pain or temperature and receive great injury. Additionally, touch is perceived as essential to newborns and its absence is noticeable. Dr. Linden shares a story about children in an understaffed orphanage in Romania that grew up to have neuropsychiatric issues as a result of not being held and cuddled as infants. Although the sense of touch is not commonly understood as vital to our wellbeing, both the lack of physical touch from others and our own sense of feeling may prove fatal in the end.

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Guest:

Dr. David Linden, Professor of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and author, Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind

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16-35 Segment 1: SCAD: The under-the-radar heart attack

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Synopsis: A form of heart attack that strikes young, seemingly healthy people–most of them women, often near childbirth–is increasing. Experts discuss heart attacks caused by arteries that split open rather than blockages.

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16-31 Segment 2: Child Heart Arrhythmias

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Children and adolescents seldom have “heart attacks,” but they sometimes have heart arrhythmias which can look like the same thing, and be just as deadly. Often they are treated with implantable devices, but need more support than they often get. An expert doctor and the father of a young patient discuss.

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