17-46 Segment 1: Handshake Bans and Hand Washing


Some hospital units have set up handshake bans because too few healthcare workers wash hands well enough to keep from spreading germs. The general public is even worse at washing hands, which has caused spread of serious disease. Some experts say handshakes foster important human connections and oppose bans. Experts discuss and describe what it takes to wash hands well enough to be “clean.”


  • Dr. Mark Sklansky, Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Donna Cardillo, registered nurse and inspirational speaker, “The Inspirational Nurse”
  • Dr. Pam Marquess, Atlanta pharmacist
  • Dr. Wilma Wooten, Public Health Officer, County of San Diego (CA)

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16-13 Segment 2: OTC Drugs and Tweens


Synopsis: Young adolescents often are allowed to take over the counter drugs on their own, but many OTC medicines, especially acetaminophen, can be dangerous. Experts discuss how to educate tweens on taking OTC drugs safely.

Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Tanya Altman, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Mattel Children’s Hospital, UCLA and spokesperson, American Academy of Pediatrics; Dr. Janet Engle, Executive Associate Dean, Professor and head of Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy; Sharon Mielke, mother of victim of OTC drug death.

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15-42 Segment 1: Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus


Synopsis: As many as five percent of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s diseases may in reality have a treatable disorder caused by “water on the brain.” An expert and patient discuss.

Host: Reed Pence. Guests: J.D. and Donna Cain, normal pressure hydrocephalus patient and his wife/caregiver; Dr. Marvin Bergsneider, Professor of Neurosurgery and chief, Adult Hydrocephalus and ICP Disorders Program, UCLA

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