Health

New Findings on Postpartum Depression:  Symptoms, Risk Factors and Treatment Options

New Findings on Postpartum Depression: Symptoms, Risk Factors and Treatment Options

July 17, 2014

New findings indicate one in seven new mothers suffer from postpartum depression. We discuss the latest research on symptoms, risk factors and treatment options.

Safety and Regulation of Dietary Supplements

Safety and Regulation of Dietary Supplements

July 16, 2014

Sixty-eight percent of Americans use dietary supplements. But critics say unknown hazards lurk in the pills, powders and capsules we turn to for health and well being. We discuss concerns about the safety and regulation of the supplement industry.

Soaring Natural Gas Production, New Pipelines And Private Property Rights.

Soaring Natural Gas Production, New Pipelines And Private Property Rights.

July 15, 2014

The U.S. natural gas industry plans to build an estimated 89,000 miles of new pipelines. Some private land owners are fighting back. Please join us to discuss soaring natural gas production and the effort to protect family fields, forests and streams.

New Ways of Treating Alcoholism

New Ways of Treating Alcoholism

July 14, 2014

After decades of relying on abstinence to treat alcoholism, some experts now say that the cold-turkey approach isn’t the only way.

Why The Overuse of Antibiotics May Be Linked To Asthma And Obesity

Why The Overuse of Antibiotics May Be Linked To Asthma And Obesity

July 10, 2014

Why the overuse of antibiotics may be linked to asthma and obesity.

Researchers say the overuse of antibiotics is disturbing the natural balance of bacteria in our bodies. Why some diseases, including obesity and asthma, may be on the rise because we are killing off beneficial microbes.

Medical researchers are worried that the overuse of antibiotics has disturbed the natural balance of bacteria in our bodies. A discussion of the new studies indicating that diseases, including obesity and asthma, may be on the rise because we have upset the delicate equilibrium of microbes.

Choosing To Die

Choosing To Die

July 7, 2014

Until about six years ago, helping the terminally ill end their lives in the U.S. was illegal everywhere except Oregon. Now five states have right-to-die options. Diane and her guests discuss the growing "aid in dying" movement.

Ongoing Efforts To Vaccinate Children Against Polio, Measles and Other Deadly Diseases

Ongoing Efforts To Vaccinate Children Against Polio, Measles and Other Deadly Diseases

July 3, 2014

Over the last 14 years, an international effort to immunize children around the world has saved an estimated 6 million lives. We discuss efforts to eradicate polio, measles and other deadly childhood diseases and why some U.S. parents resist.

The Environmental Outlook: Meat Consumption And Its Effects On The Planet

The Environmental Outlook: Meat Consumption And Its Effects On The Planet

July 1, 2014

Many environmental scientists say producing livestock for food leaves a heavy carbon footprint, but critics argue harm to the environment is minimal. For this month's Environmental Outlook, how eating meat affects the planet.

Supreme Court Decisions: Religious Freedom and Public Unions

Supreme Court Decisions: Religious Freedom and Public Unions

July 1, 2014

We discuss the Supreme Court decisions on the limits of religious freedom and the power of public unions.

The Boom in High-Tech Health Apps and Wireless Devices

The Boom in High-Tech Health Apps and Wireless Devices

June 26, 2014

More than 100,000 health-related apps are now on the market. Many connect to wireless devices that are worn, or even ingested. We explore the benefits and risks of wireless medical technology.

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