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Soda Companies, Artificial Sweeteners And The Fight Against Obesity

Soda Companies, Artificial Sweeteners And The Fight Against Obesity

September 25, 2014

The three largest soda companies pledged to cut the number of calories in their sugary drinks. The announcement comes as the rate of diabetes is leveling off. But there are new concerns about artificial sweeteners. Diane and her guests discuss the latest on the fight against obesity.

The Growing Use of Food Additives and New Pressure for More Oversight

The Growing Use of Food Additives and New Pressure for More Oversight

September 18, 2014

More than 9,000 additives are in the food supply, ranging from seaweed extract to chemical flavorings. But in many cases, companies certify that these substances are safe without FDA oversight. A discussion about food additives, health concerns and new pressure for a better federal review process.

New Thinking About Treating Cancer

New Thinking About Treating Cancer

September 18, 2014

Advances in research are leading doctors to rethink how to treat cancer—and in some cases of early detection, whether to treat it at all. We explore new ideas in the approach to cancer treatment.

The U.S. Steps Up Efforts To Contain The Ebola Epidemic In West Africa

The U.S. Steps Up Efforts To Contain The Ebola Epidemic In West Africa

September 16, 2014

President Barack Obama is stepping up US efforts to treat Ebola victims and contain its spread in West Africa. Addressing the medical, social and political threats posed by the widening epidemic.

Ian McEwan: "The Children Act"

September 15, 2014

A dying teenage boy refuses lifesaving medical treatment because of his religion, and a family court judge must decide his fate. Ian McEwan, author of “Atonement,” on his latest novel.

Friday News Roundup - International

Friday News Roundup - International

September 12, 2014

President Obama authorizes American airstrikes in Syria to fight ISIS. The U.S. and Europe back new economic sanctions against Russia. And Britain's prime minister urges Scotland to remain in the United Kingdom. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

The Growing Ebola Crisis And The International Response

The Growing Ebola Crisis And The International Response

September 8, 2014

The World Health Organization predicts there will be 20,000 Ebola infections by year’s end. Other estimates are far higher. Please join us to discuss the potential scale of the expanding crisis and the international response.

Friday News Roundup - International

Friday News Roundup - International

September 5, 2014

NATO agrees to create a rapid-response military force. Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine begin today in Belarus. And world health officials give dire warnings on Ebola. A panel of journalists joins guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Liza Long: "The Price of Silence: A Mom's Perspective on Mental Illness"

Liza Long: "The Price of Silence: A Mom's Perspective on Mental Illness"

September 4, 2014

Two days after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school, a woman in Idaho blogged “I am Adam Lanza’s mother.” Her essay about raising her violent mentally-ill teenage son went viral. In a new book, she describes the lack of resources and support available to children with mental disorders.

The Environmental Outlook: How Noise Pollution Can Harm Our Health

The Environmental Outlook: How Noise Pollution Can Harm Our Health

September 2, 2014

A growing body of research shows that excessive noise in our environment can have dangerous effects on our health. Diane and her guests discuss the risks of noise pollution and what needs to be done.

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