Health

Gail Griffith: "Will's Choice" (HarperCollins)

May 3, 2005

Just over four years ago, Gail Griffith's then-17-year-old son Will attempted suicide by taking an overdose of prescription medication. Fortunately, he survived, but the ordeal taught her a great deal about teens, depression, and how a...

Alzheimer's Disease

April 28, 2005

An experimental new treatment holds some promise for slowing the progression of Alzheimer's disease, and other new research suggests that getting a variety of exercise may give you a better chance of warding off dementia. Diane and her...

Jack El-Hai: "The Lobotomist" (Wiley)

April 18, 2005

Lobotomy is the controversial procedure in which the frontal lobes of the brain are cut to relieve psychiatric disorders. A new biography presents a complex picture of the maverick doctor who promoted this form of psychosurgery and how...

Physician Licensing

April 14, 2005

Some doctors continue to practice medicine despite a history of incompetence, negligence, or substance abuse. Diane and her guests talk about the nation's state medical boards and proposals for increasing their effectiveness.

Drs. Torrey & Yolken: "Beasts of the Earth" (Rutgers U. Press)

April 13, 2005

Throughout human history diseases have spread from animals to people. Two scientists explain why, as the planet gets more crowded, we can expect more animal-transmitted diseases.

John Kelly: "The Great Mortality" (HarperCollins)

March 25, 2005

The Black Death killed a third of the known global population in the middle of the 14th century. A writer specializing in science and medicine draws on first-hand accounts to paint an intimate portrait of the greatest natural disaster to...

Torey Hayden: "Twilight Children" (William Morrow)

March 21, 2005

An educational psychologist and former special education teacher describes her experiences working with two seriously disturbed children and an 82-year-old stroke victim. She demonstrates the complicated process involved in helping those...

Susan Okie: "Fed Up!" (Joseph Henry Press)

March 14, 2005

Today's kids may be the first generation to have a shorter life span than their parents. The cause: obesity. A family physician and journalist presents the latest scientific research on childhood obesity and explains how parents...

Martha Stout: "The Sociopath Next Door" (Broadway)

February 28, 2005

Research shows that 4% of the population is made up of sociopaths. And contrary to what is seen on television and in the movies, not all sociopaths are murders or violent criminals. Sociopaths can be our next door neighbors, co-workers...

Avian Flu

February 28, 2005

Global health experts warn that avian flu threatens to become a global pandemic. Diane talks with top medical and public health experts about avian flu and what's being done to head off a possible crisis.

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