Health

Efforts To Legalize Marijuana For Recreational Use

October 16, 2012

Voters in Colorado, Oregon and Washington state weigh in on ballot initiatives that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. Federal law, state initiatives and the ongoing debate over legalizing pot.

Tainted Steroid Injections And Public Health

October 10, 2012

Thousands of people may have been exposed to deadly fungal meningitis from tainted steroid injections for back and neck pain: What the outbreak reveals about regulations, oversight of compounding pharmacies and risks to public health.

A Conversation With Sandra Fluke

October 9, 2012

Diane talks with women's rights and social justice activist Sandra Fluke, who rose to prominence last spring when she testified at a congressional hearing on women's health.

Assessing The Health Benefits Of Omega-3

October 3, 2012

Omega-3 fish oil supplements are widely thought to help prevent a variety of ailments including heart disease, Alzheimer's and depression: Assessing the health benefits of an Omega-3 rich diet.

The Pluses And Minuses Of Electronic Medical Records

September 25, 2012

The shift to electronic medical records is improving quality of care but also raising some costs. A look at the positive and negative consequences of digital health records.

Diagnosing, Treating And Living With Multiple Sclerosis

Diagnosing, Treating And Living With Multiple Sclerosis

September 24, 2012

As many as one in 500 Americans has multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease that can lead to permanent disabilities: Diagnosing, treating and living with MS.

Debate Over Mandated Flame Retardant Chemicals In Furniture

Debate Over Mandated Flame Retardant Chemicals In Furniture

September 20, 2012

Most couches sold in the U.S. contain flame retardants, but critics argue these chemicals pose a serious health risk. Debate on the health risks of flame retardants in furniture.

The Dangers Of Hazing And What's Being Done About It

September 20, 2012

Since the 1970s there has been at least one hazing-related death every year on U.S. college campuses. Why the practice persists and what's being done to stop it.

Dr. Marty Makary: "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You And How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care"

Dr. Marty Makary: "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You And How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care"

September 19, 2012

The role of government in health care is a hot-button political issue in today's debates. But a top surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital argues the most important reform needed is more transparency. Dr. Marty Makary describes how to make medicine more accountable.

State Strategies For Controlling Medicaid Costs

September 19, 2012

Many states seek to partially implement Medicaid reforms of the Affordable Care Act. Please join us for a conversation on what changes in Medicaid rules could mean for state budgets, the federal deficit and the nation's poor.

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