Health

Candice Millard: "Destiny of the Republic"

September 19, 2011

James Garfield became president with great hopes and ideals. He was dead within four months. On the 130th anniversary of his death, a best-selling author tells the story of Garfield's inspiring life and explains how he really died.

Renewed Debate over the HPV vaccine

September 15, 2011

Medical groups strongly recommend the HPV vaccine for preadolescent girls, but the issue has surfaced as a political flash point. Diane and her guests discuss benefits and risks of the vaccine.

Concussions: An Overlooked Epidemic

September 12, 2011

Concussions are on the rise in the U.S. and not just among athletes. Diane and her guests discuss the science and symptoms of brain injuries and why they’re often undetected.

Obesity in the U.S.

August 31, 2011

A new study warns that half of all adults in the U.S. will be obese by 2030. Diane and guests look at what a looming obesity crisis could mean for health and health care costs in America.

Conflict of interest on the Supreme Court

August 25, 2011

The battle over health care is likely to find its way to the Supreme Court. But several justices face calls to recuse themselves over conflict of interest concerns. Ethics and the Supreme Court.

East Coast Earthquake Update; Then, Concerns Over Hip Replacements

August 24, 2011

The FDA has received more than 5000 complaints about metal-on-metal hip replacements. How the devices could become one of the nation’s biggest medical implant problems, and what patients need to know.

Bladder Cancer and Smoking

August 18, 2011

A new study shows half of all bladder cancers are linked to smoking. Why smokers are at higher risk, even after quitting. And how treatment options are evolving.

Jane Fonda: "Prime Time"

August 11, 2011

Jane Fonda talks with Diane about love, health, fitness and friendship. The award-winning actress explains how life's third act can be the most fulfilling.

Shyness and Social Anxiety

Shyness and Social Anxiety

August 9, 2011

A look at the evolutionary basis of shyness and social anxiety. Possible advantages to being shy, and why treatment sometimes becomes necessary.

Alice LaPlante:  "Turn of Mind"

Alice LaPlante: "Turn of Mind"

August 3, 2011

A mystery novel with a twist: the suspect suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and can’t remember if she's killed her friend. The author draws upon her own mother’s illness to create a moving portrait of a woman with dementia.

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