Health

Nuclear Contamination in Japan

March 29, 2011

High levels of radioactivity in water in and around one of Japan's damaged reactors complicate ongoing clean-up efforts. Diane and a panel of experts provide an update on the nuclear contamination crisis and implications for the industry worldwide.

U. S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

March 23, 2011

One year ago today, President Obama signed into law sweeping changes to the nation’s health care system. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act re-organized a sector that accounts for one-sixth of the national economy. Some of its more popular elements have already kicked in. Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. And some preventative treatments are now free. But the law faces threats. In a mostly symbolic vote, the GOP-controlled House voted to repeal the Act as one of its first actions. And portions of it could be overturned by the Supreme Court. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the health care overhaul law.

Miguel Nicolelis: "Beyond Boundaries"

March 16, 2011

Diane and her guest will discuss the new neuroscience of connecting brains with machines--and how it will change our lives. Award-winning neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis' work with primates has uncovered a new and controversial method for capturing brain function. It is paving the way for a cure for Parkinson's disease, new ways of treating paralysis, and using brain waves to control everything from transportation to manufacturing.

Self-Injury: Why Young People Do It and Where to Go for Help

March 7, 2011

An alarming number of young people cut or burn themselves to cope with emotional pain. A new study on the prevalence of self-injury videos on the Internet worries mental health experts. What's behind the phenomenon and where to find help.

Intensive Care

March 2, 2011

Changes in intensive care: Research suggests traditional practices of keeping patients sedated and immobilized can lead to cognitive problems years later. Efforts to improve recovery prospects after a stay in the I-C-U.

Jonathan Franklin: "33 Men"

February 24, 2011

The dramatic plight and rescue of thirty-three entombed Chilean miners captured the world's attention last October. Journalist, Jonathan Franklin, interviewed the men and tells their story: how they survived trapped deep underground, the rescue operation that brought them to the surface, and the haunting aftermath of their captivity.

Mark Richard:  "House of Prayer No. 2"

Mark Richard: "House of Prayer No. 2"

February 9, 2011

A short-story writer reflects on his childhood in a small, racially divided Southern town in the 1960s. How he overcame physical deformity and poverty to become a journalist, author and Hollywood screenwriter.

Challenges to the Health Care Law

February 3, 2011

Last night Senate Democrats defeated an attempt by Republicans to repeal President Obama’s health care legislation. The vote went strictly along party lines, though both parties joined forces to repeal an unpopular tax provision on...

Vaccines and Autism: A Story of Medicine, Science and Fear

February 2, 2011

The deadly consequences of fraudulent vaccine research: How a now-discredited study on a possible link between a childhood vaccine and autism became widely known and continues to incite debate and fear.

Dietary Guidelines

February 1, 2011

Eat less and reduce your salt intake: New dietary guidelines from the USDA and what impact they might have on improving the nation's health.

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