Health

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.

New CDC Recommendations For Hepatitis C

September 5, 2012

Baby boomers make up 75 percent of hepatitis C cases in the U.S., but many don’t know they have the potentially deadly virus. How to better identify and treat hep C.

Battling Superbugs In Hospitals

Battling Superbugs In Hospitals

August 28, 2012

A life-threatening infection at the National Institutes of Health last year spread to more than a dozen patients. Guest host Frank Sesno and guests discuss the rise in "superbugs" nationwide and what hospitals are doing to fight these antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Manufacturing And Regulations

August 27, 2012

An industry report says manufacturers are overburdened with rules. But health, safety and environmental watchdogs argue regulations are not strict enough. The role of regulations in the U.S. economy.

Delays In New Food Safety Regulations

August 22, 2012

More than two dozen people have died after eating contaminated cantaloupes. Food safety advocates say outbreaks like these could have been prevented under a new law. Diane and guests explore what’s holding up food safety rules.

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