Health

Understanding the Deadly Ebola Virus

Understanding the Deadly Ebola Virus

July 31, 2014

Since March the Ebola virus has killed nearly 700 people in four African countries, the worst outbreak in history. We talk about understanding the nature of the virus and the fight to stop its spread.

Fixing The Department Of Veterans Affairs

Fixing The Department Of Veterans Affairs

July 29, 2014

An update on a compromise bill to reduce wait times, boost accountability and improve overall medical care for veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Conflicting Court Decisions On Federal Subsidies For Health Insurance

Conflicting Court Decisions On Federal Subsidies For Health Insurance

July 23, 2014

Two U.S appeals courts issue conflicting rulings on whether millions who buy health insurance on federally-run health exchanges can get subsidies. Please join us to discuss what the decisions mean for consumers and President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

New Findings on Postpartum Depression: Symptoms, Risk Factors and Treatment Options

July 17, 2014

New findings indicate one in seven new mothers suffer from postpartum depression. We discuss the latest research on symptoms, risk factors and treatment options.

Safety and Regulation of Dietary Supplements

Safety and Regulation of Dietary Supplements

July 16, 2014

Sixty-eight percent of Americans use dietary supplements. But critics say unknown hazards lurk in the pills, powders and capsules we turn to for health and well being. We discuss concerns about the safety and regulation of the supplement industry.

Soaring Natural Gas Production, New Pipelines And Private Property Rights.

Soaring Natural Gas Production, New Pipelines And Private Property Rights.

July 15, 2014

The U.S. natural gas industry plans to build an estimated 89,000 miles of new pipelines. Some private land owners are fighting back. Please join us to discuss soaring natural gas production and the effort to protect family fields, forests and streams.

New Ways of Treating Alcoholism

New Ways of Treating Alcoholism

July 14, 2014

After decades of relying on abstinence to treat alcoholism, some experts now say that the cold-turkey approach isn’t the only way.

Why The Overuse of Antibiotics May Be Linked To Asthma And Obesity

Why The Overuse of Antibiotics May Be Linked To Asthma And Obesity

July 10, 2014

Why the overuse of antibiotics may be linked to asthma and obesity.

Researchers say the overuse of antibiotics is disturbing the natural balance of bacteria in our bodies. Why some diseases, including obesity and asthma, may be on the rise because we are killing off beneficial microbes.

Medical researchers are worried that the overuse of antibiotics has disturbed the natural balance of bacteria in our bodies. A discussion of the new studies indicating that diseases, including obesity and asthma, may be on the rise because we have upset the delicate equilibrium of microbes.

Choosing To Die

Choosing To Die

July 7, 2014

Until about six years ago, helping the terminally ill end their lives in the U.S. was illegal everywhere except Oregon. Now five states have right-to-die options. Diane and her guests discuss the growing "aid in dying" movement.

Ongoing Efforts To Vaccinate Children Against Polio, Measles and Other Deadly Diseases

Ongoing Efforts To Vaccinate Children Against Polio, Measles and Other Deadly Diseases

July 3, 2014

Over the last 14 years, an international effort to immunize children around the world has saved an estimated 6 million lives. We discuss efforts to eradicate polio, measles and other deadly childhood diseases and why some U.S. parents resist.

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