Health

Frank Ostaseski: Compassionate End-of-Life Care

June 3, 2005

A founder of the nation's first Buddhist hospice talks about the practice of mindful, compassionate care of the dying. Frank Ostaseski highlights the lessons learned near death that might encourage living fully.

Mireille Guiliano: "French Women Don't Get Fat" (Knopf)

May 27, 2005

French women are known to enjoy bread, pastry, wine, and regular three-course meals. One French woman shares her secrets of eating for pleasure without getting fat.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

May 26, 2005

The House of Representatives defied President Bush's threatened veto and passed legislation that would loosen restrictions on federally funded stem cell research. Diane and her guests talk about the implications for U.S. researchers and...

Peter Kramer: "Against Depression" (Viking)

May 24, 2005

Depression is sometimes seen as integral to the creative processes of writers, artists, and others who suffer from it. A psychiatrist explains why he advocates stripping away any "romance" associated with depression and treating it...

Gail Griffith: "Will's Choice" (HarperCollins)

May 3, 2005

Just over four years ago, Gail Griffith's then-17-year-old son Will attempted suicide by taking an overdose of prescription medication. Fortunately, he survived, but the ordeal taught her a great deal about teens, depression, and how a...

Alzheimer's Disease

April 28, 2005

An experimental new treatment holds some promise for slowing the progression of Alzheimer's disease, and other new research suggests that getting a variety of exercise may give you a better chance of warding off dementia. Diane and her...

Jack El-Hai: "The Lobotomist" (Wiley)

April 18, 2005

Lobotomy is the controversial procedure in which the frontal lobes of the brain are cut to relieve psychiatric disorders. A new biography presents a complex picture of the maverick doctor who promoted this form of psychosurgery and how...

Physician Licensing

April 14, 2005

Some doctors continue to practice medicine despite a history of incompetence, negligence, or substance abuse. Diane and her guests talk about the nation's state medical boards and proposals for increasing their effectiveness.

Drs. Torrey & Yolken: "Beasts of the Earth" (Rutgers U. Press)

April 13, 2005

Throughout human history diseases have spread from animals to people. Two scientists explain why, as the planet gets more crowded, we can expect more animal-transmitted diseases.

John Kelly: "The Great Mortality" (HarperCollins)

March 25, 2005

The Black Death killed a third of the known global population in the middle of the 14th century. A writer specializing in science and medicine draws on first-hand accounts to paint an intimate portrait of the greatest natural disaster to...

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