Persistent Vegetative States

October 27, 2003

In the wake of the governor of Florida's decision to reinstate food and fluids for a woman in a persistent vegetative state, a panel discusses how consciousness is measured and how the brain is affected by severe trauma.

Prescription Drug Abuse

October 20, 2003

Rush Limbaugh's decision to enter drug rehabilitation has drawn new attention to the problem of prescription drug abuse. A panel shares the most up-to-date information on legally prescribed drugs that are potentially addictive.


October 9, 2003

Diane and her guests talk about the latest research on the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis, the debilitating bone disorder that causes an estimated 1.5 million fractures every year.

Obesity Costs

October 1, 2003

A panel talks about what's behind the estimated $90 billion to $117 billion yearly cost of obesity in America, and some of the proposed strategies for dealing with the problem.

Richard Restak: "The New Brain"

August 7, 2003

According to neurologist Richard Restak, the way our brains work has changed over the past century. New medications, genetic mapping and imaging technology have all led to a better understanding of how the brain works. Dr. Restak explains...

Laura Rothenberg’s "Breathing for a Living" (Hyperion)

August 1, 2003

Before she passed away in March 2003, Laura Rothenberg wrote a memoir about her life and 22-year struggle with cystic fibrosis. She recorded an audio diary, called "My So-Called Lungs". We'll learn more about Laura from her partner...

Carol Shields: "Unless" (Rebroadcast)

July 23, 2003

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Carol Shields' latest novel, Unless (Fourth Estate), was written after her diagnosis of terminal breast cancer. The author joins Diane to talk about her book and about facing a fatal disease.

Fetal Origins of Adult Disease

July 15, 2003

Public health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity may be triggered by a factor not often considered: the environment of the womb. Researchers join Diane to talk about links between the prenatal environment and adult health

Laura Hillenbrand

July 3, 2003

Most people know Laura Hillenbrand as the author of the best selling book: "Seabiscuit: An American Legend", but some also know she has lived with chronic fatigue syndrome for sixteen years. Laura Hillenbrand and others join Diane...

West Nile Virus

June 26, 2003

Last year the West Nile virus sickened more than 4,000 people in this country. More than 250 people died. Experts say it's impossible to predict what might happen this year. A panel joins Diane to talk about what's know and not known about...

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