Health

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.

The Environmental Outlook: Meat Consumption And Its Effects On The Planet

The Environmental Outlook: Meat Consumption And Its Effects On The Planet

July 1, 2014

Many environmental scientists say producing livestock for food leaves a heavy carbon footprint, but critics argue harm to the environment is minimal. For this month's Environmental Outlook, how eating meat affects the planet.

Supreme Court Decisions: Religious Freedom and Public Unions

Supreme Court Decisions: Religious Freedom and Public Unions

July 1, 2014

We discuss the Supreme Court decisions on the limits of religious freedom and the power of public unions.

The Boom in High-Tech Health Apps and Wireless Devices

The Boom in High-Tech Health Apps and Wireless Devices

June 26, 2014

More than 100,000 health-related apps are now on the market. Many connect to wireless devices that are worn, or even ingested. We explore the benefits and risks of wireless medical technology.

Readers' Review: "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green

Readers' Review: "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green

June 25, 2014

Hazel and Augustus, the main characters in the young adult novel “The Fault In Our Stars,” are not your average teens: They both have cancer. For this month’s Readers’ Review guest host Katty Kay discusses the best seller “The Fault In Our Stars” with our panel of experts.

The Supreme Court's Decision on  EPA's Authority Over Power Plant Emissions

The Supreme Court's Decision on EPA's Authority Over Power Plant Emissions

June 24, 2014

The Supreme Court largely upholds the Environmental Protection Agency's right to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. We discuss what the ruling means for utilities and the Obama administration’s efforts to combat climate change.

Why Millions Of Americans Don't Get The Dental Care They Need

Why Millions Of Americans Don't Get The Dental Care They Need

June 16, 2014

Millions of Americans do not have dental insurance, and visits to the ER for oral health problems have skyrocketed. We discuss why many public health experts say the U.S. is facing a dental care crisis - and what can be done about it.

The Environmental Outlook: Sustainable Seafood

June 3, 2014

For this month Environmental Outlook: A growing percentage of fish and seafood sold in markets around the world are being produced on seafood farms. We get an update on challenge of developing large scale sustainable ways to meet the world's demand for seafood.

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