Health

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.

Debate Over Proposed New EPA Limits For Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Debate Over Proposed New EPA Limits For Carbon Dioxide Emissions

June 3, 2014

We discuss details of the new rules proposed by President Barack Obama's administration and implications for global greenhouse gas levels, coal-fired power plants and the price of electricity.

Debate Over Forced Treatment  Of The Severely Mentally Ill

Debate Over Forced Treatment Of The Severely Mentally Ill

June 2, 2014

The recent California shooting has led to renewed calls to make it easier for people to force a mentally ill family member to get help. Diane and her guests discuss balancing the rights of the mentally ill with public safety.

Debate over 'Right-to-Try' Laws

Debate over 'Right-to-Try' Laws

May 27, 2014

Lawmakers in three states have passed so-called "Right-to-Try" laws, which give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs without FDA approval. Diane and guests discuss the growing demand for these laws and whether they jeopardize patient safety.

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