Health

Katy Butler: "Knocking On Heaven's Door: The Path To A Better Way Of Death" (Rebroadcast)

Katy Butler: "Knocking On Heaven's Door: The Path To A Better Way Of Death" (Rebroadcast)

December 30, 2013

About 24 million Americans are helping care for aging parents. One woman's story of how her father's final years led her mother to defy the medical system and meet death on her own terms.

The Value Of Older Workers

December 19, 2013

Since 2008, the average retirement age has shifted upward by three years. How older workers are transforming the workplace and implications for employers and the U.S. economy.

Trends In Teenage Drug Use

December 19, 2013

According to a new NIH study, 60 percent of high school seniors do not view regular marijuana use as harmful. The director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse on trends in drug use among teenagers, prescription drug abuse and the science of drug addiction.

Addiction To Online Pornography

Addiction To Online Pornography

December 16, 2013

Pornography has existed since cavemen began drawing on walls. But in the Internet age, easy access to porn is creating problems for some.

Concerns About The Increase In Spinal Fusion Surgery

Concerns About The Increase In Spinal Fusion Surgery

December 12, 2013

The rate of spinal fusion surgery has risen six-fold in the United States over the past 20 years. Some medical experts question whether the surgery is always necessary and if financial rewards to doctors are spurring the rate increase.

U.S. Bishops Face A Lawsuit Over Abortion Policies At Roman Catholic Hospitals

U.S. Bishops Face A Lawsuit Over Abortion Policies At Roman Catholic Hospitals

December 4, 2013

The ACLU is suing U.S. Catholic bishops over anti-abortion policies that it claims endanger women’s lives. Diane and her guest discuss the legal rights of pregnant women at Roman Catholic hospitals.

Ongoing Rollout Challenges For The Affordable Care Act

December 2, 2013

Two days after the administration's deadline for fixing Healthcare.gov, Diane and her guests get an update on the federal website for health insurance shopping, other rollout challenges and political risks for both parties going forward.

Environmental Outlook: Dan Fagin: "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation" (Rebroadcast)

November 29, 2013

For two generations, chemical companies in Toms River, N.J., dumped toxic waste. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution.

How Changes To The Affordable Care Act Could Affect Consumers And Insurance Companies

November 18, 2013

In the face of mounting criticism, President Barack Obama announced changes to the rules for health insurance policies. Political and economic implications of the administration's temporary retreat on a key element of the Affordable Care Act.

New Guidelines For The Use of Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

November 14, 2013

Millions more Americans could end up taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs based on new recommendations from the nation's leading heart organizations. Diane and her guests discuss what the new guidelines could mean for patients, doctors and drug companies.

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