Identifying and Treating Severe Mental Illness

April 25, 2007

A look at the mental health system and proposals to improve it.

Allan Brandt: "The Cigarette Century" (Basic Books)

April 17, 2007

The rise of the powerful tobacco industry, how it's battled mounting legal and scientific challenges, and where its future lies.

FDA Commissioner Andrew C. Von Eschenbach

April 16, 2007

Confirmed earlier this year, the Commissioner talks about his priorities for the Food and Drug Administration.

Betty Rollin: "Here's the Bright Side" (Random House)

April 11, 2007

The former NBC News correspondent who was one of the first public figures to talk openly about her breast cancer presents her latest book. It's a look at how people can grow even after suffering great loss.

Cancer - Early Detection and Treatment

April 3, 2007

Advances in early detection and living with cancer.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

March 1, 2007

COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, but many Americans have never even heard of it. We learn who is most at risk for the disease, what are the symptoms, and how it is treated.

Allen Shawn: "Wish I Could Be There" (Viking)

February 28, 2007

Allen Shawn talks about the biological origins of phobias, and how his personal fears which include phobias about open spaces, air travel, water, and elevators have controlled his life.

Sharon Moalem: "Survival of the Sickest" (William Morrow)

February 26, 2007

A look at why some diseases resist eradication and how they may have actually helped humans evolve.

Sharon Begley: "Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: (Ballentine Books)

January 31, 2007

Recent research demonstrates how our brains can change both in structure and in function. A review of recent neurological research and its remarkable confluence with centuries old Buddhist thought

The State of the Union

January 24, 2007

A look at the president's proposals and the political landscape he faces.

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