Health

Living With Cancer

November 26, 2003

For more than three years, journalist Tom Brazaitis has been fighting cancer, in his kidney and in his brain. He and his wife, journalist Eleanor Clift, join Diane to talk about their shared ordeal.

Patricia Stacey: "The Boy Who Loved Windows" (Da Capo)

November 5, 2003

A mother recounts her struggle to stave off her son's autism with a controversial new approach. The treatment is called "floor time," and involves intense interaction between parent and child.

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.

Osteoporosis

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

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