Health

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.

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

November 11, 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.

Questions About HealthCare.gov And The Affordable Care Act

October 30, 2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies about the troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov. Diane and her guests explore questions about the launch of the Affordable Care Act and why Medicaid enrollment is surging.

Debate Over Prescription Painkiller Regulations

October 29, 2013

The number of deaths in the U.S. from narcotic painkillers has quadrupled since 1999. But the FDA’s new recommendations for tightening restrictions on narcotics is prompting concerns about pain management.

The Science And Ethics Of Personal Genetic Testing

The Science And Ethics Of Personal Genetic Testing

October 28, 2013

Personal genetic testing is getting cheaper and easier. But with more knowledge comes new questions, particularly when selecting trait for babies.

Our address has changed!

The Diane Rehm Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.