Boutique Medicine

May 30, 2002

If you are wealthy in America today, you can buy medical care that guarantees no waiting, easy access to your doctor and to top specialists, and other perks. A panel talks about the emergence and significance of so-called...

Low-dose Aspirin

May 23, 2002

A panel discusses the pros and cons of low-dose aspirin, which has been found to reduce the risk of heart attack and may also help prevent Alzheimer's disease and some types of cancer.

Carol Shields: "Unless"

May 17, 2002

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.

Placebos and Antidepressant Drugs

May 9, 2002

Diane and her guests look at the latest research in treatments for depression, including a recent study suggesting placebos might work just as well as medication for short term depression.

Atul Gawande

May 6, 2002

Surgical resident Atul Gawande talks with Diane about his book, Complications (Metropolitan) which takes as its starting point his own experiences in operating and emergency rooms to explore the mistakes, hunches, uncertainty and coping...

Hepatitis C

May 3, 2002

A panel talks about hepatitis C, a potentially fatal viral liver disease that now affects millions of Americans.

Nursing Shortage

April 16, 2002

Nurses are overworked and underpaid, leading to a shrinking workforce. A panel talks about the nursing crisis, its health consequences for sick people in and out of hospitals, and how to mend the problems.

Joel Havemann: "A Life, Shaken" (Johns Hopkins)

April 15, 2002

Journalist Joel Havemann was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease when he was only 45. He and Johns Hopkins neurologist Dr. Steven Reich join Diane to talk about his experiences with the disease over the past decade.

Dr. Anthony Fauci

April 10, 2002

Dr. Anthony Fauci is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and recently won a major award for his work, much of which has focused on AIDS. Diane talks with Dr. Fauci about his work and the latest on the...

Thomas and Joyce DeBaggio

March 28, 2002

At age 57, herb farmer Thomas DeBaggio noticed he was forgetting the names of plants. He was soon diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease -- and began writing a memoir focusing on what he was going through. He and his wife Joyce...

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