Health

Andrew Solomon: "The Noonday Demon (Scribner) (Rebroadcast)

December 28, 2001

For years, writer Andrew Solomon has suffered from debilitating episodes of depression. In a new book, he chronicles not only his own experiences with the illness, but also the history of how different societies around the world have...

Mammogram Debate

December 20, 2001

A recent analysis of mammogram studies suggests the screening procedure does not reduce mortality due to breast cancer. A panel talks about this finding and broader debate over breast cancer screening, treatment options, and research.

Richard Restak: "Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot" (Crown)

December 4, 2001

Neurologist Richard Restak talks about the latest research on the brain, and offers advice on keeping your mind active and healthy using simple games and exercises.

Smallpox

December 4, 2001

A panel of experts talk about public health strategies to protect against a possible terrorist attack with the smallpox virus, a potentially lethal agent officially eradicated in 1979.

Assisted Suicide

November 28, 2001

A panel talks about Oregon's assisted suicide law, and how it will be affected by Attorney General John Ashcroft's recent move to allow prosecution of doctors who prescribe federally controlled substances to help bring about death.

U.S. Postal Service and Anthrax

October 23, 2001

A panel talks about the effect of the anthrax attacks on the U.S. Postal Service. They discuss how the post office is acting to protect its workers and customers, the effect of the attacks on businesses that rely heavily on the postal...

Pharmaceutical Preparedness

October 22, 2001

A panel talks about what Congress, pharmaceutical companies, and the health care infrastructure are doing to make sure there are enough antibiotics and other tools available to cope with the anthrax attacks.

David Shenk: "The Forgetting" (Doubleday)

September 25, 2001

Author David Shenk joins Diane to explore the devastating physical, emotional, and societal costs of this country's growing incidence of Alzheimer's disease.

James Webb: "Lost Soldiers" (Bantam)

September 10, 2001

James Webb, a Vietnam War veteran and former Secretary of the Navy and Assistant Secretary of Defense, discusses his new novel, which is set in present-day Vietnam. He'll talk about how the events of three decades ago still affect Vietnam...

Ritalin in Schools

September 4, 2001

A panel talks about how schools, teachers, parents and kids are affected by the increasing prevalence of drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in school-age children.

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