Health

Judd Winick: "Pedro and Me" (Henry Holt)

November 13, 2000

In 1994, cartoonist Judd Winick was a cast member on MTV's program "The Real World." One of his housemates, Pedro Zamora, was HIV-positive, and died just after the series aired. Judd Winick joins Diane to talk about his friendship...

Spasmodic Dysphonia

November 3, 2000

Spasmodic dysphonia is a neurological disorder affecting the vocal cords and the production of speech. There is no cure, but there are ways to treat it. Diane Rehm was diagnosed with the condition in 1998. She and her guests discuss the...

Stephen Budiansky: "The Truth About Dogs" (Viking)

November 2, 2000

We all know that dogs are man's best friend... or do we? Would you put up with a human friend who chewed your shoes or kept you up all night with whining and barking? In his new book, science journalist and dog lover Stephen Budiansky...

Bariatric Surgery

October 25, 2000

Each year, about 40,000 severely overweight Americans undergo drastic abdominal surgery on a voluntary basis. The procedure, known as "bariatric surgery," reconfigures a patient's stomach and small intestine so he eats less, and...

Betty Rollin: "First, You Cry" (Harper Collins)

October 17, 2000

When journalist Betty Rollin published her memoir 25 years ago, she became one of the first women ever to talk publicly about her experience of having breast cancer. She joins Diane to discuss how both treatment and awareness of breast...

Teaching Hospitals

October 5, 2000

A panel talks about the decline in applications to medical school, how medical education is changing, and the challenges facing the country's newest doctors in hospitals, clinics, and in private practice.

Drug Marketing

September 25, 2000

A panel talks about changes in how drugs are marketed, from direct-to-consumer ads to patient education and support groups funded by pharmaceutical companies.

Hepatitis C

September 7, 2000

Hepatitis C has been called America's "shadow epidemic." It's an incurable virus that can cause serious liver damage and even early death without causing any outward symptoms. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher talks about...

Skin Cancer

August 29, 2000

The recent news that Senator John McCain underwent surgery to remove two melanomas focused attention on the dangers of skin cancer. Guest host Kathy Merritt talks with medical experts about the different kinds of skin cancer, and about the...

Anne Hunsaker Hawkins: "A Small, Good Thing" (W.W. Norton)

August 23, 2000

Anne Hunsaker Hawkins talks with NPR's Melinda Penkava about the lives of children with HIV and the people who care for them. Her new book offers detailed portraits of their struggles and triumphs.

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