Science

Declining U.S. Bat Population

November 7, 2011

More than 1 million bats have died from white-nose syndrome in the past four years. What’s causing the disease and how a declining bat population affects the environment and the U.S. economy.

Paul Starr: "Remedy and Reaction"

October 20, 2011

Premiums for family health coverage increased by 87 percent from 2000 to 2006, while household incomes decreased by three percent. Paul Starr, author of “Remedy and Reaction: the Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform” joins us to explain why we can’t afford not to reform our health care system.

"Healing at the Speed of Sound"

October 13, 2011

Too much of the wrong types of sounds can be as bad for us as junk food, according to our guest today. But getting the right sound mix can improve our health, productivity and mental agility. Don Campbell, author of “Healing at the Speed of Sound” explains why a healthy sound diet is so critical to our well-being.

Treating or Ignoring Prostate Cancer

October 11, 2011

A new report coming out on Tuesday says a routine prostate cancer test could do more harm than good. It recommends that healthy men should not get the prostate-specific antigen, or P.S.A., exam. Some physicians argue that the test can...

Diana Reiss: "Dolphin in the Mirror"

September 15, 2011

For centuries, humans and dolphins have enjoyed a special relationship. One of the world's leading dolphin experts reveals the secrets behind their sophisticated playfulness, emotional intelligence, and ability to communicate in ways we never imagined. She talks with Diane about how the animals are mistreated and what can be done to stop it.

Renewed Debate over the HPV vaccine

September 15, 2011

Medical groups strongly recommend the HPV vaccine for preadolescent girls, but the issue has surfaced as a political flash point. Diane and her guests discuss benefits and risks of the vaccine.

Concussions: An Overlooked Epidemic

September 12, 2011

Concussions are on the rise in the U.S. and not just among athletes. Diane and her guests discuss the science and symptoms of brain injuries and why they’re often undetected.

Growing Concerns Over Fracking

August 29, 2011

Widening concerns over natural gas fracking.

Friday News Roundup - Hour 1

August 26, 2011

A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories: A CBO report predicts U.S. unemployment will stay above 8 percent until 2014; Rick Perry becomes the Republican frontrunner; and a rare earthquake in Virginia rocks the entire East Coast.

East Coast Earthquake Update; Then, Concerns Over Hip Replacements

August 24, 2011

The FDA has received more than 5000 complaints about metal-on-metal hip replacements. How the devices could become one of the nation’s biggest medical implant problems, and what patients need to know.

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