End of Life Care

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A new Medicare regulation will allow doctors to get paid to counsel patients on their options for end-of-life care. We also talk with Gary Taubes, author of “Good Calories, Bad Calories”, about his new book: “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It.” Plus -- we take your calls on snow removal in your neighborhood, and hear a live press conference from Mayor Bloomberg about the blizzard.

Open Phones: The Biggest Science Stories of 2010

Listeners: You voted and science it is. Yesterday, we asked you to vote on what industry you'd like to hear about and science won. Scientists: give us a call and tell us what the biggest news was in the world of science in 2010. 

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Funding End-of-Life Counseling

Under a new policy starting next month, the government will pay doctors to discuss options for end-of-life care with their patients, which may include advance directives -- instructions on how aggressively to continue medical treatment if the patient is too incapacitated to decide for themselves.  Daniel Callahan, co-founder of the Hastings Center for nonpartisan research on bioethics and public policy, and author of Taming the Beloved Beast: How Medical Technology Costs Are Destroying Our Health Care; and Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, discuss the new measure. 

Why We Get Fat

Gary Taubes, correspondent for Science magazine and author of Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It discusses diet and the obesity epidemic.  

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Snow Cleanup Assessment

You may have noticed that the snow cleanup seems uneven throughout the city. New York Times reporter Russ Buettner discusses how the city prioritizes the cleanup after a storm. New York City Public Advocate Bill di Blasio joins the conversation and takes listeners' calls on how the city reacted to the blizzard.

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Live Coverage of Bloomberg Press Conference

Mayor Mike Bloomberg gave a press conference today from City Hall on the city's first snow storm of the year. 


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