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Cancer Changed Ken Jeong's Comedy

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

After years of working as a physician, Ken Jeong quit to pursue acting. Then his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, and he found himself needing to think like a doctor again.

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Radiolab

Reckoning With End of Life Care

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Listen to Jad and producer Sean Cole discuss the chasm between the end-of-life care doctors want for themselves and the care end-of-life patients often receive, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
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WNYC News

When Your Cancer Doctor Gives You ‘12 Months to Live,’ Here’s What That Really Means

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A prognosis is not an absolute number. Now doctors are acknowledging just how uncertain the course of an illness can be.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why We Make Health Care Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

 There's a sea of medical information out there. The New York Times' Gina Kolata advises us on how to wade through it and get the best care from our doctors.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Doctor's Diagnosis of the Medical System

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A doctor diagnoses what's wrong with America's medical system.

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The Takeaway

Deadly Ebola Virus Reaches U.S. Physicians

Monday, July 28, 2014

Healthcare workers in some parts of Africa are now taking on two battles—the fight to control the growing threat of the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 670 people in four countries since March, and now armed youths who are threatening doctors who they believe are spreading the disease, not containing it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How to Get Better Health Care from Your Doctor

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Is diagnosis a lost art? Hear how to avoid dangerous tests, get the right diagnosis, and ask the important follow-up questions to avoid grave mistakes.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 373: Going Home

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

When the StoryCorps Mobile Booth visited Durham, North Carolina in 2006, David Wright decided to interview his friend, Eddie Lanier, Jr.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sifting the Medicare Data

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thanks to a Wall Street Journal lawsuit, Medicare released details on how much individual doctors were reimbursed for the year 2012 in a searchable database.  Melinda Beck, health reporter for the Journal, talks about what we've learned so far from the Medicare data. What are consumers and doctors finding out about patient care and billing practices?  Call in and share your findings at 212-433-9692, that's 212-433-WNYC.

 

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Radiolab

The Bitter End

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

We turn to doctors to save our lives -- to heal us, repair us, and keep us healthy. But when it comes to the critical question of what to do when death is at hand, there seems to be a gap between what we want doctors to do for us, and what doctors want done for themselves.

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Radiolab

Plotting a Pain Scale

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pain is a fundamental part of life, and often a very lonely part. Doctors want to understand their patients' pain, and we all want to understand the suffering of our loved ones. But pinning down another person's hurt is a slippery business. Is your relentless lower back pain more or ...

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The Takeaway

Diagnosing the Annual Medical Checkup

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dr. Gilbert Welch is a general internist at the White River Junction, Vermont VA and a professor of Medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Research. He's also the author of "Over-Diagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health" and joins The Takeaway to discuss when to use preventative medicine, and his suggestions for improving the annual checkup.

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The Takeaway

Does Medical School Make Students Jaded and Bitter?

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The third year of medical school is a turning point for all the future doctors of America. It's the time when medical students transition from the classroom years to the clinical years. It's a time when the future patients of American hope they cultivate a love for healing and the wonders of the human body. But alas, Dr. Danielle Ofri has her doubts. As she sees it, the hope and altruism which led medical students to the field gets pounded down by medical school itself.

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Soundcheck

Telling a Medical Story Through Music -- And Words

Friday, March 01, 2013

In the summer of 2008, Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Fred Hersch spent two months in a medically-induced coma. Not only did he survive, but when he awoke, he remembered having a series of dreams and nightmares. Working with the Grammy-winning director Herschel Garfein, he shaped those memories into a music theater piece called "My Coma Dreams."  It's about one man’s time in a place where the line between life and death is somewhat blurry.

Now, we’re used to the arts having a narrative storyline, but you might be surprised to learn that medicine can be a narrative practice too. Fred Hersch’s piece is being presented in conjunction with Columbia University’s Program in Narrative Medicine. Dr. Rita Charon, executive director of the program, and composer Fred Hersch join us to explain. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Newark Emergency

Friday, February 15, 2013

Sampson Davis, New Jersey-based board certified emergency medicine physician, founder of the Three Doctors Foundation, and the author of The Pact and Living and Dying in Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home (Spiegel & Grau, 2013),  talks about growing up in and working as an ER doctor in Newark and what it taught him about healthcare in America.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Doctors Want from End of Life Care

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Why do so many end-of-life patients get care that is ineffective? Radiolab Jad Abumrad on the show's recent story.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Who Made Money Off Sandy?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A group of leading Senators have announced a deal on immigration reform. Chung-Wha Hong of the New York Immigration Coalition talks about the bipartisan proposal. Plus: Benjamin Barber on how cities are responding to global issues; WNYC’s Robert Lewis on the economics of the Sandy recovery, including lucrative contracts; Jad Abumrad and Sean Cole talk about a recent Radiolab piece about what doctors want for their own end of life care; Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18) talks about representing the Hudson Valley; and can we ever stop drivers from honking?

The Brian Lehrer Show

Mental Health Changes in New York's Gun Laws

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New York has passed sweeping gun control legislation that also includes significant changes to mental health policy. Sarah Steverman, director of state policy at Mental Health America, discusses the implications for the treatment of mental health and the doctor-patient relationship.

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Radiolab

The Bitter End

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

We turn to doctors to save our lives -- to heal us, repair us, and keep us healthy. But when it comes to the critical question of what to do when death is at hand, there seems to be a gap between what we want doctors to do for us, and what doctors want done for themselves.

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The Takeaway

Medical Schools Experiment with Shorter Courses

Thursday, December 27, 2012

There are few professions, if any, that require as much as training as becoming a doctor, but now, that process could become one year shorter. Bioethicist Art Caplan discusses a new plan by NYU to allow some students to finish medical school in three years, instead of four.

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