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A conversation has broken out online about how much information is too much information when it comes to blogging and tweeting about illness. The Brian Lehrer Show takes calls from those who write about their health on the sense of community, the role of humor, and the reasons people decide to share.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Journalist Diane Francis has a modest proposal: the U.S. and Canada should merge. She talks about what both countries could bring to the partnership. Plus: neuroscientist Sam Harris on lying; economist Emily Oster debunks pregnancy myths about what’s dangerous for a woman who is expecting; and a deep look at “mismatch diseases”; how to be a friend to a friend who is sick; and an urban monk talks about spirituality in the city.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
By Janet Babin : Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News
A parasite usually found in tropical or subtropical nations may have found its way to New Jersey and six other states, making some people sick, officials say.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Ovarian cancer is called the silent killer. Most women don’t receive a diagnosis until the disease has spread, until the chances for survival have dwindled. Once diagnosed, the treatment might be just as bad as the disease, as Dr. Vivian Bearing, the main character in Margaret Edson’s play “Wit," explains: "I am in isolation because I am being treated for cancer," she says. "My treatment imperils my health. Herein lies the paradox." Like Vivian Bearing, Susan Gubar is a professor of English, coping with ovarian cancer. Yet Professor Gubar's story of diagnosis and treatment is quite different from the one Margaret Edsons chronicles in "Wit."
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
On April 12, 1955, Edward R. Murrow interviewed Dr. Jonas Salk on the CBS show, "See it Now." Salk’s polio vaccine had just been proven effective in preventing the disease. Murrow asked who owned the vaccine. "The people I would say," Salk answered. "There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?" Medical research culture has changed dramatically since Salk's time. Had it been invented today, it seems likely that the polio vaccine would have been patented immediately, and that Salk would have worked for a pharmaceutical company, rather than a university.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
One in eight people over age 65 suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Most patients develop late-onset Alzheimer's. Scientists have found a predisposing genetic risk factor for this type of the disease, and while they have yet to discover a direct genetic link, researchers have isolated the early-onset Alzheimer’s gene. Early-onset Alzheimer's is rare, affecting only five percent of Alzheimer’s patients. But it can strike as early as 30, with devastating consequences for the patient and their families. Many families are unprepared for the difficult decisions caregivers face when their loved ones are diagnosed with early- or late-onset Alzheimer's.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
More than 2,000 people are sick and 20 dead in Germany from an E. coli outbreak that German officials still don't know the source of. The scare has spread to the U.S., where many are worried about a similar outbreak happening here. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported Tuesday that most food-borne illnesses were down, except for salmonella and a group of rare E. coli bacteria related to the German one. Is hysteria warranted?
Monday, May 23, 2011
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