Synopsis: Autism has been misunderstood ever since its first description in the 1940’s. Experts describe how this misunderstanding has drastically affected treatment of people with autism, and how schools and other institutions might change their approach and understanding to improve treatment.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Steve Silberman, author, Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity; Dr. Barry Prizant, Professor, Artists & Scientists As Partners group, Brown University and author, Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism
Synopsis: Children suffering from a rare disorder called cyclic vomiting may vomit for days on end once or twice a month. Experts describe how the disorder is often misdiagnosed and remains difficult to treat. However, children often eventually outgrow the disorder as it transitions into migraine headaches.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Kathleen Adams, mother of cyclic vomiting sufferer and founder, President and Research Liason, Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association; Dr. B Li, Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Cyclic Vomiting Program, Medical College of Wisconsin; Dr. Katja Kovacic, pediatric gastroenterologist, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Synopsis: Most medium and large businesses now have corporate wellness programs for employees in an effort to keep health insurance costs down. Many have incentives for reaching health goals. Experts discuss how these plans work and whether the effort shows up favorably on the bottom line.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Katherine Baicker, Professor of Health Economics, Harvard School of Public Health; Larry Chapman, President and CEO, Chapman Institute; Al Lewis, co-author, Cracking Health Costs: How to Cut Your Company’s Health Costs and Provide Employees Better Care
Synopsis: Many schools are cutting down on recess to focus on the 3R’s, but child development experts say play is part of children’s “work” and an important part of how they learn. One expert discusses.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Ann Gadzikowski, Early Childhood Coordinator, Center for Talent Development, Northwestern Univ. and author, Creating a Beautiful Mess: The Essential Experiences for a Joyful Childhood
Synopsis: Scientists have discovered that older research animals can seemingly be made young again with infusions of young blood which reactivate stem cells. Researchers have started to isolate factors in plasma that appear to be responsible, opening the door to possibly rolling back the clock on aging. Experts explain.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Harold Katcher, Professor of Biology, University of Maryland University College and co-founder, Turritopsis Corp.; Dr. Michael Conboy, researcher, University of California, Berkeley; Nelson Yee, founder, XVitality Sciences
Synopsis: A sleep disorder strangely named “exploding head syndrome” may keep more than 10 percent of people awake at night by inflicting them with crashing sounds that only they can hear. A sufferer and an expert discuss.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Walter Michka, health blogger and exploding head syndrome sufferer; Dr. Brian Sharpless, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Washington State University and author, Sleep Paralysis
Synopsis: Auto accidents are the largest cause of post-traumatic stress disorder. About 25 percent of people injured in car crashes will suffer from it. Accident survivors and one of the world’s foremost experts discuss variables that make PTSD worse and those that make recovery easier, as well as the essentials victims must carry out to recover.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Bill Hansen, car accident survivor; Dr. Edward Hickling, Professor of Psychology, University at Albany and co-author, After the Crash; Debbie Miller Koziarz, car accident survivor
Synopsis: Newly-invented powdered alcohol is entering the market, but some experts and legislators believe it should be banned because it’s likely to be abused by teens. Experts, the product’s inventor and legislators discuss.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Mark Phillips, Palcohol inventor; David Jernigan, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Rick Jones (R), State Senator, Michigan; Brian Kelsey (R), State Senator, Tennessee
Synopsis: Cancer biopsies traditionally require surgery to remove a piece of tumor. But doctors are increasingly able to find evidence of cancer in the blood, eliminating the need for surgery. Researchers hope to eventually be able to use these liquid biopsies for cancer screening and early diagnosis. Experts discuss.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Nicholas Papadopoulos, Professor of Oncology, Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Scott Kopetz, Associate Professor of Medical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Dr. Terry Friedlander, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco
Synopsis: Just as people face an obesity crisis in the US, so do our pets, who have many of the same health consequences as overweight humans. Experts discuss why pet obesity is a problem and ways pet owners can keep their furry friends healthy.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Ernie Ward, Veterinarian and founder, Association for Pet Obesity Prevention; Dr. Deborah Linder, Research Assistant Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University