15-31 Segment 1: The Risk of the Front Passenger Seat

 

Synopsis: Few people are aware that the vehicle occupant most likely to be hurt in a crash is the one in the front passenger seat. Experts discuss why this occurs, the different injuries that can occur there, and many ways car occupants can protect themselves from injury.

Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Meghan Smeenge, injured in auto accident; Dr. David Pedley, consultant, accident and emergency medicine, Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary, Scotland; Dr. Peter Cummings, Emeritus Prof. of Epidemiology, Univ. of Washington; Dr. Elisa Braver, Adjunct Assoc. Prof. of Epidemiology, Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine

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15-31 Segment 2: Preserving Life Versus Prolonging Death

 

Synopsis: It’s a fine line between preserving life and prolonging death. An award winning science writer discusses her experience observing how medical professionals and patients differ in their acceptance of impending death, and what families need to know to navigate the end of life toward a “good death.”

Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Katy Butler, author, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

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15-30 Segment 1: Your Brain With Tinnitus

 

Synopsis: Scientists have discovered that tinnitus, or “ringing in the ears,” involves many more areas of the brain than just those involved with hearing. Experts explain why the findings mean it will be difficult to develop treatments for tinnitus, and what sufferers can do now.

Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Richard Salvi, Distinguished Professor of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, University at Buffalo; Dr. Phillip Gander, University of Iowa

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15-30 Segment 2: Child Suicide Survivors

 

Synopsis: Children whose parents die by suicide face a difficult emotional recovery. Well-meaning adults often make it worse with their mistakes in how they talk about the death. Experts discuss the right and wrong ways to help children cope with parental suicide.

Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Wendy Parmley, psychotherapist and author, Hope After Suicide: One Woman’s Journey From Darkness to Light; Donna Schuurman, CEO, Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families, Portland, OR

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15-29 Segment 1: Maternal Mortality

 

Synopsis: The death rate surrounding pregnancy in the US has been climbing to the point it compares with some third world countries rather than the western European nations we once compared to. Experts discuss possible reasons for the increase and one possible way to reverse it–more reliance on midwives.

Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Kate Menard, Professor and Chief, Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine; Patricia Harman, certified nurse-midwife and author, The Midwife of Hope River novel series.

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15-29 Segment 2: The Joy of Singing

 

Synopsis: Research shows that singing in a group has health benefits, as well as simply making people feel good. Experts and participants discuss this increasing singing trend in society, and how singing is being used to treat one serious disease.

Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Stacy Horn, author, Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others; Dr. Barbara Reuer, CEO and Founder, Musicworx, Inc. music therapy practice, San Diego; Karen Hesley, speech pathologist and director, Tremble Clefs singing group

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15-28 Segment 1: Perfect Pitch

 

Synopsis: The ability to “know” the musical pitch of any sound has traditionally been thought to be learnable only at a very early age through musical training. But new research shows perfect pitch is teachable to adults as well. Experts discuss the implications on all forms of learning.

Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Diana Deutsch, Professor of Psychology, University of California, San Diego; Stephen Van Hedger, PhD student in cognitive psychology, University of Chicago; Dr. Howard Nusbaum, Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago

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15-28 Segment 2: Air Pollution and Lung Health

 

Synopsis: Air pollution is blamed for one of every eight deaths worldwide, including 200,000 in the US each year. A noted lung physician discusses some of the diseases smog can cause and ways to keep your lungs safe.

Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Steven Nathan, Director, Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Program, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA

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15-27 Segment 1: The Dangers of Trash

 

Synopsis: Most people don’t think much about what happens to their trash after they set it at the curb. But day in and day out, refuse workers have the most dangerous municipal job, with more injuries than police or firefighters. Two experts discuss the massive job of hauling our garbage away.

Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Robin Nagle, Clinical prof. of Anthropology and Urban Studies, New York Univ., anthropologist in residence, New York Sanitation Dept., and author, Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City; Sam Shick, franchise operator, 1-800-GOT-JUNK

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15-27 Segment 2: TV Doctors

 

Synopsis: TV doctors wield tremendous influence with patients, sometimes even more than a person’s own doctor. Yet studies show that the advice you hear on TV is often unsupported by medical research. Experts discuss how celebrity doctors miss the mark and why they’re so popular.

Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Christina Korownyk, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Alberta; Dr. Georgianna Donadio, Program Director, National Institute of Whole Health; Dr. Lindsey Meredith, Professor of Marketing, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University

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