Synopsis: Bell’s palsy is a frightening malfunction in the nerve controlling half of the face that occurs for unknown reasons. Sufferers often think they’re having a stroke. While Bell’s palsy often resolves on its own, it can leave permanent effects. Experts and two people who’ve had the disorder discuss.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Mandy, Bell’s palsy patient; Dr. Steven Lewis, Prof. and Assoc. Chairman, Dept. of Neurological Sciences, Rush University Medical Center; Dr. Lisa Ishii, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Kerry Schrambeck, Bell’s palsy patient
Synopsis: Many doctors believe emotion is detrimental to medical practice, and many patients think doctors are cold and emotionless. But one influential physician explains why emotion is important to doctors.
Host: Lynn Holley. Guest: Dr. Danielle Ofri, Associate Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine and author, What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine
Synopsis: More than five million children have been born as a result of in-vitro fertilization, but many are born as twins, triplets and even quadruplets. Experts discuss the challenges that result in multiple births and new technology that promises to reduce the number of multiples in IVF.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Arthur Wisot, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, UCLA School of Medicine and Reproductive Partners Medical Group; Dr. Barry Behr, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Lab Director, Fertility and Reproductive Health Program, Stanford University; Courtnay Kinney, IVF recipient
Synopsis: Social anxiety disorder is more than just shyness. It can be crippling and keep people completely inside the house. An expert whose daughter was afflicted discusses social anxiety warning signs in children and how the disorder can be treated.
Host: Lynn Holley. Guest: Jennifer Shannon, co-founder, Santa Rosa Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Santa Rosa, CA and author, The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens and The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens
Synopsis: Digital technology has revolutionized many industries, but medicine has lagged behind. One of the nation’s most influential doctors discusses why the shift hasn’t occurred yet, what the consequences are, and what it will take to bring health care technology to its full potential.
Host: Reed Pence. Guest: Dr. Robert Wachter, Professor and Associate Chairman, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and author, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age
Synopsis: Psychological or physical abuse by siblings is much more common than most people realize. It can leave severe psychological scars. However, parents often downplay it, calling it “normal sibling rivalry.” Experts discuss the extent of the problem, warning signs of abuse, and how parents can act without involving family services officials and endangering the family.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. John Caffaro, Distinguished Professor, California School of Professional Psychology; Nancy Kilgore, PTSD trainer, abuse survivor and author, Girl in the Water; Dr. Mandy Morrill, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Valparaiso University
Synopsis: When AIDS first became widespread in the 1980’s, it was a death sentence. A doctor who has spent her entire career on the front lines of HIV recounts the gloom and desperation of the early days and the transition of HIV into a treatable chronic disease.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Susan Ball, Associate Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, Assistant Director, Birnbaum Unite, Center for Special Studies, New York Presbyterian Hospital and author, Voices In the Band: A Doctor, Her Patients, and How the Outlook on AIDS Care Changed From Doomed to Hopeful
Synopsis: Testing for breast cancer genes BRCA-1 and 2 has been inaccessible to many women due to extremely high cost. Now a new $249 breast cancer gene test is available. Experts discuss whether this changes who should be tested and the ramifications of widespread testing.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Annette Bar-Cohen, Executive Director, Center for Advocacy Training, National Breast Cancer Coalition; Dr. Charis Eng, Professor and Chair, Genomic Medical Institute, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
Synopsis: The sense of smell evokes powerful memories and makes food taste good, but it also has important functions in interpersonal relations and personal safety. Experts discuss the science behind it.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Charles Wysocki, Behavioral Neuroscientist Emeritus, Monell Chemical Senses Center; Neil Pasricha, author, The Book of Awesome