Synopsis: Doctors often deal with bacterial infections, but they are less familiar with infections involving several different kinds of bacteria in a matrix. This form, known as biofilm, is surprisingly common, resistant to many antibiotics, and gaining new attention as a source of hard to eradicate infections. Experts discuss.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Phil Stewart, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Montana State University; Dr. Randall Wolcott, Medical Director, Southwest Regional Wound Care Center, Lubbock, TX; Bill Soukup, President, Scientific Biofilm Solutions and Healthy Household Cleansers
Synopsis: Young adolescents often are allowed to take over the counter drugs on their own, but many OTC medicines, especially acetaminophen, can be dangerous. Experts discuss how to educate tweens on taking OTC drugs safely.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Tanya Altman, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Mattel Children’s Hospital, UCLA and spokesperson, American Academy of Pediatrics; Dr. Janet Engle, Executive Associate Dean, Professor and head of Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy; Sharon Mielke, mother of victim of OTC drug death.
Synopsis: Genetic testing has become a widespread reality in the past five years, but doctors are struggling with what many genetic findings really mean. Should patients should be told about the presence of genes that might be either dangerous… or perfectly harmless? Experts discuss.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Dan Roden, Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Biomedical Informatics and Assistant Vice Chancellor, Personalized Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Dr. Gerald Feldman, Professor of Molecular Genetics in Medicine, Pediatrics and Pathology, Wayne State University and President, American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics; Dr. Ellen Wright Clayton, member, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society and Professor of Pediatrics and Law, Vanderbilt University
Synopsis: Many experts disagree over the roots of the obesity crisis some 40 years ago. One well-known expert describes why he believes sugar is to blame, and the changes in the market and government advisories that made sugar a much heavier part of our diets.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Robert Lustig, pediatric endocrinologist, University of California, San Francisco, President, Institute for Responsible Nutrition and author, Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease
Synopsis: Patients often keep lifestyle secrets from their physicians even though it may be harmful to their health. Experts discuss the most common reasons for secret-keeping and the consequences that may result.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Daphne Miller, family physician, San Francisco; Karen Giblin, President, Red Hot Mamas menopause management program
Synopsis: Paramedics and EMTs are the first responders of the health system and often find volent, confusing situations on their arrival. A former paramedic describes the “inside story” of the job, its dangers and rewards.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Kevin Hazzard, author, A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back
Synopsis: Many primary care doctors are unhappy with the “factory medicine” they have to practice. Some are creating “concierge medicine” practices in response, cutting patient roles and asking for retainer fees from those that remain. Patients receive much longer appointments, greater access, and more personal care for these higher fees. Two concierge doctors and a patient discuss.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Uday Jani, internist, Lewis, DE; Dr. Jeffrey Puglisi, Glenville Medical Concierge Care, Greenwich, CT; “Suzy,” concierge patient