Synopsis: Diseases apparently have distinctive odors that humans can’t detect. Researchers are using dogs, mice, rats and other animals to literally sniff out cancer and other diseases in the laboratory. In the 3rd World, rats are used to diagnose TB. Experts discuss the use of animals to diagnose disease and their efforts to build machines that can do the same thing.
Synopsis: Since FDA rules on prescription drug advertising were loosened in 1997, the amount of advertising has mushroomed. However, there is still controversy over whether that’s good for patients, and now the American Medical Association has come out for an ad ban. Experts discuss the pro’s and cons of direct to consumer advertising and its effect on patients and physicians.
Synopsis: Research shows that friends are the most powerful people in our lives, influencing our behavior, attitudes and health even more than our parents or spouses. An expert discusses the many ways friends determine our destinies.
Synopsis: For more than 10 years, hospitals have been plagued by shortages of important drugs, sometimes forcing doctors to decide who will receive them, and who will die. Experts explain why these shortages occur, the unfortunate outcomes, and what they do to try to minimize the damage.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Yoram Unguru, pediatric hematologist-oncologist, Children’s Hospital at Sini, Baltimore, and faculty member, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University; Bona Benjamin, Director of Medication Use Quality Improvement, American Society of Health System Pharmacists; Dr. Brian Fitzsimmons, cardiac anesthesiologist, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Synopsis: Experts discuss symptoms and treatments of Ménière’s disease, an often misdiagnosed disorder producing loss of hearing and crippling vertigo.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: James Raath, business consultant and author, Love Mondays; Dr. David Friedland, Professor and Vice Chair, Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin
Synopsis: In an age of increasing medical complexity, some leading thinkers in medical education are proposing that the time spent on medical education be cut by nearly one third. The key, these advocates say, is ridding curricula of requirements that most doctors never use. Experts discuss both sides of the issue.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Chair, Department of Biomedical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Victor Fuchs, Henry J. Kaiser Professor Emeritus of Economics and Health Policy, Stanford University and Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Dr. Gail Morrison, Senior Vice Dean for Education and Director of Academic Programs, University of Pennsylvania Pereleman School of Medicine.