18-37 Segment 1: The Coming “Hothouse Earth”

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Rising global temperatures have produced effects such as extreme weather and a rising sea level. Climate scientists fear that if temperatures continue to rise, we may soon reach the point of no return. If the earth’s natural cooling systems start to fail, each could feed failure of the next, resulting in a hothouse with large portions of the planet uninhabitable. Authors of a major report on this phenomenon explain.

Guests:

  • Dr. Diana Liverman, Professor of Geography and Development, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Katherine Richardson, Professor of Biological Oceanography and leader, Sustainability Science Center, Univerity of Copenhagen
  • Dr. Kristina Dahl, Senior Climate Specialist, Union of Concerned Scientists

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18-37 Segment 2: Imposter Syndrome

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Many people who are smart, talented and successful still believe they are incompetent on the inside and that others will eventually find out. This “imposter syndrome” can undermine careers and lead to psychological distress. Two noted experts in the field discuss origins and how to deal with the phenomenon.

Guests:

  • Dr. Valerie Young, founder, impostersyndrome.com and author, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It
  • Dr. Pauline Rose Clane, Professor Emeritus, Georgia State University

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18-36 Segment 1: Using Naloxone for Drug Overdoses

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The drug Naloxone has been hailed as a lifesaver, as it can reverse the effects of what would otherwise be fatal opioid overdoses. Expert panels recommend that more average citizens carry it, especially those likely to be in contact with drug users. However, obstacles including cost prevent even some first responders from having access. A new study also shows Naloxone may have unintended consequences, such as more drug use. Experts discuss.

Guests:

  • Dr. Patrice Harris, Chair, Opioid Task Force and President-Elect, American Medical Association
  • Dr. Carl Latkin, Professor of Health, Behavior, and Society, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Dr. Jennifer Doleac, Associate Professor of Economics, Texas A&M University

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18-36 Segment 2: Saving Talk Therapy for Mental Illness

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Decades ago, psychiatric treatment meant talk therapy. Now it usually means drugs or cognitive behavioral therapy for an extremely short time. A noted clinical psychologist and author explains why patients are better served when talk therapy is an option for recovery.

Guest:

  • Dr. Enrico Gnaulati, clinical psychologist and author, Saving Talk Therapy: How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science are Ruining Good Mental Health Care

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18-35 Segment 1: Healthcare and the Homeless

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Homeless Americans have a life expectancy of only around 50, and often use the ER for primary care at a huge cost. The lack of follow-up care for their illnesses and the mental health or substance abuse disorders common in this population add up to an enormous health burden. Experts discuss how doctors on the street can improve health for the homeless and lower cost for society.

Guests:

  • Dr. Jim Withers, Medical Director and Founder, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System Operation Safety Net and the Street Medicine Institute 
  • Dr. Jim O’Connell, President, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program and author, Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor

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18-35 Segment 2: An Online Test for Dementia

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If dementia is recognized early, medication and coping strategies are very beneficial. However, dementia is often undiagnosed and untreated until it is far along. A newly developed online test can help assess if someone has mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to dementia.

Guest:

  • Dr. Douglas Scharre, Director, Division of Cognitive Neurology, Ohio State University

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Medical Notes 18-35

 

Medical Notes this week…

Are you worried about developing dementia? Well, lowering your blood pressure can cut the risk of memory decline. A SPRINT MIND study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference shows aggressively lowering blood pressure significantly reduces the risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia among hypertension patients. Results also show significant cardiovascular benefits in people whose systolic blood pleasure was lowered aggressively to below 120. Experts suggest seeing your doctor and knowing your numbers.

Osteoporosis is responsible for as many as half of all fractures in women and one in four in men over the age of 50…but a new test could give people decades of warning. A study in the journal PLOS ONE describes a new genetic screening test that may predict a person’s future risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture. That would allow people to take vitamin D, calcium and participate in weight-bearing exercise to stave off later ill effects.

And finally…friendship might be priceless…but is it timeless? A new study in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships shows it takes more than 200 hours of togetherness before someone can be considered a close friend. But experts say it’s worth it. They say time and activity shared are strategic investments toward sustaining our belongingness needs.

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