19-12 Segment 2: Taking Body Basics Seriously

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Many people have questions about their bodies that seem so silly, they never bring them up with their doctors. While the answers are sometimes humorous, often they are more complicated and important than we imagine. An expert physician/writer discusses.

Guest:

  • Dr. James Hamblin, Senior Editor, Atlantic Magazine and author, If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body

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18-50 Segment 1: The Good and Bad of Medical Crowdfunding

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Medical campaigns account for a third of monies raised on crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe, and many people who’ve fallen through the holes of the safety net have been helped this way. But new studies show that fraud is rampant in crowdfunding, with fake patients and medical providers who all too eager to take money for worthless treatment. Experts discuss these issues and the need for regulation.

Guests:

  • Dr. Jeremy Snyder, Professor of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Dr. Art Caplan, head, Division of Medical Ethics, New York University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Nora Kenworthy, Assitant Professor of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Washington-Bothell

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18-50 Segment 2: Avoiding Food Waste

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During the holidays, leftovers from gatherings and parties may threaten to take over the refrigerator. An expert discusses consumer-friendly how-to’s, including how to read labels, that can lengthen food life and help avoid food waste.

Guest:

  • Karen Bakies, registered dietitian and Vice President of Nutrition Affairs, American Dairy Association Mideast

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18-43 Segment 2: Narcolepsy and Cataplexy

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Sleep disorders can be difficult to diagnose and treat. A science journalist discusses his efforts to overcome narcolepsy, which produces extreme daytime sleepiness, and cataplexy, which produces instant sleep-like paralysis, as well as the science behind sleep disorders.

Guests:

  • Henry Nicholls, author, Sleepyhead: The Neuroscience of a Good Night’s Sleep

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17-34 Segment 2: Multitasking: Practically Impossible

 

Do you consider yourself a multitasker? Are you reading this while you watch the news? Although you might think you are good at multitasking, research shows around 97.5% of the population is actually bad at doing two things at once.

University of Utah Professor Dr. David Strayer says that while everyone thinks they are good at multitasking, it actually blinds us to what we’re doing. For example, if you drive while talking on the phone, you might not remember the full conversation because you needed to focus on the road. Multitasking places demands on certain areas of the brain, and most of the time the brain cannot accept two demands at once. Researchers also found those who frequently multitask tend to be more impulsive and sensation-seeking.

Researchers call people who can actually multitask “supertaskers.”  Supertaskers’ brains  allow them to efficiently carry out two activities at once, and they develop this talent at birth.

Guests:

  • Dr. David Strayer, Professor of Cognition Neurosciences, University of Utah

  • Dr. Jason Watson, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Utah

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