medicine http://wamc.org en Final Novel In Deborah Harkness' "All Souls Trilogy" http://wamc.org/post/final-novel-deborah-harkness-all-souls-trilogy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.deborahharkness.com/">Deborah Harkness</a> is a scholar and writer specializing in the history of science and medicine. She has received numerous awards, including Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. Currently a professor of history at the University of Southern California, she is the author of the New York Times bestselling <em>All Souls Trilogy</em>, and the final book in that trilogy, <em>The Book of Life</em>, is out today.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94880 at http://wamc.org Final Novel In Deborah Harkness' "All Souls Trilogy" Dr. Marco Bisoffi, Chapman Univeristy - Thinking Outside the Tumor http://wamc.org/post/dr-marco-bisoffi-chapman-univeristy-thinking-outside-tumor <p>Studying the area surrounding a cancerous tumor may provide new medical insights.</p><p>Dr. Marco Bisoffi, associate professor of biological sciences at Chapman University, is studying<em> field cancerization</em> to help treat the deadly disease.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 88505 at http://wamc.org Dr. Marco Bisoffi, Chapman Univeristy - Thinking Outside the Tumor "Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients" by Ben Goldacre http://wamc.org/post/bad-pharma-how-drug-companies-mislead-doctors-and-harm-patients-ben-goldacre <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We like to imagine that medicine is based on evidence and the results of fair testing and clinical trials. In reality, those tests and trials are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors who write prescriptions for everything from antidepressants to cancer drugs to heart medication are familiar with the research literature about a drug, when in reality much of the research is hidden from them by drug companies.</span></p><p>With Ben Goldacre’s characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0865478007/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0865478007&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0865478007" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em> reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for regulation. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59922 at http://wamc.org "Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients" by Ben Goldacre "A Nation In Pain: Healing Our Biggest Health Problem" By Judy Foreman http://wamc.org/post/nation-pain-healing-our-biggest-health-problem-judy-foreman <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Out of 238 million American adults, 100 million live in chronic pain. And yet the press has paid more attention to the abuses of pain medications than the astoundingly widespread condition they are intended to treat.</p><p>Ethically, the failure to manage pain better is tantamount to torture. When chronic pain is inadequately treated, it undermines the body and mind. Indeed, the risk of suicide for people in chronic pain is twice that of other people.</p><p>Far more than just a symptom, writes author <a href="http://www.judyforeman.com/">Judy Foreman</a>, chronic pain can be a disease in its own right -- the biggest health problem facing America today.</p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 84608 at http://wamc.org "A Nation In Pain: Healing Our Biggest Health Problem" By Judy Foreman "Knocking On Heaven's Door" By Katy Butler http://wamc.org/post/knocking-heavens-door-katy-butler <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.katybutler.com/site/">Katy Butler</a> was living thousands of miles from her vigorous and self-reliant parents when the call came: a crippling stroke had left her proud seventy-nine-year-old father unable to fasten a belt or complete a sentence. Tragedy at first drew the family closer: her mother devoted herself to caregiving, and Butler joined the twenty-four million Americans helping shepherd parents through their final declines.</p><p>In <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1451641974/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1451641974&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1451641974" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em>, award-winning journalist Katy Butler ponders her parents’ desires for “Good Deaths” and the forces within medicine that stood in the way.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 73053 at http://wamc.org "Knocking On Heaven's Door" By Katy Butler Thomas Maier On The Couple Who Taught America How to Love http://wamc.org/post/thomas-maier-couple-who-taught-america-how-love <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CDgQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sho.com%2F&amp;ei=M4zZUuCzF9HUsATe3IDwCw&amp;usg=AFQjCNGT_23HFlhGTmN7ouZsL8a5grromw&amp;sig2=VdNtSMiyDAkdqiH3w3Zplw&amp;bvm=bv.59568121,d.cWc">Showtime's</a> dramatic series </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Masters of Sex</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, starring Michael Sheen and </span>Lizzy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Caplan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is based on this real-life story of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson.</span></p><p>Convincing hundreds of men and women to shed their clothes and copulate, the pair were the nation’s top experts on love and intimacy. Highlighting interviews with the notoriously private Masters and the ambitious Johnson, critically acclaimed biographer <a href="http://www.thomasmaierbooks.com/">Thomas Maier</a> shows how this unusual team changed the way we all thought about, talked about, and engaged in sex while they simultaneously tried to make sense of their own relationship.</p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 82089 at http://wamc.org Thomas Maier On The Couple Who Taught America How to Love Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-mass-humanities-literature-medicine-humanities-heart-health-care <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This morning we’ll discuss </span><a href="http://www.masshumanities.org/literature_medicine" style="line-height: 1.5;">MassHumanities Literature &amp; Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – it’s a six-month long program that allows medical professionals to reflect on their work through the power of literature. Hospitals host scholar-led discussion groups and together they explore works of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction that illuminate issues central to caring for people, whether they are well, sick, or dying.</span></p><p>Our guests are Pleun Bouricius, Director of Grants and Programs for MASSHumanities, and <a href="http://www.hampshire.edu/faculty/bmeagher.htm">Robert Meagher</a>, Professor of Humanities at Hampshire College.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 81130 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care Shine A Light Lung Cancer Vigil http://wamc.org/post/shine-light-lung-cancer-vigil <p></p><p>More than 90 communities across the&nbsp;country take part in the<a href="http://www.lungcanceralliance.org/shinealightonlungcancer/"> Lung Cancer Alliance's Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigi</a>l throughout the month of November. A Vigil at Albany Medical Center - Hilton Garden Inn will take place Thursday night, November 14th at 5:30pm.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Alliance is looking to advocate for public health dollars for research for cheap, widely available early detection like a blood&nbsp;or urine tests, and provide patient support services. And they look to triple lung cancer survivorship by 2020. Joining us to tell us more:</span></p><p>Dr. Hilton Hossanah is here, he is a Thoracic Surgeon and Assistant Professor at Albany Medical Center. We also welcome Betsy McPhail:&nbsp; She built a network of support as a caregiver, which gave her the support she needed to get through.&nbsp;Her 20's something sister was diagnosed and died from lung cancer. And Phyllis Goldstein is Director of Lung Cancer Alliance New York and a never smoker survivor who found the path of advocacy to honor the death of her best friend and her father to lung cancer.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue & 77493 at http://wamc.org Shine A Light Lung Cancer Vigil Coates: Corporate Influence On Medicine http://wamc.org/post/coates-corporate-influence-medicine <p>Today, commentator Dr. Andrew Coates discussed the corporate influence on medicine. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 17:50:00 +0000 Andrew Coates 77341 at http://wamc.org Yale Professor Wins Nobel Prize http://wamc.org/post/yale-professor-wins-nobel-prize <p>NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) &mdash; A <a href="http://www.yale.edu/" target="_blank">Yale University</a> professor says that learning he won the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine was like an &quot;out of body experience.&quot;</p><p><a href="http://medicine.yale.edu/bbs/people/james_rothman.profile" target="_blank">James Rothman</a> is one of three researchers to win the prize for discoveries on how hormones, enzymes and other key substances are transported within cells.</p><p>Rothman said work on the project recognized Monday began in 1978.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:17:21 +0000 Associated Press 75103 at http://wamc.org