If I tell you that today's show looks into the near future and sees a wave of new drugs and other therapies that can enhance moral behavior, maybe you'll tell me: enough with the science fiction. But in some ways, the drugs are already here.
Oxytocin, sometimes known as the love hormone, increases empathy and social bonding. And oxytocin can already be taken -- for other reasons -- in nasal spray form.
Wow. When I decided to do a show on genetically engineered foods, I had no understanding of the bitterness and distrust that exists on both sides of the issue. This is one of those debates in which pretty much everything is contested, from the credentials of the person talking against your points to the language employed in the discussions.
It may be hard for some of you to remember, but there was a time when the correct answers to the clues to the New York Times crossword puzzle were for all intents and purposes out of reach. I mean, you could take the Sunday magazine with you to the library and look stuff up. Or you could wait a week for the answers. But there was no Google. The crossword doer today lives in a constant state of temptation.
Mark Messier's team for 12 years? You could look it up. That Rimsy Korsakov opera title? It's there to be found.
Veterans who are students at the University of Connecticut at Storrs will come back from winter break to a space just for them. It's called OASIS, or Operation Academic Support for Incoming Servicemembers.
The idea goes back to 2007, when the state Department of Veterans Affairs decided servicemembers who enrolled in college needed a place on campus where they could seek out support as they transitioned back to civilian life.
Whether it's 30 minutes of 24 hours, time under anesthesia is time you'll never get back. Anesthesia finds the light switch of the brain and flicks it off. We're not conscious, we don't feel pain, we don't remember and we don't move. Even now, 165 years into the age of anesthesia, we know what works but we don't know exactly how. Consciousness is a mystery, so there's no exact road map for his induced and carefully controlled state of unconsciousness is.
A lot of attention has been paid lately to troops coming home from Iraq now that the war is over.
But thousands of soldiers who have served post 9-11 are home already and many continue to struggle in civilian life. One of these struggles is combating suicidal thoughts.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs finds that eighteen veterans die by suicide each day. In Connecticut, Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, Linda Schwartz says in the last year, an estimated fourteen veterans in the state committed suicide. But she stresses suicide is often underreported.
We are constantly confronting death. If you watch those CSI shows, you see death. If you watch cable shows, like "Boardwalk Empire", you see gruesome grisly death. If you watch the news or read the paper, you find out about people who died.
But none of them are us.
They're abstractions. They don't tell us about our own deaths any more than Lord of the Rings tells us about our impending trip to Mordor. Death, in television and even in the news, is usually somebody else's problem.
As the U-S Supreme Court prepares to test the constitutionality of President Obama's signature health care reform law, state officials across the country are trying to figure out the best ways to implement it -- even if they don't think it's the best option out there. Victoria Veltri is Connecticut's health care advocate. As the state gears up for the introduction of its private health insurance exchange, where those without insurance can buy it, Veltri told WNPR's Where We Live that she'd like to see something totally different. A public health insurance plan.
Connecticut’s new healthcare advocate, Victoria Veltri is tasked with helping residents through the maze of health care laws, regulations and roadblocks.
Veltri’s involved in disputes between insurance carriers and health care providers; disputes about the state’s Medicaid program for low-income adults; and about the implementation of state health exchanges.
A University of Connecticut professor has been studying two treatment therapies for post traumatic stress disorder. The study focuses on the military community which sees a disproportionate number of PTSD cases.
Canto had been following a version of the supposedly life extending calorie-restricting diet. He looked youthful and alert and healthy. Owen had been eating a reasonably healthy, traditional diet. He looked fat and run-down.
Canto and Owen were the same age. They were also monkeys.
The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether it's constitutional to make Americans buy health insurance -- and if not, whether the rest of the health care overhaul can take effect. The court's announcement means some uncertainty for Connecticut and states across the country.
After a decade of wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, more young veterans are back from combat with nowhere to live. New numbers just released from the federal VA and HUD find in the last year, 13,000 homeless veterans were between the ages of 18 and 30.
They make up nine percent of homeless veterans nationwide but their numbers are only expected to rise as troop drawdowns continue. In Connecticut, there are anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 veterans who are homeless each day.
Most people have heard of Ronald McDonald houses that provide a place for sick children and their families to stay while seeking medical treatment. But chances are you haven't heard of a Fisher House. Now there's an effort to build one in West Haven.
Turn on an NFL game this month and you're likely to see linebackers sporting pink cleats and gloves. Buy groceries and you'll have your choice of products -- from yogurt to mushrooms -- in pink packaging. As the Connecticut Mirror and WNPR's Jeff Cohen report, "Pinktober" and breast cancer awareness month have people's attention. Breast cancer is among the most common forms of cancer and kills about 40,000 people a year in the U.S. But it's not the leading cause of death for men and women -- that's heart disease.
Airdate: October 17, 2011 A recent Pew Center study of U.S military in the post 9-11 era found 37 percent of veterans suffer from post traumatic stress. For those diagnosed with PTSD and who are getting care at a VA facility, one of the treatments used is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing or EMDR. It's therapy to resolve trauma related disorders.
More than 19 million Americans suffer from depression, but fewer than half seek treatment. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Thursdsay/last week was National Depression Screening Day -- a push to get more people to the doctor's office. David Wheeler is a clinical psychologist at Natchaug Hospital in Mansfield.
Bill Clinton is a vegan. You'd think that would be a bigger story: one of humankind's most voracious carnivores swiching to the other extreme. For Clinton, it's probably all about heart health, although it may have helped that his daughter Chelsea was already a vegan. Veganism is increasingly popular among some of the bigshot of corporate capitalism. Steve Jobs, Steve Wynn, Mortimer Zuckerman, Russell Simmons.
Doctors may want to think carefully about the language they use when talking with parents about a child’s weight. A new study by Yale University researchers finds that certain words reinforce negative stigma and may undermine important discussions about health.
More than 1,000 veterans from all over Connecticut were expected in Rocky Hill Friday for an annual event called Stand Down; it's an outreach event hosted by the state Department of Veteran Affairs to help veterans in need. Stand Down is in its 16th year, an event VA Commissioner Linda Schwartz looks forward to every year. Here, she is welcoming nursing students who volunteered at the event. "Hey, hey!' 'Hi Commish.' 'It's the Yale School of Nursing!"
There isn't too much Colin McEnroe Show producer Patrick Skahill won't do for his job, and this month that includes giving up meat, dairy and all manner of animal products for an upcoming show on veganism. Follow along as Patrick heats the tofurky and goes through hard-core donut withdrawl. Add your questions, cheers, and complaints in the comments section.
September 8, 2011
Here's a tip - if you don't want to be the center of attention at your neice's first birthday, DON'T announce you've gone vegan.
Insurer Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is asking the state for an increase in the rate it charges for its individual health plans. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. According to a filing with the state insurance department, Anthem wants to increase rates by 12.9 percent for some of its policies. Arielle Levin Becker covers healthcare for the Connecticut Mirror. "Anthem is asking for a 12.9 percent increase and it's across several different products that they offer, several different types of individual market plans.