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Radio Health Journal

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Listen to Radio Health Journal to get the latest scoop on what’s trending in health, science and technology, and the intersection of medicine and public policy. Each week we speak with leading experts to break down the complex medical jargon and report on a timely topic. Did you know ecstasy could help to cure PTSD? What does “Medicare for All” really mean? These subjects and more with two stories weekly, plus Medical Notes – a short recap of the top medical headlines in the news. Hosted by Reed Pence, Nancy Benson and Shel Lustig. New shows posted each Sunday by 5 a.m. EST. Subscribe and listen, and find out more info at Also, check out the latest on Instagram at radiohealthjournal and on Twitter at RadioHealthJrnl.
390 Episodes
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 1, 2019, including: A study that finds that artery blockages discovered during stress tests can be managed with medication.  Then, a study indicating cigarette smoking has hit an all-time low. Also, having more meatless burgers now could cut your dementia risk later. And finally, if people are more anxious these days, maybe it’s because they’re not getting enough sleep.
Studies show that law enforcement is the most sleep deprived of all professions, with potentially damaging and even fatal consequences for decision-making and reaction time, as well as long-term health damage. Experts discuss the unique challenges in having a poorly rested police force and in fixing it.
A growing number of pet owners are tempted to put their dog or cat on vegan, gluten-free or raw diets. An expert pet nutritionist and veterinarian discusses what pets should and shouldn’t eat to be healthy.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of November 24, 2019, including: A new study shows that early retirement can speed up cognitive decline. Then, if your skin is chronically itchy, you’re much more likely to be depressed and even suicidal. Plus, a study that shows that fungi are much more diverse and more numerous in urban homes and on the bodies of urban dwellers than in the jungle. Also, if you’re a fast walker in middle age, it may indicate you’re not aging as quickly as others. And finally, they say that failure is a great teacher… but it turns out that success is an even better one.
Women undergoing cancer treatment often suffer hair loss and other impacts on appearance. A noted beauty expert discusses best ways to deal with it.
Homelessness Myths

Homelessness Myths


Around a half million people are homeless in the US on any given night, but the street homeless who are most visible often incorrectly influence our assumptions about the homeless. A noted researcher discusses myths and truths about their addictions, employment, residences, and more, and why people often become homeless.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of November 17, 2019 including a three-drug combination that effectively targets Cystic Fibrosis. Then, a study shows that 13 percent of people over age 50 have pills left over from their last prescription. Then, a study that shows that having PTSD nearly doubles a person’s risk of infections. And finally... researchers have long observed that heavy alcohol use is associated with reduced brain size, with the conclusion that alcohol can shrink the brain. But now a study suggests that smaller brain size comes first.
The Changing Face Of HIV

The Changing Face Of HIV


HIV/AIDS was once an epidemic and a death sentence. But many Americans are too young to remember that, so HIV awareness has faded. One of the nation’s top HIV experts discusses HIV as a treatable, chronic illness and the need to still be vigilant—and be tested.
The Risks Of Egg Donation

The Risks Of Egg Donation


Some agencies estimate that 50,000 children have been born in the US using donor eggs. But egg donation (or sale, as some insist) is not regulated, and while short term risks are known, few donors have been followed for years. Long term risks are not well understood. Experts discuss what we know… and what we don’t.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of November 10, 2019, including: The largest study of its kind is strengthening the link between football and the brain disorder CTE. The study in the “Annals of Neurology’ finds that every year of playing football increases the risk of CTE by 30 percent. Then, cortisone injections are common among athletes to mask pain. They’re also used for everyday people who have symptoms of osteoarthritis. And finally, another study is proving that dog owners live longer.
Suicide Survivors

Suicide Survivors


For those left behind when a loved one dies of suicide, recovery can be difficult. Stigma, guilt, and blame are exceptionally common. They need more support, but often get less, and their own risk of suicide is elevated. Experts—one a suicide survivor herself—discuss the difficulties and ways survivors can cope.
Birth rates in the US are at an all time low, and fertility for all age groups under age 30 is dropping. Experts explain that it may not be as good a thing as we may think, and cite nations like Japan and Italy which are facing labor shortages and elderly populations as a result of less-than-replacement-level fertility.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of November 3, 2019, including: A study showing a growing number of young adults have substance use disorders. Then, a specific diet could help alleviate crushing fatigue for people with multiple sclerosis. And finally, a new study suggests men should stop drinking before conception to reduce the risk of heart disease in their offspring.
Intelligence agencies have long sought ways to control the mind to get people to do their bidding. An author discusses his investigation into CIA mind control efforts in the 1950’s and 60’s through the use of psychedelic drugs, which unwittingly led to an explosion of the drugs’ use.
Mass shootings and other forms of mass violence are on the increase. Where to assess blame is in sharp dispute. A new report from a blue ribbon panel of behavioral scientists has found that mental illnesses carry some of the blame, but mental “distress” is a much more likely factor. Panel members discuss mental health first aid, red flag laws, and other report recommendations on ways to prevent mass violence.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 27, 2019 including a study that finds that cutting back on red meat and processed meat in the diet has little impact on health. Then, a study finds that a urine test for a genetic biomarker can accurately detect one form of prostate cancer affecting about a third of men with cancer. Then, an alarming study showing health issues with "cheat days" and keto diets. And finally, you may think your cat doesn’t care when you come home from work. But a new study shows they probably do, just as much as dogs.
Paid Parental Leave

Paid Parental Leave


The US is one of the few world nations that provides no paid job leave for either new moms or dads. A new study shows that paid leave has benefits in infant mortality as well as mother’s health. An expert and advocate for paid leave discusses the benefits.
Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are making crops grow bigger & faster. However, researchers have found that these crops contain significantly lower levels of protein, iron, zinc, and other important nutrients, potentially endangering nutrition for hundreds of millions of people. Experts explain the effect will get worse as CO2 levels continue to rise, and what might be done to combat the problem.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 20, 2019 including A new study shows that americans’ diets are getting better… But only by a little. Then, If someone gets a new diagnosis of hearing loss… getting a hearing aid will lower their risk of being diagnosed with dementia, depression, or anxiety, and finally, If you want to feel better about your spouse, look at pictures of him or her along with pictures of cute puppies and bunnies.
Gig work is becoming more and more a part of the American economy. It takes a certain temperament for a worker to thrive on the freedom gig work offers without being paralyzed by the lack of security.
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