medicine http://nhpr.org en 3.25.14: Walter Kirn, Snake Oil, Johnny Cash & "MFA Versus NYC" http://nhpr.org/post/32514-walter-kirn-snake-oil-johnny-cash-mfa-versus-nyc <p>No fooling: today's show deals with some dangerous imposters. It's not all lies and deception, however. We also have some "lost" sounds from the man in black himself. Finally, <strong>Chad Harbach </strong>talks about his controversial essay about making it as a writer. Grab your headphones and turn up the volume; we've got the stories behind the stories.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:43:10 +0000 Word of Mouth 45585 at http://nhpr.org 3.25.14: Walter Kirn, Snake Oil, Johnny Cash & "MFA Versus NYC" Word Of Mouth 08.17.13 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-081713 <p>Looking for the best hour in public radio? Look no further than the Word of Mouth Saturday show. 100% nutritional content with no fillers or by products. On this week's show...</p><ul><li>Ever wondered what it takes to be the Dungeon Master of a Dungeons &amp; Dragons game? <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/dice-and-men-dungeons-dragons-and-people-who-play-it" target="_blank"><strong>David Ewalt</strong></a> tells Virginia the secrets of the popular dice game from his book, <em>Of Dice and Men...</em> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 17:27:16 +0000 Virginia Prescott 33313 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth 08.17.13 Transplant Tourism http://nhpr.org/post/transplant-tourism <p>Organ and tissue transplantation is a rapidly-developing area of medicine, one that’s rich with the potential to save lives and fraught with tough policy questions. The demand for replacement organs far outweighs the supply, so many patients die waiting. Others are willing to take drastic steps -- like moving to another state or a foreign country -- to get the organs they need to survive. Producer Meg Heckman brings us the story of Jim McHugh, a man in dire need of a liver transplant, and how his move to Indiana from New England during a snowstorm proved to be incredibly fortuitous.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:18:41 +0000 Meg Heckman 23459 at http://nhpr.org Transplant Tourism Head Transplants: Ethical Nightmare Or Medical Breakthrough http://nhpr.org/post/head-transplants-ethical-nightmare-or-medical-breakthrough <p>In 1970, Dr. Robert White attempted an experimental surgical procedure that might as well have been lifted from the pages of Mary Shelley’s <em>Frankenstein</em> – he removed the head of one living monkey, and attached it to the body of another. Dr. White called it a head transplant and a success. His detractors called it a medical and ethical nightmare. In June of this year, Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero declared that advances in medical technology have made head transplants possible. A number of medical professionals greeted his announcement with skepticism. <em>The Atlantic’s </em>health editor <strong>James Hamblin</strong> <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/07/how-to-perform-a-head-transplant/277519/" target="_blank">wrote about</a> how Canavero says the procedure will work.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:22:18 +0000 Virginia Prescott 31387 at http://nhpr.org Head Transplants: Ethical Nightmare Or Medical Breakthrough Word Of Mouth 04.06.2013 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-04062013 <p>We bring you a collection of tasty segments we know you'll love, using the powers of public radio telepathy.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 17:48:04 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 25012 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth 04.06.2013 Will the Medical Marijuana Debate Return to the Granite State? http://nhpr.org/post/will-medical-marijuana-debate-return-granite-state <p>The rest of New England now allows use of marijuana for certain health conditions.&nbsp; And with a Governor-elect saying she’s open to the idea here….supporters are feeling hopeful.&nbsp; But opponents still have many concerns, among them: that medical marijuana would be hard to control, encouraging use by those who aren’t even sick.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 17556 at http://nhpr.org Will the Medical Marijuana Debate Return to the Granite State? Ira Byock: The Best Care Possible (Rebroadcast) http://nhpr.org/post/ira-byock-best-care-possible-rebroadcast <p>This week we play some of our favorite past shows. We talk with Dartmouth physician Ira Byock, Thursday on the Exchange, who in a new book calls for a new approach toward the end of life; one focused on taking care of persons, not just “bodies”.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 7425 at http://nhpr.org Ira Byock: The Best Care Possible (Rebroadcast) A Fantastic Voyage to Kill Superbugs http://nhpr.org/post/fantastic-voyage-kill-superbugs <p>Science fiction becomes reality, MIT’s break through nano-particle that could usher in a new age of treating what ails you.</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 15:26:34 +0000 Brady Carlson 4390 at http://nhpr.org A Fantastic Voyage to Kill Superbugs Closeted MD http://nhpr.org/post/closeted-md <p>The American medical community may be discouraging gay and lesbian doctors.</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 14:47:39 +0000 Virginia Prescott 4389 at http://nhpr.org Closeted MD Is depression in the blood? http://nhpr.org/post/depression-blood <p>New research indicates depression might be diagnosable through a simple blood test.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:30:38 +0000 Virginia Prescott 3485 at http://nhpr.org Is depression in the blood? Doctors have feelings, too http://nhpr.org/post/doctors-have-feelings-too <p>A doctor and columnist gives insight into a new study which reveals just how often doctor's massage the truth with their patients.</p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 16:34:03 +0000 Virginia Prescott 3010 at http://nhpr.org Doctors have feelings, too Doctors Urge Their Colleagues To Quit Doing Worthless Tests http://nhpr.org/post/doctors-urge-their-colleagues-quit-doing-worthless-tests Nine national medical groups are launching a <a href="http://choosingwisely.org/">campaign</a> called Choosing Wisely to get U.S. doctors to back off on 45 diagnostic tests, procedures and treatments that often may do patients no good.<p>Many involve imaging tests such as CT scans, MRIs and X-rays. Stop doing them, the groups say, for most cases of back pain, or on patients who come into the emergency room with a headache or after a fainting spell, or just because somebody's about to undergo surgery.<p>A child with low belly pain and suspected appendicitis? Don't rush her to the CT scanner. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 12:45:00 +0000 Richard Knox 2953 at http://nhpr.org Doctors Urge Their Colleagues To Quit Doing Worthless Tests NH House Approves 24 Hour Wait For Abortion http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-approves-24-hour-wait-abortion <p>The NH house has voted to require women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.&nbsp;</p><p>The so-called women&rsquo;s right to know bill had to be pared back to win final house passage. Penalties for doctors were stripped, as was the&nbsp; requirements that abortion providers give women seeking an abortion specific information about abortion risks, including a contested claim linking aborts to breast cancer.&nbsp; According to the final amendments lead author Republican Tammy Simmons of Manchester, limiting the proposal to a simple 24 waiting period is a common sense compromise.</p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 22:06:49 +0000 Josh Rogers 2817 at http://nhpr.org Cheney Operation Underscores Heart Transplant Issues http://nhpr.org/post/cheney-operation-underscores-heart-transplant-issues Former Vice President Dick Cheney is recovering from a heart transplant he received Saturday at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.<p>The operation makes Cheney among more than 2,300 Americans who get heart transplants every year.<p>Heart transplantation has come a long way since Christiaan Barnard stitched the heart of a young woman into the chest of a middle-aged man in South Africa in 1967. That transplant recipient died 18 days later. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 Rob Stein 2756 at http://nhpr.org Cheney Operation Underscores Heart Transplant Issues Ira Byock: The Best Care Possible http://nhpr.org/post/ira-byock-best-care-possible <p>We talk with Dartmouth physician Ira Byock who in a new book calls for a new approach toward the end of life; one focused on taking care of persons, not just “bodies”.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 2571 at http://nhpr.org Ira Byock: The Best Care Possible