Health

Special Coverage
1:54 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Spotlight Health: Combating Paralysis With Robotics

Amanda Boxtel, using a robotics exoskeleton.
Credit Amanda Boxtel, Bridging Bionics Foundation

Many people already use prosthetics to get around; now robotics is becoming another way to help people move. It’s already the case for a Basalt resident, Amanda Boxtel, who’s been paralyzed below her pelvis for decades. Boxtel is Executive Director of the Bridging Bionics Foundation. She says it’s been important to her to aim for the best quality of life possible. She talks with APR’s Elise Thatcher.

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Special Coverage
6:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Spotlight Health: The Healing Powers of Blood

Tom Rando is Director of the Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Credit Stanford University School of Medicine

Research around mouse blood has been making the rounds in the news media lately. It even got a moment on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me earlier this month. Scientist and neurology professor Tom Rando is a key player in that research. He’s Director of the Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Rando spoke with APR’s Elise Thatcher, and says the blood research has taken nearly a decade.

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Special Coverage
6:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Spotlight Health: Are Kids Overdoing It In Sports?

Tom Farrey writes for ESPN and directs the Sports and Society Program at the Aspen Institute.
Credit Aspen Institute

There’s a big push to get kids more physically active, but some kids are already playing sports regularly-- maybe even too often. As part of our spring series on key health issues, Tom Farrey talks with APR’s Elise Thatcher. He writes for ESPN and directs the Sports and Society program at the Aspen Institute. Farrey says there’s growing concern about kids overdoing it.

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Special Coverage
6:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Spotlight Health: Improving Doctors

Dr. Brent James is Executive Director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research in Salt Lake City.
Credit Brent James/ Institute for Health Care Delivery Research

The Affordable Care Act has changed a lot for doctors and other medical professionals. There are new insurance requirements, potentially lots more patients and the logistics of switching to digital medical records. Doctor Brent James is right in the middle of all of this, fine tuning the answer to an age old problem: how do you take care of patients in a way that’s really effective, but not overwhelmingly expensive? Dr. James is Executive Director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research in Salt Lake City. As part of our spring series on key health issues, James talks with APR’s Elise Thatcher.

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Special Coverage
6:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Spotlight Health: Figuring Out What Care Works

Dr. Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman are the authors of "Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You."
Credit Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

Deciding between doctors, treatments, and, surgeries can be exhausting, and often especially hard when juggling a serious diagnosis. Boston Physician Pamela Hartzband noticed this after practicing medicine for years, and she and a colleague have written a book on how to navigate those decisions. It’s called Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You. Dr. Hartzband will speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival this summer. As part of our spring series on key health issues, Dr. Hartzband spoke with APR’s Elise Thatcher. 

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