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This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio.

This is the first episode in our series on critical health issues.

Today we’ll check in with the world of prosthetics and light therapy, and how medical technology is changing.

We’ll also examine why healthcare is so expensive in the United States, even though the quality of care isn’t always that great.

That’s this hour on Spotlight Health.

Today on CrossCurrents - a rebroadcast of a talk by heart expert Dr. Robert Eckel, moderated by Dr. Ann Mass. Dr. Eckel served on the panel that issued the new guidelines on statins and other cholesterol lowering drugs.

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It's a special hour long CrossCurrents. This week, the Ebola outbreak with Dr. Ann Mass and Aspenite and Doctors Without Borders volunteer Frank Peters who just returned from two months in Liberia.

About Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF):

We help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.

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   Scientists are still examining some of the mammoth bones found at a big dig in Snowmass.  The discovery took place more than three years ago-- but the painstaking review of the ice age fossils means that it could take years to thoroughly examine everything that was found. The Ice Age Discovery Center recently unveiled a mammoth tusk that’s been wrapped up in a protective jacket.

Dr. Robert Eckel served on the panel which issued new guidelines on heart health and spoke at The Aspen Meadows last weekend. The evening was moderated by Dr. Ann Mass.

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Recorded live at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen, Colorado on Tuesday January 28th, 2014.

Two new guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, on cardiovascular risk assessment and cholesterol management, have caused considerable controversy. Dr. Robert Eckel, who chaired the guidelines section on lifestyle management lead the panel.

Hosted by Dr. Ann Mass featuring Aspen area cardiologists Dr. Gordon Gerson and Dr. Marcus Howell & Dr. Robert Eckel.

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A crew from the National Geographic Channel show “Diggers” says they have unearthed a time capsule in Aspen containing a piece of tech history – a mouse to Apple’s LISA computer placed by Steve Jobs.

The time capsule was buried on the grounds of the Aspen Institute as part of the 1983 International Design Conference according to a release from the National Geographic Channel.  

Climate Change and Conflict and the Media

Aug 9, 2013
Solomon Hsiang, et al / Science, 2013

ROGER ADAMS, HOST: Global temperatures on are the rise, and scientists predict that that will make for more extreme weather events—things like higher temperature spikes, drought, and more intense storms. And a team of researchers has made headlines by quantifying how much increased violence comes from extreme shifts in climate.

Aspen Public Radio’s science reporter Ellis Robinson, joins us on Valley Roundup. Hey Ellis.

ELLIS ROBINSON, REPORTER: Hey Roger.

Glenda Greenwald, founder Aspen Brain Forum and Kevin Ward, president of Aspen Strategy Center on the Aspen Brain Lab: Explore your Creative, Healthy, Impaired and Future Brain featuring 15 experts, Saturday August 10 from 8:30am-4:30pm at the Aspen Institute.

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The Water Delivery Man Problem

Aug 6, 2013
Bill Cook / In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman

There is a problem that has vexed mathematicians for the greater part of the past century. Currently, there is no solution, and nobody knows for certain whether or not one exists. But cracking the code would be a huge breakthrough both in theoretical mathematics and practical everyday applications. Ellis Robinson brings the story, starting with a description of the problem from physicist Eddie Farhi.

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