We’ve all seen the caricature of the unfeeling, cold-hearted, bitter doctor on cable television. Gregory House, after all, is not an exactly a model for compassion. Danielle Ofri argues in her newest book “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine,” that the idea that doctors don’t have feelings, or that they can ignore those feelings, negatively affects patient care. This hour on Focus, we'll relisten to Lindsey Moon talking with Dr. Ofri about why that caricature developed and how it affects the way doctors practice medicine.
Our current medical system is a business. Should it be? According to filmmaker Susan Parenti and Dr. Patch Adams, the answer to that question is “no.” In her new film “Health Care in All the Wrong Places,” Parenti explores the disconnect between the phrase “health care” and the actual meaning of the word “care.”
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Parenti and with Dr. Adams, who appears in the film as a patient, about what medicine could be. Adams, who is a student of Parenti’s in the Urbana based “School for Designing a Society,” has been working since he entered medical school in the late 1960’s to build a hospital where medical care is free and says that providing care should be, even though it often isn’t, at the heart of medical interaction.
Read more to see the trailer.
For decades, the message has been that the only way to prevent HIV infection is to wear a condom every time you have sex. Jim Pickett, who heads prevention advocacy for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, says that advice will never be effective enough to eradicate the disease.
Truvada, a drug made by Gilead, was approved more than a year ago by the FDA as another option to prevent the spread of the disease. In clinical trials, it has proven more effective in protecting HIV negative people from contracting the disease than condom use, but it’s been slow to catch on. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about Truvada, why the HIV community has been slow to embrace the drug and how new HIV prevention tools are changing the way we think about the disease. Jim Pickett of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Mike Benner, Executive Director of the Greater Community AID Foundation in Champaign join us.
Meningitis infections are considered medical emergencies because many are life threatening. Dr. Tom Clark, who heads meningitis prevention and surveillance at the Centers for Disease Control, was on campus at Princeton University last week when university officials started administering a vaccine for meningitis b that’s not normally available in the US. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with him about the disease and why 8 confirmed cases of the disease prompted officials had to bring a non-FDA approved vaccine to the states.
During this hour on Focus, Brandon Meline of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District also joins the show. A new Illinois law will make meningitis vaccination mandatory for 6th and 12th grade students starting January 1st of next year.
Yesterday, Illinois’ new health care marketplace opened for business, enabling people to start enrolling in new health insurance plans. There are several plans to choose from with several different levels of coverage, but not everybody should be looking to the marketplace for coverage. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Claudia Lenhoff, Executive Director of Champaign County Health Care Consumers and Julie Pryde, Executive Director of the Champaign County Public Health District, which is working to educate people about the new marketplaces, also known as exchanges, and get them enrolled in coverage.
The Food and Drug Administration recently released official guidelines for what it means for food to be “gluten free.” This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with David Grotto about what gluten actually does in our bodies and about the pros and cons of going on a gluten free diet. According to Grotto, going gluten free isn’t the right choice for everyone and isn’t always healthier.
With school back in session, we’ll also talk about school lunches. He’ll talk with us about how nutrition affects kids’ focus in school and what foods athlete’s should be consuming during this fall’s sports season. We’ll also ask him about “bento boxes,” which are popular in Japan and growing in popularity in the United States, as an alternative to the traditional brown-bag school lunches.
A recipe for healthy soil is very much like a recipe for a healthy body. That’s according to author and family physician Dr. Daphne Miller. In her new book “Farmcology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing,” she argues that sustainable cattle ranching can teach us a lot of lessons about raising health kids and says that she can see connections between the way certain vineyards manage pests and how we treat and think about cancer. This hour on Focus, Lisa Bralts talks with Miller about her book and the farms she visited while writing and researching it. We’ll also hear about why she says drinking raw milk is having unprotected sex.
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You can read an excerpt of the book at the link below.
This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation host Jim Meadows had with “Dr. Happiness” earlier this spring. Ed Diener, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, has written extensively about what factors influence psychological wealth and well-being. He talks with us about his research, how he got others in the field to take him seriously when we started trying to quantify something so abstract and what makes life satisfaction so vital to our health.
During this episode of Focus, we also talk with him about what it really means to be happy and how researchers go about quantifying these things.
Professor Diener was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Lifetime Career Award by the American Psychological Association earlier this spring. He’s the author of three books, and in addition to his many achievements, founded one of the most acclaimed and widely read journals on the study of psychology, “Perspectives on Psychological Science.” He is also listed on the Institute of Scientific Information’s most cited list with more than 65,000 scientific articles quoting his work.
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During this episode of Focus, we’re listening back to a conversation host Jim Meadows had with travel writer and broadcaster Rick Steves about his life and career when he visited Champaign-Urbana late last spring. We’ll hear Rick’s tips for planning a trip and the best places to go for the first time and the veteran traveler. We also hear about why he first started traveling and what he love about traveling enough that he’s made the commitment to live most of his adult life out of a suitcase.
We’ve all seen the caricature of the unfeeling, cold-hearted, bitter doctor on cable television. Gregory House, after all, is not an exactly a model for compassion. Danielle Ofri argues in her newest book “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine,” that the idea that doctors don’t have feelings, or that they can ignore those feelings, negatively affects patient care. This hour on Focus, Lindsey Moon talks with Dr. Ofri about why that caricature developed and how it affects the way doctors practice medicine.