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WILL - Focus - May 21, 2013

Bone Marrow Transplants

Brendan Harley was first diagnosed with cancer when he was in high school. At the age of 17 he underwent a bone marrow transplant to save his life. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with Harley about how the experience and how it propelled him to pursue a career in cancer research.

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(Duration: 51:21)

Brendan Harley

Last year in Illinois, nearly 200 cancer patient’s lives were saved after having bone marrow transplants, but there are still more than 300 people waiting for a match and need a transplant from someone who isn’t in their family. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about bone marrow transplants and the need for donors. Shelley Baker, who is with the Be the Match National Marrow Donor Registry will be here. We’ll also talk with Brendan Harley, an Urbana resident who has twice defeated cancer, once thanks to a bone marrow transplant. Host Jim Meadows will also talk with Harley about how the experience and how it propelled him to pursue a career in cancer research.

Categories: Health

WILL - Focus - May 20, 2013

Women’s Health

This hour on Focus, guest host Kimberlie Kranich talks with Suzanne Trupin about women’s health. We welcome your questions!

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(Duration: 51:25)

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Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she had a preventative double mastectomy because of her high risk for developing breast cancer has been all over the news, but when is the testing she went through appropriate? This hour on Focus, guest host Kimberlie Kranich talks with Suzanne Trupin, a board certified and obstetrician and gynecologist, about the BRCA1 gene that led Jolie to make her decision. We’ll also talk about everything from menses to menopause and how and when to talk about sex with you doctor and with your children and family.

Categories: Health

WILL - Focus - May 16, 2013

Who Decides the Price of Health Care?

We all need health care, but we don’t “consume” health care in the same way we consume anything else. How does that affect how much we pay for it? This hour on Focus, we talk about hospitals, health insurers and who decides how much to charge.

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(Duration: 51:30)

a photo of a hospital

Last week the US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a price list for services at hospitals across the country. In East Central Illinois, the data showed that prices for the same procedures vary widely depending on which hospital you’re at in the area. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with two health care finance experts about why this could be and who determines the cost for health care.

John Katsinas is a broker with the Barham Benefit Group in Champaign and works with Champaign County Health Consumers. He'll be here to talk with us about local insurance markets and how that influences the cost of services at local hospitals. Jim Unland, President of the Health Capital Group and editor of the Journal of Health Care Finance also joins us. He says the variance in price has to do with a "cat and mouse game" between insurers and care providers. 

Categories: Health

WILL - Focus - April 26, 2013

Jane Brody and Kathrine Switzer

This hour on Focus, we talk with two health and wellness icons. For the first half of this episode of Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with New York Times Personal Health columnist Jane Brody. Then, in the second half, he talks with Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to register for a bib number in the Boston Marathon. She’s this weekend’s guest legend runner for the Illinois Marathon.

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(Duration: 51:02)

The 1967 Boston Marathon Race Commissioner trying to pull Kathrine from the race course.

Jane Brody is known for her writing on health, wellness and end of life preparation and care. Her Personal Health column in the New York Times is syndicated across the country and new every Tuesday. For the first half of this hour on Focus, Jim Meadows talks with Brody about her writing and career. She’ll be speaking at the UIUC Monday, April 29.

During the second half of this hour, Jim talks with Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to register for and run the Boston Marathon with a bib number. She’ll be in Champaign-Urbana for the Illinois Marathon. We’ll talk with her about her relationship with marathoning, the recent tragedy in Boston, and the famous photo of the 1967 Boston Marathon Race Commissioner trying to drag her from the race course.

Categories: Gender issues, Health, Sports

WILL - Focus - April 25, 2013

The Best Things You Can Eat

Is the new Honey Bunches of Oats with Greek Yogurt really a healthier cereal because the words “greek yogurt” are on the box? This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with David Grotto, a registered dietician and nutritionist, about the best things you can eat. We welcome your nutrition questions this hour!

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(Duration: 52:31)

Pumpkin seems to be taking over the world of specialty flavors, but is that a good thing? Doesn’t pumpkin have health benefits? If you don’t like vegetables, is V8 juice really the right way to get the vitamins and minerals you need? This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with David Grotto, a registered dietician and nutritionist, about the best things you can eat. We’ll talk about the vital nutrients everybody needs and why they are important. We’ll also note some common food misconceptions. We welcome your nutrition and diet questions this hour on Focus!


WILL - Focus - March 22, 2013

Fast Minds: How to Thrive if You Have ADHD

Have you been diagnosed with ADHD? Maybe you have a child who has. This hour on Focus, we talk with Dr. Craig Surman of Harvard Medical School about the disorder. We welcome your questions this hour!

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(Duration: 50:30)

book cover for "Fast Minds: How to Thrive if You Have ADHD or Think You Might"

Dr. Craig Surman, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical school and the coordinator of the Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, joins host Jim Meadows this hour to talk about the ever increasing number of people being diagnosed with ADHD. We’ll ask him about when it’s right to medicate and when it’s not and will talk about alternative therapies that don’t involve a prescription.

Categories: Health
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WILL - Focus - March 19, 2013

Reporting Prescription Side Effects

Have you ever experienced side effects from your medications? What did you do? Today on Focus, we talked about how side effects are currently reported to the Food and Drug Administration and how new technologies could improve that process.

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(Duration: 50:28)

prescription pills

This hour on Focus, we talk about how researchers are working to use internet data to better detect adverse drug interactions. Earlier this month, scientists at Microsoft, Stanford University and Columbia University used online searches to detect unreported drug side effects, and they identified several unreported side effects before the Food and Drug Administration’s warning system did. During this episode of Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Dr. James Rybacki, a pharmacist who has written extensively about prescriptions, about how the FDA currently tracks drug interactions and negative side effects and how computers could improve the process. We also talk about the testing processes that go into FDA approval and about the differences between adverse effects and prescription side effects. 

Rybacki is the author of "The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs." Find more information about him and his guidebook here

Categories: Health

WILL - Focus - March 18, 2013

Quantifying Happiness

What makes you happy? Can you quantify it? This hour on Focus, we talked with Ed Diener, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, who is a pioneer in the study of happiness. He’s the recipient of the 2012 William James Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Psychological Science.

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(Duration: 50:24)

Ed Diener giving a lecture

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with “Dr. Happiness.” Ed Diener, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, has written extensively about what factors influence psychological wealth and well-being. We’ll talk with him about his research, how he got others in the field to take him seriously when he started trying to quantify something so abstract, and what makes life satisfaction so vital to our health.


WILL - Focus - March 15, 2013

Coming up on Next Week on Focus: Fracking, Quantifying Happiness and Prescription Side Effects

What makes you happy? Can you quantify it?  If you could have a voice in writing regulations for something you strongly oppose, would you? Or would you walk away on principle? Find out more about what’s coming up on Focus. 

fracking

Next week on Focus, we'll talk with one of the pioneers in the reserach of happiness about how he got the pscyhological science community to take him seriously, how computers could soon change the way we talk about prescription side effects and how environmental groups came together to work with energy companies to write state regualtions for hyrdraulic fracturing. 


WILL - Focus - February 20, 2013

Mental Health and Gun Violence

Mental illness, gun violence, tragedy. What now? Today on Focus, we talked about the intersection of mental health and gun violence and what area mental health providers and policy makers are doing to protect our students and communities. Find the podcast here.

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(Duration: 50:32)

Ryanne Mace at high school graducation

This hour on Focus Mary Kay Mace, whose only daughter was killed in the shooting on campus at Northern Illinois University five years ago, joins us. She’ll tell us about the tragedy and what she has and hasn’t seen change since it happened. We’ll also talk with Dorothy Espelage, a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who studies adolescent aggressive behavior, about what resources are available to young adults and what protocols are in place in case of an emergency on campus. Thom Pollock, Executive Director of Crosspoint Human Services in Danville will also be here to talk about the unmet need for mental health services in Champaign county and the surrounding area.

WILL also aired this video Tuesday evening during PBS' After Newtown programing. What's your reaction? Have you been personally affected by gun violence? Join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter, email will-talk@illinois.edu or post in the comments section below.


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