WILL - Focus - February 21, 2014

Encore: What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

Have you ever had a moment at work when you were so overwhelmed by how you felt, either for personal reasons or because of something that happened at work that it was hard for you to function? This hour on Focus, we'll listen back to a conversation about the intersection between human emotion, medicine and patient care.


(Duration: 51:27)

Dr. Danielle Ofri

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.

Categories: Health, Public Health, Science

WILL - Focus - December 16, 2013

Preventing a meningitis outbreak

Last week, a meningitis vaccine that is unapproved by the FDA was made available to Princeton students in an effort to stop an outbreak of the disease from getting worse. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about why the outbreak prompted such concern and why college students are most commonly affected by meningitis.


(Duration: 51:57)

 Renee Galloway, a microbiologist in the Centers for Disease Control’s Meningitis and Special Pathogens Branch (MSPB), in the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), was shown here running a Pulsed-field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) analy

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.

Categories: Health, Public 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.


(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 - 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.


(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 or post in the comments section below.

WILL - Focus - February 08, 2013

Nina Totenberg and Nathan Wolfe

Did you know Nina Totenberg was run over by a speedboat on her honeymoon? Today on Focus, we'll talk with Nina about her life and career. Then, a conversation with Nathan Wolfe, the "Indiana Jones of vius hunting."


(Duration: 50:05)

Nina Totenberg

This hour on Focus, host Craig Cohen talks with Nina Totenberg, NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent and this year’s winner of the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism about her coverage of the US Supreme Court and some little known facts about her life and career. Then for the second half of the hour, we’ll talk with Nathan Wolfe, a virologist who has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine, about his work in Africa and why globalization is making our society more vulnerable to pandemic diseases.

Both Totenberg and Wolfe are speaking on campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaing on Monday, February 11. Find more information at the links listed below.

WILL - Focus - February 04, 2013

The Best Things You Can Eat

Is an apple or an orange the best source of vitamin c? Should you really feed fever and starve a cold? Or is it feed a cold and starve a fever? Today on Focus, registered dietitian David Grotto joins the program to answer your calls and questions about nutrition. We'll take questions on Facebook and Twitter too! 


(Duration: 50:58)

fruits and vegetables

This hour on Focus, host Craig Cohen talks with David Grotto, a registered dietitian 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 talk about some common food misconceptions. We welcome your nutrition and diet questions on Facebook and Twitter and will take your calls.

Categories: Food, Public Health
Tags: nutrition, diet

WILL - Focus - September 26, 2012

Beyond the Pink Ribbon: The Politics of Breast Cancer, Civic Engagement and Corporate Philanthropy


(Duration: 50:30)

Samantha King, Associate Professor, Associate Director and Graduate Coordinator, School of Kinesiology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario

Host: Kimberlie Kranich

The National Cancer Institute estimates that just more than 12 percent of U-S women or “1 in 8” born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in her life.  Approximately 40,000 U.S. women die from breast cancer each year.  Only lung cancer claims more cancer deaths among women.

In the U-S and increasingly worldwide, the movement to end breast cancer is symbolized by a pink ribbon and the strategy is to raise billions of dollars for research and to promote early detection through mammograms.  Cause-driven marketing encourages us to buy products that display the pink ribbon and to participate in 5k races for a cure.  Are these the best strategies?  Where did they come from and who is really benefitting?

We go beyond the pink ribbon to the politics of breast cancer, civic engagement and corporate philanthropy with Samantha King, author of  “Pink Ribbons, Inc.”

The Department of Kinesiology & Community Health and the Center on Health, Aging and Disability is hosting a screening of Pink Ribbons, Inc. at 7:00 PM, on Thursday, September 27 at the Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL 61801. After the film, Samantha King will field questions about the film and her research.

Categories: Health, Public Health

WILL - Focus - September 14, 2012

Children’s Health


(Duration: 51:35)

Malcolm Hill, M.D., Pediatrician, Carle Physicians Group

Host: Craig Cohen

Our guest will be Dr. Malcolm Hill, pediatrician from Carle in Urbana. Dr. Hill can respond to a range of concerns, anything from vaccinations and common childhood illness, to coping with minor bumps and bruises.  Any problem you might discuss with your own family doctor is welcome on this show.

WILL - Focus - September 06, 2012

The Affordable Care Act: What Is In Effect, What Is Yet To Come


(Duration: 51:23)

Claudia Lennhoff, Executive Director, Champaign County Health Care Consumers

John Katsinas, Manager, Barham Benefit Group, Champaign

Host: Craig Cohen

Perhaps no single issue has been more politicized the last four years than health care. After more than a year of especially rancorous debate and discussion in Congress, and in town halls across America, this country’s health care system began an overhaul through passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. That law has set a number of changes in motion – not the least of which is a requirement for most Americans to have health insurance, or pay what the Supreme Court ruled this summer amounts to a tax. The Affordable Care Act has also addressed everything from providing relief to seniors who faced a Medicare prescription drug “donut hole,” to providing Americans under 26 with a chance to remain on their parents’ health insurance, to new regulations ensuring patients aren’t dropped from coverage due to pre-existing conditions. The Affordable Care Act is designed do more in the coming years, including funding for state Medicaid programs geared towards preventive care, and the establishment of insurance exchanges, state to state, in 2014.

We thought it would be helpful to provide an hour in which we walk through what is and is not in the legislation, what is and is not already in place, and what it all means for your personal health care. We welcome any questions you have about the health care system, as we seek to take the politics out of it, and focus instead, on how the system works, and what you, as a health care consumer, ought to know about it.

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