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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. 


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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. 

Monday March 18 – Dr. Happiness

What makes you happy? Tell us in five words. Today on Focus, we’ll talk 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.

Ed DeinerThis 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.

Professor Diener has been awarded the Distinguished Scientist Lifetime Career Award by the American Psychological Association, is 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.

Tuesday, March 19 - Reporting Prescription Side Effects

Have you ever experienced side effects from your medications? What did you do? Today on Focus, we’ll talk about how side effects are currently reported to the Food and Drug Administration and how computers could change the way that happens.

This hour on Focus, we’ll 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 the pharmacy industry, about how the FDA currently tracks drug interactions and negative side effects and how computers and could improve the process.

We also welcome your questions about your prescriptions!

Wednesday, March 20 – New Foreclosure Laws for Illinois: Will They Help?

Even with the country’s economy slowly starting to improve, many are still struggling to recover from the recession, especially those who were affected when the housing bubble burst. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about new foreclosure laws in Illinois and what they mean. As the state’s foreclosure rate remains stubbornly high, we’ll also examine the breadth of the problem and talk with one community member who has taken it into his own hands to help struggling families keep their homes.

About FrackingThursday, March 21 - Compromising for the Greater Good?

Controversial legislation to regulate the fracking industry in Illinois written by both energy company officials and environmental group leaders is being considered at the statehouse. This hour on Focus, we talk about the precedent setting bill. 

Friday, March 22 – 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!

Dr. Craig Surman, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical school and the coordinator of the Adult ADHD 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. If you or someone you know is seeking advice, we welcome your questions.