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Local News
11:01 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Mother Starts Nonprofit To Care For Son With Traumatic Brain Injury

Carrol Stephens and her son Scott do a puzzle.
Credit Stephanie Leydon / WGBH News

All these years later, Carrol Stephens still remembers her son Scott’s junior prom.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:18 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Patients Recording Doctors, And Parents Protecting Overweight Kids

Should patients be allowed to record their doctor visits? It may make some physicians nervous, but medical ethicist Art Caplan said it was a good idea.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center, and the cohost of the Everyday Ethics podcast. Caplan joins Boston Public Radio every Wednesday to tackle pressing medical issues. This week Caplan talked about patients recording their doctors for later reference, and parents who may be in denial about their child's weight.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:18 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

What Real Science Has To Say About The 'Sweet Science'

The popularity of boxing has waned in recent years despite marquee fights like Mayweather-Pacquaio. Those who decide to lace up the gloves may run a higher risk of head trauma, Art Caplan said.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio for his weekly segment "Ask the Ethicist." Caplan looked at the future of boxing as interest wanes and the action remains just as brutal. He also talked about using head protection in sports, an injection to get rid of double chins, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta's operation on an 8-year-old earthquake victim in Nepal.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:12 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Do Deep Fryers Belong In School Cafeterias?

A Texas lawmaker wants deep-fat fryers to be allowed in Texas school cafeterias.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined BPR Thursday for his weekly segment, Ask the Ethicist. Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center. Caplan talked about a Texas agriculture head who wants deep-fat fryers in cafeterias, the ethics behind state-sponsored executions, and the state of Hawaii making 21 the legal cigarette-smoking age.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:38 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

On BPR: The Decision Tsarnaev Jurors Face, Author T.C. Boyle, Globe Editor On Pulitzer Win

Author T.C. Boyle, far right, joined BPR to talk about his new novel, 'The Harder They Come.'
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  • Jim and Margery talked about the results of a new Suffolk University poll. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they prefer Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev receive life in prison. However, more people (47 to 44.8 percent) said they could cast the deciding vote to sentence him to death, if it came down to it.
  • Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory talked about Globe opinion editor Kathleen Kingsbury winning a Pulitzer Prize for her series "Service Not Included." (Starts at 27:36)
  • Juliette Kayyem — host of WGBH News' Security Mom podcast — talked about ongoing military operations in Yemen, the sinking of a boat full of migrants bound for Italy, and a brazen landing of a gyrocopter on the National Mall. (Starts at 53:08)
  • Medical ethicist Art Caplan once again addressed the constant dressing-down of Dr. Mehmet Oz, and the abuse of ADHD drugs by adults. Afterwards, Jim and Margery asked listeners whether they used ADHD medicine for a competitive advantage. Art Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center. (Starts at 1:19:00)
  • Novelist T.C. Boyle is the author of books like The Tortilla Curtain and World's End. Now he's out with a new one — The Harder They Come — about a man with schizophrenia, his Vietnam vet father, and his radical girlfriend. He joined Jim and Margery in Studio Three. (Starts at 1:42:24)
  • Bay Windows and South End News co-publisher Sue O'Connell talked about a dust-up between Congressman Barney Frank and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni. (Starts at 2:28:00)
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:00 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

The Trials And Tribulations Of Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Medical ethicist Art Caplan talked about the embattled Dr. Oz.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio for his regular Wednesday "Ask the Ethicist" segment. Caplan looked at ten physicians urging Columbia University to drop Dr. Mehmet Oz from its faculty. Caplan talked about the growing number of adults using ADHD medication as a work aid. And he looked at a battle over embryos between a now-separated celeb couple.

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NECIR
6:00 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Despite Spread Of Lyme Disease, Mass. Dedicates No Money To Prevention

Thomas Mather, of the TickEncounter Resource Center at the University of Rhode Island , collects and counts adult stage blacklegged (deer) ticks in South Kingstown, RI in November 2012.
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The predawn rumble of pesticide-spraying trucks is a rite of spring in almost 200 Massachusetts communities. Some $11 million is spent in the state each year controlling and counting the pests and educating residents about how to avoid contracting mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus.

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Dogs Are Also At Risk For Lyme Disease

Neal Heffron with his daughter and Lyme-stricken dog, Dani.
Credit Neal Heffron

One morning last July, Brookline resident Neal Heffron found Dani, his 18-month-old Australian Shepherd with a sleek coat and unbridled energy, collapsed in her bed. She had been vomiting, suffered a bout of diarrhea, and overnight had become too weak to lift herself out of her crate.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:23 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Medical Ethicist Art Caplan On Late-Life Pregnancy, Sex And Alzheimer's, And 'Free-Range Parenting'

Should 65-year-olds take fertility treatments in order to get pregnant, or is it irresponsible? Medical ethicist Art Caplan talked about it on 'Boston Public Radio.'
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio Thursday to take on a  wide range of topics. Caplan discussed a German woman who at 65 is pregnant with quadruplets; he revisited a topic from the previous week about Alzheimer's and sexual consent; and also spoke about the "free-range parenting" movement.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:32 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Medical Ethicist Art Caplan: If Legislators Want To Tell Doctors Things, Go To Medical School

A new law passed by the Arizona legislature went into effect Monday. The law says doctors must counsel patients seeking chemically-induced abortions that the procedure is 'reversible.' Some doctors dispute this advice.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center. Every Wednesday, Caplan joins Boston Public Radio for "Ask the Ethicist," where he tackles complex medical dilemmas. Today on the show Caplan talked about Alzheimer's disease and sexual consent, shady medical journals, and bills about abortion passed in Arizona and Arkansas.

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Local News
9:59 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Boston Researchers Testing Vaccine For Hospital-Borne, Flesh-Eating Super Bug

Clostridium difficile colonies after 48hrs growth on a blood agar plate, magnified 4.8X.
Credit Centers for Disease Control

Dr. Carolyn Alonso wraps herself in a yellow gown, dons a mask, and pumps a hand dispenser twice. Once her hands are dry, she puts on gloves and a mask, and then she goes in to see a 58-year-old patient called Karen.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:53 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Treating Mental Illness In Pilots, Doctors, And Other High-Stakes Jobs

Medical ethicist Art Caplan talked about mental health, medical privacy, and when employers should know about issues that could affect job performance and customers.
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Last week Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people on board. In the aftermath investigators homed in on one copilot who may have deliberately barred the cockpit door and flown the plane into the Alps. The copilot, Andreas Lubitz, may have struggled with mental illness and reported having an episode of "severe depression."

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:50 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Angelina Jolie's Surgery Decision, Too-Skinny Models, Selling Breast Milk

Actor and director Angelina Jolie recently had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of decreasing her risk for cancer. Medical ethicist Art Caplan talked about Jolie's decision.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio Wednesday for his regular segment. Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center. He talked about Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo surgery to decrease her chance of getting cancer; a proposed French ban on models who are "excessively skinny;" and the selling of breast milk.

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NECIR
12:17 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Study: Most Online Genetic Cancer Tests Don't Help Patients

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
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Cancer patients or their families often arrive at oncologists’ offices holding printouts about genetic tests that they found on the Internet.

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BOSTON
3:30 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Firing Squads, Tsarnaev Medical Treatment, Crowdfunding Medical Bills

1980 Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Jahangir Razmi of Ettela'at, Iran. The state of Utah is considering legalizing execution by firing squad.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio Wednesday for his regular segment, Ask the Ethicist. Caplan is the head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center, and the host of the Everyday Ethics podcast. Caplan talked about a Utah bill to bring back execution by firing squads; crowd-sourcing medical bills; Kraft singles getting the blessing of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; and the odd circumstance of saving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's life in the emergency room so he could be tried with the death penalty.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:11 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Organ Donation, 'House Of Cards' Health Policy, Sickness And Marriage

In Netflix's 'House of Cards,' President Underwood -- played by Kevin Spacey -- proposes a mass hiring program, and pitches it as healthcare in disguise.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joins Boston Public Radio on Wednesdays to tackle tough ethical quandaries in the field of medicine. Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center. Wednesday on BPR Caplan talked about organ donation, Frank Underwood's "America Works" plan in House of Cards, marriage dynamics when a spouse gets sick, and doctors' bedside manners.

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Local News
9:17 am
Wed March 11, 2015

After Merger Rejection, Partners HealthCare Still Aims to Expand in South Shore

Partners HealthCare CEO Gary Gottlieb talks on Greater Boston last year.
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Last month, a superior court judge rejected a proposal for Partners HealthCare to acquire three hospitals in Massachusetts. But that hasn’t stopped Partners — it’s now in the process of taking over a smaller medical practice on the South Shore.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:28 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Doctor Shortages, Head Transplants, And Shady Health Advice From A Billionaire

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett recently told Fortune magazine that the secret to his longevity was drinking lots of Coca-Cola, and eating Utz Potato Stix.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio for his weekly "Ask the Ethicist" segment. Caplan talked about primary care doctor shortages, solitary confinement for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, medically-dubious "head transplants," and Warren Buffett's advocacy for Coke and fried potato products.

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Politics & Government
8:27 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Data Shows Spike In Mass. Heroin And Prescription Drug-Related Deaths

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Data released Thursday from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health show a stunning increase in the number of heroin and prescription drug-related deaths.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:41 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

The Redemption Of The Mighty Egg

The US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released a recent report describing cholesterol as not 'a nutrient of concern.' Will the mighty egg make a comeback? Art Caplan discussed it.
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Cooks and diners rejoice: the US government may be poised to change its cholesterol recommendations. In December, the country's Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released a report reassessing longstanding policies on cholesterol consumption. The next step, then, is for regulatory agencies to give their official blessing. The immediate beneficiary: the versatile, cholesterol-laden, once-maligned egg.

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FRONTLINE
5:00 am
Tue February 10, 2015

How Should Doctors Help Terminally Ill Patients Prepare For Death?

Linda Sim, left, and her husband, Allen Chou, who died of cancer at age 28.
Credit Linda Sim

Dr. Lakshmi Nayak specializes in cancer of the brain at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Mission Hill. Her average patient lives for only a year and a half, which means that Nayak has to have end-of-life discussions with almost all of her patients.

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Local News
2:14 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Mass. Health Insurance Companies To Begin Covering Methadone

Private health-insurance companies in Massachusetts will cover methadone treatment for people recovering from drug addiction starting this summer.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:39 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Playing Politics In The Vaccination Debate

Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio to talk about vaccines and the anti-vaccine movement.
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In recent days both New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul have said they think vaccinating children is a parent's choice. Both men spoke about vaccinations as measles spread across the US. The measles was thought to have originated at Disneyland, from unvaccinated park-goers.

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Local News
8:51 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Competition Concerns Killed Partners' HealthCare Deal

Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders, left, and Attorney General Martha Coakley, right, at a hearing last year.
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A Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thursday struck down a controversial deal that would allow Partners Healthcare to add three hospitals to its already expansive statewide network.

The deal — years in the making — was architected by former Attorney General Martha Coakley and Partners HealthCare, who were seeking to add South Shore Hospital and two north shore hospitals to its network. The complex agreement would have allowed the acquisitions to proceed, provided Partners agreed to a series of conditions, including caps on prices. It was rejected by a judge Thursday evening.

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Politics & Government
7:22 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Judge Blocks Partners Healthcare Merger

Massachusetts General Hospital, a Partners HealthCare member.
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A Massachusetts court has blocked an agreement that would have allowed Partners Health Care to acquire three community hospitals in exchange for capping their prices.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:27 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Sitting Dangers, Why No One Doubts Doctors, And 'Vaccine Truthers'

Medical ethicist Art Caplan looked at the implications of a workforce sitting on its duff -- as well as how treadmill desks can make the workplace more exercise-friendly.
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Sitting is the new smoking

There's a new battle cry emanating from the cubicle. Workers are waking up to the fact that inactivity — save for some crazy typing fingers — has now become a health hazard. Computers keep workers close to their desks. Studies show the harm of prolonged sitting; some suggest lawsuits many not be far off.

Medical ethicist Art Caplan told Boston Public Radio on Wednesday that the health of the American workforce is imperiled by our need to sit.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:08 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

BPR's Blizzard Postmortem

A woman cross country skis on snow-covered roads during a winter blizzard in Boston on Tuesday.
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  • Yesterday we went all-in on our blizzard coverage, talking to everyone from Harvey Silverglate, to Governor Charlie Baker, to you. Today we began our show with Nantucket Police Chief, William Pittman, who updated us on how things are going on the Island. Then, we asked listeners what snow they were still seeing on the streets.
  • We talked to The Globe's Brian McGrory about storm coverage, and asked about the editorial process of covering monster storms. [26:08]
  • Next, Juliette Kayyem shared her thoughts on storm coverage. She analyzed the White House drone situation, and other drone-related security issues. [53:04]
  • We talked to medical ethicist, Art Caplan, about 'anti-vaxxers,' Medicaid, and sitting being the new smoking. Then we got your take on standing desks and other tools to keep us upright. [1:19:58]
  • Then we got back to our storm postgame. We got Sue O'Connell's take, and asked for yours. [2:23:07]
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:14 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

What To Do When Medical Caretakers Become Targets

How can we make hospitals safer? After a Tuesday shooting at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, medical ethicist Art Caplan looked at what -- if anything -- can be done to protect hospital staff.
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The Fourth Geneva Convention was an international provision adopted by the United Nations Security Council in 1949 to, among other things, protect hospitals, doctors and care workers in times of war. The UN passed the measure so that even in war zones, hospital workers could performe services and administer proper medical care.

However, even in peaceful countries far from war zones, such measures cannot be fully guaranteed.

On Tuesday, a gunman entered Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and opened fire on a cardiac surgeon. The gunman died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The cardiac surgeon — Dr. Michael Davidson — died as well.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:14 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Medical Students Study... Seinfeld?

Tom's Restaurant was the model for Monk's Restaurant in the NBC show 'Seinfeld.' A professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is using Seinfeld episodes to teach students about mental illness.
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A professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey is using unorthodox methods to teach students about psychiatric conditions. According to reporter Adam Clark, Prof. Anthony Tobia is using episodes of Seinfeld to illustrate patient characteristics that his future doctors will encounter.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:13 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Keeping Prescriptions Straight, 'Bad Luck' And Cancer, Reality TV In E.R.s

Do TV cameras belong in the emergency room? Medical ethicist Art Caplan talked about the ethics of ER reality TV.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio for his regular Wednesday segment. Each week, Caplan tackles ethical questions surrounding medical issues. On Wednesday, Caplan talked about the rationale behind prescribing drugs for the elderly, the role "bad luck" may play in the likelihood of getting cancer, reality TV in the E.R., and sledding bans.

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