Health Care

BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:03 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Vaccination Laws, Abortion Clinics, Lethal Injection Serums

Medical ethicist Art Caplan discussed tougher California vaccination laws.
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Medical ethicist joined Boston Public Radio on Wednesday for his regular "Ask the Ethicist" segment. Caplan talked about a new California vaccination law, the few abortion clinics in Texas, and the Supreme Court upholding the use of a particular drug for lethal injections.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
4:20 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

BPR Breaks Some News, Reads Some Books

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act cheer outside the Supreme Court on Thursday after justices upheld the law's subsidies.
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  • We open the show with the Supreme Court's decision on Affordable Care Act. With a 6-3 vote, they uphold the law. We hear from medical ethicist, Art Caplan and later, carry President Obama's thoughts live.
  • Paul Reville stops by to discuss technology in school and other education headlines.
  • The human-pet bond is deep, and in Massachusetts it could be deeper, as in 6 feet under.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:33 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Smoothie Diets And Detoxes, The Obesity Epidemic, And Skinny Jeans

Medical ethicist Art Caplan was skeptical about the effectiveness of detoxes and juice cleanses.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for his regular Boston Public Radio segment, "Ask the Ethicist." Caplan talked about the efficacy (or lack thereof) of "detox" diets, a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and a new report on US obesity.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:38 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Transgender Surgery, Raising The Smoking Age, Banning Trans Fats

Caitlyn Jenner's 'Vanity Fair' cover has pushed the conversation on transgender issues into the mainstream. Medical ethicist Art Caplan looked at it from a medical perspective.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio — a few days later than usual — for his weekly segment, "Ask the Ethicist." Caplan talked about the right age for parents to sign off on a child's gender reassignment surgery, raising the smoking age, and the damage done by marijuana smoke.

Questions below are paraphrased. Caplan's responses are edited where noted [...].

You're encouraging some caution when it comes to performing large numbers of gender reassignment surgeries. Why is that?

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:00 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Libido Drugs, Abortion Training, Medical Bills For Injured Sports Fans

Should the Red Sox pay the medical bills of Tonya Carpenter, the fan injured by a broken bat? Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined BPR to talk about it.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio on Wednesday for his regular segment "Ask the Ethicist." Caplan talked about libido-stimulating drugs, abortion training for physicians, and whether the Red Sox should pay the medical bills of the woman hit in the face with a broken bat.

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Local News
1:10 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Inside Brockton's Pot Dispensary, 1 Of 4 In Massachusetts To Open Soon

A worker tends to plants at Brockton's marijuana dispensary, In Good Health.

From the outside, there’s nothing impressive about the In Good Health medical-marijuana dispensary—which sits in an unremarkable industrial building in Brockton. Step inside, though, and your impression changes. Fast.

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Local News
10:37 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Gloucester Police Begin Treating — Not Arresting — Addicts Who Seek Help

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Police in Gloucester are trying something new in their battle against opiate addiction. It’s an idea that’s being hailed by some as innovative, but others question if it will work, and whether it’s legal.

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Local News
11:01 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Mainstreaming Everyday Life For Those With Traumatic Brain Injury

Carrol Stephens and her son Scott do a puzzle.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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