Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine recently released a study arguing that memories can be passed on through DNA. It’s the latest piece in a growing body of evidence for transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, and if it’s right, it could change the way we act in our everyday lives.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Turns out black holes really aren't so black. A team of researchers has discovered an incredibly bright black hole located some 22 million light years away in the neighboring Pinwheel Galaxy. It’s twice as bright as astronomers ever thought possible. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Joel Bregman, co-author of the study and professor of astronomy at the University of Michigan.
Monday, December 02, 2013
HealthCare.gov can reportedly now handle 800,000 users a day. But with Americans rushing to meet the December 23rd enrollment deadline in order to get coverage by January 1st, administration officials admit the site might become overloaded. Congresswoman Diana DeGette, a Democrat representing Colorado’s 1st district, is among those who have been concerned.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The genetic-analysis company 23andMe has garnered a devoted following since its launch in 2006. Now the Food and Drug Administration has ordered the company to halt sales of its signature product, the Saliva Collection Kit and Personal Genome Service. Nita Farahany, professor of law, genomics and policy at Duke University, took the 23andMe test. She argues that the FDA is overreaching in their regulation of the company.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
While Americans have long known that we spend more on healthcare than any other country, most of us aren't reaping the benefits. Compared to most other developed nations, the U.S. falls short on measures of life expectancy. Elizabeth Bradley, a professor of public health at Yale University, and Lauren Taylor, a presidential scholar at Harvard Divinity School, are the co-authors of "The American Health Care Paradox." They argue that the problem may lie in the way Americans think about health care.
Monday, November 25, 2013
The Retro Report documentary team takes us back to 1978, when residents of Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York got some shocking news about the disposal of toxic chemicals in their community: In the 1940s and 50s, Hooker Chemical company had dumped 21,800 tons of toxic waste in the canal. Thirty-five years later, J. P. Olsen, producer for Retro Report, reports on what he found when he went back to the community.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Perhaps no other field represents the tricky balance between public protection and private life than medicine. Questions of when the legislature should intervene to protect the public, and when decisions are best left to the doctor and her patient, have been politically fraught territory for decades. Jessie Hill, a professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, is an expert on the law, regulation, medicine, and the difficult decisions in between.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Warsaw have reopened old wounds this week. Representatives from some of the world's poorest countries staged a walk-out yesterday as the United States, the European Union, Australia and other developed nations refused to discuss payment for extreme environmental damage until after 2015. Isaac Valero, the European Union's spokesman for Climate Action, explains where the E.U. stands and what's in store going forward.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Senate Passes Filibuster Reform in Landmark Vote | Climate Change Talks Reignite Cold War-Era Conflicts | With the Earth Changing, What is an Act of God? | Scientists Bewildered by Strange Sun Activity | A European Perspective on the Recession & Recovery | How Facebook is Hurting and Helping Student ...
Thursday, November 07, 2013
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considering extending the Americans with Disabilities Act to help bolster international support for disability rights. Judith E. Heumann, the Special Adviser for International Disability Rights at the U.S. State Department, joins The Takeaway to explains why some Republicans are opposed to a United Nations disabilities treaty being considered by the Senate.
Monday, November 04, 2013
The documentary series Retro Report takes us back to 1971 when the National Cancer Act was signed by President Nixon. The act heralded a War on Cancer, which has since raised awareness about the disease. Eradicating cancer, however, is a goal that still eludes us. Jill Rosenbaum is a Retro Report producer who discusses the history and future of the War on Cancer.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Americans suffering from mental illness have long faced barriers to treatment, including stigma from their friends, family and peers.
Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy sought to change all of that. On October 31, 1963, he signed his last piece of legislation, the Community Mental Health Act, a law that aimed to transform the way mental illness is treated in this country. According to Dr. Paul Appelbaum, a practicing psychiatrist and professor of law, medicine and psychiatry at Columbia University, fifty years later, the Act has a mixed legacy.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
While the science behind climate change may still be controversial in some circles, it's come increasingly difficult to deny that the planet is growing warmer. And though scientists are cautious when it comes to cause and effect, most experts agree there is a link between climate change and storms like Hurricane Sandy. Science Friday's Ira Flatow examines the lessons learned, and the link between climate change and extreme weather.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Since 1965, the federal government has redesigned its health policy several times with varying degrees of success. Helen Levy, research associate professor of economics at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and former senior economist to the President's Council of Economic Advisers, compares the ACA rollout to past, present and future federal overhauls.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
What's Watson been up to since becoming a champion on “Jeopardy!” back in 2011? It turns out that IBM's supercomputer has been busy helping cancer patients, and medical students to become better doctors. And because of advances in machine learning, Watson is an assistant that just keeps getting smarter. The Takeaway considers the success of Watson’s flourishing career in the field of medicine with the help of the host of WGBH's “Innovation Hub,” Kara Miller.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Family, Allies Speak Out For Kenneth Bae's Release From North Korea | How the Federal Government Got into the Economic Data Business | A New Career for Jeopardy Supercomputer Watson | Noise: A History of Sound and Listening | Henry Louis Gates Jr. on 500 Years of African American History
The healthcare exchanges officially launched on October 1st, and according to Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for the Washington Post, at least 200,000 Americans have already applied for health insurance through their state exchange. But glitches in the Obamacare computer system severely delayed many applications. Kliff examines the state of the exchanges and the future of the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
This week, a Florida police department charged two girls ages 14 and 12 with aggravated stalking—a third-degree felony—for bullying a peer that eventually committed suicide. As more and more young people define their lives online, stories show that cyberbullying can have devastating consequences. But are felony charges the best way to punish bullies and prevent future incidents? What role should parents and teachers play? Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and a fellow at Yale Law School, examines all of these questions.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Newly unearthed letters and diaries of President William Howard Taft show that the famously "corpulent" president pursued several modern dieting techniques, including keeping a food diary and seeking the council of a "physical culture man"—his year's version of a personal trainer. Dr. Deborah Levine, assistant professor of health policy and management at Providence College, discusses her findings about President Taft.
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