Steve Scher talks with Linda Grant, CEO of Evergreen Manor, about potential funding cuts to drug treatment programs for low-income patients in Washington state. Evergreen Manor is a non-profit drug and alcohol treatment center in Everett.
On the last day of his life, Charles Caldwell was surrounded by seven members of his family, but no one thought he was dying. He was in a Dallas-area nursing home, recuperating from surgery to insert a feeding tube. Caldwell had Parkinson's disease. He'd "lost his ability to swallow," explains Caldwell's son-in-law, Bill Putnam.
George Phillips has his death planned out. His wife Betty has planned hers. They have filled out an advance directive, outlining how they want to die.
Their neighbors across the street have filled out the same paperwork, as has the family next door. In fact, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, you're unusual if you don't have a plan for your death. Some 96 percent of people who die in La Crosse have an advance directive or similar documentation. Nationally, only about 30 percent of adults have a document like that.
Some of the nation's largest pharmaceutical companies have dramatically reduced payments to health professionals for promotional speeches amid heightened public scrutiny of such spending, a ProPublica analysis shows.
Eli Lilly & Co.'s payments to speakers dropped by 55 percent, from $47.9 million in 2011 to $21.6 million in 2012.
Pfizer's speaking payments fell 62 percent over the same period, from nearly $22 million to $8.3 million.
Colorado opened its first pot stores in January, and adults in Washington state will be able to walk into a store and buy marijuana this summer. But this legalization of recreational marijuana is taking place without much information on the possible health effects.
Ross Reynolds talks to Pen/American Award winning writer David Stuart MacLean about his new book “The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia."
The book is based on his This American Life story.
Imagine finding yourself on a train platform in India. A train is just pulling away, you have no ticket, and you have no idea who you are. You’d probably pinch yourself and hope you'd woke up. But when MacLean found himself in this situation in 2002, it wasn't a dream.
Steve Scher talks with Dr. Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington, about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposal to update the Nutrition Facts labels on food and drink packages.
Harborview Medical Center said Wednesday it will not be closing its primary care clinics after all.
Last December, the hospital had announced its intent to relocate those services into the community. But the prospect of shutting down the clinics located at Harborview's main hospital disturbed many staff and patients.
Steve Scher talks with Michael Hanrahan who oversees the needle exchange programs for the King County's Health and Human Services. Hanrahan talks about how these exchanges work and the impact the program has made in the community.