medicine

Philosophy Talk: Diseases of the Mind

Nov 17, 2017

How do mental disorders differ from diseases of the body? 


Laura Wenus

 

The narrowly averted closure of a special care facility at St. Luke’s hospital in San Francisco highlights a bigger problem in the region — and even statewide.

 

Philosophy Talk: The Limits of Medical Consent

May 9, 2017

Who has the right to decide my own medical treatment other than me?

Most Americans are unprepared for the worst to happen—an accident or an unexpected illness that leaves them brain dead, but still alive.  That's what happened to Terri Schiavo, a young woman who became comatose after suffering a heart attack in 1990.  

JoAnn Mar

The average life span has nearly doubled during the last century.  But while people are living longer, they're now facing health challenges that were less prevalent before—severe chronic illness, cancer, lung disease, dementia, and Alzheimer's—debilitating conditions that often cause great pain and suffering. 

 

I thought my family had all the pieces in place, until the crisis happened and that’s when I realized how woefully unprepared we were. My 91-year-old father had fallen in the early morning hours and was unable to get up from the bathroom floor.

How can we separate genetic fact from genetic fiction?


During a long, debilitating illness doctors failed to diagnose, author Gabrielle Glancy had enough energy to save Facebook screenshots, but not enough to write.  The award-winning poet and nationally known college admissions expert later wove them into a book about her ordeal. I'm Already Disturbed Please Come In: Parasites, Social Media & Other Planetary Disturbances (A Memoir, of Sorts) critiques  Western medicine and social media, and examines love in sickness and in health.  Gabrielle Glancy is Eric Jansen's guest on Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday, July 2.* Hear her read from her book and talk about the issues it raises.

The Black Sheep

Jun 23, 2015

 

The next time you're in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, if you look carefully you’ll see a symbol of this support: a black cross drawn in marker. It’s the coat of arms for the Black Sheep, the area’s unofficial homeless first aid squad.

 

The People's Community Medics

If you’ve ever picked up the phone to call 9-1-1, you or someone else probably needed help. Badly. And you probably assumed that after dialing those three numbers, help would come screeching around the corner, lights and sirens blaring.

Well, the residents of East and West Oakland say that depends on where you live.  In this special hour-long KALW documentary, “The Race to an Emergency” host Martina Castro and reporter Ali Budner trace the path of a 9-1-1 call in Oakland: from the dispatchers to the emergency responders. And they consider how geography and demographics figure into a crisis that has been brewing in Oakland for decades.

Click the player to listen to the hour-long documentary. For more information, links to sources, photos and data maps, please visit the documentary website, www.theracetoanemergency.org.  

Note: This piece first aired on October 8th, 2013.  To see the original post and hear the audio from that airing, click HERE.  

Work with Marty Nemko 10/20/13

Oct 20, 2013

Interview with Dr. Paul Ruggieri, author of "Confessions of a Surgeon"

If you’ve ever picked up the phone to call 9-1-1, you or someone else probably needed help. Badly. And you probably assumed that after dialing those three numbers, help would come screeching around the corner, lights and sirens blaring.

Today's Your Call: Are you uninsured or underinsured?

Jan 10, 2012

 

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about The Affordable Care Act. What are the new coverage options? In California, the cost of health insurance is rising more rapidly than family incomes. What resources are available for those of us don’t have healthcare or don’t have much coverage?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What resources are available? And what’s in store for the future of healthcare? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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