NIH Podcast 2006 Show Notes
Episode #0022 — December 29, 2006
Coming up on this edition, we'll go back in time to August when Bill Schmalfeldt sat down with Dr. Marston Linehan, a National Cancer Institute researcher, to talk about what's being done regarding research into the causes and treatments for Kidney Cancer. Wally Akinso has a story on how the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has confirmed that medically performed circumcision can significantly lower the risk of adult males contracting HIV through heterosexual intercourse. The National Institute on Aging has a booklet available spelling out the dangers of hypothermia, as well as how folks can avoid it. But first, there's good news to be found in a survey of 8th, 10th and 12th graders.
Episode #0021 — December 15, 2006
On this edition of NIH Research Radio, results of a study supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggest that young African American adults - but not young white adults — are at high risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases even when their relative level of risk behaviors is low. Wally Akinso has a report about how one NIH institute's effort to educate all Americans about the importance of knowing their family health histories. Special Correspondent Cherry Graziosi sits down for a chat with Dr. Jane Pearson, chair of the Suicide Research Consortium at the National Institute of Mental Health — the subject, anti-depressants and their association with suicidal thoughts in some patients. Wally will be back with a story about the identification of a gene that's linked to tobacco addiction. But first, Bill Schmalfeldt has a story about how "newer" doesn't always mean "better" — even in the world of medicine.
Episode #0020 — December 1, 2006
Coming up on NIH Research Radio, Bill Schmalfeldt has a report about a program for parents of premature babies, which, if implemented early in the neonatal intensive care unit, can reduce parental stress, depression and anxiety, improve parent-infant interactions, and reduce the length of the baby's hospital stay. Wally Akinso has a story about a versatile personalized intervention which has been shown to improve the quality of life for caregivers of people with dementia, according to a study funded by both the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Nursing Research. Bill sits down with Dr. Harrison Wein, editor of the NIH News In Health, to discuss what you'll find in the December issue. And if you're a middle-aged man, your life span depends on your risk factors. That's the result of a study that shows risk factors such as overweight, smoking and drinking have an impact on the odds of a longer, healthier life for men in their middle years. But first, you've heard the phrase "use it, or lose it." Bill has a report about what that means for seniors who wish to stay active as they get older.
Episode #0019 — November 17, 2006
IN THIS EPISODE: Flu Season is just around the corner. And it's with that in mind that special correspondent Cherry Graziosi sits down with Dr. David Lipman, director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine to discuss influenza, vaccines, and research into ways of controlling outbreaks. Wally Akinso has a story about a new campaign launched by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to raise awareness about efforts to find a vaccine for HIV. The National Institutes of Health recently played host to a seminar on the unique effects of diabetes in women. Bill Schmalfeldt has a report. Wally will be back with some late-breaking news about the efficacy of angioplasty versus standard drug therapy in treating heart disease. But first, those ads sponsored by the tobacco companies that, on the surface, seem to be telling kids to avoid tobacco. Are they what they seem to be?
Episode #0018 — November 3, 2006
This is the 18th bi-weekly edition of NIH Research Radio. But we understand that for many, this podcast is a recent discovery and you may have missed some interesting stories from some of our earlier episodes. So this time, if you will, we have something of a "clips show" for you. From our first podcast on March 10th, a chat with Dr. William J. Martin who was just beginning his work as Associate Director for Translational Biomedicine at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. There's been a great deal of talk about Parkinson's Disease in the news as of late. We'll share a story from March about two compounds that warrant further investigation for their possible use in treating the disease. From August, an interview with NCI Scientist Dr. Thomas Waldman — who has been with the NIH for more than 50 years! And from our June 19 podcast, Dr. Anthony Fauci at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases talks about the 25th anniversary of the first reported cases of HIV/AIDS. But to start, some new information from our own Wally Akinso about some promising new approaches to the treatment and prevention of tooth decay.
Episode #0017 — October 20, 2006
On this edition of NIH Research Radio - we welcome our new correspondent, Cherry Graziosi, as she sits down for a chat with Dr. Crystal Mackall — Chief of the Immunology Section and Acting Branch Chief of the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute. Wally Akinso shares a report about how bipolar disorder affects the workplace. Americans accustomed to the seasonal misery of sneezing, runny noses and itchy, watery eyes caused by ragweed pollen may one day benefit from an experimental allergy treatment that not only requires fewer injections than standard immunotherapy, but also leads to a marked reduction in symptoms that persists for at least a year after therapy has stopped. Bill Schmalfeldt will tell you about the research. The National Eye Institute is looking into whether a modified combination of vitamins, minerals and fish oil can further slow the progression of vision lost due to Age-related Macular Degeneration. And Wally will tell us about the new high blood pressure segment you can find on the NIH Senior Health website. But first, Bill has a story about the largest long-term study into the health of America's Hispanic population.
Episode #0016 — October 6, 2006
Coming up on this edition of NIH Research Radio — Bill Schmalfeldt is joined in the studio by Doctor James Griffin, a science officer with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for a discussion about two aspects of the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development — one that shows kids who are overweight in early childhood have an increased chance of being obese at age 12. They also discuss how family characteristics have been shown to have more influence on child development than does experience in a child care setting. Wally Akinso has a story about this years recipients of the 2006 NIH Pioneer Awards. He'll also share the results of a study that shows early intervention can limit methamphetamine use among teens. More and more folks are using what are known as Complementary and Alternative Medication therapies to fight insomnia and sleeping problems. Do you have a compelling reason to quit smoking? Want to share your story with others? We'll tell you how you might be able to help fellow smokers kick the habit coming up. But first, Wally has a story about a place to get information on a painful condition that affects many older Americans.
Episode #0015 — September 22, 2006
Coming up on this edition of NIH Research Radio - it's back over to the Clinical Center with the traveling microphone to discuss how scientists are training T cells to attack cancer, with Dr. Steven Rosenberg. We'll also discuss a dangerous condition that affects some pregnant women with Dr. Dr. Richard J. Levine at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Harrison Wein drops by to tell us what's coming up in the October issue of the NIH News in Health. And Bill Schmalfeldt has a story about an effort by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to increase awareness about a condition that most certainly is NOT just another sign that you're getting older. But first, Wally Akinso shares a little TLC with us. and this COULD be the kind of TLC that might save your life!
Episode #0014 — September 8, 2006
Coming up on this edition of NIH Research Radio — Bill Schmalfeldt takes the traveling microphone to the Clinical Center and discusses what the National Cancer Institute is doing to combat various cancers that are connected with HIV/AIDS. His guest is Dr. Robert Yarchoan, chief of NCI's HIV/AIDS and Malignancy Branch. Wally Akinso will tell us how new information shows obese men who wish to become fathers may have something other than their weight to worry about. As students return to school, several middle schools students around the country will take part in a study that aims to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes in teens. Wally will be back with a story about how people who start chronic drinking at an early age are less likely to seek out treatment for alcohol abuse. But first, a new device that received research support from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute has just been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Episode #0013 — August 25, 2006
Coming up on this edition of NIH Research Radio — Matt Thornton has a report about how low income older Americans are more likely to suffer physical limitations than their wealthier peers. Wally Akinso tells us why a few puffs of a cigarette may be just enough to get you started down the road to addiction. One institute at the NIH has developed a new publication about physical activity and a healthy heart. Bill Schmalfeldt takes the traveling microphone to the Clinical Research Center to chat with Dr. Marston Linehan, a National Cancer Institute researcher, on the subject of Kidney Cancer. Wally has news about how an experimental anti-depressant medication may work in hours or days, instead of the weeks it takes current medications to kick in. Matt will have details about an Internet-based program designed to help at-risk young women prevent eating disorders. And Bill kicks things off with a report about cancer screening tests. We all know what they are. But do we know when and how often to get them?
Episode #0012 — August 11, 2006
Coming up on this edition of NIH Research Radio — Bill Schmalfeldt had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Thomas Waldman, a scientist from the National Cancer Institute who's been with NIH for 50 years. Wally Akinso has a report about how research shows effective treatment of addiction saves money and reduces crime. Wally also has a report about a disease you may never have heard of, and what one institute at the NIH is doing to change that. Matt Thornton will tell us about how early treatment can prevent life-long breathing problems in premature babies, and then he'll share a story on an effective program geared at lowering the incidence of HIV/AIDS infection in Hispanic youths. Bill tells of an interesting study about the evolution of language and how a common ancestor of monkey and man may be the linchpin in the search for origins. Wally returns with a look at a study that shows children who's mothers smoked during pregnancy are more likely to have behavior problems at an early age. And Bill gets the podcast started with a report about how you might be sacrificing lung function for that clean smell you get from an air freshener.
Episode #0011 — July 28, 2006
Coming up on this edition of NIH Research Radio, there's some good news to be found in this year's report on the status of America's children. Bill Schmalfeldt sits down with the editor of the NIH News in Health to discuss a new e-column. Wally Akinso tells us how scientists have learned that a hormone, which can be detected in a simple blood test, can identify people with sickle cell disease who also suffer from pulmonary hypertension. Matt Thornton has a story about how two studies have indicated that autism may involve a lack of connections and coordination in separate areas of the brain. But first, Bethesda was the site for a summit to discuss reducing cancer health disparities.
Episode #0010 — July 14, 2006
Coming up on this edition of NIH Research Radio, Bill Schmalfeldt has some exciting news in the search for a cure for Parkinson's Disease. Matt Thornton has two stories you'll want to keep in mind as you enjoy the warm summer weather — how researchers have identified a gene that makes some folks more susceptible to the skin cancer called melanoma, and how too much warm weather can lead to hyperthermia — especially in the elderly and those with health problems. Wally Akinso will talk about a website with information on what to do if you or someone you know might be experiencing the early stages of a heart attack. And Bill shares some updated info on how to eat your way to lower blood pressure. But first, Wally has some information on how those who start drinking at an early age may be more susceptible to alcohol abuse as they get older.
Episode #0009 — June 30, 2006
Coming up on this edition of NIH Research Radio, Bill Schmalfeldt has a story about how the art of “Tai Chi” is being investigated as a potential exercise program for adult cancer survivors. Wally Akinso has a story about overweight youngsters being more vulnerable to fractures and joint injuries. Also, Matt Thornton will join us from the Clinical Center with some scientists who recently discovered a new disease-causing organism. But first, did you know why some medications bear a warning label about grapefruit juice?
Episode #0008 — June 16, 2006
In this edition of NIH Research Radio, Wally Akinso has a report about how combined imaging techniques are being used to diagnose pulmonary embolism. Bill Schmalfeldt tells how the National Institute on Aging has released a pair of booklets designed to help folks better understand Alzheimer's Disease and memory loss. Wally will be back with a story about a new after-school program to help kids make healthier choices, and a report about a recent State of the Science conference that discussed tobacco use and smoking cessation programs. Matt Thornton shares highlights of a recent teleconference discussing the 25th Anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDS. But first, Bill has some positive news about the 25-year search for effective treatments for HIV, the cause of AIDS.
Episode #0007 — June 2, 2006
Coming up on this edition of NIH Research Radio, Matt Thornton has a story about the importance of recognizing the early signs of stroke. Bill Schmalfeldt has a story about a research study that is looking for the secret to long, healthy life by talking to people who have lived long, healthy lives. As we observe the 25th anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDS, Calvin Jackson talks with researchers at NIH who were involved in the early days of the fight against the disease. Wally Akinso shares some interesting numbers concerning Americans with diabetes. But first, a word about a new middle school curriculum developed by the NIH.
Episode #0006 — May 19, 2006
Coming up on this edition of NIH Research Radio, Wally Akinso has a story about how high doses of an experimental bird flu vaccine encourage immune responses in most healthy adults, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Bill Schmalfeldt has news from the National Eye Institute that says although 94 percent of Americans aged 12 and over have good vision, the remaining six percent are visually impaired. Wally will be back with news from the National Diabetic Education Program indicating that it's never too early to prevent diabetes. And there are new findings that show boys and girls who exhibit high levels of risky behaviors have similar chances of developing symptoms of depression. But first, a State of the Science Conference conducted at NIH that will be important to the approximately one-third of Americans who take multivitamin and mineral supplements for chronic disease prevention.
Episode #0005 — May 5, 2006
Coming up on this edition of NIH Research Radio, May is Healthy Vision Month. Bill Schmalfeldt has a story about how the National Eye Institute is helping to spread the word about how to prevent occupational eye injuries. Wally Akinso checks in with a report about a pilot study by the National Institute on Aging that shows another good reason for lower calorie diets. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has combined the latest information and guidance on all factors that increase risk for heart disease — or can contribute to worsening of heart disease — into two new heart health guidebooks. Wally will be back with a story about how people who want to prevent breast cancer might consider "hitting the gym." But first, Bill shares a report that explains why agricultural workers are in the front lines in the battle to prevent a bird flu outbreak.
Episode #0004 — April 21, 2006
On this edition, Wally Akinso has some exciting information about how a drug used to treat osteoporosis has been shown to protect older women against breast cancer. Bill Schmalfeldt has a report on how making multiple healthy lifestyle changes can help in the fight against high blood pressure. Bill will also let you know how your personal risk for cardiovascular disease is affected by having a sibling with the condition. Then Wally has a story about how older people can reduce their chances of future episodes of depression by remaining on their medication. But first, are you doing something in your sleep that could kill you?
Episode #0003 — April 7, 2006
On this edition, Wally Akinso has a report about some new treatment strategies available to help depressed patients become symptom-free according to a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. We'll hear from Doctor Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases about the observance of World TB Day last month. Wally will be back with a report about how The National Institutes of Health, working with other federal and Canadian agencies, is funding a research program to help scientists learn the best ways to improve survival chances for victims of cardiac arrest and severe trauma. And I'll sit down with Doctor Doug Lowy to discuss a new vaccine that shows promise in the prevention of cervical cancer. But first, a report about a State of the Science conference held at the NIH on the subject of caesarean delivery on maternal request.
Episode #0002 — March 24, 2006
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Episode #0001 — March 10, 2006
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