Andrew Duarte was only 31 years old when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. One of the biggest questions he had was, “What can I expect?”
“And there’s not really a good answer for that,” he says.
Today on Talk of Iowa - living with Parkinson’s disease. Host Charity Nebbe sits down with two Parkinson's patients and a clinical researcher to talk about recent developments in Parkinson’s research and find out what it’s like to live with the disease.
Preeclampsia, a cardiovascular condition that affects expecting mothers and often causes premature births, kills 100,000 women worldwide every year. Previously, it’s been difficult to predict or prevent before the late stages of a pregnancy. But a few researchers at the University of Iowa may change that.
In the emergency room, the last thing you want to think about is what your bill is going to look like. But, weeks later you will receive a bill in the mail; and you might experience some sticker shock.
Today on River to River, we seek to answer your hospital billing questions. Questions like: why does an aspirin cost upwards of $15, when I can get a generic bottle at the drug store at 2 cents a pop?
Noonan syndrome is a genetic condition. The characteristic facial features include low set ears, widely spaced-eyes, bright blue or blue-green eyes, a low hairline at the back of the head, and multiple congenital problems like heart defects and an unusually shaped chest.
A person with Noonan syndrome is often short, has a broad or webbed neck, low set nipples, and bleeding problems. Developmental delay or intellectual disability are also common.
How likely are you to donate blood? Are you more motivated if you were given something in exchange for donating? A t-shirt? Maybe an umbrella? How about a 15-dollar gift card? On this River to River, Ben Kieffer talks a little about how our behavior is affected by the financial incentive to donate. But also the larger picture of how blood is processed, and how blood centers work to reduce the risks for recipients.
Nearly 200-thousand babies each year are born with congenital clubfoot. On this River to River, Iowa Week continues with a look at pioneering work in medicine. Hear about the Iowa-based Ponseti International Association which treats clubfoot. Dr. Herman Hein will tell us about Iowa's Statewide Perinatal Program, which has helped mothers and newborn babies receive needed medical care, and the remarkable story of how the University of Iowa's College of Medicine was funded almost one hundred years ago.
Today we listen back to a show from September 2012 on how physicians can help their patients lose weight.
Have you ever been to the doctor and was told, "You really need to lose some weight." While many of us need to slim down, dropping the pounds is easier said than done. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Dr. Lawrence Apple who studies the best and most efficient ways for physicians to help their patients lose weight.
An Iowa doctor is preparing to come home after spending the past couple of weeks doing relief work in a part of the world facing one of the worst refugee crises in memory.
Dr. Alan Koslow is a vascular surgeon from Des Moines. He landed in South Sudan about two weeks ago, in an area where tens of thousands of refugees have been fleeing violence and famine across the border in Sudan.
Koslow spoke with IPR's Sarah McCammon through an internet phone from the South Sudanese capital of Juba.
More than six hundred thousand men died during the Civil War and twice as many men died of disease than of gunshot wounds. Charity talks with Dr. Kendall Reed from Des Moines University medical practices during the war and how the period led to numerous medical advancements. Later, Lester Menke, author of “When Apples Had No Worms”, shares his stories from growing up in the 1920s and 30s.
It started as blood-typing and has advanced to designing cancer treatments specific to the cellular makeup of a tumor. And in the not-so-distant future, it will mean looking at a patient's DNA to determine the best course of treatment for a variety of diseases. In a program that originally aired last November, Ben talks with guests about the technology that allows doctors to use the right medicines for the right patients at the right time, and the ethical and cost considerations of unlocking the secrets that lie on our DNA.