Jul 19, 2012 — Journalist Bill Wasik and his veterinarian wife, Monica Murphy, have teamed up for a new book on the cultural and scientific history of rabies. Rabies causes terrible suffering — but it's fascinating to examine the way the virus is perfectly engineered to spread itself.
May 26, 2011 — Since antiquity, medical personnel have dismissed highly emotional women as "hysterical." In Medical Muses, Asti Hustvedt travels back to a 19th-century Parisian hospital in an attempt to understand — and humanize — history's hysterics.
May 13, 2009 — Because of his severe obsessive compulsive disorder, it took Ed Zine 16,384 precise movements to get from his bed to the bathroom. Zine and Dr. Michael Jenike, the psychiatrist who helped Zine find his own way to heal hilmself from OCD, talk about their new book, Life in Rewind.
Sep 4, 2008 — In his memoir, Scattershot, David Lovelace chronicles what he calls "the family sickness." Terri Cheney joins the discussion and shares details from Manic, a chronicle of her own struggle with bipolar disorder.
Aug 21, 2008 — By the eighth grade, 52 percent of adolescents have consumed alcohol, and 20 percent have used marijuana — according to the non-profit group, Partnership for a Drug Free America. But what factors lead teens to addiction? For more, Farai Chideya speaks with a recovering teen addict and an addiction specialist.
Jul 31, 2008 — When author Stephanie Klein was a chubby middle-schooler, all the boys called her "Moose." After a consultation with the local nutritionist (aka "the fat doctor") Klein was sent to weight-loss camp, where she spent her summers with other teenagers struggling to slim down.
Feb 26, 2008 — Drug addiction doesn't just affect the addict, it changes the whole family. Journalist David Sheff and his son Nic join Fresh Air to talk about Nic's addiction to methamphetamine and the separate memoirs they've written about the experience.
Oct 4, 2007 — In The Secret History of the War on Cancer, environmental-health expert Devra Davis warns that we're ignoring dozens of cancer-causing chemicals, like asbestos, benzene, vinyl chloride, and dioxin. She writes that, like the tobacco companies, the chemical industry has managed to obfuscate the carcinogenic dangers of chemical and other toxic waste.
Apr 3, 2007 — New cancer-fighting techniques, including drugs designed to target cancer cells, mean thousands of patients are surviving cancer. Researcher and author David G. Nathan explains The Cancer Treatment Revolution.
Sep 28, 2006 — For people who love coffee, it's more than just a drink. The morning cup is part ritual, part pick-me-up. But what most people don't know is that a small amount of caffeine can give many people the lift they want, without producing jitters.