Compared to the rest of the world, Americans take hygiene and cleanliness very seriously. But Dr. Ruchi Gupta, a medical school professor and recent author of a New York Times op/ed article, says Americans are taking cleanliness too far. Dr. Gupta tells David Hyde that not all bacteria are bad, and listeners weigh in on the discussion.
Last October, the National Reproductive Society removed the experimental label from egg freezing. Along with advances to the technology, egg freezing is now available to more women than ever before. Some tout it as the biggest revolution for women’s choice since the birth control pill. Others say the high price tag is prohibitive for most women and could put off real systemic changes needed for women’s rights.
David Hyde talks with Dr. Angela Thyer, founding partner of Seattle Reproductive Medicine, Sarah Elizabeth Richards author of “Motherhood Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It,” and Jacoba Urist, a journalist for Forbes, NBCNews and The Atlantic.
About a million Washington residents are now without health insurance. Come October, the state hopes to get many of them enrolled in a plan. That’s when Washington’s Health Exchange is scheduled to launch. But signing people up for health insurance is not as easy as it sounds. There’s still a lot of misinformation about Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
From 2000 to 2009, the number of people diagnosed with skin cancer increased nearly two percent according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Doctors say much of the rise can be attributed to the mislabeling and misuse of sunscreen. Joining Ross Reynolds to answer your questions on sunscreen and other skin matters is dermatologist Dr. Andrea Kalus, Medical Director of the UW Dermatology Center at Roosevelt.