Health

New Insights Into The Underground Sex Economy

Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

A new landmark study by the Urban Institute explores the economics of the sex industry in Washington, D.C., and seven other major cities.

The Changing Nature Of Workplace Benefits

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

We explore changes in workplace benefits like pensions and health care, as well as what health care reform means for those who are locked into a job for the benefits.

PTSD In Inner-City Neighborhoods

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 12:21 p.m.

Kojo looks at how trauma is affecting urban neighborhoods locally and nationally and talk with community activists who work to stave off its negative effects.

The Future Of Amateurism In College Sports

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

As football players at Northwestern University attempt to form a union, we explore legal and ethical questions about money in college sports and the rights of student athletes.

Maryland's Troubled Health Care Exchange

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

After months of technical and other glitches with Maryland's health care exchange website, state health officials this week terminated their contract with the company that built the site, echoing a move in January by the federal government.

Curbing The Overuse Of Antibiotics

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Overprescription of antibiotics has led to the development of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" that kill thousands each year. Antibiotics in animal feed add to the problem. We look at how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other groups aim to track antibiotic use and curb overuse.

Do Brain Training Games Work?

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

An explosion of brain training games has people using apps and software programs to improve memory and reasoning. One study says the positive effects can last a decade. Skeptics disagree.

After "Dr. V": Transgender Representation In Sports

Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 12:23 p.m.

It started as an investigative story about a "scientifically superior" golf club. But when "Dr. V's Magic Putter" revealed -- without her consent -- that the inventor was transgender, the article quickly morphed into a cautionary tale. Kojo explores the ethics questions raised by the story, and how organized sports leagues have tried to accommodate trans athletes.

Heroin: Trends Locally And Nationally

Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Last summer, a McLean, Va., high school student died last from a mix of heroin and a common antihistamine. We look at what's fueling an increase in heroin use locally and nationally, particularly among teens and young adults.

The Future Of Your Doctor's Office

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

As technology costs rise and billing and electronic records become more complicated, many doctors find it hard to afford the costs of remaining independent. We speak with doctors and health care professionals about the future of the doctor's office.

MTV's Public Service Message: Teen Moms

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:35 p.m.

MTV's two teen-mom reality shows have been criticized for glamorizing teenage mothers, but a new study shows they've led instead to a significant drop in births to teenage girls.

Linking Poverty And Poor Health

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 1:33 p.m.

As Congress debates cuts to food assistance programs like SNAP benefits, some doctors and advocates for the poor say the study is further evidence that cutting food and other assistance programs leads to expensive health care crises.

Scott Stossel: "My Age Of Anxiety"

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Atlantic magazine editor Scott Stossel's new book explores his own acute anxiety disorders and attempts at treatment, as well as the fascinating science and history behind these psychological conditions.

Ancient Grains And Wild Greens (Rebroadcast)

Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Ancient dietary staples like farro, arugula and quinoa are making a comeback in modern recipes that are as much about flavor as nutrition. We consider the benefits and the industry behind these foods.

The Science and Psychology of Personal Fitness

Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Research shows that fitness must be more than an annual resolution soon forgotten. We explore the hot fitness trends in the region and examine what types of exercise work best.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.