Health

Pushing Back The Health Care Mandate

Monday, Jul 8, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Last week the Obama administration announced a delay in the implementation of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. We explore which other provisions of the law are affected, and what it means for consumers.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland Secretary Of Health And Mental Hygiene

Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, is in studio. We talk about implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other health issues the Old Line State is taking on.

Reactive To Predictive: Tracking Global Epidemics

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo explores how far the scientific community has come in developing new technology and surveillance programs for tracking, predicting and preventing global disease outbreaks.

U.K. Secretary Of State For Health Jeremy Hunt

Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo chats with U.K. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt about efforts to digitize Britain's health system and why countries around the world are watching the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the United States.

How To Be A Savvy Consumer Of Health Care

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

As health care providers in the U.S. and abroad meet new digital standards, we explore how patients can become more active health care consumers.

Health Care In Transition: Fee For Service Vs. Pay For Performance

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Health innovators are experimenting with "pay for performance" models that focus on preventive care, coordination between doctors and ways to lower readmission rates. We explore how hospital systems and providers are adapting to the changing health care environment.

Tech Tuesday: Health Datapalooza

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

It's the fourth annual gathering of techies, open data believers and health policy wonks. Kojo broadcasts live from the Health Datapalooza in D.C. and explores new ways to harness government data to improve our health.

Unveiling Wide Gaps In Medical Care Costs

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Newly unveiled government data shows shocking discrepancies in the cost of medical services. Kojo finds out what's behind these fee differences and how the release of this data may impact the cost of care for consumers.

Barton Seaver: Kitchen Table Environmentalism & Public Health

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

You may not be thinking lofty topics like public health and environmentalism when you grill fish in your backyard, but Barton Seaver says the path to understanding such complex topics in human terms goes right through our stomachs ...

'The Book Of Woe'

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

In 1952, the American Psychiatric Association released the first edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as the DSM. Before the publication of a newly revised fifth edition later this month, we talk with an author and practicing psychotherapist about the history and future of the manual.

A Frontline Fighter In Pediatric HIV

Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo talks with Johns Hopkins pediatric virologist Dr. Deborah Persaud about her career and the research that led to the first "functional cure" of an HIV-infected baby.

Health Insurers Gear Up For The Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 1:20 p.m.

Health insurers are gearing up for the Obama health care law, which opens enrollment to previously uninsured individuals in October. Kojo examines one company's request to raise premiums and looks at the options for consumers.

Patenting Your DNA

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Last week, the Supreme Court heard a case -- Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. -- with questions about the legality of patenting human DNA at its center. We explore the implications of this 21st century case for doctors and patients.

Educating Special Needs Kids

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

While federal law requires that all special needs children have available to them "free, appropriate public education," many parents say it's still a fight to ensure their child's particular needs are met. We explore the challenges of education and special needs kids.

Tax Time Organizing

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Tax time means pulling together financial documents -- and for many of us, perhaps wishing our papers were in better order. We look at what new tax rules mean for filing, and simple tips for keeping your finances organized throughout the year.

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