09/11/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents ponders the overuse of life-prolonging medical care, with journalist Katy Butler (Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death). There are some 6-million Americans over the age of 85. They’re now the nation’s fastest growing age group. The vast majority hope to die at home, but 44% die in hospitals, a fifth of those in intensive care.
07/11/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with the latest developments in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. Medical researcher Dr. Jay Cohen says there are new alternatives to invasive surgeries and radiation therapies. He was diagnosed with the condition in 2011. Dr. Cohen's most recent book is Prostate Cancer Breakthroughs. That’s Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.
02/20/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines the shortage of primary care doctors in today’s medical landscape and efforts to give more latitude to nurse care practitioners. The upcoming Florida Legislative session will address the issue. Increased Medicare costs and the Affordable Care Act figure into the picture to give qualified nurse practitioners more latitude in patient treatment.
HEADED FOR THE BLACK LIST: The Latin American School of Medicine is the world's largest medical school. Republicans in the Florida Legislature want to make sure that American graduates of the Cuban school cannot get Florida medical licenses.