The Medical Center Hour: "If That Ever Happens to Me...": Making Life and Death Decisions after Terri Schiavo1/28/09 - Lois L. Shepherd, J.D., explores ways in which the Terri Schiavo case continues to affect us all
The Medical Center Hour: Can We Afford Health Care for the Baby Boom? An Alternative Vision1/21/09 - In 2006, the first baby boomers turned 60, raising concerns about the affordability of retirement, specifically health care. Can the nation craft social policies that will foster a pro-work, pro-savings, pro-health improvement culture for boomers and later generations? Featuring Jeff Goldsmith and Carolyn Engelhard. Co-presented with the History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series.
The Medical Center Hour: Healthcare, Guaranteed: A Simple, Secure Solution for America11/19/08 - Consensus that the system is ineffectual and calls for health care reform have produced
varied solutions with bedeviling details. Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD outlines the essential elements
of an effective, sustainable health care system and promotes comprehensive change. Co-presenters:
Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life, School of Law's Sadie Lewis Webb Program.
The Medical Center Hour: The Health of Charlottesville: Diagnosing and Caring for Our Community11/12/08 - What are the biggest health-related challenges facing Charlottesville-Albemarle? Using
a new community-wide assessment and strategic plan, how can we improve overall health? Speakers:
Lillian Peake, MD, MPH and Mayor Dave Norris. Co-presenters: Department of Public Health Sciences, Center on Health Disparities, and Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies.
The Medical Center Hour: Are We Really Ready for Health Care Reform?11/5/08 - Description=Health care accessibility and affordability require improvement, but true reform
dictates revolutionizing the health care delivery system. Speaker Joanne Disch, Ph.D. advocates a
The Medical Center Hour: Novel Paradigms for Personalized Therapy and Drug Discovery in Cancer10/29/08 - Moving beyond trial-and-error treatments, cancer researchers see a breakthrough on the
horizon: patient-specific, individualized therapy based on physiology, overall health, and disease
type and stage. UVa urologist Dan Theodorescu explores personalized medicine: Where are we in the quest for customized cancer treatment? How will it benefit patients, medicine, and society?
The Medical Center Hour: An Environmental Health Science Revolution: New Opportunities to Prevent Disease10/22/08 - New research reveals that environmental contaminants at low levels alter gene expression, resulting in inadequate current health safety standards. Experts Peterson Myers, Ph.D. and Jonathan Z. Cannon, J.D examine how scientific insights can yield both better health standards and benefits. Co-presented with the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life.
The Medical Center Hour: Culture-as-Disability? Therapeutic Itineraries and the Question of Knowledge10/15/08 - Ghana-born literary scholar Ato Quayson places his own development as a disability
studies scholar within the wider context of attitudes toward disability in Africa and elsewhere,
paying particular attention to the unexamined belief systems and attitudes that underwrite
therapeutic itineraries, both biomedical and otherwise. Co-presented with the Department of English.
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