Dr. Sandeep Jauhar has often been struck by the chasm that can separate doctors and patients when it comes to treatment options. He was on the other side of that chasm when his wife needed surgery while she was pregnant. Sandeep and his wife wanted one kind of surgery - her doctors recommended another. He still struggles daily with the question of when to respect patients' wishes, and when to overrule. Also on the show: surviving flesh-eating bacteria.
Over the years many medical professionals have wondered whether Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is actually a real disease. But now things have changed. The Center for Disease Control announced in 2006 that the condition isn't "merely" psychological, that it's real. It's also launched a $4.5-million public awareness campaign. We'll hear from a patient and a clynical psychologist.
We've been following Al-Ghizzawi, a Guantanamo detainee, through his lawyer, Candace Gorman. Al-Ghizzawi was a shopkeeper who was picked up in Afghanistan and turned over to the U.S. for a bounty. Now after eight years in Guantanamo, he is a free man. Also in this episode, Ahmed's Diary and diabetes researcher Ed Damiano.
Dan Marcotte raced his first stock car at age 16. Since then, he’s been passionate not just about racing, but about building his own car that can go super fast. He’s now built a "land speed car." And today, he heads out to the Bonneville Salt Flats to see if his homemade car can break his personal record: 279.6 miles per hour. Also: a brush with fame, meeting Pete Seeger.
Cleve Hicks has been studying chimps for 10 years, the last four in the Congo. The preserve where his study was being conducted was overrun by illegal gold miners last year. So Cleve and his crew had to leave the preserve and set up shop somewhere else.
When Jo Holt had a patient with a wound that required regular dressing at home, she thought to record photos and detailed voice instructions into his cell phone. Jo encountered some push back from her colleagues, but as she tells Dick Gordon, she believes fresh thinking and new technology can only benefit the health care industry. Also in this episode: Physician Assistant Lisa Shock put her house on the line and bought her own primary care practice.
Over the last 5 years, the state of Texas has proven 12 people innocent by DNA testing. This month, James Waller officially became part of that group when he was exonerated of raping a child in 1982. Also in this episode: a new documentary about the musician John Coltrane.