Daily Rounds: Ephron's Secret Illness; Health Fight In Ads; Nursing Home Sex; Craving Carbs

Nora Ephron, Essayist, Screenwriter And Director Dies At 71 (The New York Times) — "Several years ago, Ms. Ephron learned that she had myelodysplastic syndrome, a pre-leukemic condition, but she kept the illness a secret from all but a few intimates and continued to lead a busy, sociable life. “She had this thing about not wanting to whine,” the writer Sally Quinn said on Tuesday. “She didn’t like self-pity. It was always, you know, ‘Suck it up.’ ”

The Health Care Debate In Ten Ads (The New Yorker) — "This video from the Republican National Committee, one of the few to actually deal with the Court, earned notoriety (and tremendous publicity) after reports that the audio in it had been edited to make Solicitor General Donald Verrilli’s argument on behalf of the A.C.A. seem extra bad."

Dementia Complicates Romance In Nursing Homes (NPR) — "He recommends that adult children talk about the issue of sexuality with their aging parents in nursing homes. "They never thought that Mom would have a boyfriend at the nursing home, but it's true," he says. "As we become an older society, this is something that we need to learn to better address."Craving Carbs On An Empty Stomach (The New York Times) — '“Importantly,” the researchers wrote, “starting their meal with a particular food led all participants to consume 46.7 percent more calories of it” compared with other foods. They also found that people who chose not to eat the vegetables first consumed about 20 percent less of them. Those who went straight for the starches ultimately ate about 20 percent more calories over all than their peers. “This shows that what you choose first is important when it comes to how much you ultimately eat,” Dr. Tal said.'

This program aired on June 27, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.


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