Sound Medicine reporter Shia Levitt will speak with Carol Galaty, a woman who, after special testing, discovered she carried a genetic mutation linked to an elevated risk for breast and ovarian cancer . She also will address the impact of this risk on her daughters’ lives.
Ann Goebel-Fabbri, Ph.D., an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and investigator in behavioral and mental health at Joslin Diabetes Center, will talk about diabulimia, where women with type 1 diabetes deliberately take less insulin than prescribed. A new study found these women had a three-fold increased risk of death and higher rates of disease complications and also exhibited eating disorder symptoms and behaviors .
Why do some people anticipate the worst while others have an optimistic outlook? A new study has identified a small part of the mid-brain, the rostral anterior cingulate cortex (rACC), as the area responsible for optimism. Cognitive neuroscientist Elizabeth Phelps, Ph.D., of New York University and co-author of the study, will discuss the findings.
Also, Allen Zadoff, a writer and teacher in L.A., will discuss his book “Hungry: Lessons Learned on a Journey From Fat to Thin,” a memoir about recognizing his food addiction, changing his eating habits and how he continues to maintain a healthy weight.