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US-Russia Under Trump or Clinton, Alzheimer's and Driving

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jul 27, 2016 9:00 pm
  • 1:41:52

U.S. and Russian Relations Under Clinton or Trump Guest: Scott Cooper, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science at BYU Cybersecurity experts and US officials say hackers working for the Russian government were behind the hack of Democratic National Committee emails that led to the abrupt resignation of the DNC chairwoman. Yesterday, President Obama joined the chorus of people who suggest Russia timed the release of those damaging emails just before the DNC Convention in order sow dissent within the Democrats and give Republican Donald Trump a boost. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump have openly admired each other. This may all be just conspiracy theory, but the question of Russia’s power and ambition looms large over politics and national security across the Western world. Older Americans’ Driving Guest: Lisa Wiese, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University Thanks to the aging baby boomer generation, almost half of all drivers on US roads are over the age of 65. In the next 30 years the over-65-set will make up three-quarters of all drivers. That has important implications for driver safety. Being an older adult doesn’t necessarily make you more dangerous behind the wheel. Drivers between 65 and 75 years of age actually have fewer fatal crashes than people 35-54 years of age.  But older adults still have the highest crash rate per mile – basically they drive less, but when they do, they have more crashes.  So, this all leads to really difficult questions: How do you know when it’s no longer safe for an older adult to be driving? Worse yet, how do you tell them that it’s time to hand over the keys?  Flu Shots Guest: Andrew Pavia, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Infectious Diseases in the University of Utah School of Medicine For the past dozen years, getting a flu vaccine has meant one of two options – either a shot or a nasal spray. Among kids, especially, the nasal spray has been popular. And at some points, health officials have actually recommended it over the shot because it was so effective.  But not anymore. An Advisory Committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people not to get the nasal spray vaccine called FluMist this season because last season, it pretty much didn’t work at all. Apple Seed Guest: Sam Payne, Host of BYUradio’s “The Apple Seed” Sam Payne joins us with tales of stories and tellers. Using Voice for Social Status Guest: Joey Cheng, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Next time you’re in an argument, don’t raise your voice. Instead, deepen your pitch. A recent study out of the University of Illinois shows people who deepen their voice during a debate are more persuasive. Health, Happiness and Purpose Guest: Steve Cole, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the University of California, Los Angeles’ School of Medicine Happy people are often healthy people, too. Researchers have long noticed a relationship between psychological well-being and long-term physical health. But only with the advent of genomic testing have scientists begun to understand just how deeply emotions affect physical health. Dr. Steve Cole at UCLA’s School of Medicine is a leader in this work. Using blood tests, he’s discovered that emotional well-being changes the body’s underlying genetic code.  Among his most interesting findings is that all happiness is not created equal: only certain versions of it offer long-term advantages to your health.