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The Race to Cure Alzheimer’s  (aired 10/11/2001)
Alzheimer’s Disease is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, following heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Recently, however, some major breakthroughs have brought hope to scientists seeking treatments and cures. What is being accomplished in the ongoing fight against Alzheimer’s? What are the most important advances?

What are the Candidates’ Prescriptions for Medicare?  (aired 10/26/2000)
This week, Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg examines the Medicare reform plans of the presidential candidates. Less than two years ago, a bipartisan commission recommended a major overhaul of Medicare to ensure the program’s solvency for years to come. But election year politics and a large budget surplus have put aside concerns about Medicare’s financial situation for now. Both George W. Bush and Al Gore are promoting plans to add prescription drug benefits to Medicare. What are the Bush and Gore approaches? And how will their plans affect the future of Medicare?

Healing the Heart  (aired 8/17/2000)
Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg checks in on medicine's progress in the fight against heart disease. The last two decades have witnessed the introduction of many new forms of treatment, including angioplasty and the use of coronary stents. These technologies have allowed millions of Americans to live longer, more active lives. But some worry that the very financial incentives that led to the development of these new treatments may now be encouraging their overuse. Where are we in the struggle against heart disease? Are new treatments sometimes applied with an eye toward profit?

Do We Need a Dose of Alternative Medicine?  (aired 12/10/1998)
Although still controversial, alternative medicine has become a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States.

The State of the World AIDS  (aired 10/15/1998)
The AIDS-related mortality rate has sharply declined in the U.S. in the past year. But elsewhere in the world, the epidemic has never been worse, with the situation in Africa being compared to the bubonic plague.


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