Insulin rationing due to cost, A guide to fitness trackers, Medical hardship-inspired poetry

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Boy with Type 1 diabetes pricks finger to test blood sugar levels
Weston Murphy, 5, who has Type 1 diabetes, pricks his finger to test his blood at his home in Plainfield, Ill. in 2015. Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo

We learn more about how high insulin costs are prohibitive for diabetes patients with the help of a researcher and a journalist. Then, a kinesiology professor teaches us about the pros and cons of fitness trackers. Later, a professor and author shares a new book of poems she wrote while recovering from serious medical issues.

Featured in this Show

  • With diabetes on the rise, insulin isn't getting any more affordable

    Obtaining affordable insulin remains a challenge for many Americans, even as diabetes is on the rise. We talk to the author of a study finding that about a third of Americans with diabetes ration their insulin because of high costs. A reporter with diabetes also joins us to share his experience.

  • How to get the most benefit of your fitness tracker

    Want to get in good physical shape in the new year? Perhaps your fitness tracker can help you out, but they’re not ideal for everyone. We talk about their pros and cons and how to use them properly.

  • New haiku collection from UW professor

    A disability writer and UW-Madison scholar talks about her new book of short poems inspired by a significant period of medical treatments.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Dr. S. Vincent Rajkumar Guest
  • Bram Sable-Smith Guest
  • Lisa Cadmus-Bertram Guest
  • Ellen Samuels Guest

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