The Pulse – May 22, 2015

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    We start off this week’s show with an installment in our occasional series, “Pain in the Neck” where we talk about the annoying or strange things we experience as healthcare consumers. This edition is about something many of us can relate to: how we find out what happened during surgery. Turns out, there’s a system set up to fill us in with that update.. we just have to ask for it.

    Elon Musk has been called a visionary and a mad man… and maybe he’s a little bit of both. A book out this week offers an intimate look at the complicated serial entrepreneur and author Ashlee Vance is in to tell us about it.

    Are high deductibles changing how we shop for care and pushing the health system to fess up about how much things cost? Taunya English takes a look.

    In our series Patient Files, your stories of illness, healing and coping, we hear from Jenny Laden who shares her story about losing her dad to HIV.

    Also on the show, working to find a better way to boil water, diagnosing our digital difficulties in medicine and boxing to fight a serious, degenerative illness.

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