2019 Schedule

Thursday, June 20th
Thursday, June 20th
8:30pm–09:30pm MDT
2019 Health
CBD: Hype or Hope?

Suddenly, CBD is everywhere – it’s being sold in major drugstore chains and showing up in skin lotion, smoothies, baked goods, lozenges, pet food, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Some people swear by CBD to treat inflammation, anxiety, pain, sleep disorders, epilepsy, diabetes, high blood pressure, and just about everything else. Derived from the cannabis plant, it is part of a class that also includ...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Evening Session
In town event
Friday, June 21st
8:00am–08:50am MDT
2019 Health
Is Immortality the Goal?

Can aging be cured? Hypothesizing that damage to the body accumulates over time, in fairly random ways, researchers and venture capitalists are investigating the mechanisms involved and searching for therapies to prevent or reverse the harms. If their breakthroughs don’t bring true immortality, they could at least vastly extend the healthy years of human life. Other pioneers focus more on a public...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Breakfast Talk
In town event
12:00pm–12:50pm MDT
2019 Health
Food, Elixir of Life

Fresh, nutritional foods are much more than one of life’s greatest pleasures, although they are certainly that. The science of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, cancer and multiple sclerosis, increasingly reveals healthy eating to be a primary determinant of health and healing. Research is bringing new rigor to recommendations that we put more whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, and veget...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Lunch Session In Town
In town event
5:30pm–06:30pm MDT
2019 Health
Undaunted: Stories from the Frontlines

As our planet warms and we face an acrimonious fight over resources of all kinds, how do the global health movement's most impassioned advocates take care of themselves and others? In this dynamic evening of short, personal stories, hear doctors, farmers, scientists, educators, and activists from all over the world zero in on why precariousness is only properly met with communities that care for o...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Evening Session
In town event
8:00pm–09:30pm MDT
2019 Health
'Terrible, Thanks for Asking' LIVE

The question is commonplace, the answer routine. Just about every day, someone will ask, “How are you?” And your rote response is almost sure to be, “Fine, thanks” — even if you’re totally dying inside. Not on this show. In a live performance, "Terrible, Thanks for Asking" takes just the opposite tack as Nora McInerny asks real people to share their complicated and honest feelings — sometimes sad,...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Evening Session
In town event
Saturday, June 22nd
8:00am–08:50am MDT
2019 Health
KHN's 'What the Health' Podcast: The Politics of Health Care (Live Taping)

Despite the ferocious partisanship that too often characterizes health policy discussions in the United States, temperate experts on both sides of the political aisle are thinking about what needs to happen, how it can get done, and where they can forge effective partnerships. Health is likely to be a central part of the 2020 election season as Democrats and Republicans refine their positions on M...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Breakfast Talk
In town event
12:00pm–12:50pm MDT
2019 Health
Beyond the Science: Where Are the Safeguards in Gene Editing?

No argument against genomic editing is going to halt that advancing science, given the remarkable potential of CRISPR and other disruptive technologies to treat or cure disease. But the pace of knowledge has come at breakneck speed, outpacing dialogue about the ethics and safety of altering human DNA. The announcement last November that a Chinese researcher had created the first genetically edited...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Lunch Session In Town
In town event
5:30pm–06:30pm MDT
2019 Health
How Do We Measure the Value of Health?

Who decides what something is worth? The price of health care doesn’t follow many of the rules of other commodities because it is so inelastic — people value restorative treatment and will almost always try to pay for it. And what happens when we confuse price with value? Care ends up being undervalued and things like medication end up being more expensive. Rather than generating treatment breakth...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Evening Session
In town event
8:00pm–09:00pm MDT
2019 Health
Sex Recession: Why Isn’t Everyone Doing It?

Sex, that great purveyor of arousal, ecstasy, heartbreak, and disease, that dominant theme of poetry, gossip, and entertainment, is on the wane. Surveys suggest that adults are having a lot less of it and high-school students are likely to have had none at all. Theories to explain the shift abound, with responsibility variously placed on social media, increased stress, environmental toxins, sleep...

Hotel Jerome Ballroom — Evening Session
In town event
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