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Encore edition of Eyes on Success #1335

Victor Tsaran grew up in Ukraine and is totally blind.  Karo Caran grew up in Poland and is partially sighted.  Last week Nancy and Peter Torpey talk to them about their careers working on accessibility at Google.  This week we’ll learn how they met in the U.S., became married, and managed to make a life together despite geographical obstacles.

Articles  explore the many ways that laughter and humor can benefit seniors' health, especially those with dementia.


Host Mary DeFranco shares information from the ASPCA's guide to medications and cosmetics to keep out of reach of your pets.  We'll also hear how the Reader's Digest decodes cat behavior, and heartwarming dog stories you're sure to enjoy.

Turning stem cells into healthy retinal cells certainly does sound magical. In this program, you'll hear about research where this is being done and vision is being restored for people who have degenerative retinal diseases.

A number of articles related to diabetes including - how Medicare covers diabetes, how one educated patient copes with her insurer and the health care system, the emergence of new technologies such as artificial pancreas systems, a new drug to grow insulin-producing cells, and a new vaccine that is in the clinical trial phase. 

Blind Foundation

 Sun 10/7 & 10/14 at 5:30 p.m.

ACB Reports for October is jam-packed with information and updates from the American Council of the Blind.

Host Mary DeFranco shares some of the pros and cons of wing-clipping your pet bird, and shares the controversial subject of clipping to protect your bird from indoor hazards.  She'll also share some people foods to avoid feeding your pets, and a new study examines the real interaction between cats and rats.

If you have low vision, you may realize that you could use some help. Maybe a low vision magnifier could help, but where do you begin. This program will help you sort out the facts.

Reviews: Previously Unread Reviews: Fiction; Mystery & Suspense;

A strange thing has happened to men over the past few decades - they have become increasingly infertile. Some researchers believe that within a generation we may lose the ability to reproduce entirely. This article from GQ magazine explores what is causing this mysterious drop in sperm counts, and whether there is any way to reverse the trend before it is too late.


This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with a married couple, Victor Tsaran and Karo Caran, both of whom are visually impaired and both of whom work at Google in the area of accessibility.  Learn what it is like to work at Google and how Google integrates accessibility into the design of their wide range of products and applications.

Consumer Reports offers  expert advice on how to protect yourself from new scams that even the most savvy among us have  fallen victim to.

Feature: “Listening With” Dr. Tamu Lucero; Reviews: Children and Family Listening; Interview: Tanya Eby

September/October 55+ articles  cover personal family leave, thwarting burglars, assisted living communities and life settlement of insurance policies.

Trichotillomania and Skin-Picking Disorders are Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors that are recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). People with Trichotillomania have a compulsive urge to pull out their hair - resulting in shame, physical injury and impairment in daily functioning.

Pets+Us #1839: Evacuating Your Cat, 09/27/18

Sep 24, 2018

In an emergency - how to safely evacuate your cat, Fall safety tips, we'll hear about a happy ending for a rescued horse.

National Park Service

The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has over 400 sites that are visited by over 300 million people each year.  They strive to make these sites as accessible as possible for everyone.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Ray Bloomer, Accessibility Specialist for Accessibility Support Programs, about the NPS and how their sites can be enjoyed by all.

While on a trip to Iceland, I had the opportunity to hold a real fish eye lens in my hand. I had to wonder if it could reveal any secrets about the human eye. I found out, and in this program I'll share with you how fish eyes are being used to regenerate human retinas. You'll also hear about how other parts of a fish can be used to benefit humans.

Humane PA

Disaster Planning that includes your pet, tips for Fall safety, and pets in the news.

Reviews: Young Adult; Narrator Interview: Joel Froomkin

You are what you eat, they say. This program will explain how turmeric, or actually curcumin, and another food item called goji berries, can be of help to you if you have vision problems.

The University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter covers a wide range of topics. Researchers, doctors and wellness experts from the Public School of Health at UC Berkeley report on the best studies and information available to promote optimal physical and mental well-being. Topics include in-car pollution levels, cysts and boils, the food safety of bagged salads, and whether a foot wrap reduces symptoms of restless leg disorder.

EOS #1838: Ironman Triathlete, 09/19/18

Sep 17, 2018

Last week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talked with Michael Somsan, a military veteran who was blinded by a gunshot to the head at the age of 23.  Now a successful lawyer, judge, and professor, Michael talks about his participation in ironman triathlons as well as some of the special challenges faced by blind athletes in these extreme sporting events.

Read the full story of inspiration from the World Tribune.

September/October 55+ articles  cover personal family leave, thwarting burglars, assisted living communities and life settlement of insurance policies.

Host Mary DeFranco takes a closer look at the Golden Labrador retriever, shares some facts about pet rabbits and answers the question "Why is your dog gaining weight on his diet food?" 

On the blog; Reviews: Mystery & Suspense; Conversation: Michael Imperioli

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act became law fifty years ago, yet the problem persists. AARP and Forbes articles shed light on how employers fail seniors today.

Many procedures are done in surgical centers now instead of in hospitals - colonoscopies, cataract surgery, endoscopy, prostate biopsies, orthopedic surgeries, to name a few. A USA Today/Kaiser Health News investigation of public records found that surgery centers have risked lives by operating on frail patients, by skimping on life-saving training and equipment and by sending patients home too soon.

Michael Somsan was a young man in the military and in the best of shape when his life was suddenly changed.  As a result of a gunshot to the head he was left blinded at the age of 23 wondering what the rest of his life would bring.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk to him about how he worked through many challenges to become a lawyer, judge, and professor.

Read more about this military veteran and single dad with two daughters; their family motto is "never give up, and never be defeated."