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Listen to Radio Health Journal to get the latest scoop on what’s trending in health, science and technology, and the intersection of medicine and public policy. Each week we speak with leading experts to break down the complex medical jargon and report on a timely topic. Did you know ecstasy could h…

Radio Health Journal

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    Pharmacy Deserts: The Shrinking Access to Healthcare

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 14:08

    Neighborhood pharmacies are closing across the nation, leaving their communities without close access to medication and other healthcare needs. Dr. Walter Mathis has researched pharmacy deserts and how they're affecting local communities. He explains possible solutions to this growing issue. Learn More:

    An Illness Affecting Millions of Unsuspecting People – Possibly You

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 9:48

    Peripheral Artery Disease may not be a household name like stroke or heart attack, but it's just as common. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness means that many patients with PAD catch it too late and end up needing an amputation. Dr. Nick West discusses why public awareness is crucial to saving lives and limbs. Learn More:

    Medical Notes: October 2, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 1:23

    Your posture may be affecting your medication. Then, aging no longer means losing your memories. And finally…do generous people sleep more? Learn More:

    How Our Mind's Natural Defense Can Be Deadly for Society

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 12:46

    Why are we able to function after mass tragedies? The answer is a defense mechanism in our mind that Dr. Paul Slovic calls the Arithmetic of Compassion. He explains how three components essentially numb our feelings to help us move on after traumatic experiences. Unfortunately, the Arithmetic of Compassion can aslo influence us to turn our backs on others who are suffering. Learn More:

    Our Memories Are Lying to Us: The Mandela Effect

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 10:51

    The Mandela Effect is a phenomenon where large groups of people falsely remember the same information. But how is this possible? Experts discuss the possible causes, as well as how these false memories lead to errors in fields such as education and criminal justice. Learn more:

    Medical Notes: September 25, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 2:02

    Afraid of needles? It's your lucky day. Then, according to research in the journal, Science, a seafood market in Wuhan, China has been confirmed as ground zero for the coronavirus pandemic. Then, are antibiotics doing more harm than good? And finally, scientists are using mini antibodies, known as nanobodies, to treat neurocognitive diseases. Learn More:

    Esports: Virtual Gameplay With Real Life Consequences

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 13:45

    Even though esport players compete online instead of on a field, the growing sport still requires the same team of trainers and medical staff as football or soccer. And given the intense practice schedules, injuries are thought to be unavoidable. Experts discuss both physical and ergonomic strategies to best prevent career-ending injuries. Learn more:

    A Drop in Vaccination Rates Puts Us All at Risk

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 10:22

    The World Health Organization reports that the pandemic fueld the largest drop in childhood vaccination rates in the last thiry years. In fact, New York recently revealed the first case of polio America has seen in over three decades. Experts explain how vaccines are made and why parents need to update their children's vaccines as soon as possible. Learn more:

    Medical Notes: Week of September 18, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 1:26

    Gyms may soon be filled with older adults looking to workout their brain; Artificial intelligence could diagnose your next illness; Parental alcoholism may affect your children more than you know.

    It's All In Your Head: The Science Behind Emotional Intelligence

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 14:30

    The field of emotion research is flooded with more opinions than facts, however, one main theory says our emotions are an instant response to the world around us. But does that mean we have no control? Two experts discuss the role of emotions and how you can foster your emotional intelligence. Learn More:

    The Unclaimed Bodies of America

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 9:28

    Funerals happen nearly every day and are typically organized and paid for by loved ones. But what happens to the bodies that are never claimed? Dr. Pamela Prickett explains how states handle the dead who are left without any relatives or loved ones to bury them. Learn More:

    Medical Notes: September 11, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 1:46

    PCPs need more daylight to help all their patients; Using locust to detect cancer; Youth proves to be an asset in fighting Covid-19; Testosterone doesn't always fuel anger. Learn more:

    Parasocial Relationships: How Celebrities Influence Your Decisions

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 13:44

    If you've ever felt connected to a movie star or celebrity, you've experienced a parasocial relationship. This one-sided connection gives the celebrity influence over your daily decision making and creates a feeling of friendship with someone you've never met. An expert explains both the benefits and drawbacks of parasocial relationships. Learn More:

    Ending the Trial and Error Treatment Method for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 10:41

    Many patients with rheumatoid arthritis are forced to try numerous, expensive medications until they find one that works. Fortunately, Scipher Medicine's new blood test offers a precision approach, discovering what medication will work the first time. Dr. Sam Asgarian discusses how the blood test works and how it's helping to change the future of autoimmune disease treatment. Learn More:

    Medical Notes: September 4, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 1:19

    The fashion choice that could help those with muscular dystrophy; Science proves that patience truly is a virtue; And finally…how diabetes makes you pay in more ways than just one. Learn more:

    Offshoring Medication: Where Are Your Generic Drugs Being Made?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 14:40

    According to Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute, 66% of all U.S. adults use prescription drugs – and a majority of those are generic. So why don't we know where these products are made? Dr. Rena Conti shares non-public data to show where much of the medication Americans ingest every day are manufactured. Learn more:

    Why Chemotherapy May Not Always Be The Best Option

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 9:11

    Cancer is a ruthless disease, which is why the traditional treatment methods are so aggressive. But does everyone need chemo? Dr. Jeanne Tie doesn't think so. She's created a blood test that determines whether chemotherapy is necessary for patients living with colon cancer. Learn more:

    Medical Notes: Week of August 28, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 1:47

    Are robots helping or hurting the human workforce; Rewarding someone for a job well done may be a mistake; Pregnant women no longer have to give up caffeine; One more reason to get your eight hours of sleep each night. Learn more:

    988: The New Number for Suicide and Crisis Prevention

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 13:34

    In many households, mental health isn't talked about until it's too late. Fortunately, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration created a suicide and crisis hotline in 2005 to help those struggling. This year, the ten-digit number was changed to just three: 988. Experts explain how this change will help increase awareness and access to prevention resources. Learn more at

    The Tattoos That Give Breast Cancer Survivors Their Identity Back

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 10:11

    Tattoos can be a sign of expression, but for survivors of breast cancer, the art means something different. Areola restoration is a subset of medical tattooing – an advanced form of cosmetic tattooing. It can provide a sense of closure for the women who've battled cancer and undergone mastectomies. Shana Irish discusses how medical tattooing can help these women finally feel comfortable in their own skin. Learn more at

    Medical Notes: August 21, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 1:43

    How can we raise a healthier generation? A report determines that efforts to improve the health habits of children have largely failed. Then, a recent study in eLife reveals that our gender determines how our muscles interact with other metabolic tissue. Plus, does toxic air damage our brains? And finally…video games may not be rotting our brains after all. Learn more:

    What You Should Know About Ingesting Microplastics

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 13:53

    When broken down, plastic products create tiny particles called microplastics. These nearly invisible specks seep into our water, air, and have recently been found inside our bodies. Experts discuss how we ingest microplastics, and what potential effects they may have on our health. Learn more:

    First Responders Have A New Robotic Sidekick

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 9:48

    While the public safety industry has slowly evolved, entrepreneur Doron Kemple says there hasn't been a large push for innovation in recent years. Kemple founded Bond – a private security company that's betting big on drones working alongside first responders in emergency situations. He explains how these robots can advance the field by improving response times, providing more on-scene information through video, and more. Learn more:

    Medical Notes: August 14, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 1:59

    Only 7% of Americans have good cardiometabolic health; How light affects your mood; The secret to a long life; How cigar labels are misleading consumers. Learn more:

    How Mercury's Invading Our Air, Water, and Food

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 13:10

    It's no secret mercury can harm our health, so why are dangerous exposures still prevalent? Well, it might be due to the unexpected contacts many people don't know about. Dr. Charles Driscoll explains how mercury's invaded all parts of our lives, and the government's erratic policies surrounding the element. Learn more:

    Mind Over Matter: How Science is Utilizing the Placebo Effect

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 10:21

    Though the placebo effect has been the downfall of much research, one scientist aims to change that. Dr. Emiliano Santarnecchi hopes to use it as a supplemental therapy to medicinal treatments. He discusses the potential applications, as well as the ethical dilemma behind this idea. Learn more:

    Medical Notes: August 7, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 1:47

    In the future, robots may be brushing your teeth; Air pollution is taking years off of life expectancy; Can gardening help ease symptoms of anxiety and depression?; And finally…has zoom hindered creativity? Learn more:

    Stranger Than Fiction: Using Electronic Tattoos to Monitor Health

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 13:41

    Scientists are bringing temporary tattoos into the medical realm using nanotechnology. Electronic tattoos are patches placed on a patient's skin that will be able to both monitor and treat their specific condition. Dr. Aaron Franklin discusses how this technology will revolutionize patient care. Learn more at:

    Why Beating Cancer Doesn't Mean The Battle's Over

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 9:47

    Cancer treatments like radiation or chemotherapy elevate a patient's risk of fatal heart disease, even decades after beating the cancer itself. Fortunately, a new medical discipline called cardio-oncology is working to reduce this heart damage in cancer patients. An expert explains how this new role fits into cancer care. Learn more at:

    Medical Notes: July 31, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 1:55

    A new invention helps researchers study the body's chemistry; A spray-on coating could eventually replace plastic wrap; How to stay cool while lowering your energy bill; And finally, women in science don't always get credit for their work. Learn more:

    “It's Like Losing a Body Part”: Why Alopecia is More Than Just Hair Loss

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2022 9:41

    Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that can lead to a partial or complete loss of hair. While the condition appears to be purely cosmetic, we speak with one patient, Deirdre Nero, about how it can lead to a plethora of physical problems and can greatly affect daily life. Dr. Brett King, a dermatologist at Yale University, explains how one new FDA-approved treatment is the first systemic therapy for severe alopecia.   Learn more at:

    Ending The Epidemic: Life-Saving Treatment For HIV

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2022 9:41

    For many years, an HIV diagnosis was thought to be a death sentence. Although this is no longer the case, many affected individuals still face barriers to receiving treatment. Dr. Timothy Harrison, a deputy director at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, explains the still-persistent social stigma and how government entitities are increasing access to HIV care.   Learn more at:

    Medical Notes: July 24, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2022 1:48

    A new questionnaire can determine the risk of car accidents in elderly drivers. Then, industrialization is bad for breast milk. Then, does spanking increase the likelihood of experiencing physical abuse? And finally, can scientists use plants to study psychiatric disorders?   Learn more at:

    Forever Small: Muscle Dysmorphia's Place In Bodybuilding Culture

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2022 13:27

    Bodybuilding is a sport that requires athletes to constantly monitor their phisiques. This fixation can often develop into a subtype of body dysmorphic disorder called muscle dysmorphia. Dr. Roberto Olivardia explains how the condition fits into the culture of bodybuilding.

    Why Are Men Skipping Their Annual Checkups?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2022 10:16

    A recent survey by Orlando Health finds that many men overestimate how healthy they are, prompting one-third of them to skip their annual health screening. Dr. Thomas Kelley addresses common fears that keep men away from the doctor's office, and why annual checkups are crucial to overall health management.

    Medical Notes: Week of July 17, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2022 1:40

    Anti-inflammatory drugs may increase chances of developing chronic pain. BMC Infectious Diseases study finds immunity diminishes to 22% four months after Covid-19 vaccine. Aspirin may be able to disrupt spread of colorectal cancer. And finally, an edible QR code may be the solution to counterfeit alcohol.

    How Clickbait Headlines Gave False Hope to SIDS Families

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022 15:01

    Sudden infant death syndrome has baffled the scientific community for years. What causes the condition is still unknown, though media headlines for a recent SIDS study would make you think differently. Dr. Fern Hauck explains the confusion and where SIDS research stands today.   Learn more about the guests and topics featured in the segment:

    How Has Covid-19 Shaped the Public Response to Monkeypox?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022 9:06

    An outbreak of monkeypox, a viral disease, has popped up in numerous countries around the world. Public health agencies have issued safety recommendations, but with growing mistrust in these institutions, will anyone heed the advice? An expert discusses how the pandemic helped foster this rocky relationship.   Learn more about the guests and topics featured in the segment:

    Medical Notes: July 10, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022 1:27

    Why is homemade baby formula a bad idea? Medication doesn't always work, especially if you have a severe form of asthma. Also, pregnant women are being exposed to chemicals more than ever. And finally, want to improve your kidney health? Drink more coffee.   Learn more at:

    Orphan Disease Research: Overcoming Years Of Industrywide Neglect

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 14:18

    Doctors diagnosed Patrick Girondi's son with thalassemia in 1992, declaring he'd die by age 14. Like most other rare conditions, treatments for thalassemia were slim to none. Dr. Stanley Nelson explains how orphan disease research has progressed in the last few decades and why a cure isn't always the goal.   Learn more at:

    How Just One Night In A Hospital Can Cause Years Of Trauma

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 8:50

    Research has shown that hospitalized adolescents can walk away physically healthy, but years later, are still dealing with symptoms of posttraumatic stress from their experience. Dr. Justin Kenardy discusses the signs of posttraumatic stress and preventive measures both parents and medical professionals can utilize.   Learn more at:

    Medical Notes: July 3, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 1:49

    Why have experimental therapies for fragile X syndrome not worked? Then, antibiotics are great, but only when they're actually needed. Plus, don't try to vape your daily vitamins. And finally… allergies could save you from contracting Covid.   Learn more at:

    Venom: A Lethal Weapon or Medical Miracle?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 14:32

    Researchers have discovered how to use evolutions deadliest and oldest weapon for good. But how can scientists create medicine from lethal venom? Dr. Leslie Boyer reveals the entire process and explains why horses are so valuable to the research.   Learn more at:

    Can Wellness Apps Actually Improve Your Health?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 9:28

    The World Health Organization reports a 25% global increase in anxiety and depression throughout the pandemic. During the same time, the mental health app industry skyrocketed. But how helpful are these programs? Dr. Stephanie Collier discusses the dangers of using these apps, many of which have no scientific evidence of successfully treating mental health. Learn more at:  

    Medical Notes: June 26, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 1:33

    Increasing green space in U.S. cities can significantly decrease mortality. Can a diabetes drug be used to treat cardiovascular disease? And finally, firefighters are more likely to get cancer than the general population but one bracelet may be able to change that.   Learn more at:

    What Happens When Medicine Meets The Metaverse?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 13:03

    Doctors can now treat chronic pain with the technology of virtual reality. Patient Tom Norris joins us to share his experience using a VR headset in place of sedatives when doctors removed three tumors from his bladder. Dr. Brennan Spiegel at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center reveals how VR treatment works and how virtual therapeutics will revolutionize medicine.   Learn more at:

    Why Doctors Say A "Healthy Tan" Doesn't Exist

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 10:43

    Summer's finally here, which means enjoying popsicles and pool days. But if you've been waiting all year for a summer tan, you may want to rethink that plan. Even a ‘healthy glow' means our cells have already been damaged, and the sun isn't the only problem. Dr. Shadi Kourosh discusses how factors like air pollution and digital screens can also harm our skin.   Learn more at:

    Medical Notes: June 19, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 1:47

    Why do some painkillers cause heart disease while others prevent it? A new gel film could provide relief for areas with water shortages. Antibiotics are shrinking. And finally, parasites might be a good thing.   Learn more at:

    Wombs For Rent: The Legalization Of Commercial Surrogacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 14:06

    Commercial gestational surrogacy allows parents to have a biological child that's carried and birthed by another woman who receives a salary. Though many countries have outlawed commercial surrogacy, states in America are beginning to legalize it. Experts weigh in on the ethical implications of commercialized surrogacy.   Learn more at:

    Breastfeeding May Be Natural, But That Doesn't Mean It's Easy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 8:52

    Mothers across the nation panicked when a major recall and supply chain issues caused a baby formula shortage. One response to the shortage told women to ‘just start breastfeeding again,' but Dr. Karen Federici explains why that's not as simple as it sounds.   Learn more at:

    Medical Notes: June 12, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 1:55

    Scientists are sending bacteria to the front lines. A new drug cocktail reduces the risk of having an asthma attack. Then, what should you know about hepatitis in children? And finally, driverless cars may not yet be the safest option.   Learn more at:

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