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A conversation on health and wellness, Take Care draws upon the expertise of both regional guests and the country's leading authorities on medicine, technology, psychology and human behavior, health care, and public policy. Take Care explores a variety of topics that impact our lives and our choices in treating illness and enhancing wellness.

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Fertility tech has promise, still long way to go

Nov 3, 2019

Current trends have led to an influx of startups and established businesses investing in fertility technology, and though this is an encouraging prospect, there are still a lot of unknowns.

Kate Clark, a journalist for TechCrunch who has written about technology in the infertility field, joined “Take Care” to discuss the tech and businesses she’s seen, why this new interest is happening and where we’re headed.

Author encourages laughter through infertility

Nov 3, 2019
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Infertility is not often thought of as a funny subject, but a comedian and author has made it her mission to find the laughable parts of the struggle to help others feel less alone.

With us today on “Take Care” is Karen Jeffries, a school teacher and part-time stand-up comedian. She is the author of the book, “Hilariously Infertile,” in which she reflects on her experience with infertility and provides advice for others like her.

Jeffries said that learning she was infertile was a rather heartbreaking and stressful situation for her.

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Infertility is something millions of Americans struggle with, but treatments are available and advancing. To help guide us through the basics, infertility treatments and where we’re headed, we brought in Dr. Maribelle Verdiales, a doctor with the CNY Fertility Center.

Verdiales, who is also a speaker and wellness coach, told “Take Care” that roughly 10 to 15% of couples will struggle with infertility.

Infertility: What you need to know

Nov 3, 2019
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Infertility affects about 10% of women ages 15-44 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's 6.1 million people. With infertiliy affecting so many, it’s important to understand what it is and how it’s treated.

Dr. Zaraq Khan is a gynecologist at the Mayo Clinic. He joined us on “Take Care” to discuss the basics of infertility and what that means for couples going through it.

Experiencing infertility

Oct 29, 2019
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Infertility is not uncommon. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 12% of women between the ages of 14 and 44 have used infertility services. We're going to explore the topic of infertility -- a sensitive subject with some long held stigma.

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In 2018, Americans spent $3.65 trillion on health care. $365 billion of it went for end-of-life care.

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Political debate on practically every side of the aisle agrees that the health care system as it stands today is fundamentally broken. Fixing it, though, may require small, incremental changes different from what often makes headlines, argues a University of Washington educator.

Dr. Vin Gupta, an assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Washington, joined us on “Take Care” to discuss how the health care system is broken and how to fix it.

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What’s the state of health care today? And, more importantly to some, where is it headed? Presidential candidates aren’t the only ones on the hook as many Americans ask what’s next?

With us today on “Take Care” is Dan Goldberg. He’s a health care reporter for POLITICO Pro covering health care politics and policy in the U.S.

Struggling with the high cost of health care

Sep 28, 2019
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With Democratic presidential debates well under way, health care has been a frequent conversation on the table, especially the cost of it. As a health reporter at The Atlantic can attest, that cost is often large, unexpected and the source of so much debate.

Olga Khazan, a staff writer at The Atlantic who primarily covers health, gender and science, joined “Take Care” to discuss her article, “Americans are going bankrupt from getting sick” and what it means for our current health care system.

The cost of health

Sep 26, 2019
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Many believe that health care is a basic human right, but there are many Americans who are not receiving the care that they need. This time on “Take Care,” we explore the cost of health – why health care is so expensive and how health care could change. We’ll also take a look at hospital visits and surprise bills, plus one doctor’s prescription for fixing (not perfecting) our health care system.

Latest in health: What doing nothing can do for you

Aug 25, 2019
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Everyday life can be draining, especially with plenty of tasks to do. Dealing with this busyness can be stressful, but the Dutch concept of “niksen” -- literally “doing nothing”-- may be just the way to take a much-needed break.

Olga Mecking, who lives in the Netherlands, is a writer and journalist who wrote a piece for The New York Times called “The Case for Doing Nothing.” She joined “Take Care” to talk about niksen and how best to practice it.

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Workplace wellness programs continue to thrive in this country, with companies looking to improve workers’ health and reduce overall medical spending. While larger corporations often take on the task themselves, there are opportunities for smaller businesses to help employees take control of their health.

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, in 2018 82% of companies with more than 200 workers offered some sort of wellness program, ranging from exercise and nutrition support, to smoking cessation opportunities. 


One of the things that causes many of us to think we need to recharge is our jobs, but now, many employers offer workplace health and wellness programs. An expert in the field joined “Take Care” to shed some light on these programs and the controversy behind them.

Julie Appleby is a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News who previously spent 10 years covering the health industry and policy at USA TODAY. She said about 80% of large employers and more than half of small employers offer some sort of health program, which is indicative of a growing trend.

Mental resets require personalized solutions

Aug 24, 2019

In today’s information society, “mental fatigue” can be as common as physical fatigue. As such, just as the body needs rest, so too does the mind, according to an author and researcher.

Alice Boyes, a former clinical psychologist and researcher turned writer, joined “Take Care” to talk about her work and how to best recharge.

Tired? Why you need more sleep and how to get it

Aug 24, 2019

For some, all they want to do after a hard day’s work is get a good night’s rest. For others, sleep is a challenge, but as a Harvard educator advises, there are measures anyone can take to improve sleep length and quality.

Dr. Jeanne Duffy, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, joined “Take Care” to talk about sleep, the results of getting too little and how to get enough.

Do you recharge to stay healthy?

Aug 21, 2019
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What keeps you going each and every day? It could be your head hitting the pillow each night, a yearly vacation or a job with fantastic health and wellness perks. How do we recharge? And what’s the best way to maintain these periods of rest in a world where we’re never far from our work or other issues? This time on “Take Care,” we explore the concept of recharging, whether it’s sleeping a full eight hours a night or disconnecting over the weekend.

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In today’s world of fitness, technology and group exercise are commonly part of a person’s workout routine, and a University of New Mexico educator says we have come a long way since the beginning of exercise.

Dr. Len Kravitz, professor of exercise science and coordinator of exercise science at University of New Mexico, spoke with “Take Care” about the history and current state of exercise. His latest book is "HIIT Your Limit: High-Intensity Interval Training for Fat Loss, Cardio and Full Body Health."

Avoiding, treating injuries from exercising

Jul 28, 2019

Along with every exercise, sport and physical activity comes the risk of injury, but there are ways to decrease one's risk and minimize recovery time, depending on the person and the exercise, according to our next guest.

Dr. Pablo Costa, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Development at California State University, Fullerton, joined us on “Take Care” to discuss exercise injuries -- how to avoid them and how to treat them.

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With much discussion on how sedentary Americans are in the present society, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have created guidelines for activity, all with the message that any exercise is better than none at all.

Dr. John D. Omura, who works in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the CDC in the Physical Activity and Health Branch, spoke with “Take Care” about the CDC and his research. He has helped author several studies relating to exercise, including “Walking as an Opportunity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention,” which he hopes will encourage more Americans to stay active.

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As America ages, more studies are being done on how activity can help reduce the impact of illness and chronic disease. Research shows both physical and mental exercise is a kind of medicine for older adults.

90-year old John Murray lives with his wife, in a senior living community near Syracuse. On any given Monday, he takes part in four different programs.

Staying active

Jul 25, 2019
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For many of us, the days of mandatory physical activity are long gone. But when gym class and varsity basketball are no longer part of our daily lives, how do we make sure we keep moving? This week on “Take Care,” we talk about how to stay active. But first, how active are we?

Mental health in the 2020 presidential election

Jun 30, 2019
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You’ve probably heard that there’s a presidential election coming up in 2020. Candidates are campaigning -- calling out their opponents and sharing their platform -- but do any of those platforms address the mental health concerns of our country?

It’s no doubt that the opioid crisis will come up, as will health care, and conditions at immigration detention facilities. For the latest in health this time on “Take Care,” we ask if mental health is an issue driving voters to the polls this time around.

FOMO, digital status seeking and social media

Jun 30, 2019

A person’s relationships with other people have always been an important factor their mental health. But when most of our social interactions occur on social media, what impact does that have?

With us on “Take Care” is Jacqueline Nesi, research fellow in psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University. Nesi studies social media and mental health, particularly the role of social media in adolescents' mental health and development.

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There are over 2 million people in the United States currently incarcerated, and a large majority of those people suffer from poor mental health, according to research from the American Sociological Association. Causes of poor mental health in prison range from being far from home, to violent episodes, to lack of amenities such as television.

Tim Edgemon, a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Georgia, joined us on "Take Care" to discuss the impact the criminal justice system has on inmates. Edgemon co-authored a journal article called "Inmate Mental Health and the Pains of Imprisonment."

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A cancer diagnosis is often life changing. From diagnosis through treatment and on to recovery, cancer patients face a specific set of challenges. The immediate focus is to beat the cancer, of course, and return the body to a healthy state. But what about the patient’s mental health?

We talk about the specific mental health challenges facing cancer patients on “Take Care” with Dr. Claudia Trudel-Fitzgerald, a research scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and clinical psychologist at Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec.

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We’re examining mental health from a different angle on “Take Care” this week. When we think about mental health, we often think about anxiety, stress, depression and the like. And we’ve covered many of those topics on this show. This time, we wanted to instead look at different situations and specific populations that deal with challenges in mental health. They’re not all that uncommon, but they may not always be part of the dialogue around mental health.

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Limitless. That's the potential that the American Medical Association says artificial intelligence can offer to the way health care is currently delivered. This machine learning is already in use in many hospitals, but as AI continues to evolve, so to too are the ways in which it is transforming the very practice of medicine.

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Robotic-assisted surgery is an ever-expanding field in medicine, and new technology is allowing surgeons to perform procedures better, easier and safer than past methods, an Ohio surgeon said.

Dr. Jihad Kaouk, director of the Center for Robotic and Image Guided Surgery in the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute at Cleveland Clinic, spoke with “Take Care” about how far robotic surgery has come and still has to go. 

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Changing the way medical schools educate future physicians may be an important step in changing the entire health care system for the better, an Austin, Texas, educator argues.

With us on “Take Care” is Dr. Clay Johnston, dean of Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) and vice president for medical affairs at the university. He envisions a reworking of the medical education system to include what he calls a “health ecosystem” that maximizes efficiency and personal care.

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Health officials, drug manufacturers and international coalitions are all drawing attention to the growing problem of superbugs -- drug-resistant microbes that are making many modern antibiotics ineffective -- and an expert said there is an opportunity now to stop this problem before it becomes a crisis.

Dr. Matt McCarthy, an infectious disease specialist, assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell and staff physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, joined us on “Take Care” to discuss his book “Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic” and the best ways to tackle what has become a global issue.