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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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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.

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New technologies and data tools may help to heal a broken health care system and prevent disease, one physician and author argues.

Dr. Daniel Kraft, a physician-scientist and faculty chair for medicine at Singularity University, joined us on “Take Care” to discuss emerging technologies and advances in medicine and what they mean for the future of health care.

The future of medicine

Jun 13, 2019
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What is the future of medicine? One thing is clear: things are changing. Algorithms can help diagnose rare diseases and more and more doctors are relying on technology that was unimaginable decades ago. Where is medicine heading in the 21st century? We ask that question this time on “Take Care.”

First, the technological side of medicine, as we discuss innovations that will revolutionize medicine, according to Dr. Daniel Kraft. He’s a physician-scientist and faculty chair for medicine and neuroscience at Singularity University.

Most CBD benefits hold promise, but not proof

May 26, 2019
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CBD, or cannabidiol, is suddenly everywhere. In oils, creams, bath products -- even food and pet treats. But what is it? And will it end up being a big medical breakthrough or just the latest fad?

CBD is the most abundant non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana and hemp. It’s different from THC, the compound that gives pot users a “high.”

Epidiolex, the first drug containing CBD, was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat specific rare and severe forms of epilepsy.

Dr. Orrin Devinsky, neurologist and director of NYU Langone's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, spearheaded the studies of CBD that led to Epidiolex. He joined us on "Take Care" to talk about the benefits of cannabidiol.

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The push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York state lost some steam when it wasn’t included in the state budget earlier this year. But, the issue is not dead yet.

The latest state proposal to legalize pot solves some of the concerns that doomed the plan on the table during budget talks, according to long-time advocate state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan).

"We’ve attempted to take all of the negotiated agreements that took place during budget negotiations and expand our bill,” Krueger said.

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As the debate on recreational and medicinal legalization of marijuana continues throughout the United States, an expert argues the discussion is much more complicated than the simple conclusions the opposing sides promote.

Jonathan Caulkins, a drug policy researcher and professor of operations research and public policy at Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, joins us on "Take Care" to talk more about the aspects of legalization. He's one of the authors of the book “Marijuana Legalization: What everyone needs to know.” Caulkins said some of the common arguments used both for and against marijuana legalization are oversimplified. 


As New York’s medical marijuana program continues to expand, the program faces new challenges and more work to be done, especially with recreational legalization on the horizon, according to our next guest on "Take Care."

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People smoke marijuana. But it's not always experimenting high schoolers, and it's not always even for recreation. Medical marijuana is legal, in some way, in 33 states and the District of Columbia. And while eyes are opening to the benefits of medical marijuana, the debate continues. When it comes to recreational marijuana, many questions remain: How should it be related? Is it wise to open the flood gates to for-profit marijuana production and sales? We'll answer those questions and more this week on "Take Care."

Discussions on housing situation important as people age

Apr 28, 2019
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Every stage of life has a set of goals and transitions individuals go through, and that includes older adults. As one Upstate Medical University professor argues, it is never too soon to consider how an individual wants to spend their final years.

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Most people living on the planet live in an urban setting, and those urban settings, while providing an advantage, do not always provide that advantage equally, as a recent UNICEF report reveals.

Laurence Chandy, UNICEF director of data, research and policy, said the report, titled “Advantage or Paradox?: The challenge for children and young people of growing up urban,” primarily focuses on the advantages many children living in an urban area can have versus those in a rural area.

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Growing into ourselves, who we are as people, can often take longer than just the physical process of changing from a child to an adult. For many people, that growth process is assisted by some form of therapy, which one psychotherapist argues can provide comfort and an opportunity for change.

Psychotherapist and writer Lori Gottlieb is the weekly “Dear Therapist” columnist for The Atlantic and New York Times bestselling author. She speaks to us on "Take Care" about her latest book “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.” In it Gottlieb writes about stories from the patients she treats as a therapist and her own journey in therapy as a patient.

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With childhood obesity rates continuing to rise in the United States, there are efforts parents can take to help their own children, as well as systemic changes that can tackle this growing issue, according to a Mayo Clinic pediatrician.

Dr. Brian Lynch is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic, and one of his focus areas is on the prevention of childhood obesity. He said obesity is a big problem right now for kids, leading to health concerns down the road like heart conditions, sleep issues and depression. We talk more about this in our interview on "Take Care."

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The people who influence a person’s growth the most are parents and other caregivers, and one author offers 20 principles parents can follow to provide their kids with what they need to succeed in the real world. She joins us on "Take Care."

Dr. Jodi Ann Mullen, a licensed mental health counselor and play therapist, wrote the book, “Raising Freakishly Well-Behaved Kids: 20 Principles for Becoming the Parent your Child Needs.” She is also a professor of counseling and psychological services at SUNY Oswego.

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We all grow with time. It’s easiest to see in children: they get physically bigger, hit milestones -- learn to crawl, walk and speak. And the same is true of adults. It might not be as obvious, but our interests and experiences evolve over time, as does our understanding of ourselves. This time on “Take Care,” how we help those around us grow and grow into ourselves.

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In 2014, the World Health Organization said climate change will bring malaria, diarrhea, heat stress and malnutrition, which would kill 250,000 more people annually around the world from 2030 to 2050. A new report in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that number is a conservative estimate.

Dr. Caren Solomon is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and deputy editor at New England Journal of Medicine. In an editorial Solomon co-authored to accompany the article, she argued that medical professionals have a special responsibility to try to safeguard against these deaths -- that's what we discuss today on "Take Care."

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In January, British medical journal The Lancet published a treatise that argued consumers, business leaders and policymakers must focus their efforts on tackling obesity, climate change and hunger together to be able to solve all three effectively.

Marlene Schwartz, director for the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and professor at the University of Connecticut, joined us on "Take Care" to discuss. She said this is a new approach that can go a long way in tackling three issues long thought best to handle separately.

How climate change affects public health

Apr 13, 2019
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There are plenty of news stories about how climate change is affecting the environment, but it is only recently we are discovering the long-term outcomes of climate change on our health. Dr. Jay Lemery, associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, said climate change has adverse, complex effects on our health.

Lemery discussed his findings about the public health effects of global warming in “Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health,” which he co-authored with Paul Auerbach. Lemery joined us on "Take Care," and said one of the main results of climate change is prolonged heat waves.

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One of the ways climate change can affect our health is through the spread of harmful algal blooms in lakes where people swim and get their drinking water. The blooms can cause adverse health effects and have been occurring more frequently in recent years.

Climate change and our health

Apr 11, 2019
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"Take Care" returns with a broadcast examining climate change and it's impact on our health. Global warming is changing our planet -- the temperature, our seasons, agriculture and more -- but what kind of effect does climate change have on our health? In this episode, we ask how climate change is influencing our physical and mental health.

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There is a lot of scientific research showing how regular exercise can have a positive effect on one’s physical health, but its effect on mental health is relatively unclear. A study recently published in the British medical journal The Lancet sought to change that.

Dr. Adam Chekroud, assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, and other researchers published a study in The Lancet Psychiatry that examines the association between physical exercise and mental health.

The pros and cons of measuring obesity with BMI

Dec 23, 2018
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Finding one’s body mass index (BMI) is as simple as typing in height and weight measurements into a BMI calculator. Those easy results, though, can sometimes be misleading, which is why the widespread use of BMI is troubling, according to a doctor at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez joins us on "Take Care" this week. He's division chair of preventive cardiology at the Mayo Clinic. Lopez-Jimenez said the concept of having a standard definition of obesity is relatively new in medicine, originating about 30 years ago. This introduction of BMI was generally a good thing, he said.

Mental, physical health closely intertwined

Dec 22, 2018
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Though current research showing mental health and physical health affect each other in many ways has come a long way, there is still more progress that needs to be made to better understand these two closely connected areas of overall health.

Dr. John Campo joins us on "Take Care" to discuss. He's the chief behavioral wellness officer in the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and assistant dean for behavioral health professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Campo said mental and physical health cannot be approached in isolation.