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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.

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Climate change can take a toll on mental health, but there are ways to alleviate such effects and promote real change, one expert argues on "Take Care" this week.

Dr. Lise Van Susteren is a general and forensic psychiatrist and co-founder of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance. She also co-authored the report “The Psychological Effects of Climate Warming on the U.S.: Why the U.S. Mental Health System is Not Prepared” in 2011.

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.

Is health education in America comprehensive?

Dec 22, 2018
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In many states across the U.S., health education is taught in middle school or high school for a single semester, which is indicative of the lack of quality health education in classrooms, according to a health education professor at The University of Alabama.

Dr. David Birch, past president of the Society for Public Health Education, said health education is not taught the way it should be. He said there are many reasons, the first being that the lessons are not nearly comprehensive enough. We discuss more this week on "Take Care."

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.

The history and future of public health

Dec 22, 2018
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Our current understanding of public health is the result of modern advancements in health data collection and analysis, but that change was slow, with still more work to be done, according to our latest guest on "Take Care."

Dr. Wayne LaMorte is a professor of epidemiology and assistant dean for education at Boston University School of Public Health. He said for much of history, people did not understand public health because there was no analysis of it.

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The health of a community depends on many things, like race, income and access to care. Because of that, there continue to be barriers to health care in particular communities. But there is one model that works in central New York that has impacted a hard to reach urban community.

One area where there is a big racial disparity in health care is among women diagnosed with breast cancer. Overall, white women are slightly more likely to develop the disease, but African-American women are more likely to die from it, by a substantial margin. 

What is health?

Dec 19, 2018
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"Take Care" has always covered a wide range of topics -- addiction, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, winter health hazards, and even mold. As we wrap up the year, we take a step back. Instead of exploring one particular facet of health and wellness, we settle on one broad question for this show: What is health?

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For today's latest in health segment, we look at ways to make services more accessible to seniors both in and out of the home.

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If you look back on your life, you can probably pick out a few major transitions: from high school to college or maybe from one job to another. The transitions experienced as we reach our later years can sometimes be more complex.

Carol Levine joins us today on "Take Care" to discuss common transitions in old age, including Medicare. Levine is the director of the Families and Health Care Project at the United Hospital Fund, called “Next Step in Care.” She is also the author of the recent AARP book, “Navigating Your Later Years for Dummies.” 


Cellular senescence -- when stress causes cells to change their function in the body -- is common and sometimes harmful in older adults, but scientists are working on medications that can help kill them.

Senolytics drugs can selectively induce death of senescent cells. Dr. Judith Campisi, a researcher and professor of biogerontology at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, joins us today on “Take Care” to explain this new class of drugs and their potential use. She said senolytic drugs could be one way to combat the aging process.

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 6 million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from depression. A large percentage of those cases, though, are never identified or treated.

One of the problems in diagnosing depression in an individual over 65 is that it does not look the same as depression in a younger person.

Aging today

Nov 29, 2018
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Aging is inevitable. For many of us, reaching our later years means some more aches and pains -- but hey, retirement isn't that bad! Age related diseases, though -- like dementia and Alzheimer's -- can throw a wrench in retirement plans by putting a strain on loved ones and families as they navigate the new norm. But with the latest advances in technology, maybe we can stave off the effects of some of these diseases or live healthier altogether. This time on "Take Care," we explore what it means to age today.

Helping young mothers one door at a time

Nov 11, 2018
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How do you help mothers and babies in need? One door at a time. WBFO's Avery Schneider spent an afternoon in an upstate New York neighborhood to see how  a local agency does it.

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For today's latest in health segment, we look at solutions for two different kinds of patients -- one for those with genetic diseases and another for healthy people looking to stay that way.

First, we start with a new algorithm that could improve the diagnosis of rare diseases. Second, we look at a New York City lab that educates patients on making healthy lifestyle changes.

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For some people, their yearly checkup is as easy as heading downstairs on their lunch break, as some companies are moving toward health care methods that put the physicians closer to the workers. That does not necessarily mean, though, that health care has improved at these companies, an author and health director said.

Carolyn Engelhard, director of the Health Policy Program in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, co-authored the book “Health Care Half-Truths: Too many myths, not enough reality.”

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With seemingly a new fad diet coming out every week, a recent movement has turned to anti-dieting, focusing more on wellness rather than weight. The best approach, though, may be a middle ground individualized to what each person needs, according to a registered dietitian-nutritionist.

Samantha Cassetty is a contributing nutritionist for NBC News Better. In her article “Is the anti-diet movement leading us astray?”, she said there are a lot of good ideas to take away from the anti-diet movement, like the importance of feeling compassion and love toward oneself.

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A growing trend in high-stress, demanding jobs is the “positive stress movement,” when people expose themselves to extreme temperatures, diets and exercise as a way to improve longevity. At Palo Alto Investors, though, the focus is on a far less radical approach to helping us perform better for longer.

Dr. Joon Yun is a physician and the president and managing partner of Palo Alto Investors, LLC. He also created and sponsored the Palo Alto Longevity Prize, launched in 2014, which provides a $1 million prize to anyone that cracks the code on stopping the aging process.

Endurance: Why mind and body matters

Nov 10, 2018
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When it comes to endurance, do you think it's all in your head? Maybe with a little more mental power the body can achieve anything. Although your brain plays a crucial roll, the relationship between mind and body is what matters most when it comes to endurance, according to our next guest, an author, journalist and runner.

Alex Hutchinson is the author of the book “Endure: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance.” He started out as a middle/long-distance runner for the Canadian national team and now continues to write for "Outside" magazine.