JUST FOR THE HEALTH OF IT: Public Health Radio Show on WAKT 106.1 FM Toledo

JUST FOR THE HEALTH OF IT: Public Health Radio Show on WAKT 106.1 FM Toledo

Just for the Health of It - The Science of Health for ALL - PUBLIC HEALTH radio show, WAKT 106.1 FM ToledoJust for the Health of It is my weekly one-hour public health show on WAKT, 106.1 FM Toledo. You can listen at 9:00 AM Tuesdays and Thursdays (after Democracy NOW) or 6:30 PM Tuesdays on-air or on-line ToledoRadio.org.  To listen anytime you want online, below are links to the latest shows (and all past shows).

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Just for the Health of It brings you fresh perspectives on the science of health for all; plus local, state, national, and global health news, as well as local guests for home-grown perspectives and connections to local resources. Just for the Health brings you the best of both social justice and personal health.WAKT Toledo 106.1 FM -- Just for the Health of It - Public health radio show

Just for the Health focuses on putting the JUST in Just for the Health of It

My aim is to equip you to live healthily in a healthy on a just planet.

For you of those folks who are perhaps too busy to catch a whole show, or just want to sample my sense of humor, here are a few of my parody PSAs:

Parody PSA: The Dihydrogen Monoxide Conspiracy

Parody PSA: Pla-ce-bo Pharmaceuticals’ Elimin-all

Parody PSA: PR Medica and Merciless Health Systems

Parody PSA: Health Care for ALL

Parody PSA: Cory the Coronavirus

Parody PSA: TL20-squared VIRUS Pandemic

HERE ARE LINKS TO THE LATEST SHOWS:

Week of August 1, 2022 [episode #174]:

Featuring: Risk of serious pregnancy complications has doubled since Texas abortion bans (1:46); Abortions in young girls are not uncommon (3:17); A Fall COVID-19 Booster Campaign Could Save Over 100,000 lives in U.S. (4:57); More than 40% of parents of young kids say they will not get their child a Covid-19 vaccine (6:57); Parents still have widespread worries that childhood COVID-19 vaccination might be a bigger risk than getting COVID-19 (11:22); At least 27 million COVID patients may have long-term smell and taste problems (14:12); Local COVID-19 Update (17:28);  1 in 5 Americans OK with threatening health officials (20:43); Bacteria Causing Deadly Disease Found in U.S. Soil for First Time (22:43); Testing is crucial to getting monkeypox under control, but there’s a “shocking” lack of demand (25:34); Africa’s alone in monkeypox deaths but has no vaccine doses (30:27); Botswana hits “historic” U.N. goal against HIV (32:46); Even Well-Intended Laws Can’t Protect Us From Inaccurate Provider Directories (35:24); Coming wave of opioid overdoses “will be worse than it’s ever been before” (42:15); How Many High Schoolers Are Packing Heat? (43:53); Study casts more doubt on use of high-dose vitamin D pills (45:29); First trial to prove a  dietary supplement can prevent hereditary cancer [with resistant starch] (48:28).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Summer boosters for people under 50 shelved in favor of updated boosters in the fall
  2. Their medications cause pregnancy issues. Post-Roe, that could be dangerous.  People with disabilities are considering the risks of pregnancy with their essential medications.
  3. Leave My Disability Out of Your Anti-Abortion Propaganda
  4. Why Exceptions for the Life of the Mother Have Disappeared. The absence of these exemptions is a sign of the anti-abortion-rights movement’s distrust of women and the medical establishment.
  5. A Nearly Century-Old Maternity Home for Teens in the South Makes Plans for Expansion.
  6. The War on Drugs Has a Warning for Post-Roe America: criminalizing abortion will increase harm while failing to stop the behavior it is intended to reduce.
  7. Biden’s Drug Czar Is Leading the Charge for a “Harm Reduction” Approach.
  8. How Polio Crept Back Into the U.S.
  9. What to know about polio, a disease once again vying for attention.
  10. What Happened to the Monkeypox Name Change?
  11. Encouraged by right-wing doctor groups, desperate patients turn to disproven ivermectin for long COVID.
  12. Studies Throw Cold Water on COVID “Lab Leak” Theory — Researchers say new analyses point to Wuhan market as early epicenter.
  13. Hospices Have Become Big Business for Private Equity Firms, Raising Concerns About End-of-Life Care.
  14. Value-based payment has produced little value. It needs a time-out.
  15. Black life expectancy in the southern U.S. is affected by the legacy of slavery.
  16. Public Health Workers Still Face PTSD, Other Mental Health Problems.

Week of July 25, 2022 [episode #173]:

GREATEST HITS SHOW #5, from October, 2020 thru April, 2021, featuring: global rates of unplanned pregnancies still too high (2:03): how drugs damage the environment (5:19); science supports new dietary guidelines limiting alcohol consumption, especially for reducing cancer in men (12:37); can local food feed big cities? yes, if we cut down on meat (16:17); concentration in the food business — to high, too risky (20:33); hospitals profit on junk food (22:12); how hope can make you happier with your lot in life (26:12); suicide rates did not decrease when antidepressant drugs were introduced (28:10); giving poor people money is more effective for mental health than brief therapy (29:50); people in societies where money plays a minimal role can have very high levels of happiness, comparable to the happiest industrialized nations (33:51); Atlanta creates the nation’s largest free food forest with hopes of addressing food insecurity (35:10); what to do when your friends and family are unsupportive of your depression (38:16); food systems responsible for one-third of human-caused emissions (43:58); greenhouse gas emissions associated with dietary guidelines vary between countries — following U.S. guidelines would increase emissions (44:38); book review — Bittman on food history — Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal (46:18); the surprise catch of seafood trawling — massive greenhouse gas emissions as much as the aviation industry (47:47); feeding cattle seaweed reduces their greenhouse gas emissions 82 percent (48:45); land could be worth more left to nature than when farmed (49:58); study finds evidence of 55 new chemicals in people (52:03); starting smoking cessation in hospitalized patients would reduce many premature deaths (53:43); A new way to measure human wellbeing towards sustainability — Years of Good Life (56:17).

Week of July 18, 2022 [episode #172]:

Featuring: Wastewater surveys suggest COVID surge could be biggest yet for infections (1:52); Local COVID-19 Update (5:02); Among 100 largest cities, Toledo ranks 83rd in American Fitness Index (8:02); Toledo ranks as 10th most stressed city in U.S. (10:12); Post-Roe, Health Inequities Will Be Exacerbated, which may create “a permanent subclass” of people with very poor outcomes (12:05); Poll: Abortion bans reshape where young Americans choose to live (13:15); Feds say doctors must offer abortion if mom’s life at risk (14:33); Why this key chance to getting permanent birth control (“tubes tied”) is often missed (15:40);  Gun Safety “Wrapped in a Mental Health Bill” – A Look at Health Provisions in the New Law (18:59); Psychology’s “Winning Streak” Is a Failure of Science, Not Success (24:43); Risk factors in adults with cardiovascular disease are worsening over time despite advances in secondary prevention (26:13); Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia Is Killing Patients – Yet There Is a Simple Way to Stop It (28:33); U.S. hospital adverse events drop significantly (31:20); Inaccurate pulse oximeter readings tied to less supplemental oxygen for darker-skinned ICU patients (33:22); Pharma Companies Sue for the Right to Buy Blood From Mexicans Along Border (36:14); DOJ fails to report on making federal websites accessible to disabled people (38:42); Relaxed methadone rules appear safe (41:17); Death rate from Parkinson’s rising in U.S. (42:26); In most ways, women age better than men and live longer. Scientists are trying to figure out why (44:56).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Post-Roe, many autoimmune patients lose access to “gold standard” drug
  2. U.S. Tells Pharmacists Not to Withhold Pills That Can Cause Abortion, warning that failing to dispense such drugs “may be discriminating” on the basis of sex or disability, citing other conditions that they can treat.
  3. Abortion laws spark profound changes in other medical care
  4. Dr. Caitlin Bernard Was Meant to Write This With Me Before She Was Attacked for Doing Her Job
  5. What Will Happen if Doctors Defy the Law to Provide Abortions? Laws favors conscientious refusers of care rather than conscientious providers of care
  6. What it costs to have a baby in the U.S. — on average, $18,865
  7. Conservative Blocs Unleash Litigation to Curb Public Health Powers
  8. “Cooking Them to Death”: The Lethal Toll of Hot Prisons
  9. American Nurses Association Apologizes for Racism, Past and Present
  10. The four bases of anti-science beliefs — and what to do about them, as political divisions have potent effects on attitudes
  11. The new 988 mental health hotline is live. Here’s what to know
  12. Spirituality linked with better health outcomes, and patient care
  13. Many Cancer Centers Push Too Many Tests
  14. “You get goosebumps from the data” — hopes rise for new malaria vaccine. The disease is a leading killer of under fives across Africa. But trials for a new vaccine suggest an end to the death toll could be in sight

Week of July 11, 2022 [episode #171]:

Featuring: “Set them up for failure” – Sex education not required in many states where abortion is or will be banned (1:52); Montana clinics preemptively restrict out-of-state patients’ access to abortion pills, for fear of prosecution (6:38); 1,100-plus Ohio doctors band together to defend reproductive rights (10:31); Newest Omicron subvariants can evade boosters increasingly effectively, doubling each recent wave (14:31); Studies show that 8% of athletes have persistent symptoms after contracting COVID-19 (15:52); Lower Long COVID Risk Tied to More Vaccine Doses (16:57); About 12%  of COVID Hospitalizations Involve Immunocompromised People (17:44); Poll Describes Americans’ Readiness to Emerge from the Pandemic and Changes to Daily Life (18:27); Local COVID-19 Update (20:47); Let’s call monkeypox what it is: A pandemic (26:47); Ghana reports first-ever suspected cases of highly-infectious hemorrhagic viral disease (32:56); Global plan calls for more funding to bring TB under control (35:03); UN Report: Global hunger numbers rose to as many as 828 million in 2021 (38:07); Insulin is an extreme financial burden for over 14% of Americans whose life depends on it (40:21); Gov. Newsom announces California will produce its own “low cost” insulin (42:12); How Much Health Insurers Pay for Almost Everything Is Going Public (45:08); FDA appears to hold off on crackdown on synthetic nicotine products, despite Congressional mandate (52:28).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Women in prison and under court surveillance will suffer under new abortion bans
  2. “It’s Scary”: Students Fear Going to College in Red States After Roe
  3. This Is the Republican Roadmap for Eradicating Reproductive Rights
  4. How do we regain abortion rights? Take a page out of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s playbook
  5. Federal Patient Privacy Law Does Not Cover Most Period-Tracking Apps. A patient privacy law known as HIPAA, passed in 1996, hasn’t kept pace with new technologies and at-home tests.
  6. FDA to Weigh Over-the-Counter Sale of Contraceptive Pills
  7. A floating abortion clinic? Medical team plans to launch ship in Gulf of Mexico, in federal waters
  8. MAKE BIRTH FREE —  It’s time the pro-life movement chose life.
  9. Evidence Shouldn’t Be Optional — This Supreme Court often ignores science when handing down decisions, and it affects far too many lives.
  10. Health care in jails and prisons is terrible. The pandemic made it even worse.
  11. What to Know About the New BA.2.75 Omicron Subvariant
  12. In Debate Over Chicago’s Speed Cameras, Concerns Over Safety, Racial Disparities Collide — Cities nationwide look to Chicago as officials wrestle with whether speed cameras improve traffic safety enough to justify their financial burden on Black and Latino motorists.
  13. Are tax-exempt hospitals giving back their fair share to communities?  Dubious accounting puts into question.
  14. Truth is good for health.
  15. Exercise Associated with 25% Lower Risk for Depression.

Week of July 4, 2022 [episode #170]:

Featuring: Abortion facts and health care standards worldwide and in U.S. (2:18); Doctors and Other Health Care Workers Face Unprecedented Legal Risks After Roe Overturn (7:13); Standardize Abortion Education Across U.S. Medical Schools (16:43); Next post-Roe battlefield — Online abortion information (19:06); Supreme Court severely limits EPA in curbing power plant emissions and climate change (23:51); New Guidelines Encourage Breastfeeding Longer, but Call for More Parental Support (25:32); Race not dealt with in most pediatric clinical care guidelines (28:51);  Overdose Deaths Behind Bars Rise as Drug Crisis Swells (31:21); Drastically reducing nicotine levels will save a lot of lives (34:13); Up to 540,000 lives could be saved worldwide by targeting speed and other proven traffic crash prevention interventions (37:05); United States had highest motor vehicle crash mortality rate  among comparable countries in 2019 (38:52); COVID-19 cases rising nearly everywhere in the world (40:28); FDA recommends vaccine makers update Covid-19 shots to target Omicron variants (40:55); Maternal mortality jumped during COVID-19 pandemic, especially among Black and Hispanic mothers (41:57); Local COVID-19 Update (44:20); Privatizing England’s National Health Services’ care led to declines in quality of healthcare, increasing deaths from treatable causes (46:30); Ohio expanded breast cancer screening coverage — Will the nation follow? (49:25); California first to cover health care for all immigrants (51:53).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. How to Have a Medication Abortion. Where to find the pill and what to expect.
  2. The Abortion Pill Can Be Used Later Than the FDA Says
  3. Big Employers Are Offering Abortion Benefits. Will the Information Stay Safe?
  4. After Roe, HHS Guidance Aims to Keep Health Information Secure
  5. Antiabortion lawmakers want to block patients from crossing state lines
  6. There’s another War Between the States coming over abortion. Before the Civil War, Northern and Southern states did battle over fugitive slaves. Once again, something legal in one state is illegal in a state next door.
  7. Abortion pill maker plans multistate legal action to preserve drug access
  8. Abortion rights should be law, not a corporate perk
  9. Indigenous tribes push back on calls to open abortion clinics on federal lands
  10. Catholic hospitals do not provide the same reproductive health options as other hospitals, including birth control
  11. Men rush to get vasectomies after Roe ruling
  12. The Kids Were Already in Crisis Before Roe Ended — With new abortion limits and bans, the pediatric mental health emergency will only worsen
  13. Placebo response reveals unconscious bias among white patients toward female, Black physicians
  14. Rural parents are less likely to say their pediatrician recommended COVID shots. Here’s why that matters.
  15. Survey: Nearly half of physicians changed jobs during the pandemic
  16. Why LGBTQ Adults Are More Vulnerable to Heart Disease
  17. Would carbon food labels change the way you shop? [with tool to compare foods]
  18. How to Get Rid of Medical Debt — Or Avoid It in the First Place
  19. Struggling with positive thinking? Research shows negative moods can actually be useful
  20. The Joy of Saving the World — Research suggests a surprising motive for environmentalism: feeling good.

Week of June 27, 2022 [episode #169]:

Featuring: Ohio’s six-week abortion ban becomes law hours after Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision (1:57); Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade (4:07); Brief overview of what Roe reversal will mean for Ohio and U.S. public health (5:40); Texas has a law that allows parents to give up newborns at fire stations or hospitals — it’s very rarely used (8:08); Ohio Department of Health staffer fired after abortion pill mention in newsletter (9:36); American Medical Association condemns overturning of NY gun law, to result in more firearms in public (13:51); Here’s what is in the Senate’s gun bill — and what was left out (15:47); Juul vaping order by FDA triggers broader tobacco fight (21:15); Biden administration says it plans to cut nicotine in cigarettes to nonaddictive levels (23;47); California ranks worst in nation for air pollution because of wildfire smoke(26:57); Colorado bets on a public option to grow health coverage (28:02); U.S. Health Disparities  Cost At least $320 Billion Each Year (31:05); CDC confirms evidence of local monkeypox transmission (33:10); Second COVID Booster Protected Seniors in Long-Term Care (34:07); 1 in 13 of U.S. adults currently report long COVID (35:22); Covid-19 vaccines prevented nearly 20 million deaths globally in first year (36:12); Covid causes global life expectancy to fall for first time since stat recorded in 1950s (37:00); Local COVID-19 Update (38:12);  CDC Advisory Committee Backs “Enhanced” Flu Vaccine for Seniors, estimated to save 2,000+ lives (43:05); Gender bias plummets acceptance of female pharmacists’ recommendations on proper antibiotic use (44:05); New safe-sleep guidelines aim to reduce infant deaths (46:39).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. 18 Ways the Supreme Court Just Changed America
  2. Five Things to Know Now That the Supreme Court Has Overturned Roe v. Wade
  3. Global access to abortion still highly unequal
  4. Abortion Pills Will Change a Post-Roe World
  5. Red states crack down on abortion pills
  6. Abortion pills over the counter? Experts see big hurdles in widening U.S. access
  7. The “abortion pill” may treat dozens of diseases, but Roe reversal might upend research — Mifepristone, the FDA-approved abortion drug, might also treat conditions like cancer and PTSD. Proving it works in a post-Roe landscape could be a challenge.
  8. Black people in the U.S. twice as likely to face coercion, unconsented procedures during birth
  9. HIPAA medical privacy law won’t protect you if prosecutors want your reproductive health records
  10. A major problem for minors: post-Roe access to abortion
  11. Primary Care Providers Can Help Safeguard Abortion
  12. Women less likely than men to get authorship on scientific publications, analysis finds
  13. Black doctors are forced out of training programs at far higher rates than white residents
  14. What will it take to level the playing field for Black medical residents?
  15. Digital back doors can lead down the path to health inequity
  16. Hold science to higher standards on racism
  17. Racism Is Major Driver of Environmental Inequality — But Most Americans Incorrectly Think It’s Poverty
  18. Research on Gun Violence Has Been Thwarted: It’s Now More Urgent Than Ever
  19. Five COVID Numbers That Don’t Make Sense Anymore
  20. World mental health report: Transforming mental health for all
  21. Covid, Conflict And Climate Are Fueling A Global Food Crisis – Leaders Must Act Fast
  22. Monkeypox is not a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, but perhaps it should be
  23. America May Soon Have Another Sexually Transmitted Infection (Monkeypox)
  24. Some parents skip steps to minimize firework risks to kids

Week of June 20, 2022 [episode #168]:

Featuring: I Just Recovered From BA.2. Can I Get BA.4/5? –Probably (1:57); WHO reports COVID-19 deaths rise, reversing a 5-week decline (6:18); Omicron Less Likely to Cause Long COVID, even as more likely to infect (6:53); U.S. Covid test makers anticipate layoffs after government reallocates funds, threatening testing capabilities (10:26); Local COVID-19 Update (12:21); Universal Health Care Could Have Saved More Than 330,000 U.S. Lives during COVID (15:22); A Proposal to Import Drugs from Other Countries Creates an Unusual Alliance in the Senate (20:17); Doctors push to make birth control available without prescription (22:54); 100 Million People in America Are Saddled With Health Care Debt (23:52); Gains in patient safety have stalled over the past decade (34:18); We don’t know whether most medical treatments work, and we know even less about whether they cause harm (36:44); Senate passes major benefits expansion for veterans sickened by war toxins (42:49); Life expectancy for Native Americans has stagnated — even long before Covid (46:02); Death rate increased 51% over 15 years among Working-age Ohioans (46:57); Ohio seniors’ health ranked 37th among states (47:37); Ohioans overall health ranked 37th among states (48:53); Ohio Governor signs bill that reduces training time needed to arm teachers from 700 to 24 hours (52:08); Drownings in home pools, hot tubs kill hundreds of kids each year (53:12); Pioneering Maine looks at tightening PFAS standards after feds say almost no level is safe (54:52); EPA ordered to reassess glyphosate’s impact on health, environment (55:52).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Under age COVID vaccine Q&A
  2. The irony — and ignominy — of medical conferences as superspreader events
  3. Female leadership attributed to fewer COVID-19 deaths
  4. Clues to Long COVID — Scientists strive to unravel what is driving disabling symptoms
  5. How Covid Did Away With the Sick Day — Some workers have no choice but to clock in. Others find the flexibility of remote work leads them to log in from their sick beds.
  6. Why are my patients still isolating in their homes? Gun violence.
  7. Preventive Care May Be Free, but Follow-Up Diagnostic Tests Can Bring Big Bills
  8. Buy and Bust: When Private Equity Comes for Rural Hospitals
  9. Pesticides Are Spreading Toxic “Forever Chemicals” — Common chemicals sprayed on many crops each year are cloaked in technical misclassifications
  10. U.S. abortions rise, after years of declines, to 1 in 5 pregnancies in 2020
  11. The Right to Become a Parent Is Now at Risk Too — The courts used to understand that Roe stood not so much for the choice to end a pregnancy as for the choice of whether to end one — current state could lead to further forced “choices” like sterilization.
  12. AMA Acknowledges Voting Is a Social Determinant of Health
  13. Global Public Health Workers and Academics Must Step Up Response to War
  14. It’s Hot Outside — And That’s Bad News for Children’s Health

Week of June 13, 2022 [episode #167]:

Featuring: COVID-19 accounted for 62% of duty-related law enforcement deaths in 2020 (2:03); Two newest versions of Omicron are gaining ground in the U.S. (3:11); Local COVID-19 Update (4:52); Support for gun rights has eroded after nearly a decade of mass shootings, poll shows (8:32); Six Predictions About the End of Roe, Based on Research (10:26); A Deep Dive Into the Widening Mortality Gap Across the Political Aisle (15:52); Four in 10 U.S. adults who need mental health care can’t get it (20:03); Reasons Why Most Young Adults Sweep Depression Under the Rug (23:00); LGBTQ students consider quitting college at an alarming rate — why mental health help is hard to find (24:10); A new study shows benefits to dispatching mental health specialists in nonviolent 911 emergencies (26:46); Workplace mental health benefits can reduce sick days, increase productivity, all while providing savings for employers (28:52); Hospitals are required to post prices for common procedures — Few do (32:01); Feds Slap First Hospitals With Fines for Lack of Price Transparency (35:02); Medicaid Weighs Attaching Strings to Nursing Home Payments to Improve Patient Care (36:58); The FDA is not involved in approving 98.7 % of food chemicals (40:57); FDA agrees to reconsider safety of BPA in food packaging (42:11); Good News for Your Credit Report Regarding Medical Debt (42:47); Many baby formula plants weren’t inspected during COVID (43:52); Pursuit of profits is driving drug companies to break the 340B law aiding most vulnerable (46:08); Half of the world’s population suffers from headaches (52:07); Stigma Common Among Migraine Patients, leading to poorer outcomes, quality of life (53:30); Advancing Access to Hearing Health Care (54:26).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Covid shots for young kids are almost available. Here’s what you need to know.
  2. Abortion Pills Will Be Crucial in a Post-Roe World. But They’re Not the Magic Fix Many Think They Are. It’s About Equity, Equity, Equity.
  3. Abortion Poised to Be a Bigger Voting Issue Than in Past
  4. The New Abortion Bans: Almost No Exceptions for Rape, Incest or Health
  5. If Roe is overturned, the ripples could affect in vitro fertilization and genetic testing of embryos, experts warn
  6. Doula services could soon be covered by Medicaid after racial equity bill passes Ohio House
  7. U.S. fight against opioid overdoses becomes one of racial justice
  8. Long Wait for Justice: People in Jail Face Delays for Mental Health Care Before They Can Stand Trial
  9. The flip side of toxic positivity: Emotional perfectionism
  10. There Is a Right Way and a Wrong Way to Respond to Monkeypox
  11. Monkeypox vaccination begins — can the global outbreaks be contained?
  12. Concern grows that human monkeypox outbreak will establish virus in animals outside Africa
  13. How the hard lessons of the AIDS crisis are shaping the response to the monkeypox outbreak
  14. Blaming Gay Men for Monkeypox Will Harm Everyone
  15. “Discriminatory and stigmatizing”: Scientists push to rename monkeypox viruses
  16. Covid Funding Pries Open a Door to Improving Air Quality in Schools
  17. Children’s Vision Problems Often Go Undetected, Despite Calls for Regular Screening
  18. Blood Tests That Detect Cancers could lead to unnecessary treatments without saving patients’ lives.
  19. Doubt is their product: How Big Tobacco, Big Oil, and the Gun Lobby market ignorance to convince people that the truth can’t be known, delaying policy action.
  20. Study Discovers Extensive Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research
  21. St. Jude Stashed Away $886 Million in Unspent Revenue Last Year, as other children’s cancer nonprofits struggled to raise cash.
  22. “Soil Your Undies” campaign asks Pennsylvanians to bury their underwear to test soil health

Week of June 6, 2022 [episode #166]:

Featuring: Why new COVID variants are driving a surprise surge (1:57); Asymptomatic COVID-19 not spread as easily as symptomatic and pre-symptomatic (4:19); During the Omicron Wave, Death Rates Soared for Older People, Highlighting Their Continuing Vulnerability (7:09); Paxlovid antiviral reduces COVID risk in seniors regardless of vaccine status, but doesn’t help those under 65 (10:45); How many Covid deaths are acceptable? Some Biden officials tried to guess 12:09); Fever, body aches, loss of smell: New COVID study charts evolution of symptoms over waves (13:28); Local COVID-19 Update (14:51); Pediatric Gun Deaths Are a Massive Problem in the U.S. (18:23); Workplace Violence in Healthcare (25:57); Locking People Up Is No Way to Treat Mental Illness (27:11); Climate Crisis Poses Serious Risks for Mental Health (30:54); Big tobacco is having a “devastating” impact on the environment (32:20); Tobacco companies say they don’t advertise to children, but this damning report shows otherwise (36:07); Africa will be the world’s ashtray if big tobacco is able to get its way (38:02); Americans overpay for generic drugs due to middlemen (45:52); Weight loss with bariatric surgery cuts the risk of developing cancer and death from cancer (45:59); Only 6 out of 10 adults feel comfortable taking charge and giving CPR (47:41); Gratitude expressions between co-workers improve cardiovascular responses to stress (49:09); VP Harris calls water security a foreign policy priority (49:09).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. 5 types of long COVID
  2. “Too little too late”: Unpacking Biden’s moves to improve federal prisons’ response to Covid-19
  3. The Missing Part of America’s Pandemic Response — The NIH has become sclerotic and overly cautious.
  4. The Challenges of Calculating a Lab Leak Risk — The odds of a dangerous pathogen escaping a lab are uncertain, and have implications for Covid-19 and more.
  5. Preparing for the next pandemic: Time to follow a social business model for patent-free global medicine production
  6. The good and bad about home medical tests
  7. The Loss of a “Good” Death — Our dying and grieving processes explained
  8. Science Shows How to Protect Kids’ Mental Health, but It’s Being Ignored. Yes, the COVID pandemic has made the problem worse. But our teens were in trouble long before that.
  9. It’s hard to explain (and fix) evil — Mass shootings and mental illness
  10. Surgeons Call for Action to Reduce Gun Violence, with 13 Recommendations
  11. On gun violence, the United States is an outlier
  12. Skirmishes Over Medication Abortion Renews Debate on State vs. Federal Powers
  13. Blue cities in red states say they won’t help enforce abortion bans
  14. In Florida, There’s a Growing Gap Between What People Say About Abortion and What They Do — Inside the coming clash between politics and practice.
  15. How adoption agencies are responding to potential overturning of Roe v. Wade
  16. Faulty oxygen readings delayed Covid treatments for darker-skinned patients
  17. Mistreatment in medical school leads students to leave, with students of color faring the worst
  18. Factoring in patients’ experiences is essential for moving the needle on health disparities
  19. For Many Low-Income Families, Getting Formula Has Always Been a Strain
  20. Beyond baby formula: advancing best practices in FDA’s efforts to prevent shortages
  21. Failure to Launch: The Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program at the EPA
  22. AARP’s Billion-Dollar Endorsement Business Begs Conflicts of Interest
  23. Taco Bowls and Chicken Curry: Medi-Cal Delivers Ready Meals in Grand Health Care Experiment

Week of May 30, 2022 [episode #165]:

Featuring: Local COVID-19 Update (1:57); Vaccines may not prevent many symptoms of long covid (7:50); Vast majority of Americans don’t want Supreme Court decisions on abortion, marriage, contraception overturned (10:43); FBI counts 61 “active shooter” incidents last year, up 52% from 2020 (12:48); Gun-Related Homicides Soar to a Level Unseen in 21st Century (13:55); Traffic Fatalities Reached a 16-Year High in 2021 (15:31); Researchers found alcohol use disorder mortality rates were 25% higher than projected in 2020, 22% higher in 2021 (17:06); Block-by-block data shows pollution’s stark toll on people of color and the poor (17:35); High air pollution from fracking in Ohio county detected by community activists’ sensors pinpoint emissions missed by expensive EPA instruments (19:44); Taxpayers Paid Twice for Healthcare, as private insurers profiteer more than ever during the pandemic (23:42); High cost of cancer care in the U.S. doesn’t reduce mortality rates (30:21); Obamacare found to have helped extend lives of people with cancer (32:22); Younger People More Likely to Undergo Colonoscopy After Guideline Change (33:38); Heart attack mortality rate higher in the U.S. compared to other high-income countries (34:37); One in five male adolescents suffers from high blood pressure (35:58); Black, Hispanic adults less likely to receive CPR, especially in public (37:31); Hispanic people with chest pain wait in ER on average 28 minutes longer than other people (40:03); Diabetes Screening Thresholds Should Be Lowered for Racial Minorities (41:17); Most doctors still believe in prescribing unnecessary antibiotics to treat asymptomatic infections (44:21); The U.S. is soon to become a net food importer (47:00); More Americans Changing Diet for Environmental Reasons (48:00); The FDA considers a “healthy” food label (48:43).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Hard hit by COVID-19, Black Americans are recovering slowly
  2. New study finds public health messaging could benefit from using “autonomy-supportive” language versus shame and pressure language
  3. The Anti-Vaccine Movement’s New Frontier of Radicalized Parents
  4. What Vaccine Apartheid Portends for the Climate Future
  5. The Science Is Clear: Gun Control Saves Lives
  6. The Long-Term Psychological Impact of School Shootings
  7. The school shooting generation grows up — in a world wholly unprepared to deal with the aftermath of mass school shootings
  8. What we know about mass school shootings in the US – and the gunmen who carry them out
  9. Mass shooters aren’t mentally ill people who suddenly “snap.” They decide to kill.
  10. Why 18-Year-Olds in Texas Can Buy AR-15s but Not Handguns — disparities in how federal and state laws regulate rifles and handguns
  11. The next U.S. abortion battle is over pills, and it’s already begun
  12. A Streamlined Health Care Model for Medication Abortion Access
  13. Men Have a Lot to Lose When Roe Falls
  14. Researchers suggest doctors should start prescribing vibrators to women
  15. “Almost like malpractice”: To shed bias, doctors get schooled to look beyond obesity
  16. Antifatness in the Surgical Setting
  17. A Different Psychiatry Is Needed for Discontinuing Antidepressants
  18. How to stay up-to-date on terrible news without burning out

Week of May 23, 2022 [episode #164]:

Featuring: A third of US should be considering masks (3:17); Covid antiviral pill preventing hospitalizations and deaths, says White House — Fact-check shows misleading (5:41); Does Paxlovid help people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19? Show us the data! (9:00); On-campus COVID-19 measures couldn’t contain Omicron (11:19); COVIDtests.gov is offering another round of free COVID tests (13:05); Pro-Trump counties continue to suffer far higher COVID death tolls (13:45); What happens when the government stops buying Covid-19 vaccines? (17:46); The Costs of Long COVID (23:01); 76% of Long COVID Patients Were Not Hospitalized for Their Infection (27:37); Some COVID Survivors “Sicker Than They Feel” (28:38); “That’s Just Part of Aging” — Long Covid Symptoms Are Often Overlooked in Seniors (29:28); Omitting long Covid from pandemic messaging is harmful for public health (31:43); Local COVID-19 Update (34:37);  New free service aims to connect Ohio’s health care workers with mental health resources – WellBeingCARE.org (38:08); New nonprofit will decide how to spend hundreds of millions of Ohio’s opioid settlement money (40:05); Pollution Responsible for 9 Million Deaths Each Year (42:04); Cutting air pollution from fossil fuels would save 50,000 lives a year in U.S. (43:43); Asthma, COPD Admissions Dropped 40% After a Big Polluter Shut Down (44:27); FDA sparks anger with decision on “phthalates” — a chemical in fast-food packaging (46:25); Rates of unnecessary procedures persisted through pandemic (50:07); New expert consensus statement published on achieving remission of type 2 diabetes using diet as a primary intervention (51:31); WHO Results Report shows global health achievements despite COVID-19 pandemic (53:22).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. What COVID Hospitalization Numbers Are Missing Amid a Health Care Capacity Crisis
  2. Are we in a public health emergency?
  3. How Often Can You Be Infected With the Coronavirus?
  4. The Answer to Covid Fatigue Is Creativity, Not Surrender
  5. Hate your face mask? There’s hope — A U.S. government contest has 10 companies competing to make better face coverings
  6. The Antiscience Supreme Court Is Hurting the Health of Americans
  7. How the End of Roe Would Change Prenatal Care
  8. Abortion and inherited disease: Genetic disorders complicate the view that abortion is a choice
  9. Vague “medical emergency” exceptions in abortion laws leave pregnant people in danger
  10. Better Birth Control Hasn’t Made Abortion Obsolete
  11. Make abortion pills available over the counter
  12. The best way to protect abortion rights? Finalize the Equal Rights Amendment
  13. To improve safety, hospitals should make “radical transparency” real — and accessible
  14. The frequently long waits for insurance prior approvals frustrate doctors and patients needing treatment
  15. The Weight of Stigma: Heavier Patients Confront the Burden of Bias
  16. NEJM, other journals: provide more transparency about conflicts of interest or don’t publish conflicted articles
  17. National Academies report cites “urgent” need to recruit more diverse participants for clinical trials
  18. Monkeypox 101, unanswered questions, and the bigger picture
  19. A CDC expert answers questions on monkeypox
  20. Russian aggression underscores the U.S.’s need for greater investment in medical countermeasures to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear attacks
  21. Hopelessness around youth mental health is creating a “nihilistic contagion”
  22. Sports and Transgender People  – Endocrinologists weigh in on the rights of transgender athletes and on basing decisions on science
  23. As Red Cross Moves to Pricey Blood Treatment Method, Hospitals Call for More Choice
  24. Climate change likely to reduce the amount of sleep that people get per year
  25. 6 Things You Need To Know About Music and Health

Week of May 16, 2022 [episode #163]:

Featuring: Pandemic gets tougher to track as COVID testing plunges (2:08); Health experts caution against ‘new normal’ strategies for COVID-19 — must deal with chronic diseases and racial/ethnic disparities (3:13); Covid-19 narrows long-standing Latino mortality advantage (5:33); U.S. and world leaders pledge a pathetic $3B to fight pandemic globally (7:37); More people now incorrectly blame Asian Americans for Covid than at height of pandemic (8:16); Local COVID-19 Update (11:02); Overturning Roe highlights need for family planning, especially in trigger ban states (14:49); Cost-Related Barriers Prevent Low-Income U.S. Women from Using Their Preferred Contraceptive Method, Or Any method at All (18:06); Leading medical journal warns “women will die” if Supreme Court overturns Roe (19:12); Medical education of abortion could be erased in red states (21:11); Treasury Secretary Yellen says the Roe ruling helped allow women to finish school and increase their earning potential, leading to higher workforce participation, plus better lives for children (24:13); Covid shutdowns in China are delaying medical scans in the U.S. (26:00); What are the Radiation Risks from CT Scans? (27:31); CT Scans Cause About 40,000 Cancers Deaths Per Year, Similar to Breast and Prostate Cancers (31:44); Genetic study confirms sarin nerve gas as cause of Gulf War illness (33:43); U.S. overdose deaths hit record 107,000 in 2021 (37:10); WHO highlights glaring gaps in regulation of alcohol marketing across borders (38:32); No health benefits among adults who used both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes (44:07); Pharmacist Suicides Outpace General Public (45:10); Government watchdog: 1 in 4 older Americans on Medicare harmed during hospital stays (46:35); Staffing shortages slam hospitals, increasing lengths of stay (49:11); One in three people who drowned in Canada had a chronic health condition (49:37); “New and improved” supermarkets trim childhood obesity in NYC (52:11).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. “It’s a tsunami”: Legal challenges threatening public health policy
  2. U.S. to ask world for more on global Covid fight as its own cash dwindles
  3. Five risks if Congress does not pass new COVID-19 funding: Not enough vaccines for everyone in the fall; Running out of treatments; Unable to buy new treatments; Shortages of tests; Cutting back global aid
  4. Strengthening Gavi is a way forward for global vaccine equity
  5. Building scientific talent in the Global South can help prevent future public health crises
  6. The Lab-Leak Theory Is Looking Stronger by the Day. Here’s What We Know [podcast]
  7. The Plot to Keep Meatpacking Plants Open During COVID-19
  8. Yes, Phones Can Reveal if Someone Gets an Abortion
  9. The Sex Ed Wars Will Never End
  10. If Roe Goes, Could Birth Control Be Next?
  11. A Comprehensive Guide to Birth Control
  12. How do people with disabilities feel about abortion? New poll sheds light for first time
  13. To Better Understand Women’s Health, We Need to Destigmatize Menstrual Blood
  14. Why Heart Disease in Women Is So Often Missed or Dismissed
  15. Alzheimer’s blood tests more likely to misdiagnose Black patients
  16. Researchers Try to Understand High Suicide Rate Among Veterinarians
  17. States Move to Regulate Toxic Chemicals; Federal Government Still Far Behind
  18. Formula Shortage: What Providers Are Telling Worried Parents

Week of May 9, 2022 [episode #162]:

Featuring: 4 in 10 American adults know someone who died of COVID-19 (3:02); White House Correspondents Dinner spreads COVID (4:04); Less than 4 in 10 Americans wore a mask regularly when indoors at work (5:47); Omicron as “intrinsically” severe as other COVID variants (7:23); COVID Boosters Blunted Omicron’s Effect on Nursing Homes (9:47); White House documents detail a looming squeeze on Covid-19 boosters (10:39); COVID-19 tied to adverse maternal outcomes, preterm birth (11:44); COVID worsens asthma in children (12:44); Local COVID-19 Update (14:13);   Flu vaccination associated with 34% lower risk of major cardiac events (18:37); Abortion epidemiology – Banning abortions will not stop abortions (19:59); U.S. would lag behind global abortion access if Roe v. Wade is undone (23:46); Next battle over access to abortion will focus on pills (26:46); With abortion in jeopardy, minority women have most to lose (33:08); U.S. international family planning restriction may kill 27,000 people per year (36:51); Feds Launch New Maternal Mental Health Hotline – 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (41:03); The Sunshine State goes dark on adolescent health. It’s a dangerous misstep (42:40); Record number of people without enough to eat in 2021, crisis growing (47:23); Alzheimer’s Drug Company Admits Defeat (50:46);  Affirmative action bans had “devastating impact” on diversity in medical schools (52:08); Almost half of LGBTQ youths “seriously considered” suicide in past year (52:46); One-Week Social Media Break Reduces Anxiety, Depression (55:42).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Sweeping, Limited, or No Powers at All? What’s at Stake in the Mask Mandate Appeal
  2. Can Covid Lead to Impotence?
  3. As Overdoses Soar, More States Decriminalize Fentanyl Testing Strips
  4. A pediatrician’s point of view: Antiabortion is anti-child
  5. What the Supreme Court Should Know about Abortion Care
  6. Abortion pill provider sees spike in U.S. interest after SCOTUS leak
  7. Abortion pills by mail pose challenge for officials in red states
  8. Corporate America Doesn’t Want to Talk Abortion, but It May Have To
  9. How to Win the Abortion Argument: Activists overseas have lessons for post-Roe America.
  10. WHO reveals shocking extent of exploitative formula milk marketing
  11. Two-thirds of working parents are burned out. Here’s how to spot the signs — and get help.
  12. Medicare Surprise: Drug Plan Prices Touted During Open Enrollment Can Rise Within a Month
  13. Medicare Beneficiaries Need More Help Navigating the Program

Week of May 2, 2022 [episode #161]:

Featuring: Local COVID-19 Update (3:39); COVID deaths no longer overwhelmingly among the unvaccinated as toll on elderly grows, showing importance of boosters,  and the risks the most vulnerable still face (7:12); Northeast had half the COVID death rate as South (9:39); South Africa’s latest COVID surge blamed on new omicron mutants (10:32); Birx says U.S. must prepare for summer COVID surge as immunity wanes (11:12); Awareness and use of COVID treatments is low (11:48);  Racial split on COVID-19 endures as restrictions ease in U.S. (12:26); Contracting COVID-19 might increase your risk of type 1 diabetes (14:11); Older people who get COVID are at increased risk of getting shingles (16:40); Majority of family members of COVID patients treated in the ICU report PTSD symptoms (17:12); South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine plant risks closure after no orders (18:59); How climate change could drive animal movements — and threaten more viral spillovers (20:42); Global coalition seeks $4.8 billion for polio eradication initiative (23:37); Africa sees rise in measles as pandemic disrupts vaccines (24:10); New article outlines the characteristics of a “longevity diet” (25:27); Vitamin plus mineral supplementation shows benefit for children with ADHD and emotional dysregulation (26:51); Women Who Live with Gun Owners More Likely to Take Their Own Life (29:25); Crossing Lines — Firearm Deaths Overtake Motor Vehicle Deaths as the Leading Cause of Death among U.S. Youth (31:38); Rates of handgun carriage rise among US adolescents, particularly White, rural, and higher income teens (33:05);  Almost 90% of autistic women report experiencing sexual violence, often on multiple occasions (33:53); PTSD costs in U.S. civilian, military populations combine for more than $230 billion, surpassing costs for conditions such as anxiety and depression (35:11); Thinking about suicide and self-harming alleviates stress (37:27); “Unprecedented” Decline in RN Workforce Driven by RNs Leaving Hospitals (38:58); Private Medicare plans denied nearly 1 in 5 claims that should have been paid (39:43); Medicare  and Medicaid need to include measures for social drivers of health (42:45); Study finds disparities in improper antibiotic prescribing, which is commonplace (45:32); 40% of Americans live with unhealthy levels of air pollution, a growing proportion (47:26); FDA unveils plan to ban menthol in cigarettes, cigars (48:02); New Report Links PFAS “Forever Chemical” Exposure to Liver Damage (49:34); EU unveils plan for “largest ever ban” on dangerous chemicals (50:52).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. The debate over the COVID-19 public health emergency is failing America
  2. GAO Long-Term COVID Overview
  3. The Race to Unravel COVID’s Hidden Link to Alzheimer’s
  4. No Matter How You Feel About Masks, You Should Be Alarmed by This Judge’s Decision
  5. Understanding Black grief as a health disparity
  6. “Belittling, Doubting, or Blaming”: Outdated Medical Language May Harm Patients
  7. Republicans Have Stopped Trying to Kill Obamacare. Here’s What They’re Planning Instead.
  8. Unprecedented increase in number of border wall falls and trauma
  9. Why do teens self-harm? Clinical psychologists explain how to help teens reduce their emotional distress
  10. Psychologists are starting to talk publicly about their own mental illnesses, and patients can benefit
  11. The Problem with Preaching Gratitude – When Toxic Positivity Meets Mental Illness
  12. Emergency Contraception Marks a New Battle Line in Texas
  13. These Laws Are Making Miscarriage More Traumatic in America
  14. America lost its way on menopause research. It’s time to get back on track.
  15. Mental health of college students is getting worse, even before pandemic
  16. Study finds “burnout epidemic” for working women two years into pandemic
  17. Residents enjoy better health after a switch to electric buses
  18. Europe’s Noise Capital Tries to Turn Down the Volume
  19. The Unseen Scars of Those Who Kill Via Remote Control
  20. Climate Change Is Making Jobs Deadlier—and OSHA Can’t Take the Heat
  21. Roles of Cities in Creating Healthful Food Systems
  22. Dietary supplements could be tainted with prescription medications and dangerous hidden ingredients
  23. “A worldwide public health threat”: Rob Bilott on his 20-year fight against forever chemicals
  24. A Black Woman Fought for Her Community, and Her Life, Amidst Polluting Landfills
  25. All My Environmental Heroes Are Black Women
  26. How stress can damage your brain and body
  27. A New Dimension to a Meaningful Life – Appreciating beauty in the everyday may be just as powerful as a sense of overarching purpose

Week of April 25, 2022 [episode #160]:

GREATEST HITS SHOW #4, from December, 2019, thru September, 2020, featuring: hospital alarms prove a noisy misery for patients (1:54); long work hours linked to both regular and hidden high blood pressure (6:20); every American family basically pays a yearly $8,000 “poll tax” under U.S. health system (7:42); Ecopsychology — how immersion in nature benefits your health (11:12); Why drinking diet soda makes you crave sugar (15:50); slow carbs over low carbs – fiber matters (19:06); Hormone-altering chemicals threaten our health, finances and future (22:28); Why sequencing the human genome hasn’t cured many diseases (36:57); In an age of mass protests, what “less lethal” weapons actually do (42:11); Awareness of our biases is essential to good science (51:34).

Week of April 18, 2022 [episode #159]:

Featuring: Many Virus Cases Go Uncounted – “We are flying blind” (1:57); Local COVID-19 Update (6:07); U.S. renews COVID-19 public health emergency (8:40); Poll reveals that Most Americans say COVID is no longer a crisis (9:12); COVID-19 vaccines prevented more than 2.2 million U.S. deaths (10:13); FDA authorizes breath test that can detect COVID-19 in three minutes (11:03); 4 Michiganders with COVID-19 strain unique to mink highlight U.S. spillover cases (12:08); U.S. global vaccination program employees look to leave over lack of funding (13:46); Efforts to make protective medical gear in U.S. falling flat (14:52); State officials in the U.S. say they still have far too few epidemiologists, a CDC survey finds (17:48); Survey indicates primary care physicians are planning exit (19:52); COVID chaos fueled another public health crisis: STDs (20:33); U.S. adult smoking rate fell during first year of pandemic (24:24); Human Rights Watch says unaffordable U.S. insulin is a human rights abuse (27:08); Whistleblower explains how Medicare Advantage plan bilked millions (30:07); Disbelief in human evolution linked to greater prejudice and racism (32:48); National Urban League finds State of Black America is grim (36:05); Americans report mental health effects of climate change, worry about future (38:22); One in three children with disabilities globally have experienced violence in their lifetimes (40:21); Preventive Task Force Recommends Screening Kids 8 and Up for Anxiety (41:22); Rising parental expectations linked to perfectionism in college students (43:41); Driven by widespread fentanyl, rates of fatal teen overdoses doubled in 2020 (46:30); Microbiome experts warn of an ‘invisible extinction’ that’s harming human health (48:08); Home Gardening is Booming (52:52).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Is Covid More Dangerous Than Driving? How Scientists Are Parsing Covid Risks.
  2. A tale of many pandemics: In year three, a matter of status and access
  3. The Unbelievable Stupidity of Ending Global Covid Aid
  4. After accusations of structural racism at JAMA, a Black health-equity advocate is named the journal’s editor
  5. More than half of clinical trials do not report race/ethnicity data
  6. Experts warn that “patient influencers” are being paid by big pharma companies to hawk drugs to US consumers without telling them
  7. Where do US opioid trials, settlements stand?
  8. Decreasing sex crimes with therapy, friendship
  9. How do I improve my motivation to exercise when I really hate it? Ten science-backed tips

Week of April 11, 2022 [episode #158]:

Featuring: Airlines that dropped mask requirements are now suffering staff shortages due to COVID-19 (1:57); Incomplete data likely masks a rise in U.S. Covid cases as focus on infection counts fades (4:43);  Local COVID-19 Update (7:34); In Washington’s Covid-19 outbreak, new variants flout old “close contact” rule, just begging for an update  (10:13); Using A Donald Trump COVID-19 Vaccine Endorsement Ad Gave Public Health a Shot in the Arm – a missed opportunity of harnessing Republican opinion leaders (15:01); A Shortfall of ECMO Treatment Cost Lives During the Delta Surge (16:35); COVID-19 Tied to High Risk of Thrombotic Events, such as 33-fold increased incidence of pulmonary embolism in month after diagnosis ((18:12); COVID-19 health workers suffer combat-type moral trauma — more than combat veterans (19:16); U.S. life expectancy continues historic decline with another drop in 2021, widening gap with peer countries to over 5 years (21:21); WHO says 99% of world’s population breathes poor-quality air (24:25); World’s vulnerable are being polluted in their own homes as they cook (25:46); Half of older adults now die with a dementia diagnosis (27:12); Nursing home care, funding system need overhaul, report says (28:30); Vegan diet eases rheumatoid arthritis pain (32:02); Over a quarter of 12-to-19-year-olds have prediabetes (33:21); Examining the link between blood pressure and anger in men (34:37); Study finds higher homicide risk in homes with handguns (35:52); Survivors of gun violence and their families face increased risk of mental health disorders, higher health care spending (38:18); “Leaving victims with the bill” — Sexual assault survivors are often charged hundreds of dollars for rape kits, illegally (39:46); Social programs weak in many states with tough abortion law, leaving families faring worse (45:59); Men – especially from rich countries – still dominate the boards of global health groups (48:56); Study finds persistent and worsening racial and ethnic disparities in sleep duration (50:12); Fewer patients of color have health-care providers who look like them (52:38); Recently Updated Lung Cancer Screening Recommendations Tied to Thousands Fewer Deaths (53:53).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. America Is Staring Down Its First “So What?” Wave — The United States could be in for a double whammy: a surge it cares to neither measure nor respond to.
  2. FDA Chief Lists Six Steps to Improve Health Outcomes — Evidence development and the public health data system are on Califf’s fix-it list
  3. Vaccine resistance has its roots in negative childhood experiences, a major study finds
  4. Why Black and Hispanic Seniors Are Often Left With a Less Powerful Flu Vaccine
  5. CDC Can Do Better: Five Former Directors on Room for Improvement
  6. The U.S. Still Doesn’t Know How To Track A Pandemic
  7. The “successful failures” of Apollo 13 and Covid-19 vaccination
  8. EPA moves to ban asbestos after decades of failures — It is the first time EPA has flexed its regulatory muscles under the revamped Toxic Substances Control Act.
  9. Orphaned by gun violence: Two kids, two shootings, two parents gone — Every day in America, more than 40 children lose a parent to shootings
  10. The Grief Pill is Coming!  If you yearn or pine too long for your dead child, partner, spouse, or friend, you may be addicted to grief, according to the new revision of diagnostic manual.

Week of April 4, 2022 [episode #157]:

Featuring: National COVID-19 status report (1:55); Local COVID-19 Update (4:20); What One Million COVID Dead Mean for the U.S.’s Future (7:57); Narrowing the vaccine gap as boosters begin for people over 50 (16:18); Covid-19 pandemic isn’t over for Black Americans, report warns (22;02); In about half of U.S. counties, less than 10% of children ages 5 to 11 are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (24;42); Ohio’s mild flu season is punctured by its initial pediatric flu death, an 8-month-old boy (26:58); Risk, burden of diabetes surges after acute SARS-CoV-2 infection (28:19); Pregnancy nearly doubles risk of breakthrough COVID (29:48); U.K.’s COVID infections hit record high as free tests end (31:37); Cuts in Britain Could Cause a Covid Data Drought, leaving the world less prepared to spot future variants (33:25); Biden administration launches COVID website for 1-stop info [covid.gov] (34:17); Shortages stretch across health care supply chain, about 10-fold from pre-pandemic (34:53); Cities are making us fat and unhealthy: A “healthy location index” can help us plan better (36:16); Subsidy would improve fruit and veg intake by as much as 15%, say economists (38:26); Almost 800,000 Americans are living with end-stage kidney disease — half of Americans will develop chronic kidney disease eventually (40:18); Fewer than 6% of criminal justice cases get opioid use disorder treatment (42:17); U.N. report: Nearly half of all pregnancies globally are unintended (45:03); “They just gave up” — More than two-thirds of the military community report challenges to building a family (47:22); Ohio kids being sent out of state for mental health treatment (48:43); One in Five High Schoolers Isn’t Heterosexual, CDC Survey Finds (50:21); Sci-Hub Offers the Quickest, Easiest, and Greatest Access to Science — all for free, though illegally (52:15).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. We Need to Clarify the Goal of Our COVID Booster Strategy — The focus should be on stopping severe disease and expanding our vaccine arsenal
  2. America’s choose-your-own-adventure vaccine approach
  3. 44 countries have COVID vaccination rates under 20% despite supply increase
  4. While we line up for a fourth shot, the world’s poor haven’t gotten their first
  5. There’s no return to normal for millions of children orphaned during Covid
  6. How can we put Covid behind us without guaranteed paid sick leave?
  7. Covid’s racial disparities made some white people less vigilant about the virus
  8. What Skydivers Can Teach Us About Pandemic Risk-Taking — with greater protection comes greater risk-taking
  9. What’s next with face masks? Keep wearing them in public, wear the best mask available and pay attention to fit
  10. Women Are Calling Out “Medical Gaslighting” — Studies show female patients and people of color are more likely to have their symptoms dismissed by medical providers. Experts say: Keep asking questions.
  11. Black Students Experiencing Racism on Campus Lack Mental Health Support
  12. Anti-Trans Laws Will Have a Chilling Effect on Medicine
  13. The power of massive databases and trials to unlock precision medicine
  14. Digital health is overlooking its biggest opportunity for disruption — empowering providers instead of profit-making
  15. As research grows on primary care and serious mental illness, a glaring gap remains — between individual versus system-wide interventions
  16. How to compost—and why it’s good for the environment
  17. Traditional knowledge guides protection of planetary health in Finland
  18. E.P.A. Decides Against Limiting Perchlorate in Drinking Water
  19. She’s Supposed to Protect Americans From Toxic Chemicals. First, She Just Has to Fix Trump’s Mess and Decades of Neglect. Biden promised to prioritize people over polluters. His person to deliver that is facing a bare-bones budget, demoralized staff and increasingly angry advocates.
  20. How a California industrial community embodies the deadly link between pollution and gun violence, highlighting powerful social determinants of health
  21. Three reasons why you feel stressed when trying to relax, and what you can do about it

Week of March 28, 2021 [GREATEST HITS SHOW #3]:

GREATEST HITS SHOW #3, from August-November, 2019, featuring: moral injury and burnout in medicine requires collective action (2:00); sexual trauma as a global public health issue (6:09); Defense Department as single biggest polluter on planet (11:31); Man vs. mosquito – at the front lines of a public health war (18:43); role of racial stereotypes in assumptions that African-Americans are more violent (21:35); special series of articles in the American Journal of Public Health documenting role of slavery and racism in health inequalities that persist today (23:37); environmental and health harms are downshifting America’s obsession with the lawn (27:52); cultivating joy through mindfulness — an antidote to opioid misuse, the disease of despair (31:49); taking the cops out of mental health-related 911 rescues (38:33); children’s of dying before age 5 varies more than 40-fold (41:21); largest study finds greater reduction in cardiovascular disease and death from taking high blood pressure medication at bedtime rather than in morning (41:25); pharma money paid to doctors is the cancer growing in cancer medicine (46:58); to treat chronic ailments, fix diet first (51:00); study finds focusing on patient value and goals instead of problems yields better outcomes (54:07).

Week of March 21, 2022 [episode #156]:

Featuring: Local COVID-19 Update (2:13); At least nine House Democrats test positive for the coronavirus after a party retreat and late-night voting (5:11); The next COVID variant may not be mild like omicron, study says (5:58); Israel records new COVID variant (8:17); German lawmakers vote to abolish most pandemic restrictions amid surge in cases (9:21); China reports first COVID-19 deaths in more than a year (9:56); Pelosi says White House should double funding request in new COVID aid to get through summer (10:40); Looming vaccine deadline adds urgency to COVID funding impasse (11:51); It Was Already Hard to Find Evusheld, a Covid Prevention Therapy for the Most Vulnerable — Now It’s Even Harder (13:31); Preventing Pandemics Requires Funding (15:25); COVID-19 work cut deeply into essential public health services (17:00); Ohio nursing homes comply with vaccine mandate deadline despite lowest vax rates, through huge exemption loophole (20:30); Biden administration – finally – elevates healthy buildings as part of national Covid strategy (22:27); Metro Detroit hospitals most racially segregated in U.S. (27:26); Ohio “Constitutional Carry” Gun Bill Worries Domestic-Violence Survivor Advocates (29:36); Ohio is seeing more homicides and suicides, and guns are more often involved (32:43); Sleep doctors critique permanent daylight saving time bill (33:47); Permanent daylight saving time? America tried it before, and it didn’t go well (35:18); A third of U.S. adults are struggling to get a good night’s rest (36:47); Even moderate light exposure during sleep harms heart health and increases insulin resistance (38:00); Half of cancer patients report medical debt (40:03); Consumer Agency Weighs Ban on Medical Debts in Credit Reports (41:02); Latino drug overdose death rate jumped 40% in 2020 (42:24); With overdoses at record highs, a veterinary tranquilizer spreading through the U.S. drug supply poses new threats (44:24); Ignoring abortion access is getting harder for companies (47:39); Amid war and disease, World Happiness Report shows bright spot of increased benevolence (49:53); Regular exercise, healthy diet could improve odds of surviving cancer and reduce risk of recurrence (52:45).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Mental health experts turn to video conferencing to provide psychological support for Ukrainians
  2. COVID’s “Silver Lining” – Research Breakthroughs for Chronic Disease, Cancer, and the Common Flu
  3. Shrugs Over Flu Signal Future Attitudes About Covid
  4. America’s Flu-Shot Problem Is Also Its Next COVID-Shot Problem
  5. The Covid-19 vaccine market is getting crowded — as demand begins to wane
  6. What Humanity Should Eat to Stay Healthy and Save the Planet. Researchers are trying to figure out what that looks like around the world
  7. Commissioner Califf needs to put the F back in FDA
  8. Yes, You Can Still Be Fired for Being Fat
  9. Pronouns Are a Public Health Issue
  10. Study highlights relationship between racism, activism and stress
  11. Gun Violence Is an Epidemic; Health Systems Must Step Up
  12. What happened when smoking was banned in American Indian casinos
  13. The Tobacco Industry’s Renewed Assault on Science: A Call for a United Public Health Response
  14. The Breen bill to protect health providers is well-intentioned. But it won’t stop burnout
  15. An excess of empathy can be bad for your mental health – Compassionate practices are the antidote
  16. How to Avoid Surprise Bills — And the Pitfalls in the New Law
  17. How to eat less salt
  18. This Year, Try Spring Cleaning Your Brain – Five ways to soothe a mind overstimulated by anxiety, stress and streams of information.

Week of March 14, 2022 [episode #155]:

Featuring: COVID’s Death Toll 3 Times Worse Than Official Counts (1:57); Mandatory masking in schools reduced COVID-19 cases during Delta surge, with 72% reduction of in-school transmission (4:03); Mask mandates worked in schools last fall, reducing student and staff infections from all sources (community and in-school) by 23% (7:12); Continuing face mask use continues to be highly cost effective, potentially saving tens of billions (7:41); Media sources defined the COVID culture war (12:02); Increasing COVID cases in Europe may presage increases in U.S. (16:23); Local COVID-19 Update (20:31); “Haven’t we learned anything?” — Experts warn of disastrous consequences if pandemic funding dries up (23:57); Is Covid Over? No, But Global Health Funders Are Moving On (26:56); CDC wants to monitor poop, but states aren’t all on board (30:58); The Humble Cough Drop Could Be Used to Map COVID Spread (32:58); Providing legal advocacy reduces children’s hospital admissions by 38% (33:40); Communities with higher levels of racial prejudice have worse health outcomes and drive health inequity (36:05); Americans are besieged by unprecedented levels of stress (36:36); Some of the world’s lowest rates of dementia found in Amazonian indigenous groups (38:25); High blood pressure, obesity, and physical inactivity have the biggest impact on dementia cases (41:53); Concussions Linked to Mental Health Issues in Kids (42:41); The air quality in your home may be worse than in your office building (43:19); Almost all kids have tobacco on their hands, even in non-smoking homes (45:06); Half of U.S .adults exposed to harmful lead levels as kids, creating persistent problems (46:03); Respiratory illness increased as far as 60 miles away from flaring of methane from oil well (48:08); For-profit hospitals skip less profitable services (49:50); Rural Hospitals in U.S. Face Wipeout With 800 at Risk of Shutdown (50:20); Trauma From LGBTQ Conversion Therapy Costs U.S. $9 Billion Annually (52:50); Diet quality decreased for U.S. seniors from 2001 to 2018, dropping to 61% with poor quality (53:38); WHO Guidelines Encourage Telehealth Abortion Care for First Time (55:00).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Congress weighs permanent daylight saving time in a debate as regular as clockwork. Nearly two-thirds of Americans want to stop shifting their clocks twice a year.
  2. HOW DID THIS MANY DEATHS BECOME NORMAL?
  3. Ignoring behavioral and social sciences undermines the U.S. response to Covid-19
  4. Vaccinating Kids Has Never Been Easy
  5. There may be a new COVID variant, Deltacron. Here’s what we know about it.
  6. Prisons skimp on Covid treatments like Paxlovid, even as Biden plans to flood pharmacies with it
  7. Pandemic Medical Innovations Leave Behind People With Disabilities
  8. Nurses are waiting months for licenses as hospital staffing shortages spread
  9. Study finds bias in how doctors talk to Black, female patients
  10. Gaslighting of Black medical trainees makes residency something to “survive”
  11. Giving gender-affirming care: “gender dysphoria” diagnosis should not be required
  12. Seeking to Shift Costs to Medicare, More Employers Move Retirees to Advantage Plans
  13. Maternity wards are shuttering across the US during the pandemic, making giving birth more dangerous in the United States.
  14. A look inside the 1st official “safe injection sites” in U.S.
  15. What is harm reduction?
  16. Demand for meat is destroying the Amazon. Smarter choices at the dinner table can go a long way to help.
  17. Hospitals need to get ahead of regulations on climate change
  18. More Latino Men Are Dying By Suicide Even as National Rate Declines
  19. Congress moves to give FDA new powers over synthetic nicotine products including a youth favorite — Puff Bar e-cigarettes
  20. Ukrainians Face Lasting Psychological Wounds from Russian Invasion
  21. Is my memory going or is it just normal aging? Don’t try to assess yourself. Rather, enlist a close friend or family member to detect whether you are having a problem.

Week of March 7, 2022 [episode #154]:

Featuring: Return to “normal” State of the Union address — 6 legislators tested positive (1:56); CDC estimates U.S. COVID infections now close to 140 million, 43% of Americans (3:16); Americans can order another round of 4 free at-home Covid-19 tests at CovidTests.gov (4:48); People who test positive for Covid can receive antiviral pills at some pharmacies for free, Biden says (5:17); Public Health Experts Pitch Their Own Path to the “Next” Normal (8:00); Hong Kong’s Death Rate Is Now World’s Highest (11:43); China Reports Most Daily Covid Cases Since Wuhan Outbreak (12:07); Local COVID-19 Update (14:31);  Surgeon general launches effort to get to the bottom of Covid-19 misinformation (18:09); There’s an uptick in pricing by anesthesiologists due to physician management companies and private equity investment (22:06); Workers have to pay more upfront for care (24:28); The expensive problem with getting health coverage through our jobs (25:44); Employers are flying blind when buying health coverage (27:13); Health care wage growth has lagged behind other industries, despite pandemic burden (28:56); Veterans transported to VA hospitals had better survival rates than veterans taken to non-VA hospitals (31:43); Justice Department sues UnitedHealth over nearly $8 billion anti-competitive deal to acquire tech company (34:08); Non-profit drug maker will provide insulin for no more than $30 a vial (34:58); Medication insecurity is the next public health crisis (36:37); Patients, pharma execs express low trust in drug supply chains (38:02); Salt in Fizzy Tablets Linked to Heart, Death Risk (40:29); More spice could help seniors avoid salt (43:19); One in ten Americans say they don’t eat meat, a growing share of the population (44:53); Calorie restriction trial reveals key factors in extending human health (45:38); Biological clock shock? “Springing forward” loss of sleep may harm heart health (48:24); Cannabis use produces persistent cognitive impairments (49:19); Black Americans are now dying from drug overdoses at a higher rate than whites (51:11); 4.6 million children living in home with loaded, unlocked firearms in U.S. (53:53); Analysis of 20-year study finds malaria control in young children saves lives into adulthood (55:08).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. What to Tell Kids about Ukraine: Recommendations from a Psychologist
  2. Ukraine conflict could spark surges of covid, polio, other diseases
  3. Russian war in world’s “breadbasket” threatens food supply
  4. “Alarming” disparities leave parts of L.A. County hit hard by COVID-19
  5. Covid Hospitalizations in NYC Saw Biggest Racial Gap During Omicron
  6. The Pandemic Is Following a Very Predictable and Depressing Pattern — As with diseases such as malaria and HIV, rich countries are “moving on” from COVID while poor ones continue to get ravaged.
  7. High Demand for Drug to Prevent Covid in the Vulnerable, Yet Doses Go Unused
  8. Turning to social media to get affordable insulin: a clear sign of a broken health care system
  9. The Biden Administration Killed America’s Collective Pandemic Approach — Protections meant to shield everyone can’t be a matter of personal preference.
  10. Here’s what experts say Biden gets right in his new mental health plan
  11. More Black Americans are buying guns. Is it driving up Black suicide rates?
  12. Debunking the “Excited Delirium” Diagnosis for Deaths in Police Custody — Report breaks down how the term was created and misused for years
  13. Synthetic opioids stronger than fentanyl have cropped up in the U.S.
  14. Wood-burning Stoves Raise New Health Concerns — Officials increasingly treat wood-smoke pollution as a public health and environmental justice issue
  15. Particulate-matter pollution: Destabilizing Earth’s climate and a threat to health
  16. The limits of “following the science” as societal values are subjective
  17. Yale’s Happiness Professor Says Anxiety Is Destroying Her Students

Week of February 28, 2022 [episode #153]:

Featuring: New CDC (mask) guidance analysis (2:43); AMA statement on CDC COVID-19 updates (7:28); Denmark as cautionary tale in dropping COVID mitigation efforts quickly (9:05); Vaccination Curbed, but Didn’t Halt, Omicron in Households (11:37); Nearly half of Biden’s 500 million free COVID tests still unclaimed (13:08); U.S. vaccination drive is bottoming out as omicron subsides (13:43); COVID vaccine supply for global program outstrips demand for first time (14:30); Advocates criticize “tepid” Biden request for global COVID-19 funding (16:01); Local COVID-19 Update (17:44);  Ukraine reports higher Chernobyl radiation after Russians capture plant (22:47); Another casualty of Russia’s invasion — Ukraine’s ability to contain the coronavirus (24:23); Medical oxygen running out in Ukraine as war rages, WHO warns (26:10); Firearm deaths become leading cause of trauma-related death (27:06); “Stand your ground” laws linked to 700 additional firearm homicides each year in U.S. (28:35); Provider Groups Miffed Over FTC’s Failure to Authorize Study of Pharmacy Benefit Manger Middlemen (29:40); FTC’s top economist resigned amid dispute over pharmacy middlemen study (30:25); Over half of U.S. abortions now done with pills, not surgery (20:54); Abortion pill use spikes in Texas as thousands of patients circumvent state’s ban (32:19); The Abortion Pill Is Safer Than Tylenol and Almost Impossible to Get (34:17); More than a quarter of women worldwide have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetimes (41:10); Sexual assault reports increase at U.S. military academies (42:17); Overlooked and underfunded — experts call for united action to reduce the global burden of depression (43:50); Depression linked to heart disease and type 2 diabetes (48:50); Gender-Affirming Meds Have Drastic Impact on Suicide Risk in Trans Youth (49:22); Why the pursuit of happiness can be bad for you, and what you should pursue instead (51:50).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. To restore public trust, the CDC must stop legitimizing the expulsion of asylum seekers
  2. 20 years ago, a landmark report spotlighted systemic racism in medicine. Why has so little changed?
  3. Minority women most affected if abortion is banned, limited
  4. We Need More Illustrations of People of Color in Medical Textbooks — The lack of diversity perpetuates health inequality and stereotypes
  5. Health Care Firms Were Pushed to Confront Racism. Now Some Are Investing in Black Startups.
  6. The nation hasn’t made much progress on health equity. These leaders forged ahead anyway
  7. Researchers Say Science Skewed by Racism is Increasing the Threat of Global Warming to People of Color
  8. The Stumbling Block to One of the Most Promising Police Reforms — The best mental-health responders in the world can help only if emergency dispatchers know when to deploy them.
  9. U.S. Plans New Safety Rules to Crack Down on Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Portable Generators
  10. Groups urge McDonald’s to honor antibiotics commitment
  11. How Psychologists Can Engage in Civil Disobedience to Defend Ethical Principles
  12. What I learned from Paul Farmer: Treat the systems around the patient, not just the disease

Week of February 21, 2022 [episode #152]:

Featuring: As BA.2 subvariant of Omicron rises, lab studies point to signs of severity (4:35); Had COVID? You’re 5 times more prone to get it again if unvaccinated (9:08); COVID-19 vaccination protective against developing long COVID (9:56); When moms get vaccinated during pregnancy, babies get protection too (10:40); Nearly half of Americans still unsure about popular vaccine misinformation, and most confident are most misinformed (11:46); Study strengthens case that vitamins cannot treat COVID-19 (16:57); Many COVID-19 patients left with bills after cost-sharing waivers expired (18:10); Biden wants billions more in Covid funding. Lawmakers aren’t eager to spend big — again (19:57); Covid Patients May Have Increased Risk of Developing Mental Health Problems (22:30); Controlled studies ease worries of widespread long Covid in kids (26:12); Researchers estimate the true prevalence of COVID-19 taste loss at 37% (27:36); Local COVID-19 Update (28:09); Hong Kong hospitals hit 90% capacity as COVID-19 cases overwhelm “Zero COVID” strategy (31:34); COVID Won’t End Up Like the Flu. It Will Be Like Smoking — Hundreds of thousands of deaths, from either tobacco or the pandemic, could be prevented with a single behavioral change, quitting or inoculation (32:38); Why are alcohol- and drug-related deaths rising in the U.S. and not elsewhere? (41:53); Ohio’s life expectancy among the worst in U.S. (44:33); Nonprofit hospitals’ community benefits should square with their tax exemptions. They often don’t (46;45); Pressure to feel good associated with poorer individual wellbeing in happier countries (52:36); Science of Happiness students beat lockdown blues (54:11);

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. What Would It Mean to End the Covid State of Emergency?
  2. Too soon to lift mask mandates for most elementary schools in US, study finds
  3. Nowhere is safe: Record number of patients contracted Covid in the hospital in January
  4. Whatever Happened to Biden’s Pandemic Testing Board?
  5. The C.D.C. Isn’t Publishing Large Portions of the Covid Data It Collects
  6. The COVID Strategy America Hasn’t Really Tried — The clearest way to reduce deaths is to push to vaccinate more of the elderly — yes, still!
  7. How the intellectual property monopoly has impeded an effective response to COVID
  8. “I trust my drug dealer more than I trust this vaccine”
  9. The Seven Habits of COVID-Resilient Nations
  10. Why France is among the high-income countries where the most people died of COVID-19
  11. Coronaviruses are “clever” — 4 Evolutionary scenarios for the future of SARS-CoV-2
  12. As Politics Infects Public Health, Private Companies Profit
  13. Califf confirmed: The 6 challenges that await the new FDA commissioner
  14. Was a 19th Century Global Pandemic a Case of COVID 1.0? Medical historians suspect Russian flu was caused by a coronavirus and holds lessons for today
  15. How COVID Changed the World — 21 Lessons from two years of emergency science, upheaval and loss [Scientific American special issue]
  16. Pandemics disable people — the history lesson that policymakers ignore
  17. “Red Covid”, an Update — The partisan gap in Covid deaths is still growing
  18. Why America Has So Few Doctors

Week of February 14, 2022 [episode #151]:

Featuring: Half the world is now fully vaccinated. But the global divide is stark (2:25); Poll reveals how America struggles to live with COVID (3:40); Most Americans Still Support Mask Mandates as States Relax Rules (5:12); Commonplace notion of having enough hospital/ICU capacity as a measure of public health success and return to “normal” completely unhelpful (5:57); The Last Pandemic Aid Anybody Wants to Need — Help With Funeral Expenses (10:32); Authorization of new Covid-19 monoclonal antibody treatment  expands arsenal of options against Omicron and its sister variant (11:31); Immuno-compromised people need greater access to monoclonal antibodies (13:30); Biden officials trying to recalculate U.S. Covid-19 hospitalizations (14:27); HHS running out of money to pay providers for treating uninsured COVID-19 patients (16:34); Millions on Medicaid Are at Risk of Losing Coverage When Pandemic Emergency Declaration Eventually Ends (18:05); J&J Pauses Production of Its Covid Vaccine Despite Persistent Need in Developing World (22:07); Local COVID-19 Update (24:34); Medicare can help fix the nurse shortage in hospitals (29:05); Cancer moonshot 2.0 — A missed opportunity for prevention (34:25); Eat your legumes — How a healthier diet can add 10 or more years to your life (42:12); In helping smokers quit, combining treatments is key (44:11); Poor sleep can triple risk for heart disease (47:34); Overdose deaths cost U.S. $1 trillion annually (48:15); Study finds 1 in 16 women take harmful medications during pregnancy (49:09); Most women giving birth in the U.S. have poor heart health prior to pregnancy (50:49); Lifestyle more likely to affect a child’s BMI than the weight of their mother (51:12); The Prescription for More Obesity (51:48); Even light drinking can be harmful to cardiovascular health (53:12); USDA announces stricter standards for school nutrition (55:06).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Omicron’s Surprising Anatomy Explains Why It Is Wildly Contagious
  2. There Is Nothing Normal about One Million People Dead from COVID
  3. Polio, Chickenpox, Measles, Now Covid. It’s Time to Consult History on School Vaccine Mandates
  4. What Are Taxpayers Spending for Those “Free” Covid Tests? The Government Won’t Say.
  5. Public health in America at a breaking point. The question is now “Can it recover?”
  6. Why Covid-19 vaccines are a freaking miracle
  7. Many faith leaders wary of religious exemptions for vaccine
  8. “Good, not great”: Some long Covid patients see their symptoms improve, but full recovery is elusive
  9. For burned-out health workers, exhaustion from Covid-19 surges mixes with a sense of betrayal
  10. Lander’s resignation over workplace bullying: The tip of the iceberg of a public health problem
  11. The White House’s response to Lander’s exit could determine whether science remains a factory for bullies
  12. What American Mental Health Care Is Missing — Scientific research alone cannot address the challenges that Americans with mental illness face.
  13. There’s no autism epidemic. But there is an autism diagnosis epidemic
  14. Climate Change Enters the Therapy Room
  15. I’m Addicted to My Phone. How Can I Cut Back?
  16. Development of clinical practice guidelines “is a mess”
  17. Why do Black women get more hysterectomies in the South?
  18. Covid Precautions Are Part of Hispanic Community’s Efforts to Tend to Community Good

Week of February 7, 2022 [episode #150]:

Featuring: Mask are effective at preventing COVID-19 infection, with cloth masks at 56%, surgical masks at 66%, and K/N95 masks at 83%, in real-world study (2:38);  First ever COVID-19 human challenge study yields infection clues (3:27); It’s easy to misinterpret at-home COVID test results, data show (5:10); Those COVID tests the government sent you might not work — Cold weather could be to blame (7:36); Medicare beneficiaries to get no-cost at-home Covid-19 tests (10:36); Those at highest risk for severe COVID-19 often least likely to get monoclonal antibodies (11:27); Thousands of COVID-19 at-home antiviral pills hailed as “game-changer” are sitting on pharmacy shelves (12:24); Experts question unusual authorization plan for Covid vaccine for kids under 5 (16:07); New York Sewage “Cryptic” Variant May Be Key to Identifying Next Variant of Concern (19:26); If the United States ignores COVID-19 in Nigeria, we forgo global genomic surveillance at our own peril, reports a new study (19:26); Research shows actions to prevent pandemics cost 5% of typical annual direct costs from emerging infectious disease, highlighting cost effectiveness of prevention (23:05); CDC to ramp up wastewater monitoring program to track COVID-19 (29:08); China’s zero-Covid strategy “won’t work” against omicron, says U.S. epidemiologist (30:01); Local COVID-19 Update (31:45); Researchers discover HIV variant that’s more contagious and more severe (36:15); Millions of Americans have quit their jobs. Is Obamacare helping them? (38:37); For the uninsured, crowdfunding provides little help in paying for health care and deepens inequities (40:57); California Inks Sweetheart Deal With Kaiser Permanente, Jeopardizing Medicaid Reforms, as Universal Health Care Bill Fails (42:46); Biden’s relaunched cancer moonshot needs funding for liftoff (45:29); As internet access limits telehealth’s reach, insurers are starting to cover the bill (48:36); One in three stroke survivors in the U.S. faces food insecurity, twice the likelihood (55:38); New Coalition Launches to Prevent Pandemic of Antimicrobial Resistance (56:30).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. U.S. Has Far Higher Covid Death Rate Than Other Wealthy Countries
  2. Despite Biden’s big promises and a far better understanding of the virus, Covid-19 is still raging through the nation’s prisons
  3. The Supreme Court is partly to blame for the Covid-19 test kit shortage
  4. COVID will always be an epidemic virus — not an endemic one, scientist warns
  5. Medical boards get pushback as they try to punish doctors for Covid misinformation
  6. The Covid Policy That Really Mattered Wasn’t a Policy [Spoiler Alert: It’s Trust in Each Other and Government]
  7. The End of the Pandemic May Tear Us Apart
  8. Ready for Another Pandemic Malady? It’s Called “Decision Fatigue”
  9. How a decades-old IBM database became a hugely profitable dossier on the health of 270 million Americans
  10. How the Sugar Industry Makes Political Friends and Influences Elections
  11. “The numbers are pretty appalling” — Asian scientists rarely awarded top scientific prizes
  12. Recovery community organizations need more than bake sales to help people survive addiction
  13. Millions in state tax dollars flow to anti-abortion centers in U.S.

Week of January 31, 2022 [episode #149]:

Featuring: State of Omicron wave (1:57); Long-term Covid-Infected HIV Patient Developed Mutations (10:01); L.A. County seeing quicker fatalities from Omicron as COVID-19 deaths climb (12:05); 62 percent who tried to find at-home COVID-19 test had difficulty (17:37); Pharmacies, governors say Biden test program is depleting supply (19:05); Government watchdog says U.S. Dept. of health and Humans Services is at “high risk” of bungling public health crises (21:02); Is Long Covid worsening the labor shortage? 23:59); Poll shows where Americans are currently at with pandemic (24:53); Local COVID-19 Update (28:13); Most physicians paid by volume, despite push for quality and value (35:15); Female doctors spend more time with patients, so they make less (36:30); Patients who are Black, unmarried or on government insurance described more negatively in their electronic health record (37:54); Racial inequity in follow-up appointment attendance after hospitalization disappears as telemedicine adopted (38:59); 1.2 million people died in 2019 from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, more deaths than HIV/AIDS or malaria (42:31); Scientists find link between antibiotics and colon cancer (47:05); Rural air pollution may be as hazardous as urban (48:22); Blood lead levels in Haiti “a warning for other countries” (50:20); Eliminating the FDA’s blood donation ban on men who have sex with men would help ease the U.S. blood shortage (52:27).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Patchwork system for rationing a Covid drug sends immunocompromised patients on a “Hunger Games hunt”
  2. PCR COVID tests are not very useful. Focus on rapid antigen tests instead.
  3. Here’s how to get free N95 masks from pharmacies or community health centers
  4. Some Americans are hesitant about Covid vaccines. But they’re all-in on unproven treatments
  5. What We Can Learn From How the 1918 Pandemic Ended — Pandemic Fatigue and Desperation to Return to “Normal” Kills More in End
  6. Why the Chemical Industry Is an Overlooked Climate Foe — and What to Do About It
  7. Biden’s focus on environmental justice led to a year of progress — and burnout, as top environmental justice official resigns
  8. Giving low-income families cash can help babies’ brain activity. No-strings-attached subsidies for low-income families improved brain activity in infants, a novel clinical trial finds.
  9. Major Review Finds Limited Effectiveness for Medication and Therapy: Most mental health treatments are only marginally better than placebo
  10. Rising Social and Existential Uncertainty Linked to Mental Distress
  11. How to build resilience and boost your mental health
  12. Can Medieval Sleeping Habits Fix America’s Insomnia? The history of “first sleep” and “second sleep” holds surprising lessons about preindustrial life, 21st-century anxiety, and the problem with digging for utopia in the past.

Week of January 24, 2022 [episode #148]:

Featuring: “Stealth Omicron” – Everything we know about new ‘under investigation’ Covid-19 strain BA.2 (2:32); Patient, Beware: Some States Still Pushing Ineffective Covid Antibody Treatments (6:47); Pharmacies shouldn’t be the only place to get Paxlovid, the new Covid antiviral pill (7:32); More than 2 dozen drug-makers allowed to make Merck’s inferior COVID-19 antiviral pill for poorer nations (9:49); Why Medicare Doesn’t Pay for Rapid At-Home COVID Tests (11:48); COVID rapid test makers struggling to meet demand (13:57); It’s staff, not stuff: Applying crisis standards of care to allocating health care workers (16:19); COVID boosters keep older Americans out of hospitals (24:16); Placebo effect accounts for more than two-thirds of COVID-19 vaccine side effects (25:24); Hundreds of Millions of Covid Vaccine Doses Risk Going to Waste (27:48); COVID in prisons update (28:56); Newer variants of SARS-CoV-2 can infect mice, unlike the original version of the virus (31:10); To get to a “new normal,” public health must focus on all respiratory viruses (33:22); Local COVID-19 Update (40:09); Suicidality is linked to risky driving behaviors in U.S. high school students (44:23); Survey of Americans Who Attempted Suicide Finds Many Aren’t Getting Care (45:48); What types of mental health apps actually work? A sweeping new analysis finds the data is sparse and weak (49:50); Few countries offer a good place to die (50:39); Progress on Lung Cancer Drives Overall Decline in U.S. Cancer Deaths (54:22).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. The C.D.C.’s New Challenge? Grappling With Imperfect Science
  2. The Real Reason Americans Aren’t Isolating: Many workers with COVID-19 still — still! — can’t afford to isolate, because they don’t have paid sick leave.
  3. How Are Private Insurers Covering At-Home Rapid COVID Tests? A Hot Mess.
  4. Plan for free N95 masks could save domestic mask makers — or kill them.
  5. Could a universal Covid-19 vaccine defeat every variant?
  6. How a Powerful Company Convinced Georgia to Let It Bury Toxic Waste in Groundwater
  7. To Skirt Air Pollution Oversight, States Can Play Hide and Seek With Poorly Placed Monitors
  8. Differences in how men and women perceive internal body signals could have implications for mental health
  9. Latest COVID Surge Pushes Parents to Next-Level Stress
  10. We all need help working through grief and hardship
  11. Four ways nature can protect your well-being during a pandemic

Week of January 17, 2022 [episode #147]:

Featuring: Hospital capacity overwhelmed by misleadingly characterized “mild” omicron (1:57); Deep dive into reportedly reduced hospitalization risk, shorter stays for Omicron patients [full scientific article] (9:02); 28% of COVID patients in German ICUs are fully vaccinated or boosted (14:45); Emergency rooms nearing “crisis levels” in parts of California as Omicron surges (16:33); For people over 50, even “mild” COVID‑19 can double risk for mobility problems (20:32); Supreme Court halts Covid-19 vaccine rule for U.S. businesses (23:06); Trust in science at root of vaccine acceptance, more so than trust in government or health care (24:10); Americans should avoid travel to Canada, even though they have lower COVID rates than U.S. (28:23); Health officials let COVID-infected staff stay on the job (29:37); One in ten people may still be infectious for COVID after ten days, new research indicates (30:43); Viral load of omicron can be at its highest at day five so cutting isolation period doesn’t make sense (32:03); Federal website for free virus tests is coming. How will it work? (35:18); Ohio changes priorities for distribution of COVID tests from libraries to schools (37:28); Local COVID-19 Update (40:09); Health-Care Disparities: A Way of Life for Black Ohioans? (45:36); Strong new evidence suggests a virus triggers multiple sclerosis (47:46); Medicare proposes to only cover Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm for use in clinical trials (49:58); Medicare told to reassess premium hike for Alzheimer’s drug (50:31); Long-term use of blood pressure drugs may cause kidney damage (52:18); Why Are We Failing on Diabetes Health Risks? (53:57); Swapping just one food item per day can make diets substantially more planet-friendly (56:35).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. A cascade of Omicron-driven shortages puts U.S. hospitals in a bind
  2. You’d expect health care workers on the Covid frontlines to be tested regularly. You’d be wrong
  3. Open-Source Vaccines Got More Funding From Tito’s Vodka Than the Government
  4. Is It Flu, COVID-19, Allergies, or a Cold?
  5. Why we need to wear better masks
  6. How long can I keep using the same N95 respirator mask?
  7. Feeling powerless in the pandemic? Four self-determination principles can help you take back some control
  8. Politics still make people sick
  9. The Movie Don’t Look Up Illustrates 5 Myths That Fuel Rejection of Science
  10. Public health is missing crucial data on LGBTQIA+ people. It’s not hard to collect
  11. AMA’s new language guide is a step toward health equity
  12. Partial removal of lead water service lines can actually increase lead risks
  13. The Soldiers Came Home Sick. The Government Denied It Was Responsible. The military’s garbage-disposal fires in war zones made them ill.
  14. New Report Reveals Kroger Grocery Workers Struggle to Afford Healthy Food

Week of January 10, 2022 [episode #146]:

Featuring: Record COVID-19 hospitalizations foreshadow record COVID-19 deaths (1:57); U.S. social fabric is more like confetti (6:26);  Supreme Court skeptical of Biden’s workplace vaccine rule (7:25); More trusting societies have been more successful at reducing coronavirus cases and deaths (11:15); “Protect our hospitals” might convince Britons to get Covid-19 vaccines, but it won’t work in the U.S. (15:03); Confessions of a “human guinea pig”: Why I’m resigning from Moderna vaccine trials — corporate profiteering (20:13); Study raises doubts about rapid Covid tests’ reliability in early days after infection (22:38); Containing Covid-19 requires rapid tests that are highly sensitive to infections. Why is the FDA asking for something different? (24:43); Local COVID-19 Update (29:32);  Mental health workforce taxed during COVID-19 pandemic: Worker shortage hinders access (32:50); Loosening of gambling laws raises concerns for addiction: 7% of youth develop gambling disorders (37:18); Teens with disabilities are 5 times more likely to suffer from mental, emotional and behavioral health disorders (40:54); Talk therapy by U.S. psychiatrists declined by half since 1990’s (45:13); Recent global trends highlight global disparities in cancer burden (48:45); Considerable racial, ethnic and sociodemographic disparities present in U.S. cancer rates (50:50); Incarceration increases long-term mortality rates among blacks but not whites 51:27); Financial incentives for smoking cessation proves highly cost effective for society but not for individual businesses (53:33); Resolved to quit smoking this year? Experts offer tips (56:53).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Doctors have an arsenal of Covid-19 treatments, but setbacks and shortages are undercutting options
  2. Omicron magnifies the distress in the health care labor system
  3. How to hold unvaccinated Americans accountable
  4. “A black box”: Emergency medics remain locked out of electronic health records
  5. I Saw Firsthand What It Takes to Keep COVID Out of Hong Kong. It Felt Like a Different Planet.
  6. The Biden Administration Rejected an October Proposal for “Free Rapid Tests for the Holidays”
  7. The stakes in the Supreme Court’s vaccine cases are even bigger than they seem. The Court doesn’t just threaten the public health, it threatens democracy itself.
  8. The Science of Forming Healthy Habits

Week of January 3, 2022 [episode #145]:

Featuring: Things to look out for in current viral blizzard (1:58); N95 masks: A must-have with Omicron, but fakes abound (14:03); STAT/Harris Poll: Vaccinated Americans far more likely to take Pfizer Covid-19 pill than unvaccinated people (19:23); Nursing home workers are urged to get boosters as cases soar (21:13); Three days of remdesivir cuts risk for severe COVID-19 in outpatients (23:36); COVID-19 can trigger self-attacking antibodies, even in mild or asymptomatic cases (24:40); Local COVID-19 Update (27:50); Trust in science improves globally, but U.S. distrusts government use of science (32:17); GMO food labelling began January 1st, and criticism abounds (37:18); A Healthy Diet Is Too Costly for Three Billion People (40:44); The White House says meat companies have too much power (41:58); Dangerous Antibiotic Use in U.S. Farm Animals Was Falling — Now It’s Not (43:43); Antibiotic use on farms threatens pandemic “much bigger than COVID”, campaigners warn (49:26); Humans could live two years longer if world adhered to WHO pollution standards (52:30); Policy analyses severely underestimate impact of air pollution on racial minorities (55:40); Reaffirming the Foundations of Public Health in a Time of Pandemic — a focus on the conditions of the world around us, on eliminating health inequity, and focusing on those who are marginalized and vulnerable (57:23).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Civil Eats: Our Best Food Justice Stories of 2021
  2. 10 lessons I’ve learned from the Covid-19 pandemic
  3. Why do we feel so ‘blah’ after Christmas?
  4. How to purge risky chemicals from your beauty products — Eliminating endocrine disruptors is harder than you might think.
  5. The USDA’s new labeling for genetically modified foods went into effect Jan. 1. Here’s what you need to know.
  6. Big Cars Are Killing Americans — The government can no longer allow the auto industry to treat walkers and bikers like collateral damage.
  7. How Black Communities Become “Sacrifice Zones” for Industrial Air Pollution
  8. Deaths of despair: the unrecognized tragedy of working class immiseration
  9. Leaked SoCal hospital records reveal huge, automated markups for healthcare
  10. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s foot-dragging on patient irradiation suggests regulatory capture
  11. We Need to Talk About Climate Change and Suicide

eek of December 27, 2021 [episode #144]:

Featuring: UPDATE on Omicron severity, the value of new antiviral pills, and promised federal test kits (1:56); Testing only the unvaccinated may do little to curb spread of omicron with its ability to infect the vaccinated (12:30); COVID-19 vaccination reduces anxiety and depression symptoms by nearly 30% (16:17); Impacts of rainy weather on coronavirus outbreaks reveal economic benefits from earlier social distancing (18:18); New study associates national mask laws to reduction of COVID-19 deaths (23:06); China locks down city as COVID cases surge around the world (24:17); Omicron is latest blow to pandemic-weary front-line workers and threatens keeping operations open (25:36); Study of fully vaccinated patients with cancer who had breakthrough COVID-19 shows 13% mortality rate (28:28); First peer-reviewed study on excess mortality in India during the COVID-19 pandemic shows 41% increase in expected deaths (30:44);  Local COVID-19 Update (31:23); The U.S. doesn’t have enough faculty to train the next generation of nurses (40:08); Serious cognitive impairment declines 23% among older American women over a decade (41:12); Major spike among American adults skipping medical treatment due to cost (46:21); U.S. national health care spending increased 9.7 percent in 2020 (51:18); Three major advances in heart health in 2021 (52:10); Junk food portion sizes need to be reigned in (54:49); Hip Hop song linked to a reduction in suicides in the U.S. (57:50).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. I work in a locked psychiatric ward. These days, you do too
  2. A computational biologist weighs in on Omicron, the future of vaccines, and the CDC’s variant forecast
  3. Invisible virus protection for indoor spaces
  4. Claims of vaccine hesitancy in African countries are at odds with the reality on the ground
  5. EPA Official Prevented Staff From Warning Public About Widely used Carcinogen
  6. Why kids should not have lots of toys (and what to do if yours have too many)
  7. Why Emotional Intelligence Takes a Dive Among the Affluent  — And when economic inequality rises, concern for others dips.

Week of December 20, 2021 [episode #143]:

Featuring: OMICRON UPDATE (1:57); Omicron detected in 89 countries, cases doubling in 1.5 to 3 days (6:05); Omicron moves fast — what protection can the fully vaccinated expect? (7:10);  Boosters vital to mitigate impact of omicron, but may lose some effectiveness (8:34); New study adds more evidence for Omicron immune evasion — of monoclonal antibodies (12:13); Modeling suggests rapid spread of omicron in England but same severity as delta (13:03); Preliminary laboratory data hint at what makes Omicron the most superspreading variant yet (16:15); Poll shows Omicron raises COVID worry but not precautions (18:45); Another Poll — Omicron is forcing Americans to rethink some — but not all — of their holiday plans (20:36); Local COVID-19 Update (21:48); Only half of U.S. nursing home residents have received boosters (27:56); Pfizer extends clinical trials for kids under 5, trying an extra Covid vaccine dose (28:48); Limited recovery from long COVID one year after hospitalization (30:53); Flu vaccine may not prevent infection of main flu strain (32:11); U.S. experts recommend mRNA Covid vaccines over J&J shot (34:27); Percentage of adolescents reporting drug use decreased significantly in 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic endured (34:57); Private equity long-term care homes have the highest mortality rate during COVID-19 (37:51); Protective effect of education against midlife mental health struggle waning for Americans (39:24); Shopping for Medicare Advantage plans is a maze of confusion for seniors (40:55); The biggest threat to Medicare you’ve never even heard of — and Wall Street salivates (52:04); U.S. regulators lift in-person restrictions on abortion pill (56:46).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Unsalvageable: Preventable Amputations Rise During COVID
  2. It’s not the mission of universities to perpetuate inequity. Why do Emory and others do that? Withholding lifesaving medicines.
  3. The whitest specialty: As medicine strives to close its diversity gaps, orthopedic surgery remains a stubborn outlier
  4. Poor outcome more likely when patient is female, surgeon is male
  5. Carbon Monoxide From Generators Poisons Thousands of People a Year. The U.S. Has Failed to Force Safety Changes to One of its Deadliest Consumer Products.
  6. How much naloxone is needed to reverse an opioid overdose? New high-dose treatments are raising questions
  7. Many states aren’t ready for a 988 crisis line, an alternative “911” for mental health crises. The deadline is looming.
  8. The world as we know it is ending. Why are we still at work? From the pandemic to climate change, Americans are still expected to work no matter what happens.

Week of December 13, 2021 [episode #142]:

Featuring: UK says omicron to become its dominant variant within days (2:17); Scientists find ‘stealth’ version of Omicron that may be harder to track (2:48); The Omicron variant can likely outcompete Delta — and that could worsen the U.S. Covid-19 epidemic (3;50); With eye on omicron, experts fear ‘surge upon a surge’ (7:00); Vaccines and previous infection could offer some ‘stronger than basic’ protection to Omicron, early study suggests (11:20); Vaccines are necessary, but not sufficient without better healthcare and ventilation (12:33); Pandemic nurse shortage — Kentucky gov declares an emergency (16:05); Growing use of home Covid-19 tests leaves health agencies in the dark about unreported cases (19:37); Local COVID-19 Update (23:04); Car crash deaths have surged during COVID-19 pandemic — Here’s why (27:39); Fewer People Recognize Health Disparities, Inequities as a Problem (32:43); Lockdowns lead to fewer non-COVID deaths (36:17); Report finds world ill-prepared for next pandemic (38:51); Review finds significant barriers in shift to remote mental health services during pandemic (41:33); Researcher finds that pandemic led to increase in internet addiction among American adults (42:42); A third of U.S. kids lack good and consistent health insurance (44:06); More than half of US hospitals not in compliance with new pricing disclosure rules in first five months (48:45); Use of generic heart meds in Medicare Part D could save more than $600 million a year (50:46); Decline in heart disease death rate slowed from 2011 to 2019 (51:28); U.S. infant mortality reached historic low in 2019 (52:09); Prescribing the abortion pill without restrictions is safe and effective, landmark study finds (52:09).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Beyond Omicron: what’s next for COVID’s viral evolution
  2. Boosters Can Help End the COVID Pandemic — The extra shot doesn’t mean that vaccines are ineffective; our bodies just need a reminder
  3. Vaccine skepticism is healthy. Cynicism is not
  4. A Field Guide to Recognizing Scientific Disinformation
  5. How Local Leaders Can Create Socially Connected Communities
  6. Role of arts in public health capturing interest: Health programs, community projects tap into creative side
  7. Junk food and the brain: How modern diets lacking in micronutrients may contribute to angry rhetoric
  8. Why addressing racism against Black women in health care is key to ending the US HIV epidemic
  9. Millions of Americans struggle to pay their water bills. A national water aid program could help
  10. The new infrastructure bill makes historic investments in water cleanup
  11. Five environmental victories from 2021 that offer hope

Week of December 6, 2021 [episode #141]:

Featuring: Ohio COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations highest since vaccinations available (1:56); “The fire that’s here” — U.S. is still battling delta variant (4:12); In Germany,  1 in 100 currently infected with COVID-19 (7:57); Study suggests past COVID infection may not fend off omicron (9:32); Reinfections three times more likely with Omicron (11:46); Americans worried about contracting COVID, missing family and procuring and affording gifts (13:50); Only five percent of religious Americans report hearing solely anti-COVID-19 vaccine messaging from faith communities (16:06); Most vaccinated adults plan to get boosters (21:52); Vaccinated who get breakthrough infections are less contagious due to shorter length of infection (25:38); Researchers carry out the first head-to-head comparison of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (27:28); Local COVID-19 Update (28:46); Ohio’s home care industry asks for a lifeline in COVID-19 pandemic to boost worker wages but Is Ohio leaving more than a billion dollars of home care funding on the table? (33:37); public policy and public investment in reducing tobacco use works (38:02); Medicaid expansion is linked with reductions in mortality (39:13); Despite interventions, Black and Hispanic men are contracting HIV at the same rates as 10 years ago (42:15); Use of HIV prevention treatments is very low among Southern Black gay men (44:15); Why Getting Gifts for the Holidays Feels Stressful (48:07); Worldwide, overweight hits 40% of adults and progress on undernourishment levels stall (50:08); Seven questions to assess how wise you are (54:11); A routine skin check could save your life (56:13).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Diverse doubts: How vaccine skepticism takes root
  2. Hospitals have ethical obligation to care for unvaccinated severe COVID-19 patients
  3. Why COVID-19 must be included in safer sex messaging on college campuses
  4. The Benefits of Vaccinating Kids against COVID Far Outweigh the Risks of Myocarditis
  5. W.H.O. Reopens Debate Over Fairness of Pandemic Response
  6. The Omicron variant underscores the global stakes of Covid-19 vaccine inequity
  7. The world lacks a global disease radar. South Africa showed how it could work.
  8. WHO calls for treaty to shield against next pandemic
  9. Some experts suggest Omicron variant may have evolved in an animal host
  10. Millions More People Got Access to Water. Can They Drink It? The U.N. pledged to halve the proportion of the world without access to clean drinking water by 2015.
  11. Texas abortion ban foreshadows the potential fate of half the nation
  12. A Timeline of How Abortion Laws Could Affect Pregnancy Decisions
  13. Seven policies in Biden’s spending plan aimed at health equity

Week of November 29, 2021 [episode #140]:

Featuring: What’s known and unknown about Omicron, the coronavirus variant identified in South Africa (1:57); Europe’s death toll from Covid will exceed 2 million by spring, and Covid is now the leading cause of death in Europe (12:11); 3 in 4 Americans say their lives are largely back to “normal” (14:05); Social stress is key driver of population’s rate of COVID-19 infection (21:32); New data, analyses take some of the shine off Merck’s Covid antiviral pill (22:12); Covid antivirals could be pandemic game-changers; but Americans might struggle to access them (23:12); The pandemic has deeply affected many people with eating disorders (27:31); We expected people with asthma to fare worse during COVID, but it turns out they’ve had a break (31:57); Local COVID-19 Update (34:38); ’Tis the Season To Feel Stress and Sadness — High hopes for the holidays can be accompanied by “holiday blues” — Here’s how to handle them (39:56); Jury holds pharmacies responsible for role in opioid crisis (46:16); COP26 finally framed climate change as a public health issue (49:26).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. The Evidence is Piling Up That Pregnant People Should Get Vaccinated
  2. Virus expert Trevor Bedford on annual Covid boosters and the inevitable next pandemic
  3. Organized crime is a top driver of global deforestation – along with beef, soy, palm oil and wood products
  4. Laugh a little: Medical professionals, engaged in serious business, need to reclaim their humor

Week of November 22, 2021 [episode #139]:

Featuring: All American adults now eligible for coronavirus booster shots (2:03); OSHA suspends enforcement of COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses (4:12); GOP opposition to vaccine mandates extends far beyond Covid-19 (6:07); Pregnant people infected with coronavirus more at risk for stillbirths (12:07); COVID-19 hospitalizations up almost 50 percent in Michigan in past two weeks (13:44); 70 percent worried about another pandemic in their lifetimes (15:52); Two-thirds in new poll say their Thanksgiving gatherings will resemble pre-pandemic ones (17:06); 72 percent plan to celebrate holidays with just their household (18:10);  Local COVID-19 Update (19:31); Child Obesity Spikes in England During the Pandemic (23:58); Why Health Care Workers Are Quitting in Droves (25:44); Hospital strain linked to thousands of excess deaths two weeks later (29:19); U.S. overdose deaths topped 100,000 in one year (31:09); People in states without Medicaid expansion can’t wait any longer to build back better (32:37); Democrats’ package saves about $160B on drug prices (36:25); A win for Black maternal health advocates, as Congress moves to set up new VA program and others (37:43); The U.K. is on its way to eliminating cervical cancer. Here’s why the U.S. isn’t close (38:52); Why is the CDC missing in action on severe mental illnesses? (45:21); A telehealth effort to treat PTSD and bipolar disorder in rural areas showed “huge gains” — Now comes the hard part (49:05); Our meat habit is causing pollution issues — by way of our poops (57:33).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Why I’m Embarrassed to Receive a COVID Booster
  2. Hospital waste, not masks, are plastic scourge of pandemic
  3. California has a new battle plan against environmental injustice. The nation is watching
  4. Lessons from a Flint water crisis researcher about building trust in science during the pandemic
  5. What Happens After a Campus Suicide Is a Form of Prevention, Too — Preventing Suicide Contagion
  6. Indigenous Healing Poses a Challenge and Opportunity for Global Mental Health
  7. Why researchers are turning to music as a possible treatment for stroke, brain injuries and even Parkinson’s

Week of November 15, 2021 [episode #138]:

Featuring: What’s driving a COVID-19 surge in the country’s most vaccinated state (2:20); Unvaccinated 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19 in Texas study (4:22); WHO chief calls booster distribution ‘scandal’ as poorer countries wait for doses (5:08); Poll shows just how far COVID-19 misinformation has traveled (7:16); WHO warns of vaccine syringe shortages (10:31); Local COVID-19 Update (11:45); WHO, CDC report high risk of measles outbreaks as pandemic disrupts vaccination (16:29); Ohio’s latest Health Value Dashboard reveals Ohio ranking 47 out of 50 states (18:16); The State Of Mental Health In America — Ohio drops from 11th to 25th in latest ranking (29:21); My Friend Is Suicidal: What Should I Do? (31:52); Medicare premiums to jump in part due to pricey Alzheimer’s drug (37:07); Family health insurance costs top $22K per year (38:39); “Luxury carbon consumption” of top 1% threatens 1.5C global heating limit (41:27); Cutting ammonia emissions is a cost-effective way to prevent air pollution deaths (44:06); Since 2019, EPA withheld reports of substantial risk posed by 1,240 chemicals (46:31).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Ten Reasons for Optimism on Climate Change — These are dark times, but hope is not lost nor foolish, and change has already begun
  2. Biden taps Califf to head FDA — an agency where he has plenty of unfinished business
  3. Rochelle Walensky said she’d “fix” the CDC, but nine months in, she’s faltering
  4. Labs With No One to Run Them: Why Public Health Workers Are Fleeing the Field
  5. Broadband access: Health care’s newest challenge
  6. This COVID Winter May Cause Fewer Deaths yet Still Bring a Surge
  7. What would the public health experts do? STAT asked 28 about their holiday plans amid Covid-19
  8. Understanding health care consumer preferences is key to effective Covid-19 vaccination messaging
  9. The Compounding Impact of the COVID Pandemic On Black Women
  10. Red America’s Compassion Fatigue: A Report From Mobile, Alabama

Week of November 8, 2021 [episode #137]:

Featuring: Local COVID-19 Update (1:56); White House vaccine rule requires companies and workers to comply by Jan. 4 (8:15); New study explicitly links protection of water access with lower COVID-19 infection and death rates (18:56); Widespread Coronavirus Infection Found in Iowa Deer (20:47); CDC updates its definition of lead poisoning in young children (30:28); Only about half of U.S. adolescents get sex education that meets minimum federal standards (32:28); Cigarette sales went up last year for the first time in 20 years (35:14); Where Gun Stores Open, Gun Homicides Increase (37:16); New look at nutrition research identifies 10 features of a heart-healthy eating pattern (45:36); Most U.S. adults unaware that over-the-counter pain relievers may increase blood pressure (53:13); Less than 10% of adults with heart failure get cardiac rehab despite Medicare expansion (55:05); What Makes Some Countries Happier Than Others? (57:02).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. What COVID vaccines for young kids could mean for the pandemic
  2. Molnupiravir: another Covid-19 treatment, another opportunity to recognize inequity
  3. What Moderna owes the world
  4. Here’s who wins and loses in Democrats’ new prescription drug pricing deal
  5. Is the debate over the origin of Covid-19 still worth having?
  6. Babies are dying of syphilis. It’s 100% preventable.
  7. The Most Detailed Map of Cancer-Causing Industrial Air Pollution in the U.S.

Week of November 1, 2021 [episode #136]:

Featuring: Local COVID-19 Update (6:23); COVID vaccines five times more effective at preventing COVID-related hospitalization than prior infection alone (7:03); Largest real-world study of third dose of COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant (8:17); COVID-19 vaccines lower risk of infection with Delta variant, but infection can still be passed on in household settings (10:24); Severe COVID-19 outcomes not up during Delta predominance (13:35); Mortality study reinforces safety of COVID-19 vaccinations (14:06); Air purification study finds 45% reduction in healthcare-associated infections, including COVID (18:53); Russia marks another daily coronavirus death high (20:12); Review indicates mental health “resilience” during COVID-19 pandemic (20:53); People who purchased guns during buying surge more likely to have suicidal thoughts (23:56); Nurses think about suicide more than other workers (26:13); U.S. cites “crisis” as road deaths rise 18% in first-half 2021 (27:11); Environmental Justice Is Essential in the Workplace and at Home — No worker should be forced to choose between an unsafe job and unemployment (31:23); The European Green New Deal: Farm to Fork Strategy (38:13); For effective weight maintenance, eat breakfast and stop late-night snacking (40:25); A new index measures the extent and depth of addiction stigma (41:20); Drug and alcohol-related deaths and homicides are rising and troubling causes of maternal mortality in U.S. (46:33); Fetal mortality drops to historic low in 2019 (48:07); The vast majority of genes have been tied to cancer — WTF! (49:06); Investing $1 per person per year in hand hygiene could save hundreds of thousands of lives (51:05).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Stop the false narrative about young children and COVID. They need vaccines.
  2. How worried should we be about the new COVID AY.4.2 lineage of the coronavirus?
  3. COVID-19 cases, deaths in meatpacking industry were much higher than previously known, congressional investigation shows
  4. What you need to know about getting the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re undocumented
  5. America’s Food Safety System Failed to Stop a Salmonella Epidemic. It’s Still Making People Sick.
  6. The Cannabis Industry is Rife with Fraudsters. The FDA is AWOL
  7. Many Doctors are Switching to Concierge Medicine, Exacerbating Physician Shortages. Practices that charge sometimes hefty membership fees promise more personalized care. But the high costs and low patient volumes may limit access for everyone
  8. How Public Health Took Part in Its Own Downfall
  9. Nominees for a Science Award Were All White Men — Nobody Won. A protest by a group of scientists has ignited spirited discussions about the persistent lack of diversity in such awards
  10. If Roe v. Wade Falls: Travel Distance by State for People Seeking Abortion

Week of October 25, 2021:

Featuring: GREATEST HITS SHOW #2, from June-August, 2019 [originally aired 7/16/21], featuring: a public health case study that is the obesity epidemic, with a call to move beyond individual behavior and focus on social determinants driving obesity such as fat shaming and bias, and access to culturally-competent health services (2:00); why there is so much commercial corruption in nutrition (11:18); fiber and health, and fiber as a good marker for intake of whole foods (14:50); international drug development processes are irresponsible and must be reformed (18:51); the burgeoning benzo crisis (22:46); psychiatric diagnosis “scientifically meaningless” (28:52); keto diets and other diets that severely restrict carbohydrates, how there is little evidence for their effectiveness, especially considering their potential risks and sustainability issues both individually and ecologically, and how massive carbohydrate restriction hamstrings consumption of health-producing carbohydrates like beans, fruits, vegetables and unrefined grains; keto diets and other diets that severely restrict carbohydrates, how there is little evidence for their effectiveness, especially considering their potential risks and sustainability issues both individually and ecologically, and how massive carbohydrate restriction hamstrings consumption of health-producing carbohydrates like beans, fruits, vegetables and unrefined grains (32:38); how to deal with anxiety about climate change (41:45); seeing greenery linked to less intense and frequent cravings (46:13); nations with strong women’s rights have better population health and faster economic growth (49:09).

BONUS stories to read online!

1. FORGET YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR CLIMATE SHADOW. To truly evaluate your impact on the environment, you have to go way beyond recycle bins and energy bills
2. This Hallucinogenic Fungus Might Be Behind the Salem Witch Trials. The trials have confounded historians for centuries. Some scientists think a toxic fungus from rotten grain might be responsible.

Week of October 18, 2021 [episode #135]:

Featuring: Case study – translating personal experience and make it jive with larger-scale, experimental data (1:57); Local COVID-19 Update (6:23); Link between COVID vaccination and reduced household transmission, Swedish study finds (10:58); Orphaned children — More than 140,000 U.S. children lost a primary or secondary caregiver due to the COVID-19 pandemic (12:08); Ohio Domestic Violence Deaths Rise 62% Over Two Years (14:37); Synthetic chemical (phthalates) in consumer products linked to early death, study finds (15:18); When the western U.S. burns, the east also gets sick (20:05); Pollution from freight traffic disproportionately impacts communities of color across 52 U.S. cities (20:51); Scientists Potty-Trained Cows to Help Reduce Environmental Pollution (23:09); FDA Issues Guidelines to Reduce Salt in Foods (24:58); Alzheimer’s Drug Controversy Continues (31:49); Researchers detect malaria resistant to key drug in Africa (34:46); Advice shifting on aspirin use for preventing heart attacks (37:23); Who’s most likely to get bullied at school? (38:47); More than one-third of children sleep less than recommended (40:13); New research shows that brighter days make for better nights’ sleep (40:53); Corporate versus public control of science and technology: Forging a framework for the 21st Century (41:09); How placebos work is not fully understood, but alternative theory of consciousness holds some clues (48:32); Researchers trace the outlines of two cultures within science, one of which promotes greater equity and inclusivity (53:21).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Pregnant and Unvaccinated — Delta’s Deadly Toll
  2. The AMA needs to declare a national mental health emergency
  3. The Need for Chemical Simplification As a Logical Consequence of Ever-Increasing Chemical Pollution
  4. Toxic algae blooms are multiplying. The government has no plan to help.
  5. “Superhuman, but never enough” — Essay details inequities experienced by Black women physicians in the U.S.
  6. Operating at a loss: Our health care system depends on physicians donating their time
  7. The U.S. deserves the best public health doctors. They needn’t be medical doctors

Week of October 11, 2021:

Featuring: GREATEST HITS SHOW #1, stories from April-June, 2019 [first aired week of July 12, 2020], featuring: a far-reaching riff on epidemiology, the science of the distribution of health, disease and their determinants in populations; in laypersons’ terms, what are the most important things to consider in our ’s health (2:08); Can you be a serious environmentalist without cutting down drastically on animal-foods, that is, cutting way down on meat, eggs, and dairy? (11:01); don’t be confused by industry misinformation – salt consumption is a major factor for poor health, and one of the three most dangerous food additives (18:27); tips on cutting back on salt and sugar, and getting more whole grains into your diet (26:53); basic mental health facts and considerations (33:28); the importance of happiness and purpose in driving health and well-being, and the epidemic of meaninglessness in work life (39:26); Is public health in America so bad among the young, supposedly healthier people, that the U.S. may eventually not be able to defend itself militarily? (51:53)

Week of October 4, 2021 [episode #134]:

Featuring: Local COVID-19 Update (1:57); Racial gap eliminated in U.S. COVID-19 vaccinations (9:25); 1 in 4 parents say their kids have been quarantined since school started (10:46); New antiviral pill reduces hospitalization of COVID patients, a possible game-changer for treatment (11:10); Why Another COVID-19 Surge Could Devastate U.S. Hospitals — staffing shortages (13:42); Rise in alcohol use among older adults (15:33); Immigration boosts U.S. life expectancy (18:23); Life expectancy gap between black and white Americans closes nearly 50 percent in 30 years (24:07); More than half of police killings in U.S. are unreported (26:40); Black patients’ Lyme disease often diagnosed late, possibly due to missed signs (29:33); Expert panel recommends removing use of race in assessment of kidney function (31:11); Exploring the positive role of social relationships in Hispanic health (32:32); Death rates persistently higher in rural versus urban areas and the gap is widening (35:54); Telehealth has rapidly expanded, but companies are still struggling to reach rural populations (37:34); Ban on “surprise” medical bills on track for Jan. 1 rollout (41:22); 1 in 5 adults has high levels of heart damage enzymes after any non-heart surgery, monitoring advised (46:00); Ohio kids’ tested show elevated lead blood levels at more than twice the national rate (48:32); 90 percent of adults who are homeless experienced childhood trauma (52:41); Science Alone Can’t Heal a Sick Society (53:48).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Even Mild Cases of COVID May Leave a Mark on the Brain
  2. COVID smell loss can have profound effects on your life
  3. Why We Need to Upgrade Our Face Masks — and Where to Get Them
  4. Unvaccinated Workers Say They’d Rather Quit Than Get a Shot, but Data Suggest Otherwise
  5. Threatened, harassed, doxxed: Public health workers forge on — Security teams protecting health officers
  6. Overdose prevention sites can save lives and promote recovery. We must be willing to try them
  7. Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements Evidence and Safety
  8. Dental care: The best, worst and unproven tools to prevent gum disease

Week of September 27, 2021 [episode #133]:

Featuring: Local COVID-19 Update (1:58); CDC Chief Overrules Agency Panel and Recommends Pfizer Boosters for Workers at Risk (7:48); Biden’s chaotic messaging on Covid-19 boosters is pitting the White House against the government’s scientific advisers (17:16); Who’s eligible for Pfizer booster shots in US? (20:15); COVID triage standards may worsen racial disparities in treatment (26:32); Suicide rates fell in Canada during pandemic despite rise in unemployment (27:17); Proportion of Pregnancies Wanted Later or Not at All Is Decreasing Across Most U.S. States (30:22); The brain health paradox — Dementia rates have fallen even as drugs have failed (32:32); At last, a call for leadership to prevent diet-related chronic disease (43:12); Graphic warning labels on cigarettes could have prevented hundreds of thousands of deaths (46:08); Health experts urge nations to implement ambitious air pollution reduction policies (49:37); Greenhouse gases in grocery freezers are more powerful than carbon — The EPA now aims to slash their use (51:46); Systems approach helps assess public health impacts of changing climate, environmental policies (54:20); Leaders to UN: A warmer world is a more violent one, too (55:34); A Little Radiation Is Not Good For You (57:14); Top tips if your child is a fussy eater (58:24).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Novel chemical entities: Are we sleepwalking through a planetary boundary?
  2. A Black town’s water is more poisoned than Flint’s. In a white town nearby, it’s clean
  3. “Health equity tourists” — How white scholars are colonizing research on health disparities
  4. Conflicts of Interest in Medical Commentaries Undermine Credibility of Major Journals
  5. Saying “person with schizophrenia,” not “schizophrenic,” can affect clinician beliefs
  6. Addiction Evidence Project: Taking action to strengthen Ohio’s addiction response
  7. Autopsies on Hold — Why We Need More Medical Examiners
  8. Forget nose spray, good sex clears a stuffy nose just as effectively and is a lot more fun

Week of September 20, 2021 [episode #132]:

Featuring: Litany of COVID-19 milestones met this week (1:58); Local COVID-19 Update (3:48); COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness changing with Delta predominance (11:10); COVID-19 virus is evolving to get better at becoming airborne, highlighting need for better ventilation and tight-fitting masks, in addition to widespread vaccination (13:17); A quick guide to America’s patchwork of COVID-19 shot requirements (15:13); Is a “Twindemic” on the horizon? Experts warn of brutal flu season as COVID-19 still spreads (21:41); Hospitalizing the unvaccinated has cost U.S. $6 billion in 3 months (26:40); Older Adults in the U.S. Suffering Greater COVID Hardships Than Other Wealthy Nations (27:51); Due to Medicare, turning 65 means a lot for Americans’ wallets, health spending study finds (28:40); China fully vaccinates more than 1 billion people (30:21); Over Half of States Have Rolled Back Public Health Powers in Pandemic (30:39); The bridge between public health education and government workforce needs fixing (36:24); Ohio, local governments finalize $808M opioid settlement with four drug companies (39:21); Almost 90% of pandemic-era enrollees at of losing coverage (43:32); Medicaid Expansion is a Win for All (46:16); Updated recommendations for chlamydia, gonorrhea screenings (50:06); Colon cancer risk extends to second- and third-degree relatives (50:41); Type 1 diabetes surges in White and Black youth, while type 2 diabetes skyrockets in Black and Hispanic youth (52:38); Prevalence of violent events reported for children (53:45); Black children have more complications during appendectomies and incur higher costs(54:04); High-quality diet tied to lower migraine frequency, severity (55:18); Higher sodium intake may be tied to worse migraine outcomes (55:46); Consuming fruit and vegetables and exercising can make you happier (56:23).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. EXPLAINER: What are current COVID-19 guidelines for schools?
  2. A Boy Went to a COVID-Swamped ER. He Waited for Hours. Then His Appendix Burst.
  3. Beyond “Vaccinopia,” Rapid tests should play a larger role in Biden’s Covid-19 plan
  4. How Ohio Became the No. 1 State for Nursing Home Assistant Shortages (#36 in rate)
  5. Are we finally approaching the breaking point on hospital prices?
  6. Start now to prevent the next Purdue Pharma debacle
  7. Here’s How Much Food Contributes to Climate Change
  8. The Meat Atlas — facts and figures about the animals we eat
  9. Environmental justice — Why civil rights and protecting the planet go hand-in-hand
  10. Meet the San Francisco doctor who wants to prescribe housing

Week of September 13, 2021 [episode #131]:

Featuring: Local COVID-19 Update (1:56); Update on Toledo-Lucas County Library COVID-19 measures (9:57); New study on COVID-19 vaccinations in the largest US cities finds stark inequities (14:28); Vaccines effective against Delta variant (16:50); WHO says Africa’s already thin vaccine supply to drop by 25% (18:23); COVID-19 infections in friend, family groups may influence vaccine willingness (20:19); Republicans less likely to accept ACA subsidies to purchase health insurance (23:17); Medicaid expansion tied to improvements in blood pressure, glucose control (25:07); Banning abortion would boost maternal mortality by double-digits (27:57); Study shows contact with police may be detrimental to health, well-being of Black youth (32:13); Black children are twice as likely to die by suicide (35:28); Doctors treat pain differently based on their patients’ race (37:02); FDA misses deadline for deciding which e-cigarette products should be removed from the market (38:43); Third of cancer drugs without proven clinical benefit continue to be recommended for patients (40:33); Alzheimer’s, Inc. — When a Hypothesis Becomes Too Big to Fail (42:43); Biogen admits Aduhelm launch “slower than we anticipated” (48:35); Outdated rule increases Medicare’s costs for generic drugs by $26 billion a year (51:21); Over 200 health journals call on world leaders to address “catastrophic harm to health” from climate change (57:41); EPA to propose first-ever “forever chemical” discharge limits, plus updated limits on meat-processing plant pollution (59:27).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Health Effects of 9/11 Still Plague Responders and Survivors
  2. The Absurd Pregnancy Math behind the “Six-Week” Abortion Ban
  3. Adolescent Mental Health? There’s a ‘Vaccine’ for That — School-based interventions that help students regulate their emotions in healthy ways have proved effective at preventing pandemic-related issues
  4. Any qualms about an extra COVID vaccine dose? STAT readers respond
  5. Americans Are Losing Sight of the Pandemic Endgame — Entirely eliminating infections is an unrealistic goal, but successful vaccines will avoid the worst outcomes

Week of September 6, 2021 [episode #130]:

Featuring: Local COVID-19 Update (1:56); Case study of Toledo-Lucas County Library as how fragmented and devolved decision-making continues to stymie our public health response to COVID-19 (8:26); The White House wants $65 billion for an “Apollo”-style pandemic preparedness program (19:36); COVID-19 cited in significant increase in healthcare-associated infections in 2020 (23:16); Evidence mounts that MMR and Tdap vaccines strengthen protection against severe COVID-19 (24:56); HPV vaccination will reduce throat and mouth cancers, but overall impact will take 25-plus years to see (27:27); Texas anti-abortion whistleblower website goes down due to hacktivists and privacy laws and policies (29:58); The FDA Should Remove Its Restrictions on the “Abortion Pill” Mifepristone (31:57); Research finds “very low rates” (5%) of dental fluoride varnish treatment for young children, even as its insurance coverage is mandated (37:47); TEPCO to build undersea tunnel to release Fukushima radioactive water offshore (41:57); “A combination of failures” — why 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste is buried on a popular California beach (44:28);  Is This Food Really Healthy? New Packaging Labels Would Tell You — A simple traffic light symbol or a set of stars on the fronts of food products would advise consumers (52:45).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. The debate over Covid-19 vaccine boosters, what to call them, and whether they’re needed
  2. Biden pledged to “follow the science.” But experts say he’s sometimes fallen short
  3. U.S. Forces Are Leaving a Toxic Environmental Legacy in Afghanistan
  4. Feds responding to reports of oil, chemical spills after Ida
  5. High incarceration rates fuel COVID-19 spread and undermine US public safety, study finds
  6. Leaded gasoline is finally gone – but its toxic legacy lingers — “The lead is still there in the soil.”

Week of August 30, 2021 [episode #129]:

Featuring: Here’s your decision: Get vaccinated first or be infected first (2:15); Delta variant doubles risk of COVID-19 hospitalization compared to alpha variant, new UK study confirms (5:52); Unvaccinated people are 29 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 (7:39); COVID-19 vaccines flirted with perfection at first — Reality is more complicated with transmission (8:11); Largest real-world study of COVID-19 vaccine safety published (12:34); Disagreeable people found to be more prone to conspiracy theories (18:41); Simple, familiar tactics can rein in the COVID variant (22:10); Contact tracing takes a back seat during latest COVID surge (25:57); A Vaccine For Children Is Not Likely To Be Fully Approved Until The End Of Year (27:38); Students’ lack of routine vaccines muddies start of school (29:18); Local COVID-19 Update (30:48); Little change in number of uninsured in pandemic’s first year, due to public safety net programs (35:32); Are nonprofit hospitals holding up their end of the tax-free bargain? (39:51); In a new hospital ranking, doing good counts nearly as much as doing well (44:10) — How well Toledo Hospital, UT Medical Center, and St. Vincent’s compare in hospital ranking measures (50:36); How to overcome racial bias in medical appointment waiting times (54:33); Think leisure is a waste? That may not bode well for your mental health (56:11).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. COVID Vaccines Show No Signs of Harming Fertility or Sexual Function — In contrast, the novel coronavirus can disrupt both things in unvaccinated men and women
  2. Biden Falls Short on Pledge for U.S. to Be the World’s Vaccine “Arsenal,” Experts Say
  3. Pandemic Unveils Growing Suicide Crisis for Communities of Color
  4. Humanitarians Push to Vaccinate in Conflict Zones

Week of August 23, 2021 [episode #128]:

Featuring: U.S. officials’ decision on Covid-19 booster shots baffles — and upsets — some scientists (2:31); What the new vaccine data about boosters does and doesn’t tell us (8:42); Biden puts pressure on nursing homes to vaccinate staff against COVID (12:53); Short hospitalizations hit hard for COVID patients (13:42); Pandemic has never been worse in Mississippi, top doctor says as 20,000 students are quarantined (16:09); As child hospitalizations rise, leaders must act now (17:02); 4 out of 10 parents have no plans to get child vaccinated for school (21:54); More than one million vaccine doses administered daily (25:58); Local COVID-19 Update (26:51); Polio circulating in The Gambia (33:06); Half of pediatric opioid prescriptions are “high risk” (34:19); Surface Water Vulnerable to Widespread Pollution From Fracking (38:04); 1.69 million deaths attributed to extreme temperatures in 2019 (42:08); One billion children at “extremely high risk” of the impacts of the climate crisis (42:40); Researchers Critique the Medical Model of Mental Health, Propose an Alternative (45:51); We Need to Rename ADHD ((50:18); Sugary drink consumption plunges in Chile after new food law (53:13); Small changes in diet could help you live healthier, more sustainably (55;33).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Evolving Threat — New SARS-CoV-2 variants have changed the pandemic. What will the virus do next?
  2. How Will the Coronavirus Evolve? Delta won’t be the last variant. What will the next ones bring?
  3. Masks Are a Must-Have to Go Back to School during the Delta Variant Surge
  4. How CDC data problems put the U.S. behind on the delta variant
  5. “It’s soul-draining” — Health workers deployed to COVID hot zones are overwhelmed by deaths among the unvaccinated
  6. The Ignored History of Nurse PTSD
  7. How Endocrine Disruptors Affect Menstruation — The ubiquity of phthalates and other substances known to interfere with hormonal pathways disproportionately harms people with periods.
  8. Science Must Be for Everyone — Racism and sexism are obstacles to making the scientific enterprise worthy of its public funding

Week of August 16, 2021 [episode #127]:

GREATEST HITS SHOW #3, from August-November, 2019, featuring: moral injury and burnout in medicine requires collective action (2:00); sexual trauma as a global public health issue (6:09); Defense Department as single biggest polluter on planet (11:31); Man vs. mosquito – at the front lines of a public health war (18:43); role of racial stereotypes in assumptions that African-Americans are more violent (21:35); special series of articles in the American Journal of Public Health documenting role of slavery and racism in health inequalities that persist today (23:37); environmental and health harms are downshifting America’s obsession with the lawn (27:52); cultivating joy through mindfulness — an antidote to opioid misuse, the disease of despair (31:49); taking the cops out of mental health-related 911 rescues (38:33); children’s of dying before age 5 varies more than 40-fold (41:21); largest study finds greater reduction in cardiovascular disease and death from taking high blood pressure medication at bedtime rather than in morning (41:25); pharma money paid to doctors is the cancer growing in cancer medicine (46:58); to treat chronic ailments, fix diet first (51:00); study finds focusing on patient value and goals instead of problems yields better outcomes (54:07).

Week of August 9, 2021 [episode #126]:

Featuring: Fully vaccinated one-third as likely to get COVID (3:17); Unvaccinated more than twice as likely to get COVID-19 reinfection (4:23); One dose of Pfizer vaccine may be enough for folks who’ve had COVID (5:46); Research shows two-thirds or more with mild COVID-19 infections still experience long-term symptoms (9:33); Vaccine Mandates Are Lawful, Effective and Based on Rock-Solid Science (13:36); Largest operator of nursing homes in U.S. issues vaccine mandate for all workers (24:46); As Delta variant infections surge, more Americans favor vaccine mandates (26:15); The U.S. Is Losing the Global War Against COVID-19 — And That Is a National Security Issue (27:02); “Delta variant is everywhere in Ohio” — Gov. Mike DeWine urges more vaccinations as COVID cases rise (30:12); Local COVID-19 Update (32:23); U.S. health care ranks last among wealthy countries (37:06); U.S. health disparities persist, worsen in some areas (37:42); Expanding Medicare would reduce racial and ethnic health disparities (39:38); Headaches are vastly undertreated among racial and socioeconomic groups (43:07); U.N. adopts first resolution on vision, aims to help 1 billion (44:34); 13 percent experience difficulty hearing even with hearing aid (46:28); FDA allows drugs without proven clinical benefit to languish for years on accelerated pathway (48:01); Blood cholesterol in middle age linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease more than 10 years later (51:45); New analysis shows a decrease in dementia prevalence due to education countered by increase due to heart health risk factors (53:16); Healthy lifestyle may help mitigate high genetic risk of cancer (54:14); New guidelines intended to help health providers prevent gun injuries and deaths (55;35); Nonfatal firearm injuries lead to increased chance of mental health disorder in youth (59:02).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. The Anti-vaccine Con Job Is Becoming Untenable — Why targets of deliberate deception often hesitate to admit they’ve been deceived
  2. Climate change will bring heavier storms and our sewers aren’t ready

Week of August 2, 2021 [episode #125]:

Featuring: “The war has changed” — Internal CDC document urges new messaging, warns delta infections likely more severe (2:17); My takeaways from CDC bombshell new data (11:53); NIH director — Mask guidance is “mostly about protecting the unvaccinated” (14:41); Fauci — Amount of virus in breakthrough delta cases “almost identical” to unvaccinated (15:32); The Delta Variant Is the Symptom of a Bigger Threat — Vaccine Refusal, with U.S. ranking second only to Russia (16:27); Deep dive into why the delta variant is so scary (16:55); unvaccinated increasingly as most ever (35:26); “A rush to get shots” (28:43); China on ‘high alert’ as delta variant of Covid-19 spreads to 5 provinces — The spike raises questions over the country’s zero-tolerance approach to the virus — and whether it can contain the delta variant (41:38); FDA, under pressure, plans “sprint” to accelerate review of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for full approval (43:58); Local COVID-19 Update (46:03); Tokyo 2020 – Simone Biles’ withdrawal is a sign of resilience and strength (50:24); School meals should remain free for all children — today and always (55:29); The food system is unfair to real farmers and creates overabundance of highly processed foods (1:00:36).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Children under 12 can’t be vaccinated yet, so what should parents do?
  2. Scarred by COVID, Survivors and Victims’ Families Aim to Be a Political Force
  3. “There is a real cost”: As COVID shows, barring bedside visitors from ICU deprives patients of the best care
  4. Fauci Wants to Make Vaccines for the Next Pandemic Before It Hits — If funded, a government program costing several billion dollars could develop “prototype” vaccines to protect against 20 families of viruses
  5. Democrats consider scaling back new funds to fight next pandemic
  6. What history tells us about the delta variant — and the variants that will follow

Week of July 26, 2021:

Featuring: GREATEST HITS SHOW #2, from June-August, 2019, featuring: a public health case study that is the obesity epidemic, with a call to move beyond individual behavior and focus on social determinants driving obesity such as fat shaming and bias, and access to culturally-competent health services (2:00); why there is so much commercial corruption in nutrition (11:18); fiber and health, and fiber as a good marker for intake of whole foods (14:50); international drug development processes are irresponsible and must be reformed (18:51); the burgeoning benzo crisis (22:46); psychiatric diagnosis “scientifically meaningless” (28:52); keto diets and other diets that severely restrict carbohydrates, how there is little evidence for their effectiveness, especially considering their potential risks and sustainability issues both individually and ecologically, and how massive carbohydrate restriction hamstrings consumption of health-producing carbohydrates like beans, fruits, vegetables and unrefined grains; keto diets and other diets that severely restrict carbohydrates, how there is little evidence for their effectiveness, especially considering their potential risks and sustainability issues both individually and ecologically, and how massive carbohydrate restriction hamstrings consumption of health-producing carbohydrates like beans, fruits, vegetables and unrefined grains (32:38); how to deal with anxiety about climate change (41:45); seeing greenery linked to less intense and frequent cravings (46:13); nations with strong women’s rights have better population health and faster economic growth (49:09).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. E.P.A. Approved Toxic Chemicals for Fracking a Decade Ago, New Files Show — The compounds can form PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” which have been linked to cancer and birth defects. The E.P.A. approvals came despite the agency’s own concerns about toxicity.
  2. “The party is winding down” — States and insurers resurrect barriers to telehealth, putting strain on patients

Week of July 19, 2021:

Featuring: CDC director warns of “pandemic of the unvaccinated” as cases rise (2:59); Poll shows growing worries about delta variant (4:06): After a Steep Plunge in Virus Cases, Every State Is Seeing an Uptick (5:16): Delta variant takes hold in U.S. as coronavirus cases rise nearly 70 percent (7:29): COVID-19 cases surge in Nevada as federal government prepares to send help (10:29): U.K. plan to end virus orders questioned as daily cases top 50,000 (11:15); Africa COVID deaths surge 43% in a week (12:26); Indonesia is new epicenter of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia (13:38); U.S. surgeon general issues call to counter ‘urgent threat’ of vaccine misinformation (14:46); Biden says Social media platforms “killing people” (16:54); Fauci says polio would still exist in the US if the “false information” currently being spread existed decades ago (20:12); Vaccines given in last 20 years could prevent 50 million deaths worldwide (22:35);  Americans’ confidence in science split heavily along party lines (23:53); Study finds vaccine hesitancy lower in poorer countries (25;36); Delta variant makes COVID-19 vaccine even more important, even if you’ve already had the coronavirus (26:18); COVID-19 antibodies from vaccination are almost 3 times higher than from infection (27:26); Staff size, COVID-19 outcomes linked at skilled nursing facilities (28:22); Local COVID-19 Update (29:38);  Alcohol consumption linked to more than 740,000 new cancer cases worldwide in 2020 (33:02); Overdose Deaths Have Surged During the Pandemic, CDC Data Shows (34:26); As feared, Ohio smashes record for drug overdose deaths last year (37:13); Life expectancy gap closes dramatically between those with HIV and general population (38:08); People living with HIV/AIDS have a much higher risk of suicide (40:56); 1999 to 2019 saw drop in rate of unintentional drowning deaths (41:54); Evidence against physically punishing kids is clear, researchers say (42:36); Self-inflicted firearm injuries three times more common in rural youth (45:16); Two major health systems won’t administer controversial new Alzheimer’s drug (47:12); The total health and climate consequences of the American food system cost three times as much as the food itself (50:15); FAO report maps insights from and threats to Indigenous Peoples’ food systems (56:04).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Delta Is Driving a Wedge Through Missouri — For America as a whole, the pandemic might be fading. For some communities, this year will be worse than last.
  2. Is Your Office Safe from COVID? What to Know Now That Your Boss Wants You Back
  3. Old People in Prison Were Left to Die From COVID. It Didn’t Have to Be That Way. Now the vaccine could offer states an excuse not to release anyone.
  4. COVID Risks at the Tokyo Olympics Aren’t Being Managed, Experts Say
  5. Frequently asked questions about biosecure labs and the work researchers conduct
  6. Vaccine hesitancy morphs into hostility, as opposition to shots hardens

Week of July 12, 2021:

Featuring: GREATEST HITS SHOW #1, from April-June, 2019, featuring: a far-reaching riff on epidemiology, the science of the distribution of health, disease and their determinants in populations; in laypersons’ terms, what are the most important things to consider in our ’s health (2:08); Can you be a serious environmentalist without cutting down drastically on animal-foods, that is, cutting way down on meat, eggs, and dairy? (11:01); don’t be confused by industry misinformation – salt consumption is a major factor for poor health, and one of the three most dangerous food additives (18:27); tips on cutting back on salt and sugar, and getting more whole grains into your diet (26:53); basic mental health facts and considerations (33:28); the importance of happiness and purpose in driving health and well-being, and the epidemic of meaninglessness in work life (39:26); Is public health in America so bad among the young, supposedly healthier people, that the U.S. may eventually not be able to defend itself militarily? (51:53)

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Mindfulness for Your Health — The Benefits of Living Moment by Moment
  2. Outdated Medicare rules threaten older Americans’ access to home medical equipment
  3. 12 lessons Covid-19 taught us about developing vaccines during a pandemic

Week of July 5, 2021:

Featuring: Three in 10 Americans Think Pandemic Is Over in U.S. (2:50): Most Americans who wanted COVID vaccine have already gotten one (3:49): Craving freedom from virus, U.S. heads into “Independence Day” with sharply divided risk (5:57): The Delta COVID Variant’s Urgent Message for America — Vaccinate; Do it quickly (8:51): In India, concern mounts over a variant called Delta Plus (16:22): Thai virus surge prompts concern over ICUs, vaccine supply (18:27): Britain’s COVID-19 cases up 53% in past week (19:44): COVID-19 vaccine reduces severity, length, viral load for those who still get infected (20:28): Workers more likely to be vaccinated if employers offer paid time off (21:45):  Local COVID-19 Update (23:48); Lottery-based incentives do not increase COVID-19 vaccination rates, says study (25:36): States with more stringent COVID rules had both better economic and health outcomes, data shows (28:23): Only 20 states used health equity committees in COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning (33:57): Want to help fight for health justice? It may be time to listen (34:57): Whistleblowers Expose Corruption in EPA Chemical Safety Office (40:15): Johnson & Johnson agrees to pay $230 million to settle opioid case in New York (44:04): Will Biogen’s new Alzheimer’s drug’s burden on Medicare be big, huge, or catastrophic? (45:33): 120,000+ people in Oklahoma gain Medicaid coverage as expansion takes effect (47:46): Public Health History Relevant Today — Florence Nightingale in the age of Covid-19 (50:45): The Food System’s Carbon Footprint Has Been Vastly Underestimated (57:00).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Frontline Health Care Workers Aren’t Feeling the “Summer of Joy” — Doctors and nurses are reeling from new COVID cases, staff burnout and the prolonged stress of dealing with the pandemic
  2. The health care workforce is understaffed for life after Covid-19
  3. Hospital Prices Must Now Be Transparent. For Many Consumers, They’re Still Anyone’s Guess.
  4. Cellphone radiation is harmful, but few want to believe it, says researcher
  5. Public health approach to police reform gaining momentum — States, cities redirecting police funding
  6. Medical Sociologist Details the Failures of American Psychiatry

Week of June 28, 2021:

Featuring: More on FDA’s huge mistake — A crucial, overlooked question on the new Alzheimer’s drug: When should patients stop taking it? (1:55); Eli Lilly to apply for accelerated approval of unproven Alzheimer’s drug (6:37); Almost all U.S. coronavirus deaths among unvaccinated (9:00); Second COVID vaccine dose missed by over 10% of Americans (10:06); Nearly every new COVID-19 death is now entirely preventable, CDC director says (11:27); Unvaccinated Missourians fuel COVID: “We will be the canary” (13:27); “Brutal” third wave hits Africa as vaccination slows (17:43); The generosity of vaccine diplomacy is a strategic investment, not a gift (20:45); Nursing homes struggle to reduce a serious COVID risk — many employees resist vaccination (23:45); Local COVID-19 Update (27:47); Black patients with cirrhosis more likely to die, much less likely to get liver transplant (32:50); New position statement declares that sleep is essential to health (34:28); Better sleep — Less fast food and screen time, more physical activity (37:38); Want to keep toxic chemicals out of the environment? Start with campaign finance reform (39:53); America’s unhealthy lifestyles (45:04); Advocates Call For New Curbs On Junk-Food Marketing (51:21); Parents of children with complex medical conditions more likely to have mental health issues (53:56); Link between heavy drinking and mental health problems in UK Police Service (55:17); Toxic workplaces increase risk of depression by 300% (56:20).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Newly disclosed FDA documents reveal agency’s unprecedented path to approving Aduhelm, the controversial new Alzheimer’s drug
  2. The mRNA Vaccines Are Extraordinary, but Novavax Is Even Better
  3. An Indigenous Amazonian Group May Hold a Key to Slowing Down the Aging Process
  4. Cleveland’s Plan for Climate Justice Could be a Model for the Rest of the Country — The city seeks federal support in order to address its top climate action priorities: “housing, transit and trees”
  5. How the pandemic has reshaped collaboration — and competition — in science
  6. “Nobody is catching it” — Algorithms used in health care nationwide are rife with bias
  7. Chadwick Boseman’s tragedy is America’s tragedy: In colorectal cancer hot spots, young men are dying at higher rates
  8. The Politics of Distress: A Discussion With Dr. James Davies on His New Book, “Sedated: How Modern Capitalism Created Our Mental Health Crisis”

Week of June 21, 2021:

Featuring: More on FDA’s huge mistake — Three FDA advisers quit over agency approval of sketchy Alzheimer’s drug (1:56); Furor rages over FDA approval of controversial Alzheimer’s drug (4:06); Aduhelm will balloon America’s health spending (7:04); FDA Approves Failed Alzheimer’s Drug (8:17); Delta variant COVID-19 symptoms “include headaches, sore throat and runny nose” (13:25); Local COVID-19 Update (15:32); Half of unvaccinated adults have needle phobia (18:36); 52% of those who “definitely wouldn’t” get vaccinated have gotten jabs (21:08); DEBUT of parody PSA — The Dihydrogen Monoxide Conspiracy (22:11); Study links COVID-19 public health efforts to dramatic drop in COPD hospitalizations (24:26); U.S. appears to lose ground in controlling high blood pressure (29:13); Women now drink as much as men (32:10); New research finds one million early deaths in 2017 attributable to fossil fuel combustion (36:03); NIH releases a plan to confront structural racism — Critics say it’s not enough (37:35); Dismantling white supremacy in public health (46:19); Ending sickle cell disease is a matter of racial justice (50:26); Use of PFAS chemicals in cosmetics “widespread,” new study finds (54:33).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Expanding Research Complex in Berkeley Highlights Dangers of U.S. Biolabs
  2. In Alleged Health Care ‘Money Grab,’ Nation’s Largest Hospital Chain Cashes In on Trauma Centers
  3. Can the CDC be fixed?
  4. U.N. warns drought may be “the next pandemic”
  5. As the Climate Emergency Grows, Farmworkers Lack Protection from Deadly Heat
  6. Ready for a little good environmental news?​
  7. Psychiatry Needs to Get Right with God — by not making more of an effort to incorporate spirituality in treatment, we are doing a disservice to patients
  8. A surprising pandemic side effect: People are more engaged with their health

Week of June 14, 2021:

Featuring: FDA’s huge mistake — FDA approves first new Alzheimer’s drug in almost 20 years (1:57); An extra twist in the FDA’s Alzheimer’s decision — no limits on which patients can get the drug (4:22); What you need to know about the new Alzheimer’s drug — common, serious side effects (8:57); Prescription drug prices increased twice the inflation rate of US economy in 2020 (9:59); 78 percent of unvaccinated Americans unlikely to change their minds (12:20); COVID-19 Variants news — UK says Delta variant 60 percent more transmissible (13:14); CDC estimates Alpha variant made up 66 percent of COVID-19 cases in April (13:53); More transmissible, wilier variant makes Covid-19 vaccinations even more crucial, experts say (16:02); Delta variant’s UK dominance sparks concerns in U.S. (24:00); Labor Department Issues Emergency Rules to Protect Health Care Workers From COVID (25:50); Local COVID-19 Update (29:02); Study suggests unmedicated, untreated brain illness is likely in mass shooters (33:09); Alarming rising trends in suicide by firearms in young Americans (36:22); Many adults with cardiovascular disease know the risks, yet still don’t stop smoking (38:35); Amidst COVID-19, U.S. death rates from heart disease, diabetes see largest increases in more than 20 years (41:00); Many U.S. physicians lack understanding, confidence about patients with disabilities (43:52); Beyond remission — From alcohol dependence to optimal mental health (46:35); Connections between criminal justice and health (49:26); Congress must close the Medicaid coverage gap once and for all (51:18); $5.1 billion effort to eradicate polio announced (58:48).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Epidemiology, not geopolitics, should guide COVID-19 vaccine donations
  2. The COVID lab-leak hypothesis: what scientists do and don’t know
  3. A Tool Doctors Use Every Day Can Perpetuate Medical Racism — It’s called the “history of present illness,” and it often includes a patient’s race — which is more likely to detract from care than to improve it
  4. Trailblazing Transgender Doctor Saved Countless Lives — After transitioning in 1917, Alan L. Hart helped alter medical history
  5. Spreading Vaccine Fears. And Cashing In — Meet the influencers making millions by dealing doubt about the coronavirus vaccines
  6. The Fundamental Question of the Pandemic is Shifting — We understand how this will end. But who bears the risk that remains?

Week of June 7, 2021:

Featuring: What Naomi Osaka taught women, especially Black women (1:57); How does COVID-19 end in the US? Likely with a death rate Americans are willing to “accept” (4:50); study shows dental professionals were at much higher risk of COVID-19 and that natural infection is unlikely to provide durable immunity (7:25); Vaccination rates fall off, imperiling Biden’s July Fourth goal (9:53); Some prisons highly successful in vaccinating inmates (11:59); progressive congressional Democrats give a detailed ask on how to deal with the global vaccine equity crisis in letter to  Biden (13:22); Local COVID-19 Update (19:43); How COVID-19 lessons can transform US mental health care (22:43); Controversial Indiana needle exchange program that quelled massive HIV outbreak voted down (29:37); Most Americans support Medicare drug price negotiation despite claims it would hurt innovation (33:07); UN optimistic on conquering AIDS by 2030 (36:29); Changing the equation — Researchers remove race from a calculator for childbirth (39:28); People of color twice as likely to die after traumatic brain injury (42:00); Biomedical Research Falls Short at Factoring in Sex and Gender (44:30); Study blames climate change for 37% of global heat deaths (51:54); Climate crisis will crush world’s biggest nations twice as hard as Covid-19, says new study (52:57); Pesticides Are Killing the World’s Soils and Their Biodiversity (54:09).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Medical Journals Blind to Racism as Health Crisis, Critics Say — As a prominent editor steps down, the influential JAMA journals promise changes regarding staff diversity and more inclusive research.
  2. We’re Overlooking a Major Culprit in the Opioid Crisis — Pharmaceutical companies and drug dealers have been part of the problem; but so have policy makers.
  3. Why Deadly ‘Black Fungus’ Is Ravaging COVID Patients in India — Standard treatments such as steroids, as well as illnesses such as diabetes, make the fungal infection worse
  4. The “Grief Pandemic” Will Torment Americans for Years
  5. A pandemic upside: The flu virus became less diverse, simplifying the task of making flu shots

Week of May 31, 2021:

Featuring: Vietnam identifies new, highly transmissible variant of coronavirus (2:16); WHO director-general calls for countries to vaccinate at least 10% of their populations by September and 30% by end of year (3:13); The unseen covid-19 risk for unvaccinated people (4:23); Local COVID-19 Update (6:47); Number of smokers has reached all-time high of 1.1 billion globally (11:17); Leading global cardiovascular organizations release joint opinion on achieving the “tobacco endgame” (14:27); Heavy drinkers see doctors regularly, but few receive treatment for disorder (17:24); Study links dementia to smoking and cardiovascular disease (21:30); Many people with high blood pressure are taking another medication that could raise it (24:00); The link between structural racism, high blood pressure and Black people’s health (25:39); In many U.S. cities, most and least racially inclusive hospitals are neighbors (30:01); Academic medical centers need to go beyond statements condemning racism (31:44); Doctors should talk about race and racism with their patients — Here’s how (36:13); Let’s banish the term “patient” from the health care lexicon (41:59); Restore a better balance to public-private funding of biomedical research (47:38); Climate disasters “caused more internal displacement than war” in 2020 (53:21); Greenland’s ice sheet is releasing huge amounts of mercury into rivers (55:04); “Safe System” approach could dramatically reduce road deaths while improving equity (56:31).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Deadly Fungi Are the Newest Emerging Microbe Threat All Over the World — These pathogens already kill 1.6 million people every year, and we have few defenses against them
  2. Shuttered hospitals, soaring Covid-19 deaths: Rural Black communities lose a lifeline in the century’s worst health crisis
  3. “The food system is racist”– an activist used a garden to tackle inequities; Renowned urban farmer Karen Washington coined the phrase “food apartheid”; and Now the Bronx-based activist says a shift of power is urgent.
  4. The time has come for a COVID-19 global Marshall Plan
  5. Opioid Deaths and Lockdowns — A complicated story

Week of May 24, 2021:

Featuring: Global COVID-19 deaths likely two to three times higher than reported (2:27): In Ohio and U.S., vaccine coverage lags in rural areas (3:16); COVID testing’s value shrinks as vaccines beat back virus (6:21); Major dating apps adding vaccination badges to dating profiles (8:56); COVID is surging in the world’s most vaccinated country — Why? (10:39); Local COVID-19 Update (18:03); Race/ethnicity data still missing for 44% vaccinated people (22:26); NW Ohio poll results show strong desire for more regulations on large livestock facilities known as concentrated animal feeding operations (23:55); Racial disparities in COVID-19 mortality wider than reported and linked to structural racism (25:47); Solving America’s public health crisis means addressing historic inequities (31:01); New approach to understanding our wellbeing — the ability to connect and feel a sense of belonging (37:02); Active community voice effective tool for population health improvement (38:33); Providing medications for free leads to greater adherence and cost-savings (39:39); Uninsured cancer patients 60-64 face worse outcomes than Medicare beneficiaries aged 66-69 (41:53); Missouri abandons voter-approved Medicaid expansion (45:45); Different physical activity “cocktails” have similar health benefits (48:25); Taking more steps per day, either all at once or in shorter spurts, may help you live longer (51:23); Long term use of prescription meds for insomnia not linked to better quality sleep (53:03).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped COVID Kill — scientists brawled over how the virus spreads. Droplets! No, aerosols! At the heart of the fight was a teensy error with huge consequences.
  2. Meet the Four Kinds of People Holding Us Back From Full Vaccination: the Watchful, the Cost-Anxious, the System Distrusters, and the COVID Skeptics
  3. The Payoffs and Perils of Mass Vaccinations for Children
  4. Vaccine certificates could help avoid a chaotic post-pandemic world
  5. How the COVID pandemic ends: Scientists look to the past to see the future
  6. What Happens When Americans Can Finally Exhale — The pandemic’s mental wounds
  7. How Humanity Gave Itself an Extra Life — Between 1920 and 2020, the average human life span doubled. How did we do it? Science mattered — but so did activism.

Week of May 17, 2021:

Featuring: Fauci says vaccinated people become “dead ends” for the coronavirus (2:48); COVID-19 vaccine is associated with fewer asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections (4:17); one epidemiologist’s reaction to the CDC mask use policy change (5:02); CDC director defends new mask guidance saying science “evolved” (7:15); New mask guidance puts onus on businesses (8:43); Schools ditch student mask requirements in growing numbers (12:10); Nearly 3 in 4 parents comfortable with in-person learning for the fall (14:38); Ohio to use millions in federal funds for vaccine lottery giveaways (16:36); Here’s how effective vaccine incentives like free beer really are (18:16); Two-thirds of California prison residents offered COVID vaccine accepted at least one dose (28:26); Majority of Russians not planning vaccination (29:23); 16 new cases cause worry in Taiwan, their president says don’t panic (30:38); They Haven’t Gotten a COVID Vaccine Yet, But They Aren’t “Hesitant” Either (31:42); Nearly half of Americans don’t trust CDC and FDA — that’s a problem (34:09); Americans’ most-cited public health problems (38:33); White House unveils plan to spend $7 Billion to hire public health workers (39:07); The absence of a 2020-21 flu season shows how effective simple public health measures are at limiting virus transmission (41:15); De Santis’s cruise line battle shows contempt for public health federalism (42:54); Long COVID affecting more than half of patients six months on (48:39); Researcher studies rise of tick-borne diseases in Midwest (50:12); Asia is home to 99 of world’s 100 most vulnerable cities to pollution and climate change (52:43); Air pollution from farms leads to 17,900 U.S. deaths per year, study finds (56:05).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1.  7 reasons to be excited about COVID-19 vaccines for teens
  2.  Vaccines seem to work well against coronavirus variants — It’s also complicated
  3.  People Aren’t ‘Addicted’ to Wearing Masks, They’re Traumatized
  4.  Vaccine passports: Why they are good for society
  5.  New models for pandemic response can be found in existing agencies
  6.  “Allow suffering to speak:” Treating the oppressive roots of illness — by connecting the dots between medical symptoms and patterns of injustice, we move from simply managing suffering to delivering a lasting cure

Week of May 10, 2021:

Featuring: Florida Crisis Highlights a Nationwide Risk From Toxic Ponds (2:29); America’s biggest jails are frontline environmental justice communities (11:50); How a shocking environmental disaster was uncovered off the California coast after 70 years (18:36): For-profit nursing homes and hospices are a bad deal for older Americans (26:22): Medical device firms’ payments to doctors far outstripped those from pharma, study shows (31:58): Making the case for adjusting hospital quality measures for social risk factors (35:59): Instead of prior authorization, insurers should go back to the old ‘pay-and-chase’ model (38:54): Fee or free? The services hospital-based psychologists provide are “priceless” (44:32): The Sense, and Dollars, of Food as Medicine (49:16): Data on gun violence would save lives — just like it has for car crashes (56:35).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Needed: an Operation Warp Speed for the opioid epidemic
  2. We urgently need a COVID-level response to the US drug crisis
  3. COVID Has Created a Perfect Storm for Fringe Science
  4. Few Would Fear COVID Vaccines if Policy Makers Explained Their Risks Better
  5. Vaccine Hesitancy Is as Old as Vaccines. I Take Comfort in That.

Week of May 3, 2021:

Featuring: India launches effort to inoculate all adults against COVID (1:58); U.S. to launch trade talks on COVID-19 vaccine distribution (8:03); pharmaceutical industry dispatches army of lobbyists to block generic COVID-19 vaccines (10:24); State Department urging Americans to leave India as COVID-19 cases surge (15:25); Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update (16:22), including, Ohio case rate falls again, but still not enough to end mask mandate — Governor may move goalposts (17:15); Public Health Experts Worry About Boom-Bust Cycle of Support (24;37); Do public health officials need to be political activists? A fight over an HIV crisis renews the question (31:32); America’s STD rate at record high again (34:42); HIV self-test prices to be slashed in half in 135 countries (30:58); WHO eyes malaria eradication in 25 countries by 2025 (40:30); Texas Enabled the Worst Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Catastrophe in Recent U.S. History (42:47); Court rules that EPA’s delay “exposed a generation of American children” to brain-damaging pesticide chlorpyrifos (46:04); Gender-affirming surgeries improve mental health in young, study says (52:31); Spanking may affect the brain development of a child similar to more severe violence (55:50); The clear message on promoting body positivity (57:31).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Inequality’s deadly toll — A century of research has demonstrated how poverty and discrimination drive disease. Can COVID push science to finally address the issue?
  2. “Long haul” COVID-19 sufferers take a page from AIDS/HIV activism to be heard
  3. Is the U.S. Doing Enough to Address the Meat Industry’s Role in Antibiotic Resistance? Despite significant progress in chicken, experts say routine use of medically important antibiotics remains widespread in pork and beef production.
  4. End fracking exemptions, which are a threat to maternal and public health
  5. America, Please Don’t Forget the Victims of Agent Orange

Week of April 26, 2021:

Featuring: CDC panel recommends resuming Johnson & Johnson vaccinations (1:57); For people of color, “where is our pause” from being killed by police? (3:20); States with springtime Covid-19 surges appear to have turned a corner (5:10); What does the future of “normal” look like? (12:13); Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update (15:42), including, California’s public universities to require COVID-19 vaccine (17:45); Biden calls for every employee to get paid leave for vaccinations (31:30); Study of “breakthrough” cases suggests COVID testing may be here to stay (23:12); CDC recommends pregnant people get COVID-19 vaccine (25:08); Study Finds 1 in 10 Healthcare Workers with Mild COVID Have Lasting Symptoms (25:43); Almost one-third of health care workers thought about leaving jobs (27:28); Major study details numerous long-term effects of COVID-19, pointing to massive health burden (28:44); Billion COVID-19 vaccine doses administered globally (33:08); Most Americans say they should be vaccinated before the U.S. donates Covid-19 shots elsewhere (34:36); Science and need — not wealth or nationality — should guide vaccine allocation and prioritization (36:28); U.S. adds 116 countries to its “Do Not Travel” advisory list (39:03); FDA says N95 masks, now plentiful, should no longer be reused (40:02); No evidence of an increase in risk of suicide in first months of the pandemic (43:13); Study finds no rise in English suicide rates during first lockdown (44:23); Decrease seen in abusive head trauma for young children during pandemic (46:14); A plus from the pandemic — fewer kids using e-cigarettes (47:13); Children born to Chernobyl survivors don’t carry more genetic mutations (47:52); More than 40% in U.S. live in cities with unhealthy air (50:00); Even “safe” ambient carbon monoxide levels may harm health (53:20); Colorado air pollution control managers ordered staff to falsify data and approve permits “at all costs,” whistleblowers say (54:32); Music improves older adults’ sleep quality (59:23).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. The Fast Lane for COVID Testing Has Opened Up in the U.S.
  2. States have a new COVID problem: Too much vaccine
  3. We Are Turning COVID-19 Into a Young Person’s Disease
  4. Low-tech but high-value: Don’t stop reimbursing phone-only telehealth visits
  5. In Q&A, Vice President Harris calls for urgent action on the Black maternal health crisis

Week of April 19, 2021:

Featuring: SPECIAL SEGMENT — Much Ado About Something Very Little — an extremely rare side effect of a COVID-19 vaccine — a case study on -benefit decision-making (1:57), including Poll Shows Confidence in Johnson & Johnson vaccine drops after CDC pauses use (3:08); Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause is classic FDA overreach (5:33); extremely rare blood clot linked with J & J vaccine (8:17); risk of rare blood clotting much higher in COVID-19 than for vaccines (8:52); Too much unhealthy media coverage of medical tests (12:18); A visit to “Dr. Google” makes patients better at diagnosis (16:09); COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for all may be equality but not equity (17:19); Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update (18:48), including, More colleges make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for students (21:34); Study shows past COVID-19 infection doesn’t fully protect young people against reinfection (24:37); U.S. overdose deaths have soared during COVID-19 pandemic (28:51); Mental Health Professionals and AI Tools Fail to Predict Suicide (31:57); Suicide among female nurses is double that of the general female population (34:34); Stress from work and social interactions put women at higher coronary heart disease risk (35:33); Physicians are more likely to doubt black patients than white patients (37:03); Women’s pain not taken as seriously as men’s pain (38:15); Study shows 1 in 3 women with prenatal Medicaid lack coverage before or after pregnancy (40:33); U.S. maternal death rate climbed in 2019 with enduring racial disparities (41:34); Study finds Americans eat food of mostly poor nutritional quality — except at school (42:55); Time to shift from “food security” to “nutrition security” to increase health and well-being (48:31); Gut microbiome plays role in autism (51:45); U.S. Preventive Services Task Force finds evidence insufficient for vitamin D screening (53:18); How to gain a sense of well-being, free and online (54:38); Beyond COVID, The Future Of mRNA Is Bright (56:39).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. When a cardiologist flagged the lack of diversity at premier medical journals, the silence was telling
  2. Underserved communities bear brunt of paused Johnson & Johnson rollout
  3. Incarcerated and Infected: How the Virus Tore Through the U.S. Prison System
  4. Vaccines Won’t Protect Millions of Patients With Weakened Immune Systems — But researchers are testing one therapy that may help: monoclonal antibodies
  5. Biden faces pressure from Pelosi, Sanders over whether to double down on Obamacare or expand Medicare

Week of April 12, 2021:

Featuring: SPECIAL SEGMENT — It’s a pandemic, stupid — WHO warns global COVID-19 pandemic “growing exponentially” (2:49); No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge (4:50); Brazil now has more young than old COVID patients in ICUs (8:24); Japan imposes new virus measures in Tokyo ahead of Olympics (9:53); Biden eyes bigger US role in global vaccination efforts (10:42); Stalled at first jab – vaccine shortages hit poor countries (13:58); Pursuing global “maximum suppression” of COVID-19 (18:36); “Double mutant” coronavirus variant is found in California (23:00); Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update (28:16), including ODH broke state public records law by not releasing nursing home COVID-19 deaths (30:21) and Nearly 8 in 10 school, childcare staff have gotten at least 1 dose of COVID vaccine (33:16); Prioritizing who gets vaccinated for COVID-19 saves lives (35:17); Biden officials rebuff appeals to surge Covid-19 vaccine to Michigan amid growing crisis (37:24); Big new push to vaccinate older Americans (47:21); CDC says risk of COVID-19 transmission on surfaces 1 in 10,000 — “Bar Napkin” Epidemiology case study(45:02); CDC director says racism is “serious public health threat” (50:57); Biden pushes Congress to boost public health, pandemic preparedness funding (51:37); Implementation science should give higher priority to health equity (53:42); U.S. suicides dropped last year, defying pandemic expectations (55:35); Canada-wide ban on menthol cigarettes leads to significant increases in quitting among smokers (57:36); Cannabis almost as addictive as opioids among teens, study finds (59:35).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Brazil has become South America’s superspreader event
  2. The big hole in America’s plan to fight Covid-19 variants – vaccine makers are studying whether booster shots or revised vaccines will be needed to fight new strains — but they don’t have an easy way to expand production
  3. “We Are Hoarding”: Why the U.S. Still Can’t Donate COVID-19 Vaccines to Countries in Need
  4. A year later, food workers still experience waves of Covid-19 — more than 50 U.S. food and meatpacking plants have had repeated outbreaks of Covid-19; yet most workplace locations remain undisclosed
  5. In the Covid-19 vaccine push, no one is speaking Gen Z’s language
  6. Foreign-trained doctors like me were asked to help fight Covid-19. Now we’re being tossed aside

Week of April 5, 2021:

Featuring: Are we entering a “fourth wave” of the pandemic? Experts disagree (2:02); COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Drops Among All Americans, New Survey Shows (8:33); Will America spike the football on the 5 yard line? (10:33); U.S. puts J&J in charge of plant that botched COVID vaccine, removes AstraZeneca (13:12); Pfizer says vaccine 100 percent effective in kids 12 to 15 (15:53); FDA authorizes two rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests in major move (17:03); Almost one in seven suffers long COVID, UK study finds (18:18); ban on US water shutoffs could have prevented thousands of COVID deaths (18:48); Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update (21:44); mass shootings are rare, but firearm suicides are common and kill more Americans every year (26:56); Effects of “Stand-Your-Ground” Laws on Violence and Crime: A Systematic Review (29:49); Intentional youth firearm injuries linked to sociodemographic factors (31:11); One in five Colorado high school students has access to firearms (34:00); Children have more access to guns than their parents may believe (35:58); worker burnout vs. moral injury (39:08); Formal education does not lead to greater job satisfaction (41:21); Working long hours may increase odds of second heart attack (43:26); Non-drug therapies as good as or better than drugs for treating depression in people with dementia (44:01); Open-label placebo works as well as double-blind placebo in irritable bowel syndrome (45:56); Researchers Attempt to Reduce the Placebo Effect in Drug Trials (48:37); A new way to measure human wellbeing towards sustainability — Years of Good Life (56:39); Devastatingly pervasive — 1 in 3 women globally experience violence (58:52).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Criminal Justice Reform Means Reforming the Mental Health System
  2. Toxic chemical ‘Hall of Shame’ calls out major retailers for failing to act
  3. How Safe Is Our Drinking Water? A Consumer Reports Investigation
  4. Facing data gaps on trans populations, researchers turn to health records for answers
  5. The Anti-science Movement Is Escalating, Going Global and Killing Thousands
  6. How to Debunk Misinformation about COVID, Vaccines and Masks
  7. Resistance from health experts and business owners could doom “vaccine passports” even before they launch

Week of March 29, 2021:

Featuring: 90+% benefit of early vaccination on health care workforce (3:37); 90+% effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines among health care personnel, first responders, and other essential and frontline workers (4:13); mRNA vaccination is safe and effective, even in those with chronic inflammatory diseases (5:21); frequent seasonal cold coronavirus reinfections hint at possibility of endemic COVID-19 (7:18); Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update (12:18), with Michigan sees “alarming increase” in COVID-19 hospitalizations among unvaccinated adults (12:18), Michigan sees virus surge, but tighter restrictions unlikely (14:17), Ohio lawmakers override Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto of health order bill (15:51), University of Toledo holding COVID-19 vaccine clinics (19:24); and latest data on COVID-19 vaccinations by race/ethnicity (21:51); Rutgers to require students be vaccinated for virus in fall (24:00); New York launches nation’s first “vaccine passport” (24:55); WHO asks rich countries to donate 10 million vaccine doses to poorer ones (26:03); progressives up pressure on Biden to back COVID vaccine patent waiver (27:33); HPV infections are plummeting due to widespread vaccination (29:11); public health nutrition deserves more attention (30:39); 7 healthy strategies to navigate a food swamp (34:26); fine particulate matter from wildfire smoke more harmful than pollution from other sources (38:38); California’s diesel emissions rules reduce air pollution, protect vulnerable communities (40:43); EPA head — “COVID-19 created a perfect storm for environmental justice communities” (43:03); Biden EPA to reconsider Trump rule on lead in drinking water (44:16); Biden administration extends special Obamacare enrollment until August 15 (45:47); starting smoking cessation in hospitalized patients would reduce many premature deaths (47:51); menthol cigarettes kill many black people — a ban may finally be near (50:03);study reveals bias among doctors who classify X-rays for coal miner’s black lung claims (52:08); health declining in Gen X and Gen Y, U.S. study shows (56:05).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Many QAnon followers report having mental health diagnoses
  2. Far-Right Extremists Move From “Stop the Steal” to Stop the Vaccine
  3. “Vaccine passports” are on the way, but developing them won’t be easy
  4. A user’s guide: How to talk to those hesitant about the Covid-19 vaccine
  5. “My Shot!”, a song adapted from the hit Broadway show Hamilton — “My Shot” addresses the social, scientific and political issues currently affecting the decision to receive a COVID-19 vaccine

Week of March 22, 2021:

Featuring: another COVID-19 vaccine being cued up, AstraZeneca, shows 100% protection from hospitalizations and death (2:08); surging COVID-19 cases in Europe, Brazil signal warning for U.S.(2:42); study shows those age 65+ have only 47% protection from COVID-19 reinfection from original infection, while younger people have 80% protection (6:53); CDC study finds nursing home residents who appear to have recovered from COVID-19 were reinfected with an even worse case (10:26); CDC says three feet of distance safe in schools (13:17); Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update (17:23); Ohio’s vaccine supply to increase 25 percent (23:17); rapid COVID-19 vaccine rollouts backfired in some US states (24:00); only half of front-line health workers have been vaccinated (25:15); prisons are long-term care facilities. So why don’t inmates get priority for Covid-19 vaccination? (27:30); 13 things primary care clinics can check to help preserve brain health: 1) manage blood pressure, 2) achieve healthy cholesterol levels, 3) reduce blood sugar, 4) increase physical activity, 5) eat better, 6) lose weight 7) quit smoking smoking, 8) treat depression, 9) reduce social isolation, 10) reduce excessive alcohol use, 11) manage sleep disorders, 12) assess for less education and 13) manage hearing loss (35:46); 94% of older adults are prescribed drugs that raise risk of falling, and deaths from falls doubled from 1999-2017 (40:33); driven by the pandemic and “the Fauci effect,” applicants flood public health schools (42:24); U.S. infant health inequality on the rise (43:26); high blood pressure complications in U.S. pregnancies have nearly doubled (44:43); need amid plenty — richest U.S. counties are overwhelmed by surge in child hunger (45:10); book review — Bittman on food history — Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal (46:36); New York City’s terrific food initiatives (48:03); the surprise catch of seafood trawling — massive greenhouse gas emissions as much as the aviation industry (51:03); feeding cattle seaweed reduces their greenhouse gas emissions 82 percent (52:06); land could be worth more left to nature than when farmed (53:21); study finds evidence of 55 new chemicals in people (55:24).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Stealth Chemicals: A Call to Action on a Threat to Human Fertility
    In an interview with epidemiologist Shanna Swan talks about how falling sperm counts and other fertility problems are linked to chemicals in consumer products and explains why the Biden administration needs to follow Europe’s lead in restricting these substances.
  2. Vaccine acceptance expert weighs in on AstraZeneca saga
  3. The Victims of Agent Orange the U.S. Has Never Acknowledged — America has never taken responsibility for spraying the herbicide over Laos during the Vietnam War, but generations of ethnic minorities have endured the consequences.
  4. “Painless” Glucose Monitors Pushed Despite Little Evidence They Help Most Diabetes Patients

Week of March 15, 2021:

Featuring: what can vaccinated people do safely — my commentary (1:57) and the CDC is missing a critical opportunity to get Americans vaccinated, that is, incentivizing getting back to normal (8:52); reckless governors are threatening COVID-19 progress (13:28); widespread variant B.1.1.7 of COVID-19 associated with 30-100% higher mortality rate (15:08); Pfizer vaccine neutralizes Brazilian virus variant in new study (18:06); federal officials relax guidance on nursing home visits, citing vaccines and slowing infections (19:05); politics still drives how Americans feel about COVID response (22:24); five things that must happen to get people vaccinated (24:58); Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update (26:09); Gov. Mike DeWine’s vaccination priorities are shockingly biased, deprioritizing obesity and other conditions viewed as individual choices (31:53); report says Ohio lags in public health preparedness (39:05); Ohio looks to form new statewide support system for child and adolescent behavioral health (41:25); Medicare for All means Mental Health Care for All 42:32); life expectancy falling for adults without a bachelor’s degree — while educational gaps have widened, racial gaps have narrowed (46:56); US expert panel says lung cancer screenings for smokers should now start at age 50 (49:13); new lung cancer screening recommendation, starting at age 50, expands access but may not address inequities (50:37); food systems responsible for one-third of human-caused emissions (53:50); greenhouse gas emissions associated with dietary guidelines vary between countries — following U.S. guidelines would increase emissions (55:29).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Environmental racism: Why Long Beach residents of color have worse health outcomes
  2. Environmental Justice Plays a Key Role in Biden’s Covid-19 Stimulus Package
  3. Gun control groups focus all efforts on Senate
  4. The uncounted: People who are homeless are invisible victims of Covid-19

Week of March 8, 2021:

Featuring: COVID Relief Bill will expand access to health care under Obamacare and slash poverty rates (2:20); COVID-19 relief bill includes an expansion of Obamacare — here’s how it will work (3:48); over 200,000 sign up for Obamacare plans during Biden special enrollment period (7:10); Biden faces criticism over push to vaccinate teachers (10:26); CDC releases highly anticipated guidance for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (15:03); retailers fear a return of the mask wars (19:24); former Biden COVID-19 adviser, “We are in the eye of the hurricane right now” (21:25); much of the world is seeing coronavirus cases fall, but Brazil’s outbreak is worse than ever (22:17); Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update (26:01) — including Gov. DeWine says no more masks once cases fall to 50 per100,000 Ohioans (27:21); after old age, intellectual disability is greatest risk factor for death from COVID-19 (29:40); Ohio unveils central COVID-19 vaccine scheduling tool — gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov (36:54); Ohio begins vaccine eligibility for persons age 50 and older (38:13); 41% say they are not willing to receive coronavirus vaccine (38:59); Tennessee to move to next CIVID-19 vaccine phase, in part due to lack of demand (40:53); recovery rate 6 times higher for those who stop antipsychotics within two years (42:52); another failed study of “personalized” depression treatment (44:44); most women receive inappropriate treatment for urinary tract infections (45:41); what to do when your friends and family are unsupportive of your depression (48:58); Ohio CareLine, 1-800-720-9616, available 24/7 for emotional support and referrals (53:42); walking and biking infrastructure can save lives and billions more than cost (54:38).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Science and Society Are Failing Children in the COVID Era — The school reopening debate points toward a broader range of problems facing the young
  2. Killings by Police Declined after Black Lives Matter Protests — A study also found body-camera use and community policing increased in places with the most active movements

Week of March 1, 2021::

Featuring: Tiger Wood’ life saved by public health while his legs saved by medical care (1:56); new one-dose COVID-19 vaccination approved that is extremely effective at preventing severest disease, plus, cuts down viral transmission substantially (3:12); how will we know when the COVID-19 pandemic is over? (5:07); governors lift COVID-19 restrictions despite risks of new spike (6:45); researchers find worrying new coronavirus variant in New York City (9:51); the “nightmare scenario” for California’s coronavirus strain — here is what we know (12:27); White House to send 25 million masks to health centers, food pantries (17:31); Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update — including Ohio officials: more-contagious COVID-19 variant could be cropping up in every county, and, OSU testing more people for COVID-19 than some U.S. states (18:55); “Held to ransom” — Pfizer plays hardball in Covid-19 vaccine negotiations with Latin American countries (31:06); after initial spread, travel bans are of limited value in thwarting the spread of COVID-19 (35:42); this EPA mapping tool could reshape environmental justice (37:05); communities of color are dumping grounds for toxic waste in Michigan (41:11); Atlanta creates the nation’s largest free food forest with hopes of addressing food insecurity (56:18); prospective study finds that even light activity, such as gardening or walking, preserves women’s mobility during aging (59:32).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. There’s a clear fix to helping Black communities fight pollution: Industrial pollution has sickened and poisoned Black communities for decades. Environmental justice experts have a solution to stop this.
  2. The CDC recommended states prioritize farmworkers for the COVID-19 vaccine. A few large agricultural states have not. Texas and Florida, which have large agricultural populations, have so far left farmworkers out of their COVID-19 vaccine rollout
  3. Five Pandemic Mistakes We Keep Repeating: We can learn from our failures.
  4. The Surprising Key to Combatting Vaccine Refusal: It’s not just one problem—and we’re going to need a portfolio of approaches to solve it.
  5. The Most Likely Timeline for Life to Return to Normal: An uncertain spring, an amazing summer, a cautious fall and winter, and then, finally, relief.
  6. Schools may see a burst of the common cold when they reopen, research suggests

Week of February 22, 2021:

Featuring: U.S. “officially” passes 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, and undercounted COVID-19 deaths catapult it to the #1 leading cause of death over the last 12 months (1:57); U.S. life expectancy drops one year, two years for Hispanics and three years for Blacks, greatly overshadowing largest ever drops historically from HIV and opioid epidemic (2:36); the impact of COVID-19 on Africa has been vastly underestimated, says first-of-its-kind study (6:02); Pandemic 2.0, 3.0, etc. — variant update (7:29); asthmatics are at no higher risk of either getting or dying from COVID-19 (12:44); Lucas County COVID-19 update (13:16); Department of Defense says nearly one third of service members are declining COVID-19 vaccine (20:40); “A massive gap in information” — most vaccine clinical trials fail to report data on participants’ ethnicity or race (22:02); 57% of Americans were unable to get a Covid-19 test when they wanted one (24:27); “Use that money wisely” — coalition urges governments to spend opioid settlement funds on evidence-based efforts (26:54); pain patients who take opioids can’t get in the door at over half of primary care clinics (30:01); lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations suffer about three times the amount of violent crime victimization as heterosexuals (31:51); medical school curriculums may misuse race and play a role in perpetuating physician bias — how to undo this (32:28); doctors and lawmakers call on FDA to address racial disparities in pulse oximeters (37:57); surgical smoke and what can be done about it (41:28); climate change may have driven the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 (44:05); how one million volunteer citizen-scientists could revolutionize personalized medicine — you can participate at JoinAllofUS.org (46:22); a letter to those struggling with mental illness (51:48).

BONUS stories to read online!

  1. Beware The Next Wave: What To Expect From Covid-19
  2. Doctors, researchers push academia’s ivory tower to start rewarding diversity work in promotion decisions
  3. The Role of Love in Mental Health

Week of February 15, 2021:

Featuring: on COVID-19 pandemic management, the U.S. is ranked 94 out of 98 countries (1:55); Trump’s environmental and occupational policies are the other public health disasters (2:43); Lancet report documents Trump era failures in public health infrastructure and hundreds of thousands of Americans lost to declines in life expectancy (9:19); health care industry groups back Obamacare reforms proposed by Democrats (10:53); Democrats urge Biden FDA to drop in-person rule for abortion pill (15:28); Lucas County COVID-19 update (17:01); Ohio adds over 4,000 overlooked COVID-19 deaths; CDC calls for schools to reopen with precautions (24:47); CDC head, “I think we need a lot more resources in order to get the schools safe” (26:52); we asked 175 pediatric disease experts if it was safe to open schools (28:19); limited transmission of COVID-19 from open schools but teachers were affected, says Swedish study (34:38); double masking works, says CDC study (38:48); researchers propose that humidity from masks may boost immune defenses and lessen severity of COVID-19 (40:09); COVID-19 vaccination rates follow the money in states with biggest wealth gaps (43:24); back to “normal” isn’t good enough for millions of Americans (45:52); what if we never reach herd immunity? (49:14); people in societies where money plays a minimal role can have very high levels of happiness, comparable to the happiest industrialized nations (55:19).

NEW FEATURE THIS WEEK — Bonus stories to read online!

  1. Could AI tools for breast cancer worsen disparities? Patchy public data in FDA filings fuel concern
  2. By looking the other way, pharma money helped fuel a toxic political atmosphere in the U.S.
  3. It’s not the ‘British variant.’ It’s B.1.1.7

Week of February 8, 2021:

NEW FEATURE THIS WEEK — links to original news stories!

Featuring: My projection last Spring turns out to be scarily on mark (2:07); Biden to use Defense Production Act to boost production of COVID-19 tests, gloves, and vaccine supplies (3:20); Joe Biden appointment charged with reinvigorating American science (5:19); UK strain doubling every 10 days (9:18); coronavirus variant from South Africa may be able to re-infect those infected with earlier strains (11:32); Lucas County COVID-19 update (15:42); Ohio vaccine supply growing substantially (22:09); Ohio governor DeWine seeks more funding for public health causes in state (22:43); Ten actions needed to restore public health (24:48); What 8 of the nation’s top health policy voices say Biden should do this year (31:08); physically impossible to deliver all recommended clinical preventive services in current sick-care system (39:04); rich investors stripped millions from a hospital chain and want to leave it behind — a tiny state and union stand in their way (40:33); how rich hospitals profit from poor patients in car crashes (41:28); burned by low reimbursements, some doctors stop testing for COVID-19 (46:42); another benefit of raising the minimum wage — better U.S. health (50:22); digital health divide runs deep in older racial and ethnic minorities, stymying access to COVID-19 vaccines (51:23); essential workers with highest excess deaths from COVID-19 (53:12); true COVID-19 death count 44% higher than officially recorded count, and higher undercounts in rural, Southern, poorly educated, and pro-Trump areas (55:13); heart disease #1 cause of death rank likely to be adversely impacted by COVID-19 for years to come (1:01:47).

Week of February 1, 2021:

Featuring: Biden’s bet on rapid COVID-19 home testing starts with $239 million deal with Australian company (2:39); “inspired choice” — Biden appoints sociologist Alondra Nelson to top science post (5:14); debates on school reopening continues as Biden administration looks to reopening by April (8:32); experts say it’s time to double up or upgrade masks as virus variants emerge (13:43); Lucas County COVID-19 update (20:15); as cases drop nationally, more dangerous coronavirus variants are coming and poised to complicate vaccines’ ability to crush pandemic in U.S. this year (26:55); communities of color getting left behind in vaccine rollout (48:23); $44 million vaccine software system from CDC gets few takers among states (54:40); if poor countries go unvaccinated, study says that rich ones will incur most of the economic losses (56:50).

Week of January 25, 2021:

Featuring: U.S. COVID-19 numbers drop, but race against new strains heats up (2:32); more contagious COVID-19 variant cases identified at at University of Michigan (4:50); Fauci says “we have to assume now” that British virus strain can “cause more damage” (6:28); coronavirus variant in Brazil raging in already extremely highly infected region (9:23); emerging evidence suggests new coronavirus variant could be problematic for vaccines (11:36); Europe’s growing mask ask — ditch the cloth ones for medical-grade coverings (12:31);  staying safe in the time of coronavirus — pay attention to “the guy you know” (15:13); people most likely to follow COVID rules when friends and family do (16:34); the of a middle-age person dying of COVID-19 is about 100 times greater than dying from an automobile crash (18:10); Lucas County COVID-19 update (18:43); disjointed vaccine distribution poses early test for Biden (30:14); Biden inherits a vaccine supply unlikely to grow before April (32:22); de-prioritizing those who have already been infected (have antibodies) will speed vaccination’s path to protection (37:00); experts tap into behavioral research to promote COVID-19 vaccination in the U.S. (39:58); the best evidence for how to overcome COVID-19 vaccine fears (43:55); another record decline in U.S. cancer death rate, largely due to declines in cigarette use (1:00:16); the recent large increases in e-cigarette use will lead to more regular cigarette users, reversing the decline in smoking among U.S. young adults (1:01:36).

Week of January 18, 2021:

Featuring: new, more infectious coronavirus variant(s) could become dominant in March, and could make things much worse (2:49); Lucas County COVID-19 update (18:38); darkest days for L.A. doctors, nurses, EMTs –“The way most people leave is by dying” (26:28); no additional vaccine doses coming, despite Trump admin promises (33:57); COVID-19 reduced U.S. life expectancy, especially among Black and Latino populations (37:37); Black men have the shortest lifespan of any Americans, due to “John Henryism” (42:42); Biden’s appointment of a health disparities advisor historic — but will the White House empower her? (46:24); communities recognizing racism as a public health crisis — declarations grow (53:29); Affordable Care Act’s coverage gains decreased income inequality (56:15); get ready for a lot of Biden executive orders on health care — here’s a list of what to look for (57:23).

Week of January 11, 2021:

Featuring: in wake of violent insurrection, violence as a public health issue — violence interrupters using tested methods to save lives in peace model replicated globally (1:57);  (2:03); Gov. DeWine outlines new COVID-19 vaccination steps and eligible groups (9:45); Lucas County COVID-19 update (12:23); as virus surges, new studies suggest warning for school reopening (20:33); Deborah Birx overreaches in coronavirus task force assertion in less than transparent report (30:16); U.S. blind to contagious new virus variant, scientist warn (31:50); along with vaccine rollouts, the U.S. needs a national hi-fi mask initiative [N95 masks for all] (41:52); why COVID-19 has left so many hospitals running low on oxygen (48:39); new COVID vaccines need absurd amounts of material and labor (51:28); COVID-19 outcomes for patients on immunosuppressive drug on par with non-immunosuppressed patients, study finds (58:11); study finds time spent outdoors during pandemic is associated with higher levels of happiness (58:52).

Week of January 4, 2021:

Featuring: COVID-19 status update — what can we expect in 2021? (2:03); Lucas County COVID-19 update (10:43); New Year’s resolution territory — updated national dietary guidelines released [see DietaryGuidelines.gov] (15:30) and more than 100 reasons to quit tobacco [Ohioans can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW] (26:34); police involvement a major racial justice issue in psychiatry (42:42); suicide rates did not decrease when antidepressant drugs were introduced (47:21); giving poor people money is more effective for mental health than brief therapy (48:05); as a physician and a patient, I’ve seen the damage caused by the stigma of addiction — it must end (53:06).

SHOWS from 2020:

Week of December 28, 2020:

Featuring: the looming questions scientists need to answer about the new variant of the coronavirus (2:05); a “duty to warn” — an ER doctor, shaped by war and hardship, chronicles the searing realities of COVID-19 (16:43); Lucas County COVID-19 update (25:41); beware the danger of “vaccine euphoria” (31:56); COVID-19 vaccines are safe — but let’s be clear about what “safe” means (38:04); employers can require workers to get COVID-19 vaccine, says U.S. (44:56); a temp worker died on the job after FedEx didn’t fix a known hazard — the fine: $7,000 (49:56); “Every day is an emergency” — the pandemic is worsening psychiatric bed shortages nationwide (54:52); implementing policies and strategies to eliminate racial disparities could improve outcomes for both COVID-19 AND cancer (58:12).

Week of December 21, 2020:

Featuring: COVID-19 vaccine rollout update (1:56); BIG STORY — a new, more contagious COVID-19 strain has been reported in the U.K. — is it headed for the U.S.? (3:24); problems in rural America — she collapsed in her kitchen from COVID-19 and the next day she was nearly 300 miles from home (6:33); 78% of those infected with coronavirus refuse to help with contact tracing in N.J. (10:54); political division is dangerously defining our COVID-19 conversation — we need new ways to speak to one another (13:48);  Lucas County COVID-19 update (20:30); despite years of effort to combat infant mortality in Ohio, racial disparity increases (26:46); emergency use authorization of COVID-19 vaccines could hinder global access to them (31:11); one-quarter of the world may not get COVID-19 vaccine until 2022, experts warn (37:09); hospitals boost security as seek to stop vaccine “line-jumping” (43:51); the wealthy scramble for COVID-19 vaccines — “If I donate $25,000…would that help me?” 48:04); to get the COVID-19 vaccine right, we must close the confidence gap and stop pathologizing communities of color (49:55); FDA authorizes the first fully at-home, over the counter COVID-19 test (57:11); how hope can make you happier with your lot in life (1:00:35).

Week of December 14, 2020:

Featuring: follow-up to big story last episode — by FDA eliminating addictive nicotine from tobacco products, the single largest preventable cause of death, more lives could be saved than by even Medicare for all (1:55); U.S. enters brutal stretch of pandemic. even with approaching vaccines (5:26);  Lucas County COVID-19 update (12:50); Operation Warp Speed head says 40 million doses of vaccine will be distributed by end of month, but need 75-80% of Americans immunized to achieve herd immunity (20:37); supply is limited and distribution uncertain as COVID-19 vaccine rolls out (21:56); here’s why vaccinated people still need to wear masks (24:33); what motivates COVID rule breakers? (30:52); research provides tools for achieving the “how” of mental well-being in daily life (35:16); Big Picture in three stories — food marketing and nutrition — kids gain weight when new conveniences stores open nearby (39:34); facing two pandemics — how big food undermined public health in the era of COVID-19 (40:57); hospitals profit on junk food (50:01).

Week of December 7, 2020:

Featuring: COVID-19 big picture — Ohio and nation in big trouble, but science alone can’t save us from ourselves (1:46); Lucas County COVID-19 update (20:16); Trump’s Operation Warp Speed promised a flood of COVID-19 vaccines — instead, states are expecting a trickle (26:00); state and local officials plead for vaccine distribution funds already overdue (33:50); replace the “cold steel” of hospital-bed shackles with the warmth of compassion (37:23); the easy way for Joe Biden to save lives: eliminate addictive nicotine from tobacco products, the single largest preventable cause of death (43:40); can local food feed big cities? yes, if we cut down on meat (50:28); concentration in the food business — to high, too risky (54:53).

Week of November 30, 2020:

Featuring: COVID-19 big picture — is the U.S. COVID-19 epidemic the “worst of both worlds? — both a public health AND economic failure (1:56); COVID worsens bus driver shortages nationwide and in many Ohio schools (6:27); major glove factories close after thousands of workers test positive for COVID-19, threatening global supply (11:14); recent COVID-19 surge forces Franklin County to cut back on contact tracing efforts (12:20); beyond burnout — for health care workers, this surge of COVID-19 is bring burnover (14:58);  Lucas County COVID-19 update (23:47); Lucas County Health Board orders schools to go virtual — what’s the deal? (28:23); COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes hit record high (36:01); winning trust for vaccines means confronting medical racism (42:03); children in U.S. may miss 9 million vaccine doses in 2020, report warns of falling below thresholds for herd immunity (53:33); science supports new dietary guidelines limiting alcohol consumption, especially for reducing cancer in men (55:27).

Week of November 23, 2020:

Featuring: COVID-19 big picture — with where we are at, are we doomed to “too little, too late”? (2:40); Lucas County COVID-19 update (22:27); “It’s not enough” — health experts say Iowa governor’s new COVID-19 order is “weak” (30:07); business group calls for national mask mandate and COVID-19 relief (36:22); “People are going to die” — hospitals in half the states are facing massive staffing shortages as COVID-19 surges (39:02); hospitals know what’s coming — even the best cannot prepare for a tsunami of cases (47:17); World Health Organization advises doctors not to use Remdesivir for COVID-19 (54:32); GOOD NEWS –“They have been following the science” — how the Cherokee Nation has curtailed the COVID-19 pandemic, as a nation within a nation — what a real tribe looks like (56:29).

Week of November 16, 2020:

Featuring: COVID-19 big picture — where are with we with the layers of protection: mask wearing, physical distancing, restrictions, testing, contact tracing, and hospital capacity? (1:55); Lucas County COVID-19 update (42:11); health experts want to prioritize people of color for COVID-19 vaccine, but how should it be done? (49:36); proportion of pediatric emergency room visits for mental health increased sharply amid pandemic (57:22); suicide rates increase after hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters (57:58).

Week of November 9, 2020:

Featuring: Lucas County, Ohio, and U.S continue to smash COVID-19 records — get the latest (1:54); counties with worst virus surges voted overwhelmingly for Trump (14:59); United Nation votes to hold summit in December to push action on COVID-19 pandemic — U.S. abstains (18:46); face masks don’t hinder breathing during exercise, study shows (21:16); pregnant women with COVID-19 are at increased for serious outcomes (23:53); the hidden public health hazard of rapid COVID-19 tests — worsening data collection (25:12); how your brain tricks you into taking risks during the pandemic — the difficulty of incorporating accurate decision-making into our daily lives (29:15); Medicare fines half of hospitals for readmitting too many patients, a sign of poorer quality health care (42:35); more U.S. patients to have easy, free access to doctor’s notes (46:17); updated colon cancer screening guidelines recommend beginning at age 45, down from 50 — especially for blacks (48:53); one-third of people with disabilities experience frequent mental distress (50:08); make America healthy again by paying more attention to nutrition, the #1 factor in health (53:22).

Week of November 2, 2020:

Featuring: Lucas County, Ohio, and U.S continue to smash COVID-19 records — get the latest (1:56); winter COVID-19 wave poses threat to nation’s hospitals (16:22); sewage testing shows a country flush with coronavirus cases (21:27); study finds faster, wider spread of COVID-19 within U.S. households (28:51); Yale study shows child care can be relatively safe with mitigation efforts and lower rates of spread (31:15); winter is coming for bars and restaurants — here’s how to save them…and us (35:20); why isn’t routine COVID-19 testing happening in prisons and immigration detention centers? (40:51); latest COVID-19 polling shows most know someone who’s had the virus, a third have had someone in their household tested in the last month, and this doesn’t differ much by age, race, income, or party affiliation (47:23); states say they lack federal funds to distribute COVID-19 vaccine as CDC tells them to be ready Nov. 15 (51:08); as COVID-19 intensifies, shortages of staple drugs may grow worse (56:10).

Week of October 26, 2020:

Featuring: Lucas County, Ohio, and U.S smash COVID-19 records — get the latest (2:02); persons infectious with COVID-19 up to 10 days if only mild symptoms, or up to 20 days if severely ill (16:47); CDC expands definition of close contact after spread from “multiple brief encounters” (17:32); COVID-19’s wintry mix — as we move indoors, dry air will help coronavirus spread (19:24); “at a breaking point” — new surge of COVID-19 cases has states and hospitals scrambling, yet again (25:48); amid pandemic, U.S. has seen 300,000 “excess deaths,” with greatest disparities for people of color and persons age 25-44 (34:19); FDA show signs of cold feet over emergency use authorization of COVID-19 vaccines (37:52); remdesivir’s hefty price tag ignores NIH investment in its creation (45:17); Trump’s antibody “cure” will be in short supply (49:31).

Week of October 19, 2020:

Featuring: Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update, as nation’s cases surge (2:01); surge in COVID-19 cases mean fewer Minnesota schools meet in-person rules, while exposing hostility to public health efforts (11:48); “overwhelmed” — hospitals across America engulfed by rebounding virus (13;48); hepatitis is still a silent killer in Africa and elsewhere b(18:32); how the CDC and others are failing black women during childbirth (21:48); black maternal death rates and the implicit biases — how we can address them (31:20); what no one tells black women about breastfeeding (35:25); new research shows many children with mental health conditions don’t get follow-up care (41:15); how drugs damage the environment (44:07).

Week of October 12, 2020:

Featuring: Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update, as Midwest hit hard (2:00); Midwest keeps reopening as states reel from new virus cases (7:26); COVID-19 surges in North Dakota, filling hospitals and testing attitudes (14:17); Mississippi’s governor revokes statewide mask mandate (19:16); Trump is “single largest driver” of COVID-19 misinformation, Cornell study finds (22:42); the confidentiality of Trump’s medical information has limits (23:29); the lesson from Trump catching COVID-19 — with this virus, there’s no magic bullets (25:27); “COVID is all about privilege” — Trump’s treatment underscores vast inequalities in access to care (31:12); inequality “surrounds you” — a black doctor returns to heard-hit Louisiana after treating and contracting COVID-19 in New York (39:35); battered, flooded and submerged — many Superfund sites are dangerously threatened by climate change (51:43); doctors offer guide for teaching the health effects of climate change in medical residency (55:50).

Week of October 5, 2020:

Featuring: “Donald Trump Memorial Studio” and the public health principle of nonjudgment (1:58); Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update (4:56); states loosening COVID-19 restrictions amid ongoing pandemic and expected fall surge (10:55); these coronavirus vaccine trials don’t answer the one question we need to know — will it protect against the most serious disease? (16:56); why it will take more than one vaccines to beat COVID-19 (21:37); keeping coronavirus vaccines at subzero temperatures during distribution will be hard, but likely key to ending pandemic (26;34); lessons from STDs on how to fight COVID-129 (33:27); why misinformation about COVID-19 keeps going viral (45:18); global rates of unplanned pregnancies still too high (48:06); the FDA approved the abortion pill 20 years ago — it’s time to make it available via telehealth (51:28).

Week of September 28, 2020:

Featuring: Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update (2:06); three experts reflecting on the U.S. reaching 200,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths (5:20); new wave of COVID-19 cases builds in U.S. (8;43); four U.S. states report record one-day increases in COVID-19 cases (11:01); Florida to life all COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants and bars (11:55); Des Moines says no to governor’s demand for classroom return (12:42); government watchdog finds supply shortages are still harming U.S. coronavirus response (17:02); battle rages inside hospitals over how COVID-19 strikes and kills (17:38); massive genetic study shows coronavirus mutating and potentially evolving more infectious amid rapid U.S. spread (20:45); California’s deadliest spring in 20 years suggests COVID-19 undercount and massive disparities among racial/ethnic minorities (24:07); Africa has defied the COVID-19 nightmare scenarios — we shouldn’t be surprised (28:40); COVID-19 could reverse decades of progress toward elimination preventable child deaths (32:42); potent drug supply drop, not domestic drug policies, likely behind 2018 overdose death downturn — and underlying epidemic trend continues (38:37); a reversal in blood pressure control for Americans (42:37); more than 3 billion people protected from harmful trans fat in their food (45:22); “front of package” nutrition labels improve nutrition quality (48:59).

Week of September 21, 2020:

Featuring: Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update (2:08); CDC reports that dining out increases of contracting coronavirus more than other activities (6:02); CDC director says masks more guaranteed to work than a vaccine (8:57); as controversies swirl, CDC director is seen as allowing agency to buckle to political influence (10:07); top health official echoes Trump’s COVID-19 views, drawing accusations of politicizing U.S. mental health agency (19:33); polls show eroding trust in scientific and political institutions (29:46); America is trapped in a pandemic spiral, characterized by 9 conceptual errors — 1) a serial monogamy of solutions, 2) false dichotomies, 3) the comfort of theatricality, 4) personal blame over systemic fixes, 5) the normality trap, 6) magical thinking, 7) the complacency of inexperience, 8) a reactive rut, and 9) the habituation of horror (35:01).

Week of September 14, 2020:

Featuring: Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update (2:07); University of Toledo COVID-19 update (2:37); college football is coming and COVID-19 is already there (6:22); pandemic blind spot — it’s not easy to get coronavirus testing for children (14:21); COVID-19 hits men harder due to their weaker immune systems than women (17:58); obesity raises of death from COVID-19 among men (21:46); housing disparities and health disparities are closely connected (26:22); medical education needs rethinking to link medicine with public health (29:06); awareness of our biases is essential to good science (37:30); overcoming psychological biases is the best treatment against COVID-19 yet (44:08); the fires may be in California, but the smoke and its health effects, travel across the country (51:52); Des Moines river “essential unusable” for drinking water due to algae toxins (55:32).

Week of September 7, 2020:

Featuring: Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update (2:05); COVID-19 is leading cause of death among law enforcement officers, killing more than shootings (5;24); COVID-19 update for colleges and universities (7:34); new rapid COVID-19 test begins distribution to states this month (16:34); COVID-19 vaccine updates and issues (18:21); meatpacking companies dismissed years of warnings but now say nobody could have prepared for COVID-19 (30:02); thousands allowed to bypass environmental rules in pandemic (37:51); low-wage workers face retaliation for demanding COVID-19 safety measures at work (42:13); COVID-19 has likely tripled depression rate (46:46); COVID-19 sparks 12-fold increase in remote delivery of psychological care across the U.S. (50:14); LGBTQ youth say cost, parental permission pose major barriers to mental health care (54:15).

Week of August 31, 2020:

Featuring: Lucas County and Ohio COVID-19 update (2:06); first confirmed COVID-19 re-infections — what does this mean for us? (3:50); updates on university and school re-openings (9:53); Trump’s continued political attacks on scientific integrity and fragmented COVID-19 response (19:52); strain on health care system, even when not at capacity, kills more with COVID-19 (40:21); The U.S. Postal Service is a vital part of our health care system (44:47); more challenges, and some wins, in fight against racism in health care (47:04); Africa eliminates polio in historic health win (56:32).

Week of August 24, 2020:

Featuring: Lucas County COVID-19 update (2:08); some people listen to health experts, others ignore them — what it means for America’s future with COVID-19 (3:32); how miscommunication and selfishness hampered America’s COVID-19 response (11:39); cloth masks do protest the wearer — breathing in less coronavirus means you get less sick (19:02); your cloth mask won’t protect you from wildfire smoke (23:58); Trump regime moves to exempt teachers from quarantine requirements (26:33); not-so-remote learning — college students return to campus even as classes move online (27:38); coronavirus is spreading in schools, but the federal government isn’t keeping track (28:58); cellphone data shows how Las Vegas is “gambling with lives” across the country (36:39): nursing home cases up nearly 80% in COVID-19 rebound (52:45); Amazon gold mining drives malaria surges among indigenous peoples (54:02); new Ebola outbreak in Congo raises alarm (57:43).

Week of August 17, 2020:

Featuring: Lucas County COVID-19 update (2:07); seven months into pandemic, COVID-19 testing still falling short in Ohio (2:58); Ohio back-to-school plans amid COVID vary widely between metro, rural areas — statewide, over 1/3 returning to classroom (6:37); Ohio State steps up COVID-19 measures, including mandatory testing (7:57); when should schools use only remote learning? Massachusetts issues new metrics to help districts decide using COVID-19 infection rates (11:07); coronavirus testing plummets in Texas as school prepare to reopen (13:58); UNICEF finds 2 in 5 schools worldwide lacked handwashing facilities prior to COVID-19 pandemic (18:13); Florida sheriff bans masks as state COVID-19 death toll breaks new daily record (19:15); despite rise in COVID-19 cases, dozens of Tennessee Republican lawmakers continue to refuse to wear masks as required in special session (21:26); 26 states will soon face shortages of ICU doctors, and other shortages are growing in nurses, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists (23:51); winter is coming — why America’s window of opportunity to beat back COVID-19 is closing (25:49); CDC reports large increases in in mental health issues, substance use, and suicidal ideation during the COVID-19 pandemic (35:48); vaping linked to large COVID-19 in teens and young adults (38:11); black and other nonwhite NFL athletes report more pain, physical impairment, mood disorders and cognitive problems that white peers (40:54); globally, only half of women get treatment for preventable killer of newborns (45:59); Researchers say misleading whole grain labeling provides legal evidence to improve labeling regulations (49:43).

Week of August 10, 2020:

Featuring: COVID-19 and prisons (2:30) local and state COVID-19 update (4:52); local and national updates on school reopenings (17:50); ventilation should be part of the conversation on school reopening — why isn’t it? (33:25); poll — 35% of Americans, most Republicans would reject COVID-19 vaccine (41:03); U.S. obesity epidemic could undermine effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine (43:30); health care workers of color nearly twice as likely as whites to get COVID-19 (47:32); telemedicine is booming — but many people still face huge barriers to virtual care (50:03); experts urge evaluation of diet at routine check-ups (53:21).

Week of August 3, 2020:

Featuring: worldwide whirlwind of COVID-19 (1:44); local COVID-19 update (6:44); states with stricter COVID-19 restrictions watch lax neighbors warily, knowing the virus does not respect borders (10:08); 79% say they support national face mask mandate (16:59); in Texas, more people are losing their health insurance as COVID-19 cases climb (18:03); about 20% of New Jersey prisoners could be freed to avoid virus (20:12); young kids could spread COVID-19 as much as older children and adults (22:08); contact tracing is failing in many states — here’s why (23:16); how effective does COVID-19 vaccine need to be to stop the pandemic? (30:07); those coronavirus vaccines leading the race? don’t ditch the masks quite yet (36:06); liberal group warns that U.S. is unprepared to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine (43:06); COVID-19 vaccines may cause mild side effects, experts say, stressing need for education, not alarm (45:15); poorer communities face double burden during pandemic as they stay home less (50:48); one in three children worldwide have unacceptably high lead levels (52:37).

Week of July 27, 2020:

Featuring: Lucas County, Ohio, and national COVID-19 update (1:55); new poll — 3 in 4 Americans back requiring masks, and other pandemic response support growing (9:26); COVID-19 will end up as a leading cause of death in 2020, CDC says (12:13); U.S. COVID-19 deaths back up over 1,000 per day (15:14); scientists publish findings from first statewide COVID-19 random sample study in U.S. (16:01); as long waits for results render COVID-19 tests “useless,” states seek workarounds (18:32); COVID-19 tests much easier to get in wealthier and whiter neighborhoods (26:03); U.S. prison population down 8% amid coronavirus outbreaks, mostly due to criminal justice system slowdown (30:07); what scientists know about how children spread COVID-19 (31:47); back to school? most major schools are heading to online class as COVID-19 cases spike (40:20); cost of preventing next pandemic equal to just 2% of COVID-19 economic damage (47:44); We are the first to applaud you regarding your efforts in COVID-19 — a message from the African diaspora to our brothers and sisters of Africa (50:14); after surgery, black children are more likely to die than white children (53:11).

Week of July 20, 2020:

Featuring: Lucas County, Ohio, and national COVID-19 update (2:18); “epicenter of the epicenter” — young people partying in Miami Beach despite COVID-19 threat (9:19); over 1,000 inmates at Texas federal prison test positive for COVID-19 (15:02); Texas nursing home COVID-19 cases jump 60% since July 1 (15:42); masks win political momentum despite GOP holdouts (16:53); Americans want evidence and data to drive COVID decisions — and they don’t believe that’s happening (19:46); public health groups denounce new Trump move sidelining CDC (23:17); testing is on the brink of paralysis — and that’s very bad news (27:48); world treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN (31:52); why are we so late responding to COVID-19? blame it on our culture and brains (36:02); the coronavirus-climate-air conditioning nexus (41:26); scientists’ warning on affluence (46:15); half of world’s population exposed to increasing air pollution (47:33); in shadow of pandemic, U.S. drug overdose deaths resurge to record (48:37); years-long push to remove racist bias from kidney testing gains new ground (50:06).

Week of July 13, 2020:

Featuring: lobbying brewing over access to COVID-19 vaccine (2:27); as U.S. buys up remdesivir, “vaccine nationalism” threatens access to COVID-19 treatments (5:51); COVID-19 vaccine research must involve Black and Latinx participants — here are 4 ways to make that happen (8:31); WHO, partners unveil ambitious plan to deliver 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to high- populations (14:21); U.S. withdrawal from WHO threatens to leave it “flying blind on flu vaccines (17:42); rebroadcast of May 2019 episode on immunization history and benefits (25:15).

Week of July 6, 2020:

Featuring: national COVID-19 update (1:45); Lucas County and Ohio update (8:04); hollowed-out public health system faces more cuts amid virus (11:33); women in science are battling both COVID-19 and the patriarchy (21:20); structural racism is why I’m leaving organized psychiatry (29:31); expecting students to play it safe if colleges reopen is a fantasy (40:23); as COVID-19 tears through Navajo Nation, young people step up to protect their elders (47:18).

Week of June 29, 2020:

Featuring: local, state, and national COVID-19 update (1:53); “normal” is the problem (13:32); the emerging long-term complications of COVID-19, explained (24:14); “vaccine sovereignty” versus “a people’s vaccine” (39:12); lack of water fuels COVID-19 for 2 billion people around world and in the Navajo Nation within the U.S. (44:09); what “less lethal” weapons actually do (50:27).

Week of June 22, 2020:

Featuring: local, state, and national COVID-19 update (1:53); burgeoning activism (12:32) in journalism (13:08), among scientists (17:13), health care professionals (25:13), in scientific publishing (37:28), and connecting racism with environmental justice (42:32).

Week of June 15, 2020:

Featuring: local COVID-19 update (2;03); Ohio immigration detention facility has 100% COVID-19 positive detainees (9:07); COVID-19 spikes, but most governors signal they’re staying the course (13:39); Americans divided on return to regular routines (17:09); pandemic lockdowns saved millions of lives (19:03); face masks may reduce COVID-19 spread by 85% (22:48); black U.S. adults follow many COVID-19 news topics more closely, discuss the outbreak more frequently (28:12); researchers face hurdles in studying COVID-19 racial disparities (29:12); for a day. scientists pause science to confront racism (34;33); racism, not genetics, explains why black Americans are dying of COVID-19 (37:12); omission of air pollution from report on COVID-19 and race “astonishing” (46:10); George Floyd’s autopsy and the structural gaslighting of America (47:58).

Week of June 8, 2020:

A Double Special Edition on Racism and the dual epidemics of COVID-19 and police violence, featuring: Ohio Legislative Black Caucus declares racism a public health crisis (2:33); Physicians for a National Health program declare police violence and racism as public health emergencies (7:11); over 1,000 health professionals sigh letter saying, don’t shut down protests using coronavirus as an excuse (10:01); protest in top 25 hot spots ignite fears of contagion (11:23); protests draw shoulder-to-shoulder crowds after months of virus isolation (16:24); racism is the contagion in health care we need to eradicate (23:46); my nightmare — COVID-19 meets racism meets the killing of a Black person by police (27;41); the everyday health harms of racism (33:39); which death do they choose? — many Black men fear wearing a mask more than the coronavirus (42:17); tear gas is way more dangerous than police let on — especially during the coronavirus pandemic (48:58).

Week of June 1, 2020:

COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION #12: Racism as a public health issue (2:08); amid COVID-19, U.S. should embrace the right to food (9:31); Bill Barr promised to release prisoners threatened by coronavirus — even as the feds secretly made it harder for them to get out (13:06); model testing blitz in San Francisco shows COVID-19 struck mostly low-wage workers (20:45); One-fourth of U.S. doctors are immigrants who, if they die of coronavirus, could have their families deported (27:27); COVID-19 cases shift to younger people (29:14); the latest on testing (33:17); the local situation (41:11); biopharma companies are spreading misinformation — and taking advantage of it (44:34); masks sold by former white house official to Navajo hospitals don’t meet FDA standards (50:45); status of Latin American epidemic (52:47); is defunding the World Health Organization really just a backdoor attack on sexual and reproductive health? (55:46)

Week of May 25, 2020:

COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION #11: national situation (2:18); latest local news from Lucas County and Ohio (36:16); other news, including how bad is COVID-19 misinformation (48:06).

Week of May 18, 2020:

COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION #10: national situation (2:48); what’s our status in re-opening and what does this mean? (11:11); latest local news (35:44).

Week of May 11, 2020:

COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION #9: national picture (2:38); Toledo, Lucas County, and Ohio status and re-opening considerations (11:22); Americas has no plan for worst-case scenario of COVID-19 (26;34); coronavirus pandemic exposing long-term inequalities experienced by communities of color and in public health system (32:24); survey shows record high trust in government and widespread suspicion of businesses in COVID-19 responses.

Week of May 4, 2020:

COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION #8: Donald Trump assures nation will continue to be full of baloney (2:07); status at prisons in Ohio and Lucas County (6:47); latest local update (13:08); national “non-plan” for testing (16:34); piecing together info on local situation (23:29); high-tech and low-tech COVID-19 treatment (28:29); what Jonas Salk would have said about COVID-19 — evolve socially (35:15).

Week of April 27, 2020:

COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION #7: National and state roundup (1:43); jails could add 99,000 deaths to epidemic (14:42); physical distancing — how are we doing in U.S., Ohio and Lucas County (19:14); what it will take to get the U.S. open for business (29:08); what about antibody testing and immunity? (34:24); the latest on local testing and contact tracing (57:18).

Week of April 20, 2020:

COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION #6: National roundup (2:05); local round up including county social distancing score from cell phone data, county COVID-19 response preparedness score, and nursing homes impact (9:57); thinking big and responding big (21:52); where are we with testing and what needs to be done? (32:50); where are we with contact tracing and what needs to be done? (46:42); more news on challenges facing (51:02); health inequities and racial disparities (55:18).

Week of April 13, 2020:

COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION #5: Featuring: How does our local epidemic compare to the rest of Ohio and the rest of the country? (2:09); latest news and commentary (4:37); battle of the latest projections – a deep dive into the numbers racket (23:56); quick roundup of completely predictable bad news (57:13).

Week of April 6, 2020:

COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION #4: Featuring my prediction – COVID-19 deaths will approach the leading cause of death this next year (1:45); good news – Ohio leadership (3:55); bad news – national lack of leadership (5;42); grade card on key interventions required to reverse epidemic (16:31); where is all of this leading? a look at the south going south (27:53); some lighter news (35:55); testing update – don’t expect anytime soon (37:52); drug treatments? “closed for cleaning”? should people wear masks? (50:01); pandemic will ravage lower-income countries (54:05).

Week of March 30, 2020:

COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION #3: Featuring leadership bringing us to number 1 in the world (1:43); Ohio refuses call to advocate for a coordinated nationwide shelter-in-place strategy (4:31); my prediction two weeks ago that the U.S. will look like Italy in two weeks is panning out (7:10); local testing started — what does this mean? (9:14); a third of coronavirus cases may be “silent carriers” (18:45); playing the “hot spot” game is too little too late (18:45); the economy versus our public health is a false dichotomy and dangerous distraction (25:43); rationing and supply-line shortages will only worsen (34:32); multiple waves of epidemics from health care workers and other workers, institutionalized populations like prisoners, nursing home residents and active military, as well as homeless and displaced people worldwide (44:28); what would winning look like? (52:43).

Week of March 23, 2020:

COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION #2: Featuring quick leadership assessment (2:16); the coronavirus paradox — our lowest point and finest hour (3:10); a terrified nation needs a leader during this crisis, not a salesman (8:03); World Health Organization expert explains why China’s cases of COVID-19 have declined and what we must learn from this (14:02); situation analysis of where we are right now and likely heading in the next few weeks (28:11); Lucas County local report on where we are at with testing, contact tracing and hospital preparedness, based on my interview with Eric Zgodzinski, Health Director, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department (33:01).

Week of March 16, 2020:

Featuring COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION: good news/bad news (1:43); majority of Americans have at least one underlying condition that puts them at greater risk (3:19); the biggest thing to worry with coronavirus is the overwhelming of our health care system (5:57); chronically deteriorating funding of public health has crippled our ability to respond effectively to this epidemic (13:56); aggressive social distancing is seriously important even if you feel well (23:30); absence of a truly coordinated national response leaves those potentially exposed or sick confused about what to do (25:12); White House classifies coronavirus deliberations as secret which hampers response (41:19); Science magazine editorial — disrespecting science and the laws of nature confounds response (45:51); FTC and FDA cites 7 firms falsely claiming products treat COVID-19 (50:05).

Week of March 9, 2020:

Featuring as coronavirus spreads, the bill for our public health failures is due (1:53); coronavirus testing could cost some patients extra and impede response to epidemic (7:07); America is botching coronavirus testing (10:26); prisons and jails are vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreaks (12:17); Ohio ranks at bottom in new national drug trend report (20:46); air pollution is one of the world’s most dangerous health risks (21:25); climate change leads to more violence against women and girls (23:29); every country on Earth failing to provide world fit for children (30:35).

Week of March 2, 2020:

Featuring my coronavirus pandemic prediction (1:44); if coronavirus sweeps America, blame our brutal work and healthcare culture (3:08); how you can prepare for the coronavirus epidemic in America (14;35); Bayer CEO quits over Roundup lawsuits (26:53); here’s the Medicare-for-all study that Bernie Sanders keeps bringing up (27;43); Obamacare favorability hits record high (31:02); survival of the friendliest — how close friendships help us thrive (32:19).

Week of February 24, 2020:

Featuring a public health case study on coronavirus epidemic — where are we headed and what lessons can be learned? (1:50); no clear rationale for 45% of antibiotic prescriptions (21:39); changing clocks is bad for your health, but which time to choose? (24:45); largest publicly-traded health insurers  profits grew by 66% in 2019 (28:39); 1 in 4 rural hospitals is vulnerable to closure, driven by states refusing expansion (29:07).

Week of February 17, 2020:

Featuring Ohio gun safety laws get “D” on annual scorecard (2:19); puberty starts a year earlier for girls now than in the 1970’s (5:35); as out-of-pocket health costs rise, insured adults are seeking less primary care (7:02); Trump’s budget a non-starter for Great Lakes restoration (10:21); in agricultural giant Brazil, a new a growing hazard of illegal trade in pesticides (12:38); “Like sending bees to war” — the deadly truth behind almond growing (19:12); most Americans consider climate change the most important issue facing society today, with many struggling with eco-anxiety and changing their own behaviors (25:07); why sequencing the human genome hasn’t cured many diseases (27:46); Pittsburgh unveils master plan to significantly expand bike lanes (33:00).

Week of February 10, 2020:

Featuring Trump kept controversial pesticide on market and now its biggest manufacturer is ending production (2:18); spike in loneliness with two-thirds of adults feeling lonely (4:42); a sampling of interesting facts about what, when, and where America eats (10:07); consumers trust food and beverage corporations much less than other corporations (14:00); public health experts warn China travel ban will hinder coronavirus response (14:30); jail officials profit from selling e-cigarettes to inmates (19:43); the disturbing link between environmental racism and criminalization (23:20); female genital mutilation hurts women and economies (31:40).

Week of February 3, 2020:

Featuring Dicamba pesticide on trial (2:22); Trump regime forgets to renew its own opioid emergency declaration (4:13); putting the Wuhan coronavirus in relative perspective with the flu (5:14); containing new coronavirus may not be feasible, as experts warn of possible sustained global spread (10:27); FDA sunscreen report raises concerns over common sunscreen chemicals (14:54); hormone-altering chemicals threaten our health, finances and future (19:55); analysis of data gives insights into complementary health recommendations from U.S. physicians (34:55).

Week of January 27, 2020:

Featuring in opioid racketeering trial, pharmaceutical executive John Kapoor sentenced to 5.5 years (2:19); report finds most states lack crucial highway safety laws, with Ohio in bottom tier (5:17); the USDA never gives up on favoring corporate interests over kids’ health, in rolling back school food rules (8:38); new study debunks argument for weakening health school lunch rules (12:16); sepsis associated with 1 in 5 deaths globally, double previous estimate (14:34); Physicians for a National Health Program public letter on Medicare for All (16;49); The American College of Physicians’ endorsement of single-payer reform is a sea change for the medical profession (18:55); how non-compete clauses shackle physicians and hurt patients (22:01); the false promise of natural gas, aka, methane (25:21); world consumption of natural materials hits record 13 tons per earthling per year (35:02).

Week of January 20, 2020:

Featuring why drinking diet soda makes you crave sugar (1:44); slow carbs over low carbs – fiber matters (5:00); FDA and NIH let clinical trial sponsors keep results secret against regulations (9:02); putting air filters in classrooms could give student performance a serious boost (12:42); between 2005 and 2016, the shift away from coal saved an estimated 26,610 lives and 570 million bushels of crops (14:07); why Black doctors like me are leaving faculty positions in academic medical centers (16:42); McDonald’s in Black America (23:18); millions of “outdated” tests being performed on healthy females 15-20 years old (26:00); Kansas leaders announce breakthrough bipartisan deal to expand Medicaid (26:58); the most expensive health care option of all — do nothing (27:36); more Americans dying at home rather than in hospitals (33:17); helping patients prep mind and body for surgery pays off (34:35).

Week of January 13, 2020:

Featuring alcohol-related deaths have doubled since 1999, here’s why (2:18); 40% of gun owners reported not locking all guns, even around kids (6:25); Coca-Cola internal documents reveal efforts to sell to teens, despite obesity crisis (8:52); half of America will be obese within 10 years, unless we work together (10:48); more than one in three low- and middle-income countries face both extremes of malnutrition (13:48); expansion linked to 6% decline in opioid overdose deaths (18:10); U.S. health care bureaucracy costs unnecessary $600 billion yearly (19:02); every American family basically pays a yearly $8,000 “poll tax” under U.S. health system (20:25); nurses get under 7 hours of sleep before a work shift — 83 minutes fewer than days off (25;40); health care providers are unrecognized victims of mass killings, and we are doing little to support them (28:26); U.S. cancer rate drops by largest annual margin ever (30:58); ecopsychology — how immersion in nature benefits your health (33:12).

Week of January 6, 2020:

Featuring Trump abandons sweeping vape ban with weak new rules (2:21); 7 women’s health topics we need to talk about in 2020 (5:48); advocates hopeful gun violence research funding will lead to prevention (12:16); long work hours linked to both regular and hidden high blood pressure (15:28); processed meat recalls rise dramatically as consumers bite down in metal, plastic and glass (16:48); animal agriculture cost more in health damage than it contributes to the economy (20:08); “completely unsustainable” — how streaming and other data demands take a toll on the environment (21:38); The IRS sent a letter to 3.9 million people and it saved some of their lives (22:32); “Medicare for All” ignores a bigger problem of -level factors impacting health (25:22); Toledo needs to fix access to drug treatment centers (29:32); your DNA is not your destiny — or a good predictor of your health (33:04); huge drop in cholera cases worldwide as key endemic countries achieve gains in cholera control (35:10).

Week of December 30, 2019:

Featuring a special episode on conflicts of interest in health science research with: why scientists defend dangerous industries (2:32); scientists’ failure to disclose hundreds of millions by of dollars in conflicts of interest in federally funded health research (9:12); and how even public universities do a poor job of reporting their professors’ conflicts of interest (20:46).

Week of December 23, 2019:

Featuring context and broader perspective on Toledo’s reported ranking as #2 in mental health among American midsize cities, with wide look at Toledo health indicators compared to the U.S. as a whole (1:45), and how Ohio ranks compared to other states within another set of health indicators(10:00); and for Toledoans to feel relatively better, an in-depth report on the extraordinary danger of being pregnant and uninsured in Texas (15:44).

Week of December 16, 2019:

Featuring the latest Romaine lettuce outbreak — Just say NO (2:18); labeling foods with the amount and type of exercise needed to burn off the calories may encourage people to make healthier dietary choices (5:46); dramatic health benefits following air pollution reductions (8:03); climate change impact of hot temperatures shortening pregnancies (12:17); mental health and addiction care are poorly covered by insurance networks, even with parity law (13:42); half of homeless people may have experienced a head injury in their lifetime (17:04); large pharma companies don’t really provide drug development innovation (18:38); another generic drug company admits to price-fixing (23:31); how “Indian relocation” created a public health crisis (25:23); scientists take action to prevent sexual harassment and bias in STEM workplace (24:34).

Week of December 9, 2019:

Featuring no need for extra protein unless losing weight or gaining muscle (2:21); access to online grocery shopping can vastly reduce “food deserts” (3:47); Trump administration plays perfect Grinch with its new food stamp rules (5:31); red states expanding points to its widespread political popularity (10:18); tobacco use among kids jumps from 3.6 million to 6.2 million in one year (14:48); the e-cigarette ingredient to really fear is nicotine (17:07); Ohio to test state drinking water supplies for “forever chemical” contamination (20:15); 1.9 million Michigan residents drink some PFAS as evidence mounts about its dangers (21:58); breast cancer linked to permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners, especially among black women (27:32); police killings of unarmed black Americans may effect health of black infants (29:39); how racism ripples through rural California pipes (35:08).

Week of December 2, 2019:

Featuring short-term air pollution linked to growing list of health problems (2:14); Americans’ drinking, drug use, despair wiping life expectancy gains (5:05); health care, mass shootings, 2020 election causing Americans significant stress (9:09); hospital alarms prove a noisy misery for patients (12:24); the $11 million Medicare tool that gives seniors the wrong insurance information (16:50); Mississippi forfeits a million dollars daily in funds, severely affecting mentally ill (20:49); mental health studies limp transgender teens under one umbrella, missing clues to help them in the process (25:23); shooting victims have increased of mental harm long after physical injuries have healed (30:24); feeling loved in everyday life linked with improved well-being (32:24).

Week of November 25:

Featuring holiday commentary on eating for quality of life, and tips on mindful eating (1:43); public health case study — why the FDA was unable to prevent a crisis of vaping among youth (10:53); large health coverage expansions do not increase overall health care utilization (26:40); employees spending greater share of income on health insurance (28:58); Georgia waivers more costly and cover far fewer people than expansion (31:10); Ohio still hemorrhaging money to pharmacy middlemen (33:28); with half of brain removed, it still works pretty well (36:52).

Week of November 18:

Featuring new data-driven definitions of unhealthy yet persuasive ‘hyper-palatable’ foods (2:16); adult cigarette smoking rates hit all-time low in U.S. (5;37); e-cigarettes take serious toll on heart health, not safer than traditional cigarettes (7:18); High proportion of youth report using prescription opioids (8:51); vaping and prescription opioids — limbic capitalism in action (10:49); childhood trauma as a public health issue (18:47); getting a handle on self-harm (23:07); 35,000 Americans die of antibiotic-resistant infection each year (30:16); groundbreaking HIV vaccine design strategy shows promise in proof-of-principle tests (31:47); in a notoriously polluted area of the country, massive new chemical plants are still moving in (34:16); Delhi is engulfed by toxic pollution — why isn’t anyone wearing masks? (34:55)

Week of November 11:

Featuring how in health care so-called market competition and the “public option” is a poison pill (1:43); number of uninsured children rises for second year, topping 4 million (22:50); widely used algorithm for follow-up care in hospitals is racially biased (25:26); women scientists author fewer invited commentaries in medical journals than men (28:15); dementia impacts women more and new approaches are needed (29:03); tap water at Trump National Golf Course contaminated with toxic “forever chemical” (31:57); restoring native vegetation could cut air pollution and costs (34:22).

Week of November 4:

Featuring thousands of doctors paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by drug and medical device companies (2:20); pharma money paid to doctors is the cancer growing in cancer medicine (6:06); massive marketing muscle pushes more expensive 3D mammograms despite no evidence they save more lives (10:11); proposed opioid settlement could cost drugmaker only pennies on the dollar (14;12); Trump has already hired 4 times the former lobbyists than Obama had six years into office (15:13); wasted health care spending in U.S. tops annual defense budget (15:48); to treat chronic ailments, fix diet first (17:36); nutritious foods have lower environmental impact than unhealthy foods (20:42); study finds focusing on patient value and goals instead of problems yields better outcomes (23:02); in longer run, drugs and talk therapy offer similar value for people with depression (27:42); mentally ill die many years earlier than others (30:46); sleeps connection to gut microbiome reinforces overall good health (31:42); racial inequities in hospital admissions for heart failure (34:29).

Week of October 28:

Featuring the connection between pipelines and sexual violence (2:21); taking the cops out of mental health-related 911 rescues (5:42); when medical debt collectors decide who get arrested (7:22); children’s of dying before age 5 varies more than 40-fold (11:23); 7 million people receive record level of lifesaving TB treatment but 3 million still miss out (14:27); 2 out of 3 wild poliovirus strains eradicated (16;44); fear of falling — how hospitals do even more harm by keeping patients in bed (18:30); exercise can reduce artery stiffness even in those with heart failure (20:41); largest study finds greater reduction in cardiovascular disease and death from taking high blood pressure medication at bedtime rather than in morning (21:21); doctors argue for term limits to diversify medical school leadership (23:58); U.S. air quality was improving but is now getting worse (28:26); replacement flame retardants pose serious risks (31:07).

Week of October 21:

Featuring a call to eliminate all flavored cigarettes, not just the electric kind (2:18); JUUL announcement on certain flavored e-cigarettes is way too little way to late (6:32); Doctors are more likely to prescribe opioids later in the day, or if appointments run late (7:23); every hospital needs recovery coaches for patients with substance use problems (9:46); cultivating joy through mindfulness — an antidote to opioid misuse, the disease of despair (15:13); INVESTIGATIVE REPORT – inside the drug industry’s plan to defeat the DEA (19:03).

Week of October 14:

Featuring: lead scientist of controversial meat guidelines didn’t report ties to food industry front group (1:43); noise pollution as an emerging public health crisis (7:37); update on vaping recommendations (12:41); upcoming flu season may be fairly severe (14:33); STD rates hit record high in U.S. (16:22); global report on vision impairment (18:38); NIH funding disparity between black and white scientists (19:29); sheriffs avoid paying their hospital bills by foisting “medical bond” on sick inmates (21:33); unjustified drug price hikes cost Americans billions (25:31); antibiotic resistance in food animals nearly tripled since 2000 (27:20); EPA about-face lets emissions soar at some coal plants (28:24); PFAS levels rise in Michigan drinking water from Lake Erie (30:30); environmental and health harms are downshifting America’s obsession with the lawn (31:33).

Week of October 7:

Featuring the recent confusion around meat consumption research — a case study on nutritional science research (1:43); lack of sleep has detrimental effects on hunger and fat metabolism (19:00); smartphone dependency predicts depressive symptoms and loneliness (20:07); handgun purchasers with a prior DUI have a greater for serious violence (21:50); FDA refuses to classify ‘forever chemical” PFAS as hazardous substance (23:15); safe drinking water violations are higher for communities of color (27:50); role of racial stereotypes in assumptions that African-Americans are more violent (28:58); special series of articles in the American Journal of Public Health documenting role of slavery and racism in health inequalities that persist today (31:06).

Week of September 30:

Featuring American Heart Association statement condemning JUUL’s executive leadership change to long-time tobacco exec (1:45); how active shooter drills in schools are traumatizing our children (4:33); the Surgeon General’s deafening silence on gun violence (10:42); investigative journalist reveals startling flaws in generic drug industry, with FDA missing in action (14:20); World Health Organization calls for urgent action to reduce patient harm in healthcare (18:03); stressed out — Americans making themselves sick over politics (23:19); heart-healthy forager-farmers in lowland Bolivia are changing diets and gaining weight (25:35); many schools are putting brakes on making meals healthier for kids (27:52); some tea bags may shed billions of microplastics per cup (31:02); in continuing trend, S.C. Johnson joins Coca-Cola and PepsiCo in ditching ties to Plastics Industry Association (34:34).

Week of September 23:

Featuring Ohio initiatives to fight youth vaping (2:18); sexual trauma as a global public health issue (5:57); Defense Department as single biggest polluter on planet (12:00); 15 governors lobby for provisions in defense bill to limit toxic chemicals (17:10); deforestation is getting worse, five years after countries and companies vowed to stop it (19:12); Man vs. mosquito – at the front lines of a public health war (20:57); the connection between residential segregation and health (23:48); national support for “red-flag: gun laws could prevent many suicides (25;47); obesity epidemic grows and disparities persist (28:39); despite growing burden of diet-related diseases, medical education does not equip students to provide quality nutritional care to patients (29:52); House panel investigating private equity firms’ role in surprise medical billing (32:16); more women and children survive today than ever before — U.N. report (33:29).

Week of September 16:

Featuring suicide prevention awareness month info (1:43); lifestyle, not genetics, explain most premature heart disease, and multiple factors raise exponentially (7:23); flu vaccination linked to lower risk of early death in people with high blood pressure (8:43); it matters that Detroit broke federal law when it razed asbestos-laden building (11:25); Juul illegally marketed e-cigarettes (13:26); if Ohio can’t pass the simplest health care price transparency laws, how will Congress curb surprise bills (15:59); Physicians for a National Health Program diagnose politicians and pundits with Corporate Talking-Pointitis (23:06); only a fraction of costs of excessive drinking are paid for by alcohol taxes (30:12); STAT wins long legal fight clearing way for release of Purdue OxyContin files (32:50).

Week of September 9:

Featuring a case study in nutritional fads — vitamin D — with a study of high doses of vitamin D resulting in decreased bone density (1:43); emails show Monsanto orchestrated GOP effort to intimidate cancer researchers (8:24); how Ohio’s Chamber of Commerce killed the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (11:14); EPA to roll back regulations on methane, a potent greenhouse gas (12:41); sexism in health care — in men, it’s Parkinson’s, in women, it’s hysteria (14:53); overeating wastes far more food then we throw away (18:33); big pharma sinks to bottom of U.S. industry rankings (21:14); advocates sound alarm as uninsured rates rise under Trump (22:02); Obamacare health insurance exchange prices to drop in Ohio for first time (23:46); opioid treatment is used vastly more in states that expanded Medicaid (26:23); plant-based fire retardants may offer less toxic way to tame flames (27:43); water treatment cuts parasitic roundworm infections affection 800 million people (28:26); a quarter of the world’s population at risk of developing tuberculosis (29:45); FDA approves TB pill that cures more hard-to-treat patients (30:15); for the first time, clinical trial results show Ebola drugs improve survival rates (32:01).

Week of September 2:

Featuring an in-depth investigative report into industry influence of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines development process (1:47); and Ohio drug deaths plunge in Ohio, but up in Lucas County (29:50).

Week of August 26:

Featuring the two largest health factors in your personal health: smoking and diet (1:44); nearly 200,000 trans people have been exposed to conversion therapy (16:02); toxic furniture flame retardants may not stifle deadliest home fires (18:35); Health panel tells doctors to screen all adults for illicit drug use (20:31); spending on illicit drugs nears $150 billion annually, similar to alcohol (21:17); American Medical Association leaves coalition opposing single-payer Medicare for All (22:50); and programs work from within to prevent black maternal deaths: workers targeting root cause — racism (24:56).

Week of August 19:

Featuring Brazil’s Bolsonaro administration approving 290 new pesticide products for use (2:20); in echo of Flint lead crisis, Newark offers bottled water (4:31); summer in the city is hot, but some neighborhoods suffer more (5:32); up to half of patients withhold life-threatening issues from doctors (9:18); how #MeToo is changing sex ed policies – even in red states (10:04); 140,000 women could lose clinical abortion access in 1st year if Roe v. Wade were overturned (14:55); 250,000 fewer Ohioans on Medicaid, but even the experts don’t know why (15:38); Half-a-million years of Ohioans’ life expectancy lost to gun deaths (19:13); review of 33 years worth of medical studies reveals key areas for new research to explore concerning gun deaths (23:13); the dangers of the mental health narrative when it comes to gun violence (25:17); racist words and acts, like El Paso shooting, harm children’s health (29:46).

Week of August 12:

Featuring lower weight bias among physicians who regard obesity as a disease; BPA substitutes linked to obesity; call for radical reform to address 3.5 billion people worldwide with poor dental health; Coca-Cola pushing to get FDA let it add vitamins to drinks; amid teen vaping epidemic, Juul taps addiction expert as medical director; high radiation levels found near U.S. nuclear dump from weapons testing in Marshall Islands; moral injury and burnout in medicine requires collective action; and how judges added to the grim toll of opioids.

Week of August 5:

Featuring growing PCB claims adding to Bayer’s legal woes for Roundup; floods and fires stir up toxic stew posing long-term dangers; new tool for Michigan officials to use to remedy environmental injustice; Florida sugarcane burning could switch to green harvesting saving lives and boosting economy; U.S. could have averted 15,600 deaths if every state expanded Medicaid; Trump proposal to push 3 million Americans off food assistance; one-third of food grown never makes it out of fields; relatively low-dose radiation from CT scans and x-rays favor cancer growth; fitbits and other wearables may not accurately track heart rates in people of color; and seeing greenery linked to less intense and frequent cravings.

Week of July 29:

Featuring the corrupting influence of conflicts of interest in medical research; UT exhibit on protest and social change includes “Condoms STOP AIDS” poster developed by your humble host; widespread aspirin use despite few benefits, high risks; child drowning rates dropping two-thirds driven by better building codes concerning pools; vaccinating dogs for rabies worldwide could save the lives 59,000 people yearly; nations with strong women’s rights have better population health and faster economic growth; Medicare for All unlikely to raise hospitalization rates much, if at all; climate shocks, conflict and economic slumps drive rising world hunger; taps run dry for half of Zimbabwe’s capital city affecting millions.

Week of July 22:

Featuring keto diets and other diets that severely restrict carbohydrates, how there is little evidence for their effectiveness, especially considering their potential risks and sustainability issues both individually and ecologically, and how massive carbohydrate restriction hamstrings consumption of health-producing carbohydrates like beans, fruits, vegetables and unrefined grains; capping medical residency training hours does not hamper doctor quality; primary care needs to be encouraged; patients provide input for first time in mental health definitions; how to deal with anxiety about climate change; and protecting forests and watersheds to treat water cost-effectively and sustainably.

Week of July 15:

Featuring why there is so much commercial corruption in nutrition; fiber and health and fiber as a good marker for intake of whole foods; indoor carbon dioxide levels could be a health hazard; most kids on public coverage have parents who work for big companies; international drug development processes are irresponsible and must be reformed; the burgeoning benzo crisis; psychiatric diagnosis “scientifically meaningless”; and environmental activists declare victory after Detroit incinerator closes.

Week of July 8:

Featuring alcohol and cancer; bullying and weight bias; the Veterans Crisis Line; austerity and fueling mental illness; EPA moves to phase out animal experiments which could mean end to toxics regulations; mini-biographies help clinicians connect with patients; new guidelines aim to enlist primary care physicians in transgender care; poll: most Americans favor Medicare for All if they can keep their doctors; and children’s cardiac care dangerous when mixed with corporatized health care.

Week of July 1:

Featuring the continuing public health case study that is the obesity epidemic, with a call to move beyond individual behavior and focus on social determinants driving obesity such as fat shaming and bias, and access to culturally-competent health services; plus, medical groups declare climate change as greatest public health challenge of the 21st century; Agriculture Department buries studies showing dangers of climate change; dangerous DDT levels 50 years after banning; and how banning dangerous chemicals could save the U.S. billions.

Week of June 24:

Featuring the question: Is public health in America so bad among the young, supposedly healthier people, that the U.S. may eventually not be able to defend itself militarily? Plus, the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s busiest year; childhood adversity’s link to mental illness, sexually transmitted infections continue unabated; world’s rivers awash with dangerous levels of antibiotics, the U.S. continuing to use pesticides banned in other countries; and Ohio River moves to voluntary pollution standards in face of massive petrochemical plant build-out.

Week of June 17:

Featuring the importance of happiness and purpose in driving health and well-being, and the epidemic of meaninglessness in work life; the role of sleep in health; the celebration of Men’s Health Month through using male privilege to help bring about gender justice and defeat patriarchy; the secret to Latino longevity; and how skyrocketing out-of-pocket health expenses, particularly among employer-based and private health insurance is costing health and lives.

Week of June 10:

Featuring a public health case study offering several perspectives on the many factors which form the perfect storm of the obesity epidemic — with a few tips for weathering the storm; and a series of articles regarding racism and racial disparities in health — with some good news.

Week of June 3:

Featuring continued coverage of the health effects of processed foods, including two new major studies; concerns about the potential risks of the exponential growth of nanoparticles in food processing; toxic chemicals used in food packaging and how to avoid them; and why cutting down on salt is health promoting, even if your blood pressure is fine.

Week of May 27:

Featuring continuing Mental Health Awareness Month coverage including suicide, supposed mental health parity, and appealing health coverage denials, and another in a series of mental health poems by local poet, Justin Samson, with this week’s poem on PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome; Media Watch segment on MercyHealth claiming that nurses mean the world ironically while their nurses strike; landmark study on processed foods and overeating, and a series of stories on air pollution as a public health emergency.

Week of May 20:

Featuring Mental Health Awareness Month coverage including the debut in a series of mental health poems by local poet, Justin Samson, with this week’s poem on major depression; public health news and research roundup coverage of dementia prevention recommendations, childhood cancer prevention, and basic sanitation as a critical public health issue in the U.S. and globally.

Week of May 13:

Featuring Mental Health Awareness Month coverage, public health news and research roundup coverage of the ongoing Monsanto Roundup™ saga plus other herbicide/pesticide/plastics toxins, prescription drug prices, and the debut of another parody PSA.

Week of May 6:

A whole show about vaccine-preventable infectious diseases.  SPOILER ALERT: immunizations profoundly improve the public health of our planet!

Week of April 29:

Featuring tips on cutting back on salt and sugar, and getting more whole grains into your diet. This episode debuts two new segments, Media Watch, looking at how public health is portrayed in the media, and Health Observances, April as minority health month, examining racism as the driving force in the so-called mystery of stubbornly high black infant mortality. The Public Health News and Research Roundup includes the health effects of fracking, and the effect of food waste on climate change.

Week of April 22:

Featuring “The three most dangerous food additives,” and good news in the Public Health News and Research Roundup. And look out for that parody PSA!

Week of April 15:

Featuring Public Health News and Research Roundup and a noncommercial break highlighting blood donation.

Week of April 8:

Featuring environmental health news and the question: Can you be a serious environmentalist without cutting down drastically on animal-foods, that is, cutting way down on meat, eggs, and dairy?

Week of April 1:

Featuring a far-reaching riff on epidemiology, the science of the distribution of health, disease and their determinants in populations; in laypersons’ terms, what are the most important things to consider in our community’s health. Regarding personal health, the show closes with a quick summary of evidence-based eating for health.

Week of May 25:

Featuring Public Health News and Research Roundup [not affiliated with Roundup™, the infamous human carcinogen].

Week of May 18: 

Featuring Medicare for all testimony and Toledo Democracy Day coverage, plus conferring the award for the MOST CONSTIPATED View of DEMOCRACY.

PILOT Show from December 2015: 

This is the original pilot show that started it all! This full hour show features an interview with local guest, Johnathon Ross, M.D., M.P.H., a local public health physician and former president of Physicians for a National Health Program.