Health Discovered

Health Discovered

WebMD Chief Physician Editor Neha Pathak, MD, and Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, MPH, explore fascinating stories to find the unexpected things that help us understand our health.

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June 23, 2022 48 min

More and more women are looking into oocyte cryopreservation -- or egg freezing -- to take control of their fertility. James Grifo, MD, PhD, director of the NYU Langone Fertility Center and the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, talks about the process and its impacts on physical and mental health. Also, listen in on Rachel Lehmann-Haupt’s fertility story, author of In Her Own Sweet Time: Egg Freezing and the N...

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How does stress affect our overall well being? And how can mindfulness reduce the effects of stress on our nervous system? Clinical psychologist Seth J. Gillihan, PhD, who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, helps us understand the practical benefits of mindfulness – like breath – and remembering to honor ourselves through all phases of our mindfulness journey.

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Alzheimer's affects millions of Americans -- but it isn't a normal part of aging. Lisa Marshall saw every moment of her father's descent into the depths of dementia. She wrote about it in “The End of Alzheimer’s" and tells us about it in this episode. Also, listen in as Drs. Ayesha and Dean Sherzai explain what helps prevent dementia, based on research. Small things can make a big difference. Find more info about th...

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May 19, 2022 33 min

Your gut is home to an ecosystem of bacteria, viruses and fungi called the gut microbiome. That may sound bad, but it's really good for your overall health. When it's in balance, you feel great. But when something goes wrong, it rocks your world. Robynne Chutkan, MD, author of The Microbiome Solution, talks about how your digestive system works and why keeping it in good running order is one of the most important things you...

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Today, mental health struggles impact us more than ever. Many of us turn to social media for help and information. Clinical psychologist Seth J. Gillihan, PhD, who specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, talks about the pros and cons of using social media, the harmful effects of consuming the wrong content, and the power of community.

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Osteoarthritis (OA), is a condition that affects nearly 33 million Americans. It can make your joints sore, achy, and render everyday tasks difficult. Orthopedic surgeon Kim Templeton, MD, and physical therapist Daniel White, PT, discuss what’s actually happening inside your joints, how to stay active, and simple ways to ease the pain.

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April 28, 2022 29 min

It's no secret that lack of sleep can interfere with our lives. So, how important are healthy sleep patterns to the brain? And can we harness the restorative power of sleep while we're awake? Cognitive neuroscientist and author of The Power of the Downstate, Sara Mednick, PhD, talks about the positive effects of sleep and the downstate on our bodies, including improving perception, our creativity, and enhancing our understa...

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Nothing stops Adrianne Haslet. She was a bystander when bombs went off at the Boston marathon in 2013. After losing a leg that day, she vowed to run the race herself -- and she did in 2016. But first, she had to learn how to walk again. As she was training for the 2019 marathon, she was struck by a car and injured her shoulder. But Haslet didn’t let that keep her down. She shares her thoughts on resilience, and what it is that moti...

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April 14, 2022 34 min

Stress, anxiety, and depression are rising among kids and teens. What can we do to help them? In her new book, Building Happier Kids, pediatrician Hansa Bhargava, MD, chief medical officer at Medscape Education, talks about how the world today is affecting our children -- and shares practical tools for kids and parents. 

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March 31, 2022 35 min

Is medicine going back to the future? 50 years ago, psychedelics were a way to tune in, turn on, and drop out. They're still illegal as recreational drugs, but today's doctors are looking at them to help treat various mental health conditions, including PTSD and cancer-related depression. Natalie Gukasyan, MD, psychiatrist and assistant professor at John Hopkins University, explains the beneficial results psilocybin-assiste...

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March 17, 2022 46 min

Some 37 million Americans have type 2 diabetes. But what if you could stop the condition before it starts? In his new book, Take Control of Your Diabetes Risk, WebMD's Chief Medical Officer John Whyte, MD, MPH, offers easy, practical steps to do just that.

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March 3, 2022 38 min

Everyone has heard the message: Be sure to get regular exercise. But is exercise something humans really evolved to do? Evolutionary Biologist Daniel Liberman, author of the new book Exercised, shares why working out can feel a little "weird." 

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February 17, 2022 33 min

What's it like to drastically change your life's direction? Apolo Ohno, 8-time Olympic medalist in speed skating, did just that when he hung up his skates and went on to find new purpose and meaning. With a new book, Hard Pivot, Ohno shares the 5 principles that helped him -- and how they can help you, too.   

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February 3, 2022 32 min

You know that burst of happiness when you chomp down on something sweet -- or salty, whichever works for you. But what's really fueling that powerful link between food and mood?  We'll explore the science of nutritional psychiatry and answer the question: How does what we put in our mouths affect our body -- and our brain? 

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January 21, 2022 21 min

Get everyday advice and answers to questions about life with the ongoing Omicron variant. Is everyone really going to get it? Which masks work best? What's considered fully vaccinated - both vaccine shots, or do you need the booster, too? What might a vaccine passport look like?  

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January 6, 2022 24 min

Get answers to common questions about the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus: Is it really milder than other variants? Does it have a shorter incubation time? Why did the quarantine time change? How well do vaccines and boosters work against it? Does it affect children differently, and if so why?

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December 23, 2021 39 min

Many people are noting significant hair loss after a bout with COVID-19. But the virus itself may not be to blame. We'll explore the role pandemic-related stress plays in this unsettling phenomenon.

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December 9, 2021 30 min

It's a valuable part of treatment for depression, PTSD, and other conditions. But what role could therapy play in maintaining mental health for everyone? One expert describes what could be gained from a regular mental health check-up, and how to decide what type of therapy might be right for you.

 

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November 25, 2021 37 min

For years, experts have warned that feeling lonely and isolated was a problem with major health consequences for Americans. And for many people, the lockdowns and social distancing that were necessary during the COVID pandemic only made things worse. In this episode, we learn how feeling lonely can affect mental and physical health, and the role that everyone can play in fighting isolation and forging connections.

 

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November 11, 2021 37 min

As the world was grappling with the life-altering changes of the COVID pandemic, many people started noticing that something else was different -- their periods. Now, researchers are trying to understand the factors that could lie behind those changes -- stress, the virus, vaccines, or something else? And what can these changes teach us about the role the menstrual cycle plays in understanding your health?

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