Health Beat with Dr. Benita Zahn

Health Beat with Dr. Benita Zahn

Digital-exclusive health reports from WNYT NewsChannel 13 health reporter and anchor Dr. Benita Zahn.

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August 19, 2021 5 min

Did you know you have the right to your medical records? But can you see all the records? And what about cost to obtain a copy? Dr. Joseph Sellers is the president of the Medical Society of the State of New York, and he's here with answers. 

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation's largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, there are affiliates in every state, including New York. It provides support to family and friends of individuals with mental illness and persons living with mental illnesses.

In our pandemic world, it's well documented that cases of mental illness have risen, making the ...

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August 12, 2021 9 min

As the delta variant of the COVID virus continues sweeping across the country, the pressure mounts to get more people vaccinated. But how to get those opposed onboard? Dr. Joseph Sellers is the new president of the Medical Society of the State of New York -- and that's part of his mission. He's joins me now.

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August 9, 2021 6 min

When children battle life-threatening conditions, the strain on the family can be tremendous. For decades, the Ronald McDonald House in Albany has been a refuge for them -- providing housing and meals and supporting the families, so they can support their child. Now they have another place to spend time to recharge -- the Krantz Cottage in Lake George. Ronald McDonald House CEO Dr. David Jacobsen joins me to talk about it. 

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August 2, 2021 6 min

 Crohn's Disease is an inflammatory disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. It can be mild to severe. Crohn's can occur at any age, but often is diagnosed between ages 15 to 35. As many as 780,000 people may be affected in the United States. One of the big questions they ask is what can I eat to control this? A new study sheds light on what may be the best diet. Dr. Robert Gianotti, a gastroenterolog...

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July 28, 2021 6 min

Races of all distances were converted to virtual events during the height of the pandemic. As much as runners love to run, part of the allure of racing is to be with others. Racing has returned and that means the Freihofer's Run for Women is back -- although now it's a late summer event. In addition, there's a training program. Race director Kristin Hislop joins me.

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July 26, 2021 6 min

That school kids struggled during the pandemic has been well detailed. For children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the challenges were even greater. What can we do to help them during the summer months prepare for the next school year? Dr. Theresa Cerulli is a neuropsychiatrist specializing in ADHD through her practice and position on the staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She's also mom to...

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July 26, 2021 5 min

Aging can bring physical challenges. Now compound that with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. A number of programs have been developed to help keep this population moving, including dance and boxing. A new program done virtually has emerged called Coach Me Strong. Co-creator of the program Jeff Seckendorf.

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July 1, 2021 8 min

As the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus continues to span the globe, now there’s a super delta variant. What does that mean and will the current vaccines protect against it? Dr. Eli Rosenberg, associate professor of epidemiology at UAlbany is my guest.

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June 27, 2021 10 min

Long haulers is the term for people who continue suffering symptoms even after they recover from COVID-19. Little-known illnesses are being diagnosed in a growing number of these folks. What does that mean for their health? How to get diagnosed properly and treated? And what are the implications for health care? Dr. Joshua Shulman-Marcus, a cardiologist at Albany Med, is my health beat guest to discuss this.

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June 23, 2021 8 min

As vaccination rates against COVID-19 begin to taper off, the delta variant of the coronavirus is increasing, and it's a more easily transmissible variant. So what does this hold for us? Dr. David Holtgrave, the dean of the School of Public Health at the University at Albany, recently penned an op-ed piece on this and joins me to discuss it.

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June 21, 2021 5 min

Light sensitivity, or photophobia, is a frequent symptom of migraine headaches, which affect nearly 15% of the world's population. Now imagine a specific light therapy could tame those headaches. Green light therapy is being heralded as helping and Dr. Stephen Silberstein, director of the Headache Center at Jefferson University in Philadelphia, is my guest to discuss this. 

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