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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October 21, 2021 5 min

 Are you tired all the time? Perhaps it's time to rethink how you're sleeping and resting. As bestselling author Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith writes in her book “Sacred Rest,” there are seven types of rest.

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It's estimated 1 million Americans are living with multiple sclerosis. It's a disease that sees the body attack its own central nervous system. For some, the disease is unrelenting. Others experience periodic flares. So how does one live with this? Delaney Parker got the diagnosis 13 years ago and has now penned a book about a woman’s journey. It's called “Grace” and she's my Health Beat guest.

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October 12, 2021 6 min

Food insecurity was an issue before COVID. It's only been exacerbated since the pandemic hit. So how to get food to the hungry? That's at the heart of the mission of Feeding New York State and the partnerships it's formed to fill stomachs. Executive Director Dan Egan is here to talk about the work.

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October 12, 2021 7 min

When the body fights infection, we expect to get well. But sometimes there's an overactive response and in essence the body turns on itself. The result is sepsis. More than 1 million people develop sepsis in the country every year and 15 to 30% of them will die. That makes recognition of the problem a matter of life and death. Al Cardillo, president of the Healthcare Association of New York State, is here to help save lives.

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October 12, 2021 6 min

The changing color of the leaves is a reminder that it's time for our health insurance selections. The Medicare annual enrollment period has begun.  If you’re eligible, what do you need to know? To help us sort things out is Dr. Joshua Ardise, medical director for Empire Blue Cross.

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October 12, 2021 6 min

Sometimes it seems as if one medical journal contradicts another in a short span of time. How to know which is right? And are some just posting anything for a buck? Dr. Joe Bertino, the editor of the well-respected Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, helps us sort it out.

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October 12, 2021 8 min

We know this has been an emotionally difficult time -- especially for our children. That's why the Mental Health Association of New York State has a new program. Brandon Beachamp, the director of MHANYS School Mental Health Resources and Training Center, is here to fill us in.

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October 12, 2021 6 min

It may seem crazy to some but the appeal of competing in a triathlon is growing. The event involves swimming, biking, and running. There is a variety of distances for these races but the fact remains the same, you have to cross the line after completing all those events. So who's toeing the line and why are more people doing it. Tommy Struzzieri the race director for Alpha Win, which organizes many of these races.

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October 12, 2021 7 min

The Olympians and Paralympians we cheered this summer are a reminder of what humans can achieve. We may never reach those heights, but with support and training we can all be our best -- including people with special needs. That's where STRIDE Adaptive Sports comes in. For decades, it's been living up to its mission that no one should be left behind because of a disability.  Mary Ellen Whitney is the executive director and ...

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October 12, 2021 8 min

I've lost count of the inquiries from viewers and friends about extra care for their elderly loved ones -- care to be provided both in the home or in a supporting living situation like assisted living. Your first call might be to the Eddy Visiting Nurse & Rehab Association. Lisa Lemery is the program's executive director and joins me.

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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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August 16, 2021 8 min

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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