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 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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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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June 14, 2021 7 min

The number of people on a diet has swelled. Even before this past year, it's estimated 45 million people are dieting at any time. But weight loss is only half the challenge. The second step is keeping it off. Upwards of 65% of those who successfully shed excess pounds, pack them back on. Enter Dr. Paul Aciero, professor of health and human physiological services at Skidmore College, and Peter Sickler, also at Skidmore but in a ...

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June 9, 2021 6 min

The events of the last 12 months have affected everyone. The mental health hit has been especially hard for some. Kids are among those who will need the most support as we go forward.  I recently spoke with two women working in this field. Since we’re in children's mental health month, I’m sharing again the two stories I did with them and their advice for healing.

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June 7, 2021 7 min

 As we reopen and reengage, we also have to reach out to those who've been so deeply affected by the time apart from loved ones. For those who battle substance abuse, that time away was particularly difficult and deadly. With overdoses skyrocketing, exact numbers are still being tallied. I recently spent time speaking with people in the substance abuse field. Some providing treatment and support, and one man who is walking the ...

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June 2, 2021 6 min

Being aware of stroke is critical to save brain. Too often, women don't recognize the symptoms in themselves. Dr. Alexandra Paul, neurosurgeon at Albany Med, wants to change that.

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June 2, 2021 6 min

When the pandemic hit and the world seemed to shut down, many organizations had to pivot to help not only the communities they traditionally helped, but to fill gaps to insure others didn't suffer needlessly. That's the case at the Albany Guardian Society. Executive Director Mary Moller is my guest.

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May 26, 2021 5 min

 It's tough enough dealing with seasonal allergies, but for an estimated 1.5 million adults and more than 400,000 children in New York breathing issues aren't limited to certain times of the year. These are the folks living with asthma. The numbers have been climbing. Dr. Craig Hersh, chief medical officer at Empire Blue-Cross, is here to discuss the whys and what's new in treatment. 

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May 24, 2021 7 min

If anyone says this last year hasn’t been stressful, well, I'd ask what rock they were living under!  

But how we've dealt with the pandemic stress varies greatly based on our lives. Do we have kids? Parents who need care? Jobs that remained demanding or disappeared? 

While May is Mental Health Awareness Month, mental health awareness is much more enduring as we work back to normal. To help us do that and recognize where we m...

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May 19, 2021 7 min

It's well-known and troubling that obesity is rising among kids. So how to help them reach and maintain a healthy weight? That's what Joann Stevelos is dedicated to. She runs a program called Worthy, helping your child find their healthiest weight.

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May 16, 2021 8 min

The pandemic has been difficult for many, including those in recovery. In fact, 81,003 people died from drug overdoses in the 12-month period ending last June. That's a 20% increase and the highest number of fatal overdoses ever recorded in the United States in a single year. Blame it on isolation, the inability for those in recovery to meet in person. Add to that other hardships caused by the pandemic. Mark Kaplan is the vice ...

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