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.... Show More

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March 1, 2021 5 min

March is colorectal cancer awareness month. The Colorectal Cancer Alliance estimates 149,500 Americans will be diagnosed this year. So the key is awareness, prevention, and early detection. Keep in mind, this is no longer just a disease of older people. Dr. Jill Genua with Capital District Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates is here to school us.

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February 25, 2021 8 min

As the COVID-19 vaccine pipeline has begun to ease, who gets the product to the pharmacies? How is it stored? And how do they get it to hard-to-reach communities? That's where the Healthcare Distribution Alliance comes in. Patrick Kelly, executive vice president of government affairs for the HDA is my guest.

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February 22, 2021 6 min

Working from home has been both a plus and minus during the pandemic. On the minus side -- the back and neck pain many are experiencing because their home office space isn't conducive to spending hours in. So how do we correct that and more importantly, relieve the pain? Dr. Ashley Bertorelli, owner of the Green Room Physical Therapy and consultant for CDPHP is here to help.

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February 18, 2021 6 min

Supporting the power of potential -- that's what AIM Services says is at the heart of it's mission. It provides residential & community-based services and care for people with disabilities & traumatic brain injuries in Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties. Chris Lyons is the executive director and my guest for this edition of Health Beat.

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February 15, 2021 7 min

Helping those less fortunate in our community has taken on a much bigger dimension since the pandemic hit. That's where Jewish Family Services comes in. Jane Ginsburg is the president of JFS and is my guest.

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February 12, 2021 28 min

The emotional impact of the pandemic is a growing issue.

We've been away from friends and family. Children have been apart from friends as school went remote. Loved ones celebrated life's joys and sadness without family by their side. And we haven't been able to hug.

Stress, anxiety, fear, sadness, and loneliness have all increased along with depression and substance abuse. There are more reports of domestic violence. Don...

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February 11, 2021 7 min

February is Heart Health Month. That means we have to pay attention to our blood pressure. Dr. Craig Hersh, Empire Blue Cross chief medical officer, is here to explain and help us keep our numbers in the safe range.

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February 8, 2021 6 min

 February is American Heart Month. So all things heart awareness and how to protect our ticker are front and center. Dr. Nish Patel is a structural and interventional cardiologist with Albany Associates in Cardiology -- and my guest to help raise awareness about the heart disease, which claims  more than 600,000 American lives every year. In fact, it's the number one cause of death for most groups and doesn't care about you...

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February 4, 2021 11 min

 Yes, the vaccine has arrived. But yes, we have to keep wearing masks. Now there's a push to double mask. So what's up with that? Dr. Kevin Gallagher is the chief medical informatics officer at Hudson Headwaters Health Network to explain. 

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February 1, 2021 6 min

With deaths from opioids once again climbing in part due to the pandemic, the feds made a move recently that can help save lives. It now allows doctors to prescribe buprenorphine without the red tape that was once involved. Dr. Sheila Vakharia, deputy director of the Department of Research & Academic Engagement at the Drug Policy Alliance, joins me to explain the importance of this. 

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January 28, 2021 6 min

The numbers are startling -- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Those are the figures from the CDC. Incidences have been on the rise during the pandemic. Sarah McGaughnea, Unity House's director of community engagement for domestic violence services, talks about how to prevent it and how to help those affected. 

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January 25, 2021 6 min

How many of you have struggled to take weight off and then keep it off. Amy Freinburg-Trufas walked that path -- and then things changed. What was it that has helped her get off the lose and gain cycle? 

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January 22, 2021 13 min

COVID-19 is a confounding disease. Some people skate through the illness while others succumb to it. In between there are people who recover but endure lingering effects. There's new research out looking at the number of people who haven't regained their sense of smell or taste. Put Sue Caputo in the category. She and her husband fell ill in back in March. While they've been donating their plasma to help other patients,...

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January 18, 2021 6 min

The pandemic has changed our habits -- and that means many more people are heading outside for activities while keeping socially distanced. Among them, people who may be engaging in snow sports for the first time or first time in a long time and that means they need to take precautions to protect their head. In fact, January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month – TBI being Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. Hamish Kerr is a physi...

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January 14, 2021 8 min

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has been anything but smooth. The amount of vaccine allotted to each state isn't keeping up with the number of folks who want to be vaccinated. Add to that the addition of the so-called 1C group – folks 65 and older and those with underlying health issues – were just added to the “vaccinate now” list on the heels of the 1B group – 75-plus – while the 1A group – health care workers – were stil...

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January 11, 2021 6 min

The pandemic has messed with many of our fitness programs. While some of us have returned to the gym, others continue to stay away. That means one of two things -- you've created a fitness program at home or you've left those fitness goals by the side of the road. The latter is probably not the best for your health -- especially as you age. Fitness is more than how fast you can run or how much weight you can lift. It's ...

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January 7, 2021 7 min

Telehealth was just taking hold before the pandemic hit. Once we were directed to stay home and with many reluctant to go out telehealth hit its stride. Now dental health has embraced this as well. Gov. Cuomo recently signed into law regulations governing dental telehealth. So how does this work? What do we need to know? Dr. Mark Feldman is my guest. He's the executive director of the New York Dental Association. 

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January 4, 2021 6 min

Grieving at any time is difficult to do. But during the pandemic, when we've been apart from our loved ones, it's been even more trying. So how do we get through this time? Natalia Burkart, who recently lost her father, is with us as well as Dr. Vanessa Bobb with CDPDP. 

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